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The Best Movies of 1991

Updated September 4, 2020 12.8k votes 954 voters 24.0k views111 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1991.

A list of the best movies of 1991, from dramas like The Silence of the Lambs to comedy movies like City Slickers. The '90s were a decade where Hollywood thrived with famous stars and big blockbusters and 1991 movies were no exception. Some of the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, thriller movies, 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 famous movies that were made in 1991.

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 that came out in 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 and most popular movies of 1991 and it might get you interested in the best movies of 1990 too. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected.

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    The Silence of the Lambs
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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    Point Break
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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • 4
    Cape Fear
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    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • 5
    Backdraft
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    Backdraft

    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • 6
    Beauty and the Beast
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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    Father of the Bride
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    82

    Father of the Bride

    Steve Martin, Diane Keaton

    Directed byCharles Shyer

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  • 8
    What About Bob?
    145
    97

    What About Bob?

    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss

    Directed byFrank Oz

  • 9
    Thelma & Louise
    164
    123

    Thelma & Louise

    Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon

    Directed byRidley Scott

  • 10
    City Slickers
    127
    82

    City Slickers

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Billy Crystal

    Directed byRon Underwood

  • 11
    My Girl
    145
    95

    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Directed byHoward Zieff

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  • 12
    Hot Shots!
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    Hot Shots!

    Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson

    Directed byJim Abrahams

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  • 13
    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
    118
    77

    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

    O. J. Simpson, Leslie Nielsen

    Directed byDavid Zucker

  • 14
    JFK
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    111

    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • 15
    Fried Green Tomatoes
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    78

    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker

    Directed byJon Avnet

  • 16
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
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    140

    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

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  • 17
    The Last Boy Scout
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    80

    The Last Boy Scout

    Halle Berry, Bruce Willis

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 18
    Hook
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    126

    Hook

    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 19
    Doc Hollywood
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    70

    Doc Hollywood

    Michael J. Fox, Woody Harrelson

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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  • 20
    Boyz n the Hood
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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  • 21
    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
    105
    82

    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

    Directed byPeter Hewitt

  • 22
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
    90
    73

    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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  • 23
    The Doors
    119
    103

    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • 24
    Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
    99
    77

    Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

    Christina Applegate, David Duchovny
  • 25
    Sleeping with the Enemy
    84
    67

    Sleeping with the Enemy

    Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

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