Favorite Movies of the 90s Films
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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. 40
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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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  2. 112
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

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  3. 200
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    ranked low on reranks & added by VanessaHawelu Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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  4. 173
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    added by but chickens double d Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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  5. 116
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    Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

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  6. 125
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    added by wiabux Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

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  7. 153
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    added by VanessaHawelu Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Cynthia Nixon

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  8. 47
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    ranked low on reranks Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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  9. 46
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    Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Bening

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  10. 29
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    ranked low on reranks & added by sebbzor Edward Furlong, Edward Norton, Beverly D'Angelo

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  11. 135
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    added by VanessaHawelu Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

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  12. 70
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    Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bryce Dallas Howard

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  13. 151
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    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels

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  14. 129
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, Paulina Porizkova

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  15. 78
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    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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  16. 67
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    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

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  17. 64
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    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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  18. 76
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    Elizabeth Hurley, Carrie Fisher, Will Ferrell

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  19. 56
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    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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  20. 147
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    added by but chickens double d Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson

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  21. 185
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    added by sebbzor Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Frances McDormand

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  22. 89
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    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

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    ranked low on reranks Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

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  24. 208
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    added by but chickens double d Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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  25. 43
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    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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  26. 164
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    added by VanessaHawelu Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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  27. 191
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg

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  28. 117
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    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

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  29. 122
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    added by VanessaHawelu Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley

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  30. 75
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    Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Traci Lords

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    Julianne Moore, Heather Graham, Mark Wahlberg

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  34. 167
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, Udo Kier

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  35. 171
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    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

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  37. 103
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen

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  38. 33
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    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

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  39. 144
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    added by VanessaHawelu Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Christina Ricci

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  40. 118
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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Smith

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  41. 92
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    added by JesusAlonso Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier

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  42. 101
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    ranked low on reranks Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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  43. 121
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    Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi, John Malkovich

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  44. 41
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    ranked low on reranks Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene

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  45. 156
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    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt

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    Milla Jovovich, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey

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  47. 165
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    added by VanessaHawelu Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep

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  48. 182
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    Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Albert Brooks

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  49. 155
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    Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Black

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  50. 110
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    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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