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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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    added by VanessaHawelu Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, James Franco

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    added by VanessaHawelu Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

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    added by VanessaHawelu Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Steve Buscemi

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    added by VanessaHawelu Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley

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    added by VanessaHawelu Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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    Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Bening

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  8. 241
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    added by but chickens double d Christopher Lloyd, Frank Welker, June Foray

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  10. 186
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    added by but chickens double d Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth

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  11. 202
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    Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Albert Brooks

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    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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  13. 277
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    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein

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    Christian Slater, Seth Green, Juliet Landau

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  15. 137
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    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Charlie Korsmo

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  16. 157
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    added by AndrewW.Curley Julianne Moore, Rebecca De Mornay, Annabella Sciorra

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  17. 100
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    ranked low on reranks Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  19. 160
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    Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Maya Rudolph

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  20. 27
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    often listed Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney

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  21. 189
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    ranked low on reranks & added by VanessaHawelu Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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  22. 98
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    added by wiabux Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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  23. 89
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    ranked low on reranks & added by VanessaHawelu Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst

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  24. 83
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    added by wiabux Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

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    Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood

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    added by CraigAlarm Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann

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    often listed Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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    ranked low on reranks & added by but chickens double d Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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    added by CraigAlarm Brendan Fraser, Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave

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    new! & added by CraigAlarm Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, Brendan Fraser

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    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

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    the people's #1 Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar

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  36. 132
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    added by but chickens double d Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson

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  37. 135
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    added by RawnToler Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas, Skeet Ulrich

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  38. 131
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    added by VanessaHawelu Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Tia Carrere

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    new! & added by CraigAlarm RuPaul, Christine Taylor, Davy Jones

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  40. 146
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    added by VanessaHawelu Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Rob Lowe

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    added by CraigAlarm Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, Dan Aykroyd

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    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

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    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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    added by but chickens double d John Cleese, Jack Palance, Frank Welker

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    added by but chickens double d Meg Ryan, Kirsten Dunst, Lacey Chabert

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    added by wiabux Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze

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  47. 204
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    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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    Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis

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    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Anthony Michael Hall

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