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The '90s Movies That Stuck with You the Most

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List RulesNot 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. 

Be sure to make your voice heard and upvote the 90s movies you remember most or add the memorable 90s movies that stick with you today if they aren't already listed.
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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
    • Actors: Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Brendan Shanahan
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
    • Screenplay by: Eric Roth
    • Genres (Film): Romance Film, Drama, Comedy, Epic film, Comedy-drama
    • 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 Shawshank Redemption
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    The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Prison despite his claims of being wrongly accused. During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money endeavor....  more
    • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins, Clancy Brown, James Whitmore
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Frank Darabont
    • Screenplay by: Frank Darabont
    • Genres (Film): Crime Fiction, Drama
    • Tagline: Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free., It takes a strong man to save himself, and a great man to save another.
    • Rated: R (USA), UK: 15
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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...  more
    • Actors: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak, George A. Romero, Roger Corman
    • 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!
    • Rated: R (USA)
    • Sequel: Hannibal
    • Prequel: Red Dragon
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  • Braveheart
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    Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. The story is based on Blind Harry's epic poem The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace and was adapted for the screen by Randall Wallace. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards at the 68th Academy Awards and won five: Best Picture, Best Makeup, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, and Best Director....  more
    • Actors: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson, Brian Cox, Catherine McCormack
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Mel Gibson
    • Screenplay by: Randall Wallace
    • Genres (Film): Biographical film, War film, Historical drama, Drama, Action Film
    • Tagline: His passion captivated a woman. His courage inspired a nation. His heart defied a king., Every man dies, not every man really lives., What kind of man would defy a king?
    • Rated: R (USA)
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