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The 20 Best Films of the 1990s

Editor’s Note: This is an expansion of Kyle Smith’s list of the 10 best films of the 1990s published here  He expanded his ’80s list to a top 20 here, his '70s list here, his ’60s list here, his ’50s list here, and his ’40s list here. Also check out Kyle’s top 10 movie picks for the ‘30s and the ’00s. Click here to read “What Makes a Great Movie?,” Kyle’s essay explaining his criteria for these lists.

20. Braveheart (1995)

Mel Gibson’s stirring, vigorous historical epic about Scottish nationalists taking on the more powerful English is a throwback to '50s filmmaking - big battles, yes, but also attentive to the love scenes and most of all to the sense that heroic individuals shape history, even if they lose, because they’re so inspiring to others long after they fall.