10 Important Must-Watch 90s Classic Movies

The nineties were an incredible decade in Hollywood. It produced some of the best dramas, romantic comedies, and live-action movies. Here are ten 90s films that were a big deal for the decade.

1. Ghost (1990)

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Ghost is a romantic fantasy following a murdered man named Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze), who remains here as a ghost. After finding a psychic who can hear him (Whoopi Goldberg), he convinces her to help him save his girlfriend (Demi Moore) from the monster who murdered him. “Molly, you in danger, girl.”

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2. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

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Fried Green Tomatoes is a comedy-drama that follows an unhappy and bored homemaker who befriends an elderly lady in a nursing home. She begins visiting her frequently to entertain her stories about the colorful people she used to know at the Whistle Stop Cafe. It stars Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Cicely Tyson. “Face it, girls. I'm older, and I have more insurance.”

3. Pretty Woman (1990)

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Pretty Woman is a romantic comedy following a Hollywood sex worker (Julia Roberts) and a wealthy businessman (Richard Gere) who picks her up after asking for directions. He hires her to be his beck and call girl for a week, and their romance begins to blossom. It co-stars Laura San Giacomo and Jason Alexander. “I Want The Fairy Tale.”

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4. Pulp Fiction (1994)

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Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction is a crime following several stories within three main interrelated stories regarding crime in Los Angeles. It's told out of chronological order. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, and Tim Roth. “A Big Mac's a Big Mac, but they call it Le Big Mac.”

5. Goodfellas (1990)

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Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas is a biographical crime film narrating the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) from 1955 to 1980. Hill was a mobster associated with the New York Lucchese crime family. It stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Paul Sorvino, and Lorraine Bracco. “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”

6. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a coming-of-age drama following a 25-year-old Gilbert (Johnny Depp). Gilbert is a grocery store clerk who cares for his intellectually disabled younger brother (Leonardo DiCaprio) and obese mother (Darlene Cates). It co-stars Juliette Lewis. “Good night to you but not me.”

7. Mermaids (1990)

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Mermaids is a family comedy-drama following a neurotic teenage girl (Winona Ryder) who moves to a small town with her erratic mother (Cher) and younger sister (Christina Ricci). She contemplates joining a convent while narrating her thoughts and navigating obstacles that are too grown for a 15-year-old girl. “Don't do anything I wouldn't do. Or don't do anything I would!”

8. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

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My Cousin Vinny is a comedy about two New York youths (Ralph Macchio and Mitchell Whitfield) arrested for a murder they didn't commit in rural Alabama. Cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci) is a lawyer coming to their defense with his fiancée (Marisa Tomei). But it took him five times to pass the bar exam. “My biological clock is TICKING LIKE THIS, and the way this case is going, I ain't never getting married.”

9. The Matrix (1999)

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The Matrix is a sci-fi action film that introduced the world to a simulated reality called the Matrix. It follows the story of a dystopian future in which humanity is entrapped as an energy source by machines who have tricked them with a simulated reality. It stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Laurence Fishburne. “I can only show you the door, you're the one that has to walk through it.”

10. Batman (1989)

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Directed by Tim Burton, Batman is the first live-action Batman movie starring Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader. It also stars Jack Nicholson as the campy version of his nemesis, the Joker. In addition, it co-stars Kim Basinger and Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker). “Tell me something, my friend. You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?”

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