Best Actors Of The 1990s










The 1990s was a magical time for cinema. This era gave us some of the most beloved movies ever made, along with a few that will go down us the greatest of all-time. The directing and writing in these movies are obviously out of this world, but it is the actors who give us these unforgettable moments in these films. Here are a few of the best actors of the 1990s.

Tom Hanks

Best Movies: A League Of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Toy Story,  Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile


Hanks absolutely owned this era. Forrest Gump is arguably one of the most lovable characters of all-time and is perhaps Hanks’ signature role. Hanks then delivered as Captain John H. Miller in one of the best war films ever made in Saving Private Ryan. Hanks’ voice will also forever be remembered forever, as he voiced the role of Woody in Toy Story, in what would become one of the highest grossest trilogies of all-time.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Movies: The Basketball Diaries, Romeo Juliet, Titanic


Leo is obviously now the biggest movie star on the planet. Leo gained international stardom after his role of Jack Dawson in Titanic, becoming one of the most famous men in the world. Titanic is where DiCaprio buttered his bread in the 90s, but his lead roles as Jim Carroll (as a 21-year old) in The Basketball Diaries and as Romeo Montague in Romeo Juliet also makes Leo a huge winner of the 1990s. Leo built off his incredible success in the 90s to dominate the next two decades in Hollywood.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Best Movies: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop, Jingle All the Way, Batman & Robin


Schwarzenegger was probably the biggest movie star in the world from the 80s through the 90s. The Terminator series drove Arnold to absolute stardom and a household name. The sequel to the series is arguably the best of the series, was released in 1991. Kindergarten Cop and Jingle All the Way showed the softer and more comedic side of Arnold, as he showed his versatility in the 90s. 

Mel Gibson

Best Movies (as actor and director): Lethal Weapon 3, Braveheart, Pocahontas, Lethal Weapon 4


Gibson continued the success of the Lethal Weapon series well into the 90s, as these films are the blueprint for your classic cop-action Hollywood movies. What really makes this decade special for Gibson is his work as both leading role and director in Braveheart. Gibson’s film scored Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, and Best Sound Editing at the 68th Academy Awards.

Ed Norton

Best Movies: Primal Fear, American History X, Rounders, Fight Club

Norton may not have been in the number of films as other stars of the 90s, but his three huge roles are some of the finest pieces of work you will ever watch. Norton’s fame blew up after playing neo-Nazi Derek Vinyard in the controversial but excellent American History X. Norton’s most brilliant role is as The Narrator in Fight Club, one of the most most established cult films of all-time.