The list of the 10 highest rated movies of the 1990's includes some of the best films ever made. The 90’s saw an explosion in high-quality animated films, some well-executed suspenseful movies, and smart comedies. On this list are some of the highest-grossing films every made, and many, many Oscars.

  1. “Schindler's List.” This film, one of the highest rated movies of the 1990's, was about the real-life Oskar Schindler, a German who saved over a thousand Jews during the Holocaust. A gripping, emotional, and heart-wrenching movie, it is one of the most esteemed films of the 90’s.

  2. “The Silence of the Lambs.” This movie is a brilliantly done thriller, introducing the immeasurably creepy Hannibal Lecter. One of the highest rated movies of the 1990’s, it won the Oscar for best picture and still keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.

  3. “Dances with Wolves.” This movie won seven Academy Awards, including best picture. One of the highest rated movies of the 1990's, it is about a Civil War veteran who moves to the American west, where he becomes accustomed to an Indian lifestyle.  

  4. “The Shawshank Redemption.” This movie is based on a Stephen King book and tells the story of a man wrongfully imprisoned for murder. He patiently and meticulously plans his escape and the downfall of the corrupt warden.

  5. “Pulp Fiction.” Quentin Tarantino burst onto the scene with this movie, which was considered ground-breaking in its use of dialogue, its treatment of violence, and its unique and bizarre characters. One of the highest rated movies of the 1990's, it became an instant classic.

  6. “Goodfellas.” There have been many great gangster films made, but this may be one of the best ever, and is certainly one of the highest rated movies of the 1990's. Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, the film is a can’t-miss.

  7. “Beauty and the Beast.” This movie, one of the highest rated movies of the 1990's, was the first animated film to be nominated for the best picture Oscar. An instant classic, the movie features great songs and memorable characters.

  8. “Life is Beautiful.” This is a touching and tormenting movie, all at the same time. The first part of the movie is about a Jewish man who uses humorous methods to get the attention of the woman he loves. The second part of the movie is about this man and his son being taken to a concentration camp, and the efforts he goes to to make the experience a “game” for his son.

  9. “American Beauty.” Kevin Spacey plays a man in mid-life crisis in this movie. Deciding he needs a change he quits his job, buys a sports car, and starts smoking weed again. Unable to connect with his wife or his daughter, he finds a way to be happy, but only moments before he loses everything.

  10. “The English Patient.” This movie took home an Oscar haul, winning nine total. It’s about a man in a military hospital, suffering from many burns, and being cared after by a nurse. Through flashbacks we see how arrived at his current position.