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Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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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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    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Ba... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Sting, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

  4. 47
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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

  5. 46
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    Heat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Heat Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Robin Hood: Men in Tights is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Robin Hood: Men in Tights Patrick Stewart, Mel Brooks, Dave Chappelle

  8. 43
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    L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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    Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Unforgiven Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

  10. 41
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    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

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    Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

  12. 39
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    Scent of a Woman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Scent of a Woman Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar

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    What's Eating Gilbert Grape is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    What's Eating Gilbert Grape Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis

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    Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

  15. 36
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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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    Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

  17. 34
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    American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    American Beauty Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari

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    Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

  20. 31
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    Casino is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Casino Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods

  21. 30
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    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Home Alone Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

  22. 29
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    The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Truman Show Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

  23. 28
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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

  24. 27
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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

  25. 26
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    The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

  26. 25
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    Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Léon: The Professional Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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    American History X is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

  28. 23
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    Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

  29. 22
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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

  30. 21
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    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Big Lebowski Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

  31. 20
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    The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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    Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

  33. 18
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    Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Groundhog Day Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

  34. 17
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

  38. 13
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    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

  39. 12
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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

  40. 11
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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

  41. 10
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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

  42. 9
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    Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

  43. 8
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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

  44. 7
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    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s


    The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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