Best Movies of the 90s

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1.
Close to Eden (1991)
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The shepherd Gombo lives with his wife, three children and grandmother in a tent on the Mongolian steppe... (119 mins.)
 
2.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
3.
Kolya (1996)
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Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man... (105 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
 
4.
Shadowlands (1993)
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C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer, and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S. (131 mins.)
 
5.
The Remains of the Day (1993)
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A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer. (134 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
6.
The Commitments (1991)
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When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house. (118 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
7.
Antonia's Line (1995)
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A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive. (102 mins.)
Director: Marleen Gorris
 
8.
Backbeat (1994)
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A dramatization of the Hamburg, Germany phase of The Beatles' early history. (100 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
 
9.
The Crying Game (1992)
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A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world. (112 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
10.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
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A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
11.
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)
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When an English cartographer must tell a Welsh village that their mountain is only a hill, the offended community sets out to change that. (99 mins.)
 
12.
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
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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. (130 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
 
13.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
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Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
14.
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
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Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day... (106 mins.)
Director: P.J. Hogan
 
15.
Il Postino (1994)
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Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice. (108 mins.)
 
16.
Priest (1994)
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Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover... (105 mins.)
Director: Antonia Bird
 
17.
Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
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This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other. (108 mins.)
 
18.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures. (139 mins.)
 
19.
Trainspotting (1996)
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Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
20.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
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After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life. (118 mins.)
 
21.
Wilde (1997)
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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of... (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gilbert
 
22.
Billy Elliot (2000)
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A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
23.
Dreams (1990)
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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa. (119 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
24.
Screen Two (1985 TV Series)
Episode: The Snapper (1993)
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Set in Ireland, Sharon Curley is a 20 year old living with her parents and many brothers and sisters...
 
25.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
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Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. (104 mins.)
Director: Stephan Elliott
 
26.
All About My Mother (1999)
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Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela. (101 mins.)
 
27.
Maybe... Maybe Not (1994)
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Thrown out by his girlfriend from her apartment, Axel lives for a while with Norbert, a gay man he met some days before. (93 mins.)
Director: Sönke Wortmann
 
28.
The Birdcage (1996)
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A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
29.
Bitter Moon (1992)
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After hearing stories of her, a passenger on a cruise ship develops an irresistible infatuation with an eccentric paraplegic's wife. (139 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
30.
The Boxer (1997)
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Young Danny Flynn is released from prison after 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood. (113 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
31.
Brassed Off (1996)
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The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Herman
 
32.
A Bronx Tale (1993)
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A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s. (121 mins.)
Director: Robert De Niro
 
33.
Carrington (1995)
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The platonic relationship between artist Dora Carrington and writer Lytton Strachey in the early 20th century. (121 mins.)
 
34.
Howards End (1992)
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A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman. (140 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
35.
Peter's Friends (1992)
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Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Year's Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone. (101 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
36.
Central Station (1998)
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An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew. (113 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
37.
The Cider House Rules (1999)
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A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world. (126 mins.)
 
38.
Cold Comfort Farm (1995 TV Movie)
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In England in the early 1930s, twenty-year-old Flora Poste, recently orphaned, and left with only one hundred pounds a year... (105 mins.)
 
39.
Divorcing Jack (1998)
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Black romantic comedy set around the troubled "peace process" and its effect on a cynical Belfast hack. (110 mins.)
Director: David Caffrey
 
40.
East Is East (1999)
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In early 1970s England, a Pakistani father finds the authority he has previously maintained challenged by his increasingly Anglicized children. (96 mins.)
 
41.
Enchanted April (1991)
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This slow-paced gem is about the civilizing influence of Italy on beleaguered Londoners both male and... (95 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
42.
Angela's Ashes (1999)
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Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences... (145 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
43.
Fever Pitch (1997)
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A sports fan's romantic courtship clashes with his obsession with his favorite football team. (102 mins.)
Director: David Evans
 
44.
The Field (1990)
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"Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land... (107 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
45.
Forrest Gump (1994)
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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
 
46.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
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Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
47.
In the Name of the Father (1993)
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A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them. (133 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
48.
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
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When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live. (102 mins.)
 
49.
Kingpin (1996)
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A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches. (113 mins.)
 
50.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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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