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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. 74
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    often listed
    American Beauty

    1999 More
    53
  2. 137
    Up 13
    Down 32

    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Defending Your Life

    1991 More
    40
  3. 14
    Up 149
    Down 48
    1995 More
    80
  4. 149
    Up 16
    Down 19
    1999 More
    36
  5. 152
    Up 13
    Down 23

    often listed
    Pump Up the Volume

    1990 More
    35
  6. 92
    Up 29
    Down 37
    1991 More
    50
  7. 107
    Up 14
    Down 12
    1992 More
    48
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  8. 127
    Up 48
    Down 27

    ranked low on reranks
    Clueless

    1995 More
    43
  9. 15
    Up 128
    Down 46
    1995 More
    79
  10. 147
    Up 18
    Down 20

    new! Gattaca

    1997 More
    37
  11. 42
    Up 38
    Down 15

    ranked low on reranks
    The Truman Show

    1998 More
    62
  12. 138
    Up 7
    Down 6

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Primal Fear

    1996 More
    40
    added by: wiabux
  13. 120
    Up 7
    Down 7
    1999 More
    45
    added by: wiabux
  14. 55
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    Down 30

    often listed
    Sleepers

    1996 More
    57
  15. 132
    Up 23
    Down 33

    ranked high on reranks
    Candyman

    1992 More
    42
  16. 89
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    Down 27
    1996 More
    50
  17. 25
    Up 41
    Down 29

    the people's #1 &often listed
    Scent of a Woman

    1992 More
    69
  18. 131
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    Down 5

    ranked low on reranks
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    1990 More
    42
    added by: RawnToler
  19. 129
    Up 25
    Down 33

    ranked high on reranks &ranked low on reranks
    The Iron Giant

    1999 More
    43
  20. 88
    Up 38
    Down 25

    ranked low on reranks
    Tremors

    1990 More
    51
  21. 140
    Up 9
    Down 3
    1990 More
    39
    added by: wiabux
  22. 150
    Up 5
    Down 8

    often listed
    Jacob's Ladder

    1990 More
    36
  23. 79
    Up 16
    Down 12

    ranked high on reranks
    Thelma & Louise

    1991 More
    53
  24. 81
    Up 34
    Down 29
    1996 More
    53
  25. 11
    Up 120
    Down 54

    often listed
    Edward Scissorhands

    1990 More
    81
  26. 50
    Up 67
    Down 36

    ranked low on reranks
    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    1993 More
    58
  27. 101
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    Down 41

    ranked low on reranks
    Being John Malkovich

    1999 More
    48
  28. 108
    Up 21
    Down 28
    1993 More
    47
  29. 121
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    Down 20

    ranked low on reranks
    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    1990 More
    44
  30. 68
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    Down 36

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Babe

    1995 More
    54
  31. 154
    Up 17
    Down 23
    1996 More
    35
  32. 23
    Up 91
    Down 48

    often listed
    The Usual Suspects

    1994 More
    70
  33. 66
    Up 54
    Down 42
    1997 More
    54
  34. 113
    Up 27
    Down 9

    ranked low on reranks
    My Cousin Vinny

    1992 More
    46
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  35. 47
    Up 29
    Down 11
    1992 More
    59
  36. 159
    Up 10
    Down 13

    ranked low on reranks
    The Rocketeer

    1991 More
    33
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  37. 104
    Up 7
    Down 8

    often listed
    Arizona Dream

    1993 More
    48
  38. 93
    Up 24
    Down 29

    ranked low on reranks
    Carlito's Way

    1993 More
    50
  39. 8
    Up 168
    Down 42

    ranked low on reranks
    Jurassic Park

    1993 More
    87
  40. 62
    Up 41
    Down 32

    ranked high on reranks
    Mission: Impossible

    1996 More
    56
  41. 39
    Up 35
    Down 8

    ranked low on reranks
    American History X

    1998 More
    62
    added by: sebbzor
  42. 115
    Up 23
    Down 27

    ranked high on reranks
    Three Kings

    1999 More
    46
  43. 52
    Up 43
    Down 24

    ranked low on reranks
    Unforgiven

    1992 More
    58
  44. 70
    Up 42
    Down 28

    ranked low on reranks
    Blade

    1998 More
    53
  45. 141
    Up 8
    Down 3
    1993 More
    39
    added by: wiabux
  46. 145
    Up 6
    Down 4
    1996 More
    37
    added by: wiabux
  47. 86
    Up 17
    Down 11

    ranked low on reranks
    Toy Story 2

    1999 More
    51
  48. 76
    Up 49
    Down 39
    1993 More
    53
  49. 67
    Up 81
    Down 41

    ranked low on reranks
    There's Something About Mary

    1998 More
    54
  50. 157
    Up 19
    Down 36
    1999 More
    33
    added by: JesusAlonso
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