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The 10 Best '90s Comedies by Year

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Phil (Bill Murray) riding with Punxsutawney Phil in the movie Groundhog Day

Phil (Bill Murray) riding with Punxsutawney Phil in the movie Groundhog Day

The 1990s brought many extravagant things. From the creation and release of the Gameboy to the release of the popular Friends on TV. No doubt, the 1990s was the peak of pop culture not just in the United States but around the world.

The pop culture of the 90s certainly didn't miss when it came to movies. Memorable classics like The Shawshank Redemption, Jurassic Park, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Forrest Gump were produced during the 1990s. And the comedy genre was not short of any high-end movies that made memorable laughs.

Today, we will be taking a trip down memory lane and looking at the highest-rated comedy movie for each year in the 1990s according to IMDb.

So get on the nostalgia train, fasten your seatbelts, get comfy, and enjoy your ride through the 1990s.

1990: Home Alone

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Starting off the article is a Christmas classic that just about everyone remembers.

The image of 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) fighting off burglars with humorous yet painful brought many great laughs to kids and adults in the theaters. Not to mention Kevin's fun activities in the McCallister's house while his parents are gone gave many children great jealously. Home Alone, nominated for 2 Oscars, is often the go-to movie for many families during Christmas. The success of the first film lead to the creation of 5 sequels that all, with their fair share of great moments, did not live up to the first one.

Home Alone will forever be a great Christmas movie that brings many great laughs every time you watch it. Its simple humor and hysterical moments bring tears of laughter into the eyes of many.

1991: Defending Your Life

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Next up is a Meryl Streep classic. Written, directed, and starring Albert Brooks,

Defending Your Life has a great mix of romance, drama, and humor. Its plot and tagline "The first true story of what happens after you die" summarize the movie for those that have seen it and draw the attention of those that haven't seen it. Although it is a PG-rated movie and doesn't match the typical 90s humor, it still brings good laughs for adults and kids.

If you are looking for a romantic comedy to watch, Defending Your Life is a great choice for you. It will meet the romance and humor that most people look for in a romantic comedy.

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1992: Wayne's World

IMDb Rating: 7/10

It is no surprise this Mike Myers classic was the highest-rated for 1992.

A movie that is still quoted many times, Wayne's World has almost all the aspects you would find in a 1990s comedy. The characters of Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) provide great chemistry of comedy for the viewers to enjoy. Its mix of cheeky and crude humor gives both the kids a good laugh and the adults an even harder laugh. The legacy of Wayne's World is still living on to this day. The duo of Mike Myers and Dana Carvey have played their iconic characters many times outside of Wayne's World including on TV Shows, commercials, and even the 2019 Oscars.

The movie was quite popular when it first came out. A sequel had already been released just a year later in 1993. Both the first and second movies left their mark in the heart of 1990s comedy.

1993: Groundhog Day

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

This movie is unsurprisingly one of the highest-rated movies on this list.

Groundhog Day is considered by some to be Bill Murray at his peak of comedy. His hilarious portrayal of news reporter Phil and his interactions with other characters like Ned (Stephen Tobolowsky) and Larry (Chris Elliot) are what makes this movie such a funny and popular movie. Phil's continuing descent into madness as he replays the same day over and over is comical and the new actions he does each new day are both surprising and funny. It is no doubt many watch this in celebration of Groundhog's Day. It is a fan favorite movie that just about all ages can watch.

Groundhog Day will also be the go-to movie on Groundhog's Day. Bill Murray's peak humor and the great cast of actors make this movie memorable.

1994: Ed Wood

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Tim Burton's movie about famed director Edward Wood left viewers laughing and crying.

The biography of Edward Wood is one of Tim Burton's most famous movies. Johnny Depp's portrayal of the famous director was a stupendous performance. The movie provides a lot of good humor to help balance out the drama. Its high usage of strong language and R-rating makes it funny for the adults and not watchable for the kids. Ed Wood is an underrated comedy of the 90s that does a fantastic job drawing out the hard life of Edward Wood.

Tim Burton did not miss this movie. Its high score on IMDb is deserved for this movie.

1995: Toy Story

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Disney's revolutionary cartoon movie is deserving to be on this list with its great humor.

A movie often forgotten about in the discussion of best 90s comedies, Toy Story changed the game in both animation and cartoon humor. Tom Hanks as Woody (voice) and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear (voice) add to the awesomeness this movie brings to the table. Its cheeky kid humor keeps the kids' humor afloat. The hidden adult humor Disney likes to sneak in gives the adults a great laugh. As the first 3D animated movie, its expectations were high amongst the populous. And the movie lived up to and even exceed the expectations of everyone. It is a classic cartoon and one of Disney's best movies.

In a decade of great movies, Toy Story rose up and forever became an unforgettable movie. This animated movie can be considered funnier than other comedies of the time.

Toy Story Fast Fact

Pixar originally wanted to cast Jim Carrey as Buzz Lightyear and Paul Newman as Woody. They could not due to the movies low budget.

1996: Fargo

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Dark comedy is often not the favorable type for movie watchers. But this movie is a deserving movie of its high praise.

Inspired by a real-life story, Fargo received amazing praise when it first came out. Its humor, although dark, helps lighten the mood of the plot. Actress Frances McDormand won Best Actress in a Leading Role, so you can see that the acting does match the humor of the story. What makes this movie special and unique is its dark story. Most 90s comedies were filled with sex-driven plots or dumb actions by the main character. This movie takes a dramatic and gruesome story and adds humor to it. That is what makes this movie unique.

Fargo will be remembered for its dark story and its humor.

1997: Grosse Pointe Blank

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

This movie about the cliché Assassin Plot takes a new comical approach.

The interesting and downright funny plot makes this story very memorable. John Cusack's acting only helps to enhance the humor of the movie. Its ultimate predicament and ending make this movie worth its 1 hour 47 minute run time. The tagline "Even a Hit Man Deserves A Second Shot" is clever and shows the plot of the movie very well.

Although not as memorable as the other movies, it deserves a watch.

1998: The Big Lebowski

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

From the creators of the earlier mentioned movie Fargo, the "dude-tastical" movie makes an appearance on this list.

The plot is so strange and wild, that it brings tears into the eyes of some who read the summary. Bring once again the "paying debt" story cliché that is prominent in 90s comedies, The Big Lebowski brings a new look to the cliché and provides even better laughs than most movies with that plot. The famous "The Dude"(played by Jeff Bridges) is an iconic 90s comedy character. The Dude has everything that you look for out of a comedy character.

The Big Lebowski is a well-written, well-acted, and well-directed movie.

1999: Toy Story 2

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

The sequel of the famous Toy Story makes an appearance on the list with every right.

Toy Story 2 brings back the iconic characters of Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) in a new and improved story. The success of the first movie boosted the number of moviegoers who saw it on opening night. Toy Story 2 does not miss anything great about the first movie as it includes the funny kid humor and the secret adult humor. The movie does not ruin the Toy Story series and enhances it to new and better heights.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen returning for our beloved toy characters makes this movie awesome.

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