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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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  1. 50
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    Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise

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  2. 49
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    Courteney Cox, Linda Blair, Henry Winkler

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  3. 48
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Minnie Driver, Dash Mihok, Ruth Maleczech

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  4. 47
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    Catherine O'Hara, Paul Reubens, Doris Hess

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  5. 46
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    Don Rickles, Tim Allen, Jim Varney

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    Madeleine Stowe, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Frank Gorshin

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  7. 44
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    Mena Suvari, Barry Del Sherman, Annette Bening

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  8. 43
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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Maury Chaykin

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    Gary Oldman, Richard E. Grant, Billy Campbell

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  10. 41
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    Vinnie Jones, Steven Mackintosh, Matthew Vaughn

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    Bruce Adler, Brad Kane, Jonathan Freeman

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    Dom DeLuise, Rudy De Luca, Tyce Diorio

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    Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers, Jerry Orbach

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  14. 37
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    Michael Gambon, Christopher Walken, Christina Ricci

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    Bai Ling, Ernie Hudson, Jon Polito

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    José Feliciano, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi

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    Mary Steenburgen, John C. Reilly, Kevin Tighe

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    the people's #1 & often listed
    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bradley Whitford, Frances Conroy

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    Steve Allen, Don Rickles, James Woods

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    Bernard Hill, Bill Paxton, Billy Zane

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    Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello, Jean-Hugues Anglade

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  22. 29
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    Catherine O'Hara, Roberts Blossom, Gerry Bamman

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    Harvey Fierstein, Polly Holliday, Robert Prosky

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    Ed Harris, Peter Krause, Philip Baker Hall

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    Steve Buscemi, Edward Bunker, Quentin Tarantino

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    Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Edward Furlong

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    Ian Holm, Chris Tucker, Gary Oldman

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    Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall, Graham Jarvis

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    Julianne Moore, John Goodman, Aimee Mann

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    Brian Cox, Ian Bannen, Brendan Gleeson

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    Benicio del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Spacey

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    Edward Furlong, S. Epatha Merkerson, Diane Rodriguez

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    Harold Ramis, Rick Overton, Hynden Walch

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    Vincent Price, Alan Arkin, Anthony Michael Hall

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  35. 16
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    Nathan Lane, Robert Guillaume, Moira Kelly

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    often listed
    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Minnie Driver

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  37. 14
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    Toni Collette, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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  38. 13
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    Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster

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  39. 12
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    Patricia Clarkson, Gary Sinise, Michael Clarke Duncan

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  40. 11
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    Don Rickles, Tim Allen, Jim Varney

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    Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Kiley

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    Reg E. Cathey, Kevin Spacey, Richard Schiff

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    Al Jolson, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco

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    Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Maria Peszek

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    Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Tom Sizemore

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    Jared Leto, Zach Grenier, Kevin Scott Mack

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    Chris Isaak, Dan Butler, Kasi Lemmons

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  48. 3
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    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Griffin

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    most listed
    Haley Joel Osment, Gary Sinise, Bobby Richardson

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    James Whitmore, Paul McCrane, Bob Gunton

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