90s Movies The Best Directors of the '90s  

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List of the top directors of the 90s. Nothing is more in fashion now than nineties nostalgia. Well, these top directors of the 1990's are partly responsible for the entertainment greatness we saw during that decade. The nineties was an interesting time for actors turning into critically-acclaimed directors, as we saw with Tim Robbins (Bob Roberts), Robert Redford (Quiz Show), and Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven).
The 1990's was also the decade of Mike Leigh and the Cohen Brothers for those offbeat movie lovers. Spike Lee also crushed the 90's in the director chair with some of his finest efforts, including Malcolm X and Summer of Sam. The reign of M. Night Shyamalan also took off in the 1990's cinema landscape after The Sixth Sense grabbed audiences worldwide. Before the 21st century kicked in, we had classics like Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia and Silence of the Lambs, while Sam Mendes put up a scary mirror to the USA with his ode to the 90's in American Beauty.
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36 13
Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added age 73

Hook (1991)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Schinder's List (1993)
Amistad (1997)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)

2
54 29
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Daniel Miller added age 56

Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Four Rooms (1995)
Jackie Brown (1997)

3
52 28
Joel Cohen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Barton Fink (1991)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Fargo (1996)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
4
22 7
Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added age 77

GoodFellas (1990)
Cape Fear (1991)
The Age of Innocence (1993)
Casino (1995)
Kundun (1997)
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

5
36 25
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 89
White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
The Rookie (1990)
Unforgiven (1992)
A Perfect World (1993)
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Absolute Power (1997)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
True Crime (1999)
6
24 15
James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added age 65

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
True Lies (1994)
Titanic (1997)

7
28 21
Jonathan Demme is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 75
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Cousin Bobby (1992)
Philadelphia (1993)
The Complex Sessions (1994)
Beloved (1998)
8
20 13
Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added age 61

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Batman Returns (1992)
Ed Wood (1994)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)

9
9 3
Frank Darabont is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
20007 added age 60

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Green Mile (1999)

10
29 24
Ridley Scott is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 82
Thelma & Louise (1991)
1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
White Squall (1996)
G.I. Jane (1997)
11
26 22
Spike Lee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 62
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Jungle Fever (1991)
Malcolm X (1992)
Crooklyn (1994)
Clockers (1995)
Lumiere and Company (1995)
Get on the Bus (1996)
Girl 6 (1996)
4 Little Girls (1997)
He Got Game (1998)
Freak (1998)
Summer of Sam (1999)
12
16 13
Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
James Mrdutt added age 49

Clerks (1994)

Mallrats (1995)

Chasing Amy (1997)

Dogma (1999)

13
18 16
Gus Van Sant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 67
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
To Die For (1995)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Psycho (1998)
14
7 4
Roger Allers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
20007 added age 70

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Aladdin (1992)

The Lion King (1994)

15
19 18
Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 63
Europa (1991)
Breaking the Waves (1996)
The Idiots (1998)
16
17 17
M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 49
Praying with Anger (1992)
Wide Awake (1998)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
17
15 15
Sam Mendes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 54
Cabaret (1993)
Company (1996)
American Beauty (1999)
18
5 4
Wes Anderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
jacobsh2019 added age 50

Bottle Rocket (1996)

Rushmore (1998)

19
6 6
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added age 59

Dead Again (1991)
Peter's Friends (1992)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Hamlet (1996)
 

20
12 13
Peter Weir is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 75
Green Card (1990)
Fearless (1993)
The Truman Show (1998)
21
10 14
Tim Robbins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 61
Bob Roberts (1992)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Cradle Will Rock (1999)
22
9 15
Abel Ferrara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Mollevangsvagen added age 68

King of New York (1990)
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
Body Snatchers (1993)
Dangerous Game (1993)
The Addiction (1995)
Mylène Farmer: California (1996)
The Funeral (1996)
The Blackout (1997)
Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground (1997)
New Rose Hotel (1998)

23
12 19
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 83
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Quiz Show (1994)
The Horse Whisperer (1998)
24
4 9
Mike Nichols is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added age 88

Died age 83 (1981-2014)

Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Regarding Henry (1991)
Wolf (1994)
The Birdcage (1996)
Primary Colors (1998)

25
10 18
Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 67
Johnny Stecchino (1991)
The Monster (1994)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)