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A list of the best movies of 1994, from instant classics like Pulp Fiction to hilarious PG-13 Comedies like Dumb and Dumber. The '90s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 1994 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 after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on this list of the top films of 1994.
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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic ...more

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English-language French action crime thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, and features the film ...more

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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J. Schow and John Shirley, and starring Brandon Lee in his final film appearance. Based on James ...more

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142 99
Speed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels. A ...more

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Dumb and Dumber is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Teri Garr Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American road buddy comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. It was written by the Farrelly brothers and Bennett Yellin, and is the Farrelly Brothers ...more

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Interview with the Vampire: Th... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is a 1994 American romantic horror film directed by Neil Jordan, based on the 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, and starring ...more

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106 95
Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, and Henry Thomas. Based on the 1979 novella of ...more

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Three Colors: Red is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob Three Colors: Red is a 1994 film co-written, produced, and directed by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski. It is the final film of The Three Colors Trilogy, which examines the French ...more

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79 95
Quiz Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Ralph Fiennes, Martin Scorsese, Ethan Hawke Quiz Show is a 1994 American historical drama film produced and directed by Robert Redford, and written by Paul Attanasio, based on Richard N. Goodwin's memoir Remembering America: A Voice From ...more

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True Lies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead roles with Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, ...more

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a 1994 American comedy detective film directed by Tom Shadyac, and co-written by and starring Jim Carrey. It was developed by the film's original writer, Jack ...more

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Clerks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier Clerks is a 1994 American black-and-white comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, who also appears in the film as Silent Bob. Starring Brian O'Halloran as Dante Hicks and Jeff Anderson ...more

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The Mask is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein The Mask is a 1994 American fantasy slapstick action comedy film based on a series of comic books published by Dark Horse Comics. This film was directed by Chuck Russell, and produced by Dark ...more

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Hoop Dreams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Steve James and written by James and Frederick Marx, with Kartemquin Films. It follows the story of two African-American high school ...more

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Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American crime film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released ...more

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Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray Ed Wood is a 1994 American period comedy-drama biopic directed and produced by Tim Burton, and starring Johnny Depp as cult filmmaker Ed Wood. The film concerns the period in Wood's life when he ...more

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Three Colors: White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Jerzy Stuhr Three Colors: White is a 1994 French-Polish comedy-drama art film co-written, produced, and directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski. White is the second in The Three Colors Trilogy, themed on the ...more

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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes Little Women is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay by Robin Swicord is based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. It is the fifth feature film ...more

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Four Weddings and a Funeral is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Rowan Atkinson Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant. It was made in ...more

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Satantango is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
weik added Peter Berling, Mihály Víg, János Derzsi Sátántangó is a 1994 Hungarian apocalyptic art drama film directed by Béla Tarr. Shot in black-and-white, it runs for more than seven hours. It is based on the novel ...more

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Clear and Present Danger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 spy action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on Tom Clancy's book of the same name. It was preceded by the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October and ...more

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Chungking Express is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro Chungking Express is a 1994 Hong Kong drama film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. The film consists of two stories told in sequence, each about a lovesick Hong Kong policeman mulling over ...more

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
WorstCaseOntario added Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del ...more

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman Maverick is a 1994 Western comedy film directed by Richard Donner and written by William Goldman, based on the 1950s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film stars Mel ...more

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Il Postino: The Postman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Philippe Noiret, Massimo Troisi Il Postino: The Postman is a 1994 Italian film directed by Michael Radford. The film was originally released in the US as The Postman, a straight translation of the Italian title. However, since ...more

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Stargate is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first ...more

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The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle The Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is the first installment in The Santa Clause trilogy and it stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ...more

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The Legend of Drunken Master is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Anita Mui Drunken Master II is a 1994 Hong Kong kung fu film directed by Lau Kar-leung and Jackie Chan, who stars as Chinese folk hero, Wong Fei-hung. It was Chan's first traditional style martial arts ...more

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59 87
The Little Rascals is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Donald Trump, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks The Little Rascals is a 1994 American comedy film produced by Amblin Entertainment, and released by Universal Pictures on August 5, 1994. The film is an adaptation of Hal Roach's Our Gang, a ...more

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Ashes of Time is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai Ashes of Time is a 1994 Hong Kong film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, and loosely based on four characters from Jin Yong's novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes. Wong completely eschews ...more

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The Hudsucker Proxy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Paul Newman, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi The Hudsucker Proxy is a 1994 screwball comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Sam Raimi co-wrote the script and served as second unit director. The film stars ...more

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Heavenly Creatures is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson, Melanie Lynskey Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 New Zealand drama film directed by Peter Jackson, from a screenplay he co-wrote with his partner, Fran Walsh, about the notorious 1954 Parker–Hulme murder case in ...more

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The Last Seduction is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Linda Fiorentino, Bill Pullman, Peter Berg The Last Seduction is a 1994 neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by John Dahl, and features Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, and Bill Pullman. Fiorentino's performance generated talk of an Oscar ...more

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28 83
Don Juan DeMarco is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway Don Juan DeMarco is a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Johnny Depp as John Arnold DeMarco, a man who believes himself to be Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world. Clad in a ...more

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Timecop is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver Timecop is a 1994 science fiction action film directed by Peter Hyams and co-written by Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden. Richardson also served as executive producer. The film is based on ...more

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Reality Bites is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Winona Ryder, Renée Zellweger, Ben Stiller Reality Bites is a 1994 romantic comedy-drama film written by Helen Childress and directed by Ben Stiller. It stars Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke and Stiller, with supporting roles by Janeane ...more

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The River Wild is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
citizen gg added Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly The River Wild is a 1994 adventure crime-thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, John C. Reilly, Benjamin Bratt and Joseph Mazzello as ...more

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Beverly Hills Cop III is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Dimos Dicoudis added Eddie Murphy, George Lucas, Al Green Beverly Hills Cop III is a 1994 action-comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by John Landis, who had previously worked with Murphy on Trading Places and Coming to America. It is the ...more

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Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insul... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Dimos Dicoudis added O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch, Anna Nicole Smith Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult is a 1994 comedy film, the third and final film in the Naked Gun series, which was based on the Police Squad! television series. It was marketed with the tagline: ...more

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
weik added Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, John Cleese Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a 1994 American horror film directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Robert De Niro and Branagh. The picture was produced on a budget of $45 million and is ...more

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Angels in the Outfield is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Lloyd Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars Danny Glover, Tony Danza and Christopher Lloyd, and features several future stars, including Joseph ...more

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The Madness of King George is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Everett The Madness of King George is a 1994 film directed by Nicholas Hytner and adapted by Alan Bennett from his own play, The Madness of George III. It tells the true story of George III's ...more

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D2: The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky, Joshua Jackson D2: The Mighty Ducks is a 1994 American sports comedy film directed by Sam Weisman. It is a sequel to the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks and produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Avnet–Kerner ...more

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Airheads is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi Airheads is a 1994 American crime-comedy film written by Rich Wilkes and directed by Michael Lehmann. It stars Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler as a band of loser musicians who ...more

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Once Were Warriors is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Cliff Curtis, Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen Once Were Warriors is a 1994 film based on New Zealand author Alan Duff's bestselling 1990 first novel. The film tells the story of the Hekes, an urban Māori family, and their problems with ...more

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Cemetery Man is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Rupert Everett, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox Cemetery Man is a 1994 Italian-French-German comedy horror film directed by Michele Soavi and starring Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro and Anna Falchi. It was written by Gianni ...more

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Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Demi Moore, Michael Douglas, Donald Sutherland Disclosure is a 1994 erotic thriller film directed by Barry Levinson, starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. It is based on Michael Crichton's novel Disclosure. The cast also includes Donald ...more