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

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  3. 190
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    added by VanessaHawelu Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley

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  4. 144
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    added by VanessaHawelu Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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  5. 51
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    Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Bening

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  6. 176
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    Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Albert Brooks

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    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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  8. 157
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    Christian Slater, Seth Green, Juliet Landau

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  9. 120
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    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Charlie Korsmo

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  10. 129
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    added by AndrewW.Curley Julianne Moore, Rebecca De Mornay, Annabella Sciorra

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  11. 124
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    ranked low on reranks Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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  12. 9
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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  13. 182
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    Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Maya Rudolph

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    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney

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  15. 194
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    added by wiabux Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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    added by wiabux Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

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    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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  20. 139
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    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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

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  22. 27
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    the people's #1 & often listed Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar

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  23. 172
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    added by but chickens double d Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson

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  24. 149
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  25. 184
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  27. 136
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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 wiabux Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze

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  30. 158
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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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    ranked low on reranks Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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  35. 106
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    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

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    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

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  37. 135
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    Christopher Lee, Phoebe Cates, Howie Mandel

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    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

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    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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    Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey

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    added by VanessaHawelu Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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  43. 86
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    ranked low on reranks & added by AndrewW.Curley Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

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  44. 73
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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

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    added by AndrewW.Curley Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Clint Howard

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  47. 103
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, Paulina Porizkova

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern

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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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