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The Best Movies of 1994

Updated September 4, 2020 17.4k votes 1.7k voters 34.2k 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

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  • The Lion King2
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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  • The Shawshank Redemption3
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • Pulp Fiction4
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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • True Lies5
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    True Lies

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku

    Released1994

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Speed6
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    Speed

    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves

    Released1994

    Directed byJan de Bont

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  • Léon: The Professional7
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    Léon: The Professional

    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman

    Released1994

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • Dumb and Dumber8
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    Dumb and Dumber

    Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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  • The Mask9
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    The Mask

    Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey

    Released1994

    Directed byChuck Russell

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  • Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles10

    Released1994

    Directed byNeil Jordan

    Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is a 1994 American romantic horror film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective11
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    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox

    Released1994

    Directed byTom Shadyac

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  • Stargate12
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    Stargate

    Kurt Russell, James Spader

    Released1994

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • Natural Born Killers13
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    Natural Born Killers

    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd

    Released1994

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • Clerks14
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    Clerks

    Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes

    Released1994

    Directed byKevin Smith

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  • Maverick15
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    Maverick

    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster

    Released1994

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • Clear and Present Danger16
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    Clear and Present Danger

    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe

    Released1994

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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  • The Crow17
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    The Crow

    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee

    Released1994

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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  • Legends of the Fall18
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    Legends of the Fall

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1994

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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  • Ed Wood19
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    Ed Wood

    Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released1994

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • The Santa Clause20
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    The Santa Clause

    Tim Allen, Frank Welker

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Pasquin

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  • Four Weddings and a Funeral21
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    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell

    Released1994

    Directed byMike Newell

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  • Reality Bites22
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    Reality Bites

    Winona Ryder, Renée Zellweger

    Released1994

    Directed byBen Stiller

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  • Quiz Show23
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    Quiz Show

    Ralph Fiennes, Martin Scorsese

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Redford

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  • Star Trek Generations24
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    Star Trek Generations

    Patrick Stewart, William Shatner

    Released1994

    Directed byDavid Carson

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  • Airheads25
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    Airheads

    Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser

    Released1994

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

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