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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  1. 148
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

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  2. 199
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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  3. 183
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    Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Albert Brooks

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  4. 156
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    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt

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  5. 39
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    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Jon Polito

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  6. 174
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    Christian Slater, Seth Green, Juliet Landau

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  7. 101
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    ranked low on reranks Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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  8. 85
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    added by wiabux Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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  9. 145
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    added by VanessaHawelu Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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  10. 152
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    Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Maya Rudolph

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  11. 200
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    ranked low on reranks & added by VanessaHawelu Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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  12. 77
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    added by wiabux Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

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  13. 176
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    added by but chickens double d Eddie Murphy, George Takei, Donny Osmond

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  14. 42
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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  15. 153
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    added by VanessaHawelu Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Cynthia Nixon

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  16. 88
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    added by but chickens double d Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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  17. 129
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    added by VanessaHawelu Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd

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  18. 170
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    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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  19. 108
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    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

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  20. 207
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    added by but chickens double d Christopher Lloyd, Frank Welker, June Foray

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  21. 62
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    ranked low on reranks Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller

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  22. 124
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    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

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  23. 144
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    added by VanessaHawelu Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Christina Ricci

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  24. 103
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen

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  25. 97
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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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  26. 175
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    added by VanessaHawelu Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosie O'Donnell

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  27. 164
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    added by VanessaHawelu Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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  28. 208
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    added by but chickens double d Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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  29. 20
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    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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  30. 81
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    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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  31. 30
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    ranked low on reranks Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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  32. 209
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    new! & added by but chickens double d Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Rob Schneider

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  33. 32
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    added by AndrewW.Curley Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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  34. 56
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    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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  35. 58
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    ranked low on reranks Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

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  36. 157
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    added by AndrewW.Curley Julianne Moore, Rebecca De Mornay, Annabella Sciorra

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  37. 52
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    Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey

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  38. 113
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    added by JesusAlonso Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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  39. 171
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ajay Naidu, Mark Margolis, Clint Mansell

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  40. 6
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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto

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  41. 9
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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  42. 192
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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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  43. 134
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    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube

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  44. 141
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    added by JesusAlonso Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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  45. 104
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    added by VanessaHawelu Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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  46. 180
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    Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau

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  47. 196
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    added by JesusAlonso Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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  48. 60
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    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

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  49. 131
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, Paulina Porizkova

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  50. 140
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    added by VanessaHawelu Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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