Can You Guess the 1990s Film From a One-Sentence Summary?

Isadora Teich

A young lion grows up to be King of the Jungle, despite being betrayed by his family.

This 1994 Disney classic is an animated take on Hamlet. It's one of their most popular films and spawned one of the most lucrative franchises of all time.

A female FBI trainee helps hunt down a disturbed serial killer.

This chilling 1991 psychological horror film nabbed Anthony Hopkins an Oscar for the role of Hannibal Lecter. It was the first horror movie to get the Oscar for Best Picture.

A young man and woman separated by class fall in love on a doomed voyage.

1997's "Titanic" is one of the highest-grossing and most iconic films of all time. It also helped launch the careers of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

A heroin addict struggles to get clean and get his life together as bad decisions and the past haunt him.

This unflinching look at addiction stars Ewan McGregor as a troubled heroin addict with an underage girlfriend. This dark 1996 film earned countless awards.

A naive young man becomes a troubled porn star.

This film takes an unflinching look at the Golden Age of Porn, starring a young Mark Wahlberg. This 1997 film is a '70s period piece worth taking a look at.

Surfers carry out elaborate heists.

This film explores both Southern California surf culture and crime. This film is dramatic, adrenaline-fueled and just the right amount of campy.

A young boy pranks robbers mercilessly after his family accidentally leaves him behind while they vacation.

1990's "Home Alone" is a comedy classic starring then child star Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, prankster extraordinaire. This small boy tortures home intruders with a series of iconic traps.

A little boy can talk to ghosts in this '90s classic which has a famous plot twist.

This film is M. Night Shyamalan's best. While many were wowed by its famous plot twist, others claim they saw it coming from miles away and the film is overrated.

Chaos reigns on a transport plane full of crazy murderers.

This 1997 film starring Nic Cage is one of his most loved. It stars a number of Hollywood's quirkiest and weirdest in an adrenaline-filled murder fest.

A man who just got fired from his job has a wild Friday navigating urban life.

Ice Cube stars in this 1995 classic comedy about one man's crazy Friday in the inner city. This movie is often called a hood comedy classic.

Forbidden love occurs during the violence of the French and Indian War.

This 1992 historical epic stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Hawkeye, a white woodsman closer to the Native Americans around him. It was well received and did well at the box office.

Two promising teenagers on the brink of adulthood struggle in a drug- and violence-filled urban environment.

This 1991 film was the first to bring a slice of life urban experience to Hollywood in a well-crafted and realistic way. Director John Singleton was nominated for two Oscars for his work on the film, both directing and writing.

A businessman hires hundreds of Jewish people to work at his factory to protect them from the Nazis.

This historical epic shows the true evil of Nazi Germany in more than three hours of tragedy. It shows the efforts of German businessman Oskar Schindler, who ended up saving over 1,000 Jewish people from death in concentration camps.

Two female fugitives lead authorities on a wild cross-country chase.

Tired of their dead-end jobs and boring marriages, a pair of best friends decide to take a trip. After they accidentally kill a man, this trip turns into a no-holds-barred wild cross-country adventure.

A man with scissors for hands struggles to connect with those around him.

Back in the '90s, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton collaborations were always an odd and expertly crafted treat. 1990's "Edward Scissorhands" is definitely one of their best.

A masked killer terrorizes a group of very self-aware horror cliche high school students.

This 1996 horror classic is the originator of meta horror. While it devolved into a lukewarm franchise, the original is just as terrifying as it is funny.

A mentally ill man becomes involved in a club where men fight for no reason.

This 1999 film has become one of the defining films of the '90s. It's message was controversial, with many people unable to tell how seriously the film takes itself and what statement it is trying to make.

A couple in love tries to escape an overbearing insane mother and gets wrapped up in all sorts of trouble.

This 1990 David Lynch film starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern is one of his least famous. It features the pair as star-crossed lovers who just can't seem to catch a break.

Two New Zealand schoolgirls become obsessed with each other and commit a murder.

Peter Jackson directed this disturbing 1994 drama about a pair of murderous school girls who try and kill whoever tries to keep them apart. It features lush, hallucinogenic dream sequences and a lot of heavy subtext which leaves viewers asking just how close the girls are.

A lazy stoner accidentally goes on a bender that goes wildly and hilariously wrong.

This film from the Coen Brothers makes as much sense as you would expect, but features a Grade A cast and is endlessly quotable. People have been drinking White Russians and quoting The Dude since 1998.

A conceited teen nerd gets caught up in a bizarre love triangle.

"Rushmore" is a 1998 Wes Anderson film in which Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman go hilariously head-to-toe for the affections of the same woman. Both characters should be intolerable, but they are a delight to watch due to the skill of all involved.

A brilliant mathematician works as a janitor.

This 1997 film got Ben Affleck and Matt Damon an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. It's become a trope within American culture that everyone knows.

Three college students die in the Maryland woods while pursuing a local horror legend.

This cheap indie film began the trope of found footage horror films in the mainstream. This 1999 film sold on the premise that it was real, rather than fiction.

A boring man discovers that his world is an illusion and he has a place in the fight for the freedom of the human race.

This 1999 film by Lana and Lilly Wachowski changed sci-fi cinema and blew the minds of moviegoers. Both of its sequels, however, failed to deliver.

Two dumb friends go on a trip to return a suitcase full of money they found.

This 1994 film defines the idiot comedy. It's endlessly quotable idiocy is so on point that it's impossible not to enjoy it. The 2014 sequel is purposely misspelled: "Dumb and Dumber To."

A famous conspiracy theory surrounding JFK's death is explored.

This lengthy 1991 epic from Oliver Stone is a controversial film. It's not very historically accurate, but is an excellently put-together historical epic packed with drama and intrigue.

A corrupt cop investigates the sexual assault of a nun.

Harvey Keitel plays a disgusting and immoral cop in this over-the-top 1992 film. It's a dark tale from Director Abel Ferrara.

A man hires two incompetent criminals to kidnap his wife while trailed by a pregnant police chief.

This 1996 deadpan crime drama from the Coen Brothers is full of twists and turns. It keeps you guessing at both what the tone will be next and what will happen.

A man jailed for a crime he didn't commit breaks out of prison.

This lengthy, heartwarming film about penance and crime came out in 1994. Morgan Freeman steals the show as a fellow inmate of the protagonist, played by Tim Robbins.

A detective and a thief play a deadly cat and mouse game.

In this 1995 classic crime film, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro face off as a detective and crook who live only for their work. It goes far beyond most crime films to deliver something as emotional as it is adrenaline-fueled.

Detectives chase a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his inspiration.

1995's "Se7en" transformed David Fincher from a director known for his music videos to a feature film-making powerhouse. This disturbing game of cat and mouse stars Kevin Spacey as a truly terrifying film villain.

Dinosaurs are brought back to life, to serve as an island attraction which goes horribly wrong.

This 1993 film holds up, with incredible work put into creating lifelike dinosaurs. It's based on a book by Michael Crichton.

A friendly group of toys go on an adventure together.

This is a childhood classic for many and considered to be one of the best animated films ever made. It took 27 animators to create this incredible film.

A young man grows up in organized crime and unsuccessfully tries to climb to the top.

1990's "Goodfellas" is one of Martin Scorsese's most popular films. It balances sheer delight with the oppressive stranglehold of organized crime to create something truly irresistible.

A privileged high school girl with good intentions gets by on her charm and out-of-the-box wit.

Endlessly quotable "Clueless" was edgy for its day, back in 1995. It stars Alicia Silverstone as an over-the-top high-school girl who rocks some serious '90s fashion.

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