25 Of The Best '90s Movies That Were Instant Classics The Moment They Hit The Theater

    If you still haven't seen these, you need to plan a movie night.

    Some (rather ill-informed) people like to say that the '90s were a "bad" time for movies. But there’s no need to worry: I am here to prove these people wrong, because the '90s were a decade chock-full of classics.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger in a black leather jacket and sunglasses, holding a shotgun in a scene from a movie, with an "EXIT" sign behind him

    From Goodfellas to Toy Story, from flashy action flicks to the entire genre of the modern rom-com, the '90s have cemented themselves as one of the best, most memorable decades in movie history, with no shortage of movies that’ll be watched many times through the coming generations. So, in no particular order, here are some of the best movies the '90s have to offer:

    1. Galaxy Quest (1999)

    Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, and Tony Shalhoub dressed in sci-fi uniforms, standing in a futuristic setting, likely from a scene in "Galaxy Quest"

    2. Malcolm X (1992)

    Actor Denzel Washington portraying Malcolm X in a suit at a podium in the film "Malcolm X."

    3. Gattaca (1997)

    Two characters in formal attire sit at a dining table in a scene from a film

    4. A League of Their Own (1992)

    Screenshot from "A League of Their Own"

    5. Before Sunrise (1995)

    Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in a relaxed pose as they lean against a stone structure, dressed in casual attire

    6. Thelma & Louise (1991)

    Screenshot from "Thelma & Louise"

    7. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    Morgan Freeman in a prison uniform, sitting on a bench, looking pensive. The uniform has a visible badge with the number "302"

    8. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

    Screenshot from "Saving Private Ryan"

    9. The Sixth Sense (1999)

    Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment in "The Sixth Sense"

    10. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

    11. Twister (1996)

    Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt in "Twister"

    12. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"

    13. Men in Black (1997)

    Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in "Men in Black"

    14. Speed (1994)


    15. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

    Group on a sunny day with actor in floral dress and white pearls, woman in patterned dress, boy in stripes, girl in plaid, and child in blue

    16. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

    17. Titanic (1997)

    Jack and Rose from Titanic, standing at ship's bow, Rose with arms outstretched, Jack behind her

    18. The Lion King (1994)

    Animated characters Simba, Nala, and Zazu from "The Lion King" in a jungle scene

    19. Scream (1996)

    Five individuals sitting on a ledge outdoors, relaxed postures, casual attire

    20. Pretty Woman (1990)

    Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis from Pretty Woman, she in a red off-shoulder gown, he in a black tuxedo

    21. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

    Heath Ledger in armor as Sir William Thatcher shares a kiss with Shannyn Sossamon as Jocelyn in "A Knight's Tale."

    22. Notting Hill (1999)

    23. Jurassic Park (1993)

    Three individuals, including characters Dr. Ellie Sattler and Dr. Alan Grant, attending to a sick Triceratops in a scene from Jurassic Park

    24. The Matrix (1999)

    Characters Trinity and Neo stand side-by-side in 'The Matrix', wearing signature black leather outfits

    25. Home Alone (1990)

    Screenshot from "Home Alone"

    26. Mission: Impossible (1996)

    Ethan Hunt, a character from Mission: Impossible, is suspended mid-air during a heist scene

    27. Forrest Gump (1994)

    28. Toy Story (1995)

    Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story stand in a cartoon room with toys. Buzz is wearing a space suit; Woody is in a cowboy outfit

    29. The Truman Show (1998)

    Jim Carrey as character Truman Burbank smiling, wearing a suit and patterned tie, beside a "Kaiser Chicken" poster

    30. Goodfellas (1990)

    Screenshot from "Goodfellas"

    31. Fight Club (1999)

    Brad Pitt in "Fight Club"

    32. Pulp Fiction (1994)

    Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction, seated in a diner booth, with a pen in hand and a bob haircut

    33. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

    34. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    35. Fargo (1996)

    36. Dazed and Confused (1993)

    Screenshot from "Dazed and Confused"

    37. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

    Screenshot from "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

    38. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

    Two women in Victorian-style dresses look surprised in a scene from a film

    39. Clueless (1995)

    Two characters, Dionne and Cher, from the movie Clueless standing back-to-back, wearing trendy plaid outfits

    Are there any favorites that were left out? If so, let me know down in the comments!