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Top 30 & Top 100 Best Movies of the 1990s: From Aladdin to Se7en and Beyond!

Best movies of the 1990s

Welcome to the Cinema of the 1990s

The spirit of the 1990s may be a thing of the past, but thanks to an enthralling, good old invention called Film, it will never be really gone. If you feel like traveling back in time to relive the glamour of the decade, you just have to watch one (or more) of it best movies.

But witch ones should you watch?
Well, if that’s the question lurking in your mind right now, then you came to the right place. We’re just about to present 30 of the greatest cinematic achievements of the 1990s.

However, if you’re not a first-timer, there’s a fair chance that you already saw most movies of this Top 30 List, and you may want to dive a little bit deeper. No worries!

In that case, you should go and check out the Top 100 List at the end of this article.

The Best Movies of the 1990s is an episode of FrameTrek’s Best Movies of All Time. A mega-journey dedicated to identify the greatest films of each decade, chronologically. It starts with the Silent Era and goes all the way to our ever moving present.


So what was Cinema like in the 1990s?

The 20th century’s final decade, the last decade of the previous millennium was a period of tremendous upheaval in international cinema. Hollywood grew in confidence and income, thus the 1990s involved many significant developments, allowing a broader spectrum of entertainment and the rebirth of thrilling blockbusters and the entire American cinema.

The greatest movies of the 1990s were made by talented individual filmmakers who were given resources. They defined the decade, not only because they had unique visions, but because they also opened new doors to the endless possibilities of cinematic storytelling.

Quentin Tarantino is a great example here. He stood up to reinvent cinema on his own terms and gained worldwide recognition for doing so. On the other hand, cinematic achievements like Toy Story and The Matrix pointed out that technology could be used to make movies in a completely different way.

As the home-video market grew to become a major factor in the total revenue for a movie, the film studios altered their approach to screen sizes. Movies were specifically filmed and edited in a way that would make their viewing enjoyable on large theatre screens, but also on the smaller TV screens. In order to make this possible, they used techniques, such as showing close-up scenes during a dialog, instead of just a wide-angle shot of the room.

The 1990s also marks the launch of some the most iconic movie franchises of all time:

So yeah, there is plenty to talk about, when it comes to the Cinema of the 1990s, but this article concentrates on its Top 30 and Top 100 Films, so let’s cut to the chase, shall we?

After all, a cinematic era is as good as its greatest achievements. Thus, the finest way to explore a decade in film history, is through watching its finest films.

Ready? Buckle up then, and let the best movies of the 1990s carry you to the Cinematic era they came from!



Revealing the Top 30 Films of the 1990s

A chronological presentation of the Best Movies from 1990 to 1999
– 3 movies from each year –


Goodfellas (1990)

Goodfellas 1990, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Best movies of the 1990s
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Biography | Crime | Drama
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Robert De Niro

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate. (IMDB)

Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic – and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese’s career.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Goodfellas among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list
✓ Winner of 1 Oscar, and nominee for another 5, including the ‘Best Picture of the Year’ Academy Award
✓ Ranked number two on the American Film Institute’s list of the ten greatest films in the genre “Gangster” and #92 on their list of the Greatest USA Movies of All Time


Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Edward Scissorhands 1990, Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Best films of the 1990s
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Drama | Fantasy | Romance
Directed by Tim Burton
Starring Johnny Depp

Story: An artificial man, who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a solitary life. Then one day, a suburban lady meets him and introduces him to her world. (IMDB)

The first collaboration between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands is a magical modern fairy tale with gothic overtones and a sweet center.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Edward Scissorhands among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Received numerous nominations at the Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards, and the Saturn Awards, as well as winning the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1990s, and a timeless classic


Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone 1990, Top movies of the 1990s
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Comedy | Family

Story: An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (IMDB)

Home Alone uneven but frequently funny premise stretched unreasonably thin is buoyed by Macaulay Culkin’s cute performance and strong supporting stars.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Home Alone among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ One of the highest grossing movies of the 1990s
✓ Nominated for two Academy Awards and one Golden Globe
✓ Hailed as a holiday classic among audiences and is often ranked as one of the best Christmas films of all time


Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Terminator 2 Judgment Day 1991, James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Iconic movies of the 1990s
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Action | Sci-Fi
Directed by James Cameron
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

Story: A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg. (IMDB)

T2 features thrilling action sequences and eye-popping visual effects, but what takes this sci-fi / action landmark to the next level is the depth of the human (and cyborg) characters.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Terminator 2: Judgment Day among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ One of the highest grossing movies of the 1990s
✓ Winner of 4 Oscars, and nominee for another 2
✓ Ranked #8 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Sci-Fi”


The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs 1991, Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Top 1990s movies
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Crime | Drama | Thriller
Starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins

Story: A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims. (IMDB)

Director Jonathan Demme’s smart, taut thriller teeters on the edge between psychological study and all-out horror, and benefits greatly from stellar performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Silence of the Lambs among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list
✓ Winner of 5 Oscars, including the “Best Picture of the Year” Academy Award
✓ Entertainment Weekly voted this as the fourth scariest movie of all time
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1990s, and a timeless classic


Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast 1991, Disney Classic, Best movies of the 1990s
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Animation | Family | Fantasy | Musical | Romance

Story: A prince cursed to spend his days as a hideous monster sets out to regain his humanity by earning a young woman’s love. (IMDB)

Enchanting, sweepingly romantic, and featuring plenty of wonderful musical numbers, Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney’s most elegant animated offerings.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Beauty and the Beast among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ One of the highest grossing movies of the 1990s
✓ Winner of 2 Oscars, and nominee for another 4
✓ Ranked #7 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Animation”


Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir Dogs 1992, Quentin Tarantino, Best films of the 1990s
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Crime | Drama | Thriller
Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Story: When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (IMDB)

Thrumming with intelligence and energy, Reservoir Dogs opens Quentin Tarantino’s filmmaking career with hard-hitting style.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Reservoir Dogs among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Premiere voted this movie as one of “The 25 Most Dangerous Movies”
✓ Regarded as a classic of independent film and a cult film, and was named “Greatest Independent Film of all Time” by Empire


Unforgiven (1992)

Unforgiven 1992, Clint Eastwood, Popular movies of the 1990s
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Story: Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) and a young man, The “Schofield Kid” (Jaimz Woolvett). (IMDB)

Drama | Western
Starring and Directed by Clint Eastwood

As both director and star, Clint Eastwood strips away decades of Hollywood varnish applied to the Wild West, and emerges with a series of harshly eloquent statements about the nature of violence.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Unforgiven among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list
✓ Winner of 4 Oscars, including the “Best Picture of the Year” Academy Award
✓ Ranked number four on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Western” in 2008.


Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin 1992, Disney Classic, Top movies of the 1990s
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Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical | Romance

Story: A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. (IMDB)

A highly entertaining entry in Disney’s renaissance era, Aladdin is beautifully drawn, with near-classic songs and a cast of scene-stealing characters.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Aladdin among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ The highest grossing movies of 1992
✓ Winner of 2 Oscars, and nominee for another 3
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1990s, and a timeless Disney Classic


Schindler’s List (1993)

Schindler's List 1993, Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Top 1990s movies
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Biography | Drama | History
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Liam Neeson

Story: In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. (IMDB)

Schindler’s List blends the abject horror of the Holocaust with Steven Spielberg’s signature tender humanism to create the director’s dramatic masterpiece.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Schindler’s List among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list
✓ Winner of 7 Oscars, including the “Best Picture of the Year” Academy Award
✓ Ranked #3 on the American Film Institute’s list of the Most Inspiring Movies of All Time and #8 on their list of the Greatest Movie of All Time
✓ Selected by the Vatican in the “values” category of its list of forty-five “great films”. It is the only R-rated movie on the list.


Jurassic Park (1993)

Jurassic Park 1993, Steven Spielberg, Best movies of the 1990s
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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Story: A pragmatic paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park’s cloned dinosaurs to run loose. (IMDB)

Jurassic Park is a spectacle of special effects and life-like animatronics, with some of Spielberg’s best sequences of sustained awe and sheer terror since Jaws.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Jurassic Park among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ One of the highest grossing and most popular movies of the 1990s
✓ Winner of 3 Oscars and 2 BAFTA Awards


Groundhog Day (1993)

Groundhog Day 1993, Bill Murray, Good 1990s movies
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Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
Starring Bill Murray

Story: A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (IMDB)

Smart, sweet, and inventive, Groundhog Day highlights Murray’s dramatic gifts while still leaving plenty of room for laughs.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Groundhog Day among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list
✓ Ranked #8 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Fantasy”
✓ Premiere voted this movie as one of “The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time”


The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption 1994, Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Best films of the 1990s
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Drama
Starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman

Story: Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (IMDB)

The Shawshank Redemption is an uplifting, deeply satisfying prison drama with sensitive direction and fine performances.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Shawshank Redemption among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list
✓ The American Film Institute ranked this as the #72 Greatest Movie of All Time
✓ Ranked #10 in Entertainment Weekly’s “Top 50 Cult Films of All-Time”
✓ Voted #4 on Empire magazine’s 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time


Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction 1994, Quentin Tarantino,
John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Top movies of the 1990s
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Crime | Drama
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson

Story: The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (IMDB)

One of the most influential films of the 1990s, Pulp Fiction is a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, pitch-black humor, and pop-culture touchstones.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Pulp Fiction among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list
✓ Winner of 1 Oscar, and nominee for another 6, including the ‘Best Picture of the Year’ Academy Award
✓ Won the Palme d’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, and was a major critical and commercial success
✓ Critics describe it as a touchstone of postmodern film, and it is often considered a cultural watershed


Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump 1994, Tom Hanks, Top 1990s movies
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Drama | Romance
Starring Tom Hanks

Story: The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart. (IMDB)

Forrest Gump may be an overly sentimental film with a somewhat problematic message, but its sweetness and charm are usually enough to approximate true depth and grace.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Forrest Gump among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ One of the highest grossing movies of the 1990s
✓ Winner of 6 Oscars, including the “Best Picture of the Year” Academy Award
✓ The American Film Institute ranked this as the #76 Greatest Movie of All Time


Se7en (1995)

Se7en 1995, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Great 1990s movies
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Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Starring Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt

Story: Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives. (IMDB)

A brutal, relentlessly grimy shocker with taut performances, slick gore effects, and a haunting finale.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Se7en among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Voted the eighth scariest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1990s, and a timeless crime thriller classic


Braveheart (1995)

Braveheart 1995, Mel Gibson, Best movies of the 1990s
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Biography | Drama | History | War
Starring and Directed by Mel Gibson

Story: When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (IMDB)

Distractingly violent and historically dodgy, Mel Gibson’s Braveheart justifies its epic length by delivering enough sweeping action, drama, and romance to match its ambition.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Braveheart among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Winner of 5 Oscars, including the “Best Picture of the Year” Academy Award, and nominee for another 5
✓ The film also won the the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and the Writer’s Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay


Toy Story (1995)

Toy Story 1995, Best films of the 1990s
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Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Story: A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room. (IMDB)

Entertaining as it is innovative, Toy Story reinvigorated animation while heralding the arrival of Pixar as a family-friendly force to be reckoned with.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Toy Story among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ One of the highest grossing and most popular movies of the 1990s
✓ Ranked #6 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Animation” and #99 on their list of the Greatest Movies of All Time


Trainspotting (1996)

Trainspotting 1996, Ewan McGregor, Top movies of the 1990s
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Drama
Starring Ewan McGregor

Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (IMDB)

A brutal, often times funny, other times terrifying portrayal of drug addiction in Edinburgh. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth viewing as a realistic and entertaining reminder of the horrors of drug use.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Trainspotting among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Ranked #10 on the British Film Institute’s 100 Greatest British Films of the 20th Century
✓ It became the highest-grossing British film of 1996, and at the time it was the fourth highest grossing British film in history


Independence Day (1996)

Independence Day 1996, Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Famous 1990s movies
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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum

Story: The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive. (IMDB)

The plot is thin and so is character development, but as a thrilling, spectacle-filled summer movie, Independence Day delivers.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Independence Day among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ One of the highest grossing and most popular movies of the 1990s
✓ Considered to be a significant turning point in the history of the Hollywood blockbusters


Mission: Impossible (1996)

Mission: Impossible 1996, Tom Cruise, Top 1990s movies
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Action | Adventure | Thriller
Starring Tom Cruise

Story: An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization. (IMDB)

Why is Mission: Impossible among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ The Film was a commercial and critical success upon its release, eventually becoming one of the highest-grossing films of the 1990s.
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1990s, and a timeless action spy classic


Titanic (1997)

Titanic 1997, James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Best movies of the 1990s
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Drama | Romance
Directed by James Cameron
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

Story: A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (IMDB)

A mostly unqualified triumph for James Cameron, who offers a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Titanic among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ One of the highest grossing and most popular movies of the 1990s, and a timeless epic romance and disaster classic
✓ Winner of 11 Oscars, including the “Best Picture of the Year” Academy Award


Good Will Hunting (1997)

Good Will Hunting 1997, Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Best films of the 1990s
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Drama | Romance
Starring Robin Williams and Matt Damon

Story: Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (IMDB)

It follows a predictable narrative arc, but Good Will Hunting adds enough quirks to the journey – and is loaded with enough powerful performances – that it remains an entertaining, emotionally rich drama.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Good Will Hunting among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Winner of 2 Oscars, and nominee for another 7, including the ‘Best Picture of the Year’ Academy Award
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1990s, and a timeless drama classic
✓ Ranked at number 53 in The Hollywood Reporter’s “100 Favorite Films” list


Life Is Beautiful (1997)

Life Is Beautiful 1997, Iconic movies of the 1990s
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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Story: When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (IMDB)

Benigni’s earnest charm, when not overstepping its bounds into the unnecessarily treacly, offers the possibility of hope in the face of unflinching horror.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Life Is Beautiful among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Winner of 3 Oscars, and nominee for another 4, including the ‘Best Picture of the Year’ Academy Award
✓ It also won the Grand Prix at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, nine David di Donatello Awards, including Best Film, five Nastro d’Argento Awards in Italy, and two European Film Awards
✓ It was a critical and financial success and it became one of the highest-grossing non-English movies of all time


Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Saving Private Ryan 1998, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Top movies of the 1990s
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Drama | War
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon

Story: Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (IMDB)

Anchored by another winning performance from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg’s unflinchingly realistic war film virtually redefines the genre.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Saving Private Ryan among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ One of the highest grossing and most popular movies of the 1990s
✓ Winner of 5 Oscars, and nominee for another 6, including the ‘Best Picture of the Year’ Academy Award
✓ Considered as one of the greatest films ever made and has been lauded as influential on the war film genre


American History X (1998)

American History X 1998, Edward Norton, Top 1990s movies
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Drama
Starring Edward Norton

Story: A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (IMDB)

Why is American History X among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Empire magazine named it the 311th-greatest movie of all time
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1990s, and an influential crime drama classic


Truman Show (1998)

Truman Show 1998, Jim Carrey, Popular movies of the 1990s
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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
Starring Jim Carrey

Story: An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show. (IMDB)

A funny, tender, and thought-provoking film, The Truman Show is all the more noteworthy for its remarkably prescient vision of runaway celebrity culture and a nation with an insatiable thirst for the private details of ordinary lives.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Truman Show among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ The film was a financial success, debuting to critical acclaim, and earned numerous nominations at the 71st Academy Awards, 56th Golden Globe Awards, 52nd British Academy Film Awards and The Saturn Awards.
✓ It has been analysed as a thesis on Christianity, meta-philosophy, simulated reality, existentialism, and reality television
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1990s, and an influential satirical science fiction classic


Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club 1999, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Good 1990s movies
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Drama
Starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton

Story: An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (IMDB)

Solid acting, amazing direction, and elaborate production design make Fight Club a wild ride.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Fight Club among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Voted #4 in Total Film’s 100 Greatest Movies Of All Time list
✓ Cited as one of the most controversial and talked-about films of the 1990s, and a cult classic


The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix 1999, Keanu Reeves, Great 1990s movies
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Action | Sci-Fi
Starring Keanu Reeves

Story: A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (IMDB)

Thanks to the Wachowskis’ imaginative vision, The Matrix is a smartly crafted combination of spectacular action and groundbreaking special effects.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Matrix among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, and was added to the National Film Registry for preservation
✓ Well-received by many critics and won four Academy Awards, as well as other accolades, including BAFTA Awards and Saturn Awards
✓ Praised for its innovative visual effects, cinematography and entertainment value


The Green Mile (1999)

The Green Mile 1999, Tom Hanks, Famous 1990s movies
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Crime | Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
Starring Tom Hanks

Story: The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (IMDB)

Why is The Green Mile among the best movies of the 1990s?
✓ Winner of three Saturn Awards, and nominee for four Oscars and a Golden Globe
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1990s, and a unique fantasy crime drama classic


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So there you have it: The 30 Greatest Movies of the 1990s

If you want to take a look at the ‘Top 30 Best Movies of the 1990s’ list without all that info between the titles, here’s a quick recap:

Top 30 Movies of the 1990s
Three films from each year, chronologically
- 1990 -
Goodfellas 1990
Goodfellas
Edward Scissorhands 1990
Edward Scissorhands
Home Alone 1990
Home Alone
*Part of the Collection: Home Alone Franchise
- 1991 -
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
*Part of the Collection: The Terminator Franchise
The Silence of the Lambs 1991
The Silence of the Lambs
*Part of the Collection: Hannibal Franchise
Beauty and the Beast 1991
Beauty and the Beast
*Part of the Collection: Disney’s Classic Beauty and the Beast Trilogy
- 1992 -
Reservoir Dogs 1992
Reservoir Dogs
Unforgiven 1992
Unforgiven
Aladdin 1992
Aladdin
*Part of the Collection: Disney’s Classic Aladdin Trilogy
- 1993 -
Schindler's List 1993
Schindler's List
Jurassic Park 1993
Jurassic Park
*Part of the Collection: Jurassic Park and World Franchise
Groundhog Day 1993
Groundhog Day
- 1994 -
The Shawshank Redemption 1994
The Shawshank Redemption
Pulp Fiction 1994
Pulp Fiction
Forrest Gump 1994
Forrest Gump
- 1995 -
Se7en 1995
Se7en
Braveheart 1995
Braveheart
Toy Story 1995
Toy Story
- 1996 -
Trainspotting 1996
Trainspotting
*Part of the Collection: Trainspotting Duology
Independence Day 1996
Independence Day
*Part of the Collection: Independence Day Duology
Mission: Impossible 1996
Mission: Impossible
*Part of the Collection: Mission Impossible Franchise
- 1997 -
Titanic 1997
Titanic
Good Will Hunting 1997
Good Will Hunting
Life Is Beautiful 1997
Life Is Beautiful
- 1998 -
Saving Private Ryan 1998
Saving Private Ryan
American History X 1998
American History X
Truman Show 1998
Truman Show
- 1999 -
Fight Club 1999
Fight Club
The Matrix 1999
The Matrix
*Part of the Collection: The Matrix Trilogy
The Green Mile 1999
The Green Mile
*Click any Title for more Info and for Streaming / Disc Buying options.

Wait, there’s more!

If you’re a hardcore fan of the 1990s Cinema, and you already saw most of the movies in the Top 30 List above, than here’s the extended version for you:

TOP 100 FILMS OF THE 1990s
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The 100 Greatest Movies of the 1990s
Ten films from each year, chronologically
- 1990 -
Goodfellas 1990
Goodfellas
Edward Scissorhands 1990
Edward Scissorhands
Home Alone 1990
Home Alone
*Part of the Collection: Home Alone Franchise
Back to the Future Part III 1990
Back to the Future Part III
*Part of the Collection: Back to the Future Trilogy
The Godfather Part III 1990
The Godfather Part III
*Part of the Collection: The Original Godfather Trilogy
Die Hard 2 1990
Die Hard 2
*Part of the Collection: Bruce Willis’s Die Hard Franchise
Total Recall 1990
Total Recall
Pretty Woman 1990
Pretty Woman
Dances with Wolves 1990
Dances with Wolves
Ghost 1990
Ghost

- 1991 -
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
*Part of the Collection: The Terminator Franchise
The Silence of the Lambs 1991
The Silence of the Lambs
*Part of the Collection: Hannibal Franchise
Beauty and the Beast 1991
Beauty and the Beast
*Part of the Collection: Disney’s Classic Beauty and the Beast Trilogy
Hook 1991
Hook
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Cape Fear 1991
Cape Fear
Point Break 1991
Point Break
JFK 1991
JFK
Thelma & Louise 1991
Thelma & Louise
The Addams Family 1991
The Addams Family
*Part of the Collection: Barry Sonnenfeld’s Addams Family Duology
- 1992 -
Reservoir Dogs 1992
Reservoir Dogs
Unforgiven 1992
Unforgiven
Aladdin 1992
Aladdin
*Part of the Collection: Disney’s Classic Aladdin Trilogy
Batman Returns 1992
Batman Returns
*Part of the Collection: Tim Burton’s and Joel Schumacher’s Batman Quadrology
Scent of a Woman 1992
Scent of a Woman
A Few Good Men 1992
A Few Good Men
Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Basic Instinct 1992
Basic Instinct
*Part of the Collection: Basic Instinct Duology
Army of Darkness 1992
Army of Darkness
*Part of the Collection: Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead Trilogy
The Last of the Mohicans 1992
The Last of the Mohicans
- 1993 -
Schindler's List 1993
Schindler's List
Jurassic Park 1993
Jurassic Park
*Part of the Collection: Jurassic Park and World Franchise
Groundhog Day 1993
Groundhog Day
The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Fugitive 1993
The Fugitive
*Part of the Collection: The Fugitive Duology
Mrs. Doubtfire 1993
Mrs. Doubtfire
Philadelphia 1993
Philadelphia
What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
True Romance 1993
True Romance
Carlito's Way 1993
Carlito's Way
- 1994 -
The Shawshank Redemption 1994
The Shawshank Redemption
Pulp Fiction 1994
Pulp Fiction
Forrest Gump 1994
Forrest Gump
Léon: The Professional 1994
Léon: The Professional
The Lion King 1994
The Lion King
*Part of the Collection: Disney’s Classic Lion King Trilogy
Dumb and Dumber 1994
Dumb and Dumber
*Part of the Collection: Dumb and Dumber Duology
The Mask 1994
The Mask
Speed 1994
Speed
Interview with the Vampire 1994
Interview with the Vampire
True Lies 1994
True Lies
- 1995 -
Se7en 1995
Se7en
Braveheart 1995
Braveheart
Toy Story 1995
Toy Story
*Part of the Collection: Toy Story Quadrology
The Usual Suspects 1995
The Usual Suspects
Twelve Monkeys 1995
Twelve Monkeys
Heat 1995
Heat
Casino 1995
Casino
Die Hard: With a Vengeance 1995
Die Hard: With a Vengeance
*Part of the Collection: Bruce Willis’s Die Hard Franchise
Jumanji 1995
Jumanji
*Part of the Collection: Jumanji Trilogy
Apollo 13 1995
Apollo 13
- 1996 -
Trainspotting 1996
Trainspotting
*Part of the Collection: Trainspotting Duology
Independence Day 1996
Independence Day
*Part of the Collection: Independence Day Duology
Mission: Impossible 1996
Mission: Impossible
*Part of the Collection: Mission Impossible Franchise
Fargo 1996
Fargo
The Rock 1996
The Rock
From Dusk Till Dawn 1996
From Dusk Till Dawn
Scream 1996
Scream
*Part of the Collection: Scream Quadrology
Jerry Maguire 1996
Jerry Maguire
Happy Gilmore
Sleepers 1996
Sleepers
- 1997 -
Titanic 1997
Titanic
Good Will Hunting 1997
Good Will Hunting
Life Is Beautiful 1997
Life Is Beautiful
L.A. Confidential 1997
L.A. Confidential
Men in Black 1997
Men in Black
*Part of the Collection: Men in Black Quadrology
The Fifth Element 1997
The Fifth Element
Face/Off 1997
Face/Off
The Game 1997
The Game
The Devil's Advocate 1997
The Devil's Advocate
Gattaca 1997
Gattaca
- 1998 -
Saving Private Ryan 1998
Saving Private Ryan
American History X 1998
American History X
Truman Show 1998
Truman Show
The Big Lebowski 1998
The Big Lebowski
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1998
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Enemy of the State 1998
Enemy of the State
There's Something About Mary 1998
There's Something About Mary
A Bug's Life 1998
A Bug's Life
Blade 1998
Blade
*Part of the Collection: Wesley Snipes’s Blade Trilogy
Mulan 1998
Mulan
*Part of the Collection: Disney’s Classic Mulan Duology
- 1999 -
Fight Club 1999
Fight Club
The Matrix 1999
The Matrix
*Part of the Collection: The Matrix Trilogy
The Green Mile 1999
The Green Mile
American Beauty 1999
American Beauty
The Sixth Sense 1999
The Sixth Sense
Toy Story 2 1999
Toy Story 2
*Part of the Collection: Toy Story Quadrology
The Mummy 1999
The Mummy
*Part of the Collection: Brendan Fraser’s Mummy Trilogy
American Pie 1999
American Pie
*Part of the Collection: American Pie Franchise
Sleepy Hollow 1999
Sleepy Hollow
Being John Malkovich 1999
Being John Malkovich
*Click any Title for more Info and for Streaming / Disc Buying options.

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