Trainspotting
Director: 
Danny Boyle
Year: 
1996
Rating: 
R
Run Time: 
94 mins
Cast: 
Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller

The arthouse sensation of 1996 -- and quite possibly right behind "Pulp Fiction" as one of the most influential movies of that decade in the style and soundtrack departments. Adapted from Irvine Welsh's acclaimed novel, it's a cheeky, grimy tale of young and (mostly) handsome Scottish heroin addicts who basically just don't give a toss about growing up to live boring middle-class lives. And they like Lou Reed. A lot. With its blend of frenetic comedy and skin-crawling horror (plunging into filthy toilets! Wall crawling dead babies!), TRAINSPOTTING is not quite an ode to junkies nor a preachy cautionary tale of drugs and ruin but rather some other different and far more entertaining cinematic animal. 

That's thanks in no small part to the film's soundtrack, which, so loaded with choice cuts  -- from Iggy Pop ("Lust for Life," "Nightclubbing"), to the aforementioned Lou Reed ("Perfect Day"), to '90s Brit Pop (Blur, Elastica, Pulp) -- it became as much a breakout star as the film's impossibly young and skinny lead actor: Ewan McGregor.