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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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    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  3. 87
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    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

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    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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    Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Smart

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    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein

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    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt

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    Eva Mendes, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Coolidge

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    Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Keith Allen

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    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg

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    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

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    Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Tuesday Weld

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  18. 276
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    Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey, Whoopi Goldberg

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    Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

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    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

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    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

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    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

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    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Charlie Korsmo

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    Salma Hayek, Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi

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    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

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    Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson

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    Christopher Lloyd, Frank Welker, June Foray

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    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston 1993

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    Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

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    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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    Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly

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  34. 306
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    Chris Rock, Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan

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  35. 118
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    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  37. 96
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    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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  38. 115
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    Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Krista Allen

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  39. 240
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    Macaulay Culkin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

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  40. 50
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    Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bryce Dallas Howard

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  41. 166
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    Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

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    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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    Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosie O'Donnell

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    Christopher Walken, Nathan Lane, Lee Evans

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  45. 44
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    Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Bening

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  46. 99
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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

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    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

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    Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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