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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. 56
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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  2. 126
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    added by wiabux Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Jim Caviezel

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  3. 179
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    often listed & added by AndrewW.Curley Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Clint Howard

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  4. 73
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    Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Traci Lords

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  5. 111
    Up 29
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    added by but chickens double d Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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  6. 48
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

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  7. 92
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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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  8. 55
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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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  9. 19
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  10. 139
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    added by but chickens double d Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

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  11. 35
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    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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  12. 144
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    added by VanessaHawelu Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Rob Lowe

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  13. 24
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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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  14. 12
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    Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

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  15. 37
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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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  16. 121
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    added by VanessaHawelu Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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  17. 189
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    added by VanessaHawelu Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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  18. 140
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    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

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  19. 70
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    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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  20. 10
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    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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  21. 53
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    ranked low on reranks Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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  22. 167
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    Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, David Hasselhoff

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  23. 17
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    Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons

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  24. 5
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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto

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  25. 74
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    Jennifer Aniston, Mike Judge, Orlando Jones

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  26. 96
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    Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Tuesday Weld

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  27. 50
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray

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  28. 61
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    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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  29. 155
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    added by VanessaHawelu Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Cynthia Nixon

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  30. 132
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    ranked low on reranks & added by VanessaHawelu Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd

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  31. 107
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    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

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  32. 87
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    George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Isaac Hayes

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  33. 16
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    Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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  34. 109
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    added by VanessaHawelu Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Patricia Clarkson

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  35. 137
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    added by VanessaHawelu Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley

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  36. 110
    Up 27
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    added by but chickens double d Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Krista Allen

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  37. 27
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    the people's #1 & often listed Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar

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  38. 90
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    ranked low on reranks & added by AndrewW.Curley Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

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  39. 99
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    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon

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  40. 66
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    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Anthony Kiedis

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  41. 115
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    Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi, John Malkovich

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  42. 114
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    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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  43. 42
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    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer

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  44. 75
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    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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  45. 71
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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

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  46. 119
    Up 27
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    added by but chickens double d Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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  47. 149
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    Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Dick Butkus

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  48. 150
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    Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Black

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  49. 192
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    added by but chickens double d John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott

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  50. 108
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Franka Potente, Armin Rohde, Moritz Bleibtreu

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