The 100 Greatest Movies of the Nineties

From serial killers to slackers, 'Fight Club' to 'Pulp Fiction' – the best comedies, dramas, thrillers and killer horror flicks of the 1990s

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'The Usual Suspects' (1995)
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Kevin Pollak, Benicio Del Toro, Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey Rex92/100

92. 'The Usual Suspects' (1995)

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn’t exist." So says slippery Verbal Kint to a short-tempered cop (Chazz Palminteri) during the tense interrogation that forms the spine of Bryan Singer's unforgettable second feature. Kevin Spacey won his first Oscar for his turn as the runt of a criminal quintet roped into pulling a doomed heist on behalf of a bad-guy bogeyman – the mysterious, legendary Keyzer Söze. But the film is stacked with top-notch character actors doing exemplary work, including Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Pete Postlethwaite and Giancarlo Esposito among them. And its twist ending still packs a wallop. GM

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