This could get tricky...
1. Total Recall - not just another Arnie action movie, Total Recall is a surprisingly clever slice of science fiction and has some of the most memorable set pieces from 90s cinema.
2. The Witches - one of the best Rohld Dahl adaptations, and genuinely scary to boot.
3. Back to the Future Part III - better than the previous film in the series in my opinion, and just great fun
1.Terminator 2: Judgement Day - better than the original? Maybe not, but this is one of the best action films ever made, and the effects are so incredible they still hold up today.
2. Only Yesterday - Studio Ghibli, and especially director Isao Takahata, are masters of making magic from the mundane. A simple but enthralling story of growing up in Japan.
3. The Fisher King - a relatively restrained effort from Terry Gilliam, but it's one of his best films in my opinion. A truly superb performance from Robin Williams as well.
1. Unforgiven - one of the best films that is effectively about the Western itself I've seen. Clint Eastwood proves here that he's a directing powerhouse.
2. Hard Boiled - there are action films, and then there is Hard Boiled. One of the most downright ridiculous ballets of guns ever made, with shotguns that sound like earthquakes.
3. Aladdin - one of Disney's most enjoyable ever animated efforts, purely down to Robin Williams voicing and embodying one of the funniest characters ever drawn.
1. Groundhog Day - I've watched this film almost as many times as Bill Murray repeats the day in the film, and it's never lost its charm. Funny, witty, clever, with a dash of dark.
2. Iron Monkey - one of the best martial arts films ever, with fight choreography by Yuen Woo-Ping that puts so many later efforts to shame, and it's just brilliant fun to watch.
3. Carlito's Way - an underappreciated gem of the gangster genre. The story of a gangster trying to escape his former life is one less often covered and fascinating.
1. The Shawshank Redemption - a film of layers, that build on each other as despair gives way to hope, and with some of the finest performances of any film this decade.
2. Pom Poko - it's a Studio Ghibli film with a strong environmental message that features raccoons that have bollocks with magical powers. Yes.
3. The Mask - I've always had a soft spot for this film, even though I think Jim Carey's character doesn't cut loose as often as I would like. Just great fun.
1. 12 Monkeys - in my opinion this is Gilliam's best film, even above Brazil. A truly staggering work of intricate plotting and high level concepts in a very tightly directed whole.
2. Ghost in the Shell - a confusing but ultimately mind blowing foray into cyberpunk, trans-humanism, and more. A seminal work of science fiction.
3. La Haine - a gut punching journey into the lives of three young men growing up on the streets of Paris. Vincent Cassel is incredible.
1. Fargo - my favourite Cohen Brothers movie and I think perhaps their best. Lashings of dark humour and a truly distinctive setting make this twisted magic.
2. Secrets & Lies - a kitchen sink drama par excellence. One of Timothy Spall's finest performances.
3. Star Trek: First Contact - fuck you, it's brilliant. It's not so much the film itself, but it's just that when you've followed these characters for so long it elevates it beyond what it is.
1. Princess Mononoke - quite possibly Mayazaki's finest work. A truly mind blowing story of the awesome power of nature and its relationship to humans. And utterly gorgeous.
2. Perfect Blue - in the same vein, this is probably Satoshi Kon's best film. Hitchcock-like and disturbing and fascinating in equal measure. A clever and horrific nightmare.
3. Contact - a truly mesmerizing slice of science fiction that ponders the big questions intelligently and has just the right amount of hokum without being cheesy.
1. The Big Lebowski - more Cohen brothers fun. Not up to the heights of Fargo, but consistently surprising and with a great performance from Jeff Bridges. And surprisingly not very dark.
2. The Truman Show - I think possibly Jim Carey's best film and a truly brilliant concept.
3. Dark City - an underrated science fiction noir gem.
1. The Matrix - it's just so fucking cool. A film that would be aped by so many in so many differesnt aspects, and even made idiots interested in philosophy.
2. Toy Story 2 - building on the first film's success and quality of writing, the characters are more fleshed out, the script sharp, and the story heartbreaking. One of Pixar's best.
3. The Iron Giant -