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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. 53
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

  2. 133
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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Jim Caviezel

  3. 189
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    added by AndrewW.Curley Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Clint Howard

  4. 75
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    Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Traci Lords

  5. 88
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    added by but chickens double d Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

  6. 50
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

  7. 97
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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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

  9. 19
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

  10. 126
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    added by but chickens double d Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

  11. 30
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    ranked low on reranks Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

  12. 139
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    added by VanessaHawelu Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Rob Lowe

  13. 24
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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

  14. 13
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    Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

  15. 40
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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

  16. 127
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    added by VanessaHawelu Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

  17. 208
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    added by but chickens double d Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

  18. 200
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    ranked low on reranks & added by VanessaHawelu Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

  19. 206
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    added by but chickens double d Christopher Lloyd, Frank Welker, June Foray

  20. 205
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    Jōji Nakata, Daisuke Gōri, Takeshi Aono

  21. 124
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    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

  22. 52
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    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

  23. 10
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    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

  24. 49
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    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

  25. 177
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    Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, David Hasselhoff

  26. 17
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    Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons

  27. 193
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    added by but chickens double d Akihiro Miwa, Sumi Shimamoto, Hisaya Morishige

  28. 6
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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto

  29. 71
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    Jennifer Aniston, Mike Judge, Orlando Jones

  30. 107
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    Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Tuesday Weld

  31. 59
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray

  32. 66
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    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

  33. 153
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    added by VanessaHawelu Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Cynthia Nixon

  34. 131
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    ranked low on reranks & added by VanessaHawelu Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd

  35. 117
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    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

  36. 79
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    George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Isaac Hayes

  37. 16
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    Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

  38. 93
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    added by VanessaHawelu Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Patricia Clarkson

  39. 122
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    added by VanessaHawelu Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley

  40. 114
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    added by but chickens double d Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Krista Allen

  41. 27
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    the people's #1 & often listed Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar

  42. 84
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    added by AndrewW.Curley Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

  43. 94
    Up 65
    Down 42

    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon

  44. 72
    Up 63
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    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Anthony Kiedis

  45. 121
    Up 57
    Down 41

    Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi, John Malkovich

  46. 110
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    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

  47. 45
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer

  48. 74
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    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

  49. 61
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    ranked low on reranks Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

  50. 111
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    added by but chickens double d Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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