Favorite Movies of the 90s Films
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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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  1. 1
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    1994 More
    100
  2. 2
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    98
  3. 3
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    most listed
    Pulp Fiction

    1994 More
    95
  4. 4
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    1991 More
    91
  5. 5
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    1999 More
    91
  6. 6
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    1993 More
    89
  7. 7
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    1990 More
    86
    added by: gschwayze
  8. 8
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    1998 More
    85
  9. 9
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jurassic Park

    1993 More
    81
  10. 10
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    1995 More
    80
  11. 11
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    1990 More
    80
  12. 12
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    78
  13. 13
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    77
  14. 14
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    1995 More
    77
  15. 15
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    77
  16. 16
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    1991 More
    76
  17. 17
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    1993 More
    75
  18. 18
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    often listed
    The Big Lebowski

    1998 More
    74
  19. 19
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    1997 More
    74
  20. 20
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    1994 More
    74
  21. 21
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    71
  22. 22
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    69
  23. 23
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    69
  24. 24
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Léon: The Professional

    1994 More
    68
  25. 25
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    1990 More
    68
  26. 26
    Up 97
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    1992 More
    67
  27. 27
    Up 51
    Down 41

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

    1992 More
    66
  28. 28
    Up 58
    Down 27
    1998 More
    64
  29. 29
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    Down 44
    1992 More
    63
  30. 30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    1998 More
    62
  31. 31
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    1997 More
    62
  32. 32
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    1995 More
    62
  33. 33
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    1998 More
    62
    added by: sebbzor
  34. 34
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    1996 More
    61
  35. 35
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    1994 More
    61
  36. 36
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    1995 More
    61
  37. 37
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dances with Wolves

    1990 More
    61
  38. 38
    Up 31
    Down 15
    1999 More
    60
  39. 39
    Up 28
    Down 18
    1993 More
    59
  40. 40
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    ranked low on reranks
    Home Alone

    1990 More
    59
  41. 41
    Up 56
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    1993 More
    58
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  42. 42
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    1995 More
    58
  43. 43
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    1993 More
    57
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  44. 44
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    1994 More
    57
  45. 45
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    1996 More
    57
  46. 46
    Up 28
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    often listed
    Quiz Show

    1994 More
    56
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  47. 47
    Up 23
    Down 15

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Life Is Beautiful

    1997 More
    55
    added by: sebbzor
  48. 48
    Up 77
    Down 46

    ranked low on reranks
    Total Recall

    1990 More
    55
  49. 49
    Up 56
    Down 21

    ranked low on reranks
    Beauty and the Beast

    1991 More
    55
  50. 50
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    Down 46

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    L.A. Confidential

    1997 More
    55
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