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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
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Won Best Picture in 1994.

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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

    Nominated in 1995.

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    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    Nominated in 1999.

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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Nominated in 1998.
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    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    Fargo

    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

    Released1996

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Nominated in 1996.

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    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    Nominated in 1999.

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    Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    Dances with Wolves

    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell

    Released1990

    Directed byKevin Costner

    Won Best Picture in 1990.
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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Nominated in 1997.
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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Won Best Picture in 1995.
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    American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Won Best Picture in 1999.
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    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Nominated in 1990.

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    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    Nominated in 1994.

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    The Piano is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    The Piano

    Anna Paquin, Holly Hunter

    Released1993

    Directed byJane Campion

    Nominated in 1993.

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    The Prince of Tides is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    The Prince of Tides

    Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byBarbra Streisand

    Nominated in 1991.
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    L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe

    Released1997

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    Nominated in 1997.

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    As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    As Good as It Gets

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

    Released1997

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    Nominated in 1997.

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    The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    The English Patient

    Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1996

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    Won Best Picture in 1996.

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    Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Nominated in 1994.

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    Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    Unforgiven

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released1992

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Won Best Picture in 1992.
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    The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford

    Released1993

    Directed byAndrew Davis

    Nominated in 1993.
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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    Won Best Picture in 1991.

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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker

    Released1991

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

    Nominated in 1991.
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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Won Best Picture in 1993.
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    A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    A Few Good Men

    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore

    Released1992

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Nominated in 1992.
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    Ghost is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s
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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

    Nominated in 1990.
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