Top 10 Nineties movies matched with retro recipes


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Now here’s a decade I’m oh so familiar with. Yes the mighty nineties as I like to call it. It was like the 80s on steroids. More advances in technology, more disturbing films, more sweet, saccharine plots. Let us skip down the yellow brick road that was the nineties with my top 10 movies (based on highest grossing and my own personal taste).

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Andy Dufresne is an innocent man convicted of killing his wife and her lover and is sent to jail where his quiet spirit and extreme patience wins him a lot of good friends and an awesome chance at freedom. This is a great movie, watch it! You’ll love it.

2. The Sixth Sense (1999)

This film rocketed M. Night Shyamalan into the mainstream, he’s the king of the twist and this film delivered and then some. I’m pretty good at picking twists but I had no idea – I’ll say no more, because if you haven’t seen it, you totally should.

3. Pretty Woman (1990)

Hello Julia Roberts, come and be a superstar why don’t you. I still love this movie. I’m such a girl. Prostitute or no prostitute this was a great love story with an awesome soundtrack, famous quotes and fabulous fashion – win-win


What comes to mind when you think 90s food? I had to ask my Film and Food followers on Facebook and this is what they came up with. Tell me if you think they got it right… or not! First let’s start with Caesar Salad which became a huge hit in the 1990s – every household in the western world was serving this up to their friends at a BBQ. This is a Classic Caesar Salad recipe from Food Network.

4. Schindler’s List (1993)

Don’t skip this film just because it’s confronting because, ultimately, it’s uplifting… really. It’s set in WWII – concentration camps, death, injustice, evil and one man who stood up to them all to save as many people as he could. This is based on a true story – which always make the best films.

5. Dances with Wolves (1990)

The golden boy of the nineties, Kevin Costner, gets friendly with some Native American Indians on the prairies. Long, very long, but it’s an epic, what do we expect? It’s actually one of my favourite movies full of atmosphere – a great story well told.

6. Titanic (1997)

Long, sad, romantic and, spoiler alert, the boat sinks. Pretty emotional really. I love it but I struggle to watch the second half, especially the scene where the old couple snuggle on the bed, knowing that they’re about… sob…to… sob… die!

Main meal:

Pasta came into its own in the 1990s especially with the favourite ingredient of the moment, sun-dried tomatoes – fast and tasty; win-win. Make this 90s-inspired dish; Fusilli Pasta with Cabernet Sun-Dried Tomato recipe from Table Feast.

7. The Usual Suspects (1995)

This movie was a bit of a dark horse. It didn’t win any Best Picture at the Oscars but it was a contender. It’s a crime movie that will keep you guessing until the very end. You won’t see this twist coming; it’s smart, fast-paced and surprising. Love it.

8. Jurassic Park (1993)

Frightening stuff with dinosaurs coming alive and taking revenge on stupid humans who re-created them. It has great special effects and frightening sequences – the cup of water, the T-Rex, the small yellow car… thump, thump, thump… eeek.

9. Romeo and Juliet (1996)

I love a good Baz Luhrmann movie with the music matching the scenes, the quirky moments and this one was a fantastic hit, introducing modern audiences to Shakespeare in a new, funky way. Not everyone loved the performances but it’s entertaining and that’s all that matters.


If you were a teenager in the 90s like me, you probably chowed down a few of these beauties (or similar). The humble cheesecake was a staple thanks to The Cheesecake Shop and others who made yummy varieties. Make this one and relive the heady days of the 90s! Yumsie. It’s a Retro Kiwifruit Cheesecake recipe from Countdown New Zealand.


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10. Matrix (1999)

A love letter to Sydney in my mind. Oh yeah, then there were those special effects, Keanu Reeves and strange old story line, bending of spoons and different worlds, long black capes and the end of the world and clones! It’s pretty cool.

There were many more impressive films of the decade but listing them all is simply impossible. Now to the misses. And remember, this is merely my opinion, you may think differently.

 What are your favourite films of the 90s?

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