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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
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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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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
5
Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates
Won Best Picture in 1997. 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) ...more
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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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 (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who ...more
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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari
Won Best Picture in 1999. American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive (Kevin Spacey) has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best ...more
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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger
Nominated in 1997. L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir 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 group of ...more
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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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 who takes on ...more
15
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones
Nominated in 1993. This film 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 Lee ...more
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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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 Prince of Tides is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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. The film stars Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. It tells the story of the narrator's struggle to ...more
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As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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
20
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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
21
Babe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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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A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson
Nominated in 1992. A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play by Aaron Sorkin. Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) defends Marines accused of ...more
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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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
24
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman
Nominated in 1994. 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 ...more