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The Best Movies of 1991  

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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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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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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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mirna-sanders added 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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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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weik added 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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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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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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Doc Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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. The film stars Michael J. Fox, Julie Warner, and Woody Harrelson, ...more
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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter'... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
Christina Applegate, David Duchovny, Danielle Harris
This film is a 1991 American comedy film directed by Stephen Herek and starring Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, Josh Charles, and David Duchovny. The plot focuses on seventeen-year-old Sue ...more
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Sleeping with the Enemy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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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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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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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Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson
New Jack City is a 1991 American 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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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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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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James Stewart, John Cleese, Jon Lovitz
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is a 1991 American animated western film produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio and released by Universal Pictures. It is the sequel to An ...more
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WarrenMitchell added Sarah Jessica Parker, Steve Martin, Patrick Stewart
L.A. Story is a 1991 American romantic comedy fantasy satire film, written by and starring Steve Martin, and directed by Mick Jackson. Set in Los Angeles, California, it relates a series of ...more
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looksharp added Andrea Corr, Colm Meaney, Maria Doyle Kennedy
The Commitments is a 1991 comedy-drama film directed by Alan Parker. A film adaptation of Roddy Doyle's novel of the same name, the film tells a story of working class Dubliners who form a soul ...more
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citizen gg added Reese Witherspoon, Sam Waterston, Jason London
The Man in the Moon is a 1991 American coming of age drama film and was the final film of director, Robert Mulligan and is also Reese Witherspoon's debut role.
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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Cory Everson, Julie Strain
Double Impact is a 1991 American action film written and directed by Sheldon Lettich, and written, produced by and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme in a dual role as Chad and Alex Wagner. The film ...more
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looksharp added Robin Williams, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh
This film is a 1991 psychological thriller/neo-noir written by Scott Frank and directed by Kenneth Branagh. It stars Branagh and his then-wife Emma Thompson, and co-stars Andy García, ...more
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Carrie Fisher, Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates
This film 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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Steve Carell, Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch
Curly Sue is a 1991 American romantic comedy-drama film and starred Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch and Alisan Porter as the titular character. It was the final film directed by John Hughes and the ...more
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citizen gg added 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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citizen gg added 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