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This is a list of films released in 1995. The highly anticipated sequel Die Hard with a Vengeance was the year's biggest box-office hit, and Braveheart won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Highest-grossing films

See also: Lists of box office number-one films § 1995

The top 10 films released in 1995 by worldwide gross are as follows:[1]

Highest-grossing films of 1995
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
1 Die Hard with a Vengeance 20th Century Fox $366,101,666
2 Toy Story Buena Vista $363,007,140[nb 1]
3 Apollo 13 Universal $355,237,933
4 GoldenEye MGM $352,194,034
5 Pocahontas Buena Vista $346,079,773
6 Batman Forever Warner Bros. $336,529,144
7 Seven New Line $327,311,859
8 Casper Universal $287,928,194
9 Waterworld $264,218,220
10 Jumanji Sony Pictures $262,797,249
  1. ^ Excluding the gross from subsequent re-releases.

Box office records

Context

The theatrical box office of 1994 achieved record grosses, with nine films earning more than $100 million and the highest attendance (1.29 billion) since 1960 (1.3 billion). By 1995, however, the average cost of making and marketing a film had doubled since 1990, reaching $50.4 million, making turning a profit more difficult.[4][5] The rising salary cost of actors was a contributing factor; studios vied to secure popular actors such as Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, and Arnold Schwarzenegger who could generally guarantee a minimum level of box-office success and held broad appeal outside of the United States and Canada.[5] If notable stars were unavailable, studios were forced to pay exorbitant salaries for less-well-known stars and pay other cast lower salaries to offset costs.[5] In 1995, theatrical box-office revenue was falling; the first quarter was about $90 million lower than the same period in 1994. Markets outside of the U.S. and Canada were growing, accounting for 41% of a film's total revenue—including theatrical and home media profits—and outperformed the U.S. and Canadian box offices for the first time in 1994. Anticipated films such as Batman Forever, Crimson Tide, and Pocahontas were scheduled for release alongside Waterworld, the most-expensive film of its time.[6][4]

Events

Awards

Category/Organization 53rd Golden Globe Awards
January 21, 1996
1st Critics' Choice Awards
January 22, 1996
Producers, Directors, Screen Actors, and Writers Guild Awards 68th Academy Awards
March 26, 1996
49th BAFTA Awards
April 23, 1996
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Sense and Sensibility Babe Sense and Sensibility Apollo 13 Braveheart Sense and Sensibility
Best Director Mel Gibson
Braveheart
Ron Howard
Apollo 13
Mel Gibson
Braveheart
Michael Radford
The Postman
Best Actor Nicolas Cage
Leaving Las Vegas
John Travolta
Get Shorty
Kevin Bacon
Murder in the First
Nicolas Cage
Leaving Las Vegas
Nigel Hawthorne
The Madness of King George
Best Actress Sharon Stone
Casino
Nicole Kidman
To Die For
Susan Sarandon
Dead Man Walking
Emma Thompson
Sense and Sensibility
Best Supporting Actor Brad Pitt
12 Monkeys
Kevin Spacey
The Usual Suspects
Ed Harris
Apollo 13
Ed Harris
Apollo 13
Kevin Spacey
The Usual Suspects
Tim Roth
Rob Roy
Best Supporting Actress Mira Sorvino
Mighty Aphrodite
Kate Winslet
Sense and Sensibility
Mira Sorvino
Mighty Aphrodite
Kate Winslet
Sense and Sensibility
Best Screenplay, Adapted Emma Thompson
Sense and Sensibility
Emma Thompson
Sense and Sensibility
John Hodge
Trainspotting
Best Screenplay, Original Randall Wallace
Braveheart
Christopher McQuarrie
The Usual Suspects
Best Original Score A Walk in the Clouds
Maurice Jarre
N/A N/A The Postman
Luis Bacalov
Best Original Song "Colors of the Wind"
Pocahontas
N/A N/A "Colors of the Wind"
Pocahontas
N/A
Best Foreign Language Film Les Misérables The Postman N/A Antonia The Postman

1995 films

By country/region

By genre/medium

Births

Deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 2 Nancy Kelly 73 US Actress
2 Frances E. Williams 89 US Actress
4 Dorothy Granger 82 US Actress
7 Ted Tetzlaff 91 US Cinematographer
9 Peter Cook 57 UK Actor
10 Roy Ashton 85 Australia Makeup Artist
11 Onat Kutlar 58 Turkey Producer, Screenwriter
12 Kay Aldridge 77 US Actress
24 Edward Colman 89 US Cinematographer
25 John Smith 63 US Actor
25 William Sylvester 72 US Actor
26 Gordon Oliver 84 US Actor
26 Pat Welsh 79 US Actress
27 Robert Totten 57 US Director
31 George Abbott 107 US Director
February 2 Phillip Borsos 41 Australia Director
2 Donald Pleasence 75 UK Actor
2 Willard Waterman 80 US Actor
4 Abel Santa Cruz 79 Argentina Screenwriter
5 Doug McClure 59 US Actor
8 Rachel Thomas 89 UK Actress
9 David Wayne 81 US Actor
14 Michael V. Gazzo 71 US Actor
16 Lois Wilde 87 US Actress
19 John Howard 81 US Actor
21 Robert Bolt 79 UK Screenwriter, Director
21 Calder Willingham 72 US Screenwriter
22 Ed Flanders 60 US Actor
22 Nicholas Pennell 56 UK Actor
23 John Paul 73 UK Actor
24 John J. Carney 54 UK Actor
26 Jack Clayton 73 UK Director
27 Ann Ayars 76 US Singer, Actress
March 1 Herb Meadow 83 US Screenwriter
3 Al Christy 76 US Actor
3 Douglas Stewart 75 US Film Editor
5 Nancy O'Neil 83 Australia Actress
10 Irene Tedrow 87 US Actress
12 Juanin Clay 45 US Actress
15 Albert Hackett 95 US Screenwriter
17 Rick Aviles 42 US Actor
20 Big John Studd 47 US Actor
21 Robert Urquhart 73 UK Actor
27 Paul Brinegar 77 US Actor
April 4 Priscilla Lane 79 US Actress, Singer
12 Philip H. Lathrop 82 US Cinematographer
14 Burl Ives 85 US Actor, Singer
16 Cy Endfield 80 US Director, Screenwriter
16 Arthur English 75 UK Actor
16 Alfred Ryder 79 US Actor
21 Tessie O'Shea 82 UK Actress
25 Art Fleming 70 US Actor
25 Alexander Knox 88 Canada Actor, Screenwriter, Director
25 Ginger Rogers 83 US Actress, Dancer
27 Katherine DeMille 83 Canada Actress
30 Christopher Chadman 47 US Actor
30 Michael Graham Cox 57 UK Actor
May 2 Don Brockett 65 US Actor
2 Michael Hordern 83 UK Actor
11 John Philips 80 UK Actor
12 Arthur Lubin 96 US Director
13 Alan Maley 64 UK Visual Effects Artist, Matte Painter
18 Elisha Cook Jr. 91 US Actor
18 Alexander Godunov 45 Russia Actor, Dancer
18 Elizabeth Montgomery 62 US Actress
22 Robert Flemyng 83 UK Actor
25 Alice Day 89 US Actress
25 Dany Robin 68 France Actress
26 Tony Azito 46 US Actor
26 Friz Freleng 89 US Animator, Director, Producer
27 Severn Darden 65 US Actor
28 Daniela Rocca 57 Italy Actress
June 3 Dilys Powell 93 UK Film Critic None; critiqued films for The Sunday Times
5 Patricia Dane 75 US Actress
6 Savely Kramarov 60 Russia Actor
10 Bruno Lawrence 54 UK Actor
15 Charles Bennett 95 UK Screenwriter
17 Clarence Greene 81 US Screenwriter
18 Arthur Howard 85 UK Actor
20 Julian Blaustein 82 US Producer
27 Yoni Chen 41 Israel Actor
29 Roy Rowland 84 US Director
29 Lana Turner 74 US Actress
30 Gale Gordon 89 US Actor
July 1 Wolfman Jack 57 US Actor
2 John C. Higgins 87 Canada Screenwriter
4 Eva Gabor 76 Hungary Actress
12 Gordon Flemyng 61 UK Director
17 Harry Guardino 69 US Actor
27 Miklós Rózsa 88 Hungary Composer
31 Genevieve Tobin 95 US Actress
August 1 Phyllis Brooks 80 US Actress
1 Esther Muir 92 US Actress
2 Al Adamson 66 US Director
3 Ida Lupino 77 UK Actress, Director
7 David Begelman 73 US Studio Executive
8 Carol Hughes 85 US Actress
9 Peter Carew 72 US Actor
10 Donald Bisset 84 UK Actor
11 Phil Harris 91 US Actor
11 Howard Koch 93 US Screenwriter
16 Walter Cartier 71 US Actor
17 Helen Christie 80 UK Actress
18 James Maxwell 66 US Actor
21 Nanni Loy 69 Italy Director, Screenwriter
24 Gary Crosby 62 US Actor
27 Mary Beth Hughes 75 US Actress
29 Frank Perry 65 US Producer, Director
31 Mildred Coles 75 US Actress
31 David Farrar 87 UK Actor
September 1 Benay Venuta 84 US Actress
5 John Megna 42 US Actor
6 Ralph Rosenblum 69 US Film Editor
9 Ron Talsky 60 US Costume Designer
9 Keith Wayne 50 US Actor
10 Derek Meddings 64 UK Visual Effects Artist
12 Jeremy Brett 61 UK Actor
12 Tom Helmore 91 UK Actor
17 Grady Sutton 89 US Actor
29 Susan Fleetwood 51 UK Actress
October 5 Linda Gary 50 US Voice Actress
6 Anthony Newlands 69 UK Actor
9 Armin Ganz 47 US Production Designer
12 Gary Bond 55 UK Actor
15 Claudio Brook 68 Mexico Actor
20 Christopher Stone 53 US Actor
21 Maxene Andrews 79 US Singer, Actress
21 Jack Rose 83 Poland Screenwriter
22 Mary Wickes 85 US Actress
25 David Healy 66 US Actor
25 Viveca Lindfors 74 Sweden Actress
29 Jean Heather 79 US Actress
29 Terry Southern 71 US Screenwriter
30 Brian Easdale 86 UK Composer
30 Paul Ferris 54 UK Composer
31 Rosalind Cash 56 US Actress
November 3 John Orchard 66 UK Actor
4 Paul Eddington 68 UK Actor
4 Eddie Egan 65 US Actor
6 Aneta Corsaut 62 US Actress
7 John Patrick 90 US Screenwriter
9 Robert O. Cook 92 US Sound Engineer
10 Arthur Loew Jr. 69 US Producer
12 Robert Stephens 64 UK Actor
13 Ralph Blane 81 US Composer, Lyricist
21 Dorothy Jeakins 81 US Costume Designer
22 Ronald Kinnoch 85 UK Producer, Screenwriter
23 Louis Malle 63 France Director
24 Jeffrey Lynn 86 US Actor
December 3 Jimmy Jewel 85 UK Actor
4 Robert Parrish 79 US Director, Actor
7 Harry Cordwell 73 UK Set Decorator
7 Kathleen Harrison 103 UK Actress
8 George J. Lewis 91 US Actor
9 Vivian Blaine 74 US Actress, Singer
10 Paul Lohmann 69 US Cinematographer
11 Arthur Mullard 85 UK Actor
17 Lexie Bigham 27 US Actor
19 Jack Hively 85 US Director, Film Editor
20 Madge Sinclair 57 Jamaica Actor
22 Butterfly McQueen 84 US Actress
23 Patric Knowles 84 UK Actor
25 Dean Martin 78 US Singer, Actor
26 Geoffrey Drake 83-84 ?? Production Designer
30 Doris Grau 71 US Actress, Voice Actress
30 Richard Hornung 45 US Costume Designer

Film debuts

References

  1. ^ "1995 Worldwide Box Office". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "Box Office History for Batman Movies". The Numbers.
  3. ^ a b "'Batman' Takes a Bite Out of 'Jurassic' Record: Movies: Third Bat film soars to an estimated opening weekend gross of $53 million. 'Pocahontas' makes a staggering $2.7 million in just six--albeit large--theaters". Los Angeles Times. June 19, 1995.
  4. ^ a b Eller, Claudia (March 8, 1995). "Average Cost Of Making, Marketing Movie Soars : Hollywood: Figure Hit $50.4 Million, 'A Beast Of A Number,' Says MPAA President Jack Valenti". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 21, 2021. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c Weinraub, Bernard (September 18, 1995). "Skyrocketing Star Salaries". New York Times. Archived from the original on November 18, 2021. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  6. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (July 31, 1995). "Waterworld Disappointment As Box Office Receipts Lag". New York Times. Archived from the original on March 29, 2022. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  7. ^ "Seagram heads for Hollywood; Seagram will buy 80% of big studio from Matsushita". The New York Times. April 7, 1995. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  8. ^ Robinson, Gwen; Weiner, Rex (April 17, 1995). "Pioneer pulls back". Variety. p. 4.
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