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Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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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    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

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  2. 225
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    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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    Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob, Kate Maberly

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    Alicia Silverstone, Amber Benson, Cary Elwes

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  5. 226
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    Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Albert Brooks

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  6. 182
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    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt

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    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Jon Polito

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    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein

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    Christian Slater, Seth Green, Juliet Landau

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    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Kirsten Dunst, Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds

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    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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    Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Maya Rudolph

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

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    Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood

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    Eddie Murphy, George Takei, Donny Osmond

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    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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    Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Cynthia Nixon

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    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Paul Rudd

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    Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

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    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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    RuPaul, Christine Taylor, Davy Jones

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    Brendan Fraser, Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave

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    Jeff Goldblum, Laurence Fishburne, Charles Martin Smith 1992

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    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

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    Christopher Lloyd, Frank Welker, June Foray

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    Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly

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  32. 64
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    Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller

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  33. 124
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    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

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  34. 145
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    Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Christina Ricci

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  35. 214
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    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

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  36. 104
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    Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen

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  37. 110
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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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  38. 307
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show, Phil Hartman

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    Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosie O'Donnell

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    Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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    Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Rob Schneider

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    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    David Cross, Christopher Guest, Parker Posey

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    Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein

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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

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