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Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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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    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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    Pauly Shore, Frank Welker, Wallace Shawn

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    Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

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    Eva Mendes, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Coolidge

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    Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

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    Jim Carrey, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Simon Callow

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    Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Cynthia Nixon

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    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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    Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Bening

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    Edward Furlong, Edward Norton, Beverly D'Angelo

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    Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

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    Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels

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    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

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    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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    Elizabeth Hurley, Carrie Fisher, Will Ferrell

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    Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

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    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson

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    Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Téa Leoni

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    Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Frances McDormand

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    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

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    Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

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    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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    Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg

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    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

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    Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Steve Buscemi

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    Julie Benz, David Spade, Gary Busey

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    Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Traci Lords

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    Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, Brendan Fraser

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    Julianne Moore, Heather Graham, Mark Wahlberg

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    Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey, Whoopi Goldberg

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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