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. 48
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    True Lies

    1994 More
    59
  2. 145
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    1996 More
    37
    added by: wiabux
  3. 159
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Rocketeer

    1991 More
    33
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  4. 70
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    ranked low on reranks
    Blade

    1998 More
    53
  5. 151
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    1996 More
    36
    added by: wjhurley
    1996
  6. 45
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    1990 More
    60
  7. 62
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    Mission: Impossible

    1996 More
    56
  8. 59
    Up 27
    Down 7
    1996 More
    57
  9. 12
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    ranked high on reranks
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991 More
    81
  10. 27
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    1990 More
    67
  11. 21
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Fifth Element

    1997 More
    72
  12. 10
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Matrix

    1999 More
    83
  13. 30
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    often listed
    12 Monkeys

    1995 More
    66
  14. 129
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    The Iron Giant

    1999 More
    43
  15. 86
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    Toy Story 2

    1999 More
    51
  16. 14
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    1995 More
    80
  17. 50
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    1993 More
    58
  18. 136
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

    2004 More
    40
  19. 16
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    1994 More
    78
  20. 5
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fight Club

    1999 More
    91
  21. 61
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    Office Space

    1999 More
    56
  22. 76
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    1993 More
    53
  23. 41
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    Ed Wood

    1994 More
    62
  24. 69
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    1998 More
    54
  25. 101
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    ranked low on reranks
    Being John Malkovich

    1999 More
    48
  26. 71
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

    1999 More
    53
  27. 17
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    1999 More
    78
  28. 25
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    Down 29

    the people's #1 &often listed
    Scent of a Woman

    1992 More
    69
  29. 113
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    ranked low on reranks
    My Cousin Vinny

    1992 More
    46
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  30. 123
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    ranked low on reranks
    Face/Off

    1997 More
    44
  31. 87
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    ranked low on reranks
    Point Break

    1991 More
    51
  32. 133
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    ranked low on reranks
    Con Air

    1997 More
    42
  33. 84
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    ranked low on reranks
    Die Hard 2

    1990 More
    52
  34. 34
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Heat

    1995 More
    64
  35. 73
    Up 39
    Down 32
    1995 More
    53
  36. 47
    Up 29
    Down 11
    1992 More
    59
  37. 156
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    about to drop off &ranked high on reranks
    The Last Boy Scout

    1991 More
    35
  38. 139
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    Down 3

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Demolition Man

    1993 More
    40
  39. 105
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    ranked low on reranks
    Run Lola Run

    1998 More
    48
  40. 55
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    often listed
    Sleepers

    1996 More
    57
  41. 1
    Up 218
    Down 47
    1994 More
    100
  42. 65
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    Down 31
    1996 More
    54
    added by: JesusAlonso
  43. 19
    Up 68
    Down 23
    1999 More
    74
  44. 66
    Up 54
    Down 42
    1997 More
    54
  45. 138
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Primal Fear

    1996 More
    40
    added by: wiabux
  46. 141
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    1993 More
    39
    added by: wiabux
  47. 37
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    ranked low on reranks
    Fargo

    1996 More
    63
  48. 124
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jackie Brown

    1997 More
    44
  49. 4
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991 More
    93
  50. 143
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    often listed
    Natural Born Killers

    1994 More
    37
    added by: Ryanturcotte
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