20 Movies And Albums That Are 20 Years Old In 2014, To Make You Feel Ridiculously Old/Nostalgic

07/01/2014 16:12 | Updated 23 January 2014

Can you believe it's been 20 years since this little lot? We can't...

  • 1 Definitely Maybe - Oasis
    It was the start of the cold war - ie Blur vs Oasis. And riding high on the back of several hit singles came this, the fastest selling debut album ever in the UK. (Fun fact: the photo was taken in guitarist Bonehead's house. But you knew that, didn't you?)
  • 2 The Shawshank Redemption
    The uplifting prison movie that was the hit of the year - at least in terms of word-of-mouth reviews. (Fun fact: Stephen King sold the film rights for a dollar.)
  • 3 Monster - R.E.M.
    What Peter Buck described as "a 'rock' record, with the rock in quotation marks." And we can't argue with that. (Fun fact: it was one of the first albums to be promoted with online content. Imagine!)

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  • 4 The Lion King
    Whether you were 4, 14 or 24 in 1994, we think you probably saw this... and/or bought some of the accompanying merchandise. (Fun fact: adult Simba's mane was inspired by Jon Bon Jovi's hair.)
  • 5 Pulp Fiction
    Arguably the most quoted film of 1994 - and almost certainly the one whose soundtrack was owned by the most students. (Fun fact: the film's producer Lawrence Bender makes a cameo as 'Long Hair Yuppy-Scum'.)
  • 6 Carry On Up The Charts - The Beautiful South
    If you didn't own any of The Beautiful South's previous four albums, then there's a strong chance you owned this greatest hits collection - the last number one album of 1994 and the year's second-biggest seller. (Fun fact: the US version also included a cover of 'Dream a Little Dream of Me'.)
  • 7 True Lies
    Arnie! On a horse! In a hotel! In a James Cameron movie! Not forgetting Jamie Lee Curtis doing a striptease. Marvellous. (Fun fact: the film's body count is 71.)
  • 8 Vauxhall And I - Morrissey
    His fourth solo album, and the one that cemented his solo career in the US. Not that we cared. Not while we were singing along to 'The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get'. (Fun fact: one song includes a line sampled from David Lean's 'Oliver Twist'.)

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  • 9 The Mask
    In which Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz... well, let's just say they 'arrived'. Boy, did they arrive. (Fun fact: Coco Bongo - the nightclub in the movie - is also the name of Carrey's nightclub in Cancun, Mexico.)
  • 10 Dumb & Dumber
    Did we mention that 1994 was the year that Jim Carrey arrived? (Fun fact: Steve Martin and Martin Short both turned down the role of Lloyd.)
  • 11 MTV Unplugged In New York - Nirvana
    Geffen Records
    The show aired in December 1993 - and the ensuing album was the first Nirvana album released after the death of Kurt Cobain, who died in April. By 1997, it had gone five-times platinum in the States. (Fun fact: Nirvana filmed the entire performance in a single take.)

    Listen to it on Spotify
  • 12 Four Weddings And A Funeral
    Back when Richard Curtis was best known for 'Blackadder' and the gorgeous stammering Hugh Grant wasn't really known at all. Wonderful. Apart from Wet Wet Wet going to number one for 15 weeks. (Fun fact: at the time, it was the highest-grossing British film in cinema history.)
  • 13 Cross Road - Bon Jovi
    Mercury Records
    Their first greatest hits collection, and the best-selling album of the year, which included the new hit single 'Always'. (Fun fact: the diner on the cover is the Roadside Diner in Wall Township, New Jersey.)

    Listen to it on Spotify
  • 14 Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
    Because long before sexy vampires hit our screens - and bookshelves - in the 'Twilight series', there was Brad and Tom... (Fun fact: Tom Cruise spent three and a half hours every day in the make-up chair.)
  • 15 The Division Bell - Pink Floyd
    They were back! After a seven year break! And so everyone bought this album, which went straight to number one in April and stayed there for four weeks. (Fun fact: Douglas Adams came up with the title.)

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  • 16 Natural Born Killers
    Oliver Stone's film - based on a screenplay by Quentin Tarantino -was arguably 1994's most controversial film. It was certainly one of its most unforgettable. (Fun fact: it was shot in just 56 days.)
  • 17 Seal - Seal
    Zang Tumb Tuum
    Not to be confused with 'Seal', which came out in 1991. And which is probably why this one is more commonly known as 'Seal II'.

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  • 18 Léon
    Serial killing had never looked so cool, thanks to both Jean Reno and Natalie Portman - who was just 11 when she was cast in the role of Mathilda. (Fun fact: Liv Tyler also auditioned for the role, but at 15 was considered too old for it.)
  • 19 Forrest Gump
    Life is like a box of chocolates - some of them will be terribly sickly sweet and bordering on right-wing. Hey ho! (Fun fact: Tom Hanks' younger brother doubled for him in many of the running sequences.)
  • 20 Parklife - Blur
    Remember the greyhounds? The singalong songs? The title track video starring Phil Daniels? (Fun/not so fun fact: it was nominated for the 1995 Mercury Prize, but lost to M People's 'Elegant Slumming'.)

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