THE BEST & BIGGEST MOVIES FROM THE YEAR YOU WERE BORN

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If you were born in 1995...
The BIGGEST movie was Toy Story
The Best Picture winner was Braveheart,
But the best movie was The Usual Suspects. The ideal neo-noir, brimming with backstabbing intensity and one of the greatest twist endings of all time.

If you were born in 1994...

The BIGGEST movie was Forrest Gump
The Best Picture winner was Forrest Gump
But the best movie was Pulp Fiction. Picking between Quentin Tarantino’s ballsy flash of hip obscenity and The Shawshank Redemption means that everyone’s a winner, but a slight edge goes to the ordered chaos that launched the voice behind Reservoir Dogs into the stratosphere.

If you were born in 1993...
The BIGGEST movie was Jurassic Park
The Best Picture winner was Schindler's List
But the best movie was Jurassic Park. It’s insane that Spielberg had this and Schindler’s List in the same year, and while the latter is a harrowing, culturally vital artifact, the former is a masterpiece of genre spectacle that finds a way to simultaneously thrill and speak to the human condition.

If you were born in 1992...

The BIGGEST movie was Aladdin
The Best Picture winner was Unforgiven
But the best movie was A League of Their Own. With an obscene amount of hilarious quotable lines (no, there’s still no crying in baseball), Penny Marshall’s ode to a WWII baseball team is the rare comedy that audiences needed Kleenex for.

If you were born in 1991...
The BIGGEST movie was Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Best Picture winner was The Silence of the Lambs
But the best movie was Boyz n the Hood. Once upon a time in South Central LA, John Singleton barreled onto the scene with a story of gangland hopes and vengeance that brought a fresh energy to the Oscars, Cannes, and Cuba Gooding Jr’s career.

If you were born in 1990...
The BIGGEST movie was Home Alone
The Best Picture winner was Dances with Wolves
But the best movie was Goodfellas. An unrivaled parable of ambition and mafioso style, Martin Scorsese utilized New Wave techniques to craft a tragic, percussive sucker punch.


If you were born in 1989...

The BIGGEST movie was Batman
The Best Picture winner was Driving Miss Daisy
But the best movie was Do the Right Thing. In Spike Lee's opus, the hottest day of the summer cranks a diverse set of Brooklyn personalities to a boiling point, forcing issues of race, class, and love to bubble to the surface. The movie speaks volumes without ever preaching; actions--be it police interference or a trash can through a window pane--speak louder than words.

If you were born in 1988...
The BIGGEST movie was Rain Man
The Best Picture winner was Rain Man
But the best movie was The Thin Blue Line. With unfettered access and an eye for the thriller genre, Errol Morris' documentary transcends journalism to become a damning look at the judicial system, and an emotional plea to to save 28-year-old Randall Adams from death row for a crime he didn't commit.

If you were born in 1987...
The BIGGEST movie was Three Men and a Baby
The Best Picture winner was The Last Emperor
But the best movie was Broadcast News. We all know the workplace, but few films capture its inner-workings like James L. Brooks' newsroom comedy, which finds a love triangle in a consumed producer, a disgruntled reporter, and a charismatic-yet-hollow anchorman

If you were born in 1986...

The BIGGEST movie was Top Gun
The Best Picture winner was Platoon
But the best movie was Blue Velvet. Look, Top Gun kicks ass, but David Lynch's twitchy riff on film noir is the link between our reality and our dreams, each frame zooming in on the drips of suburbia melting into hell.

If you were born in 1985...

The BIGGEST movie was Back to the Future
The Best Picture winner was Out of Africa
But the best movie was After Hours. For all the sweeping epics and nostalgia-crystallizing blockbusters of 1985, it's Martin Scorsese's sprint through New York's night owl scene that grabs every who, what, where, when, and why of life and spin-paints them into a living, breathing movie.

If you were born in 1984...
The BIGGEST movie was Beverly Hills Cop
The Best Picture winner was Amadeus
But the best movie was A Nightmare on Elm Street. Wes Craven introduced the enduring Freddy Krueger in this horror all-timer, where the special effects--oh, that blood geysering from Johnny Depp's bed!--match the disturbing logic of a creeper who can stalk into your slumbering mind.

If you were born in 1983...

The BIGGEST movie was Return of the Jedi
The Best Picture winner was Terms of Endearment
But the best movie was Terms of Endearment. No offense, Luke, but The Force is strong with this comedic drama about romance, love, and frustrations, and how the end of the road can bring two people--in this case, the extraordinary screen-mother/daughter of Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger--together.

If you were born in 1982...
The BIGGEST movie was E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
The Best Picture winner was Gandhi
But the best movie was Fanny and Alexander. Though cut down from a 312-minute, four-part TV series, Ingmar Bergman's theatrical version, dark and heightened through the senses of its young protagonists, remains the pinnacle of family drama.

If you were born in 1981...

The BIGGEST movie was Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Best Picture winner was Chariots of Fire
But the best movie was The Evil Dead. Spielberg's serial adventure throwback is the greatest action movie of all time, no doubt, but the raw carnage (and talent) on display in Sam Raimi's was a rough landmark for indie cinema.

If you were born in 1980...

The BIGGEST movie was The Empire Strikes Back
The Best Picture winner was Ordinary People
But the best movie was Airplane!. There is not an inch of this disaster movie spoof left un-wisecracked. Relentless with wordplay, sight gags, and throwaway lines

If you were born in 1979...
The BIGGEST movie was Moonraker
The Best Picture winner was Kramer vs. Kramer
But the best movie was Being There. Peter Sellers' subdued performance as the assuaged, simple gardener Chance anchors Hal Ashby's American satire about our political bubbles, celebrity obsessions, and how easily we distract ourselves from real life. Ashby's gracious enough to let us chuckle and think.

If you were born in 1978...

The BIGGEST movie was Grease
The Best Picture winner was The Deer Hunter
But the best movie was Days of Heaven. Light on story, stringent with painterly images, and flowing with feelings, Terrence Malick's move towards a meditative form of movie turns a farmland con, devised by two lovers, into true Americana.

If you were born in 1977...

The BIGGEST movie was Star Wars
The Best Picture winner was Annie Hall
But the best movie was Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Steven Spielberg's sci-fi film failed to spawn a billion-dollar franchise, but the bittersweet story of a father driven away from his home by the call of extraterrestrials, combined with magnificent visual effects, keeps it resonating through time.

If you were born in 1976...

The BIGGEST movie was Rocky
The Best Picture winner was Rocky
But the best movie was Network. Renowned writer Paddy Chayefsky and director Sidney Lumet unloaded on the media world and all American onlookers in this scathing, hysterical, "MAD AS HELL" takedown of ratings-chasing plutocracy. Not as uplifting as Rocky, but pissed on Rocky's behalf.

If you were born in 1975...

The BIGGEST movie was Jaws
The Best Picture winner was One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
But the best movie was Nashville. Robert Altman detected a microcosm in Tennessee's country music scene and pieced together a vibrant, tragically funny mosaic that feels like it was shot on the fly, even as the director stages grand ol' musical sequences and life-changing turns of events.
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