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The Best Movies of 1991

Updated September 4, 2020 12.7k votes 945 voters 23.7k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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    Point Break is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Backdraft is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Backdraft

    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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    What About Bob? is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    What About Bob?

    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss

    Directed byFrank Oz

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    Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Father of the Bride

    Steve Martin, Diane Keaton

    Directed byCharles Shyer

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    City Slickers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    City Slickers

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Billy Crystal

    Directed byRon Underwood

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    Thelma & Louise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Thelma & Louise

    Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    My Girl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Directed byHoward Zieff

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    Hot Shots! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Hot Shots!

    Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson

    Directed byJim Abrahams

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    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

    O. J. Simpson, Leslie Nielsen

    Directed byDavid Zucker

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    JFK is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker

    Directed byJon Avnet

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    The Last Boy Scout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    The Last Boy Scout

    Halle Berry, Bruce Willis

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

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    Doc Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Doc Hollywood

    Michael J. Fox, Woody Harrelson

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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    Hook is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Hook

    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

    Directed byPeter Hewitt

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    The Doors is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter' is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

    Christina Applegate, David Duchovny
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    Sleeping with the Enemy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1991
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    Sleeping with the Enemy

    Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

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