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The Best Historical Movies from the '90s

Updated April 2, 2020 5.1k votes 624 voters 19.2k 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 Gump1
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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

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  • Saving Private Ryan2
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Apollo 133
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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

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  • The Shawshank Redemption4
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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

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  • Amistad5
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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

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  • Elizabeth6
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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

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  • Schindler's List7
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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

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  • Braveheart8
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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

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  • Titanic9
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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

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  • Wyatt Earp10
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    Wyatt Earp

    Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

    Released1994

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    Wyatt Earp is a 1994 American semi-biographical Western film, written by Dan Gordon and...  more

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  • Thelma & Louise11
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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

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  • Dances with Wolves12
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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

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  • The Last of the Mohicans13
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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

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  • Sleepy Hollow14
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    Sleepy Hollow

    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

    Released1999

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • Tombstone15
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    Tombstone

    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell

    Released1993

    Directed byKevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

    Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin...  more

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  • The Cider House Rules16
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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

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  • Nixon17
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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

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  • The Crucible18
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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
  • In the Name of the Father19
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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

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  • The Piano20
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    The Piano

    Anna Paquin, Holly Hunter

    Released1993

    Directed byJane Campion

    The Piano is a 1993 romantic drama film about a mute female piano player and her daughter. Set...  more

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  • Legends of the Fall21
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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

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  • Ed Wood22
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    Ed Wood

    Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released1994

    Directed byTim Burton

    Ed Wood is a 1994 American period comedy-drama biopic directed and produced by Tim Burton, and...  more

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  • Evita23
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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

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  • Mississippi Burning24
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    Mississippi Burning

    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman

    Released1988

    Directed byAlan Parker

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  • The Madness of King George25
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    The Madness of King George

    Helen Mirren, Ian Holm

    Released1994

    Directed byNicholas Hytner

    The Madness of King George is a 1994 British biographical historical comedy-drama film...  more

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