In 1991, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury died of complications from AIDS. The Soviet Union officially ceased to exist, collapsing into fifteen different soverign republics. Jamie Lynn Spears was born. On TV, Adam Sandler and Tim Meadows joined SNL, and The Jerry Springer Show premiered. Bryan Adams had a hit with "Everything I Do (I Do It for You"), and grunge music broke through to the mainstream, led by Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
In movie theaters, there were a lot of fun films though only a handful of "essential" ones. Here's a sampling of the quality movies that didn't make the cut: The Fisher King, Soapdish, Barton Fink, Point Break, Boyz 'N the Hood, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Hook, The Addams Family, Cape Fear, Hot Shots, City Slickers, Backdraft, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Doc Hollywood, The Doors, Fried Green Tomatoes, L.A. Story, My Girl, and Regarding Henry (which was written by J.J. Abrams!). And here are your Essentials: