20 Movies From The ‘90s That Should Be on Everyone’s Bucket List

The ’90s delivered some unforgettable movies across all genres. From heartwarming stories to thrilling mysteries and everything in between, this decade had it all. Here’s a list of 20 movies from the ’90s that everyone should check out at least once.

Goodfellas (1990)

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Goodfellas is a powerhouse. It’s the kind of movie that grabs you and doesn’t let go, showing the gritty reality of mob life with performances that are off the charts. Scorsese’s storytelling here is top-notch, making it a crime drama that sets the bar high for everything that came after.

Scent of a Woman (1992)

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Al Pacino as a blind retired Colonel is something you can’t miss. The film’s mix of humor, drama, and tension is perfect. It’s about more than just a weekend adventure; it’s a deep dive into what it means to stand up for what’s right. Pacino’s speech alone makes it worth the watch.

Fight Club (1999)

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I’m breaking the first rule of Fight Club by including this, but not doing so would be a disservice to humanity. Not only does David Fincher craft such compelling characters in this movie, but he also takes viewers on an unforgettable ride that ends at the most unexpected destination.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

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A self-sabotaging genius is mentored by a melancholy professor who teaches him about courage, life, and himself. You will not watch this movie only once. It will greatly entertain you and touch you so deeply that you’ll find yourself playing it back to hear the Professor’s words all over again.

Forrest Gump (1994)

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Forrest Gump follows the life of a lovable character played by Tom Hanks. The unique thing about Forrest Gump is how easily the audience manages to form an emotional attachment to him and his story. It’s a movie that is sweet, heartfelt, and feel-good in the purest way possible.

Titanic (1997)

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Love, tragedy, and steamy scenes. You might have to cover the kids’ eyes at certain points, but Titanic is one movie that nobody can watch without being touched in some way. A love story for the ages brews between an unlikely pair but ultimately ends in a devastating climax.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Having gone down in the horror history books, The Silence of the Lambs is a staple film birthed in the ‘90s that everyone should watch at least once. An FBI agent enlists the help of Hannibal Lecter on his mission to apprehend a sinister killer hunting down women.

Dazed and Confused (1993)

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Richard Linklater is the best at making movies that seem to be about nothing but about everything at the same time. Dazed and Confused follows the lives of young high school students over the course of one night, inspiring nostalgia, fun, and reflection all at the same time.

The Matrix (1999)

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If you haven’t watched it, then you’ve heard about it. There’s a reason for that. The Matrix is not just a healthy source of conversational references; it’s also a marker of a pivotal point of cinematic history that is not likely to be forgotten.

The Lion King (1994)

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Have you ever heard someone sing a stream of African-sounding words that you can’t recognize? They were probably singing from The Lion King. The Lion King is a darling movie inspired by the food chain of the animal kingdom that manages to charm everyone, ranging from little kids to fully grown adults.

Se7en (1995)

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On lists like these, a David Fincher movie has to come up more than once. Se7en is one of those movies with beautifully crafted characters (and villains). It features two police detectives tracking down a serial killer who kills his victims according to the seven deadly sins.

Jurassic Park (1993)

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A movie cannot spawn so many sequels and make up to a billion dollars without having something special. An island inhabited by cloned dinosaurs suffers a security glitch, causing the dinosaurs to escape, wreaking havoc. Jurassic Park is one of the most renowned when it comes to the adventure genre.

The Truman Show (1998)

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Truman Burbank’s life is a simulation. His friends, family, and world as he knows it are all part of a reality TV show in which he is the main character. The film is a beautiful work of satire that provokes thought and contemplation about the impact of media on our lives and reality.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

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One of the most outstanding movies from the Coen brothers’ filmography. The Dude Lebowski is taken for a millionaire who shares his name. This case of mistaken identity throws him into a chaotic journey and adventure that viewers are not left out of.

Men in Black (1997)

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Men in Black sits pretty on number 9 of IMDb’s list of the 50 highest-grossing movies of the ‘90s, and we can understand why. A top secret organization monitoring the activities of aliens recruits a police officer to join their ranks after his encounter with an extraterrestrial.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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The Shawshank Redemption tugs on heartstrings and cultivates a strong emotional connection for its viewers. Using Andy Dufresne’s journey in a prison (for a crime he didn’t commit) as a contact point, The Shawshank Redemption tells a remarkable story of redemption that transcends even the protagonist’s story.

Home Alone (1990)

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Whenever it comes to the best movies to watch during family movie night, Home Alone would always make that list. A classic that launched Macaulay Culkin’s career, this is one comedy that is bound to have you in fits of laughter whether you like it or not.

Pretty Woman (1990)

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A rich businessman hires an escort to help him keep up appearances but falls in love with her along the line? Audiences ate it up in the ‘90s. You will too. Being one of the most famous performances of Julia Roberts’s career, Pretty Woman is one for the books.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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On a quest to rescue Private James Ryan, Captain John Miller and a group of soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve the young private who had already lost his brothers in the war. Saving Private Ryan is an undeniably moving story.

Heat (1995)

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One of the best crime dramas that came from a decade of great crime dramas. The title Heat does the movie justice. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro came in swinging on a movie that is almost fully guaranteed to be one of your favorites from the ‘90s.

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The 16 Greatest Classic Hollywood Actors of All Time

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15 Forgotten Disney Movies No One Talks About Anymore

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Disney has churned out some real gems over the years, movies that have grabbed hearts and refused to let go. But tucked away in that treasure chest are some sparkling jewels that haven’t quite caught everyone’s eye yet. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you 15 Disney movies that are totally underrated and definitely deserve a spot on your watch list.