OFCS Top 100: Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s

A new OFCS Top 100 is coming soon: our “100 Best First Films” celebrates the best in directorial debut efforts. Voting is currently underway, and the list will be announced Monday, October 4. To celebrate the arrival of the new list – our first since 2004 – we’re taking a trip back in time, reposting our previous Top 100s.

The OFCS Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s was announced in 2004. Read the list after the jump.

July 27, 2004: It was the decade of Tarantino and Titanic. From Schindler’s List to The Blair Witch Project, movies and the hype that went with them seemed bigger than ever.

However, too many great films somehow got lost in the shuffle. While some were recalled by Oscar voters and many managed to squeak out a modest box office return, these films nonetheless failed to click in the memory banks of both the critics and with audiences.

The writers of the Online Film Critics Society recalls the half- and completely-forgotten treasures of the past decade cinematic canon with its list of the Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s. Join us for a trip back into the not-so-distant past and see if you recall the titles celebrated here by the OFCS writers.

The Online Film Critics Society’s Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s

1. Miller’s Crossing
2. Safe
3. The Sweet Hereafter
4. Lone Star
5. Heavenly Creatures
6. Waiting for Guffman
7. The Hudsucker Proxy
8. Babe: Pig in the City
9. Dead Man
10. Fearless
11. Bound
12. Chungking Express
13. The Straight Story
14. Searching for Bobby Fischer
15. Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai
16. That Thing You Do!
17. Dead Again
18. Sneakers
19. Zero Effect
20. The Butcher Boy
21. Truly, Madly, Deeply
22. In the Company of Men
23. Devil in a Blue Dress
24. The Red Violin
25. Cemetery Man
26. Hamlet
27. Breakdown
28. Welcome to the Dollhouse
29. The Apostle
30. Eve’s Bayou
31. Hard Eight
32. Defending Your Life
33. A Little Princess
34. Bringing Out the Dead
35. Hana-Bi (Fireworks)
36. Jacob’s Ladder
37. The Spanish Prisoner
38. Pump Up the Volume
39. Beautiful Girls
40. The Double Life of Veronique
41. Very Bad Things
42. Richard III
43. October Sky
44. Strange Days
45. My Neighbor Totoro
46. L.A. Story
47. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
48. A Bronx Tale
49. The Limey
50. A Perfect World
51. Before Sunrise
52. Bob Roberts
53. Dick
54. Raise the Red Lantern
55. One False Move
56. The Ref
57. Exotica
58. Sonatine
59. Joe Versus the Volcano
60. Matinee
61. The Ice Storm
62. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
63. Croupier
64. The Winslow Boy
65. Girl on the Bridge
66. Bullet in the Head
67. Darkman
68. Cannibal! The Musical
69. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
70. Smoke
71. The Last Days of Disco
72. Fresh
73. Eye of God
74. Flirting with Disaster
75. Bottle Rocket
76. Ashes of Time
77. Fallen Angels
78. Great Expectations
79. Kundun
80. A Midnight Clear
81. Deep Cover
82. Ravenous
83. Twin Falls, Idaho
84. The People vs. Larry Flynt
85. Quick Change
86. The Secret of Roan Inish
87. Beloved
88. Big Night
89. Topsy-Turvy
90. Living in Oblivion
91. Jesus’ Son
92. Glengarry Glen Ross
93. Chaplin
94. Dead Alive
95. Jude
96. Cradle Will Rock
97. Proof
98. The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
99. Titus
100. Mystery Men

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