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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. 119
    Up 22
    Down 33

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    King of New York

    1990 More
    43
  2. 151
    Up 5
    Down 8

    often listed
    Jacob's Ladder

    1990 More
    34
  3. 139
    Up 13
    Down 32

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Defending Your Life

    1991 More
    38
  4. 94
    Up 21
    Down 28

    ranked high on reranks
    Dark City

    1998 More
    48
  5. 44
    Up 59
    Down 35
    1994 More
    60
  6. 149
    Up 16
    Down 19
    1999 More
    34
  7. 154
    Up 13
    Down 23

    often listed
    Pump Up the Volume

    1990 More
    33
  8. 122
    Up 48
    Down 27

    ranked low on reranks
    Clueless

    1995 More
    42
  9. 141
    Up 8
    Down 3
    1993 More
    37
    added by: wiabux
  10. 147
    Up 18
    Down 20
    1997 More
    35
  11. 120
    Up 7
    Down 7
    1999 More
    43
    added by: wiabux
  12. 57
    Up 35
    Down 30

    often listed
    Sleepers

    1996 More
    55
  13. 133
    Up 23
    Down 33

    ranked high on reranks
    Candyman

    1992 More
    40
  14. 89
    Up 26
    Down 27
    1996 More
    49
  15. 63
    Up 81
    Down 41

    ranked low on reranks
    There's Something About Mary

    1998 More
    53
  16. 129
    Up 25
    Down 33

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

    1999 More
    41
  17. 93
    Up 24
    Down 29

    ranked low on reranks
    Carlito's Way

    1993 More
    48
  18. 62
    Up 41
    Down 32

    ranked high on reranks
    Mission: Impossible

    1996 More
    54
  19. 23
    Up 89
    Down 47

    often listed
    The Usual Suspects

    1994 More
    69
  20. 81
    Up 34
    Down 29
    1996 More
    51
  21. 26
    Up 123
    Down 48
    1990 More
    67
  22. 46
    Up 41
    Down 15

    ranked low on reranks
    Mrs. Doubtfire

    1993 More
    58
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  23. 67
    Up 36
    Down 36

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Babe

    1995 More
    52
  24. 52
    Up 43
    Down 24

    ranked low on reranks
    Unforgiven

    1992 More
    57
  25. 105
    Up 14
    Down 12
    1992 More
    46
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  26. 66
    Up 54
    Down 42

    ranked low on reranks
    L.A. Confidential

    1997 More
    53
  27. 65
    Up 43
    Down 31
    1996 More
    53
    added by: JesusAlonso
  28. 114
    Up 12
    Down 38

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Pi

    1998 More
    44
  29. 5
    Up 169
    Down 72

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fight Club

    1999 More
    90
  30. 15
    Up 128
    Down 46
    1995 More
    78
  31. 146
    Up 5
    Down 4
    1997 More
    35
    added by: wiabux
  32. 115
    Up 23
    Down 27
    1999 More
    44
  33. 158
    Up 24
    Down 23

    ranked low on reranks
    Pitch Black

    2000 More
    30
    added by: JesusAlonso
  34. 145
    Up 15
    Down 26

    often listed
    Swingers

    1996 More
    35
  35. 157
    Up 19
    Down 36
    1999 More
    31
    added by: JesusAlonso
  36. 90
    Up 29
    Down 29
    1994 More
    48
  37. 104
    Up 7
    Down 8

    ranked low on reranks
    Arizona Dream

    1993 More
    46
  38. 148
    Up 9
    Down 10
    1992 More
    34
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  39. 31
    Up 50
    Down 32
    1992 More
    65
  40. 101
    Up 23
    Down 27
    1990 More
    46
    added by: JesusAlonso
  41. 19
    Up 68
    Down 23
    1999 More
    73
  42. 1
    Up 215
    Down 47
    1994 More
    100
  43. 152
    Up 15
    Down 20
    1990 More
    33
  44. 92
    Up 29
    Down 37
    1991 More
    48
  45. 79
    Up 26
    Down 11
    1990 More
    51
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  46. 54
    Up 42
    Down 18

    ranked low on reranks
    Beauty and the Beast

    1991 More
    56
  47. 138
    Up 7
    Down 6

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Primal Fear

    1996 More
    38
    added by: wiabux
  48. 18
    Up 110
    Down 68

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Good Will Hunting

    1997 More
    74
  49. 30
    Up 49
    Down 33

    ranked high on reranks
    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    1998 More
    65
  50. 103
    Up 12
    Down 32

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Three Colors: Red

    1994 More
    46
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