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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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  1. 1
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    James Whitmore, Paul McCrane, Bob Gunton

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  2. 2
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    most listed
    Haley Joel Osment, Gary Sinise, Bobby Richardson

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  3. 3
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    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Griffin

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  4. 4
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    Chris Isaak, Dan Butler, Kasi Lemmons

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  5. 5
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    Jared Leto, Zach Grenier, Kevin Scott Mack

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  6. 6
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    Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Tom Sizemore

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  7. 7
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    Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Maria Peszek

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  8. 8
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    added by gschwayze
    Al Jolson, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco

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  9. 9
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    Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Kiley

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  10. 10
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    Reg E. Cathey, Kevin Spacey, Richard Schiff

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  11. 11
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    Don Rickles, Tim Allen, Jim Varney

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  12. 12
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    Patricia Clarkson, Gary Sinise, Michael Clarke Duncan

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  13. 13
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    Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster

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  14. 14
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    Toni Collette, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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  15. 15
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    often listed
    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Minnie Driver

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  16. 16
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    Nathan Lane, Robert Guillaume, Moira Kelly

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  17. 17
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    Vincent Price, Alan Arkin, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Harold Ramis, Rick Overton, Hynden Walch

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    Edward Furlong, S. Epatha Merkerson, Diane Rodriguez

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    Benicio del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Spacey

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    Brian Cox, Ian Bannen, Brendan Gleeson

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    Julianne Moore, John Goodman, Aimee Mann

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  23. 23
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    Ian Holm, Chris Tucker, Gary Oldman

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  24. 24
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    Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall, Graham Jarvis

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    Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Edward Furlong

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    Steve Buscemi, Edward Bunker, Quentin Tarantino

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  27. 27
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    Ed Harris, Peter Krause, Philip Baker Hall

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    Harvey Fierstein, Polly Holliday, Robert Prosky

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    Catherine O'Hara, Roberts Blossom, Gerry Bamman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello, Jean-Hugues Anglade

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  31. 31
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    Bernard Hill, Bill Paxton, Billy Zane

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    Steve Allen, Don Rickles, James Woods

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    Mary Steenburgen, John C. Reilly, Kevin Tighe

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  34. 34
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    the people's #1 & often listed
    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bradley Whitford, Frances Conroy

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  35. 35
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    - 95

    José Feliciano, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi

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  36. 36
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    often listed
    Bai Ling, Ernie Hudson, Jon Polito

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  37. 37
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    - 69

    Michael Gambon, Christopher Walken, Christina Ricci

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  38. 38
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    - 56

    ranked low on reranks
    Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers, Jerry Orbach

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  39. 39
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    added by AndrewW.Curley
    Dom DeLuise, Rudy De Luca, Tyce Diorio

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    ranked low on reranks
    Bruce Adler, Brad Kane, Jonathan Freeman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Vinnie Jones, Steven Mackintosh, Matthew Vaughn

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  42. 42
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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Maury Chaykin

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  43. 43
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Gary Oldman, Richard E. Grant, Billy Campbell

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  44. 44
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    Mena Suvari, Barry Del Sherman, Annette Bening

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  45. 45
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Madeleine Stowe, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Frank Gorshin

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  46. 46
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    Don Rickles, Tim Allen, Jim Varney

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  47. 47
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    Catherine O'Hara, Paul Reubens, Doris Hess

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  48. 48
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    Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise

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  49. 49
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Minnie Driver, Dash Mihok, Ruth Maleczech

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  50. 50
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    added by JesusAlonso
    Courteney Cox, Linda Blair, Henry Winkler

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