Favorite Movies of the 90s Films

Favorite Movies of the 90s

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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?

List Criteria: Films released between 1990 and 1999.

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  1. 112
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    Pi

    1998 More
    46
  2. 7
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Schindler's List

    1993 More
    88
  3. 11
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    often listed
    Edward Scissorhands

    1990 More
    81
  4. 104
    Up 7
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    often listed
    Arizona Dream

    1993 More
    48
  5. 107
    Up 14
    Down 12
    1992 More
    48
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  6. 84
    Up 36
    Down 21

    ranked low on reranks
    Die Hard 2

    1990 More
    52
  7. 34
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    Down 58

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Heat

    1995 More
    64
  8. 136
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    Down 25

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

    2004 More
    40
  9. 27
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    Down 48
    1990 More
    67
  10. 157
    Up 19
    Down 36
    1999 More
    33
    added by: JesusAlonso
  11. 59
    Up 27
    Down 7
    1996 More
    57
  12. 38
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    ranked high on reranks
    Army of Darkness

    1992 More
    62
  13. 40
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    ranked low on reranks
    Aladdin

    1992 More
    62
  14. 5
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fight Club

    1999 More
    91
  15. 94
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    ranked high on reranks
    Newsies

    1992 More
    50
  16. 54
    Up 42
    Down 18

    ranked low on reranks
    Beauty and the Beast

    1991 More
    57
  17. 150
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    often listed
    Jacob's Ladder

    1990 More
    36
  18. 151
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    1996 More
    36
    added by: wjhurley
    1996
  19. 141
    Up 8
    Down 3
    1993 More
    39
    added by: wiabux
  20. 75
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    Down 13

    often listed
    Donnie Brasco

    1997 More
    53
  21. 67
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    ranked low on reranks
    There's Something About Mary

    1998 More
    54
  22. 70
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    Down 28

    ranked low on reranks
    Blade

    1998 More
    53
  23. 120
    Up 7
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    1999 More
    45
    added by: wiabux
  24. 147
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    Down 20

    new! Gattaca

    1997 More
    37
  25. 48
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    often listed
    True Lies

    1994 More
    59
  26. 149
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    Down 19
    1999 More
    36
  27. 160
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    about to drop off &ranked high on reranks
    Kids

    1995 More
    31
    added by: JesusAlonso
  28. 117
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    ranked high on reranks
    Barton Fink

    1991 More
    45
    added by: sebbzor
  29. 85
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    Down 20
    1993 More
    52
    added by: sebbzor
  30. 31
    Up 50
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    1992 More
    66
  31. 111
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    ranked high on reranks
    Happiness

    1998 More
    46
  32. 119
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    King of New York

    1990 More
    45
  33. 131
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    Down 5

    ranked low on reranks
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    1990 More
    42
    added by: RawnToler
  34. 61
    Up 46
    Down 17

    ranked low on reranks
    Office Space

    1999 More
    56
  35. 71
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    Down 31

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

    1999 More
    53
  36. 26
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    Down 45

    ranked low on reranks
    Casino

    1995 More
    67
  37. 103
    Up 23
    Down 27
    1990 More
    48
    added by: JesusAlonso
  38. 122
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    Down 26

    ranked high on reranks
    Raise the Red Lantern

    1991 More
    44
  39. 130
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    Down 29

    ranked high on reranks
    Before Sunrise

    1995 More
    42
  40. 83
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    Down 28

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Thin Red Line

    1998 More
    52
  41. 145
    Up 6
    Down 4
    1996 More
    37
    added by: wiabux
  42. 129
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    Down 33

    ranked high on reranks &ranked low on reranks
    The Iron Giant

    1999 More
    43
  43. 3
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    Down 67

    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Pulp Fiction

    1994 More
    96
  44. 1
    Up 218
    Down 47
    1994 More
    100
  45. 19
    Up 68
    Down 23
    1999 More
    74
  46. 108
    Up 21
    Down 28
    1993 More
    47
  47. 29
    Up 113
    Down 82
    1997 More
    67
  48. 2
    Up 193
    Down 46
    1994 More
    99
  49. 118
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Devil's Advocate

    1997 More
    45
    added by: wiabux
  50. 37
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    ranked low on reranks
    Fargo

    1996 More
    63
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