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Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s 

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List Rules Films released between 1990 and 1999.

We all have our favorite 90s films, and many may be on this list of the best 1990s movies as ranked by the Ranker Community. These films - released between the years 1990 and 1999 - have remained memorable, influential and significant over a decade later. Some of them were heralded in their own time, but others only found an audience years later, on home video, DVD, cable television and even streaming on the Internet. When judging films from a bygone era, as in this case, rewatchability becomes a significant factor. Much-lauded '90s films like, say, "Breaking the Waves" may be superior to some of the films near the top of a "Favorite Movies of the '90s" list, but as the film is so serious, it's not as likely to be rewatched recently, or to remain fresh in audiences' minds. On the other hand, a film like "The Matrix" or "Fight Club" has seemingly grown in popularity and esteem from the '90s through the present day, due to consistent DVD spins, frequent HBO and Showtime appearances and so forth.

A number of the films on this "Best of the '90s" list were initially cult films in their own era. Prison drama "The Shawshank Redemption," most notably, failed to win a big audience in theaters, and hadn't initially recouped its own (modest) budget from its box office take. (Many critics blamed its somewhat obscure, difficult to recall title.) It has since become a beloved classic on home video and consistently ranks high in polls of Americans' all-time favorite films. Mike Myers' spoof of '60s spy films, "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," was only a modest hit when it debuted in 1997, and only became a cult hit years later, spawning two sequels (with a third follow-up film reportedly on the way.)

For more voting, check out this list of the best 80s movies. Or how about football movies, epic films or werewolf movies?

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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The Shawshank Redemption... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

Released: 1994

Directed by: Frank Darabont

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1990

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 1999

Directed by: David Fincher

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

Released: 1995

Directed by: John Lasseter

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

Released: 1999

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

Released: 1995

Directed by: David Fincher

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mel Gibson

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

Released: 1994

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

Released: 1999

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

Released: 1993

Directed by: Harold Ramis

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

Released: 1999

Directed by: Frank Darabont

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American History X is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1998

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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

Released: 1992

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari

Released: 1999

Directed by: Sam Mendes

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