You won’t believe these movies are turning 20 this year

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(image: Warner Bros.)

1994 was a big year in many ways.

During those twelve months, the United States hosted the World Cup; Ayrton Senna was killed at the San Marino Grand Prix; Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa; Mr Blobby had a number one single; and OJ Simpson “didn’t” murder his ex-wife.

It was the year in which both Harry Styles and Justin Bieber were born. It was also the 12 month period that saw the release of these classic movies…

1. Forrest Gump


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Tom Hanks won his second Academy Award for this portrayal of a simple man who stumbles serendipitously into the most significant historical events of the 20th Century. It features a killer soundtrack that spans decades of pop music and helped perpetuate the myth that all actors in want of an Oscar should play mentally-disabled characters.

2. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles


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Arguably the catalyst for the whole ‘sexy vampire’ craze we’re currently living through, this features a really early performance by Kirsten Dunst

3 – 5. Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective


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Jim Carrey went from being a vaguely familiar TV comic to a $20 million comedy star with this hat trick of hits from the same year.

6. Pulp Fiction


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Quentin Tarantino became the most exciting young director in America with this mind-bending, time-warping crime thriller.

7. The Lion King


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The golden age of Disney musicals arguably hit its high point in ’94 with this African-set retelling of Hamlet.

8. Speed


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Pop quiz, hot-shot: which film from 1994 turned a former movie stoner into a bona-fide action star and transformed an unknown actress into America’s Sweetheart?

9. Four Weddings and Funeral


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Writer Richard Curtis pretty much created the idea of British men as sweet, bumbling sex symbols. This helped redress the harm he did in co-creating Mr Bean, which made the world think of us as vindictive, Mini-driving, turkey-hat-wearing idiots.

10. The Shawshank Redemption


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The #1 film of all time (as voted for by the users of IMDb) made less money in 1994 than Richie Rich, Angels in the Outfield and Blank Check. That is an upsetting statistic.

11. Leon (aka The Professional)


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This movie introduced Hollywood to Jean Reno and featured the movie debut of a 12 year-old Natalie Portman.

12. True Lies


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Arnold Schwarzenegger re-teamed with his Terminator director for this action comedy about a spy who hides his double-life from his suburban wife. At that point, it was the most expensive film ever made.

13. Three Colours: Red


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Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski’s final movie, and perhaps his finest. Its cryptically magical final scene is one the best movie endings of all time.

14. Ed Wood


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Johnny Depp comes into his own as a serious actor by playing one of the most famously untalented directors of all time.

Who else feels really old now?

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