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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. 186
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    added by VanessaHawelu James Badge Dale, Balthazar Getty, Bob Peck

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  2. 99
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss

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  3. 147
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    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels

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  4. 149
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    added by but chickens double d Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson

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  5. 41
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    ranked low on reranks Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene

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  6. 110
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    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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  7. 207
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    added by but chickens double d Christopher Lloyd, Frank Welker, June Foray

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  8. 12
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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Anthony Michael Hall

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  9. 137
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    added by wiabux Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze

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  10. 7
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    added by gschwayze Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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  11. 138
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    Christopher Lee, Phoebe Cates, Howie Mandel

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  12. 31
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    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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  13. 199
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    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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  14. 115
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Odette Annable, Angela Bassett

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  15. 146
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

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  16. 159
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    Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, John Turturro

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  17. 23
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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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  18. 102
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    ranked low on reranks & added by AndrewW.Curley Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Jason Alexander

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  19. 174
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    Christian Slater, Seth Green, Juliet Landau

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  20. 129
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    added by RawnToler Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas, Skeet Ulrich

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  21. 132
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    added by JesusAlonso Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy García

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  22. 201
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    added by but chickens double d John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott

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  23. 50
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

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  24. 105
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    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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  25. 185
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    added by sebbzor Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Frances McDormand

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  26. 43
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    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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  27. 96
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    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

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  28. 182
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    Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Albert Brooks

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  29. 179
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    added by but chickens double d

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  30. 109
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    added by VanessaHawelu Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

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  31. 100
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    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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  32. 72
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    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Anthony Kiedis

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  33. 187
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    Gong Li, He Saifei, Kong Lin

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  34. 172
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    added by but chickens double d Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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  35. 19
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  36. 73
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    Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis

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  37. 131
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    ranked low on reranks & added by VanessaHawelu Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd

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  38. 160
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    Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Dick Butkus

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  39. 189
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    added by AndrewW.Curley Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Clint Howard

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  40. 4
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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  41. 123
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    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Charlie Korsmo

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  42. 47
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    ranked low on reranks Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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  43. 67
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    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

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  44. 117
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    Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

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  45. 90
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    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

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  46. 61
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    ranked low on reranks Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

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  47. 38
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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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  48. 170
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    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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  49. 165
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    added by VanessaHawelu Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep

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  50. 190
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey

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