Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Richard Attenborough, Jeff Goldblum, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Bob Peck
To dudes who grew up loving dinosaurs, Jurassic Park tickled their fancies like none other. Adapted from a Michael Crichton novel, Steven Spielberg's dinos-are-back adventure benefited greatly from the late visual effects giant Stan Winston's awe-inspiring dinosaur animation, life-sized creations that looked scary as hell and moved with convincing agility.
As in Crichton's book, the prehistoric beasties are reincarnated through scientists' experiments with fossilized dino-DNA; designed as an expensive, private island attraction, Jurassic Park quickly becomes the stomping grounds for angry velociraptors, a hungry T-Rex, and acid-spitting creatures.
The magic of Jurassic Park, like the best of Spielberg's films, lies in its ability to make the fantastical seem tangible; from the first time we see a brontosaurus munching on leaves to the vicious Tyrannosaurus Rex's frightening introduction, the dinosaurs more than earn eye-rubbing disbelief. Well, at least they did when we were still in elementary school. —MB