Favorite Movies of the 90s Films

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. 160
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    about to drop off &ranked high on reranks
    Kids

    1995 More
    31
    added by: JesusAlonso
  2. 159
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    Down 14

    ranked low on reranks
    The Rocketeer

    1991 More
    33
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  3. 158
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    ranked low on reranks
    Pitch Black

    2000 More
    33
    added by: JesusAlonso
  4. 157
    Up 19
    Down 37
    1999 More
    33
    added by: JesusAlonso
  5. 156
    Up 12
    Down 17

    about to drop off &ranked high on reranks
    The Last Boy Scout

    1991 More
    35
  6. 155
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    ranked high on reranks
    Strange Days

    1995 More
    35
  7. 154
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    Down 23
    1996 More
    35
  8. 153
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    Down 21
    1990 More
    35
  9. 152
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    often listed
    Pump Up the Volume

    1990 More
    35
  10. 151
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    Down 8
    1996 More
    36
    added by: wjhurley
    1996
  11. 150
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    often listed
    Jacob's Ladder

    1990 More
    36
  12. 149
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    Down 20
    1999 More
    36
  13. 148
    Up 9
    Down 11
    1992 More
    36
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  14. 147
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    new! Gattaca

    1997 More
    37
  15. 146
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    1997 More
    37
    added by: wiabux
  16. 145
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    1996 More
    37
    added by: wiabux
  17. 144
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    often listed
    Swingers

    1996 More
    37
  18. 143
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    often listed
    Natural Born Killers

    1994 More
    37
    added by: Ryanturcotte
  19. 142
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    Down 5
    1994 More
    38
    added by: wiabux
  20. 141
    Up 9
    Down 3
    1993 More
    39
    added by: wiabux
  21. 140
    Up 9
    Down 4
    1990 More
    39
    added by: wiabux
  22. 139
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Demolition Man

    1993 More
    40
  23. 138
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Primal Fear

    1996 More
    40
    added by: wiabux
  24. 137
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    ranked high on reranks
    Defending Your Life

    1991 More
    40
  25. 136
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

    2004 More
    40
  26. 135
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    ranked low on reranks
    A League of Their Own

    1992 More
    40
  27. 134
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    often listed
    Miller's Crossing

    1990 More
    41
  28. 133
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    ranked low on reranks
    Con Air

    1997 More
    42
  29. 132
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    ranked high on reranks
    Candyman

    1992 More
    42
  30. 131
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    ranked low on reranks
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    1990 More
    42
    added by: RawnToler
  31. 130
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    ranked high on reranks
    Before Sunrise

    1995 More
    42
  32. 129
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    ranked high on reranks &ranked low on reranks
    The Iron Giant

    1999 More
    43
  33. 128
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    ranked low on reranks
    From Dusk till Dawn

    1996 More
    43
    added by: wiabux
  34. 127
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    Down 28

    ranked low on reranks
    Clueless

    1995 More
    43
  35. 126
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chungking Express

    1994 More
    44
  36. 125
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    Down 30

    ranked high on reranks
    The People vs. Larry Flynt

    1996 More
    44
  37. 124
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    Down 31

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jackie Brown

    1997 More
    44
  38. 123
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    Down 23

    ranked low on reranks
    Face/Off

    1997 More
    44
  39. 122
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    ranked high on reranks
    Raise the Red Lantern

    1991 More
    44
  40. 121
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    ranked low on reranks
    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    1990 More
    44
  41. 120
    Up 8
    Down 7
    1999 More
    45
    added by: wiabux
  42. 119
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    King of New York

    1990 More
    45
  43. 118
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Devil's Advocate

    1997 More
    45
    added by: wiabux
  44. 117
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    ranked high on reranks
    Barton Fink

    1991 More
    45
    added by: sebbzor
  45. 116
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    ranked low on reranks
    Kindergarten Cop

    1990 More
    45
  46. 115
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    ranked high on reranks
    Three Kings

    1999 More
    46
  47. 114
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Cape Fear

    1991 More
    46
  48. 113
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    ranked low on reranks
    My Cousin Vinny

    1992 More
    46
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  49. 112
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Pi

    1998 More
    46
  50. 111
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    ranked high on reranks
    Happiness

    1998 More
    46
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