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The 50 Best Films of the 90s

Few talk about the ’90s as a filmmaking renaissance on par with the late ’60s and early ’70s, but for many of the film critics at The A.V. Club, it was the decade when we were coming of age as cinephiles and writers, and we remember it with considerable affection. Those ’70s warhorses like Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman posted some of the strongest work of their careers, and an exciting new generation of filmmakers—Quentin Tarantino, Joel and Ethan Coen, Wong Kar-Wai, Olivier Assayas, David Fincher, and Wes Anderson among them—were staking out territory of their own. Presented over three days—with two 20-film lists, then a separate one for the top 10—our Top 50 survey was conducted in an effort to reflect group consensus and individual passion, with the disclaimer that all such lists have a degree of arbitrariness that can’t be avoided.
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avg. score: 17 of 50 (34%)
required scores: 1, 9, 14, 19, 24 

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Goodfellas (1990)
Goodfellas (1990)
2
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
3
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
4
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
5
Chungking Express (1994)
Chungking Express (1994)
6
Out of Sight (1998)
Out of Sight (1998)
7
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
8
Unforgiven (1992)
Unforgiven (1992)
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9
Rushmore (1998)
Rushmore (1998)
10
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
11
Barton Fink (1991)
Barton Fink (1991)
12
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Miller's Crossing (1990)
13
Boogie Nights (1997)
Boogie Nights (1997)
14
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
15
Groundhog Day (1993)
Groundhog Day (1993)
16
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
17
Safe (2012)
Safe (2012)
18
Schindler's List (1993)
Schindler's List (1993)
19
Exotica (1994)
Exotica (1994)
20
Red
Red
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21
Fargo (1996)
Fargo (1996)
22
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
23
Carlito's Way (1993)
Carlito's Way (1993)
24
Crumb (1994)
Crumb (1994)
25
Fight Club (1999)
Fight Club (1999)
26
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
27
Short Cuts (1993)
Short Cuts (1993)
28
Election (1999)
Election (1999)
29
Irma Vep (1996)
Irma Vep (1996)
30
The Thin Red Line (1998)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
31
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
32
Close-Up (1990)
Close-Up (1990)
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33
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
34
Seven (1979)
Seven (1979)
35
Naked
Naked
36
L.A. Confidential (1997)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
37
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
38
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)
39
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
40
Trainspotting (1996)
Trainspotting (1996)
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