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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 Gump1
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Won Best Picture in 1994.
    Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Apollo 132
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

    Nominated in 1995.
    Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Green Mile3
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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    Nominated in 1999.
    The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted... more on Wikipedia

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  • Saving Private Ryan4
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Nominated in 1998.
    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film directed by Steven Spielberg. Set... more on Wikipedia
  • Fargo5
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    Fargo

    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

    Released1996

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Nominated in 1996.
    Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Sixth Sense6
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    Nominated in 1999.
    The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night... more on Wikipedia
  • Dances with Wolves7
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    Dances with Wolves

    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell

    Released1990

    Directed byKevin Costner

    Won Best Picture in 1990.
    Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • Good Will Hunting8
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Nominated in 1997.
    Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt... more on Wikipedia
  • Braveheart9
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    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Won Best Picture in 1995.
    Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel... more on Wikipedia
  • American Beauty10
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    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Won Best Picture in 1999.
    American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive... more on Wikipedia
  • Goodfellas11
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    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Nominated in 1990.
    Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Shawshank Redemption12
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    Nominated in 1994.
    The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont... more on Wikipedia

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  • Pulp Fiction13
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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Nominated in 1994.
    Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob... more on Wikipedia

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  • L.A. Confidential14
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    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe

    Released1997

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    Nominated in 1997.
    L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same... more on Wikipedia

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  • As Good as It Gets15
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    As Good as It Gets

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

    Released1997

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    Nominated in 1997.
    As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Piano16
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    The Piano

    Anna Paquin, Holly Hunter

    Released1993

    Directed byJane Campion

    Nominated in 1993.
    The Piano is a 1993 romantic drama film about a mute female piano player and her daughter. Set... more on Wikipedia
  • Unforgiven17
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    Unforgiven

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released1992

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Won Best Picture in 1992.
    Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Prince of Tides18
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    The Prince of Tides

    Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byBarbra Streisand

    Nominated in 1991.
    The Prince of Tides is a 1991 romantic drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name.... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Silence of the Lambs19
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    Won Best Picture in 1991.
    The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime... more on Wikipedia

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  • The English Patient20
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    The English Patient

    Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1996

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    Won Best Picture in 1996.
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  • Schindler's List21
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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Won Best Picture in 1993.
    Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • Ghost22
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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

    Nominated in 1990.
    Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi... more on Wikipedia
  • The Fugitive23
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    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford

    Released1993

    Directed byAndrew Davis

    Nominated in 1993.
    This film is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name... more on Wikipedia
  • Beauty and the Beast24
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker

    Released1991

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

    Nominated in 1991.
    Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • A Few Good Men25
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    A Few Good Men

    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore

    Released1992

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Nominated in 1992.
    A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play... more on Wikipedia