Top Grossing Movies – 1990s

The 1990s was a decade when we were utterly convinced that dinosaurs were totally real, Kevin Costner could play any character despite having a Chicago accent in every movie, and three different actors could be Batman… and that was totally OK! Except nobody could abide George Clooney’s nipple suit (I have not seen that movie). The highest-grossing film of that decade was Titanic, which I initially only wanted to watch because I wanted to see Leonardo di Caprio drown. At the time, I thought he was a pretty boy and had zero respect for him. My attitude has changed about him over the years, however, and I think he’s a pretty damn good actor now! Forgive me, Leo di Caprio!

Jamie Foxx and Leonardo di Caprio in Django Unchained. This film was not released in the 1990s, but was directed by Quentin Tarantino, who started to make his mark in this decade.

What follows is a list of the top 10 highest-grossing films from each year in the 1990s. As always, consult for the most up-to-date box office numbers. And let’s get this party started already! Movies grossing more than $200 million will be noted in green, and movies winning best picture will be denoted in bold.



“Wind In His Hair” from Dances With Wolves, which won the Academy Award for best picture.
  1. Home Alone, $285.7M
  2. Ghost, $217.6M
  3. Dances With Wolves, $101.3M 
  4. Pretty Woman, $178.4M
  5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, $135.2M
  6. The Hunt For Red October, $127.0M 
  7. Total Recall, $119.3M
  8. Die Hard 2 – Die Harder, $117.5M
  9. Dick Tracy, $103.7M
  10. Kindergarten Cop, $91.4M



Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, which was the seventh highest-grossing film of 1991.
  1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day, $204.8M
  2. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, $165.4M
  3. Beauty And The Beast, $145.8M 
  4. The Silence Of The Lambs, $130.7M
  5. City Slickers, $124.0M
  6. Hook, $119.6M 
  7. The Addams Family, $113.5M
  8. Sleeping With The Enemy, $101.5M
  9. Father Of The Bride, $89.3M
  10. The Naked Gun 2 1/2 – The Smell Of Fear, $86.9M


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No, I wasn’t going to use the “beaver flashing” photo! I have SOME taste! Michael Douglas and Jeanne Tripplehorne in Basic Instinct, which was the 9th highest grossing movie of 1992.
  1. Aladdin, $217.3M
  2. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, $173.5M
  3. Batman Returns, $162.8M 
  4. Lethal Weapon 3, $144.7M
  5. A Few Good Men, $141.3M
  6. Sister Act, $139.6M 
  7. The Bodyguard, $121.9M
  8. Wayne’s World, $121.6M
  9. Basic Instinct, $117.7M
  10. A League Of Their Own, $107.5M



Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park. This was the only movie from the top 10 grossing movies of that year I actually saw! Or did you think I just used this photo because he’s (essentially) shirtless? Well…uh…maybe! 🙂
  1. Jurassic Park, $357.0M
  2. Mrs. Doubtfire, $219.1M
  3. The Fugitive, $183.8M 
  4. The Firm, $158.3M
  5. Sleepless In Seattle, $126.6M
  6. Indecent Proposal, $106.6M 
  7. In The Line Of Fire, $102.3M
  8. The Pelican Brief, $100.7M
  9. Schindler’s List, $96.0M
  10. Cliffhanger, $94.0M



Harvey Keitel as “The Wolf” in Pulp Fiction. Jesus I LOVED his character in this movie!
  1. Forrest Gump, $329.6M
  2. The Lion King, $312.8M
  3. True Lies, $146.2M 
  4. The Santa Clause, $144.8M
  5. The Flintstones, $130.5M
  6. Dumb and Dumber, $127.1M 
  7. Clear and Present Danger, $122.1M
  8. Speed, $121.2M
  9. The Mask, $119.9M
  10. Pulp Fiction, $107.5M



Chris O’Donnell in Batman Forever
  1. Toy Story, $191.7M
  2. Batman Forever, $184.0M
  3. Apollo 13, $172.0M 
  4. Pocahontas, $141.5M
  5. Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls, $108.3M
  6. GoldenEye, $106.4M
  7. Jumanji, $100.4M 
  8. Casper, $100.3M
  9. Seven, $100.1M
  10. Die Hard: With A Vengeance, $100.0M



Robin Williams and Christine Baranski in The Birdcage, which was the ninth highest-grossing film of 1996. Did you know that there are two EGOT owners credited in this film? Director Mike Nichols was one. Jonathan Tunick (known mainly as a music arranger) is another! I usually tend to like Mike Nichols’ films – this one is no exception!
  1. Independence Day, $306.1M
  2. Twister, $241.7M
  3. Mission: Impossible, $180.9M 
  4. Jerry Maguire, $153.9M
  5. Ransom, $136.4M
  6. 101 Dalmatians (1996), $136.4M 
  7. The Rock, $134.0M
  8. The Nutty Professor (1996), $128.8M
  9. The Birdcage, $124.0M
  10. A Time To Kill, $108.7M


Will Smith and Linda Fiorentino in Men In Black, which was the second highest-grossing film of 1997. Behind that movie about that big boat. I liked this one better than the “boat” movie!
  1. Titanic, $600.7M
  2. Men In Black, $250.6M
  3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park, $229.0M 
  4. Liar, Liar, $181.4M
  5. Air Force One, $172.9M
  6. As Good As It Gets, $148.4M 
  7. Good Will Hunting, $138.4M
  8. Star Wars (Special Edition), $138.2M
  9. My Best Friend’s Wedding, $127.1M
  10. Tomorrow Never Dies, $125.3M



Matt Damon in Saving Private Ryan, which was 1998’s highest-grossing film. It also won best director for Steven Spielberg, but not best picture.
  1. Saving Private Ryan, $216.5M
  2. Armageddon, $201.5M
  3. There’s Something About Mary, $176.4M 
  4. A Bug’s Life, $83.4M
  5. The Waterboy, $161.4M
  6. Doctor Dolittle, $144.1M 
  7. Rush Hour, $141.1M
  8. Deep Impact, $140.4M
  9. Godzilla, $136.3M
  10. Patch Adams, $135.0M



Heather Graham in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Poor, poor Heather, her name is essentially a dying baby girl’s name, though it peaked at #3 in 1975!
  1. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, $431.0M
  2. The Sixth Sense, $293.5M
  3. Toy Story 2, $245.8M 
  4. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, $206.0M
  5. The Matrix, $171.4M
  6. Tarzan, $171.0M 
  7. Big Daddy, $163.4M
  8. The Mummy, $155.3M
  9. The Runaway Bride, $152.2M
  10. The Blair Witch Project, $57.2M

Top Grossing Movies – 1990s (Entire Decade)

  1. Titanic, $600.7M
  2. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, $431.0M
  3. Jurassic Park, $357.0M
  4. Forrest Gump, $329.6M
  5. The Lion King, $312.8M
  6. Independence Day, $306.1M
  7. The Sixth Sense, $293.5M
  8. Home Alone, $285.7M
  9. Men In Black, $250.6M
  10. Toy Story 2, $245.8M 


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