“Must See” Movies Post-1986

Below is a list of films released after 1986 which I consider to be essential viewing for all film fanatics. Click on any hyperlinked title to read my review.


Animated Features
Aladdin StillAladdin (1992)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Chicken Run (2000)
Finding Nemo (2004)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Incredibles, The (2004)
Iron Giant, The (1999)
Lilo and Stitch (2002)
Lion King, The (1994)
Little Mermaid, The (1989)
Metropolis (2001)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Nightmare Before Christmas, The (1993)
Ratatouille (2007)
Shrek (2001)
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1997)
Spirited Away (2002)
Toy Story (1995)
Triplets of Belleville, The (2004)
Waking Life (2001)
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Documentaries
American Movie StillAmerican Movie (1999)
Born Into Brothels (2004)
Bowling For Columbine (2002)
Buena Vista Social Club, The (1999)
Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
Celluloid Closet, The (1995)
Cinemania (2002)
Crumb (1995)
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Gleaners and I, The (2000)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Inconvenient Truth, An (2006)
Lost in La Mancha (2002)
March of the Penguins (2005)
Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)
Microcosmos (1996)
Panama Deception, The (1992)
Paris is Burning (1990)
Rivers and Tides (2001)
Roger and Me (1989)
Spellbound (2002)
Super-Size Me (2004)
Thin Blue Line, The (1988)
Visions of Light (1992)
Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, The (1993)

Foreign Films
Abre Los Ojos StillAbre los Ojos (1997, Spanish)
All About My Mother (1999, Spanish)
Amelie (2001, French)
Amores Perros (2000, Mexican)
Antonia’s Line (1995, Dutch)
Ariel (1988, Finnish)
Au Revoir, Les Enfants (1987, French)
Audition (1999, Japanese)
Babette’s Feast (1987, French)
Blackboards (2000, Iranian)
Blue (1992, French)
Celebration, The (1998, Danish)
City of God (2003, Brazilian)
Coeur un Hiver, En (1992, French)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Taiwanese)
Decalogue, The (1989, Polish)
Delicatessen (1991, French)
Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayenge (1995, Indian)
El Mariachi (1992, Mexican)
Enfant, L’ (2006, Belgian)
Europa, Europa (1990, German)
Fast Runner (2001, Inuit)
Hero (2002, Hong Kong)
House of Flying Daggers (2004, Chinese)
In the Mood for Love (2000, Hong Kong)
Insomnia (1997, Norwegian)
Jean de Florette (1987, French)
Kandahar (2001, Iranian)
Lamerica (1994, Albanian)
Law of Desire (1987, Spanish)
Like Water for Chocolate (1993, Mexican)
My Life as a Dog (1987, Swedish)
No Man’s Land (2001, Bosnian)
Osama (2003, Iranian)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, Spanish)
Ponette (1996, French)
Raise the Red Lantern (1991, Chinese)
Red (1994, French)
Ringu (1998, Japanese)
Rosetta (1999, Belgian)
Run Lola Run (1998, German)
Russian Ark (2002, Russian)
Salaam Bombay! (1988, Indian)
Scent of Green Papaya, The (1993, Vietnamese)
Tale of Two Sisters, A (2003, Korean)
Talk to Her (2002, Spanish)
Tous les Matins du Monde (1991)
Vanishing, The (1988, Dutch)
Wedding Banquet, The (1993, Taiwanese)
White (1994, French)
White Balloon, The (1995, Iranian)
Wings of Desire (1987, German)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988, Spanish)
Y Tu Mamá También (2001, Mexican)
Yi Yi (2000, Chinese)

Other Titles
Abyss StillAbyss, The (1989)
Accidental Tourist, The (1988)
Accused, The (1988)
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The (1994)
Almost Famous (2000)
American Beauty (1999)
American History X (1998)
American Pie (1999)
Angel At My Table, An (1990)
Apollo 13 (1995)
As Good as it Gets (1997)
Austin Powers (1999)
Awakenings (1990)
Babe (1995)
Bagdad Café (1988)
Barton Fink (1991)
Batman (1989)
Batman Begins (2005)
Beautiful Mind, A (2001)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Best in Show (2000)
Big (1988)
Big Lebowski, The (1998)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Blair Witch Project, The (1999)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Bound (1996)
Bourne Identity, The (2002)
Bourne Supremacy, The (2004)
Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Boyz ‘N the Hood (1991)
Braveheart (1995)
Breach (2006)
Breaking the Waves (1996)
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Bull Durham (1988)
Bulworth (1998)
Capote (2005)
Casino Royale (2006)
Cast Away (2000)
Chicago (2002)
Children of Men (2006)
Citizen Ruth (1996)
Clerks (1994)
Clueless (1995)
Contact (1997)
Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, The (1989)
Crash (1996)
Crash (2005)
Crying Game, The (1992)
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
Dangerous Liasons (1988)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Departed, The (2006)
Die Hard (1988)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Dogma (1999)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Eating (1990)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Election (1999)
Emma (1996)
English Patient, The (1996)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Far From Heaven (2002)
Fargo (1996)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Few Good Men, A (1992)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Fifth Element, The (1997)
Fight Club (1999)
Fish Called Wanda, A (1988)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Fugitive, The (1993)
Full Monty, The (1997)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Gas, Food Lodging (1992)
Get Shorty (1995)
Ghost (1990)
Girlfight (2000)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Glory (1989)
Go Fish (1994)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
GoodFellas (1990)
Gosford Park (2001)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Hairspray (1988)
Hamlet (1996)
Happiness (1998)
Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone (2001)
Heathers (1989)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Heist (2001)
Henry V (1989)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990)
Home Alone (1990)
Hope and Glory (1987)
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Hours, The (2002)
House of Games (1987)
Howards End (1992)
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Infamous (2006)
Insider, The (1999)
Iris (2001)
Jackie Brown (1997)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
JFK (1991)
Joy Luck Club, The (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Kids (1995)
Kill Bill: Volume I and II (2003)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
La Bamba (1987)
Lantana (2001)
Last Emperor, The (1987)
Last King of Scotland, The (2006)
Last Seduction, The (1994)
Last Temptation of Christ, The (1988)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Legally Blonde (2001)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Life is Sweet (1990)
Living in Oblivion (1996)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Lone Star (1996)
Lord of the Rings, The: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Lord of the Rings, The: The Return of the King (2003)
Lord of the Rings, The: The Two Towers (2002)
Lost in Translation (2004)
Lovely and Amazing (2001)
Malcolm X (1992)
Mask, The (1994)
Master and Commander (2003)
Matrix, The (1999)
Memento (2000)
Men in Black (1997)
Metropolitan (1990)
Mighty Wind, A (2003)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Minority Report (2002)
Misery (1990)
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
Monster (2004)
Monster’s Ball (2001)
Moonstruck (1987)
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Munich (2005)
Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
My Left Foot (1989)
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Mystic River (2003)
Naked (1993)
Naked Gun, The (1988)
Naked Lunch (1991)
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Notting Hill (1999)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Office Space (1999)
Once Were Warriors (1994)
Passion of the Christ, The (2004)
Philadelphia (1993)
Pi: Faith in Chaos (1998)
Piano, The (1993)
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
Predator (1987)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Princess Bride, The (1987)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Queen, The (2006)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Rain Man (1988)
Rapture, The (1991)
Ray (2004)
Remains of the Day, The (1993)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
RoboCop (1987)
Safe (1995)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Say Anything… (1989)
Scent of a Woman (1992)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Se7en (1995)
Secretary (2002)
Secrets and Lies (1996)
Serial Mom (1994)
sex, lies and videotape (1989)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
She-Devil (1989)
Shine (1996)
Sideways (2005)
Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
Sixth Sense, The (1999)
Slacker (1991)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Sling Blade (1996)
Smoke Signals (1998)
Spanish Prisoner, The (1997)
Speed (1994)
Spider-Man (2002)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
Swingers (1996)
T2: Judgment Day (1991)
Tank Girl (1995)
Thelma and Louise (1991)
There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Thin Red Line (1998)
32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
Three Kings (1999)
Titanic (1997)
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
Total Recall (1990)
Traffic (2000)
Training Day (2001)
Trainspotting (1996)
Transamerica (2005)
True Love (1989)
True Romance (1993)
Trust (1990)
Unforgiven (1992)
United 93 (2006)
Usual Suspects, The (1995)
Valmont (1989)
Vera Drake (2004)
Wag the Dog (1997)
Waiting for Guffman (1996)
Walk the Line (2005)
Wall Street (1987)
Wayne’s World (1992)
Whale Rider (2003)
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Wild at Heart (1990)
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (1996)
Working Girl (1988)
World Apart, A (1988)

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