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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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Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates
Box Office: $1,843,201,268 Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more
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Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field
Box Office: $677,387,716 Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more
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Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel
Box Office: $481,840,909 Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more
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Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Box Office: $914,691,118 Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more
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Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg
Box Office: $589,390,539 Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more
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Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss
Box Office: $171,479,930 The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe ...more
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Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy
Box Office: $476,684,675 Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is ...more
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton
Box Office: $519,398,546 Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more
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Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick
Box Office: $783,841,776 The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris
Box Office: $172,071,312 Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...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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Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler
Box Office: $553,709,788 Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more
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Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach
Box Office: $145,863,363 Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more
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Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment
Box Office: $672,806,292 The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who ...more
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Twister is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Highest Grossing 90s Movies
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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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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Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Krista Allen
Box Office: $181,410,615 Liar Liar is a 1997 American comedy film written by Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur, directed by Tom Shadyac and starring Jim Carrey who was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance ...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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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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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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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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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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Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller
Box Office: $176,484,651 There's Something About Mary is a 1998 comedy film, directed by the Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter. It stars Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon and Ben Stiller, and it is a combination of romantic ...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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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Highest Grossing 90s Movies
Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen
Box Office: $245,852,179 Toy Story 2 is a 1999 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 Lee ...more