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Top 13 BEST Movies of the 1990s…In No Particular Order!

And we’re back with the Top 13 BEST Movies of the 1990s…in no particular order. The 1990s brought about chick music, Nirvana, and a slew of movies based on books, TV shows, and vivid imaginations. My “true” decade is the 1990s, since this is the decade I can really remember from growing up. Below are my favorite movies of the 1990s, all equally loved.

Top 13 BEST Movie of the 1990s

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption

What a powerful, beautifully made film. This is in the top of ALL movies I’ve watched. The description IMDb gives is “Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.” Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman give performances of a lifetime.

2. Dazed and Confused (1993)

Dazed and Confused

Even though this movie was based in the 1970s, I was terrified this would be high school when I got there lol. The description IMDb gives is “The adventures of incoming high school and junior high students on the last day of school, in May of 1976. Funny, drugs, good damn music…and a young, HAWT Matthew McConaughey.

3. Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump

Yes, I know this is one of the most popular movies in history, but I LOVE it. The description IMDb gives is “Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.” Great music, awesome storyline, and some of the best acting I’ve ever seen from Tom Hanks.

4. Se7en (1995)


Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Envy, Wrath, Pride, & Lust. The description IMDb gives is “Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.” Suspenseful, intriguing, and exciting!!!

5. The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix

Seriously the COOLEST movie of the 1990s. I was amazed the first time I watched it, and to this day, it remains one of my favorites!! And Keanu Reeves makes the hottest Neo in the world. The description IMDb gives is “A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.”

6. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

10 Things I Hate About You

What a bittersweet movie, especially with hunky Heath Ledger gone from this world. But still one of my faves!! The description IMDb gives is “A new kid must find a guy to date the meanest girl in school, the older sister of the girl he has a crush on, who cannot date until her older sister does.” Funny and romantic movie that melts my heart!

7. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins ROCKED his roll as Hannibal, a cannibal with a twisted mind. The description IMDb gives is “A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.” Sick, twisted, entertaining fun!

8. Clueless (1995)


Hilarious, fashion, and romance all tied up in this fun film. The description IMDb gives is “A rich high school student tries tries to boost a new pupil’s popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.” Alicia Silverstone is PERFECT for her role, as is Brittany Murphy (another we lost too soon).

9. The Green Mile (1999)

The Green Mile

What an emotional roller coaster that has stretched decades. The description IMDb gives is “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.”

10. Independence Day (1996)

Independence Day

A great classic. I’ve watched it SO many times and can quote it almost word for word The description IMDb gives is “The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, Man’s best weapon is the will to survive.”

11. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Fried Green Tomatoes

I’ve watched it a million times, and I’ll watch it a million more!! The description IMDb gives is “A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.” A timeless classic that will forever be in my favorites.

12. The Fifth Element (1997)

The Fifth Element

Bruce Willis and Mia Jovavich have amazing chemistry, while the movie is hilarious and full of action! The description IMDb gives is “In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.”

13. Now and Then (1995)

Now and Then

A classic favorite for all little girls. The movie I fell in love with Deven Sawa. The description IMDb gives is “Four 12-year-old girls grow up together during an eventful small-town summer in 1970.”

There you go, the Top 13 BEST Movies of the 1990s, in no particular order. I know I’m missing a ton, like Deep Impact, Armageddon, and many others, but I’ll try to include them on future posts of my Top 13. And if you haven’t already checked it out, My Top 13 BEST Movies of the 1980s is up as well! All of this information was deemed from IMDb.