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The Best Movies of 1994

Updated September 4, 2020 17.4k votes 1.7k voters 34.7k views132 items

List RulesOnly movies released 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 Gump1
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the...  more
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  • The Lion King2
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature...  more
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  • The Shawshank Redemption3
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont...  more
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  • Pulp Fiction4
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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob...  more
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  • True Lies5
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    True Lies

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku

    Released1994

    Directed byJames Cameron

    True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and...  more
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  • Dumb and Dumber6
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    Dumb and Dumber

    Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American road buddy comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff...  more
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  • Speed7
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    Speed

    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves

    Released1994

    Directed byJan de Bont

    Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial...  more
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  • Léon: The Professional8
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    Léon: The Professional

    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman

    Released1994

    Directed byLuc Besson

    Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English-language French action thriller film written and...  more
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  • The Mask9
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    The Mask

    Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey

    Released1994

    Directed byChuck Russell

    The Mask is a 1994 American fantasy slapstick action comedy film based on a series of comic...  more
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  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective10
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    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox

    Released1994

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a 1994 American comedy detective film directed by Tom Shadyac,...  more
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  • Stargate11
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    Stargate

    Kurt Russell, James Spader

    Released1994

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through...  more
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  • Natural Born Killers12
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    Natural Born Killers

    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd

    Released1994

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody...  more
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  • Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles13

    Released1994

    Directed byNeil Jordan

    Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is a 1994 American romantic horror film...  more
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  • Maverick14
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    Maverick

    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster

    Released1994

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Maverick is a 1994 Western comedy film directed by Richard Donner and written by William...  more
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  • Clerks15
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    Clerks

    Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes

    Released1994

    Directed byKevin Smith

    Clerks is a 1994 American black-and-white comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, who...  more
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  • Clear and Present Danger16
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    Clear and Present Danger

    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe

    Released1994

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 spy action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, based...  more
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  • Heavenly Creatures17
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    Heavenly Creatures

    Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 New Zealand drama film directed by Peter Jackson, from a...  more
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  • The Crow18
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    The Crow

    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee

    Released1994

    Directed byAlex Proyas

    The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J....  more
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  • Legends of the Fall19
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    Legends of the Fall

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1994

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring...  more
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  • Ed Wood20
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    Ed Wood

    Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released1994

    Directed byTim Burton

    Ed Wood is a 1994 American period comedy-drama biopic directed and produced by Tim Burton, and...  more
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  • The Santa Clause21
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    The Santa Clause

    Tim Allen, Frank Welker

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Pasquin

    The Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is...  more
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  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert22

    Released1994

    Directed byStephan Elliott

    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film...  more
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  • Four Weddings and a Funeral23
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    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell

    Released1994

    Directed byMike Newell

    This film is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of...  more
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  • The Last Seduction24
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    The Last Seduction

    Linda Fiorentino, Bill Pullman

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Dahl

    The Last Seduction is a 1994 neo-noir thriller film directed by John Dahl, and features Linda...  more
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  • Reality Bites25
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    Reality Bites

    Winona Ryder, Renée Zellweger

    Released1994

    Directed byBen Stiller

    Reality Bites is a 1994 romantic comedy-drama film written by Helen Childress and directed by...  more
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