Spielberg’s "Jurassic Park" was the top grossing film of 1993, raking in over $900 million worldwide. Today, the film is still considered a landmark in computer-generated imagery.
1993 was a momentous year for Spielberg. After wrapping "Jurassic Park," he went on to produce and direct the outstanding drama "Schindler’s List." "Schindler’s List" walked away with seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
"The Piano," staring Holly Hunter, Sam Neill, and Anna Paquin, uses a breathtaking score and vast New Zealand landscapes to extenuate themes of loneliness and forbidden love. Although "The Piano" didn’t win the Oscar for Best Picture, Holly Hunter won Best Actress, while the 11-year-old Anna Paquin won Best Supporting Actress.
Robin Williams lit up the screen as the cross-dressing "Mrs. Doubtfire" — a dad in a nanny-suit, attempting to win back the affection of his children. This knockout comedy not only won the Oscar for Best Makeup but was the second-highest grossing film of the year.
Sleepless in Seattle
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks returned to the screen together as America’s sweethearts in Nora Ephron’s timeless "Sleepless in Seattle." The film pays homage to the 1957 film "An Affair to Remember" with its Empire State Building climax between Hanks and Ryan.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Johnny Depp’s mentally challenged brother in this dynamic 1993 drama. Variety praised the film as “an offbeat middleweight charmer that is lent a measure of substance by its astute performances and observational insight.”
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Dazed and Confused
This coming of age film, named after Led Zeppelin’s original song, is packed with young actors who would later become stars, including Ben Affleck, Mathew McConaughey and Parker Posey. The film only made $8 million at the box office but has now attained a cult following.
The Age of Innocence
Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1920 novel "Age of Innocence" starred Winona Ryder. Scorsese dedicated the film to his father, who died before the film was wrapped.
"Cliffhanger," starting Sylvester Stallone, was nominated for three Academy Awards but lost all to "Jurrasic Park."
In 1993, the Washington Post commented, “'Groundhog Day' will never be designated a national film treasure by the Library of Congress,” but they spoke too soon. "Groundhog Day" now holds a place on this prestigious list.
“A husband. A wife. A millionaire. A proposal,” read the tagline for "Indecent Proposal," starring Demi Moore and Robert Redford. The film’s budget was a lofty $65 million, but was well worth its $255 million return.
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The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan’s 1989 best selling novel, rich with the clash within the Chinese-American culture, was adapted for the screen in 1993. Amy Tan cowrote the screenplay.
"Philadelphia" was one of the first films in Hollywood to address AIDS and homosexuality. Tom Hanks won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Andrew Beckett.
This film may have been based on the popular SNL sketch, but Roger Ebert gave this flick only one and a half stars.
The Addams Family Values
Duh na na na. Snap, snap. "The Addams Family" released its sequel in November of ’93.
"The Fugitive" was the third-largest grossing film in 1993 and currently holds a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Tommy Lee Jones was rewarded for his bravado performance with an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
This political thriller staring Tom Cruise and Holly Hunter earned two Academy Award nominations in ’93. Holly Hunter was nominated for Best Supporting Actress against her "The Piano" castmate Anna Paquin.
“You’re Killing Me, Smalls!” This coming-of-age comedy centers on a group of young baseball players in the summer of 1962 and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Three Colors: Blue
Liberty, equality, and fraternity. The first installment of this French trilogy centers on the themes of French Revolutionary ideals. Although French, this film, staring Juliette Binoche, experienced critical success in the States.
The Pelican Brief
Another 1993 legal thriller, starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, this had mixed reviews when it was released; however, that didn’t stop it from grossing $195 million.