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25 Movies That Turned 25 in 2016  

Ann Casano
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Something incredible happened in 1991. The Silence of the Lambs became just the third film in the history of cinema (It Happened One Night and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest are the otherw) to win the top five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Jonathan Demme), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally). However, the Hannibal Lecter psychological horror film was not the only great movie that turns 25 years old in 2016. Here are the best movies that came out in 1991.

There's something for every cinema lover on this list. Looking for a chick flick? You won’t find any better girl power films than Thelma and Louise and Fried Green Tomatoes. Into comedies? What About Bob?, City Slickers, Hot Shots!, and Father of the Bride are all movies that were released in 1991. In fact, everything from a Disney animated classic to a controversial conspiracy movie can be found on this list.

The early 1990s means that several of the best Hollywood actors and actresses were in their movie-making prime. Julia Roberts is in a couple of these movies, as are Keanu Reeves, Kevin Costner, and Robert De Niro. Additionally, true cinematic auteurs like Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and Gus Van Sant all helmed iconic films in 1991.

Be sure to make your voice heard. Vote up the best of these iconic movies turning 25 in 2016. These 1991 classics from the world of cinema are sure to make you feel nostalgic - maybe a re-watch is in order? When you're done, add the movies that turn 25 in 2019 to your queue.

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One of the most timeless and classic Disney animated movies from the studio's glory days, Beauty and the Beast inspired many, with its tale of inner beauty and looking past one's appearances. Full of memorable songs, a library that all young bookworms dream of having one day, and some of the best supporting characters in all of Disney-dom, it's hard to believe this movie is over two decades old.

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Actors: Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers, + more

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Tagline: The most beautiful love story ever told.

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A very young Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky, in her film debut, explore friendship and young love in the 1991 coming of age story. My Girl hits all the right sentimental and funny moments before crashing to its heartbreaking and tragic ending. If ever there was a movie that could leave permanent scars, My Girl is that movie.

Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd, Anna Chlumsky, Richard Masur, + more

Directed by: Howard Zieff

Tagline: When your Dad's an undertaker, your Mom's in heaven, and your Grandma's got a screw loose...it's good to have a friend who understands you. Even if he is a boy.

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Morticia, Gomez, Uncle Fester, Itt, and the rest of the Addams Family got their chance to achieve strangeness on the big screen in 1991. The adaptation was a big box office draw, raking in over $190 million worldwide, and even spawned a sequel just two years later.

Actors: Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston, Raúl Juliá, Dan Hedaya, + more

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Tagline: It's not the same old Thing., Weird is relative.

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Not only did The Silence of the Lambs win the top five Academy Awards, but it's also the only horror film to date to win a Best Picture Oscar. Now, go enjoy a nice Chianti with those brains and fava beans.

Actors: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak, George A. Romero, Roger Corman, + more

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

Tagline: The only way to stop a killer is by going in to the mind of a madman., Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Brilliant. Cunning. Psychotic. In his mind lies the clue to a ruthless killer. Clarice Starling, FBI. Brilliant. Vulnerable. Alone. She must trust him to stop the killer., Prepare yourself for the most exciting, mesmerising and terrifying two hours of your life!, + more

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