Dead Poets Society (1989)
> IMDb rating: 8.1 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 84%
> RT audience score: 92%
> Directed by: Peter Weir
> Starring: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles
Social and educational dynamics at a private boys’ school in New England in the 1950s provide the setting for this elegiac and inspiring Robin Williams vehicle. An unorthodox teacher (Williams), a resurrected secret society, a martinet father, and a school play lead up to a tragic suicide and the teacher’s dismissal.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
> IMDb rating: 7.9 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 90%
> RT audience score: 91%
> Directed by: Tim Burton
> Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall
Director Tim Burton channels personal feelings of alienation and artistic ambition through the avatar of Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp) in this iconic fantasy. An artificial man with scissors for hands, Edward struggles to find his place in the suburbs. Composer Danny Elfman’s magical score helps bring the story to life.
My Girl (1991)
> IMDb rating: 6.9 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 53%
> RT audience score: 77%
> Directed by: Howard Zieff
> Starring: Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis
This blockbuster dramedy takes place in 1972 and centers on the adventures of a young girl (Anna Chlumsky) and her best friend (Macaulay Culkin). Chock full of coming-of-age themes, it features breakout performances and an ending that left most viewers in tears.
King of the Hill (1993)
> IMDb rating: 7.4 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 91%
> RT audience score: 84%
> Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
> Starring: Jesse Bradford, Lisa Eichhorn, Karen Allen
Steven Soderbergh directed and wrote the screenplay for “King of the Hill,” which follows a young boy living alone in a hotel after his mother is hospitalized and his father fails to return from a business trip.
> IMDb rating: 7.7 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 81%
> RT audience score: 89%
> Directed by: Jonathan Demme
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell, Buzz Kilman
This acclaimed drama is widely considered the first mainstream Hollywood film to directly tackle the AIDS crisis. It stars Tom Hanks as lawyer and HIV victim Andrew Beckett, who sues his former employer for discrimination. Denzel Washington co-stars.
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