Top 100 Movies Of The 1990's: #33 Trainspotting

Box Office: $16.5 Million

Oscar Nominations: None

Oscar Wins: None

MovieRankings.Net: 92/100

Available To Stream: MGM+, Paramount+

This might be the worst trailer I've seen. I guess the omission kinda makes sense but this is a movie that is about heroin. This trailer makes you think Trainspotting is a heist movie. It's about friendship, maturity, responsibilities, consequences and lots and lots of heroin. It has so much more depth than a traditional heist movie.

When this came out, some people said it glamorizes drug use. If you think Trainspotting shows drug use in a good light, you're a fucking idiot. The brilliance in Trainspotting is that shows you WHY these people use heroin but also how awful it is. Just because they play upbeat songs when they are high doesn't mean heroin is good. A baby dies because they are so focused on using heroin and instead of mourning, they just turn to using more heroin. There's a reason the director Danny Boyle shows you the dead baby. He wants you to see the ramifications of what they are doing.

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Ewen MacGregor is fantastic in Trainspotting. I love how he shows how hard it is to escape a negative lifestyle. Even when he thinks he does, his friends come back to haunt him. This is a different movie than Fight Club which openly hates modern society. Trainspotting and especially Ewen MacGregor's Renton are bored by at first but come to embrace normalcy. You don't have to use heroin to understand how comfortable conformity can feel at times.

I think this is Danny Boyle's best movie. I know Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture but Trainspotting is a much more interesting movie. It's also one that sticks with you. I don't even have Slumdog in his top three movies. I have 127 Hours and 28 Days Later ahead of it as well. But it's Trainspotting that makes me think the most.

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Watching this, I couldn't help thinking Jonny Lee Miller and Kelly MacDonald should have had better careers. MacDonad was obviously brilliant in No Country For Old Men but that just makes my point even clearer. They both jump off the screen in every scene they are in. It probably doesn't hurt being in a movie that is electric from start to finish.

Great movies bring you into a world you wouldn't normally go. The best movies help you understand people you wouldn't normally even interact with. Danny Boyle made a fantastic movie that not only does that but is also thrilling, exciting and horribly tragic.

I will say the gap between 34 and 35 is pretty wide and everything from 34 on are movies that I consider great. When this list ends in 2028, hopefully you'll agree.

33. Trainspotting

34. The Game

35. Out Of Sight

36. Carlito's Way

37. Seven

38. L.A. Confidential

39. Speed

40. Gattaca

41. Misery

42. Tombstone

43. Ransom

44. Wayne's World

45. The Insider

46. Back To The Future Part III

47. A Bronx Tale

48. The People Vs. Larry Flynt

49. Eyes Wide Shut

50. The Sandlot

51. Happy Gilmore

52. Contact

53. The Green Mile

54. Man On The Moon

55. Boyz N The Hood

56. Grosse Pointe Blank

57. Independence Day

58. The Rainmaker

59. Go

60. The Firm

61. Magnolia

62. The Talented Mr. Ripley

63. Tommy Boy

64. The Usual Suspects

65. In The Line Of Fire

66. My Cousin Vinny

67. Awakenings

68. JFK

69. Toy Story

70. Home Alone

71. Jerry Maguire

72. Titanic

73. Billy Madison

74. Apollo 13

75. Braveheart

76. Edward Scissorhands

77. Cape Fear

78. The River Wild

79. What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

80. 12 Monkeys

81. Stir Of Echoes

82. Mission: Impossible

83. Total Recall

84. Quiz Show

85. For Love Of The Game

86. Being John Malkovich

87. Men In Black

88. Scream

89. Alive

90. Three Kings

91. Glengarry Glen Ross

92. Die Hard With A Vengeance

93. The Blair Witch Project

94. Twister

95. Dirty Work

96. Election

97. Tremors

98. Any Given Sunday

99. The Wedding Singer

100. Clerks