Ranked: Movies of 1994

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1. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,603,823 | Gross: $330.25M

2. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster & his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,634,737 | Gross: $107.93M

3. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

83 Metascore

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 830,957 | Gross: $312.90M

4. Quiz Show (1994)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Paul Scofield

Votes: 60,717 | Gross: $24.82M

5. Clerks (1994)

R | 92 min | Comedy

70 Metascore

A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonauer

Votes: 201,146 | Gross: $3.15M

6. Ed Wood (1994)

R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 157,242 | Gross: $5.89M

7. The Crow (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 154,980 | Gross: $50.69M

8. True Lies (1994)

R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

63 Metascore

A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton

Votes: 219,265 | Gross: $146.28M

9. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy

37 Metascore

A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young, Tone Loc

Votes: 254,482 | Gross: $72.22M

10. Renaissance Man (1994)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

44 Metascore

A failed businessman is hired by the army to teach a group of underachieving recruits in order to help them pass basic training.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, James Remar, Ed Begley Jr.

Votes: 15,698 | Gross: $24.33M

11. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 921,525 | Gross: $19.50M

12. Speed (1994)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

78 Metascore

A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton

Votes: 301,889 | Gross: $121.25M

13. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

57 Metascore

When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 85,138 | Gross: $144.83M

14. Reality Bites (1994)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A documentary filmmaker and her fellow Gen X graduates face life after college, looking for work and love in Houston.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn

Votes: 42,027 | Gross: $20.98M

15. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy

41 Metascore

The cross-country adventures of 2 good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends.

Directors: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly | Stars: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Mike Starr

Votes: 328,771 | Gross: $127.18M

16. Monkey Trouble (1994)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A young girl's life turns hairy when her new pet monkey turns out to be a trained pickpocket on the run from a scheming Gypsy.

Director: Franco Amurri | Stars: Thora Birch, Harvey Keitel, Finster, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 5,832 | Gross: $16.34M

17. Angels in the Outfield (1994)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

44 Metascore

When a boy prays for a chance to have a family if the California Angels win the pennant, angels are assigned to make that possible.

Director: William Dear | Stars: Danny Glover, Brenda Fricker, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 26,461 | Gross: $50.24M

18. The Flintstones (1994)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

38 Metascore

In a parallel modern-day Stone Age world, a working-class family, the Flintstones, are set up for an executive job. But they learn that money can't buy happiness.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Rosie O'Donnell, Halle Berry

Votes: 69,781 | Gross: $130.51M

19. D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Can Gordon's team win the Junior Goodwill Games in California in spite of all the set-backs?

Director: Sam Weisman | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Tucker, Jan Rubes

Votes: 33,121 | Gross: $45.61M

20. The Ref (1994)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Denis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.

Votes: 21,984 | Gross: $11.44M

21. City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Western

43 Metascore

One year after their first western adventure, Mitch Robbins and his friends discover a treasure map that belonged to their late trail guide Curly and they set out to discover its secrets.

Director: Paul Weiland | Stars: Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, Daniel Stern, Jon Lovitz

Votes: 16,938 | Gross: $43.62M

22. Mixed Nuts (1994)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

14 Metascore

The events focus around a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Robert Klein, Anthony LaPaglia

Votes: 9,362 | Gross: $6.80M

23. The Mask (1994)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

56 Metascore

Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic superhero when he wears a mysterious mask.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene

Votes: 313,825 | Gross: $119.94M

24. Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

16 Metascore

Axel Foley, while investigating a car theft ring, comes across something much bigger than that: the same men who shot his boss are running a counterfeit money ring out of a theme park in Los Angeles.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jon Tenney, Joey Travolta, Eugene Collier

Votes: 70,470 | Gross: $42.61M

25. North (1994)

PG | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Sick of the neglect he receives from his mom and dad, a young boy leaves home and travels the world in search of new parents.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Elijah Wood, Bruce Willis, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Votes: 12,543 | Gross: $7.14M

26. Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Crime

63 Metascore

Frank Drebin comes out of retirement to help Police Squad infiltrate a gang of terrorists planning to detonate a bomb at the Academy Awards.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson

Votes: 88,932 | Gross: $51.13M

27. Airheads (1994)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

46 Metascore

Three band members hoping for a big break head to a radio station to play their demo tape and wind up holding everyone hostage with plastic guns when the head D.J. refuses to play them.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley

Votes: 42,968 | Gross: $5.37M

28. Timecop (1994)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

Max Walker, an officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who's intent on changing the past to control the future.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver, Bruce McGill

Votes: 51,577 | Gross: $44.85M

29. Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family

49 Metascore

A rich young boy finds his family targeted in an inside job and must use his cunning to save them.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Edward Herrmann, John Larroquette, Christine Ebersole

Votes: 58,051 | Gross: $38.09M

30. In the Army Now (1994)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, War

Two misguided youths join the reserves to make some money for their entrepreneurial dreams. No sooner than they finish basic training are they called up to do their part to save the free world.

Director: Daniel Petrie Jr. | Stars: Pauly Shore, Lori Petty, Andy Dick, David Alan Grier

Votes: 11,785 | Gross: $28.86M

31. Blank Check (1994)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

A young boy inadvertently gains possession of a check for one million dollars, which he proceeds to spend, unaware that the gangsters it belongs to are in pursuit.

Director: Rupert Wainwright | Stars: Brian Bonsall, Karen Duffy, James Rebhorn, Jayne Atkinson

Votes: 17,065 | Gross: $30.58M

32. Blankman (1994)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Action, Crime

A simpleton inventor becomes a superhero with a bulletproof costume and a low budget.

Director: Mike Binder | Stars: Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, Robin Givens, Christopher Lawford

Votes: 8,624 | Gross: $7.89M

33. Andre (1994)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The true story of how a seal named Andre befriended a little girl and her family, circa 1962.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tina Majorino, Keith Carradine, Chelsea Field, Shane Meier

Votes: 5,945 | Gross: $16.82M

34. Cops and Robbersons (1994)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

When police discover that a mob hitman has moved in next door to the Robbersons, they want to find out what he is up to. So they set up a stakeout in the Robbersons' home. Hard-nosed, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Chevy Chase, Jack Palance, Dianne Wiest, Robert Davi

Votes: 5,886 | Gross: $11.38M

35. Clean Slate (1994)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Mystery

A private eye who suffers total amnesia every 24h is deeply entangled in a complicated murder/theft case.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Dana Carvey, Valeria Golino, James Earl Jones, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 3,457 | Gross: $7.50M

36. Baby's Day Out (1994)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

After three kidnappers lose the baby they have kidnapped, both the cops and kidnappers go looking for the baby.

Director: Patrick Read Johnson | Stars: Lara Flynn Boyle, Joe Mantegna, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Haley

Votes: 40,809 | Gross: $16.67M

37. Street Fighter (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts.

Director: Steven E. de Souza | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Ming-Na Wen, Damian Chapa

Votes: 60,769 | Gross: $33.42M

38. Camp Nowhere (1994)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Morris "Mud" Himmel has a problem. His parents desperately want to send him away to summer camp. He hates going to summer camp, and would do anything to get out of it. Talking to his ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Prince | Stars: Jonathan Jackson, Christopher Lloyd, John Putch, Peter Scolari

Votes: 8,102 | Gross: $10.47M

39. Double Dragon (1994)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Two brothers have half of a powerful ancient Chinese talisman. An evil gang leader has the other half, and determines to get the brothers' half and have a complete medallion so he can gain absolute power.

Director: James Yukich | Stars: Robert Patrick, Mark Dacascos, Scott Wolf, Kristina Wagner

Votes: 10,178 | Gross: $2.34M

40. Serial Mom (1994)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A sweet mother finds herself participating in homicidal activities when she sees the occasion call for it.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard

Votes: 24,718 | Gross: $7.88M



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