Check out this short list of some of the best and most memorable movies from 1993.
By: Ezra Meyers
Groundhog Day used to be a simple time in which we all pretended to believe that a magical groundhog looking at his shadow could influence how much longer winter was going to last. Speaking of, it was Groundhog Day earlier this month and we're going to have six more weeks of winter. Sorry!
But now it's also a time to watch Bill Murray's fantastic Groundhog Day, a film that, while fairly successful and critically well received at its release, has only grown in acclaim over the 25 years since. It's gone from a surprisingly solid comedy to maybe the It's a Wonderful Life of its era (another film that became steadily more appreciated in the years after its release).
Groundhog Day is hardly the only great film that came out in 1993, a notably strong year for Hollywood. Just check out this short list of some of the best and most memorable films from that year that you can check out on Cox this month.
The biggest film of 1993, as well as one of the biggest films of all time, Jurassic Park's direction (by Steven Spielberg, who also released Schindler's List that same year) and incredible special effects (from George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic team at their peak) made it seem possible that dinosaurs really could be resurrected from extinction.
Starring Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Samuel L. Jackson, it might just be the ultimate early 90s film. And with a new Jurassic Park sequel coming out later this year (Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom) this is the perfect time to rewatch the original and best.
Available to purchase On Demand through Contour. Go to On Demand, visit the Movies section, choose Jurassic Park, and you'll be set.
Funny and heartfelt, Mrs. Doubtfire never veers into the too hokey territory that so many of its contemporary family comedies do. Featuring Robin Williams at his comic best — it may even be his most memorable pure comedy film — it's the perfect comedy time capsule for 1993. Plus it also stars two other greats of the time in Sally Field and Matilda herself, Mara Wilson.
Robin Willliam and Mrs. Doubtfire both have had such an incredible impact on so many people that a makeshift Robin Williams memorial has steadily grown outside the Mrs. Doubtfire house in San Francisco (Robin William's hometown) since his passing, becoming a popular stop for tourists and locals alike to honor his memory.
Available via STARS ENCORE On Demand. Go to On Demand, visit the Movies section, and you'll find Mrs. Doubtfire there.
The film that established Tom Hanks as a serious dramatic actor, securing him his first Best Actor nomination and win (he'd win his second Oscar the very next year for Forrest Gump). It also stars Denzel Washington and features the Oscar winning song Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen.
Philadelphia was groundbreaking in portraying a gay man's struggle against both homophobia and the HIV that was slowly killing him. It was also a major hit, earning over $206 million against a budget of only $26 million. The film still resonates just as strongly today.
Available as a Movie On Demand rental until March 19th.
Rudy is one of those movies that you (probably) can't help but like. This is thanks almost entirely to the affable charm of star Sean Astin, who keeps it from becoming nothing more than the story of a random guy who complains a lot about not being allowed to do something he actually isn't very good at. Astin would later bring that same charm to his portrayal of Samwise Gamgee, essentially the Rudy of Middle of Earth, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
One of the most inspiring and stirring sports films ever made about a little guy getting a shot at his dream. If you want something both light and uplifting to watch, Rudy is the pick.
Available as a Movie On Demand rental until February 26th.
Sleepless in Seattle
With this and Philadelphia, Tom Hank's 1993 was nearly as good as Steven Spielberg's in terms of critical acclaim and commercial success. Written and directed by Nora Ephron, and also starring Meg Ryan, Sleepless in Seattle is arguably the greatest romantic comedy of all time, giving the Nora Ephron written and Meg Ryan starring 1989 hit When Harry, Met Sally a run for its money.
There are very few better movies to watch during a cold February night in.
Available as a Movie On Demand rental until February 26th. Also available as a purchase for Contour customers.