Best '90s Movies

Looking for your next great movie night pick? Why not introduce kids to some of your favorite movies from the '90s? This list will provide the perfect trip down memory lane, as well as show kids what life was like before iPhones or YouTube. Rewind the clock, not the tape, with classics like Toy Story, the original Lion King, and -- for older kids -- important films like Schindler's List. They're so good, you'll almost miss your Beanie Babies and bleached tips. For more nostalgic picks, check out our lists like the Best '80s Movies and Best '00s Movies.

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A Bug's Life Movie Poster Image
Cute animated tale with some mild peril and scary bugs.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Kiki's Delivery Service Movie Poster Image
A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Mulan Movie Poster Image
Disneyfied but dignified tale of Chinese warrior.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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The Muppet Christmas Carol Movie Poster Image
A gentle, fuzzy version of the Dickens classic.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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Muppets from Space Movie Poster Image
Plenty of jokes and mayhem to keep kids and parents amused.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Swan Princess Movie Poster Image
Classic story is less scary than most animated fairy tales.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Thumbelina Movie Poster Image
Magical, musical story is a classic fairy tale.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Toy Story (1995) Movie Poster Image
Pixar classic is one of the best kids' movies of all time.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Air Bud Movie Poster Image
Sweet dog tale has some peril and mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Anastasia Movie Poster Image
Beautiful, not factual depiction of missing Russian duchess.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Babe Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming farm story is touching and a bit scary.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
Disney fave has great music, strong messages, some scares.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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Free Willy Movie Poster Image
A wayward boy befriends a moody killer whale.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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A Goofy Movie Movie Poster Image
Even tweens will enjoy this road trip with Goofy.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Movie Poster Image
Adventurous animal tale will have kids riveted.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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The Iron Giant Movie Poster Image
Touching robot-kid friendship tale has great messages.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Lion King (1994) Movie Poster Image
Musical king-of-the-beasts blockbuster is powerful, scary.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Muppet Treasure Island Movie Poster Image
Hilarious high seas adventure with lots of pirate action.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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The Parent Trap Movie Poster Image
Delightful remake is great for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Angels in the Outfield Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming movie about hope and baseball.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Hercules Movie Poster Image
Lighthearted, but scary stuff is too much for littlest kids.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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The Indian in the Cupboard Movie Poster Image
Classic, heartwarming fantasy will rivet kids.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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James and the Giant Peach Movie Poster Image
Fabulous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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A Little Princess Movie Poster Image
Wonderful adaptation of classic book; some scary moments.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Mighty Joe Young (1998) Movie Poster Image
Successful remake is thrilling family fun.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Poster Image
Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Stuart Little Movie Poster Image
Sweet book-based tale has some emotional intensity.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Fly Away Home Movie Poster Image
Thrilling, touching adventure for animal lovers.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) Movie Poster Image
Touching but dark Disney tale cheers on the outcasts.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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The Sandlot Movie Poster Image
Lighthearted, nostalgic tween comedy; some language.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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The Secret Garden Movie Poster Image
'90s adaptation of classic book has some heavy themes.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Back to the Future Part III Movie Poster Image
Wild West-themed final installment is fine for older tweens.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Matilda Movie Poster Image
Offbeat dark fantasy gem is intense, sometimes scary.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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The Witches Movie Poster Image
Some kids will love it, some may find disturbing.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Home Alone Movie Poster Image
Slapstick comedy is funny but full of iffy stuff.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Selena Movie Poster Image
Touching and ultimately tragic tale of young Tejano star.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Simon Birch Movie Poster Image
Tearjerker is touching but too intense for younger kids.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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The Truman Show Movie Poster Image
Thought-provoking story has some mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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White Fang Movie Poster Image
Exciting tale set in gold-rush Alaska.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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You've Got Mail Movie Poster Image
Predictable-but-sweet romantic comedy.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Groundhog Day Movie Poster Image
'90s comedy offers witty, sarcastic take on redemption.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Little Women Movie Poster Image
Lovely Alcott adaptation tugs at the heartstrings.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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My Girl Movie Poster Image
Coming of age tale tackles death; for older kids.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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Rudy Movie Poster Image
Inspiring sports film about a real-life underdog.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Sense and Sensibility Movie Poster Image
A lush and witty adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Sleepless in Seattle Movie Poster Image
Romantic '90s fairy tale has some cursing, sex.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Jurassic Park Movie Poster Image
Terrifyingly realistic dinos run amok in sci-fi landmark.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Men in Black Movie Poster Image
Lots of fun, but too scary for some kids.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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The Mighty Movie Poster Image
Good movie about friendship for middle schoolers.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Mrs. Doubtfire Movie Poster Image
You'll laugh, you'll cry. Best divorce movie.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Princess Mononoke Movie Poster Image
Epic, compelling, and violent anime classic.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Clueless Movie Poster Image
Charming take on Jane Austen's Emma has sex, drugs.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Dumb and Dumber Movie Poster Image
The caviar of low-brow, gross-out comedy.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Edward Scissorhands Movie Poster Image
Dark yet sweet underdog tale for older kids.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Empire Records Movie Poster Image
'90s cult comedy-drama has sex/drug references, language.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Forrest Gump Movie Poster Image
Moving and wonderful, but parent preview a good idea.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Fried Green Tomatoes Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming '90s classic has some language, violence.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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Ghost Movie Poster Image
'90s classic has violence, cursing, sexual references.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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The Horse Whisperer Movie Poster Image
Gorgeous, slow-paced '90s horse drama has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Malcolm X Movie Poster Image
Insightful and well-rounded portrait of Malcolm X.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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Mission: Impossible Movie Poster Image
Sensational, implausible, violent: Irresistible to teens.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Never Been Kissed Movie Poster Image
Sweet, romantic story for teens has some edgy scenes.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Titanic Movie Poster Image
Great movie, but too intense, racy for younger kids.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Batman Returns Movie Poster Image
A darkly violent take on the comic-book hero.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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The Sixth Sense Movie Poster Image
Great, but sometimes scarier than R-rated horror.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Movie Poster Image
'90s drama about dysfunctional family has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Amistad Movie Poster Image
Intense true story about slavery has graphic violence.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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The Birdcage Movie Poster Image
Campy, comedic romp with lots of profanity.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Gods and Monsters Movie Poster Image
Haunting biopic has language, nudity, predatory behavior.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Good Will Hunting Movie Poster Image
Moving story of brilliant, troubled youth for older teens.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Matrix Movie Poster Image
Intense, but many teens will be able to handle it.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Pretty Woman Movie Poster Image
Cinderella meets the Sunset Strip.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Schindler's List Movie Poster Image
Accurate, heartbreaking masterpiece about the Holocaust.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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The Shawshank Redemption Movie Poster Image
Gritty prison tale has positive messages, lots of profanity.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day Movie Poster Image
Thrilling sci-fi action sequel has lots of violence.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Movie Poster Image
Drag queens drive funny, tender, but mature musical.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Before Sunrise Movie Poster Image
Two strangers quickly fall in love, discuss big ideas.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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The Best Man Movie Poster Image
Entertaining romantic drama ponders commitment, fidelity.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Crying Game Movie Poster Image
Powerful drama has mature sexual themes, violence.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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Election Movie Poster Image
Dark '90s high school comedy has lots of sex, cursing.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Elizabeth Movie Poster Image
Mature, visceral depiction of a turbulent reign.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Fargo Movie Poster Image
Dark, gritty, and brilliant comedy is extremely violent.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Four Weddings and a Funeral Movie Poster Image
Sexy, funny, romantic comedy at its finest.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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JFK Movie Poster Image
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Politician makes case for JFK murder as conspiracy.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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The Joy Luck Club Movie Poster Image
Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Out of Sight Movie Poster Image
Clooney and Lopez sizzle in gun-happy heist flick.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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The Piano Movie Poster Image
Charged tale of a woman's awakening for older teens and up.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Romeo + Juliet Movie Poster Image
Optically brilliant, violent update of classic.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Rushmore Movie Poster Image
Quirky '90s comedy has profanity, sex, underage drinking.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Saving Private Ryan Movie Poster Image
Bloody, tragic war epic doesn't hold back.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Shakespeare in Love Movie Poster Image
Lavish historical drama has explicit sex scenes.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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American Beauty Movie Poster Image
Powerful acting, great story, but far too mature for kids.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Big Lebowski Movie Poster Image
Quirky '90s comedy has drugs, sex, cursing, and violence.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Boyz n the Hood Movie Poster Image
Powerful, old-school look at life surrounded by violence.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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Fight Club Movie Poster Image
Lurid, twisted, and violent movie has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Friday Movie Poster Image
Ice Cube's drug- and profanity-filled 'hood cult classic.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Jerry Maguire Movie Poster Image
Feel-good Cruise flick; racier than you remember.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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L.A. Confidential Movie Poster Image
Dense, tangled period cop drama for adults.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Misery Movie Poster Image
Gripping tale of manipulation has cursing, violence.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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My Own Private Idaho Movie Poster Image
Delicate portrayal of street hustlers has heavy themes.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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Point Break (1991) Movie Poster Image
'90s hit with intense action, graphic violence, and surfing.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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The Silence of the Lambs Movie Poster Image
Thriller that made the serial killer a superstar.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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Thelma and Louise Movie Poster Image
Now-classic feminist road movie best for very mature teens.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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What's Love Got to Do with It? Movie Poster Image
Powerful bio of Tina Turner with domestic violence, drugs.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Goodfellas Movie Poster Image
Violence, swearing, drugs, and more in gangster classic.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Pulp Fiction Movie Poster Image
Tarantino's masterpiece. Entertaining, yet violent.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Trainspotting Movie Poster Image
Cult comedy has graphic drug use, sex, and swearing.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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