1992 Ranked Films

by TimMacAusland | created - 15 Apr 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

The ranked list of 1992 films that I have seen so far.

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1. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 49,099 | Gross: $62.55M


Essentially two fascinating storylines intertwined into one, The Crying Game is a compelling and unpredictable tale of love and war featuring a tour de force performance from Jaye Davidson.

2. Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) and a young man, The "Schofield Kid" (Jaimz Woolvett).

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Votes: 357,585 | Gross: $101.16M


A much needed revisionist western in terms of exploring fresh thematic territory, Unforgiven is understated and gorgeously shot, with terrific work done by Clint Eastwood both in front of and behind the camera.

3. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

Votes: 874,876 | Gross: $2.83M


A tour de force first feature for Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs circumvents conventional heist film trappings and finds a unique take.

4. Howards End (1992)

PG | 142 min | Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 27,223 | Gross: $25.97M


With James Ivory's sensitive direction deftly adapting a tale of class struggles, Howards End relies on the prowess of an outstanding cast to elicit emotional connections in the viewer.

5. Lorenzo's Oil (1992)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and tackle the problem himself.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Peter Ustinov, Kathleen Wilhoite

Votes: 19,702 | Gross: $7.29M


Based on an inspiring true story of human resilience in the face of uncompromising disease, Lorenzo’s Oil succeeds on the backs of the passionate Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte.

6. A River Runs Through It (1992)

PG | 123 min | Drama

68 Metascore

The story about two sons of a stern minister -- one reserved, one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn

Votes: 51,152 | Gross: $43.44M


Unspooling a family drama that flows seamlessly if predictably, the ever spiritual A River Runs Through It boasts some deft character work.

7. Aladdin (1992)

G | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

86 Metascore

A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman

Votes: 351,543 | Gross: $217.35M


Ushering in a whole new world of Disney animation, Aladdin displays an inspired sense of mysticism and energy on its quest to enchant viewers.

8. Singles (1992)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Sheila Kelley

Votes: 26,604 | Gross: $18.47M


Capturing the zeitgeist of an era and a locale, Singles doesn’t have huge aspirations but proves to be a resonant and realistic depiction of young adulthood.

9. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

41 Metascore

A violent police detective investigates a brutal murder that might involve a manipulative and seductive novelist.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 163,827 | Gross: $117.73M


Some may get turned off by Basic Instinct’s bombastic approach to character development and plot, but with a genuine sense of intrigue thanks to an ambiguous turn from Sharon Stone, it’ll go down as a sexual thriller to remember.

10. Batman Returns (1992)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

68 Metascore

Batman returns to the big screen when a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaks havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

Votes: 263,702 | Gross: $162.83M


Improving on its predecessor with darker tones and tragic storylines, Batman Returns differentiates itself from other superhero movies with a crisper sense of identity.

11. Patriot Games (1992)

R | 117 min | Action, Thriller

64 Metascore

When CIA analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin

Votes: 98,363 | Gross: $83.29M


Patriot Games is a fairly standard revenge thriller when it comes right down to it, but with a firm sense of conviction and a solid Harrison Ford stepping into the lead role, viewers should be satisfied regardless.

12. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

R | 128 min | Horror

57 Metascore

The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 182,833 | Gross: $82.52M


Though often self-indulgent, some gorgeous mise-en-scéne and a top-notch Francis Ford Coppola are more than enough to bring Bram Stoker's Dracula to life.

13. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, The Great Gonzo, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 45,784 | Gross: $27.28M


Oft told tale notwithstanding, The Muppet Christmas Carol and its felted friends manage to elicit the warm and fuzzies all the same.

14. Candyman (1992)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

61 Metascore

The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 65,155 | Gross: $25.79M


The film as a whole isn’t as entrancing as its titular menace, but Candyman introduces to the horror genre an alternative and spooky urban legend all the same.

15. School Ties (1992)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Set in the 1950s, a star-quarterback is given an opportunity to attend an elite preparatory school but must conceal the fact that he is Jewish.

Director: Robert Mandel | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell, Randall Batinkoff

Votes: 21,301 | Gross: $14.72M


School Ties remains somewhat manipulative vis-a-vis its prejudicial themes, though sharp filmmaking and convincing performances are enough to compensate.

16. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

40 Metascore

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue a former LAPD officer who uses his knowledge of police procedure and policies to steal and sell confiscated guns and ammunition to local street gangs.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

Votes: 151,493 | Gross: $144.73M


Partly succumbing to the law of diminishing returns, Lethal Weapon 3 still has plenty to offer in the way of thrilling action set-pieces.

17. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 284,901 | Gross: $173.59M


Proving bigger isn’t always better, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York upgrades from its suburban setting but relies largely on the same blueprint its predecessor used.

18. Alien³ (1992)

R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she has brought along an unwelcome visitor.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

Votes: 266,013 | Gross: $55.47M


Despite introducing audiences to thriller maestro David Fincher, Alien 3 nevertheless runs circles around itself trying to measure up to its predecessors in either horror or action.

19. The Bodyguard (1992)

R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Music

39 Metascore

A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to an R&B singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Gary Kemp, Bill Cobbs

Votes: 113,281 | Gross: $121.95M


The Bodyguard may have appealing elements to mass audiences, but a lack of chemistry between Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston leave it devoid of thrills and sentiment.

20. Wayne's World (1992)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Music

57 Metascore

Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere

Votes: 138,411 | Gross: $121.70M


Proving Mike Myers’ and Dana Carvey’s outlandish caricatures wear thin at feature length, Wayne’s World is about as desperate and intellectually vapid as comedies get.

21. The Lawnmower Man (1992)

R | 108 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright, Mark Bringelson

Votes: 32,785 | Gross: $32.10M


A Stephen King adaptation in name only, The Lawnmower Man is overly reliant on poor CGI and is virtually a thrill-less science-fiction romp.

22. Tetsuo (1989)

Not Rated | 67 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Tomorô Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Votes: 18,064


Displaying some thoughtful scientific themes but burying them in grotesque, overblown imagery, Tetsuo: The Iron Man ought be taught a lesson in subtlety or even narrative cohesion.

23. Shakes the Clown (1991)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk. Binky, another clown, wins the spot on a local kiddie show, which depresses Shakes even ... See full summary »

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait | Stars: Bobcat Goldthwait, Julie Brown, Bruce Baum, Steve Bean

Votes: 4,461 | Gross: $0.12M


Abrasively unfunny - ironically enough - Shakes the Clown is appropriately enthusiastic but structurally unstable, and represents Bobcat Goldthwait at his most unrestrained.

24. Sleepwalkers (1992)

R | 91 min | Horror

38 Metascore

A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.

Director: Mick Garris | Stars: Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige, Jim Haynie

Votes: 19,361 | Gross: $30.52M


Another indicator that Stephen King’s direct involvement in features ought be dissuaded, Sleepwalkers is cheesy, laughable, and downright dull beyond belief.

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