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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. 77
    Up 20
    Down 7
    1991 More
    51
  2. 20
    Up 115
    Down 40

    ranked low on reranks
    Braveheart

    1995 More
    71
  3. 96
    Up 30
    Down 27

    ranked low on reranks
    Basic Instinct

    1992 More
    48
  4. 151
    Up 5
    Down 8

    often listed
    Jacob's Ladder

    1990 More
    34
  5. 149
    Up 16
    Down 19
    1999 More
    34
  6. 94
    Up 21
    Down 28

    ranked high on reranks
    Dark City

    1998 More
    48
  7. 65
    Up 43
    Down 31
    1996 More
    53
    added by: JesusAlonso
  8. 33
    Up 79
    Down 31

    ranked low on reranks
    Misery

    1990 More
    65
  9. 130
    Up 12
    Down 29

    ranked high on reranks
    Before Sunrise

    1995 More
    40
  10. 141
    Up 8
    Down 3
    1993 More
    37
    added by: wiabux
  11. 117
    Up 11
    Down 5

    ranked low on reranks
    The Devil's Advocate

    1997 More
    43
    added by: wiabux
  12. 74
    Up 49
    Down 39
    1993 More
    52
  13. 27
    Up 97
    Down 45

    ranked low on reranks
    Casino

    1995 More
    66
  14. 113
    Up 36
    Down 39

    ranked low on reranks
    Cape Fear

    1991 More
    44
  15. 92
    Up 29
    Down 37
    1991 More
    48
  16. 67
    Up 36
    Down 36

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Babe

    1995 More
    52
  17. 51
    Up 17
    Down 4

    ranked high on reranks
    Tombstone

    1993 More
    57
    added by: wjhurley
    1993
  18. 13
    Up 148
    Down 47
    1995 More
    79
  19. 89
    Up 26
    Down 27
    1996 More
    49
  20. 7
    Up 120
    Down 47

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Schindler's List

    1993 More
    87
  21. 88
    Up 38
    Down 25

    ranked low on reranks
    Tremors

    1990 More
    49
  22. 98
    Up 12
    Down 7
    1995 More
    47
  23. 153
    Up 17
    Down 23

    new! Fear

    1996 More
    33
  24. 75
    Up 45
    Down 40

    often listed
    American Beauty

    1999 More
    52
  25. 23
    Up 89
    Down 47

    often listed
    The Usual Suspects

    1994 More
    69
  26. 45
    Up 68
    Down 39
    1990 More
    59
  27. 160
    Up 7
    Down 24

    about to drop off &ranked high on reranks
    Kids

    1995 More
    29
    added by: JesusAlonso
  28. 55
    Up 66
    Down 33

    ranked low on reranks
    Scream

    1996 More
    56
    added by: JesusAlonso
  29. 146
    Up 5
    Down 4
    1997 More
    35
    added by: wiabux
  30. 32
    Up 81
    Down 66

    often listed
    12 Monkeys

    1995 More
    65
  31. 52
    Up 43
    Down 24

    ranked low on reranks
    Unforgiven

    1992 More
    57
  32. 61
    Up 46
    Down 17

    ranked low on reranks
    Office Space

    1999 More
    55
  33. 132
    Up 5
    Down 5

    ranked low on reranks
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    1990 More
    40
    added by: RawnToler
  34. 124
    Up 37
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks
    Face/Off

    1997 More
    42
  35. 58
    Up 27
    Down 7
    1996 More
    55
  36. 54
    Up 42
    Down 18

    ranked low on reranks
    Beauty and the Beast

    1991 More
    56
  37. 16
    Up 122
    Down 34
    1994 More
    77
  38. 49
    Up 67
    Down 36

    ranked low on reranks
    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    1993 More
    57
  39. 144
    Up 6
    Down 13

    often listed
    Natural Born Killers

    1994 More
    35
    added by: Ryanturcotte
  40. 115
    Up 23
    Down 27
    1999 More
    44
  41. 135
    Up 8
    Down 2

    ranked low on reranks
    A League of Their Own

    1992 More
    39
  42. 100
    Up 23
    Down 42

    often listed &controversial
    Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

    1990 More
    46
  43. 114
    Up 12
    Down 38

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Pi

    1998 More
    44
  44. 101
    Up 23
    Down 27
    1990 More
    46
    added by: JesusAlonso
  45. 19
    Up 68
    Down 23
    1999 More
    73
  46. 17
    Up 132
    Down 54
    1999 More
    77
  47. 31
    Up 50
    Down 32
    1992 More
    65
  48. 107
    Up 7
    Down 8
    1995 More
    46
  49. 71
    Up 44
    Down 28

    ranked low on reranks
    Armageddon

    1998 More
    52
  50. 91
    Up 26
    Down 42

    often listed
    Sleepless in Seattle

    1993 More
    48
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