The 15 Most Underrated Crime Films of the 1990s
Mystery and crime are linked but separate genres, with deeply different expectations and styles. Crossover exists, sure—and, as the famous saying goes, all stories are mysteries in the end—but there’s something intrinsic about the crime genre that takes things further: crime films focus in on the criminals themselves in a different way, and almost always offer a detailed introspection of the darker side of life.
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Once upon a time, Netflix’s DVD library hosted well over 100,000 titles and sent out roughly 12 million DVDs per week. Now, with the advent of easy-to-use streaming services, the amount of content viewers have available has shrunk to the low thousands. Look up any list of “films to watch” and you’ll find a tiny selection of movies, usually curated by people all reading the same lists and commenting on the exact same hot new show or film.
But, is that all there is? With over a hundred years of incredible filmmaking on the planet isn’t there something missed when we only pay attention to the latest and greatest? This series is dedicated to answering that question and to exploring a small handful of the unsung films from decades past.
I’ll examine each decade in turn, all the way back to the earliest days of film, and I’ll be exploring every genre of film there is! From science fiction, to drama, to romance, to comedy—I’m going to cover the entirety of film history for you, bringing out the golden nuggets for you to enjoy.
The most underrated crime films of the 1990s
The 1990s saw some of the hottest flicks emerge in every genre. The landscape of film was shifting dramatically as new technologies emerged and a new generation of star actors, directors, and screenwriters blossomed.
A certain 1990s fascination with the dark and the violent stirred as well, offering cleverer films than some previous generations had afforded, called back to the sharp twists and turns of the golden age of noir.
Yet, despite all the great films made during this decade, many have been forgotten, much to the detriment of the viewing public.
As always, with these articles, I love hearing your feedback in the comments section, or on Twitter @indubitablyodin. Let me know what your favorite films of the decade were, which ones you think I should have included, and which you hope I’ll mention in one of my next decades!