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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. 99
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    1990 More
    49
  2. 153
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    Down 20
    1990 More
    35
  3. 35
    Up 66
    Down 29

    ranked low on reranks
    Dances with Wolves

    1990 More
    63
  4. 84
    Up 36
    Down 21

    ranked low on reranks
    Die Hard 2

    1990 More
    52
  5. 11
    Up 120
    Down 54

    often listed
    Edward Scissorhands

    1990 More
    81
  6. 140
    Up 9
    Down 3
    1990 More
    39
    added by: wiabux
  7. 9
    Up 142
    Down 54

    ranked low on reranks
    Goodfellas

    1990 More
    87
    added by: gschwayze
  8. 121
    Up 22
    Down 20

    ranked low on reranks
    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    1990 More
    44
  9. 27
    Up 123
    Down 48
    1990 More
    67
  10. 150
    Up 5
    Down 8

    often listed
    Jacob's Ladder

    1990 More
    36
  11. 116
    Up 28
    Down 23

    ranked low on reranks
    Kindergarten Cop

    1990 More
    45
  12. 119
    Up 22
    Down 33

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    King of New York

    1990 More
    45
  13. 134
    Up 23
    Down 33

    often listed
    Miller's Crossing

    1990 More
    41
  14. 33
    Up 79
    Down 31

    ranked low on reranks
    Misery

    1990 More
    66
  15. 82
    Up 26
    Down 11

    ranked low on reranks
    Pretty Woman

    1990 More
    53
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  16. 152
    Up 13
    Down 23

    often listed
    Pump Up the Volume

    1990 More
    35
  17. 131
    Up 5
    Down 5

    ranked low on reranks
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    1990 More
    42
    added by: RawnToler
  18. 103
    Up 23
    Down 27
    1990 More
    48
    added by: JesusAlonso
  19. 45
    Up 68
    Down 39
    1990 More
    60
  20. 88
    Up 38
    Down 25

    ranked low on reranks
    Tremors

    1990 More
    51
  21. 117
    Up 12
    Down 29

    ranked high on reranks
    Barton Fink

    1991 More
    45
    added by: sebbzor
  22. 54
    Up 42
    Down 18

    ranked low on reranks
    Beauty and the Beast

    1991 More
    57
  23. 114
    Up 36
    Down 39

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Cape Fear

    1991 More
    46
  24. 137
    Up 13
    Down 32

    ranked high on reranks
    Defending Your Life

    1991 More
    40
  25. 78
    Up 20
    Down 7
    1991 More
    53
  26. 87
    Up 39
    Down 21

    ranked low on reranks
    Point Break

    1991 More
    51
  27. 122
    Up 17
    Down 26

    ranked high on reranks
    Raise the Red Lantern

    1991 More
    44
  28. 12
    Up 139
    Down 53

    ranked high on reranks
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991 More
    81
  29. 79
    Up 16
    Down 12

    ranked high on reranks
    Thelma & Louise

    1991 More
    53
  30. 156
    Up 12
    Down 17

    about to drop off &ranked high on reranks
    The Last Boy Scout

    1991 More
    35
  31. 159
    Up 10
    Down 13

    ranked low on reranks
    The Rocketeer

    1991 More
    33
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  32. 4
    Up 174
    Down 51

    ranked low on reranks
    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991 More
    93
  33. 92
    Up 29
    Down 37
    1991 More
    50
  34. 40
    Up 72
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks
    Aladdin

    1992 More
    62
  35. 38
    Up 60
    Down 40

    ranked high on reranks
    Army of Darkness

    1992 More
    62
  36. 135
    Up 8
    Down 2

    ranked low on reranks
    A League of Their Own

    1992 More
    40
  37. 96
    Up 30
    Down 27

    ranked low on reranks
    Basic Instinct

    1992 More
    49
  38. 47
    Up 29
    Down 11
    1992 More
    59
  39. 31
    Up 50
    Down 32
    1992 More
    66
  40. 148
    Up 9
    Down 10
    1992 More
    36
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  41. 132
    Up 23
    Down 33

    ranked high on reranks
    Candyman

    1992 More
    42
  42. 113
    Up 27
    Down 9

    ranked low on reranks
    My Cousin Vinny

    1992 More
    46
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  43. 94
    Up 11
    Down 20

    ranked high on reranks
    Newsies

    1992 More
    50
  44. 28
    Up 80
    Down 36

    ranked low on reranks
    Reservoir Dogs

    1992 More
    67
  45. 25
    Up 41
    Down 29

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

    1992 More
    69
  46. 107
    Up 14
    Down 12
    1992 More
    48
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  47. 97
    Up 30
    Down 24

    ranked low on reranks
    The Last of the Mohicans

    1992 More
    49
  48. 52
    Up 43
    Down 24

    ranked low on reranks
    Unforgiven

    1992 More
    58
  49. 104
    Up 7
    Down 8

    often listed
    Arizona Dream

    1993 More
    48
  50. 108
    Up 21
    Down 28
    1993 More
    47
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