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The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s

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List RulesVote up your favorite thriller films that were released in the 1990s

The best ‘90s thriller movies are a diverse collection of crime, suspense, sex, betrayal, violence, and insanity. Do we have your attention, yet? Fans of the suspense film genre will tell you that the 1990s gave us some of the greatest thrillers ever. The best '90s thriller movies that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

What are the greatest ‘90s thriller movies? We cannot begin our conversation of ‘90s thrillers without paying respects to Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino released some of his most popular and iconic pictures in the 1990s. Known for their intricate and non-chronological plots, as well as their graphic violence, films like
Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs took audiences on unpredictable and often terrifying journeys through L.A.’s seedy underbelly. In addition, there are also some great psychological thrillers on this list. Films like The Sixth Sense, an iconic picture featuring one of the most legendary twists in cinema history, will make you question everything.

Other top ‘90s thriller movies on this list include
The Silence of the Lambs and The Usual Suspects. We wish we could give you more details about one of the most popular thrillers of the '90s, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, but unfortunately, the first rule of Fight Club is that you do not talk about Fight Club. Vote up the best '90s thrillers, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section!
  • Seven1


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow


    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates


    Directed byRob Reiner

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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton


    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night...  more
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  • The Usual Suspects4

    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro


    Directed byBryan Singer

    The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan...  more
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford


    Directed byAndrew Davis

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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byJonathan Demme

    The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime...  more
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    Falling Down

    Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas


    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino


    Directed byMichael Mann

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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • The Hunt for Red October11

    The Hunt for Red October

    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery


    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John...  more
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  • Cape Fear12

    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a...  more
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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto


    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The...  more
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  • Speed14


    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves


    Directed byJan de Bont

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    Primal Fear

    Edward Norton, Richard Gere


    Directed byGregory Hoblit

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    A Time to Kill

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey


    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis


    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • True Romance19

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    Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer


    Directed byTony Scott

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku


    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black


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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery


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    Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich


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    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich


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