The best movies of 1990-2010

I struggled to find any 10 this decade which impressed me but the 1990s were so easy. They had better movies 10 years ago. Not one of the movies this decade would I consider better that the 1990s movies.
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1.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ There was a time in Academy history where two great movies could compete for the oscar. 1994-1995 were both extraordinary years for movies. Tom Hanks gives his best performance and the movie has one great scene after another with every character, from the supporting to the park bench scenes, to the people with one line, are written as three dimensional people. A great movie! ” - smith-d-c
 
2.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ As much as I love Forrest Gump, the script in this movie is just incredible. All the actors are perfect and it's impossible to choose what the better movie is. Quentin Tarantino's best film by far, this movie is alive throughout. ” - smith-d-c
 
3.
Heat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and their professional lives. (170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ One of my favorite movies of all time Michael Mann directs with De Niro and Pacino sharing the screen in a classic scene. The (now) all-star cast is fantastic. The bank robbery is so realistic and the movie is endlessly quotable with the best scenes of Los Angeles ever done. ” - smith-d-c
 
4.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Martin Scorcese's realistic gangster epic had the unfortunate task of coming out the same as one of the best western movies ever. All three leads are superb (Joe Pesci definately steals the movie) and crime movies would never be the same after this. A superb powerful movie! ” - smith-d-c
 
5.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ Speilberg's film of the Holocaust is brilliant and the film flies by. He takes each step of the journey through each horror. Ralph Fiennes gives his most terrifying performance. ” - smith-d-c
 
6.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
“ One of the most lyrical, romantic, funniest, saddest, and greatest stories of the love of family I have ever seen. ” - smith-d-c
 
7.
Unforgiven (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (131 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Clint Eastwood's movie is one of the best westerns with one of the best screenplays ever. All the actors are terrific but Gene Hackman is phenomenal as the sheriff keeping order at any cost. The movie is moving, funny, and entertaining throughout. ” - smith-d-c
 
8.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him. (159 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Stanley Kubrick's film has been controversial and opinions are divided, but I found it a fascinating dreamlike movie about out of control suspicion nearly destroying a marriage. This film was badly marketed for the explicit sex scenes (cut or uncut), it is not about sex it is about trust and suspicion in a marriage. ” - smith-d-c
 
9.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. (181 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
“ Kevin Costner's brilliant epic western of a dying race of people is glorious to watch on the big screen and is an example of great storytelling. John Barry has one of his best scores. Tough call for the oscars for 1990. ” - smith-d-c
 
10.
JFK (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ This film is not history but it is one of the best examples of editing, cinematography, writing, acting, and storytelling of 1990s. ” - smith-d-c
 
11.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (169 mins.)
“ Speilberg's other masterpiece of the 1990s. The movie brilliantly recreates the experience of being in a war from the classic opening to the final battle. Tom Hanks is superb. ” - smith-d-c
 
12.
Casino (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire and over a fast living and fast loving woman. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Scorcese's follow up to Goodfellas is brilliant throughout. A great story of the downfall of a tycoon, who also happens to hang out with gangsters, ever. Sharon Stone is also good in this movie, her only good performance. ” - smith-d-c
 
13.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ One of the Coen brother's best thrillers contains some of the greatest dialogue and atmosphere. Both Frances McDormand and William H. Macy are wonderful. Additional assets include the cinematography and score. ” - smith-d-c
 
14.
Babe (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. (91 mins.)
Director: Chris Noonan
“ One of the best family movies of all time. James Cromwell is wonderful and the characters are endearing. I thought it should have won the oscar, only because no other nominated films were worthy. ” - smith-d-c
 
15.
The Truman Show (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ This movie accurately predicted the rise of reality television. It is a fascinating fable and a great story of the power of the human spirt. Jim Carrey is very good and Phillip Glass's score is another plus. ” - smith-d-c
 
16.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ One of the best scripts ever written. A funny, powerful, unforgettable movie with wonderful performances by Matt Damon and Robin Williams. Don't overlook Stellan Scarsgard and Minnie Driver also very good. ” - smith-d-c
 
17.
The Lion King (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (88 mins.)
“ This movie was the peak of the Disney animation. From the unforgettable opening shot, to the villainy of Scar, to the amazing Hans Zimmer score, this was a great film for young and old. ” - smith-d-c
 
18.
Burnt by the Sun (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his... (135 mins.)
“ A great forgotten, oscar winning, Russian film about a family's summer at their cottage. It is tragic, funny and very well acted throughout. ” - smith-d-c
 
19.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins are brilliant in their scenes and the movie is very intense. One of the best thrillers ever made. ” - smith-d-c
 
20.
Toy Story (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room. (81 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
“ Pixar began their long reign of making the best movies with the first all computer animated movie. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen create wonderful characters and the film is hilarious and the sequel is just as good (if not better) ” - smith-d-c
 
21.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ The best movie of this decade is one of the most romantic movies ever made. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are amazing. The movie was funny and sad and wonderful throughout. (This is only Charlie Kaufmann movie I love.) Also Kirsten Dunst and Tom Wilkinson are superb in supporting roles. ” - smith-d-c
 
22.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ This oscar winning movie confused some but I thought it was one of the greatest modern film noir/western movies ever. The theme of the movie is how the times change and the world is becoming worse. Javier Bardem is terrifying and the direction by the Coen Brothers is amazing. ” - smith-d-c
 
23.
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Like JFK this is great storytelling not history. Ridley Scott recreates a fascinating Roman empire. Russell Crowe (the best actor this decade in every movie) gives one of his best performances and Joaquin Phoenix, who originally I laughed at the idea of casting him as an emperor, is frightening, evil, tragic, and phenomenal! (don't overlook Connie Neilsen, Richard Harris, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, and Hounzou's performances) Hans Zimmer wrote another amazing score for this epic. ” - smith-d-c
 
24.
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Clint directed a great war movie from the Japanese side. It was my favorite movie of 2006. ” - smith-d-c
 
25.
Walk the Line (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. (136 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ I loved this movie. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon recreate the story and sound of Johnny and June Cash and both should have won the oscar. The screenplay is excellent: a moving, romantic, great music, and powerful redemption story. ” - smith-d-c
 
26.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (152 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ This includes all 6 of the movies. By far the best series this decade, on par with the Star Wars Trilogy when I grew up. Each one creates a magical world that I want to visit with dialogue that always sounds the way teenagers speak. All the acting is wonderful in each movie and cast to perfection, the Harry Potter music is classic, and the look and special effects just get better and better. ” - smith-d-c
 
27.
Finding Nemo (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. (100 mins.)
“ Pixar's spectacular triumph of undersea wonder. I have never seen the movement of water so brilliantly captured. The characters were wonderful with a hilarious and moving Ellen DeGeneres character and seagulls that say what I always thought they would say. The film is the best visual film that Pixar has ever done. ” - smith-d-c
 
28.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ The last two films are impressive spectacle and good story telling. I didn't like Fellowship because the story wasn't as interesting and the ending didn't feel like an ending. The Two Towers and Return of the King are sensational movies, with the best CGI character ever, Gollum. ” - smith-d-c
 
29.
Into the Wild (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
“ A powerful coming of age story and one of the best man against nature films ever. ” - smith-d-c
 
30.
Grizzly Man (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska. (103 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ This is one of the best documentaries ever done about man vs. nature. ” - smith-d-c
 
31.
Up (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
 
32.
Up in the Air (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest and a new hire. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
33.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
 
34.
Gran Torino (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
35.
Cinderella Man (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s. (144 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
36.
Mystic River (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
37.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. (114 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
 
38.
Garden State (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
 
39.
Collateral (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (115 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
40.
Shrek (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. (90 mins.)