If you haven't noticed, there has been some serious 90's nostalgia going around lately. There's no denying that the 90's was a decade worth remembering, that's why we've dedicated this post to taking a stroll down memory lane. Join us as we countdown 10 of the best films from the 90's!
10. Love Jones (1997)
Love Jones stars Nia Long and Larenz Tate. Loves Jones follows the complicated love story of two young creatives, Darius Lovehall (Tate) and Nina Mosley (Long), as they both discover who and what they want in life. Love, hate, ambition,jealousy, and trust are all major themes of this romantic drama. Tate and Long beautifully execute their roles as modern day lovers, all set to the tone of sexy and sultry poetry.
9. Boomerang (1992)
Boomerang is a romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, and Halle Berry. The film also features stars such as Eartha Kitt, David Alan Grier, Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock, Tisha Campbell and Lela Rochon. Boomerang tells the story of a young man named Marcus Graham (Murphy) who has developed a reputation as a womanizer. However, the tables turn when he becomes romantically involved with his new boss, Jacqueline Broyer (Givens), who delivers him the same callous treatment that he has given to women over the years. Things become even more complicated when Angela Lewis (Berry) is added to the mix. Boomerang comically shows us what happens when "the player gets played"while dealing with the new independent women of the 90's!
8. Jason's Lyric (1994)
Jason's Lyric is a 1994 erotic romantic drama starring Allen Payne and Jada Pinkett-Smith. The film is set in Houston's Third Ward and follows a young man named Jason Alexander (Payne) as he struggles with childhood trauma, and a troublesome younger brother named Joshua (Bookeem Woodbine). As he struggles to overcome his personal issues, he meets a young woman named Lyric (Pinkett-Smith). Jason and Lyric fight for their love in the midst of a hostile and unsavory environment.
7. Juice (1992)
Juice is a perfect example of the essence of 90's cinema. Juice is a crime film that chronicles the downfall of a group of friends known as "The Wrecking Crew". The film's title plays off of the street term "juice", which is slang for popularity or coolness. The film has an ensemble cast of Tupac Shakur (Roland Bishop), Omar Epps (Quincy Powell), Khalil Kain (Raheem Porter), and Jermaine Hopkins (Eric "Steel" Thurman). Juice takes place in the Harlem borough of New York City, and follows the four friends as they are faced with unforeseen strife within their once close brotherhood.
6. New Jack City (1991)
New Jack City is an action gangster film set in 1980's Harlem during the height of America's crack epidemic. Top billed cast includes Wesley Snipes (Nino Brown), Ice T (Scotty Appleton), Allen Payne (Gee Money), Chris Rock (Pookie), and Mario Van Peebles (Stone).
Scotty Appleton is a NYC detective that is determined to bring down a local notorious drug dealer named Nino Brown. The film chronicles the never ending battle to end the reign of terror that Nino's gang has over the neighborhood. Riddled with the unfortunate realities of drug use and gang violence, New Jack City is a social commentary on the state of inner city America. The film's epilogue states the following, "Although this is a fictional story, there are Nino Browns in every major city in America. If we don't confront the problem realistically—without empty slogans and promises—then drugs will continue to destroy our country".
5. Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Waiting to Exhale is a film adaptation of Terry McMillan's book of the same name. The film stars Whitney Houston (Savannah Jackson), Angela Bassett (Bernadine Harris), Loretta Devine (Gloria Matthews), and Lela Rochon (Robin Stokes). The film is centered around four women that love and support one another through the trials and tribulations of their relationships with men. Waiting to Exhale opens and closes on New Years, which allows viewers to follow the film's characters as they grow and adapt through an entire year of life. With the help of each other, the four women release themselves of the burdens that have hindered them from being able to exhale.
4. Boyz N the Hood (1991)
Boyz N the Hood is a teen hood drama that is set in South Central Los Angeles. It stars Cuba Gooding Jr (Tre Styles), Ice Cube (Darrin "Doughboy" Baker), Morris Chestnut (Ricky Baker), and Laurence Fishburne (Jason "Furious" Styles Jr). The film also features Angela Bassett (Reva Styles) and Nia Long (Brandi) as supporting cast members. Boyz N the Hood follows the life of Tre Styles, a young man being raised by a single father in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Central. He is a smart young man who is coming of age in an environment that leaves little room for positive development. The film shined a light on the gang problems that exist in urban American cities. The cultural impact was so remarkable that in 2002, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film"culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
3. Eve's Bayou (1997)
Eve's Bayou is a drama set in rural Louisiana during the 1960's. Eve's Bayou explores a culture that is often lost and forgotten in America. The film's focus is on a Louisiana Creole family that is about to experience a summer that will change their family dynamics forever. It stars Jurnee Smollett (Eve Batiste), Samuel L. Jackson (Louis Batiste), Lynn Whitfield (Roz Batiste), Meagan Good (Cisely Batiste), Debbi Morgan (Mozelle Batiste Delacroix), and Diahann Carol (Elzora). Eve, the film's protagonist, is an inquisitive 10 year old girl that faces some harsh realities as she becomes progressively wise to her father's secret dirty deeds. Things heat up in the southern summer sun as the once picture perfect family spirals out of control.
2. The Best Man (1999)
The Best Man tells the story of a group of friends that reunite for a wedding. Unfortunately, in the preparation process some unpleasant truths are revealed. The film stars Taye Diggs (Harper Stewart), Nia Long (Jordan Armstrong), Morris Chestnut (Lance Sullivan), Terrence Howard (Quentin Spivey), Sanaa Lathan (Robyn) and Monica Calhoun (Mia Morgan). In the days leading up to the wedding Harper's new book begins to circulate throughout his inner circle. It isn't long before word gets around that the book's characters are based on people within Harper's friend group. Chaos and disarray soon ensue over the tantalizing details of a secret affair that takes place in the book.
1. Soul Food (1997)
Soul Food is a comedic-drama that chronicles the restoration of family that is torn apart following the death of their beloved matriarch. The film stars Brandon Hammond (Ahmad), Vanessa Williams (Teri), Vivica A. Fox (Maxine), Nia Long (Bird), Mekhi Phifer (Lem), Jeffrey D. Sams (Kenny), Michael Beach (Miles), Gina Ravera (Faith), and Irma P. Hall (Mother Joe). The film is narrated by 11-year-old Ahmad. Ahmad tells the story of his family's journey from the eyes of a child. Although young, he is very mature for his age. Sadly enough, throughout the film he often displays more maturity than the adults in his life. Through devastation and tragedy, food has always been the glue that held the Joseph family together. A family tradition of gathering together to enjoy soul food for Sunday dinner miraculously restores peace and love to a family that was riddled with animosity and friction.