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The best lifetime movies from the 90’s

25.01.2019

If you are wondering what lifetime is, please get out from under that rock you have been hiding! Just as you have Netflix, Amazon prime TV, Hulu, and a lot more, Lifetime is a paid television network that features programmed content of diverse genre that is geared towards women or features women in lead roles of its aired content.

Keeping that in mind, come along as we take you on a tour of the best lifetime movies from the ’90s to enjoy alone or with family and friends

Sister Act

Director: Emile Ardolino
Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najim
Year: 1992

Sister act is one of the best 90s movies until date. The comedy musical revolves around Deloris, a singer, who witnesses a mob murder. She is placed in a convent, under witness protection, and forced to live a chaste and modest lifestyle. But will Deloris be able to survive in the convent to avoid being captured by the mob with her uncouth character as perceived by the mother superior?

A Friend to Die For

Director: William A. Graham
Cast: Kellie Martin, Tori Spelling, James Avery
Year: 1994

Also known as Death of a Cheerleader, A Friend to Die For is a psychological thriller based on the real-life murder of Kirsten Costas, whose life was taken by her classmate, Bernadette Protti, in 1984. If you are interested in lifetime movies from the ’90s, this movie hits the spot.

Dying to Belong

Director: William A. Graham
Cast: Hilary Swank, Sarah Chalke, Jenna von Oÿ
Year: 1997

After being pushed to join a sorority, the hazing from the senior girls kills Lisa’s friend, and she is the only one who can find out the truth. Dying to belong falls into the classic 90s movies category and is a significant lesson on college hazing.

Poison Ivy

Director: Katt Shea
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Sara Gilbert, Tom Skerritt
Year: 1992

Poison Ivy is one of the best lifetime movies from the 90’s and it is a thriller that is about a sexy teenager, played by Drew Barrymore, who makes friends with a shy girl and works her way into their family, the only problem is that she is prepared to do anything to live the kind of life she has always dreamt of.

Invisible Child

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Cast: Rita Wilson, Victor Garber, Tushka Bergen
Year: 1999

A mother of two children is convinced that she has a third imaginary child called Maggie and her husband plays along for years for the fear that she might be institutionalised. When they hire a nanny, everything changes when she realises she cannot go along with the charade and is worried for the two children.

I Can Make You Love Me

Director: Michael Switzer
Cast: Richard Thomas, Brooke Shields, Viveka Davis
Year: 1993

I Can Make You Love Me, also known as Stalking Laura, is based on the true story of an American mass murderer, Richard Farley, who was obsessed with and stalked his colleague Laura Black, a young beautiful computer technician. Her rejection led to Richard Farley’s rampage and shooting spree, which led to California becoming the first state to enact anti-stalking laws nationwide in 1990.

The 4th Floor

Director: Josh Klausner
Cast: Juliette Lewis, William Hurt, Shelley Duvall
Year: 1999

The 4th Floor is an intense thriller-horror film centred on a young lady who inherits a rent-controlled apartment building from her late aunt and decides to move into one of the apartments against the wishes of her boyfriend who preferred she lived with him. A mystery neighbour makes her life a living nightmare the moment she moves in.

Prison of Secrets

Director: Fred Gerber
Cast: Stephanie Zimbalist, Finola Hughes, Gary Frank
Year: 1997

A wife, who is a mother of one is arrested for a crime she had no idea she had committed and rather than to make a plea bargain, she decides to go on trial. Things get out of control when she is sentenced to 10 years in a women’s prison where she sees first hand and is subject to corruption and sexual abuse and decided to fight for women’s right from jail.

Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story

Director: John Herzfeld
Cast: Jack Scalia, Alyssa Milano, Phyllis Lyons
Year: 1993

Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story is a true-life story based on the lives of Amy Fisher and Joey Buttafuoco. Amy, a 17-year old is infatuated with Joey, a much older and married auto body shop owner. She tells her friends she is in a relationship with Joey and kills his wife so she could have him all to herself.

Too Young to Die?

Director: Robert Markowitz
Cast: Michael Tucker, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt
Year: 1990

Too Young to Die? is a real-life crime drama based on the death sentence of Amanda, a 15-year-old girl who killed her ex-lover. A hustler who introduced her to the world of drugs and prostitution convinced her to kill the man she loved as an act of revenge and was arrested and tried as an adult.

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Director: Bill Duke
Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Maggie Smith
Year: 1993

Deloris, the musician, is back to the convent and no, she is not under witness protection this time. In Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, she has been asked by the convent to teach a group of Catholic students, whose below par school is on the verge of closure. With Deloris, who is played by Whoopi Goldberg, it is evident that this movie is filled with rib-cracking scenes and is one of the best family movies of the 90s

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Director: Bill Duke
Cast: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz
Year: 1997

If you are looking for something in the 90s romance movies category, then My Best Friend’s Wedding is a must watch. This romantic comedy is about a young woman who is in despair when her best friend tells her that he is engaged and sets out to get him, days to the wedding after admitting to her that she had fallen in love with him.