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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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    1994 More
    100
  2. 2
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    1994 More
    98
  3. 3
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Pulp Fiction

    1994 More
    95
  4. 4
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991 More
    92
  5. 5
    Up 169
    Down 72

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fight Club

    1999 More
    90
  6. 6
    Up 139
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    ranked low on reranks
    Saving Private Ryan

    1998 More
    88
  7. 7
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Schindler's List

    1993 More
    87
  8. 8
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jurassic Park

    1993 More
    87
  9. 9
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    ranked low on reranks
    Goodfellas

    1990 More
    86
    added by: gschwayze
  10. 10
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Matrix

    1999 More
    83
  11. 11
    Up 120
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    often listed
    Edward Scissorhands

    1990 More
    81
  12. 12
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    ranked high on reranks
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991 More
    80
  13. 13
    Up 148
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    1995 More
    79
  14. 14
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    ranked low on reranks
    Groundhog Day

    1993 More
    79
  15. 15
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    1995 More
    78
  16. 16
    Up 122
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    1994 More
    77
  17. 17
    Up 132
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    1999 More
    77
  18. 18
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Good Will Hunting

    1997 More
    74
  19. 19
    Up 68
    Down 23
    1999 More
    73
  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks
    Braveheart

    1995 More
    71
  21. 21
    Up 102
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Fifth Element

    1997 More
    71
  22. 22
    Up 104
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    1998 More
    69
  23. 23
    Up 89
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    often listed
    The Usual Suspects

    1994 More
    69
  24. 24
    Up 65
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Léon: The Professional

    1994 More
    69
  25. 25
    Up 41
    Down 29

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

    1992 More
    67
  26. 26
    Up 123
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    1990 More
    67
  27. 27
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    ranked low on reranks
    Casino

    1995 More
    66
  28. 28
    Up 80
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    ranked low on reranks
    Reservoir Dogs

    1992 More
    66
  29. 29
    Up 110
    Down 81
    1997 More
    66
  30. 30
    Up 49
    Down 33

    ranked high on reranks
    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    1998 More
    65
  31. 31
    Up 50
    Down 32
    1992 More
    65
  32. 32
    Up 81
    Down 66

    often listed
    12 Monkeys

    1995 More
    65
  33. 33
    Up 79
    Down 31

    ranked low on reranks
    Misery

    1990 More
    65
  34. 34
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Heat

    1995 More
    62
  35. 35
    Up 66
    Down 29

    ranked low on reranks
    Dances with Wolves

    1990 More
    62
  36. 36
    Up 18
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    ranked high on reranks
    What's Eating Gilbert Grape

    1993 More
    62
  37. 37
    Up 72
    Down 43

    ranked low on reranks
    Fargo

    1996 More
    61
  38. 38
    Up 60
    Down 40

    ranked high on reranks
    Army of Darkness

    1992 More
    61
  39. 39
    Up 72
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks
    Aladdin

    1992 More
    61
  40. 40
    Up 35
    Down 8

    ranked low on reranks
    American History X

    1998 More
    61
    added by: sebbzor
  41. 41
    Up 38
    Down 15
    1998 More
    60
  42. 42
    Up 62
    Down 37

    ranked high on reranks
    Boogie Nights

    1997 More
    60
  43. 43
    Up 53
    Down 50

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ed Wood

    1994 More
    60
  44. 44
    Up 59
    Down 35
    1994 More
    60
  45. 45
    Up 68
    Down 39
    1990 More
    59
  46. 46
    Up 41
    Down 15

    ranked low on reranks
    Mrs. Doubtfire

    1993 More
    58
    added by: AndrewW.Curley
  47. 47
    Up 29
    Down 11
    1992 More
    58
  48. 48
    Up 64
    Down 48

    often listed
    True Lies

    1994 More
    57
  49. 49
    Up 67
    Down 36

    ranked low on reranks
    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    1993 More
    57
  50. 50
    Up 15
    Down 8

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sleepy Hollow

    1999 More
    57
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