Film and TV

Revisiting True Romance and four other overlooked '90s action films

The '90s don't get a lot of cinematic respect. Apart from a handful of acknowledged classics, film fans tend to overlook work from the rest of the decade. And that's a shame, because while the '90s might not be on the radar for a lot of cinemaphiles, there are plenty of good, ass-kicking crime and action movies to be found in the decade's film history. One such oft-forgotten classic, True Romance, is playing this weekend at the Esquire as part of the theater's Midnight Madness program. In honor of this screening, and to give you a few titles to look for the next time you scour a DVD bargain bin or need to juice up your Netflix queue, here are five forgotten action/crime gems from the lost decade.

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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