The 1990s were a transformative time for American cinema. Audiences were treated to a new wave of independently produced films by now world-famous directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, and Joel and Ethan Coen. These directors created a number of films that are beloved classics, less than 30 years after their releases.
Additionally, a number of filmmakers who had already established themselves by the 90s – Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Clint Eastwood among them – created some of the most successful movies of their careers with major studio backing.
24/7 Wall St. has determined the best films of the decade by creating an index based on user ratings from the Internet Movie Database and Rotten Tomatoes. These films cover every year of the decade and span genres from drama to comedy to animation.