The Mask (1994)
The Moment: Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) is temporarily tongue-tied by the arrival of Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz) in a slinky red dress - the decade's greatest entrance.
Only In The '90s: A model becomes an actress, and defies expectations by being halfway-decent.
If It Was Made Today: The calibre of model-turned-actress (Megan Fox, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, etc) isn't quite as inspiring.
Forrest Gump (1994)
The Moment: "Run, Forrest, run!" And he does, as Forrest (Tom Hanks) spends three years on the road. For all the innovative CGI and chocolate-box morality, this is the weirdest, most memorable sequence in Robert Zemeckis' Oscar-winner.
Only In The '90s: An idiot man-child could be the spokesperson for American cinema.
If It Was Made Today: Now, thanks to George W. Bush, an idiot man-child has a chance at becoming the spokesperson for America.
The Moment: Confronted by teacher Mr Hall (Wallace Shawn) for tardiness, Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) gives the excuse that "I was surfing the crimson wave, I had to haul ass to the ladies."
Only In The '90s: Teen slang gets an influx of flesh blood as the high-school movie goes meta by adapting Jane Austen.
If It Was Made Today: Silverstone and Shawn have reunited with director Heckerling for Vamps , to dismal box office returns.
Funny Games (1997)
The Moment: A scuffle breaks out off-screen in the summer home of Georg (Ulrich Muhe) and Anna (Susanne Lothar). When Michael Haneke returns to the lounge, it is revealed that their son Georgie (Stefan Clapczynski) has been shot dead.
Only In The '90s: Screen violence could be so ubiquitous that Haneke felt the need to lecture us on our cinemagoing habits.
If It Was Made Today: Same story, same camera set-ups, English-speaking cast.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
The Moment: Tim Burton shows his sensitive side, as Kim (Winona Ryder) dances in the ice cascading from Edward Scissorhands' (Johnny Depp) angel sculpture.
Only In The '90s: Genuine originality and feeling from a Burton/Depp collaboration.
If It Was Made Today: Arch irony, lazy plotting and a post- Pirates Depp going over the top.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
The Moment: Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) and wife Alice (Nicole Kidman) talk about sex while getting high. "Oh, if you men only knew," says Alice, as she tells him about the one that got away.
Only In The '90s: Stanley Kubrick had the power to borrow golden couple Cruise and Kidman and not give them back until his film was finished.
If It Was Made Today: Doubtful though it would be to reunite the now-divorced stars, neither has been so good in years.
Barton Fink (1991)
The Moment: Barton (John Turturro) finally figures out just how crazy his hotel room neighbour Charlie Meadows, aka Mad Man Mundt (John Goodman) is, as the psycho storms down a burning corridor yelling, "I'll show you the life of the mind!"
Only In The '90s: Turturro and Goodman get star billing in a movie rather than quirky supporting roles.
If It Was Made Today: Michael Cera and Seth Rogen, maybe?
The Moment: A posse of yakuza led by Murakawa (Takeshi Kitano) flees to the seaside and - bored by being in hiding - start to play Russian roulette on the beach.
Only In The '90s: Japan reminds hipsters high on Tarantino that he didn't have a monopoly on cult gangland thrillers.
If It Was Made Today: You'd be most likely watching something from South Korea instead.
Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)
The Moment: Never mind the weddings, it's the funeral that registers the most lasting impact, as Matthew (John Hannah) recites Auden's poem Funeral Blues at the graveside of his lover Gareth (Simon Callow). "Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone..."
Only In The '90s: Our greatest movie export was bumbling, floppy rom-com icon Hugh Grant.
If It Was Made Today: Daniel Radcliffe surely gets first refusal on every British script going.
The Player (1992)
The Moment: Hollywood execs discuss the opening shot of Orson Welles' Touch Of Evil , little realising they're taking part in their own elaborate long take.
Only In The '90s: Woah, meta.
If It Was Made Today: Judging from the likes of The Cabin In The Woods , some things haven't changed.
Total Recall (1990)
The Moment: When a woman passenger starts freaking out, the villainous Richter (Michael Ironside) figures out it's a disguise - sure enough, when "she" pulls out her ear to reveal Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) underneath.
Only In The '90s: Paul Verhoeven had carte blanche to be as bonkers as he wanted to be.
If It Was Made Today: Something daft would happen like getting Len Wiseman to direct.
Dazed And Confused (1993)
The Moment: Think the hazing meted out to the boys at Lee High School is bad? Meet Darla Marks (Parker Posey), architect of the girls' ritual: "wipe that face off your head, bitch!"
Only In The '90s: A laidback, day-in-a-life, classic-rock groove without any moral lessons or, indeed, much of a story. Just keep livin'.
If It Was Made Today: It would actually be about the Nineties. The Britpop soundtrack doesn't bear thinking about.
The Moment: James Ballard (James Spader) gets down 'n' dirty with car crash victim Gabrielle (Rosanna Arquette) by having sex with a wound in her thigh.
Only In The '90s: "Ban this sick film!" screamed the Daily Mail and Westminster Council duly refused to screen it.
If It Was Made Today: The baton for outrage has passed to Tom Six - bring on Human Centipede 3 .
The Moment: As a couple has sex, they are joined by a symphony of apartment noise: creaking bed springs, violin recital, bikes pumped, rugs beaten, ceilings painted, moo boxes tested.
Only In The '90s: Jeunet et Caro, making sweet music together.
If It Was Made Today: Jeunet would be directing on his own; Caro has sadly gone to ground.
The Fugitive (1993)
The Moment: U.S. Marshal Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) confronts Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) in the tunnel of a dam, but the innocent fugitive simply dives into the water to continue his search for the One-Armed Man.
Only In The '90s: Hollywood could give an old TV show a makeover and make it better than the original.
If It Was Made Today: Josh Brolin would chase Shia LaBeouf, and probably just shoot him there and then.
Chungking Express (1994)
The Moment: Cop 223 (Takeshi Kaneshiro) tries to hit on fast food stall assistant Faye (Faye Wong)... only for Faye to fix her attention on Cop 663 (Tony Leung) and change the course of the film.
Only In The '90s: Even the art-house was dancing to the rhythm of the kind of multi-part story popularised by Tarantino.
If It Was Made Today: It'd be doubtful Wong Kar-Wai would be allowed to keep the stories so separate; these days Cop 223 would have to make a last-act re-appearance.
The Fisher King (1991)
The Moment: Parry (Robin Williams) searches for clumsy paramour Lydia (Amanda Plummer) in Grand Central Station, and the commuters suddenly break out in a mass ballroom waltz.
Only In The '90s: Terry Gilliam could persuade a studio to let him make a Hollywood movie.
If It Was Made Today: It'd be a flash mob on YouTube.
The Moment: Crazy, corrupt cop Stansfield (Gary Oldman) pops a pill before wreaking havoc: "I like these calm little moments before the storm. It reminds me of Beethoven."
Only In The '90s: Gary Oldman played the villain in every single blockbuster made during the decade.
If It Was Made Today: Mark Strong would get the gig instead.
Lost Highway (1997)
The Moment: The Mystery Man (Robert Blake) meets Fred Madison (Bill Pullman) at a party, and also speaks to him via phone from Fred's home - AT THE SAME TIME. Creepy.
Only In The '90s: It's safer to say... only in Lynch-land. The decade is immaterial; the effect always unmistakable.
If It Was Made Today: It would take a particularly brave producer to cast Robert Blake now.
The Moment: Pop quiz, hotshot. You're SWAT officer Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves), trapped on a bus that will blow up if it travels slower than 50mph and is driven by civilian Annie Porter (Sandra Bullock). Oh, and there's a section of the freeway missing ahead. What are ya doing to do, hotshot?
Only In The '90s: Hollywood wouldn't even blink at the idea of driving the bus over the gap in proper, punch-the-air slo-mo cheese.
If It Was Made Today: The bus would be a Transformer.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Moment: Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, stumbles upon Christmas Town. "What's this? What's this? There's colour everywhere! What's this? There's white things in the air!"
Only In The '90s: Tim Burton was so renowned he could lend his name to the title of a film he didn't even direct.
If It Was Made Today: It'd fit right into an animation landscape ruled by the ghouls of Hotel Transylvania , ParaNorman and Burton's own Frankenweenie .
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
The Moment: Martin Blank (John Cusack)'s worlds collide when old flame Debi Newberry (Minnie Drive) catches him killing rival hitman Felix LaPoubelle (Benny Urquidez) at the high school reunion.
Only In The '90s: The vogue for street-smart genre clashes was matched by a star in John Cusack who could convincingly do rom-com and kickboxing.
If It Was Made Today: The ten-year reunion premise would be riffing on Mean Girls, and Lindsay Lohan would play Blank.
The Moment: Wes Anderson outlines the extra-curricular credentials of Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) in a montage full of the director's soon-to-be-trademark symmetrical compositions and the Futura Bold font.
Only In The '90s: College-kid hipster whimsy could become a genre. See also: the films of Whit Stillman.
If It Was Made Today: It would be exactly the same - Anderson simply doesn't listen to the prevailing wind of fashion.
Groundhog Day (1993)
The Moment: Trapped-on-February-2nd Phil Connors (Bill Murray) demonstrates the perks of having time on his hands by executing the perfect security van heist.
Only In The '90s: High-concept rom-com whimsy could push the envelope in terms of misanthropic amorality.
If It Was Made Today: Phil Connors would be played by Adam Sandler, and this scene would be replaced with a fart gag.
Boogie Nights (1997)
The Moment: Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) makes his on-screen debut as 'Dirk Diggler,' prompting cast and crew's eyebrows to raise when they see the size of his manhood.
Only In The '90s: The appetite for precocious, talented young directors allowed Paul Thomas Anderson to channel Scorsese and Altman into a career-making classic.
If It Was Made Today: Dirk would be doing his thing on a webcam.
Beauty And The Beast (1991)
The Moment: Elegant, romantic and entirely unencumbered by comedic sidekicks, the show-stopping dance sequence between Belle and the Beast underlined Disney's resurgence.
Only In The '90s: An Oscar nomination for Best Film, and half a chance of actually winning it.
If It Was Made Today: A shoo-in for Best Animated Film, but isn't that why they created the category?
Con Air (1997)
The Moment: Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) loses his shit when Billy Bedlam (Nick Chinlund) discovers the stuffed toy he's trying to take to his daughter - "put the bunny back in the box."
Only In The '90s: Nic Cage was the decade's renaissance man, effortlessly flipping between Oscar-winning art-house and blockbuster.
If It Was Made Today: It'd be just one of many, many Cage action thrillers released every year.
Run Lola Run (1998)
The Moment: Lola (Franka Potente) runs - and if she doesn't get what she wants, no problem. Rewind the story and let her run again.
Only In The '90s: Video game logic starts to seep into movie narrative, with characters like red-bobbed Lola looking like console icons.
If It Was Made Today: It would look like Tom Tykwer was ripping off everybody else.
Falling Down (1993)
The Moment: Stuck in traffic, on the hottest day of the year, having been made redundant, pissed-off D-Fens (Michael Douglas) has had enough, and leaves his car on a crazy war against political correctness.
Only In The '90s: Hollywood dares to make a controversial, hot-button thriller that gets society talking about some tough issues.
If It Was Made Today: Strictly on a micro-budget, Sundance-friendly footing.
Hard Boiled (1992)
The Moment: The hospital's on fire, triad agents are everywhere and there's a baby trapped in the maternity ward. No sweat for Officer Tequila (Chow Yun-Fat), who stuffs cotton wool in the baby's ears, kills all the bad guys and then swings out of the building using a cable, baby under his coat.
Only In The '90s: John Woo could crack a gag about the baby pissing out the fire on Tequila's trousers and cut to a dangerous stunt.
If It Was Made Today: CGI fire. CGI actor. CGI baby, probably.
The Truman Show (1998)
The Moment: Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) makes his escape from his 24/7 reality show, only to crash into the painted sky at the edge of his self-contained world.
Only In The '90s: Reality TV became enough of a threat for Hollywood to make it the source of satire. See also: EDTV .
If It Was Made Today: Why bother? We have the Kardashians now.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
The Moment: Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) has launched his great invention, the Hula Hoop - "y'know, for kids" - but it's a disaster. Until one early adopter picks it up, figures out what it does and starts a fad.
Only In The '90s: The throwaway, Simpsons -style gag of Hudsucker creatives taking so long to name the dingus that a secretary has time to read War And Peace and Anna Karenina .
If It Was Made Today: Norville Barnes would have invented the Wii.
The Moment: Randal (Jeff Anderson) ponders whether any independent building contractors were killed during the attack on the Death Star in Return Of The Jedi , only for a passing roofer to tell him: "Any contractor working on that Death Star knew the risk involved. If they got killed, it's their own fault."
Only In The '90s: A film could stop dead while the characters chat about a movie.
If It Was Made Today: Actually, this one hasn't massively changed in the interim.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
The Moment: Dr Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) finally achieves a breakthrough in his sessions with troubled genius Will Hunting (Matt Damon) by repeatedly telling him, "It's not your fault."
Only In The '90s: Two twentysomething kids can write one of the decade's smartest scripts and walk home with Oscars.
If It Was Made Today: Ben Affleck would direct.
Point Break (1991)
The Moment: Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) legs it in pursuit of the Reagan-mask wearing bank robber Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) in a kinetic, Steadicam'd foot chase.
Only In The '90s: Utah can't bring himself to kill his homo-erotic surf-dude sparring partner and unleashes several rounds into the air instead.
If It Was Made Today: It'd be a Hot Fuzz -style celebration/deconstruction of the excesses of 90s action movies.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Moment: Josh (Joshua Leonard) goes missing, and Heather (Heather Donahue) breaks down in grainy-cam snot-o-vision.
Only In The '90s: Advances in digital technology make it possible to make a film on the fly, with the cast doubling as their own crew.
If It Was Made Today: Enough with the 'found footage,' already.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
The Moment: Gangland goons attempt to take down Leo O'Bannon (Albert Finney) at his home, but he shows them who's boss by going on the warpath with a Tommy gun, all in time it takes Danny Boy to play on a gramophone.
Only In The '90s: Plots so complicated that it takes a couple of goes to figure out who's doing what to who and why.
If It Was Made Today: The Coens would relegate the scene to an off-screen mention.
The Moment: Mike (Jon Favreau) tries to leave a voicemail message for potential date Nicky, which gradually unravels into a multi-message monologue of despair and neediness.
Only In The '90s: Pre-iPhone, pre-Skype, the voicemail was the height of technology-based embarrassment comedy.
If It Was Made Today: Mike would send a text and book the date. Sorted.
The Moment: Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) outlines the case for there being a second gunman on Dealey Plaza, endlessly replaying the Zapruder footage to show the killer bullet's trajectory: "back, and to the left."
Only In The '90s: An A-list director could commit three hours to a big, political biopic.
If It Was Made Today: The baton for this kind of film has moved to the documentarians, while Oliver Stone flounders about looking for his mojo.
The Moment: Asami (Eihi Shiina) finally lets hubbie Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) know what she was auditioning for when she saws off his foot and sticks needles into his eyes. "Kiri kiri kiri!"
Only In The '90s: Genre-bending was so ambitious that what started as a rom-com could end as the godfather of torture porn.
If It Was Made Today: It would absolutely have to be an X Factor spoof.
The Moment: William Bunny (Clint Eastwood) realises that he can't escape his violent past, and confronts sadistic Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman): "I've killed women and children. I've killed just about everything that walks or crawled at one time or another. And I'm here to kill you, Little Bill, for what you did to Ned."
Only In The '90s: A Western takes Best Picture. See also: Dances With Wolves .
If It Was Made Today: Probably the same result, provided Clint was involved.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
The Moment: As stripper Santánico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek) writhes on-stage with a snake, the Gecko brothers (George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino) realise that the Titty Twister bar is not all it seems.
Only In The '90s: Tarantino's friendship with Robert Rodriguez spurs the latter filmmaker to revitalise the lost art of grindhouse filmmaking by splicing road movie with vampire action.
If It Was Made Today: The casting would be even more mental and eclectic than it was in '96. Our money's on Lady Gaga as the stripper.
The Moment: You'll believe a pig can be a sheep-dog. "That'll do, pig, that'll do."
Only In The '90s: A plea to stay off the bacon becomes a box-office smash and a Best Picture nominee.
If It Was Made Today: A fast food chain would snatch up tie-in rights to prove their credentials in corporate and social responsibility.
The Moment: What's a guy to do when his house is infested with the ravenous undead? In Lionel Cosgrove's (Timothy Balme) case, the answer is simple - bring out the Flymo and start mowing.
Only In The '90s: Peter Jackson was still making low-budget, no-holds-barred, gory horror movies.
If It Was Made Today: It'd be a miracle - Jackson is contractually bound to Middle Earth for the near future.
Home Alone (1990)
The Moment: The Wet Bandits (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) reckon it'll be easy to break into the McCallister house. However: they haven't factored in Kevin's (Macauley Culkin) prowess in rigging up booby traps.
Only In The '90s: Instant child stardom from - let's be honest - maiming and torturing two grown men.
If It Was Made Today: Kids have to enter The X Factor for that kind of fame. Meanwhile, you want to see people getting hurt? Go watch Saw .
Indecent Proposal (1993)
The Moment: "Suppose I were to offer you one million dollars for one night with your wife?" Billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford) makes David and Diane Murphy (Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore) an offer they can't refuse.
Only In The '90s: The Western world goes nuts debating morality, based on a silly high-concept pitch.
If It Was Made Today: The Murphys would whore themselves out to reality television instead.
American Beauty (1999)
The Moment: The mid-life crisis of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) gets serious when he spies cheerleader Angela (Mena Suvari) and fantasies her doing a rose-breasted dance just for him.
Only In The '90s: Kevin Spacey's name in the cast is a faultless barometer of greatness.
If It Was Made Today: Sam Mendes would be tempted to throw in an action sequence or two. Speaking of which...
The Moment: After a six-year absence, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) reminds the audience what they've been missing by beginning his comeback with a jaw-dropping bungee jump off a dam.
Only In The '90s: Eric Serra's "what were they thinking?" score to the movie.
If It Was Made Today: It wouldn't be only a single scene in which 007 takes a "skyfall."
American History X (1998)
The Moment: Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) confirms his hard-nut neo-Nazi credentials by capturing a black gang member and giving him a curb-side head-stomp.
Only In The '90s: Edward Norton became the decade's edgiest, most intense star and apparently so dedicated he wanted a say in the editing suite, too.
If It Was Made Today: Norton's a supporting role these days. He'd play white supremacy boss Cameron Alexander, and Ryan Gosling would be Derek.
True Romance (1993)
The Moment: Cult icons collide, as gangster Vincenzo Coccotti (Christopher Walken) visits Clifford Worley (Dennis Hopper) to discover the whereabouts of the latter's son.
Only In The '90s: The studios notice that the indie kids are casting all the cool actors, and start filling their thrillers with amazing casts.
If It Was Made Today: Any half-decent actor gets hired by Marvel instead.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
The Moment: Estate agent troubleshooter Blake (Alec Baldwin) arrives at the offices of Mitch & Murray to explain to the staff the rules for the month ahead. "First prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired."
Only In The '90s: Alec Baldwin waltzes into a film starring Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey and Jack Lemmon and steals the whole thing in a single scene.
If It Was Made Today: It'd be impossible to cast Baldwin without thinking of 30 Rock 's Jack Donaghy.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
The Moment: John Malkovich discovers that Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) has turned the inside of his head into a tourist attraction, and decides to have a go: "Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich."
Only In The '90s: Such is the hunger for originality that somebody gives the green light to Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze.
If It Was Made Today: You still wouldn't believe that somebody would come up with this stuff, let alone convince Malkovich to star in it.
A Few Good Men (1992)
The Moment: "You can't handle the truth!" Col. Jessop (Jack Nicholson) tells Danny Kaffee (Tom Cruise). But when the truth is that Tom can take on Jack and win, he can probably handle anything.
Only In The '90s: Aaron Sorkin could write the big speeches without anybody knowing who he was.
If It Was Made Today: They'd have to rewrite the courtroom scenes to turn them into a Sorkin-style "walk and talk."
American Pie (1999)
The Moment: Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) tries to find out whether third base really does feel like warm apple pie, only to be caught cuddling dessert by his dad (Eugene Levy).
Only In The '90s: Sweet and sour could be mixed so deftly in a comedy that was as romantic as it was gross.
If It Was Made Today: Time for a Reunion , obviously.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
The Moment: Jerry (Tom Cruise) tries to persuade Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr) to keep him as his agent, but the football player only wants to know one thing. "Show me the money!"
Only In The '90s: A brief international craze for shouting the one-liner that swept Cuba to an Oscar.
If It Was Made Today: The catchphrase would be hashtag-flash-your-cash.
The Moment: Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) finally tracks down the kidnappers, only to find that Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stomare) is feeding his partner Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) into a woodchipper.
Only In The '90s: The Coens' piss-take of "based on a true story" movies proves so successful that their editing pseudonym, Roderick Jaynes, earns an Oscar nomination.
If It Was Made Today: It's actually happening - the Coens are exec-producing a TV spin-off.
The Lion King (1994)
The Moment: Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella) teach Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) about Hakuna Matata - "What a wonderful phrase, ain't no passing craze, it means no worries for the rest of your days."
Only In The '90s: The top-grossing movie of the year could be a traditional 2D animation.
If It Was Made Today: The inevitable 3D makeover has already happened.
The Moment: Woad-dyed William Wallace (Mel Gibson) rouses the sons of Scotland before battle. "They may take our lives, but they will never take our freedom!"
Only In The '90s: Mel Gibson: global megastar, Oscar-winning director and underdog-championing historian.
If It Was Made Today: Er... where do you want us to start?
Mission: Impossible (1996)
The Moment: Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) knocks how to make an entrance - through the roof, hanging from a wire, silent as the grave. One false move and every alarm in Langley will go off.
Only In The '90s: A blockbuster franchise could still be built on a genuine A-list star.
If It Was Made Today: Check out Ghost Protocol . Cruise still liking dangling from things, the more dangerous the better.
Fight Club (1999)
The Moment: Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) gets all fin de siècle as he plots Project Mayhem. "We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off."
Only In The '90s: David Fincher decides that pre-millennial tension means doing everything possible to break up the old way of making films.
If It Was Made Today: It'd make a great 'American recession' double-bill with Killing Them Softly .
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (1999)
The Moment: Two Jedi, two lightsabers. One Sith... deciding to even out the numbers with a double-edged weapon.
Only In The '90s: Positive anticipation to a returning George Lucas franchise.
If It Was Made Today: It'd come with Mickey Mouse ears.
The Moment: Ryuji Takayama (Hiroyuki Sanada) reckons he's helped to break Sadako's curse, until the ghost crawls out of his TV set and frightens him to death.
Only In The '90s: Videotape as a source of horror.
If It Was Made Today: Killer Blu-rays! Lethal downloads! Homicidal Netflix streaming!
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Moment: The decade's weirdest dream sequence, as Jeff Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) imagines himself floating through a bowling match with Saddam Hussein and a Valkyrie Julianne Moore.
Only In The '90s: The Coens could do pretty much anything and it turn to gold.
If It Was Made Today: Can these elder statesmen of American cinema kick back and have the same kind of fun they did with Lebowski ?
The Moment: Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) attempt to find safety aboard the Titanic's top deck, only for the boat to snap in half and send them down into the icy waters.
Only In The '90s: Huge budget + groundbreaking FX + old-school epic romance = the biggest (unadjusted) box-office take of all time.
If It Was Made Today: James Cameron is too busy beating his own box-office record with his giant 3D Smurfs.
Out Of Sight (1998)
The Moment: Fugitive bank robber Jack Foley (George Clooney) and the Federal Marshall on his tail, Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez), take a 'time out' by meeting-cute as 'Gary' and 'Celeste,' their flirting intercut with pre-sex undressing.
Only In The '90s: Steven Soderbergh could go from has-been to hotshot by casting him off E.R., future pop diva J. Lo. and dicking about with the chronology.
If It Was Made Today: It'd be further proof that, contrary to hearsay, Soderbergh has absolutely zero intention of retiring from movies any time soon.
The Full Monty (1997)
The Moment: A gang of amateur strippers led by Gaz (Robert Carlyle) perform their routine to Tom Jones' You Can Leave Your Hat On , finally fulfilling their promise to go 'the full monty.'
Only In The '90s: British cinema turned kitchen-sink realism on its head by transforming tales of poverty and despair into uplifting, feel-good hits.
If It Was Made Today: Judging by Magic Mike , the 'recession stripper comedy' is still a viable sub-genre.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
The Moment: The war film like you've never seen it before, Part 1, as Private Witt (Jim Caviezel) prefers communing with the natural world of Guadalcanal to fighting the Japanese.
Only In The '90s: Terrence Malick's return to filmmaking after a two-decade absence proves such a big draw that everybody wants to work with him... and most end up on the cutting room floor in favour of a guy you've never heard of.
If It Was Made Today: If you miss a Malick audition, don't worry, there'll be another film from Mr Suddenly Prolific soon enough.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The Moment: The war film like you've never seen it before, Part 2, as Spielberg stages a staggering re-enactment of the D-Day landings.
Only In The '90s: Mixing old-school in-camera techniques with post-production wizardry to achieve an authentic period look to the footage.
If It Was Made Today: First-person gamer-style.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Moment: Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) couldn't make it plainer when he tells Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) that "I see dead people... They don't know they're dead," and the psychologist still can't figure it out.
Only In The '90s: A film's entire marketing budget can be spent teasing audiences that there's a twist ending.
If It Was Made Today: Ideally, given his recent track record, somebody other than M. Night Shyamalan should make it.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
The Moment: The T-1000 (Robert Patrick) shows what it's made of at the mental asylum, by rising from a chequered floor, walking through the bars of a cell door, withstanding several shotgun blasts to the chest and then turning its hands into hooks.
Only In The '90s: CGI that serves a proper narrative function rather than being FX eye-candy.
If It Was Made Today: Robert Patrick would have spent the shoot in a mo-cap suit.
Independence Day (1996)
The Moment: Aliens blow up the White House - the defining image of the decade's blockbusters, and proof that if the teaser trailer stops people in their tracks, you could well have a hit.
Only In The '90s: Wanton destruction of American landmarks without the 9/11 subtext.
If It Was Made Today: The same, but with added socio-political soul-searching.
The Moment: Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) bypasses the schmucks in the queue for the Copacabana night club, escorting wife-to-be Karen (Lorraine Bracco) down the back steps, through the kitchens and straight to a stage-side table.
Only In The '90s: The swooning glide of the single-take Steadicam shot, as (like Karen) we're seduced into Henry's lifestyle.
If It Was Made Today: It would be done with computers.
The Moment: Renton (Ewan McGregor) hits the ground running, pursued by security guards but with his Lust For Life undimmed. "Choose life": choose the decade's best opening sequence.
Only In The '90s: A Britfilm revolution to rival the Britpop revolution.
If It Was Made Today: It'd probably be made by Warp Films - less of a hit, but arguably even darker and edgier.
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
The Moment: Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) visits Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in lock-up for a chat, and he gives her too much information about a census taker he once met. "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."
Only In The '90s: Hopkins could win Best Actor for less than half an hour of screen time and a silly slurping noise.
If It Was Made Today: It'd be a TV series about Hannibal's pre-incarceration heyday.
Thelma And Louise (1991)
The Moment: "Let's keep going." Thelma (Geena Davis) decides it's the end of the road for her and Louise (Susan Sarandon). Cue the 90s' most bittersweet freeze-frame.
Only In The '90s: Two women in a movie could take a road trip and have the whole of American culture come to a standstill debating feminism.
If It Was Made Today: Driving off the cliff would somehow give Thelma and Louise superpowers.
Toy Story (1995)
The Moment: Andy's toys come to life, introducing mainstream audiences to Pixar and CG animation and changing the future of animated movies for ever.
Only In The '90s: With references to Picasso and a gag about toys holding a "plastic corrosion awareness meeting," there were more (and better) jokes for the parents than their kids.
If It Was Made Today: The bar has been raised so high that greatness is no longer a novelty, but practically expected.
Schindler's List (1993)
The Moment: Nazi officer Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes) orders the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto, as Spielberg switches his technical flair from blockbuster entertainment to a terrifying depiction of human evil.
Only In The '90s: The big, obvious Oscar magnet actually deserves to win.
If It Was Made Today: Spielberg's still at it, judging from early word on Lincoln , but arguably he's no longer the favourite this year.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
The Moment: Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) confides in the wrong man and is fatally shot... but he just has time to pass on a message from the grave - "Rolo Tomassi" - to incriminate villainous Dudley Smith (James Cromwell).
Only In The '90s: A director could completely change the plot of a novel so that even its fans are reeling from the shock.
If It Was Made Today: Every 'i' of James Ellroy's words would be dotted, every 't' would be crossed - and it'd be as boringly reverential as the film of The Black Dahlia .
The Moment: "Do you like scary movies?" Wes Craven reminds us what we've been missing, as Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) is sliced and diced before we've seen the credits.
Only In The '90s: Kevin Williamson applies Tarantino logic to create a horror movies about horror movies.
If It Was Made Today: As Scream 4 already figured out, it'd have to tackle the glut of horror movie remakes and reboots.
There's Something About Mary (1998)
The Moment: Ted Stroehmann (Ben Stiller) knocks one out before his date with Mary (Cameron Diaz), but where's the spunk? Uh-oh, Mary's mistaken it for hair gel.
Only In The '90s: The Farrelly brothers realise that what audiences really want is to be grossed-out, and the more outrageous the set-piece, the better.
If It Was Made Today: The genre's bar-raising would require that Mary mistook it for mint sauce and ate it.
Basic Instinct (1992)
The Moment: Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) turns the tables on her interrogators by revealing that she couldn't possibly be hiding anything because she's not even wearing knickers.
Only In The '90s: Stardom for Sharon Stone, modern-day femme fatale and post-feminist sex siren.
If It Was Made Today: Hollywood would chicken out by filming that shot from the back and leaving the audience to figure out what she's flashing.
The Matrix (1999)
The Moment: Neo (Keanu Reeves) is shot at by the Matrix's goons, only to dodge the bullets by reacting in 'bullet time.'
Only In The '90s: It was still possible to stop audiences in their tracks with a new kind of visual effect.
If It Was Made Today: Bullet time would look a decade out of date.
The Moment: Detectives Mills (Brad Pitt) and Somerset (Morgan Freeman) escort serial killer John Doe (Kevin Spacey) to the desert in search of his last victim's bodies, only for a delivery van to drop off a package. "What's in the box?" Victory for Doe, that's what.
Only In The '90s: Kevin Spacey could still go uncredited to preserve the brutal shocks of the film's final half-hour.
If It Was Made Today: We'd see every gory last detail of Doe's masterplan.
The Moment: As several characters reach crisis point, it begins raining frogs. What are the odds?
Only In The '90s: Filmmakers weren't shy about using a good old-fashioned deus ex machina ending. See also: the earthquake that ends Short Cuts.
If It Was Made Today: The 'weird weather' genre has moved into animation with Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs .
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Moment: A thudding echo and a rippling glass of water herald the arrival of a T Rex, changing the rules for Hollywood forever.
Only In The '90s: The FX work is so surprising that disbelief is suspended, along with our jaw muscles.
If It Was Made Today: A million wise-ass fanboys complaining about the CGI rendering.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Moment: The big reveal, as Warden Norton (Bob Gunton) discovers a tunnel behind a poster of Raquel Welch in the cell of escaped convict Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins).
Only In The '90s: ...would everybody be too wowed by the post-modern hi-jinks in indie cinema to spot a proper, old-school classic hiding in the multiplexes. Thank goodness for home video and word-of-mouth.
If It Was Made Today: Andy would have a poster of Kim Kardashian.
The Moment: De Niro and Pacino's coffee shop chat? Iconic, but too easy - especially compared to Michael Mann's jaw-dropping orchestration of a cops vs robbers firefight in a busy L.A. street in broad daylight.
Only In The '90s: Actors got ridiculously dedicated to on-screen realism - Val Kilmer proved so good at reloading his Colt carbine rifle the footage is used to train American Special Forces recruits.
If It Was Made Today: Mann would cast Christian Bale... in every role.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The Moment: Mr Blonde (Michael Madsen) doesn't give a good fuck what Marvin the cop (Kirk Baltz) does or doesn't know. He's gonna torture him anyway, especially when K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies is playing the perfect song for ear-slicing antics.
Only In The '90s: Stealers Wheel's Stuck In The Middle Of You can go from obscurity to era-defining hit, despite being twenty years old.
If It Was Made Today: They'd use Louise Redknapp's cover version of the song.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Moment: The greatest trick the devil ever pulled? Certainly the greatest twist the Nineties ever pulled, as Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey) proves he's not such a cripple he can't do a runner from the law.
Only In The '90s: A young director like Bryan Singer could assemble a top-notch cast of actors like Spacey who the studios had basically overlooked.
If It Was Made Today: How's this for a line-up? Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Javier Bardem and Scoot McNairy as Verbal.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Moment: It had to be Pulp Fiction , of course - practically a compendium of the decade's finest moments. But which one to go for? "I'll execute every motherfucking last one of you"? Ezekiel 25:17? "Bring out the gimp?" "You shot Marvin in the face?"
Ultimately, though, it has to be Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) doing the Twist to Chuck Berry's You Never Can Tell - so cool it's still imitated today.
Only In The '90s : Thurman's nose-holding underwater moves.
If It Was Made Today: It'd be a big Glee -style musical number.