Favorite Movies of the 90s Films

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. 30
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    12 Monkeys

    1995 More
    66
  2. 108
    Up 21
    Down 28
    1993 More
    47
  3. 135
    Up 8
    Down 2

    ranked low on reranks
    A League of Their Own

    1992 More
    40
  4. 142
    Up 8
    Down 4
    1994 More
    38
    added by: wiabux
  5. 40
    Up 72
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks
    Aladdin

    1992 More
    62
  6. 74
    Up 45
    Down 40

    often listed
    American Beauty

    1999 More
    53
  7. 39
    Up 35
    Down 8

    ranked low on reranks
    American History X

    1998 More
    62
    added by: sebbzor
  8. 98
    Up 12
    Down 7

    ranked low on reranks
    Apollo 13

    1995 More
    49
  9. 153
    Up 15
    Down 20
    1990 More
    35
  10. 104
    Up 7
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    often listed
    Arizona Dream

    1993 More
    48
  11. 72
    Up 44
    Down 28

    ranked low on reranks
    Armageddon

    1998 More
    53
  12. 38
    Up 60
    Down 40

    ranked high on reranks
    Army of Darkness

    1992 More
    62
  13. 77
    Up 28
    Down 21
    1997 More
    53
  14. 53
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    Down 60
    1997 More
    58
  15. 68
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Babe

    1995 More
    54
  16. 117
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    Down 29

    ranked high on reranks
    Barton Fink

    1991 More
    45
    added by: sebbzor
  17. 96
    Up 30
    Down 27

    ranked low on reranks
    Basic Instinct

    1992 More
    49
  18. 47
    Up 29
    Down 11
    1992 More
    59
  19. 54
    Up 42
    Down 18

    ranked low on reranks
    Beauty and the Beast

    1991 More
    57
  20. 130
    Up 12
    Down 29

    ranked high on reranks
    Before Sunrise

    1995 More
    42
  21. 101
    Up 49
    Down 41

    ranked low on reranks
    Being John Malkovich

    1999 More
    48
  22. 70
    Up 42
    Down 28

    ranked low on reranks
    Blade

    1998 More
    53
  23. 43
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    Down 37

    ranked high on reranks
    Boogie Nights

    1997 More
    61
  24. 31
    Up 50
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    1992 More
    66
  25. 20
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    Down 40

    ranked low on reranks
    Braveheart

    1995 More
    72
  26. 109
    Up 15
    Down 44

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Breaking the Waves

    1996 More
    47
  27. 148
    Up 9
    Down 10
    1992 More
    36
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  28. 132
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    Down 33

    ranked high on reranks
    Candyman

    1992 More
    42
  29. 114
    Up 36
    Down 39

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Cape Fear

    1991 More
    46
  30. 93
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    ranked low on reranks
    Carlito's Way

    1993 More
    50
  31. 26
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    Down 45

    ranked low on reranks
    Casino

    1995 More
    67
  32. 80
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    often listed
    Chasing Amy

    1997 More
    53
  33. 126
    Up 10
    Down 31

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chungking Express

    1994 More
    44
  34. 56
    Up 44
    Down 28

    ranked high on reranks
    Clerks.

    1994 More
    57
    added by: JesusAlonso
  35. 127
    Up 48
    Down 27

    ranked low on reranks
    Clueless

    1995 More
    43
  36. 133
    Up 35
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks
    Con Air

    1997 More
    42
  37. 35
    Up 66
    Down 29

    ranked low on reranks
    Dances with Wolves

    1990 More
    63
  38. 95
    Up 21
    Down 28

    ranked high on reranks
    Dark City

    1998 More
    50
  39. 63
    Up 61
    Down 39

    ranked low on reranks
    Dazed and Confused

    1993 More
    54
  40. 137
    Up 13
    Down 32

    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Defending Your Life

    1991 More
    40
  41. 139
    Up 6
    Down 3

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Demolition Man

    1993 More
    40
  42. 84
    Up 36
    Down 21

    ranked low on reranks
    Die Hard 2

    1990 More
    52
  43. 73
    Up 39
    Down 32
    1995 More
    53
  44. 106
    Up 7
    Down 8
    1995 More
    48
  45. 75
    Up 20
    Down 13

    often listed
    Donnie Brasco

    1997 More
    53
  46. 41
    Up 53
    Down 50

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ed Wood

    1994 More
    62
  47. 11
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    Down 54

    often listed
    Edward Scissorhands

    1990 More
    81
  48. 149
    Up 16
    Down 19
    1999 More
    36
  49. 102
    Up 36
    Down 58

    ranked high on reranks
    Eyes Wide Shut

    1999 More
    48
  50. 123
    Up 38
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks
    Face/Off

    1997 More
    44
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