90s Movies The '90s Movies That Stuck with You the Most  

Ann Casano
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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 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 Forrest Gump, a slow-witted and naïve, but good-hearted and athletically prodigious, man from Alabama who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States; more specifically, the period between Forrest's birth in 1944 and 1982. The film differs substantially from Winston Groom's novel on which it was based, including ...more on Wikipedia

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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#2 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 2 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 Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. In the film, Clarice Starling, a young U.S. FBI trainee, seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Lecter to apprehend another serial killer, known only as "Buffalo Bill". The Silence of the Lambs was released on February 14, 1991, and grossed $272.7 million worldwide against its $19 million budget. It was only the third film, the other two ...more on Wikipedia

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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#1 on The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

#33 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#71 on The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

#6 on The Best Movies Based on Books

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The '90s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. The film narrates the rise and fall of Lucchese crime family associate Henry Hill and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980. Initially naming the film Wise Guy, Scorsese postponed making it; later, he and Pileggi changed the name to Goodfellas. To prepare for their roles in the film, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta often spoke with Pileggi, who shared research material left over from writing the book. According to Pesci, improvisation and ad-libbing came out of rehearsals where ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, + more

Initial Release: 1990

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Screenplay by: Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese

Genres (Film): Music, Crime Fiction, Thriller, Biographical film, Drama

Tagline: "I always wanted to be a gangster." - Henry Hill, Murderers come with smiles., Shooting people was `No big deal'., Three Decades of Life in the Mafia.

Rated: R (USA)

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#5 on The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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#36 on The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

#1 on The Best Movies of 1990

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The '90s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic mix of humor and shock, nonlinear storyline, and a host of cinematic allusions and pop culture references. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture; Tarantino and Avary won for Best Original Screenplay. It was also awarded the Palme d'Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. A major critical and commercial success, it revitalized the career of its leading man, John Travolta, who received an Academy Award nomination, as did costars Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Walken, + more

Initial Release: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Screenplay by: Quentin Tarantino

Genres (Film): Indie film, Crime Fiction, Thriller, Drama, Comedy

Tagline: You won't know the facts until you've seen the fiction., Girls like me don't make invitations like this to just anyone!, From the creators of 'True Romance' & 'Reservoir Dogs'

Rated: R (USA)

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#55 on The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

#10 on The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

#19 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#52 on The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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