90s movies The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s  

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They've made you laugh. They've made you cry. And chances are, you know some of their dialogue by heart. These are the nominees and winners of Best Picture at the Academy Awards during the 1990s, as ranked by you. Oscar-nominated 1990s movies are a varied group. Some are heartwarming dramedies, while others boast edge-of-your-seat action. A few qualify as romantic comedies, demonstrating that the genre can be anything but fluffy.There are even some animated pictures included in the bunch.

What films will you find on this list of 1990s Oscar-winning movies? “Life is like a box of chocolates,” but fans knew what they were going to get with Forrest Gump: a great movie-watching experience. The decades-spanning film took home the Best Picture trophy in 1994, and star Tom Hanks also won his own Academy Award for Best Actor that same year. Pulp Fiction, with its out-of-sequence storytelling, impressed fans and Oscar voters alike in 1994 as well. Other good films featured on this list of Oscar-nominated 1990s movies include The Silence of the Lambs, The Fugitive, and Fargo.

Which '90s Oscar nominee deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them up the ranks.
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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field Won Best Picture in 1994. 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 ...more

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel Nominated in 1998. Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris Nominated in 1995. Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell Nominated in 1999. 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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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins Nominated in 1994. 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 ...more

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak Won Best Picture in 1991. 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 ...more

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci Nominated in 1990. 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. ...more

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Won Best Picture in 1993. Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand Nominated in 1996. Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Nominated in 1994. Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic ...more

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
American Beauty Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari Won Best Picture in 1999. American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes ...more

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon Nominated in 1997. Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more

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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket Won Best Picture in 1990. Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring Kevin Costner. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake and tells ...more

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A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
A Few Good Men Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson Nominated in 1992. A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore, with Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollak, James Marshall, J. T. Walsh, ...more

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment Nominated in 1999. The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear, a troubled, isolated boy who is able to see and ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach Nominated in 1991. Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Unforgiven Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman Won Best Picture in 1992. Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay written by David Webb Peoples. The film portrays William Munny, an aging outlaw and killer ...more

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson Won Best Picture in 1995. 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 ...more

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones Nominated in 1993. The Fugitive is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film was directed by Andrew Davis and stars Harrison Ford and Tommy ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Won Best Picture in 1997. Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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Babe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes Nominated in 1995. Babe is a 1995 comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Chris Noonan. It is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig, also known as Babe: The Gallant Pig in the USA, ...more

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As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
As Good as It Gets Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz Nominated in 1997. As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and produced by Laura Ziskin. It stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic, homophobic, racist, ...more

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger Nominated in 1997. L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir crime film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same title, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series. Like the book, the film tells the story of a ...more

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Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Jerry Maguire Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger Nominated in 1996. Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger. It was ...more

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Ghost Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze Nominated in 1990. Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more

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Quiz Show is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Quiz Show Ralph Fiennes, Martin Scorsese, Ethan Hawke Nominated in 1994. Quiz Show is a 1994 American historical drama film produced and directed by Robert Redford, and written by Paul Attanasio, based on Richard N. Goodwin's memoir Remembering America: A Voice From ...more

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JFK is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon Nominated in 1991. JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent ...more

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Awakenings is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Awakenings Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel Nominated in 1990. Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks' 1973 memoir of the same title. It tells the true story of British neurologist Oliver Sacks, fictionalized as American Malcolm ...more

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Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel Nominated in 1998. Life Is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian tragicomedy comedy-drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian book shop owner, who must employ his ...more

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In the Name of the Father is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
In the Name of the Father Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Tom Wilkinson Nominated in 1993. In the Name of the Father is a 1993 Irish-British-American biographical courtroom drama film co-written and directed by Jim Sheridan. It is based on the true life story of the Guildford Four, ...more

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Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Sense and Sensibility Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson Nominated in 1995. Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 British–American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel of the same name. Actress Emma Thompson wrote the script and stars as ...more

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Bugsy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Bugsy Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Warren Beatty Nominated in 1991. Bugsy is a 1991 American crime-drama film directed by Barry Levinson which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel. It stars Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott ...more

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Secrets & Lies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Secrets & Lies Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste Nominated in 1996. Secrets & Lies is a 1996 British drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh. Led by an ensemble cast consisting of many Leigh regulars, it stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Hortense, a ...more

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Four Weddings and a Funeral is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Four Weddings and a Funeral Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Rowan Atkinson Nominated in 1994. Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant. It was made in ...more

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The Cider House Rules is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Cider House Rules Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Paul Rudd Nominated in 1999. The Cider House Rules is a 1999 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on John Irving's novel of the same name. The film won two Academy Awards, and was nominated for the ...more

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Scent of a Woman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Scent of a Woman Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar Nominated in 1992. Scent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama directed and produced by Martin Brest that tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible, blind, ...more

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The Remains of the Day is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Remains of the Day Lena Headey, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson Nominated in 1993. The Remains of the Day is a 1993 Merchant Ivory film adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. It was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant, Mike ...more

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The Full Monty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Full Monty Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy Nominated in 1997. The Full Monty is a 1997 British comedy-drama film directed by Peter Cattaneo, starring Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber, and Hugo Speer. The ...more

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The Piano is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Piano Anna Paquin, Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel Nominated in 1993. The Piano is a 1993 romantic drama film about a mute female piano player and her daughter. Set during the mid-19th century in a rainy, muddy frontier backwater on the west coast of New Zealand, ...more

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The Insider is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Insider Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer Nominated in 1999. The Insider is a 1999 American drama film directed by Michael Mann, based on the true story of a 60 Minutes segment about Jeffrey Wigand, a whistleblower in the tobacco industry. The 60 Minutes ...more

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The Crying Game is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Crying Game Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson Nominated in 1992. The Crying Game is a 1992 British psychological thriller drama film written and directed by Neil Jordan. The film explores themes of race, gender, nationality, and sexuality against the backdrop ...more

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The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Thin Red Line George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn Nominated in 1998. The Thin Red Line is a 1998 American ensemble epic war film written and directed by Terrence Malick. Based on the novel by James Jones, it tells a fictionalized version of the Battle of Mount ...more

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The Godfather Part III is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Godfather Part III Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda Nominated in 1990. The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American crime film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who ...more

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The English Patient Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth Won Best Picture in 1996. The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film was ...more

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Howards End is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Howards End Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson Nominated in 1992. Howards End is a 1992 film based upon the novel of the same name by E. M. Forster, a story of class relations in turn-of-the-20th-century England. The film—produced by Merchant Ivory Productions ...more

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The Prince of Tides is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
The Prince of Tides Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, George Carlin Nominated in 1991. The Prince of Tides is a 1991 romantic drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Pat Conroy; the film stars Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. It tells the story of the narrator's ...more

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Shine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Shine Geoffrey Rush, John Gielgud, Lynn Redgrave Nominated in 1996. Shine is a 1996 Australian biographical drama film based on the life of pianist David Helfgott, who suffered a mental breakdown and spent years in institutions. It stars Geoffrey Rush, Lynn ...more

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Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Elizabeth Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Lily Allen Nominated in 1998. Elizabeth is a 1998 biographical film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and starring Cate Blanchett in the title role of Queen Elizabeth I of England, alongside Geoffrey Rush, ...more

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Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Shakespeare in Love Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench Won Best Picture in 1998. Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. The film depicts an imaginary love affair ...more

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Il Postino: The Postman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Il Postino: The Postman Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Philippe Noiret, Massimo Troisi Nominated in 1995. Il Postino: The Postman is a 1994 Italian film directed by Michael Radford. The film was originally released in the US as The Postman, a straight translation of the Italian title. However, since ...more