The 10 Best Movies of 1993

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The 10 Best Movies Of 1993

1. Short Cuts: Robert Altman interprets Raymond Carver with an artistry that cinches this film as the best of the year.

2. The Piano: Jane Campion's tale of unleashed passions offers blazing acting from Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel.

3. Menace II Society: Gangsta rage in the L.A.'hood propels a thrilling directing debut from the Hughes brothers.

4. The Remains of the Day: Merchant-Ivory triumphs again with this tale of an English butler (a brilliant Anthony Hopkins) who blindly puts duty before love.

5. Naked: Director Mike Leigh slashes his way through London's displaced youth in a savagely witty bonfire, sparked by the dazzling David Thewlis.

6. Schindler's List: Without his trademark artifice, Steven Spielberg finds the grieving heart of the Holocaust.

7. The Age of Innocence: Gorgeous filmmaking in which Martin Scorsese takes on the Edith Wharton mob.

8. Fearless: The aftermath of a jet crash spurs visionary miracles from Peter Weir.

9. Dazed and Confused: Richard Linklater's acutely observant comedy of aimless 70s teens is one for the time capsule.

10. Visions of Light: A documentary on cinematography makes the list. Really? Really. It reminds us how to see movies again in an age of video blindness.

From The Archives Issue 672: December 23, 1993
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