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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Joel Cohen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Joel & Ethan Cohen Miller's Crossing (1990)
Barton Fink (1991)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Fargo (1996)
The Big Lebowski (1998)

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Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Daniel Miller added Quentin Tarantino age 55

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

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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added Steven Spielberg age 72

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

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Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added Tim Burton age 60

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

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Clint Eastwood age 88 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)

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Jonathan Demme is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Jonathan Demme age 74 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Cousin Bobby (1992)
Philadelphia (1993)
The Complex Sessions (1994)
Beloved (1998)

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James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added James Cameron age 64

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

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Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added Martin Scorsese age 76

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

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Frank Darabont is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
20007 added Frank Darabont age 59

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Green Mile (1999)

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Gus Van Sant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Gus Van Sant age 66 My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
To Die For (1995)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Psycho (1998)

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Ridley Scott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Ridley Scott age 81 Thelma & Louise (1991)
1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
White Squall (1996)
G.I. Jane (1997)

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Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
James Mrdutt added Kevin Smith age 48

Clerks (1994)

Mallrats (1995)

Chasing Amy (1997)

Dogma (1999)

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Roger Allers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
20007 added Roger Allers age 69

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Aladdin (1992)

The Lion King (1994)

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Sam Mendes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Sam Mendes age 53 Cabaret (1993)
Company (1996)
American Beauty (1999)

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Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added Kenneth Branagh age 58

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

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Spike Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Spike Lee age 61 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)

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Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Lars von Trier age 62 Europa (1991)
Breaking the Waves (1996)
The Idiots (1998)

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M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
M. Night Shyamalan age 48 Praying with Anger (1992)
Wide Awake (1998)
The Sixth Sense (1999)

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Mike Nichols is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added Mike Nichols age 87

Died age 83 (1981-2014)

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

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Abel Ferrara is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Mollevangsvagen added Abel Ferrara age 67

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)

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Robert Redford age 82 A River Runs Through It (1992)
Quiz Show (1994)
The Horse Whisperer (1998)

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Tim Robbins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Tim Robbins age 60 Bob Roberts (1992)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Cradle Will Rock (1999)

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Peter Weir is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Peter Weir age 74 Green Card (1990)
Fearless (1993)
The Truman Show (1998)

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John Sayles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
John Sayles age 68 City of Hope (1991)
Passion Fish (1992)
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
Lone Star (1996)
Men with Guns (1997)
Limbo (1999)

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Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Roberto Benigni age 66 Johnny Stecchino (1991)
The Monster (1994)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)

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Éric Rohmer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Mollevangsvagen added Éric Rohmer Died at 90 (1920-2010)

Conte de printemps (A Tale of Springtime, 1990)
Conte d'hiver (A Winter's Tale, 1992)
Conte d'été (A Tale of Summer, 1996)
Conte d'automne (A Tale of Autumn, 1998)

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Mike Leigh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Mike Leigh age 75 Life Is Sweet (1990)
Naked (1993)
Secrets & Lies (1996)
Career Girls (1997)
Topsy-Turvy (1999)