90s 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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41 19
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Daniel Miller added age 55

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

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42 20
Joel Cohen is listed (or ranked) 2 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)

3
24 8
Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added age 72

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

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17 8
Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added age 60

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

5
13 5
Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added 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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30 22
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
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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16 9
James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added age 64

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

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25 18
Jonathan Demme is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 74 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Cousin Bobby (1992)
Philadelphia (1993)
The Complex Sessions (1994)
Beloved (1998)

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5 1
Frank Darabont is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
20007 added age 59

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Green Mile (1999)

10
12 9
Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
James Mrdutt added age 48

Clerks (1994)

Mallrats (1995)

Chasing Amy (1997)

Dogma (1999)

11
5 2
Roger Allers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
20007 added age 69

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Aladdin (1992)

The Lion King (1994)

12
20 18
Spike Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
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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15 13
Gus Van Sant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 66 My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
To Die For (1995)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Psycho (1998)

14
22 21
Ridley Scott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 81 Thelma & Louise (1991)
1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
White Squall (1996)
G.I. Jane (1997)

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13 12
M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 48 Praying with Anger (1992)
Wide Awake (1998)
The Sixth Sense (1999)

16
15 15
Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 62 Europa (1991)
Breaking the Waves (1996)
The Idiots (1998)

17
4 4
Mike Nichols is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added 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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4 4
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
BryanK.Macklowe added 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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12 14
Sam Mendes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 53 Cabaret (1993)
Company (1996)
American Beauty (1999)

20
9 11
Peter Weir is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 74 Green Card (1990)
Fearless (1993)
The Truman Show (1998)

21
9 11
Abel Ferrara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Mollevangsvagen added 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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0 1
Wes Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
jacobsh2019 added age 49

Bottle Rocket (1996)

Rushmore (1998)

23
9 12
Tim Robbins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 60 Bob Roberts (1992)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Cradle Will Rock (1999)

24
12 16
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 82 A River Runs Through It (1992)
Quiz Show (1994)
The Horse Whisperer (1998)

25
10 15
Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 66 Johnny Stecchino (1991)
The Monster (1994)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)

26
6 14
John Sayles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 68 City of Hope (1991)
Passion Fish (1992)
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
Lone Star (1996)
Men with Guns (1997)
Limbo (1999)

27
3 12
Éric Rohmer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
Mollevangsvagen added 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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5 15
Mike Leigh is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Directors of the '90s
age 75 Life Is Sweet (1990)
Naked (1993)
Secrets & Lies (1996)
Career Girls (1997)
Topsy-Turvy (1999)