Top 10 1990s Films I’d Like To See In Theatres

Inspired by the re-release of 1990s film Titanic, writer Matthew Liedke takes a look at the 10 films he’d like to see make a theatrical return… writer Matthew Liedke struck upon an interesting thought in the light of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’s re-release – what other 1990s films would he like to see making a theatrical comeback?

From Saving Private Ryan to Jurassic Park and Independence Day, the 1990s featured some great cinematic blockbusters that looked and sounded great on the big screen. Wouldn’t it be nice to witness those films in all their glory once more?

For Matthew, the following ten films are his favoured choices for a big screen return…

10. The Fifth Element (1997)

Major scene that would be great in theater: Cab chase scene, battle on the cruise.
This is a sci-fi film that flew a bit under the radar, I only got a chance to see it on the tv screen so I would love to check it out again at a theater. The battle that Bruce Willis has on the cruise ship as well as the great chase scene towards the beginning of the film. It also has a lot of humor going for it too.

9. Goldeneye (1995)

Major scene that would be great in theater: Open scene and the tank Chase.
Goldeneye was my favorite Brosnan Bond era film and one of the best action flicks from the 90s. The scene where 007 goes all around a city with a tank slamming through things would be so much fun to see again. I also loved the story involving 006.

8. The Matrix (1999)

Major scene that would be great in theater: Neo’s fights against Smith, dodging the bullets.
This whole film would be great to see on the big screen. It’s an iconic piece of filmmaking utilizing so many techniques in special effects to make a great action and sci-fi film. Seeing the scenes of Neo breaking into the lobby, dodging the bullets and fighting Agent Smith would be perfect.

7. Terminator 2 (1991)

Major scene that would be great in theater: All of the chase scenes.
This was an easy choice to add to the list being one of the best action films ever made. What Cameron was able to do with effects, especially with the T-1000, made it revolutionary.. The chase scenes were especially fun for example where the T-800 was trying to save John Conner on the motor bike. Seeing it in theaters again would be a treat.

6. Air Force One (1997)

Major scene that would be great in theater: The refueling plane destruction and the dog fights.
I’ve heard some say that this movie is basically a rehash of the original Die Hard, and it does use some ideas from there. That being said, this movie had some political backstory going on which gave a different level of depth which makes it a good movie in it’s own right. It also had some intense action moments, for example when the jumbo jet was trying to get refueled. This is all backed up by the great cast of Harrison Ford, Glenn Close and Gary Oldman.

5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Major scene that would be great in theater: Opening D-Day invasion, final battle.
Saving Private Ryan is already one of the most iconic war films ever and the biggest one to come out of the 90s. The cinematography is fantastic and the story is well paced and structured. A reason to see it on the big screen again though would be for it’s opening scene showing the full scale battle on the beaches of Normandy. The final battle at the bridge would be exciting too.

4. Armageddon (1998)

Major scene that would be great in theater: Launch sequence & city destruction scenes
One of the couple films on my list that gets knocked around for being “stupid,” I think is pure popcorn flick goodness. The launching of the shuttles and them flying around dodging parts of the asteroid as well as the scenes where major cities are hit, plus the scene where the nuke goes off, all of that enough makes for a fun thrill ride. What backs it up is the fun, memorable characters they had in the film. I’d check it out again in a cineplex in a heart beat.

3. Apollo 13 (1995)

Major scene that would be great in theater: Launch sequence & re-entry scene
The incredible true story made for a thrilling film that was well acted by the ensemble cast, that enough would be good to see in theaters again however I would also like to check it out on the big screen for that great launch sequence and the moments in space where they go around the Moon as well as seeing the Earth. The re-entry into the atmosphere would great too.

2. Jurassic Park (1993)

Major scene that would be great in theater: First attack by the T-Rex
Jurassic Park is always a great experience from the wide landscapes with roaming dinosaurs to the first arival of the T-Rex. The visual aspect of Jurassic Park is just as important to the film as the story line. Seeing the raptors and t-rex causing mayhem and hearing the roars in the theater would make for a good time.

1. Independence Day (1996)

Major scene that would be great in theater: City Destruction & dog fights
Yeah Yeah I know, uploading a virus from a laptop operating system onto an alien ship that forgot to update Norton AntiVirus. Despite all of the slaps in the face to science and technology, this film is a lot of fun and seeing it on the big screen again to me would be a very welcomed experience. The dog fights and the city destruction scenes (and Vivica A. Fox) in the theater were great and would be awesome to see and hear in the theater again.

Written and Compiled by Matthew Liedke

About the Author
Editor of Top 10 Films, Dan Stephens is usually found pondering his next list. An unhealthy love of 1980s Hollywood sees most of his top 10s involving a time-travelling DeLorean and an adventurous archaeologist going by the name Indiana.

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    Louise Reply

    Great list and a couple of my favourite action films up there. Can’t argue at all with Independence Day or Armageddon, brilliant choices.

    I saw Goldeneye at the cinema first time around and the atmosphere was brilliant, yes there are some fantastically dumb moments but that’s when the sheer excitement going round the audience really kicks in and the cinema experience is worthwhile.

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    Jaina Reply

    Such a great list! I remember seeing Jurassic Park at the cinema, but I don’t think I was either old enough or wise enough to see the others.

    Would love to see Fifth Element, Golden Eye, T2 and The Matrix at the cinema. Bet you most of those would be so-called 12a’s right now.

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    Dan Reply

    @Jaina: I remember seeing Jurassic Park at the cinema too. It was one of my earliest cinema memories but it certainly sticks out as a magical experience. Would love to see it make a comeback but I’d hate it to get the 3D treatment.

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    Pete Reply

    T2 and Apollo 13 are the only ones I didn’t see in the cinema on release. This is a great list of truly awesome 90s blockbusters! I’d pay to see Armageddon, T2 and Saving Private Ryan on the big screen any day.

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    The Focused Filmographer Reply

    WOW! What a fantastic list!

    I may borrow it from you here soon!

    Love it. and I love the fact that you included The Fifth Element on your list. Another scene in that film that is a must-see on the big screen is the Opera performance. Wow.

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    Scott Lawlor Reply

    Yeah Man JP was awesome in the cinema. I would like to see Saving Private Ryan too!! It is good at home but in the cinema woould be awe 2 the some!

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    Evan Crean Reply

    I’ve seen almost every single one of these movies with the exception of Apollo 13, however the only one I actually saw in the theaters during the 1990s was Jurassic Park. One of the most memorable movie experiences of my childhood. So awesome. I’d love to reexperience any one of these on the big screen.

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    Eric Reply

    Great choices! I would also include Pulp Fiction, which I’m sure would be a blast to see on the big screen.

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    mark Reply

    (1) Carlito’s Way – the film where DePalma finally got EVERYTHING right. Saw it at a tinpot cinema (luckily in Panavision) at the end of its initial run for $5 and couldn’t believe how good it was; went to a double bill at a different theatre (it was showing with In the Name of the Father) later that year and watched it twice in the one afternoon.

    (2) 12 Monkeys – didn’t see it in the theatre, but wish I did.

    (3) Zentropa – another I didn’t see on the screen … a shame because it’s absolutely beautiful.

    (4) Schindler’s List – way, way better than Jurassic Park.

    (5) The Doors, Natural Born Killers, JFK and Nixon – amazing collaborations between Oliver Stone and cinematographer Robert Richardson, who is now doing stuff with Scorsese and Tarantino. Does anyone else find it strange that Mr Richardson shot Casino and Nixon in the same year but received an Oscar (TM) nomination for neither of them?

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    Amy Reply

    Ah I’d love to see all of these at the cinema! The Fifth Element especially. Nice list as always!

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    Chris Reply

    Cool idea for a top 10! I actually saw all of those in the cinema during the 90s, except T2 and Air Force One. I guess I’m a lucky dog! (-:

    Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) , Cliffhanger (1993) or Point Break (1991) would have been amazing to see on the big screen, too bad I missed them!

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    Fitz Reply

    Excellent choice of films, but I think Saving Private Ryan may be too traumatic to put in 3D. It was harrowing enough in two dimensions.

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