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Best Movies of the 90s

Updated on June 16, 2015
The amazing Lena Olin in "ROMEO IS BLEEDING"
The amazing Lena Olin in "ROMEO IS BLEEDING"

100 Greatest Movies of the 90s

1-- The Shawshank Redemption (Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins)

2 -- Pulp Fiction (John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel)

3 -- Goodfellas (Robert Deniro, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino)

4 -- The Silence of the Lambs (Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn)

5 -- Dances With Wolves (Starring & Directed by Kevin Costner)

6 -- The Fisher King (Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Mercedes Ruehl)

7 -- JFK (Oliver Stone's epic starring Kevin Costner & Donald Sutherland)

8 -- Glengarry Glen Ross (Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris)

9 -- Reservoir Dogs (Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen)

10 - Groundhog Day (Bill Murray, Andie McDowell, Chris Elliott)

11 - The Usual Suspects (Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Keyser Soze)

12 - Election (Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein)

13 - American Beauty (Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Chris Cooper)

14 - The Big Lebowski (Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi)

15 - True Romance (Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper)

16 - Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater's ensemble collage of 1976)

17 - In the Name of the Father (Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson)

18 - What About Bob? (Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Haggerty)

19 - Searching for Bobby Fischer (Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne)

20 - Leon aka The Professional (Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman)

21 - Bullets Over Broadway (John Cusack, Chazz Palmintieri, Dianne Wiest)

22 - Fargo (William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi)

23 - The Matrix (Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Joe Pantaliano)

24 - Boogie Nights (Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly,Phillip Seymour Hoffman)

25 - To Die For (Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix)

26 - Natural Born Killers (Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr.)

27 - Office Space (Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole)

28 - Being John Malkovich (John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz)

29 - Pi (Darren Aronofsky's black & white psychological thriller)

30 - The Birdcage (Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria)

31 - The Edge (Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Harold Perrineau)

32 - Life Is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni)

33 - Schindler's List (Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes)

34 - L.A. Confidential (Russell Crowe, Guy Pierce, Kim Bassinger)

35 - The Fifth Element (Bruce Willis, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker)

36 - Fight Club (Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter)

37 - Misery (Kathy Bates, James Caan, Richard Farnsworth)

38 - 12 Monkeys (Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Madeleine Stowe, David Morse)

39 - Ed Wood (Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Bill Murray, Jeffrey Jones)

40 - Fresh (Sean Nelson, Samuel L Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito)

41 - Big Night (Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Minnie Driver)

42 - Waiting For Guffman (Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Parker Posey)

43 - Rushmore (Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Seymour Cassel)

44 - The Doors (Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kevin Dillon, Kyle McLachlan)

45 - El Mariachi (Robert Rodriguez's mexican shoot 'em up indie smash)

46 - The Nightmare Before Christmas (Tim Burton's genius holiday film)

47 - Six Degrees of Separation (Stockard Channing, Will Smith)

48 - Devil in a Blue Dress (Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Beals)

49 - Braveheart (Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan)

50 - Toy Story (Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles)

51 - Trainspotting (Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller)

52 - Primal Fear (Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney)

53 - Good Will Hunting (Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams)

54 - Welcome to the Dollhouse (Heather Matarazzo, Brendon Sexton III)

55 - Wag The Dog (Dustin Hoffman, Robert Deniro, Anne Heche)

56 - The Straight Story (Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek)

57 - Run Lola Run (Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu)

58 - Nobody's Fool (Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Melanie Griffith)

59 - Kids (Chloe Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Leo Fitzpatrick)

60 - Falling Down (Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey)

61 - New Jack City (Wesley Snipe, Ice-T, Chris Rock, Judd Nelson)

62 - State of Grace (Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright)

63 - Face/Off (John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon)

64 - Liar Liar (Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Cary Elwes, Swoozie kurtz)

65 - The Hudsucker Proxy (Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman)

66 - Clueless (Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Dan Hedaya)

67 - Secrets & Lies (Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste)

68 - Kolya (Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film-1997)

69 - The Basketball Diaries (Leonardo Dicaprio, Mark Wahlberg)

70 - Dumb and Dumber (Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauryn Holly)

71 - Hoop Dreams (Basketball Youth in the Best Documentary this decade)

72 - Ciao Professore! (The Best Foreign Language Film of 1992)

73 - Slacker (Richard Linklater, the amazing town of Austin, Texas)

74 - Defending Your Life (Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn)

75 - Boyz N The Hood (Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube)

76 - Crooklyn (Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, Zelda Harris, Spike Lee)

77 - The Ref (Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, Judy Davis, Glynis Johns)

78 - Prelude to a Kiss (Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan, Ned Beatty, Kathy Bates)

79 - American Heart (Jeff Bridges, Edward Furlong)

80 - South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Trey Parker, Matt Stone)

81 - Clerks (Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith)

82 - Crumb (Terry Zwigoff's documentary about cartoonist Robert Crumb)

83 - As Good As It Gets (Jack Nicholson, Greg Kinnear, Helen Hunt)

84 - Frankie & Johnny (Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Nathan Lane)

85 - A Bronx Tale (Chazz Palmintieri, Robert Deniro, Lillo Brancato)

86 - American History X (Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Ethan Suplee)

87 - Thelma & Louise (Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel)

88 - The Sixth Sense (Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette)

89 - Swimming With Sharks (Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, Benicio Del Toro)

90 - Short Cuts (Robert Altman's incredible ensemble cast of 20 actors)

91 - What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (Johnny Depp, Leonardo Dicaprio)

92 - A Few Good Men (Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson)

93 - Fried Green Tomatoes (Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, M.S. Masterson)

94 - Ghost (Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn)

95 - Pump Up the Volume (Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Ellen Greene)

96 - Romeo Is Bleeding (Gary Oldman, Lena Olin, Juliette Lewis)

97 - Leaving Las Vegas (Nicolas Cage, Elizabeth Shue)

98 - The Truman Show (Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris)

99 - Magnolia (Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Aimee Mann's music)

100 - Henry Fool (Parker Posey in Hal Hartley's masterpiece of Indie Films)


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      5 years ago

      Nightmare before X-mas should be top 15 forsure

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      6 years ago

      the lion king should be on the list. it's not my favorite because I grew up with it, but because it's a 90's masterpiece. it has nearly everything that makes a great movie. same with beauty and the beast and mulan

      I'm surprised no gives credit for animation. it may be for kids, but it has just as much meaning as any other movie on this list.

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      6 years ago

      what about "This Boys Life"? that was a great movie and DeCaprio played a great role as usual. Also "A Home Of Our Own"? Two great non-fiction movies. But all and all a good list except for Shindler's List. I totally agree with the previous comment made about it total propaganda film. Don't buy in to all this Holocaust religion do ur own indipendent research don't take Hollywoods word for it. consider the source.

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      6 years ago

      This list sucks, but I love the movie Misery atleast Misery movie made the list of the 90's I have the Misery DVD and I watch it all the time I love that Horror movie.

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      RC Cooper 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      i hate to say it, but the only one I disagree with one selection: Natural Born Killers. Can I get at least 1 amen?

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      stupid mutt 

      6 years ago

      How about the sixth sense?

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      Shobhit Bhatnagar 

      6 years ago

      My top 10 movies of 90s 10. Reserving dog 9. Drunker Master2 8. American Beauty 7. Forrest Gump 6. Toy Story 5. Pulp Fiction 4. The Silence of the lamp 3. Goodfellas 2. Showshank Redemption 1. Schindler's list

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      jose vato 

      6 years ago

      Everyone bashing this dude's list lacks intelligence and brain power. It's his list fools. He can put whatever movie in whatever spot he wants. You can't tell him what movie hit home the most for him. You can't tell him how each movie affected him. Regardless of which movie was highest grossing. Movie companies are good at one thing and one thing only, that is scamming people out of as much money as they can. Even if the movie is a flop they'll show the 4 good parts in the preview and the rest is just digital diarhea, you will of course get the few saps that do go and see the movie more than once.

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      6 years ago

      Forget to mention Mortal kombat.. Cult classic!!

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      6 years ago

      does anyone mention forrest gump

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      6 years ago

      Great list. I'd say any top 100 list leaves movies out then and again, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

      To the complainers, chill out. It's a list. Not a big bad list that raped your mother.

      Just. a. list.

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      6 years ago

      Great list! Surprised to see Defending Your Life showed up on there. It's a fav of my in the 90's. I agree with most that Edward Scissorhands should have gotten some love. One of my top ten of all time.

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      6 years ago

      Forrest gump best movie ever

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      7 years ago


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      7 years ago

      Awesome list thanks! Another one that should have been on there is Casino.

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      7 years ago

      You forgot:

      Edward Scissorhands,

      Batman Returns,

      Batman Forever,

      O Brother Where Art Thou?,


      Independence Day (with Will Smith),

      Men In Black,

      Free Willy,

      Home Alone,


      Eyes Wide Shut,

      American Beauty,

      Pretty Woman,

      The Bodyguard (with Whitney Houston),

      Thumbelina (of Warner Bros.),


      Beauty And The Beast,

      The Lion King,

      The Mask Of Zorro,

      RoboCop 2,

      Terminator 2: Judgment Day,

      True Lies (with Arnold Schwarzenegger),

      Last Action Hero,

      The Crow,

      Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles,

      Meet Joe Black,

      Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm,

      and the list can go on and on and on... :-)

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      7 years ago

      Never knew Keyser Soze played himself, always thought it was Kevin Spacey

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      7 years ago

      What about The Green Mile???????

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      7 years ago

      HEAT is better than 90% of those movies.

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      7 years ago

      Where is "HEAT"?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      7 years ago

      It's really a great list, I'm currently watching some of the movies I missed in the 90s. Thank you.

      On a side note, whatever list you have people will disagree on some stuff, whether Titanic was awesome or not or whether Saving Private Ryan is US propaganda or a true masterpiece. Any list represents an opinion, you can't say it's right or wrong, especially if the reasons for inclusion/exclusion are not explicitly given. If somebody doesn't like Titanic that much that should be allowed. But you can say that you like it by making your own list somewhere else, in the meantime stop complaining.

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      7 years ago

      What about "Regarding Henry", or "Dave"?

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      7 years ago

      No Matrix?

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      7 years ago

      awsome list man

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      7 years ago

      Great list! I agree with most of it. I wish the pictures on the side had titles :( I wanna know what movies all of them are from!

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      DJ Funktual 

      7 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Heavenly Creatures is freakin awesome.

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      7 years ago

      You forgot Heavenly Creatures! Peter Jackson's best movie to date (even better than those ones about the Hobbits). It has plenty of 90s qualities: taboo relationships, strange fantasy sequences, subjective narration, and a gruesome murder. To cap it all off it has an 18 y/o Kate Winslet in her first film role. Excellent flick, I suggest you check it out if you have'nt already seen it.

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      7 years ago

      The guy who didn't like schindlers list should be castrated so he can't reproduce movies can be about what ever the writer wants inducing one of the most interesting war of all times put your dick in a blender dummy

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      7 years ago

      Jurassic park should be top 10 in my opinion

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      7 years ago

      schindlers list blows! its just enother american/israel propaganda film! you all need to be more realistic films are just for entertainment and nothing to do with war,nationalism,economy ,just a list which is to be more realistic to person

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      7 years ago

      In the name of the father.. what a masterpiece

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      7 years ago

      Great list! You reminded me of a lot of movies I had forgotten all about. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Dude, solid list. I disagree on a few movies here and there, but overall very solid. And to the comment about titanic, first off its an overrated piece of James Cameron ****. Second, not the highest grossing film ever. Third, again, its shit, if you didn't get what I meant by the stars. Se7en does need to get some respect though. Props on the list though, saw a few there I had forgotten about that I'm give a watch. Glad to see Hoop Dreams there.

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      7 years ago

      'Seven' should be on there

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      7 years ago

      why isn't Edward Scissorhands on the list? also i'm surprised Titanic isn't there

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      7 years ago

      soooo how was TITANIC the highest grossing film EVERRR left OUT!!! :o :0 :0

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      7 years ago

      Pretty large list, let me cut it down a bit...the greatest movie of the 90's, by far is "Trainspotting". There is no more important movie, funnier or overall quality and feeling than this. It's a damn classic, if you haven't seen it - do so asap, and if you have, watch it again!

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      DJ Funktual 

      7 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      I didn't leave them out, they just weren't good enough to make the list.

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      7 years ago

      in addition to Saving Private Ryan and Forrest Gump, you also left out Titanic

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      Genna East 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Many of my favorites were on this list! Except I also liked Schinlder's List and Braveheart.

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      Visiteur 8234 

      8 years ago

      1:Schindler's list !!!

      one of of the greatest spielberg !

      number 9 in the american film institute's list

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      movies star 

      8 years ago

      that's cool man.

      2. Pulp Fiction

      4. The Silence of the Lambs

      5. Dances With Wolves

      20.Leon aka The Professional

      23. The Matrix

      27. Office Space

      35. fith elements

      38. 12 Monkeys

      49. Braveheart

      50. toy story

      63. Face/Off

      64. liar liar

      thank you.

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      8 years ago

      Under seige

      Where the day takes you

      Reservoir Dogs

      The Green Mile

      The Sixth Sense


      The Nightmare Before Christmas

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      8 years ago

      I pretty much agree with the list, pulp fiction should be a little lower though I feel it's incredibly overrated

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      8 years ago from MUMBAI

      DJ beautifull collection. Have bookmarked it.

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      8 years ago

      You left out Forrest Gump, Titanic and The Road to Perdition!!

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      8 years ago

      lollllllllll, saving private ryan is not a good war movie. extremely simplistic/nationalistic

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      8 years ago

      what h"Deconstructing Harry"appened to

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      8 years ago

      mmm why isn terminator 2 on the list?

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      DJ Funktual 

      9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      No I didn't. Look again.

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      9 years ago

      You left out Braveheart!

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      9 years ago

      Indeed. Agree about top 5 and Saving Private Ryan. How did Ghost get above Swingers which doesn't seem to feature at all. Four Weddings?

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      9 years ago

      Good top five, except why is Schindler's list down at 33?

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      jonathan Armen 

      9 years ago

      some are not too great, I think maybe 25 great movies were made in the 1990's The bar is pretty low for most of those. Great movies are 1 in 200, 10 years means theere were ten made each year, sorry to tell you sometimes a year or two passes before a great movie is made. Check out GreedQuest

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      10 years ago from USA

      Nice list! I think Dumb and Dumber need to be bumped up as well as, A Few Good Men... other than that your top 5 is solid in my book :-)

      ~ Peter :-)


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