Rotten Tomatoes - The Essential 140 90s Movies

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Wazzup, home skillet! You must’ve left your pager in your other pair of Zubaz, ‘cuz the 1990s are trying to get in touch: The decade’s back, and it’s brought 140 friends!

Rotten Tomatoes, the Fresh prince of review aggregators, presents our list of the 140 Essential ’90s Movies, ranging from Certified Fresh to Rotten, all reppin’ 10 years of cinema that upended the biz! Our selections cross the era’s cultural checkpoints, including the American independent golden era (Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting), animation renaissance (The Lion King, the Toy Story movies), slasher revival (Scream), and the full maturation of auteurs like Scorsese and Spielberg under the studio system…just as the same studios pumped out big, star-driven crass comedies (Happy Gilmore, There’s Something About Mary) and effects-driven blockbusters (Titanic, Independence Day).

So slap on that bracelet and resurrect your Tamagotchi bestie, because these aren’t just the best ’90s movies, dude — they’re totally Essential! And if you’re looking for more blasts from the past, check out our list of 140 Essential 80s Movies! Schwing!

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    Pulp Fiction

    1994, in 36 top lists Check
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Lion King

    1994, in 22 top lists Check
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    Titanic

    1997, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Big Lebowski

    1998, in 25 top lists Check
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    Before Sunrise

    1995, in 12 top lists Check
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    Jurassic Park

    1993, in 23 top lists Check
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    Toy Story 2

    1999, in 12 top lists Check
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    Thelma & Louise

    1991, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Matrix

    1999, in 27 top lists Check
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    Schindler's List

    1993, in 31 top lists Check
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    Fight Club

    1999, in 17 top lists Check
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    Friday

    1995, in 1 top list Check
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    Clueless

    1995, in 5 top lists Check
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991, in 21 top lists Check
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    Goodfellas

    1990, in 30 top lists Check
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    L.A. Confidential

    1997, in 24 top lists Check
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    Saving Private Ryan

    1998, in 27 top lists Check
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    Scream

    1996, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Iron Giant

    1999, in 9 top lists Check
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    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 14 top lists Check
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    Rushmore

    1998, in 10 top lists Check
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    Unforgiven

    1992, in 21 top lists Check
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    Boyz n the Hood

    1991, in 7 top lists Check
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    The English Patient

    1996, in 16 top lists Check
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    Gattaca

    1997, in 2 top lists Check
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    Fargo

    1996, in 23 top lists Check
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    Groundhog Day

    1993, in 18 top lists Check
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    Mononoke-hime

    1997 — a.k.a. Princess Mononoke, in 17 top lists Check
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    Toy Story

    1995, in 24 top lists Check
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    Good Will Hunting

    1997, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991, in 32 top lists Check
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    Clerks

    1994, in 7 top lists Check
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    Office Space

    1999, in 5 top lists Check
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    Pretty Woman

    1990, in 11 top lists Check
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    Heat

    1995, in 18 top lists Check
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    Chung Hing sam lam

    1994 — a.k.a. Chungking Express, in 19 top lists Check
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    Léon

    1994 — a.k.a. Léon: The Professional, in 21 top lists Check
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    Boogie Nights

    1997, in 11 top lists Check
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    Being John Malkovich

    1999, in 12 top lists Check
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    Se7en

    1995, in 23 top lists Check
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    Beauty and the Beast

    1991, in 17 top lists Check
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    Edward Scissorhands

    1990, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Truman Show

    1998, in 12 top lists Check
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    Reservoir Dogs

    1992, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 22 top lists Check
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    Magnolia

    1999, in 14 top lists Check
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    Trainspotting

    1996, in 15 top lists Check
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    Ed Wood

    1994, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Sixth Sense

    1999, in 18 top lists Check
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