Top Ten of 1994: World Premieres
 Top Ten by U.S. Release Date (Updated) // My 1994 Oscar Ballot (Updated)

1. Vanya on 42nd Street Dir. Louis Malle. With Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore A
2. Heavenly Creatures Dir. Peter Jackson. With Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet A
3. Chungking Express Dir. Wong Kar-wai. With Takeshi Kaneshiro, Brigitte Lin A–
4. Hoop Dreams Dir. Steve James. Documentary about high-school basketball players A–
5. Through the Olive Trees Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. With Hossein Rezai, Zarifeh Shiva A–
6. Pulp Fiction Dir. Quentin Tarantino. With John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson A–
7. Natural Born Killers Dir. Oliver Stone. With Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis A–
8. Ed Wood Dir. Tim Burton. With Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker A–
9. Speed Dir. Jan de Bont. With Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock A–
10. Three Colors: White Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski. With Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy A–

Runners-Up (alpha): Before the Rain, The Last Seduction, Nobody's Fool, What Happened Was...

Reviews from 1994
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   Blue Sky Dir. Tony Richardson. With Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Lange, Powers Boothe B–
©   Bullets over Broadway Dir. Woody Allen. With John Cusack, Chazz Palminteri B+
©   Clerks Dir. Kevin Smith. With Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti C
   Eat Drink Man Woman Dir. Ang Lee. With Sihung Lung, Chien-lien Wu B
   Fresh Dir. Boaz Yakin. With Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson C
   Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Dir. Alan Rudolph. With Jennifer Jason Leigh B
   The River Wild Dir. Curtis Hanson. With Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn C+
©   Vanya on 42nd Street Dir. Louis Malle. With Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore A

More Grades from 1994
Unreviewed titles I have seen recently enough to grade
 
      Before the Rain Dir. Milcho Manchevski. With Rade Serbedzija, Grégoire Colin B+
      The Client Dir. Joel Schumacher. With Brad Renfro, Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones C–
      Cremaster 4 Dir. Matthew Barney. With Matthew Barney, Sharon Marvel, Colette Guimond B+
      Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Dir. Gus Van Sant. With Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco D–
      Forrest Gump Dir. Robert Zemeckis. With Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise C–
      Go Fish Dir. Rose Troche. With Guinevere Turner, V.S. Brodie, T. Wendy McMillan B+
      The House of the Spirits Dir. Bille August. With Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Winona Ryder D–
      Little Women Dir. Gillian Armstrong. With Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes B+
      Love Affair Dir. Glenn Gordon Caron. With Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Katharine Hepburn D+
      Nell Dir. Michael Apted. With Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson C–
      Nobody's Fool Dir. Robert Benton. With Paul Newman, Melanie Griffith, Dylan Walsh A–
      Threesome Dir. Andrew Fleming. With Josh Charles, Lara Flynn Boyle, Stephen Baldwin B–
      Tom & Viv Dir. Brian Gilbert. With Willem Dafoe, Miranda Richardson, Rosemary Harris D+
 

Also from 1994
The memories are fading, but they're somewhere in my brain
 
Fetching
      Death and the Maiden Dir. Roman Polanski. With Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley
      Heart of Darkness Dir. Nicolas Roeg. TV Movie. With Tim Roth, John Malkovich
      The Last Seduction Dir. John Dahl. With Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Pullman
      Queen Margot Dir. Patrice Chéreau. With Isabelle Adjani, Vincent Pérez, Daniel Auteuil
      Reality Bites Dir. Ben Stiller. With Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller
      Spanking the Monkey Dir. David O. Russell. With Jeremy Davies, Alberta Watson
      What Happened Was... Dir. Tom Noonan. With Karen Sillas, Tom Noonan
      Wolf Dir. Mike Nichols. With Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader
 
Fair
      The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Dir. Stephan Elliott. With Terence Stamp
      Amateur Dir. Hal Hartley. With Martin Donovan, Isabelle Huppert, Elina Löwensohn
      Barcelona Dir. Whit Stillman. With Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, Tushka Bergen
      Blink Dir. Michael Apted. With Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, Laurie Metcalf
      Burnt by the Sun Dir. Nikhita Mikhalkov. With Nikita Mikhalkov, Oleg Menchikov
      The Crow Dir. Alex Proyas. With Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Ernie Hudson
      Four Weddings and a Funeral Dir. Mike Newell. With Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell
      I Like It Like That Dir. Darnell Martin. With Lauren Vélez, Jon Seda, Desiree Casado
      Interview with the Vampire Dir. Neil Jordan. With Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst
      Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Dir. Kenneth Branagh. With Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro
      The New Age Dir. Michael Tolkin. With Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Paula Marshall
      Quiz Show Dir. Robert Redford. With Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Rob Morrow
      Romeo Is Bleeding Dir. Peter Medak. With Gary Oldman, Lena Olin, Juliette Lewis
      Serial Mom Dir. John Waters. With Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake
      The Shawshank Redemption Dir. Frank Darabont. With Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
      Three Colors: Red Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski. With Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant
      Trevor Dir. Peggy Rajski. With Brett Barsky, Jonah Rooney, Judy Kain
      True Lies Dir. James Cameron. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis
 
Feh
      The Cowboy Way Dir. Gregg Champion. With Woody Harrelson, Kiefer Sutherland
      Dream Lover Dir. Nicholas Kazan. With James Spader, Mädchen Amick, Bess Armstrong
      The Hudsucker Proxy Dir. Joel Coen. With Tim Robbins, Paul Newman
      Immortal Beloved Dir. Bernard Rose. With Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Johanna Ter Steege
      The Lion King Dirs. Rob Minkoff & Roger Allers. Animated. Voice of Matthew Broderick
      The Madness of King George Dir. Nicholas Hytner. With Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren
      Naked in New York Dir. Daniel Algrant. With Eric Stoltz, Mary-Louise Parker, Ralph Macchio
      Speechless Dir. Ron Underwood. With Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Christopher Reeve
      The Sum of Us Dirs. Kevin Dowling & Geoff Burton. With Jack Thompson, Russell Crowe
 
Flotsam
      The Chase Dir. Adam Rifkin. With Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson, Henry Rollins Jr.
      China Moon Dir. John Bailey. With Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Benicio Del Toro
      The Mask Dir. Charles Russell. With Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Greene
      The Natural History of Parking Lots Dir. Everett Lewis. With Charlie Bean, b.Wyatt
      Scorned Dir. Andrew Stevens. With Shannon Tweed, Andrew Stevens


Still to Come from 1994
 
Ten Most Enticing Prospects:
      A Confucian Confusion Dir. Edward Yang. With Chen Shiang-chyi, Chen Yiwen, Danny Deng
      Crooklyn Dir. Spike Lee. With Zelda Harris, Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo
      Crumb Dir. Terry Zwigoff. Documentary about the underground comic-strip artist
      Ladybird, Ladybird Dir. Ken Loach. With Crissy Rock, Vladimir Vega, Sandie Lavelle
      The Ref Dir. Ted Demme. With Denis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey, Glynis Johns
      Sátántangó Dir. Béla Tarr. With Mihály Vig, Lászlo feLugossy, Putyi Horváth
      The Silences of the Palace Dir. Moufida Tlatli. With Amel Hedhili, Najia Ouerghi
      Strawberry & Chocolate Dirs. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea & Juan Carlos Tabío
      To Live Dir. Zhang Yimou. With Ge You, Gong Li, Niu Ben, Fei Deng, Guo Tao, Jiang Wu
      Vive l'amour Dir. Tsai Ming-liang. With Chen Chao-jung, Lee Kang-sheng, Yang Kuei-mei

Further Research:
      BackBeat Dir. Iain Softley. With Ian Hart, Stephen Dorff, Sheryl Lee, Gary Bakewell
      Blue Chips Dir. William Friedkin. With Nick Nolte, Mary McDonnell, J.T. Walsh
      The Browning Version Dir. Mike Figgis. With Albert Finney, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Modine
      Cobb Dir. Ron Shelton. With Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl, Lolita Davidovich
      Le Colonel Chabert Dir. Yves Angelo. With Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant
      Color of Night Dir. Richard Rush. With Bruce Willis, Jane March, Rubén Blades
      Corrina, Corrina Dir. Jessie Nelson. With Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Majorino, Ray Liotta
      Defending Our Lives Dirs. Margaret Lazarus & Renner Wunderlich. Documentary
      Disclosure Dir. Barry Levinson. With Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland
      Dumb & Dumber Dirs. Peter & Bobby Farrelly. With Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly
      L'Enfer Dir. Claude Chabrol. With Emmanuelle Béart, François Cluzet, Nathalie Cardone
      Golden Gate Dir. John Madden. With Matt Dillon, Joan Chen, Tzi Ma, Bruno Kirby
      A Great Day in Harlem Dir. Jean Bach. Documentary about convocation of jazz artists
      I'll Do Anything Dir. James L. Brooks. With Nick Nolte, Whittni Wright, Albert Brooks
      Imaginary Crimes Dir. Anthony Drazan. With Harvey Keitel, Fairuza Balk, Kelly Lynch
      Intersection Dir. Mark Rydell. With Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Lolita Davidovich
      I.Q. Dir. Fred Schepisi. With Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Walter Matthau, Stephen Fry
      Jason's Lyric Dir. Doug McHenry. With Allen Payne, Jada Pinkett, Bokeem Woodbine
      Junior Dir. Ivan Reitman. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Emma Thompson
      Killing Zoe Dir. Roger Avary. With Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy, Jean-Hugues Anglade
      Legends of the Fall Dir. Edward Zwick. With Brad Pitt, Julia Ormond, Anthony Hopkins
      Love Affair Dir. Glenn Gordon Caron. With Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Katharine Hepburn
      A Low Down Dirty Shame Dir. Keenan Ivory Wayans. With Keenan Ivory Wayans
      A Man of No Importance Dir. Suri Krishnamma. With Albert Finney, Brenda Fricker
      Maverick Dir. Richard Donner. With Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene
      Oleanna Dir. David Mamet. With William H. Macy, Debra Eisenstadt
      Only You Dir. Norman Jewison. With Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Bonnie Hunt
      Picture Bride Dir. Kayo Hatta. With Youki Kudoh, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tamlyn Tomita
      Prêt-à-Porter Dir. Robert Altman. With Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni
      The Professional Dir. Luc Besson. With Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman
      A Pure Formality Dir. Giuseppe Tornatore. With Gérard Depardieu, Roman Polanski
      The Road to Wellville Dir. Alan Parker. With Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Broderick
      Silent Tongue Dir. Sam Shepard. With Richard Harris, River Phoenix, Dermot Mulroney
      Sirens Dir. John Duigan. With Hugh Grant, Sam Neill, Tara FitzGerald, Elle MacPherson
      The Specialist Dir. Luis Llosa. With Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods
      Teté and the Moon Dir. Bigas Luna. With Biel Durán, Mathilda May, Javier Bardem
      Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey Dir. Steven M. Martin. Documentary
      An Unforgettable Summer Dir. Lucian Pintilie. With Kristin Scott Thomas, Claudiu Bleont
      The War Dir. Jon Avnet. With Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner, Mare Winningham
      Wes Craven's New Nightmare Dir. Wes Craven. With Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund
      When a Man Loves a Woman Dir. Luis Mandoki. With Andy Garcia, Meg Ryan
      Widows' Peak Dir. John Irvin. With Mia Farrow, Natasha Richardson, Joan Plowright
      Wyatt Earp Dir. Lawrence Kasdan. With Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman

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