The top-grossing movie of the 1990s is still making waves today. The decade saw the premiere of the “Star Wars” prequels, the release of popular children’s films such as “The Lion King” and “Home Alone,” and the release of a little-known film named “Titanic,” which briefly held the box office record.
You must not even be a child of the 1990s to experience a pang of nostalgia and affection for those flicks (but it does help). Here are all the top box office successes of the 1990s, according to Screen Rant, based on information by Box Office Mojo on initial domestic revenue (not adding sequels or worldwide sales).
Forrest Gump: $329 million
It’s really no wonder that “Forrest Gump” picked up a lot of ticket sales after winning Best Picture there at the 67th Academy Awards. The picture spans decades of U.s. history, although it is unmistakably a ’90s picture.
Jurassic Park: $357 million
Dinosaurs have always been cool, but after the publication of “Jurassic Park” movie in 1993, they became more so. For a generation, the Steven Spielberg masterpiece brings the vanished giants alive on screen, evoking amazement as well as horror.
Titanic: $600 million
“Titanic,” movie the elephant inside the room, made an incredible $600 million when the movie was released in 1997. It was visible to everybody. It was seen twice by everyone. Everybody mocked the classic moment just on the ship’s bow of the ship. The next year, the film established the global box office record, which it maintained until James Cameron beat it along with “Avatar” in 2009.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace: $431 million
Whatever you think of both the “Star Wars” prequels, “Episode I” placed butts in cinema chairs from across the United States when this was premiered in 1999. Despite Jar Jar Binks, Jake Lloyd’s childish acting, as well as Natalie Portman’s sloppy make-up, this film transported audiences to a galaxy long, much further far — and made money in the process.