Favorite Movies of the 90s Films
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Favorite Movies of the 90s

List Criteria: Films released between 1990 and 1999.

List of the best 1990s movies as ranked by the Ranker Community. These films - released between the years 1990 and 1999 - have remained memorable, influential and significant over a decade later. Some of them were heralded in their own time, but others only found an audience years later, on home video, DVD, cable television and even streaming on the Internet. When judging films from a bygone era, as in this case, rewatchability becomes a significant factor. Much-lauded '90s films like, say, "Breaking the Waves" may be superior to some of the films near the top of a "Favorite Movies of the '90s" list, but as the film is so serious, it's not as likely to be rewatched recently, or to remain fresh in audiences' minds. On the other hand, a film like "The Matrix" or "Fight Club" has seemingly grown in popularity and esteem from the '90s through the present day, due to consistent DVD spins, frequent HBO and Showtime appearances and so forth.

A number of the films on this "Best of the '90s" list were initially cult films in their own era. Prison drama "The Shawshank Redemption," most notably, failed to win a big audience in theaters, and hadn't initially recouped its own (modest) budget from its box office take. (Many critics blamed its somewhat obscure, difficult to recall title.) It has since become a beloved classic on home video and consistently ranks high in polls of Americans' all-time favorite films. Mike Myers' spoof of '60s spy films, "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," was only a modest hit when it debuted in 1997, and only became a cult hit years later, spawning two sequels (with a third follow-up film reportedly on the way.)

For more voting, check out this list of the best 80s movies. Or how about football movies, epic films or werewolf movies?
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    1994 More
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  2. 2
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  3. 3
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    most listed
    Pulp Fiction

    1994 More
    95
  4. 4
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    1991 More
    92
  5. 5
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    1999 More
    91
  6. 6
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    89
  7. 7
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    1990 More
    86
    added by: gschwayze
  8. 8
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    1998 More
    85
  9. 9
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    82
  10. 10
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    1995 More
    81
  11. 11
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    1990 More
    80
  12. 12
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    79
  13. 13
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    78
  14. 14
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    78
  15. 15
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    77
  16. 16
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    1991 More
    76
  17. 17
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    75
  18. 18
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    often listed
    The Big Lebowski

    1998 More
    75
  19. 19
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    1997 More
    75
  20. 20
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  24. 24
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    1990 More
    69
  25. 25
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    68
  26. 26
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    1992 More
    68
  27. 27
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    Scent of a Woman

    1992 More
    66
  28. 28
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    1998 More
    64
  29. 29
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    63
  30. 30
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    1992 More
    63
  31. 31
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    American History X

    1998 More
    63
    added by: sebbzor
  32. 32
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    ranked low on reranks
    Casino

    1995 More
    63
  33. 33
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  34. 34
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    1995 More
    61
  35. 35
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    1994 More
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  36. 36
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dances with Wolves

    1990 More
    61
  37. 37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    What's Eating Gilbert Grape

    1993 More
    61
  38. 38
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    1996 More
    60
  39. 39
    Up 31
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sleepy Hollow

    1999 More
    60
  40. 40
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    ranked low on reranks
    Home Alone

    1990 More
    59
  41. 41
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    ranked low on reranks
    Mrs. Doubtfire

    1993 More
    59
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  42. 42
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    1996 More
    58
  43. 43
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    1995 More
    58
  44. 44
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    1993 More
    58
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ed Wood

    1994 More
    58
  46. 46
    Up 28
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    often listed
    Quiz Show

    1994 More
    56
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  47. 47
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    ranked low on reranks
    Total Recall

    1990 More
    55
  48. 48
    Up 23
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Life Is Beautiful

    1997 More
    55
    added by: sebbzor
  49. 49
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    Down 24

    ranked low on reranks
    Beauty and the Beast

    1991 More
    55
  50. 50
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    1997 More
    55
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