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The Best Movies of 1994 

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List Rules Movies that were in theaters in 1994

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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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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The Shawshank Redemption... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

Released: 1994

Directed by: Frank Darabont

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) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more

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Léon: The Profess... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

Released: 1994

Directed by: Luc Besson

Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English-language French action thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, and features the film debut of ...more

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Dumb and Dumber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Teri Garr

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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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Speed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jan de Bont

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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True Lies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

Released: 1994

Directed by: James Cameron

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Interview with the Vampi... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst

Released: 1994

Directed by: Neil Jordan

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Clerks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier

Released: 1994

Directed by: Kevin Smith

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The Mask is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein

Released: 1994

Directed by: Chuck Russell

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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

Released: 1994

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 1994

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released in the ...more

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detecti... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

Released: 1994

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

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Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

Released: 1994

Directed by: Edward Zwick

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Stargate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

Released: 1994

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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Clear and Present Danger... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

Released: 1994

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

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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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Richard Donner

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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

Released: 1994

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Quiz Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Ralph Fiennes, Martin Scorsese, Ethan Hawke

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Redford

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The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Pasquin

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Reality Bites is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Winona Ryder, Renée Zellweger, Ben Stiller

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ben Stiller

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Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Rowan Atkinson

Released: 1994

Directed by: Mike Newell

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Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

Released: 1994

Directed by: Gillian Armstrong

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Star Trek Generations is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1994
Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

Released: 1994

Directed by: David Carson

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