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Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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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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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

  3. 3
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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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  8. 8
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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

  9. 9
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    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  12. 12
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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

  13. 13
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    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

  14. 14
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    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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    American History X is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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    Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Léon: The Professional Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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    The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Truman Show Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

  30. 30
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    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Home Alone Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

  31. 31
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    Casino is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Casino Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods

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    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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    Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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    American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    American Beauty Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari

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    Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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    Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

  38. 38
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    What's Eating Gilbert Grape is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    What's Eating Gilbert Grape Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis

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

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    The Crow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Crow Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

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    L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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    Robin Hood: Men in Tights is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Robin Hood: Men in Tights Patrick Stewart, Mel Brooks, Dave Chappelle

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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

  48. 48
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    12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

  49. 49
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Ba... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Sting, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones

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