Forrest Gump

Movie: Forrest Gump Release Date: July 6, 1994 Director: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 6.75 Oscars out of 10 ‘Forrest Gump’ was more than just a huge commercial success for Paramount when it was released in 1994. It was a global phenomenon…

Schindler’s List

Movie: Schindler’s List Release Date: December 15, 1993 Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagalle, Embeth Davidtz Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 10 Oscars out of 10  “This list…is an absolute good. The list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf.” ‘Schindler’s List’ is more than…

Unforgiven

Movie: Unforgiven Release Date: August 3, 1992 Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 9 Oscars out of 10 ‘Unforgiven’ was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture. It was both a critical and commercial success and revitalized the Western genre…

The Silence of the Lambs

Movie: The Silence of the Lambs Release Date: February 14, 1991 Director: Jonathan Demme Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 10 Oscars out of 10 It is rare that a movie often associated with the horror genre can in the same breath be called one of the…

Dances with Wolves

Movie: Dances with Wolves Release Date: November 9, 1990 Director: Kevin Costner Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney Grant Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 8.5 Oscars out of 10 ‘Dances with Wolves’ was more than just a movie, it was an event. It was a film that everyone seemed to be talking about…

Driving Miss Daisy

Movie: Driving Miss Daisy Release Date: December 15, 1989 Director: Bruce Beresford Starring: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 9 Oscars out of 10 1989, the year that I graduated high school and started my freshman year away from home at college was a momentous one….

Rain Man

Movie: Rain Man Release Date: December 16, 1988 Director: Barry Levinson Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Jerry Molen Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 8.5 Oscars out of 10 Sometimes movies take a long time (and several viewings) before they become appreciated. That is the case with me and ‘Rain Man.’ Released in 1988…

The Last Emperor

Movie: The Last Emperor Release Date: October 4, 1987 Director: Bernardo Bertolucci Starring: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O’Toole, Ying Ruocheng, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Vivian Wu , Ryuichi Sakamoto Personal History: Never Watched Before Rating: 6 Oscars out of 10 ‘The Last Emperor’ is the last movie in this Academy Award Best Picture Movie…

Platoon

Movie: Platoon Release Date: December 19, 1986 Director: Oliver Stone Starring: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 8 Oscars out of 10 ‘Platoon’ was both a huge commercial and critical success when it was released in 1986. It was the third highest-grossing film that year and was the movie that…

Out of Africa

Movie: Out of Africa Release Date: December 18, 1985 Director: Sydney Pollack Starring: Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 6 Oscars out of 10 I can’t ever talk about ‘Out of Africa’ without talking about ‘The Color Purple.’ In my humble opinion, I should be watching that Steven Spielberg…