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List Rules Movies that were released in theatres in 1991 only

A list of the best movies of 1991, from dramas like The Silence of the Lambs to comedies like City Slickers. The '90s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 1991 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years aft they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here.

As stated before, some of the best action movies of the decade were released in 1991. Who could forget Terminator 2 with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bugsy with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, and of course, Point Break starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. And let's not forget about the hilarious What About Bob? with Bill Murray.

The best movies of 1991 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the up-and-comers featured in Boyz in the Hood, or established stars like Anjelica Huston, Raúl Juliá and Christopher Lloyd in The Addams Family and Sally Field in Fried Green Tomatoes.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 1991. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 1991, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 1990. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr. Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Thelma & Louise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Thelma & Louise Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American crime drama film, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley Scott. It stars Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise, two friends who ...more

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JFK is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent ...more

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Point Break is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Point Break Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze Point Break is a 1991 American action crime film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, ...more

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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is a 1991 American-British adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film stars Kevin Costner as Robin Hood, Morgan Freeman as Azeem, Christian Slater as Will ...more

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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Cape Fear Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a remake of the 1962 film of the same name. It stars Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and ...more

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Bugsy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Bugsy Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Warren Beatty Bugsy is a 1991 American crime-drama film directed by Barry Levinson which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel. It stars Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott ...more

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My Girl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
My Girl Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd My Girl is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Howard Zieff and written by Laurice Elehwany. The film, starring Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky in her feature film debut, depicts the ...more

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Hook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Hook Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by James V. Hart and Malia Scotch Marmo. It stars Robin Williams as Peter Pan/Peter Banning, Dustin ...more

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Raise the Red Lantern is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
mirna-sanders added Raise the Red Lantern Gong Li, He Saifei, Baotian Li Raise the Red Lantern is a 1991 film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li. It is an adaption by Ni Zhen of the 1990 novel Wives and Concubines by Su Tong. The film was later adapted into ...more

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Delicatessen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
weik added Delicatessen Dominique Pinon, Karin Viard, Ticky Holgado Delicatessen is a 1991 French film, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, starring Dominique Pinon and Karin Viard. It is set in an apartment building in a post-apocalyptic France of an ...more

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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
The Addams Family Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston The Addams Family is a 1991 American fantasy comedy film based on the characters from the cartoon of the same name created by cartoonist Charles Addams. The movie was originally developed at ...more

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The Fisher King is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
The Fisher King Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Tom Waits The Fisher King is a 1991 American comedy-drama film written by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Terry Gilliam. It stars Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges, with Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer, ...more

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What About Bob? is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
What About Bob? Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Charlie Korsmo What About Bob? is a 1991 comedy film directed by Frank Oz, and starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. Murray plays Bob Wiley, a psychiatric patient who follows his egotistical psychiatrist ...more

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Backdraft is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Backdraft Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh Backdraft is a 1991 action thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen. The film stars Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, ...more

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
The Doors Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Kelly Hu The Doors is a 1991 American biopic about the 1960-70s rock band of the same name which emphasizes the life of its lead singer, Jim Morrison. It was directed by Oliver Stone, and stars Val ...more

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The Double Life of Véronique is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
The Double Life of Véronique Irène Jacob, Philippe Volter, Sandrine Dumas The Double Life of Véronique is a 1991 French and Polish-language drama film directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and starring Irène Jacob. Written by Kieślowski and Krzysztof ...more

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Only Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
mirna-sanders added Only Yesterday Mayumi Iizuka, Yōko Honna, Miki Imai Only Yesterday is a 1991 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata, based on the manga of the same title by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuko Tone. Toshio Suzuki produced the film ...more

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Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Father of the Bride Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short Father of the Bride is a 1991 American comedy film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, George Newbern, Martin Short, B.D. Wong and Kieran Culkin. It is a remake of the 1950 ...more

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City Slickers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
City Slickers Jake Gyllenhaal, Billy Crystal, Danielle Harris City Slickers is a 1991 American western comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby and Jack Palance, with supporting roles by Patricia Wettig, ...more

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The Lovers on the Bridge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
weik added The Lovers on the Bridge Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Édith Scob Les Amants du Pont-Neuf is a 1991 French film directed by Leos Carax, starring Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant. The title refers to the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris. The DVD of the film is ...more

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A Brighter Summer Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
mirna-sanders added A Brighter Summer Day Chang Chen, Elaine Jin, Han Chang A Brighter Summer Day is a 1991 Taiwanese drama film directed by Edward Yang. The film is an extraordinarily large project for a Chinese-language film, not only for its duration of almost four ...more

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Hot Shots! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Hot Shots! Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson, Valeria Golino Hot Shots! is a 1991 comedy spoof film starring Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges, Kevin Dunn, Jon Cryer and Ryan Stiles. It was directed by Jim Abrahams, and was written ...more

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Slacker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
jackslee2 added Slacker Richard Linklater, Teresa Taylor, Athina Rachel Tsangari Richard Linklater's debut feature is a comic kaleidoscopic portrait which presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its social outcasts and misfits, predominantly the twenty-something ...more

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmake... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers's Apocalypse Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse is a 1991 documentary film about the production of the 1979 feature film Apocalypse Now.

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The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear O. J. Simpson, Leslie Nielsen, Zsa Zsa Gábor The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear is a 1991 comedy film starring Leslie Nielsen as the comically bumbling Police Lt. Frank Drebin of Police Squad!. Priscilla Presley plays the role of ...more

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Barton Fink is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Barton Fink John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand Barton Fink is a 1991 American period film written, produced, directed and edited by the Coen brothers. Set in 1941, it stars John Turturro in the title role as a young New York City playwright ...more

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The Last Boy Scout is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
The Last Boy Scout Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Dick Butkus The Last Boy Scout is a 1991 American action film directed by Tony Scott, starring Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron and Danielle Harris. The film was ...more

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Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Fried Green Tomatoes Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. Directed by Jon Avnet and written by Fannie Flagg and Carol ...more

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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Pam Grier Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is a 1991 American science fiction and fantasy comedy film, and the directing debut of Peter Hewitt. It is the second film in the Bill & Ted franchise, and a ...more

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze Kevin Nash, Frank Welker, David Warner Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is a 1991 American live-action film. It is the sequel to the 1990 film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Secret of the Ooze was then ...more

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Sleeping with the Enemy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Sleeping with the Enemy Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kyle Secor Sleeping with the Enemy is a 1991 psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin. The film is based on Nancy Price's 1987 novel of the same ...more

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a 1991 American science fiction film. It is the sixth feature film based on Star Trek, is a sequel to Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and was the last ...more

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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter'... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Christina Applegate, David Duchovny, Danielle Harris Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead is a 1991 American comedy film directed by Stephen Herek and starring Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, Josh Charles, and David Duchovny. The plot focuses ...more

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New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson New Jack City is a 1991 American crime thriller action film film directed by Mario Van Peebles in his directorial debut, who also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen ...more

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The Rocketeer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
The Rocketeer Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin The Rocketeer is a 1991 American period superhero film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and based on the character of the same name created by comic book writer/artist Dave Stevens. Directed by ...more

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Frankie and Johnny is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
wiabux added Frankie and Johnny Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Nathan Lane Frankie and Johnny is a 1991 American drama film directed by Garry Marshall, and starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in their first film together since Scarface. Héctor Elizondo, ...more

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The Commitments is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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Drop Dead Fred is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Drop Dead Fred Carrie Fisher, Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates Drop Dead Fred is a 1991 British-American fantasy comedy film directed by Ate De Jong, produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films and released and distributed by New Line ...more

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Doc Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Doc Hollywood Michael J. Fox, Woody Harrelson, Bridget Fonda Doc Hollywood is a 1991 romantic comedy film directed by Michael Caton-Jones, and written by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman, based on Neil B. Shulman's book, What? Dead...Again?. The film ...more

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The Man in the Moon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
citizen gg added Naked Lunch Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Julian Sands Naked Lunch is a 1991 science fiction drama film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, and Roy Scheider. It is a film adaptation of William S. ...more

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F/X2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
citizen gg added F/X2 Brian Dennehy, Rachel Ticotin, Bryan Brown F/X2 is a 1991 American action thriller film directed by Richard Franklin and starring Bryan Brown and Brian Dennehy. It is a sequel to the 1986 film F/X. This was Franklin's final American film ...more

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Showdown in Little Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
citizen gg added Showdown in Little Tokyo Tia Carrere, Brandon Lee, Dolph Lundren Showdown in Little Tokyo is a 1991 American action film directed by Mark L. Lester, and starring Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee. This was Brandon Lee's first American film role. The film was ...more

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Homicide is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
citizen gg added Homicide William H. Macy, Ving Rhames, Joe Mantegna Homicide is a crime-drama film written and directed by David Mamet, and released in 1991. The film's cast includes Joe Mantegna, William H. Macy, and Ving Rhames. It was entered in the 1991 ...more

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True Colors is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Dimos Dicoudis added True Colors John Cusack, James Spader, Mandy Patinkin True Colors is an American drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Herbert Ross. The cast included John Cusack, James Spader and Richard Widmark in his final movie role.

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Rush Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott, Gregg Allman Rush is a 1991 American crime/drama film directed by Lili Fini Zanuck and based on a novel written by Kim Wozencraft. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric as two cops in the 1970s who ...more