Summer movie season is upon us, and you know what? We kind of miss the good old days of summer blockbusters. The 1990s were a golden age of cinematic thrill rides — and Clevver breaks down nine of the best for us. Check out some of their picks below, but make sure to watch the video for the full list!
9. Mission: Impossible, 1996. Scarface director Brian DePalma and first-time producer Tom Cruise collaborated on this critically-unpopular but high-grossing first in a franchise. Remember that sweet scene with Tom Cruise hacking into a CIA database while suspended in the air?!
8. Speed, 1994. Explosions, hostages, Keanu Reeves’s cardboard one-liners (What do you do. What do you do.)... what more could you want? Do not confuse Speed for Speed 2, though — it's why Sandra Bullock doesn't do sequels anymore.
7. Men In Black, 1997. This Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones-led action flick was a surprise hit, but what did everyone expect? There's a talking pug.
6. Independence Day, 1996. Another hit for Will Smith! This sci-fi explosion features the most epic speech of all epic speeches of all cinematic history… and Jeff Goldblum. Instant classic!
5. Saving Private Ryan, 1998. Steven Spielberg's WWII effort featured a cast full of both mega-stars and before-they-weres, including Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Ted Danson, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston, Nathan Fillion… plus some incredibly engrossing, exciting, and soul-crushing battle scenes.
4. Lion King, 1994. We have incredible respect for a Disney film that's not afraid to real-talk. Plus, Jonathan Taylor Thomas was little Simba, so.
The top three picks include a 1999 flick that bent your mind like so many spoons and a 1991 sequel that gave us one of the '90s most pervasive catchphrases. You can probably guess what number one is — some of us are still having nightmares about porta-potties, thank you very much.
Which '90s summer blockbusters are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!