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The Best Historical Movies from the '90s

Updated April 2, 2020 7.0k votes 619 voters 18.8k views47 items

List RulesVote on your favorite historical films from the 1990s.

What are the best historical movies from the 1990s? This list includes great period pieces such as Schindler's List, The Shawshank Redemption, and Titanic. Historical movies allow audiences to relive a piece of a history that they may never know about otherwise. They become sources of both entertainment and education. 

The movies on this list are the best of the best when it comes to historical films. Which one is the best? Well, that's up to the voters to decide. Vote up your favorite historical movie, and if there isn't one on here that you think deserves a spot, be sure to add it. 

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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    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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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy... more on Wikipedia
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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

    Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars... more on Wikipedia
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    Mississippi Burning is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Mississippi Burning

    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman

    Released1988

    Directed byAlan Parker

    Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by... more on Wikipedia

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    JFK is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

    JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Elizabeth

    Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig

    Released1998

    Directed byShekhar Kapur

    Elizabeth is a 1998 biographical film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by... more on Wikipedia
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    Amistad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Amistad

    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story... more on Wikipedia

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A... more on Wikipedia

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    The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    The Last of the Mohicans

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe

    Released1992

    Directed byMichael Mann

    The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 historical epic film set in 1757 and produced by Morgan... more on Wikipedia
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    The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    The Thin Red Line

    George Clooney, John Travolta

    Released1998

    Directed byTerrence Malick

    The Thin Red Line is a 1998 American ensemble epic film written and directed by Terrence... more on Wikipedia
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    Thelma & Louise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Thelma & Louise

    Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon

    Released1991

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American film, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley... more on Wikipedia
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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Sleepy Hollow

    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

    Released1999

    Directed byTim Burton

    Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American fantasy horror adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is a... more on Wikipedia

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    Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Legends of the Fall

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1994

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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

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    In the Name of the Father is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    In the Name of the Father

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson

    Released1993

    Directed byJim Sheridan

    In the Name of the Father is a 1993 Irish-British-American biographical courtroom drama film... more on Wikipedia

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    Evita is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Evita

    Madonna, Antonio Banderas

    Released1996

    Directed byAlan Parker

    Evita is a 1996 American musical drama film based on Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's... more on Wikipedia

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    The Mask of Zorro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    The Mask of Zorro

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1998

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    The Mask of Zorro is a 1998 American swashbuckler film based on the Zorro character created by... more on Wikipedia

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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel... more on Wikipedia
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    Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Dances with Wolves

    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell

    Released1990

    Directed byKevin Costner

    Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    A River Runs Through It is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    A River Runs Through It

    Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released1992

    Directed byRobert Redford

    A River Runs Through It is a 1992 American film directed by Robert Redford and starring Craig... more on Wikipedia

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    The Cider House Rules is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    The Cider House Rules

    Charlize Theron, Michael Caine

    Released1999

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    The Cider House Rules is a 1999 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on John... more on Wikipedia
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    The Crucible is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    The Crucible

    Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released1996

    Directed byNicholas Hytner

    The Crucible is a 1996 drama film written by Arthur Miller and based on his play of the same... more on Wikipedia

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    Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Tombstone

    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell

    Released1993

    Directed byKevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

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    Nixon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Historical Movies from the '90s
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    Nixon

    Anthony Hopkins, James Woods

    Released1995

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Nixon is a 1995 American biographical film directed by Oliver Stone for Cinergi Pictures that... more on Wikipedia

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