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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. 100
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    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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  2. 22
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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  3. 91
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    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

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  4. 158
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    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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  5. 187
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    added by VanessaHawelu Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Smart

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  6. 142
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    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt

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  7. 75
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    added by JesusAlonso Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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  8. 26
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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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  9. 163
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg

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  10. 138
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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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  11. 65
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    added by wiabux Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

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  12. 85
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    Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Tuesday Weld

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  13. 150
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  14. 32
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    ranked low on reranks Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

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  15. 105
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    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

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  16. 120
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    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Charlie Korsmo

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  17. 63
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    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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  18. 172
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    added by but chickens double d Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson

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  19. 72
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    added by wjhurley Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston 1993

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  20. 12
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    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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  21. 107
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    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

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  22. 6
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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  23. 101
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    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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  24. 180
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    ranked low on reranks & added by but chickens double d Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Krista Allen

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  25. 97
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    Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bryce Dallas Howard

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  26. 173
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    Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

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  27. 162
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    added by VanessaHawelu Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosie O'Donnell

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  28. 51
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    Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Bening

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  29. 123
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    added by VanessaHawelu Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

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  30. 21
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    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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  31. 50
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

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  32. 59
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    added by JesusAlonso Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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  33. 168
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    added by but chickens double d Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Billy Zane

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  34. 179
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    added by wiabux Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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  35. 34
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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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  36. 49
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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

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  37. 153
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    new! & added by VanessaHawelu Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

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  38. 71
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    Jennifer Aniston, Mike Judge, Orlando Jones

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  39. 186
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    added by VanessaHawelu Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Jon Stewart

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  40. 149
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    added by RawnToler Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas, Skeet Ulrich

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  41. 89
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    added by VanessaHawelu Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst

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  42. 189
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    added by VanessaHawelu Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Penny Marshall

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  43. 109
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    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon

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  44. 64
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    ranked low on reranks Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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  45. 47
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    ranked low on reranks Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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  46. 19
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    Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons

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  47. 54
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    ranked low on reranks Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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  48. 116
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    added by Ryanturcotte Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Woody Harrelson

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  49. 146
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    added by VanessaHawelu Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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  50. 114
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    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube

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