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The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

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These are the 50 highest-grossing films of the 1990s. The 90s marked a huge leap in motion picture special effects. With the advent of that era's computers, CGI finally began to reach a photo realistic quality as seen in such films as "Terminator 2" and "Jurassic Park". The films on this list span multiple genres and demographics. As the top 50 grossing films of the 1990s, rest assured that the movies on this list are the most popular and some of the best.

What are the top 90s movies by box office sales? Take a look here and you'll see some real blockbusters.

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Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle
Box Office: $144,833,357 The Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is the first installment in The Santa Clause trilogy and it stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ...more
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Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton
Box Office: $494,471,524 Twister is a 1996 American disaster drama film starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt as storm chasers researching tornadoes. It was directed by Jan de Bont from a screenplay by Michael Crichton ...more
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Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria
Box Office: $178,406,268 Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. A down-on-her-luck Hollywood working girl (Julia Roberts) is hired by a wealthy businessman (Richard Gere) to be ...more
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Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito
Box Office: $162,831,698 Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film, directed and produced by Tim Burton, based upon the Batman character appearing in comics published by DC Comics. It is the second installment of ...more
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Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey
Box Office: $184,031,112 Batman Forever is a 1995 American superhero film directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the third installment of the initial ...more
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Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner
Box Office: $165,493,908 This film is a 1991 American-British adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film stars Kevin Costner as Robin Hood, Morgan Freeman as Azeem, Christian Slater as Will Scarlet, Mary ...more
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Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox
Box Office: $817,400,891 Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more
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Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor
Box Office: $924,317,558 (32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master ...more
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Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle
Box Office: $618,638,999 The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a 1997 American science fiction adventure directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. The film was produced by ...more
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Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez
Box Office: $155,385,488 The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Kevin J. O'Connor, with Arnold Vosloo in ...more
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Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham, Will Ferrell
Box Office: $205,040,086 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is a 1999 action comedy film and the second film in the Austin Powers series. It is preceded by the original film, Austin Powers: International Man of ...more
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Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave
Box Office: $180,981,856 Mission: Impossible is a 1996 American action spy film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the 1960s television series. IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) must uncover the mole who has framed
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis
Box Office: $146,282,411 True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead roles with Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, ...more
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Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver
Box Office: $171,091,819 Tarzan is a 1999 American animated adventure musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 37th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, it ...more
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Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry
Box Office: $173,585,516 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series ...more
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Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey
Box Office: $158,348,367 The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, and David Strathairn. ...more
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Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Steve Buscemi
Box Office: $163,479,795 Big Daddy is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler. The film was produced by Robert Simonds and released on June 25, 1999, by Columbia Pictures where it ...more
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Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider
Box Office: $161,491,646 The Waterboy is a 1998 American sports/comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, starring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed, Larry Gilliard, Jr., Blake Clark, Peter ...more
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Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey
Box Office: $162,798,565 A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by ...more
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Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo
Box Office: $144,731,527 Lethal Weapon 3 is a 1992 American buddy cop action comedy film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo and Stuart Wilson. It is the ...more
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Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker
Box Office: $141,186,864 Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush Hour series, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It was followed by ...more
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Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket
Box Office: $184,208,848 Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring Kevin Costner. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake and tells ...more
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Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close
Box Office: $172,956,409 Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe and directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is about a group of Russian terrorists that ...more
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Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones
Box Office: $183,875,760 This film is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film was directed by Andrew Davis and stars Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee ...more
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Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Christopher Meloni
Box Office: $152,257,509 Runaway Bride is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall, and stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.The screenplay was written by Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriott and Audrey ...more