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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, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Brendan Shanahan, + more

Released: 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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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

Released: 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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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The '90s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. ...more on Wikipedia

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

Released: 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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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 crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma Thurman), and a pair of diner bandits (Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer) intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. ...more on Wikipedia

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

Released: 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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