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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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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Tom Hanks, Haley Joel Osment, Kurt Russell

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern

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    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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    Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

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    Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons

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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Julianne Moore, Tara Reid, Jeff Bridges

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Edward Furlong, Edward Norton, Beverly D'Angelo

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    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney

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    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

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    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, James Cameron

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    Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis

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

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    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Jon Polito

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    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sting, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones

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    Mel Brooks, Patrick Stewart, Dave Chappelle

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    ranked low on reranks
    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene

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    Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Bening

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

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    Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bryce Dallas Howard

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