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Worst movies of the '90s

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Worst movies of the '90s

The 1990s were a major decade for the film industry—with independent films rising, CGI-heavy blockbusters like “Jurassic Park” becoming more prominent, the Disney Renaissance’s notable additions, and bold titles like “Pulp Fiction” making their marks on pop culture.

For every successful film, however, there were several misses by film studios. With thousands of feature films being produced and released throughout the decade, having every single one be a major success was an impossible feat. Whether film studios were trying too hard to capitalize on the aforementioned trends, or simply executing on bad ideas, the following films represent the worst of an otherwise innovative decade for the film industry.

Using information from IMDb, Stacker has put together a comprehensive list of these films. The rankings are based on user reviews from the website—the lower the rating, the worse the film is, and the higher it ranks on the list. In the case of a tie, the movie with the lower number of ratings goes higher up on the list. All of these films have at least 50,000 user votes each and were released in English between the years 1990 and 1999. Which of these ill-received '90s movies have you seen?

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Disney

#100. Phenomenon

IMDb rating: 6.4

IMDb user votes: 69,250

Year released: 1996

Rating: PG

John Travolta may have received a career vitalization from “Pulp Fiction,” but romantic fantasy “Phenomenon” was certainly not an essential component of his comeback. Travolta portrayed an everyman who was transformed into a genius with telekinetic powers, attempting to do good with his newfound abilities. Unfortunately, the reaction was mixed, mostly due to the film’s grim final act.

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Paramount Pictures

#99. Double Jeopardy

IMDb rating: 6.4

IMDb user votes: 63,595

Year released: 1999

Rating: R

Injustice is the theme of “Double Jeopardy,” which stars Ashley Judd as a woman wrongfully accused and convicted of murder. Framed by her husband (Bruce Greenwood), Judd’s character attempts to hunt him down while contending with her parole officer (Tommy Lee Jones). The thriller was ultimately judged by critics as “unremarkable.”

 

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Paramount Pictures

#98. Star Trek: Insurrection

IMDb rating: 6.4

IMDb user votes: 63,006

Year released: 1998

Rating: PG

This film with the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” cast did not recapture the magic of its more successful predecessor, “Star Trek: First Contact.” Although cast member Jonathan Frakes was again in the director’s chair, a change in visual effects studios was evident in this installment. Featuring Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew of the Enterprise going against the orders of his superiors to save a peaceful civilization, this film was thought by fans to be nothing more than an underwhelming and extended television episode.

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Universal Pictures

#97. Bowfinger

IMDb rating: 6.4

IMDb user votes: 61,362

Year released: 1999

Rating: PG-13

This film teamed comedy legends Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy for the first time with disappointing results. Martin plays film producer Bobby Bowfinger, who attempts to cast a sought-after but neurotic actor named Kit Ramsey (Murphy) into a low-budget film production. Ramsey is not on board, but Bowfinger continues the production around him, explaining to the crew that the star is method acting. Eventually, he employs Ramsey’s geeky brother Jiff (also played by Murphy) to function as a lookalike. While critics overall enjoyed this satire of Hollywood, audiences on IMDb were lukewarm.

 

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Buena Vista Pictures

#96. Arachnophobia

IMDb rating: 6.4

IMDb user votes: 56,349

Year released: 1990

Rating: PG-13

Attempting to convert people’s fear of spiders into horror/comedy gold, producer Frank Marshall’s directorial debut involved a new deadly species of spider terrorizing a small town. Although it starred big names like Jeff Daniels and John Goodman, marketers had difficulty advertising the film and its mix of genres. In general, critics and audiences found it to be a passable homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”

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Universal Pictures

#95. Darkman

IMDb rating: 6.4

IMDb user votes: 52,732

Year released: 1990

Rating: R

The original “Spider-Man” trilogy was not director Sam Raimi’s first foray into superhero fiction. Unable to secure the rights for licensed properties such as “Batman,” Raimi created his own superhero, a burned-alive scientist played by Liam Neeson. Now considered to be a cult film, critics appreciated its originality despite its recycling of superhero tropes.

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Warner Home Video

#94. Mars Attacks!

IMDb rating: 6.3

IMDb user votes: 190,750

Year released: 1996

Rating: PG-13

A tongue-in-cheek pastiche of 1950s low-budget sci-fi films, this Tim Burton-directed film featured an extensive ensemble cast that included Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Natalie Portman, and more. CGI made the film’s green Martians possible, as they eradicated humans in bulk. While the cult film’s attempts at homage were considered to be successful, the tone was considered cynical and the characters unlikable.

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Warner Home Video

#93. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

IMDb rating: 6.3

IMDb user votes: 181,244

Year released: 1995

Rating: PG-13

One of the few sequels that Jim Carrey has starred in, “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” put the pet detective on a case in Africa. Although the film was a financial success like its predecessor, the film’s juvenile behavior did not do it for critics, who labeled it inferior to even the first film. A third film, called “Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective,” without the involvement of Carrey, released directly to video in 2009.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

#92. Twister

IMDb rating: 6.3

IMDb user votes: 158,026

Year released: 1996

Rating: PG-13

Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton star as a separated married couple, both of whom are weather reporters. The two slowly rekindle their relationship in a series of events that involve Paxton’s storm chasing and a series of tornados. The film’s special effects were praised, though with some criticism for the lack of logic and accuracy. Critic Roger Ebert called the film “loud, dumb, skillful, escapist entertainment.”

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

#91. Predator 2

IMDb rating: 6.3

IMDb user votes: 126,719

Year released: 1990

Rating: R

Attempting to follow up the classic action sci-fi film “Predator,” its sequel traded in Arnold Schwarzenegger for Danny Glover and Gary Busey. Taking place in a heat-wave-stricken Los Angeles during 1997, Glover portrayed a police officer who is not only caught up in a gang turf war, but also an incursion from an extraterrestrial Predator. Critics gave the film negative marks at the time, but audiences were kinder to the film in later years.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

#90. Last Action Hero

IMDb rating: 6.3

IMDb user votes: 120,342

Year released: 1993

Rating: PG-13

“Last Action Hero” is an action-genre parody that follows a young movie fan who gets transported into the world of his favorite action film series, with Arnold Schwarzenegger portraying the action star. The film was co-written by Shane Black, who was responsible for non-parody films such as “Lethal Weapon” and “The Last Boy Scout.” Critics found the final product to be messy and the film was crushed in the box office by “Jurassic Park.”

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Sony Pictures Entertainment

#89. My Best Friend's Wedding

IMDb rating: 6.3

IMDb user votes: 111,943

Year released: 1997

Rating: PG-13

This romantic comedy has Julia Roberts starring as Julianne Potter, a woman who attempts to win over her best friend (Dermot Mulroney) before he marries a different woman (Cameron Diaz). The film was considered charming by critics, even if the user ratings from IMDb don’t necessarily reflect it. Through one of its more memorable scenes, the movie popularized the Diana King cover of "I Say a Little Prayer (For You)."

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

#88. Entrapment

IMDb rating: 6.3

IMDb user votes: 97,705

Year released: 1999

Rating: PG-13

Essentially a cat-and-mouse game, Catherine Zeta-Jones plays an investigator tracking down an international art thief (Sean Connery). Convincing him that she herself is a professional thief, she assists him with a heist in an effort to entrap him. While the film was considered to be stylish, critics were not convinced by the pair’s chemistry and found the plot to be poorly developed.

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Warner Home Video

#87. Gremlins 2: The New Batch

IMDb rating: 6.3

IMDb user votes: 80,298

Year released: 1990

Rating: PG-13

The sequel to “Gremlins” dialed down the darkness of its original to become more of a horror-comedy. Gizmo (the voice of Howie Mandel) multiplies to an absurd amount in a skyscraper in New York City, posing a threat to all in the building. With its new lighter tone, the film received a mixed reaction, some believing the sequel to be superior to the first and others thinking the exact opposite.

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Buena Vista Pictures

#86. Sister Act

IMDb rating: 6.3

IMDb user votes: 75,840

Year released: 1992

Rating: PG

One of Whoopi Goldberg’s most famous roles, “Sister Act” tells the story of a lounge singer who is forced to join a convent due to being placed in a witness protection program. Goldberg's character adds some energy and flavor to the church’s choir, though at the risk of exposing herself to some mobsters. Though the IMDb user rating isn’t particularly high, the film was celebrated enough to justify not only a sequel but a successful Broadway adaptation—and a remake is reportedly in development.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

#85. Assassins

IMDb rating: 6.3

IMDb user votes: 70,444

Year released: 1995

Rating: R

Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas star as a pair of rival assassins at odds with each other. Julianne Moore also stars, playing a computer hacker named Electra who Stallone’s character is meant to assassinate—but the two end up joining forces. Written by the Wachowski sisters, who would eventually make “The Matrix,” their script was heavily reworked, with the two attempting to disown the project.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

#84. Blue Streak

IMDb rating: 6.3

IMDb user votes: 67,237

Year released: 1999

Rating: PG-13

Impersonating a Los Angeles police detective, jewel thief Miles Logan (Martin Lawrence) attempts to retrieve a diamond from a police station. The buddy-cop comedy also stars Luke Wilson as Logan’s police partner, and Dave Chapelle appears as his getaway driver. Despite its fun premise, critics found the film to be rather derivative.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

#83. The Craft

IMDb rating: 6.3

IMDb user votes: 65,630

Year released: 1996

Rating: R

In this horror film, four teenage girls (Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True) teach themselves witchcraft, but eventually find themselves over their heads. In their attempts to use their powers for their own needs, lives are lost and consequences are dire. While the cast itself was praised, some critics unfavorably compared it to “Heathers,” just with more special effects.

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20th Century Fox

#82. The Siege

IMDb rating: 6.3

IMDb user votes: 63,224

Year released: 1998

Rating: R

Centering around a series of fictional terrorist attacks in New York City, “The Siege” involves FBI agents (portrayed by Denzel Washington and Tony Shalhoub) investigating the incidents. The cast also includes Annette Bening as a CIA agent and Bruce Willis as an out-of-control Army general. The film was considered to be offensive by various Arab American groups for its racial stereotypes and poor depiction of Islam.

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

#81. Alien: Resurrection

IMDb rating: 6.2

IMDb user votes: 202,780

Year released: 1997

Rating: R

The fourth film in the original “Alien” series took place long after “Alien 3,” which depicted the death of Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). Ripley returns as a cloned human-alien hybrid in a space vessel that that is under siege by the titular extraterrestrials. Screenwriter Joss Whedon criticized the direction of his script, unpleased with the final product.

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MCA Universal Home Video

#80. Waterworld

IMDb rating: 6.2

IMDb user votes: 160,891

Year released: 1995

Rating: PG-13

Essentially “Mad Max” but with water, this infamous Kevin Costner film depicted a post-apocalyptic world after the polar ice caps have melted. Costner portrays an unnamed wanderer who helps a group of people against pirates in a quest to find “Dryland.” While critics enjoyed the world-building, the plot was considered to be less than exciting. The film performed decently in the box office, but its high budget rendered it difficult to be profitable.

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Paramount Pictures

#79. Deep Impact

IMDb rating: 6.2

IMDb user votes: 147,360

Year released: 1998

Rating: PG-13

Competing against Michael Bay’s “Armageddon,” “Deep Impact” wasn’t even the only summer 1998 disaster film that focused on a potentially catastrophic asteroid approaching Earth. With multiple subplots based around the asteroid’s eventual impact, the film intertwines a teen astronomer who helped discover the asteroid (Elijah Wood), a journalist investigating a government cover-up (Tea Leoni), and the captain leading the expedition to destroy it (Robert Duvall). While believed to be more thoughtful than “Armageddon,” the film was still considered melodramatic by critics.

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Warner Home Video

#78. The Bodyguard

IMDb rating: 6.2

IMDb user votes: 103,903

Year released: 1992

Rating: R

Whitney Houston made her acting debut as a music star protected by a bodyguard (Kevin Costner). Their once-tenuous relationship grows into a sort of romance, with the two characters becoming closer over a series of crises. Although its soundtrack was the best selling of all time, the film didn’t fare as well. Critics didn’t buy the relationship, however, ultimately labeling the film cheesy and melodramatic.

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Paramount Pictures

#77. Wayne's World 2

IMDb rating: 6.2

IMDb user votes: 69,181

Year released: 1993

Rating: PG-13

Comedy sequels are rarely well received, but Mike Myers and Dana Carvey gave it their all in “Wayne’s World 2.” Based on an “SNL” sketch, the hosts of the Wayne’s World public access television show attempt to organize a music festival called Waynestock, all while Wayne is having his own romantic troubles with his girlfriend (Tia Carrere). While the sequel wasn’t lambasted, critics agreed that it still wasn’t as good as the classic first film.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

#76. Practical Magic

IMDb rating: 6.2

IMDb user votes: 63,591

Year released: 1998

Rating: PG-13

Starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, this supernatural film had the two leading actresses portraying a pair of sisters with the powers of witchcraft. The two attempt to break a family curse, in which any man who falls in love with a woman in their family is doomed to die. Critics did not particularly take to the mix of genres, which included fantasy, romance, and horror.

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MGM Home Entertainment

#75. Hackers

IMDb rating: 6.2

IMDb user votes: 59,959

Year released: 1995

Rating: PG-13

This cult film is about a group of hackers in high school (led by Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie) who find themselves embroiled in a corporate conspiracy. The filmmakers attempted to depict what they saw as a significant and relevant counterculture, with a story inspired by cyberpunk fiction. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, the plot was considered unconvincing, and the movie had dwindling box office returns.

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MGM

#74. Stigmata

IMDb rating: 6.2

IMDb user votes: 59,104

Year released: 1999

Rating: R

This Christianity-focused horror film had Patricia Arquette portray an atheist hairdresser, who is afflicted with stigmata—through which a person shares the same wounds as Jesus Christ when he was crucified—after acquiring a rosary. The plot goes further into the histories of characters with similar afflictions, and how they affect Arquette’s character. The film received negative reviews, with some critics like Roger Ebert finding it unintentionally funny.

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Paramount Pictures

#73. The Saint

IMDb rating: 6.2

IMDb user votes: 56,488

Year released: 1997

Rating: PG-13

Val Kilmer plays a high-tech thief, named for his penchant of using the names of various saints as aliases. This thief eventually finds himself in a larger plot involving an oil company and the Russian government. While Kilmer’s performance as a master of disguise was well regarded, the same could not be said for the film’s plot.

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Orion Picture Corp

#72. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

IMDb rating: 6.2

IMDb user votes: 55,458

Year released: 1991

Rating: PG

Continuing the time-traveling antics of the first “Bill & Ted” film, the titular characters (Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter) encounter Death himself (William Sadler). With a plot that involves evil robot clones and a series of games from Death, Bill and Ted attempt to make it back to the mortal world in time for a concert. Critics liked the wacky film enough, though not as much as the first.

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Paramount Pictures

#71. A Night at the Roxbury

IMDb rating: 6.2

IMDb user votes: 52,151

Year released: 1998

Rating: PG-13

One of several films inspired by an “SNL” sketch, “A Night at the Roxbury” starred Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan as nightclub-going brothers who frequently get rejected by women. The brothers attempt to get into the fabled Roxbury nightclub, with mixed success at first. Ultimately, viewers felt that the film tried to stretch the premise of the original sketch too much.

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Miramax Films

#70. Scream 2

IMDb rating: 6.1

IMDb user votes: 139,507

Year released: 1997

Rating: R

“Scream 2” goes farther into the metacriticism of horror movies, with a copycat murderer inspired by the events from the first film emerging during the premiere of “Stab,” a movie-within-the-movie. Original characters return from the first film to investigate further in this sequel that attempts to satirize sequels. Critics enjoyed the satirical elements of the film, even though it was criticized for a higher body count—and for killing off a fan-favorite character from the first movie.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

#69. The Cable Guy

IMDb rating: 6.1

IMDb user votes: 136,786

Year released: 1996

Rating: PG-13

Ben Stiller directed this dark comedy that stars Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick. Carrey portrays a cable guy who eventually begins stalking a customer of his, played by Broderick. The film was thought to be “creepy” and unsettling, but has gained some fans in recent years.

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Touchstone Pictures

#68. The Waterboy

IMDb rating: 6.1

IMDb user votes: 133,308

Year released: 1998

Rating: PG-13

Adam Sandler was in his prime during the 1990s, with “The Waterboy” being one of his several hits. Sandler plays a socially inept staff member of a football team who eventually proves himself worthy enough to play for the team. While considered to be a Sandler classic, critics gave the film negative reviews for its low-brow humor.

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MCA Universal Home Video

#67. Kindergarten Cop

IMDb rating: 6.1

IMDb user votes: 120,908

Year released: 1990

Rating: PG-13

Arnold Schwarzenegger sometimes took a break from action fare to star in family-friendly films, including “Kindergarten Cop.” Schwarzenegger played a police officer who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher during his pursuit of a drug lord. Despite some viewers enjoying it, critics didn’t receive the comedy as well.

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Universal Pictures

#66. Casper

IMDb rating: 6.1

IMDb user votes: 101,769

Year released: 1995

Rating: PG

Based on the Harvey Comics character of the same name, this film adaptation put the CGI friendly ghost of Casper alongside live-action characters. With a slightly darker tone than the source material, this film actually went into the backstory of how Casper died and dealt with plot elements and themes involving death. Despite mixed reviews, the film was followed by direct-to-video sequels and a cartoon show.

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Warner Home Video

#65. Eraser

IMDb rating: 6.1

IMDb user votes: 94,055

Year released: 1996

Rating: R

Arnold Schwarzenegger led the cast of this action thriller, playing a U.S. marshal assigned to protect an executive from a defense contractor after she learns of a cover-up. Soon, the characters learn that there are moles within their own organization. Featuring the same action and one-liners expected from a Schwarzenegger film, the film was largely forgotten after some negative reviews.

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Warner Home Video

#64. Sphere

IMDb rating: 6.1

IMDb user votes: 90,955

Year released: 1998

Rating: PG-13

Based on a Michael Crichton novel, sci-fi thriller “Sphere” starred Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson. After examining an apparent alien spacecraft in the Pacific Ocean, a mysterious sphere is discovered. For the most part, the film was not as enjoyed as other similar sci-fi films.

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Dreamworks

#63. Small Soldiers

IMDb rating: 6.1

IMDb user votes: 84,060

Year released: 1998

Rating: PG-13

Action figures become sentient in this sci-fi film, with human characters being caught up in a war against two different factions. The belligerent Commando Elite figures fight against the otherwise peaceful Gorgonites, with a teenage boy who owns the toys caught in the ruckus. The film was considered “too scary” for children.

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Universal Pictures

#62. Mercury Rising

IMDb rating: 6.1

IMDb user votes: 60,671

Year released: 1998

Rating: R

Bruce Willis portrays an undercover FBI agent who attempts to defend a 9-year-old autistic savant, who is targeted by government assassins after he breaks a top-secret code. Alec Baldwin plays the official who orders the hits. Overall, the film felt “recycled” according to reviews.

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Universal Pictures

#61. Mystery Men

IMDb rating: 6.1

IMDb user votes: 57,623

Year released: 1999

Rating: PG-13

This quirky film has Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, and Hank Azaria playing members of a superhero group with odd and ineffective powers. The group attempts to form a larger team, while under the shadow of successful superhero Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear). Despite the fun absurdism of the film, reviews still called it “hit-or-miss.”

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Buena Vista Pictures

#60. Dick Tracy

IMDb rating: 6.1

IMDb user votes: 52,194

Year released: 1990

Rating: PG

“Dick Tracy” was based on a series of comic strips that began in the 1930s and featured Warren Beatty as director, producer, and the film’s title character. Despite a lavish set and production design, critics were not particularly kind to the film. Still, “Dick Tracy” received multiple Academy Award wins and nominations, including a Best Supporting Actor nod for Al Pacino as a crime boss.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

#59. The Devil's Own

IMDb rating: 6.1

IMDb user votes: 51,829

Year released: 1997

Rating: R

Harrison Ford starred as an Irish-American police officer who is pulled into a conflict by an Irish Republican Army member (Brad Pitt). Critics enjoyed the pairing of the two actors while disliking the film’s depiction of Northern Ireland history.

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

#58. Broken Arrow

IMDb rating: 6

IMDb user votes: 83,863

Year released: 1996

Rating: R

Famed Hong Kong action filmmaker John Woo directed John Travolta and Christian Slater in this action thriller. The two leads play feuding Air Force pilots who must help to retrieve two stolen nuclear weapons. Called “cliched” and “over-the-top,” this Travolta-Woo collaboration was even less successful than “Face/Off.”

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TriStar Pictures

#57. Universal Soldier

IMDb rating: 6

IMDb user votes: 75,518

Year released: 1992

Rating: R

Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a Vietnam War soldier who was killed in action but is revived as part of a secret military project. He is pitted against his sergeant, an unhinged soldier played by Dolph Lundgren. It was dismissed by critics as being derivative of other films, like “Terminator 2: Judgement Day.”

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20th Century Fox

#56. Never Been Kissed

IMDb rating: 6

IMDb user votes: 75,240

Year released: 1999

Rating: PG-13

Drew Barrymore portrays a copy editor who has never been in a serious romantic relationship. While undercover as a high school student for a story, she develops a crush on an English teacher (Michael Vartan). She gains some help from her brother (David Arquette), who also enrolls as a fake student. Critics didn’t have much to say about the film, other than it was mostly unoriginal.

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Paramount Pictures

#55. Snake Eyes

IMDb rating: 6

IMDb user votes: 69,748

Year released: 1998

Rating: R

Starting off with a long tracking shot, “Snake Eyes” is a thriller from director Brian De Palma that stars Nicolas Cage. Cage plays a corrupt police detective who investigates the aftermath of a boxing match that went awry with an armed attack. Despite the talent in front of and behind the camera, the film only got up to 40% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Warner Home Video

#54. The Postman

IMDb rating: 6

IMDb user votes: 62,519

Year released: 1997

Rating: R

Another post-apocalyptic adventure directed by and starring Kevin Costner, “The Postman” takes place in the then-future year of 2013. Costner plays a nameless wanderer who wears a postman uniform, who ends up inspiring the many people he encounters to rebuild America. The nearly three-hour long film received unfavorable reviews for its sentimentality and what some considered to be pretention.

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Columbia Pictures

#53. Stuart Little

IMDb rating: 5.9

IMDb user votes: 109,944

Year released: 1999

Rating: PG

Though outside of his usual fare, M. Night Shyamalan wrote the screenplay to this book adaptation that stars a CGI mouse voiced by Michael J. Fox. The title character is adopted by a family and eventually wins each of them over. Kids may have enjoyed the film, but adult critics less so.

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Universal Pictures

#52. Dante's Peak

IMDb rating: 5.9

IMDb user votes: 70,974

Year released: 1997

Rating: PG-13

This disaster film has a volcanic eruption at the center of its premise, with the inhabitants of the titular town attempting to survive. Pierce Brosnan plays a volcanologist who warns the town’s mayor (Linda Hamilton) of the impending event. Even with some semblance of scientific accuracy, the film received a negative reception.

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Paramount Home Video

#51. Days of Thunder

IMDb rating: 5.9

IMDb user votes: 69,433

Year released: 1990

Rating: PG-13

In an attempt to recreate the success of “Top Gun,” director Tony Scott and lead actor Tom Cruise reunited for this NASCAR racing movie. Cruise played Cole Trickle, a racer attempting to make a name for himself in the competitive NASCAR arena. The movie didn’t impress critics, who not only unfavorably compared it to “Top Gun,” but various other Tom Cruise movies of the era.

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Hollywood Pictures

#50. G.I. Jane

IMDb rating: 5.9

IMDb user votes: 67,091

Year released: 1997

Rating: R

Ridley Scott’s militaristic action film tells the fictional story about a woman (Demi Moore) who undergoes through U.S. Navy training. Being labeled “G.I. Jane,” she pushes back against opposition that stems from her gender and must ultimately prove her mettle. Apparently, Moore didn’t win over viewers and even received a Razzie nomination for the role.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

#49. First Knight

IMDb rating: 5.9

IMDb user votes: 61,679

Year released: 1995

Rating: PG-13

Sean Connery plays King Arthur in this medieval film, which follows the romance between Lancelot (Richard Gere) and Guinevere (Julia Ormond). Unlike other films based on the same legends, there were no magical elements in “First Knight,” and the film was thought to be underwhelming.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

#48. Free Willy

IMDb rating: 5.9

IMDb user votes: 59,694

Year released: 1993

Rating: PG

“Free Willy” is generally considered in this day and age to be a classic family movie, following a young boy who befriends a captive orca whale, Willy. The orca is abused and exploited by amusement park owners, inspiring the boy and his friends to return him to the ocean. While the film’s premise and title are now pop culture staples, its critical reaction was lukewarm.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

#47. The Net

IMDb rating: 5.9

IMDb user votes: 54,208

Year released: 1995

Rating: PG-13

This techno-thriller stars Sandra Bullock as a systems analyst with a dependence on technology. After being mugged and injured, she finds that all data and information regarding her has been erased, being demanded by a stranger to bring them a mysterious disk that she obtained. Even though Bullock herself was praised, this film was thought to be less than thrilling.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

#46. Deep Blue Sea

IMDb rating: 5.8

IMDb user votes: 112,139

Year released: 1999

Rating: R

A group of scientists find themselves in danger when a study at an underwater facility leads to genetically engineered sharks attacking the structure. Never quite reaching the greatness of “Jaws,” the film was called “unoriginal and unintelligent.” Still, the film was notable for a famous scene where Samuel L. Jackson’s character was eaten by a shark, interrupting a dramatic and inspirational monologue.

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New Line Home Entertainment

#45. Mortal Kombat

IMDb rating: 5.8

IMDb user votes: 90,820

Year released: 1995

Rating: PG-13

Paul W.S. Anderson took a campy fighting video game and turned it into a campy action movie. Like the game, this film depicted a supernatural fighting tournament run by the evil Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). Though the movie arguably captured the spirit of the games, it didn’t do so much for film critics.

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Miramax Films

#44. She's All That

IMDb rating: 5.8

IMDb user votes: 75,717

Year released: 1999

Rating: PG-13

This high school romantic comedy is one of the more popular teen films from the decade. The premise involves an unpopular girl (Rachael Leigh Cook) being transformed into a “prom queen” as part of a bet that a popular boy (Freddie Prinze Jr.) participates in. The film received a mixed reception and was later parodied by “Not Another Teen Movie.”

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MGM

#43. RoboCop 2

IMDb rating: 5.8

IMDb user votes: 72,690

Year released: 1990

Rating: R

Considered to be more violent than its predecessor, not even “Empire Strikes Back” director Irvin Kershner was able to bring “Robocop 2” to critical success. Unlike the first film, the plot of the sequel was less-focused on Robocop’s human persona. Interestingly enough, the film received attention in 2013 for its prediction of Detroit filing for bankruptcy.

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MGM Home Entertainment

#42. Species

IMDb rating: 5.8

IMDb user votes: 67,292

Year released: 1995

Rating: R

Natasha Henstridge made her first film appearance in sci-fi horror “Species,” with her co-stars including Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, and Marg Helgenberger. Henstridge plays the role of an alien-human hybrid, as scientists and agents attempt to stop her from mating with a human. Critics did not like the plot, even with the involvement of “Alien” designer H.R. Giger.

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Disney

#41. Six Days Seven Nights

IMDb rating: 5.8

IMDb user votes: 66,647

Year released: 1998

Rating: PG-13

This adventure comedy from Ivan Reitman has a pair of mismatched people (Harrison Ford and Anne Heche) who are marooned on a deserted island. The pair unexpectedly develops an attraction for each other, which buds into a romance. But the film did little for critics, who called it “a forgettable piece of Hollywood fluff.”

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MCA Universal Home Video

#40. Daylight

IMDb rating: 5.8

IMDb user votes: 59,356

Year released: 1996

Rating: PG-13

Several people are trapped in a tunnel after both ends collapse from explosions. Led by a former EMS chief (Sylvester Stallone), a group of survivors attempts to escape. “Daylight” wasn’t anything that critics haven’t seen before, but it at least received an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Editing.

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Paramount Home Video

#39. Indecent Proposal

IMDb rating: 5.8

IMDb user votes: 54,720

Year released: 1993

Rating: R

Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore play a married couple whose union is shaken by a billionaire named John Gage (Robert Redford). Gage is attracted to Moore’s character and pays her $1 million for a night with her, causing paranoia from Harrelson’s character. The movie was lambasted by film critics, especially by feminists.

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Hollywood Pictures

#38. Jack

IMDb rating: 5.8

IMDb user votes: 51,212

Year released: 1996

Rating: PG-13

In an uncharacteristically comedic movie from “The Godfather” director Francis Ford Coppola, Robin Williams plays a child who physically grows up unusually quickly. Attending school, Jack undergoes much bullying, only to find that his condition is causing more significant health problems. “Jack” was considered to be a waste of both Coppola’s and Williams’s talents.

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MCA Universal Home Video

#37. Timecop

IMDb rating: 5.8

IMDb user votes: 50,098

Year released: 1994

Rating: R

“Timecop” has Jean Claude Van Damme in the role of a federal agent during a time in which time travel is possible. Time travel hijinks that involve the stock market crash of 1929 leads to drastic alterations in the future. Critics pointed out a litany of plot holes, although the movie was one of Van Damme’s more successful entries at the box office.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

#36. I Know What You Did Last Summer

IMDb rating: 5.7

IMDb user votes: 118,840

Year released: 1997

Rating: R

The inciting incident of this horror film has a group of teenagers accidentally striking a pedestrian after a summer party, disposing of the body at the coast. A year later, a hook-handed killer stalks these teenagers. Although the title and premise are now recognizable in public popular culture, critics thought “I Know What You Did Last Summer” was not nearly as good as “Scream,” which came from the same screenwriter.

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Universal Pictures

#35. End of Days

IMDb rating: 5.7

IMDb user votes: 97,584

Year released: 1999

Rating: R

A New York police detective played by Arnold Schwarzenegger must defend an innocent woman (Robin Tunney) from the forces of Satan and Hell. This woman is being pursued by demons, with their intention being to impregnate her with the Antichrist. Receiving negative reviews, “End of Days” also received multiple Golden Raspberry nominations.

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Buena Vista Pictures

#34. 101 Dalmatians

IMDb rating: 5.7

IMDb user votes: 87,743

Year released: 1996

Rating: G

One of Disney’s first live-action adaptations of their own animated films, “101 Dalmatians” starred Glenn Close as the menacing Cruella de Vil. Like the animated film, Cruella attempts to dognap a number of Dalmatians to skin for the purpose of creating coats. While the film itself got a lukewarm reception, Close’s performance as the iconic villain was praised.

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Happy Madison Productions

#33. Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

IMDb rating: 5.7

IMDb user votes: 64,935

Year released: 1999

Rating: R

One of Rob Schneider’s several attempts at stardom was “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” in which the actor portrays an aspiring male prostitute. Deuce goes through a series of misadventures with his clients, eventually falling in love with one of them. Critics dismissed the film’s antics as simply “dumb.”

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Paramount Pictures

#32. Escape from L.A.

IMDb rating: 5.7

IMDb user votes: 61,633

Year released: 1996

Rating: R

This sequel to “Escape from New York” reteamed director John Carpenter and star Kurt Russell in this post-apocalyptic action flick. Under the threat of incarceration, Snake Plissken (Russell) is given the opportunity to win back his freedom by retrieving a stolen EMP superweapon. Although it received mixed reviews, Carpenter still believes “L.A.” to be superior to its predecessor.

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Miramax Films

#31. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

IMDb rating: 5.7

IMDb user votes: 56,019

Year released: 1998

Rating: R

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first “Halloween” film, “H20” ignored all of the films after the first two “Halloween” entries. Jamie Lee Curtis returned in her role as Laurie Strode, having faked her death and changed her identity. Unfortunately, the film was not thought to be a return to glory for the franchises, which is trying another reboot with Curtis this year.

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Universal Pictures

#30. The Nutty Professor

IMDb rating: 5.6

IMDb user votes: 98,128

Year released: 1996

Rating: PG-13

Eddie Murphy plays the role that Jerry Lewis originated in 1963. This time around, the professor attempts to lose weight with an experimental formula. With his newfound physique, Professor Sherman Klump attempts to win the girl of his dreams as the crude yet dashing “Buddy Love.” Critics generally liked it, though none would particularly call this slapstick comedy a masterpiece.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

#29. Johnny Mnemonic

IMDb rating: 5.6

IMDb user votes: 60,801

Year released: 1995

Rating: R

Keanu Reeves plays the title character, a man with a mnemonic memory thanks to a brain implant. Johnny acts as a courier, transporting memories and data that are too sensitive to transfer through the Net. The film was quickly forgotten after critics gave it negative coverage.

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Universal Pictures

#28. Beethoven

IMDb rating: 5.6

IMDb user votes: 57,491

Year released: 1992

Rating: PG

This children’s movie depicted a family that adopts a dog who escaped from a pet store that was being robbed. Named Beethoven for his penchant to bark along to classical music, the family is at odds with an abusive and unethical veterinarian. Like most family-friendly animal films, “Beethoven” didn’t get many good reviews, but the film made enough money to spawn multiple sequels and spinoffs.

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Hollywood Pictures

#27. Judge Dredd

IMDb rating: 5.5

IMDb user votes: 99,470

Year released: 1995

Rating: R

Based on the comic book of the same name, Sylvester Stallone played the titular character, a brutal “Judge” who also serves as jury and executioner. Unlike the source material, Dredd showed his face, not wearing his trademark helmet and visor for most of the film’s running time. The creator of the comic panned the film; another attempt to bring the book to film was made in 2012, with Karl Urban in the role.

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Paramount Pictures

#26. Runaway Bride

IMDb rating: 5.5

IMDb user votes: 83,790

Year released: 1999

Rating: PG

Julia Roberts portrays a woman who has left three different fiancés, being dubbed the “Runaway Bride” by tabloid publications. Richard Gere plays a reporter who falls in love with her while trying to document her exploits. Despite mixed reviews, this romantic comedy was a box office success.

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Twentieth Century Fox

#25. Jingle All the Way

IMDb rating: 5.5

IMDb user votes: 79,460

Year released: 1996

Rating: PG

Another family comedy from Arnold Schwarzenegger, this Christmas movie has Schwarzenegger’s character attempt to get a Turbo-Man action figure for his son during the holiday shopping season. Comedian Sinbad plays a rival trying to retrieve the same toy for his own son. The humor was considered cartoonish and slapstick, leading to bad reviews.

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Paramount Home Video

#24. Beverly Hills Cop III

IMDb rating: 5.5

IMDb user votes: 68,136

Year released: 1994

Rating: R

The last entry of the “Beverly Hills Cop” trilogy once again starred Eddie Murphy, with his Axel Foley character being led to an amusement park during one of his investigations. Foley is seeking the men responsible for the death of his boss, once again partnering with Beverly Hills detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold). Not only did critics enjoy this entry of the series the least, so too did Murphy himself.

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Warner Home Video

#23. The Specialist

IMDb rating: 5.5

IMDb user votes: 56,383

Year released: 1994

Rating: R

Sylvester Stallone appears in yet another action film, in which he plays a former CIA operative-turned hitman. Responding to an ad from a woman named May (Sharon Stone), Stallone’s character is caught up in a revenge plot. The critics who reviewed the film dubbed it to be “torturous,” with unexplained character motivations and tiring action.

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TriStar Pictures

#22. Urban Legend

IMDb rating: 5.5

IMDb user votes: 53,292

Year released: 1998

Rating: R

A college university is stricken by a series of murders, all modeled after popular urban legends. The horror film featured Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, and Tara Reid as students attempting to solve crime. Critics gave it mixed reviews, with the film being called a clone of “Scream.”

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Warner Bros. Pictures

#21. Batman Forever

IMDb rating: 5.4

IMDb user votes: 213,363

Year released: 1995

Rating: PG-13

This third “Batman” film in a trilogy began by Tim Burton and Michael Keaton has Burton replaced with Joel Schmaucher in the director’s chair and Val Kilmer playing the lead. This time around, Batman faces off against the Riddler (Jim Carrey) and Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), while gaining a new sidekick in Robin (Chris O’Donnell). Unlike the darker and gothic  “Batman Returns,” “Forever” was more colorful and campy, which critics didn’t respond well to.

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Twentieth Century Fox

#20. Doctor Dolittle

IMDb rating: 5.4

IMDb user votes: 83,978

Year released: 1998

Rating: PG-13

Another adaptation of a series of children’s books, “Doctor Dolittle” starred Eddie Murphy as a doctor with the ability to speak to animals. Dolittle considers his gift a burden but begins to learn how to use it for the better. With a series of crude jokes, this family film with talking animals was far from beloved by critics.

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

#19. Volcano

IMDb rating: 5.4

IMDb user votes: 65,253

Year released: 1997

Rating: PG-13

In the middle of some intense volcanic activity, a Los Angeles official (Tommy Lee Jones) attempts to direct citizens away from the destruction and divert the flow of lava that travels through the city streets. The film called crisis response to attention, despite its inaccurate science. Critics felt the movie was “routine,” but the film still made more money than its competitor, “Dante’s Peak.”

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Disney

#18. George of the Jungle

IMDb rating: 5.4

IMDb user votes: 63,163

Year released: 1997

Rating: PG

Disney produced this film based on the cartoon of the same name, with Brendan Fraser as jungle man George. This tongue-and-cheek film has George and his animal friends facing off against a group of poachers led by the fiancé (Thomas Haden Church) of his love interest (Leslie Mann). The film was not too well regarded, but critics like Roger Ebert found the film’s comedy to be entertaining enough.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

#17. Godzilla

IMDb rating: 5.3

IMDb user votes: 166,219

Year released: 1998

Rating: PG-13

Disaster film director Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow”) attempted to capitalize on the success of “Jurassic Park” with his “Godzilla” remake. The monster in this film resembled a T-rex from the Spielberg films, rather than the behemoths from the original Japanese movies. The film was not only mocked by Americans, but by “Godzilla” franchise owner Toho, labeling the character as “Zilla.”

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Warner Home Video

#16. Ri¢hie Ri¢h

IMDb rating: 5.3

IMDb user votes: 56,320

Year released: 1994

Rating: PG

Macaulay Culkin brought the cartoon character of Richie Rich to life in this family comedy. John Larroquette plays the family company’s greedy CFO, who attempts to make off with the family’s fortune. Critics felt that Culkin’s performance was lacking, as was the film’s attempts at a sense of wonder.

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

#15. Rocky V

IMDb rating: 5.2

IMDb user votes: 108,955

Year released: 1990

Rating: PG-13

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is retired due to brain damage from his boxing career, going back to basics and living a humble life with his family. Rocky begins to train Tommy Gunn (Tommy Morrison), a rising professional boxer with whom he has a falling-out. The film was slammed by critics and even Stallone himself.

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Disney

#14. Flubber

IMDb rating: 5.2

IMDb user votes: 74,966

Year released: 1997

Rating: PG

Robin Williams plays a mad professor in this Disney sci-fi family comedy. In an attempt to create a new energy source, the professor instead accidentally creates a green, speedy, and sentient substance. Cartoonish dance numbers from the “Flubber” failed to win critics over.

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New Line Home Entertainment

#13. Spawn

IMDb rating: 5.2

IMDb user votes: 58,463

Year released: 1997

Rating: R

Michael Jai White portrays Todd McFarlane’s comic book character Spawn, a former Marine who returns to life by becoming a servant of Hell. With the demon known as the Violator (John Leguizamo) to guide him, Spawn seeks revenge on his former supervisor (Martin Sheen) for his death. Critics did not like the film’s story, nor its excessive violence.

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New Line Home Entertainment

#12. Lost in Space

IMDb rating: 5.1

IMDb user votes: 65,005

Year released: 1998

Rating: PG-13

The Robinson family is lost in space after a saboteur (Gary Oldman) throws them off-course. Based on the 1960s television series, this movie adaptation featured multiple callbacks to its source material. Unfortunately for the film, its darker tone was thought by critics to be detrimental in this reimagining of the campy original show.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

#11. Wild Wild West

IMDb rating: 4.9

IMDb user votes: 141,336

Year released: 1999

Rating: PG-13

In this cyberpunk western adventure, Will Smith and Kevin Kline play Secret Service agents—with access to wacky technological wonders—who are charged with protecting President Ulysses S. Grant. This project reunited Smith and director Barry Sonnenfeld, who worked on “Men in Black” together. However, this film was considered to be lacking in any laughs by critics.

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Dreamworks

#10. The Haunting

IMDb rating: 4.9

IMDb user votes: 64,206

Year released: 1999

Rating: PG-13

A remake of a 1960s film which itself was a book adaptation, “The Haunting” has Liam Neeson portray Doctor David Marrow, who invites a handful of people (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, and Lili Taylor) to participate in what he claims to be an insomnia study. The study takes place in a mysterious manor which is later determined to be haunted. Even with lavish production design and visual effects, the film received bad marks by critics for being clichéd.

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MCA Universal Home Video

#9. The Flintstones

IMDb rating: 4.8

IMDb user votes: 67,853

Year released: 1994

Rating: PG

The popular primetime cartoon received its first live-action adaptation, with John Goodman playing Fred Flintstone and Rick Moranis as Barney Rubble. Flintstone is manipulated by a villainous executive played by Kyle MacLachlan, causing discord amongst these familiar characters. While the production design was praised, the film was thought to be too mature for young audiences.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

#8. Anaconda

IMDb rating: 4.7

IMDb user votes: 84,137

Year released: 1997

Rating: PG-13

A documentary film crew encounters a snake hunter (Jon Voight) finds themselves face-to-face with a dangerous anaconda. The snake picks off the crew one-by-one in horror movie fashion, with the crew members eventually fighting Voight’s characters as well. The film got mixed reviews, mainly for its lack of characterization.

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MGM Home Entertainment

#7. Showgirls

IMDb rating: 4.7

IMDb user votes: 55,776

Year released: 1995

Rating: NC17

This erotic drama was hyped up for its NC-17 rating, a rarity in the industry. The film follows a drifter (Elizabeth Berkley) who attempts to work her way up from stripper to showgirl. With its excessive nudity and sexual content, critics labeled the film as “vile” and misogynistic.

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sony pictures home Entertainment

#6. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb user votes: 61,707

Year released: 1998

Rating: R

A direct sequel to horror film “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” the characters from the first film are still traumatized after surviving a series of murders. Soon, the teenagers find themselves stalked again by the same murderous fisherman. The first film itself didn’t receive many great reviews, but the sequel set a lower bar with a story called “predictable” and “boring.”

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MCA Universal Home Video

#5. Junior

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb user votes: 59,197

Year released: 1994

Rating: PG-13

This Schwarzenegger family film had the action star portray a male scientist who becomes pregnant due to a fertility experiment. His relationship with fellow scientist Dr. Reddin (Emma Thompson) advances during the absurd ordeal. Even with the funny-enough premise, most critics lambasted the comedy.

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Twentieth Century Fox

#4. Home Alone 3

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb user votes: 89,494

Year released: 1997

Rating: PG

Related to the first two “Home Alone” films by premise only, this threequel replaced bandits with international terrorists. A young child named Alex accidentally comes into possession of a missile computer chip, with a quartet of hitmen attempting to retrieve it for the North Korean government. Alex fends the four off with a series of pranks and traps throughout his home. Not even the screenplay from John Hughes was able to win critics over.

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Fox

#3. Speed 2: Cruise Control

IMDb rating: 3.8

IMDb user votes: 67,026

Year released: 1997

Rating: PG-13

Missing original male lead Keanu Reeves, the sequel to “Speed” traded a bus for a cruise ship. Sandra Bullock returns as Annie Porter, on a romantic trip with her boyfriend (Jason Patric) when the ship is hijacked by a terrorist (Willem Dafoe). The sequel was considered laughable by critics, but gained a champion in film critic Roger Ebert, who had often mentioned how he liked the film better than Bullock herself.

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MCA Universal Home Video

#2. Street Fighter

IMDb rating: 3.8

IMDb user votes: 58,647

Year released: 1994

Rating: PG-13

Based on the series of fighting games, “Street Fighter” had Jean Claude Van Damme as Guile, facing off against warlord M. Bison (Raúl Juliá). Featuring many of the colorful characters from the series, the film was wacky, action-packed, and absurd. Critics derided the film, but praised Julia’s commitment in one of his final film roles.

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Warner Home Video

#1. Batman & Robin

IMDb rating: 3.7

IMDb user votes: 211,265

Year released: 1997

Rating: PG-13

George Clooney donned the cowl and cape in Joel Schumacher’s sequel to “Batman Forever.” Joined by Robin (Chris O’Donnell), and eventually Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone), the Bat family fights Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) in a battle for Gotham City. With numerous ice puns from Schwarzenegger, over-the-top acting, cartoon antics, and questionable costume design, “Batman & Robin,” in Clooney’s own words, “killed the franchise.”

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