97% of People Can't Name All of These Cult Classics From the '90s. Can You?

By: Maria Trimarchi
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To infinity and beyond! Rather than flying to outer space like Buzz Lightyear, we're taking a quick trip to the '90s with this quiz. With all the major cult classics released during this decade, how many of them can you identify from a picture?

While cult classics became a prominent thing of the '80s, the list would go on to grow tremendously with the release of many '90s films. For those with a need for a few laughs, they'd be watching Dazed and Confused or Friday. The fantasy world was being pumped with films like Edward Scissorhands and The Addams Family. Moviegoers were turning to Clueless for a bit of comedy and romance while Pulp Fiction and Fight Club were the perfect drama pieces. For those waiting to bust a quick move, you were probably watching House Party. These are just a few films in the long line of '90s cult classics. Can you remember them all?

One thing that made these movies memorable was the actors. They starred big name celebrities like Johnny Depp, John Travolta and Brad Pitt. These actors helped make the movies so memorable and they're probably what will help you identify the film! Brad Pitt starred in the 1995 film Seven with Morgan Freeman, but can you identify him in a scene from Fight Club?

Calling all '90s fans! Are you ready to join our cult and ace this quiz? Let's find out!

"Pulp Fiction" was Quentin Tarantino's second film, following 1992's "Reservoir Dogs," and was the movie that resurrected John Travolta's career. It was a slow burn for the film when it came out, taking 178 days to make $100 million (in comparison, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" grossed more than $100 million on opening day alone).

Oh, and we almost forgot ... We're going to need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Mmmmmkay? Thaaaaaanks. "Office Space" was based on a series of shorts called "Milton," created, written, animated, and voiced by Mike Judge.

At the box office, though, it was slow its opening weekend. But adoration for this film has grown beyond the screen in the years since its release -- there's are Lebowski Fest celebrations, and even a religion called "Dudeism." The movie was added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 2014.

The studio, who thought they were underqualified for the job, didn't actually want the Wachowskis to direct "The Matrix" -- nor did they really understand what the script was about. Released in March 1999, the sci-fi film earned more than $171 million, and two sequels have since rounded out a trilogy: "The Matrix Reloaded" in 2003 and "The Matrix Revolutions," also in 2003.

"Reservoir Dogs" was filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's debut, in 1992. In the early planning of this diamond-heist-gone-wrong, Tarantino saw himself playing the role of Mr. Pink (which ended up Steve Buscemi), and "Jackie Brown's" bail bondsman, Robert Forster, could have played the role of Joe (which ended up Lawrence Tierney).

When "Empire Records" came out in 1995, it didn't make much of a splash. It took years before the film caught on with home viewers. Oh, and that scene where Mark hallucinates he's at a GWAR concert? It was actually filmed at a real GWAR show.

Did you know the plot and characters of director Amy Heckerling's 1995 film, "Clueless," are based on the plot and central characters from the Jane Austen novel, "Emma" -- with Cher as the literary character, Emma? We're, like, totally buggin'.

The film, shot in 21 days and on a budget of $27,575, was a breakout hit at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994. It launched Kevin Smith's career -- beforehand, he worked odd jobs, including as a cashier at the Quick Stop in Leonardo, New Jersey.

The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club. Before filming began, stars Edward Norton and Brad Pitt took boxing and taekwondo, as well as soap-making classes in preparation.

This 1996 film gave us Ewan McGregor diving head-first down the toilet to find the opium suppositories, as well as babies crawling on the ceiling. In 2017, the characters were back together in a sequel.

"All right, all right, all right." "Dazed and Confused," which came out in 1993 but is set in 1976, and went on to gross less than $8 million at the U.S. box office -- which means it was a box office flop.

Overall, it cost $13 million to make "Army of Darkness" -- and the film only grossed $13 million worldwide during its release. Originally, Sam Raimi wanted to call the film, "The Medieval Dead." Its actual title is, "Bruce Campbell vs. Army of Darkness," but that was shortened when studio executives thought the long title would scare away audiences.

Wes Craven's 1996 horror film, "Scream," was originally called "Scary Movie". The plot was inspired by real-life killer, "The Gainesville Ripper," as well as the 1978 horror film classic, "Halloween". Oh, and if the voice of the Woodsboro killer sounds familiar, that's voice actor Roger L. Jackson -- who also voiced Mojo Jojo in "The Powerpuff Girls".

Wayne and Garth, played by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, respectively, began as an "SNL" skit, not as a full-length feature film. "Wayne's World," the movie, debuted on Valentine's Day in 1992, and grossed over $180 million during opening weekend. Schwing!

After the TV show, "Twin Peaks" was canceled in June 1991, planning for "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" began. When the film premiered at Cannes in May 1992, the audience booed -- and it was a failure at the box office, as well, when it was released.

Rushmore Academy is filmed at a real place -- Wes Anderson's prep school alma mater, St. John's School in Houston, Texas. Like our hero Max Fischer, he's kicked out and sent to public school.

The characters of Romy White and Michele Weinberger weren't created for the movie -- they were inspiration for it, though. The ideas for "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" began with characters in a stage play, and sitcom pilot, called, "Ladies Room," written by Robin Schiff and featuring Lisa Kudrow.

"Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead," a 1991 black comedy, was a box office flop -- it earned only $4 million on its opening weekend, and critic Gene Siskel called it one of the worst movies of the year.

Released during the summer of 1990, "Darkman" was a dark superhero film with a nod to the horror classics of the 1930s. It grossed about $49 million worldwide during its release, but a cult following via VHS later on inspired two direct-to-video sequels, "Darkman II: The Return of Durant" (1995) and "Darkman III: Die Darkman Die" (1996).

Although it was a box office flop when it was released in January 1990, "Tremors" now has multiple sequels plus a SyFy channel TV series -- all because of its later-day success on cable and rentals.

While it was released in 1995, "Tank Girl" actually takes place in 2033. It's based on a post-apocalyptic graphic novel (of the same name), and stars Lori Petty as Tank Girl. And while it was negatively received at the box office, making only $6 million worldwide, the characters have become increasingly popular, and are often seen at cosplay events.

"Friday" is rapper-actor Ice Cube's (O'Shea Jackson's) first attempt at writing a screenplay, which he completed with the help of DJ Pooh (Mark Jordan). And speaking of firsts, this was Michael Clarke Duncan’s first movie role -- as an uncredited craps player.

Originally, Natalie Portman was cast as Juliet in Baz Luhrmann's 1996 retelling of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" -- but the age difference between she and Leonardo DeCaprio led producers to recast the role with Claire Danes.

Body count? 145. Oliver Stone directed 1994's violent "Natural Born Killers," but it was Quentin Tarantino who wrote the story of serial killers Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson (later, Tarantino would say Stone wasn't true to his script). The movie would go on to inspire more than one copycat instance.

"Showgirls" starred "Saved by the Bell"'s Elizabeth Berkley in a role 180 degrees from the character Jessie. The movie, which was released in 1995, follows stripper-turned-Vegas showgirl, Nomi Malone, played by Berkley -- and it's been panned since it premiered. After winning seven Razzie awards it's now seen more as camp than casualty, and has continued to grow a cult following since it came out.

"A Night at the Roxbury," released in 1998, is based on a "Saturday Night Live" sketch called, "The Roxbury Guys." The story follows a pair of wealthy Yemeni-American brothers, Steve and Doug, played by Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan, respectively, who fail at picking up women at nightclubs.

It was originally entitled, "The Party," which, as almost the entire film takes place at a high school graduation party, makes sense. But when it came out in 1998, this teen comedy was known as, "Can't Hardly Wait". Plus, it's super-notable because it's packed full of before-they-got-famous actors, such as Lauren Ambrose and Sean Patrick Thomas.

We've lost count how many times Bette Midler has said Winifred was one of her favorite roles to have played. But it may not have been so if the story was told as it was originally written -- at the beginning, it was submitted to Muppets Magazine.

Released in June 1996, "The Cable Guy" stars Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick, as well as a list of notable co-stars, including Leslie Man, Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and every cast member who appeared on "The Ben Stiller Show" (back in 1990). While this comedy-thriller wasn't a box office flop, the $60 million it grossed domestically was far less than other Jim Carrey comedies.

"Strength and courage and a Wonderbra!" was just one girl power mantra behind the film, "Spice World" -- the five-Spice version of The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night". Despite being panned, it did well at the box office, and grossed $100 million worldwide. Zig-a-zig-ah.

Well-known from her roles in "Gilmore Girls" and films such as "Bridesmaids," Melissa McCarthy made her big-screen debut with a minor role in this 1999 action-comedy. "Go" also stars other notable actors in the early days of their movie careers, including Katie Holmes and Timothy Olyphant.

When office drone Joe Banks is diagnosed with a fatal "brain cloud," he doesn't get a second opinion. He quits his job and sails to a South Pacific island, where he plans to throw himself into a volcano as part of a ceremony among the native Waponi people. But we all know he ends up living happily ever after.

Did you know that Kid 'n Play were originally supposed to be played by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Will Smith, but the pair turned down the roles? It's true. And the dance the duo do has a name -- "The Funky Charleston."

This 1995 American comedy stars John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze as three New York City drag queens -- Chi-Chi Rodriguez, Noxeema Jackson and Vida Boheme, respectively -- on a road trip to Los Angeles to participate in the Miss Drag Queen of America pageant. Spoiler alert: Chi-Chi wins the crown.

This 1991 satirical comedy follows the surreal events of a TV weatherman's love life, and the freeway sign that helps him get the girl. It was written by Steve Martin, who also stars as the main character, Harris K. Telemacher.

This story by writer-director Whit Stillman follows middle-class Ivy League student Tom Townsend as he tries to fit in with a group of upper-class Manhattanites who call themselves the Sally Fowler Rat Pack, or the S.F.R.P., for short. And during his time with the self-proclaimed “urban haute bourgeoisie” -- or "UHBs" -- during winter break, he falls for debutante and Jane Austen-lover Audrey Rouget.

Jesse and Céline meet on a train from Budapest, and end up spending the night walking and talking and flirting their way through Vienna. Released in 1995, "Before Sunrise" is the first in Richard Linklater's romantic trilogy which also includes "Before Sunset" (2004) and "Before Midnight" (2013). The fictional couple also make an appearance in Linklater's 2001 film, "Waking Life".

Did you know that Trent, Mikey, Sue, Rob and Charles of 1996's "Swingers" each have a corresponding member of The Rat Pack? The matches, respectively, are Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and Sammy Davis Jr. Tell us that isn't money.

Although the movie was released after "Reservoir Dogs," "True Romance" was Quentin Tarantino's first screenplay -- and he envisioned Joan Cusack, not Patricia Arquette, in the role of Alabama and Robert Carradine, not Christian Slater, as Clarence. When it was released it was well-received by critics, but it was a box office flop that didn't even recoup its $13 million budget.

Although it may seem the two have been working together forever, "Edward Scissorhands" is the first time Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaborate -- and it's also the first time Burton worked with a personal idol, Vincent Price, who plays The Inventor.

Billy Bob Thornton wrote, directed and starred as Karl Childers -- an intellectually disabled man who likes "them french fried potaters" -- in the 1996 film, "Sling Blade." The movie, which turned out to be a sleeper hit, made Thornton a star -- and he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

This 1991 drama, released two years before River Phoenix's death, explores the story of two friends, Mike (played by Phoenix), a narcoleptic street hustler, and Scott (played by Keanu Reeves), another hustler. It had mixed critical reviews, but after it was remastered and released in 2005 it gained legs.

Released in May 1996, this supernatural teen-witch story stars Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True as a group of outcasts who become interested in witchcraft. To get things right, filmmakers hired a member of one of the largest and oldest Wiccan religious organizations in United States, Covenant of the Goddess.

This 1999 superhero spoof follows a group of superhero amateurs trying to save Champion City from a group of supervillains. Given "Mystery Men" had a $68 million budget, grossing a total of just $33,461,011 -- worldwide -- made it a box office bomb. Remember, "He who questions training only trains himself at asking questions."

"Election," released in 1999, is based on a novel by Tom Perrotta. It follows the story of Tracy Flick, a compulsive overachiever played by Reese Witherspoon, running for class president and high school social studies teacher Jim McAllister, played by Matthew Broderick, who tries to stop her from winning. It bombed at the box office, making just $14.9 million (it had a $25 million budget), but it was nominated for several awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and a Golden Globe nomination for Reese Witherspoon in the Best Actress category.

This 1999 "Star Trek" spoof stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell and Daryl Mitchell as the cast of discontinued sci-fi TV series, called "Galaxy Quest" -- a TV series with a serious cult following. "By Grabthar's hammer, by the Sons of Warvan, you shall be avenged!"

David Lynch's "Wild at Heart" is based on "Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula," a 1989 novel by Barry Gifford. The film, which was released in 1990, follows the story of Sailor (played by Nicolas Cage) and Lula (played by Laura Dern). Because of the violence, the MPAA threatened to give it an X rating (there was no NC-17 rating at that time), but Lynch, in the end, delivered an R-rated "Wild at Heart".

"Welcome to the Dollhouse" premiered in 1995. The cult classic -- inspired by the TV show, "The Wonder Years," which aired from January 1988 until 1993 -- follows seventh-grader Dawn Wiener, played by Heather Matarazzo, growing up in New Jersey. It did better than expected at the box office, but this story of a pre-teen outcast has since grown beyond the popularity it had when it was released.

Nikita, in this 1990 action film written and directed by French director Luc Besson, is a teenage junkie-turned-government assassin. It was given a Hollywood remake as "Point of No Return," starring Bridget Fonda, in 1993. The TV series, based on the film and also named "La Femme Nikita," premiered in 1997.

"Night on Earth" is a film from the early 1990s. The story, which Jim Jarmusch wrote in eight days, follows five cabbies and their fares from five different cities around the world -- Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki.

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