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The Best '90s Fantasy Movies 

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Updated September 24, 2019 7.6k votes 670 voters 27.5k views 33 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite fantasy films that were released in the 1990s.

The best '90s fantasy movies will definitely take you on a trip down nostalgia lane, and remind you of your own childhood adventures and inspirations. So many great films pepper this list of the best fantasy films of the 1990s, like Tim Burton's dark classic, Edward Scissorhands, or Disney/Pixar's Toy Story

What are the best '90s fantasy films? One of the top grossing film series of Spielberg's career is Jurassic Park. Based on the books by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park tells the cautionary tale of what happens when scientists are able to bring the dinosaurs back to life and put them in an amusement park. 

Another great '90s fantasy flick is Hook, starring the late Robin Wiliams. It tells the story of what happens after Peter Pan grows up and becomes a boring adult. With the help of his children, he heads back to his old stomping ground in Neverland, and re-discovers his imagination. 

Vote up your favorite fantasy film from the 1990s, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section! 
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Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

Released: 1992

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

Released: 1991

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

Released: 1995

Directed by: John Lasseter

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Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1991

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

Released: 1993

Directed by: Henry Selick

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Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

Released: 1999

Directed by: Frank Darabont

The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is told in a flashback format and stars ...more

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Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

Released: 1999

Directed by: John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

Released: 1992

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

Released: 1997

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Fantasy Movies
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Released: 1993

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

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Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

Released: 1993

Directed by: Harold Ramis

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FernGully: The Last Rain... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Fantasy Movies
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Released: 1992

Directed by: Bill Kroyer

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Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

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Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

Released: 1994

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brad Bird

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Released: 1999

Directed by: Kevin Smith

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Dragonheart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Fantasy Movies
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Released: 1996

Directed by: Rob Cohen

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Released: 1990

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Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Fantasy Movies
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Released: 1995

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

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Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

Released: 1992

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 1997

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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Released: 1999

Directed by: John McTiernan, Michael Crichton

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Released: 1996

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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