The decade of the 1990s in film involved many significant developments in cinema. Continuing from the 1980s, low-budget independent films unceasingly rose and maintained their popularity in the industry within the decade.
== Events ==
Thousands of full-length films were produced during the 1990s. Manys were specifically filmed or edited to be displayed both on theater screens as well as on the smaller TV screens, such as showing close-up scenes during dialog, rather than just wide-angle scenes in a room. The home-video market became a major factor in total revenue for a film, often doubling its total income.
The 1990s were notable in both the rise of independent cinema – as well as independent studios such as Miramax, Lions Gate, and New Line – and the advancements in CGI-technology, seen in such films as Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Jurassic Park, and Forrest Gump. Toy Story (1995) became the first feature length film to be completely computer animated, heralding its use as a tool for filmmakers to achieve new visuals for film.
The Disney Renaissance began in late 1989 with The Little Mermaid, reached its peak in popularity with The Lion King in 1994, and ended in 1999 with Tarzan.
1988's Die Hard established what would become a common formula for many 90s action films, featuring a lone everyman against a colorful terrorist character in an isolated setting. Such films and their sequels were often referred to as "Die Hard on a _____": Under Siege (battleship), Cliffhanger (mountain), Speed (bus), The Rock (prison island), Con Air (prison plane), Air Force One (president's plane), etc...
A resurgence of disaster films dominated the box office with blockbusters such as Twister, Independence Day, Titanic, and Armageddon.
Several leading figures of 1980s to mid-1990s Hong Kong action cinema migrated to Hollywood with varying success: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, John Woo, Yuen Woo-ping, Tsui Hark, etc... Updating martial arts and gunfight choreography in American cinema with films such as Broken Arrow, Face/Off, Tomorrow Never Dies, Lethal Weapon 4, Rush Hour, and The Matrix.
Bollywood gained popularity worldwide. Especially Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge which became the longest-running Indian movie playing at the Maratha Mandir for 1009 weeks since its release in October 1995 until February 2015, and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai being one of the top ten movies in the United Kingdom and India.
== Highest-grossing films ==
== List of films ==
== See also ==
Film, History of film, lists of films
Popular culture: 1990s in music, 1990s in television
Worst films of the 1990s
== References ==