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List Rules Not necessarily the best, your favorite, or the most rewatchable movies, but rather films that - for whatever reason, perhaps something poignant, perhaps something disturbing - have stuck in your brain long after seeing them.

The last decade of the 20th century was a prime time for film. The release of Pulp Fiction introduced spectators to hyper-stylized independent movies, that could accessibly cross over to the mainstream, and delight audiences, introducing them to a new kind of cinema. Additionally, the decade saw some of the biggest movies stars in the world, like Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts, reach heights of movie stardom reserved only for Hollywood royalty. These are the '90s movies that stuck with you the most.

The decade was littered with memorable '90s movies. One interesting trend is the number of films that feature jaw dropping twist endings. The Sixth Sense, Seven, Fight Club, The Crying Game, and The Usual Suspects all made the list.

The 1990s, of course, had its iconic love stories as well. Audiences swooned with Vivian (Julia Roberts) as she fell in love with Edward (Richard Gere) in Pretty Woman. Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) was able to push greed aside and find the partner who completed him. And despite the tragedy in Ghost, we always had “ditto.”

Speaking of 1990s tragic films, Titanic, the epic drama from James Cameron, may have made us weep, but we’ll never forget the brief and brilliant love story of Rose and Jack. The 1990s brought us the Dude, his Dudeness, or Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing. And, Martin Scorsese opened the door to what it was actually like to be one of the crew, a goodfella a gangster, and made it okay to root for the bad guys. 

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The '90s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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Forrest Gump


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 Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field. The story depicts several decades in the life of ...more

Actors: Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field, Haley Joel Osment, Robin Wright, + more

Initial Release: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Screenplay by: Eric Roth

Genres (Film): Romance Film, Drama, Comedy, Epic film, Comedy-drama, + more

Tagline: Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get., The world will never be the same once you've seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump.

Rated: PG-13 (USA)

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#1 on The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies

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#1 on The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s

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Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The '90s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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Pretty Woman


Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film set in Los Angeles. Written by J. F. Lawton and directed by Garry Marshall, it stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and features Hector Elizondo, Ralph Bellamy, Laura San Giacomo and Jason Alexander in supporting roles. Its story centers on the ...more

Actors: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria, Jason Alexander, Amy Yasbeck, + more

Initial Release: 1990

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Screenplay by: J. F. Lawton

Genres (Film): Romance Film, Comedy

Tagline: She walked off the street, into his life and stole his heart.

Rated: R (USA), UK: 15, PG12

Sequel: Runaway Bride

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#13 on The Best Movies of 1990

#93 on The Funniest '90s Movies

#24 on "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

#54 on Movies That Should Never Be Remade

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The '90s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glenn, the film is based on Thomas Harris' 1988 novel of the same name, his second to feature Hannibal ...more

Actors: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak, George A. Romero, Roger Corman, + more

Initial Release: 1991

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

Screenplay by: Ted Tally

Genres (Film): Horror, Crime Fiction, Thriller, Drama

Tagline: The only way to stop a killer is by going in to the mind of a madman., Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Brilliant. Cunning. Psychotic. In his mind lies the clue to a ruthless killer. Clarice Starling, FBI. Brilliant. Vulnerable. Alone. She must trust him to stop the killer., Prepare yourself for the most exciting, mesmerising and terrifying two hours of your life!, + more

Rated: R (USA)

Sequel: Hannibal

Prequel: Red Dragon

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#4 on The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies

#1 on The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

#1 on The Best Horror Movies Streaming on Hulu

#1 on The Best Mystery Thriller Movies on Amazon Prime

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The '90s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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Titanic


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Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship ...more

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, James Cameron, Bill Paxton, + more

Initial Release: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

Screenplay by: James Cameron

Genres (Film): Romance Film, Historical drama, Drama, Epic film

Tagline: Collide With Destiny., Nothing On Earth Could Come Between Them., The most incredible thing that ever happened is about to happen to you.

Rated: 12+ (RU), PG-13 (USA), FSK 12

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#21 on The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies

#3 on The Best Period Romance Movies

#51 on The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

#16 on The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s

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