Alright, folks—it’s time for a throwback. The ’90s officially turn 30 next year, and instead of baking them a cake, Hollywood seems to be celebrating by releasing remakes as quickly as we can watch them.
In fact, new versions of generation-defining classics, such as The Lion King, Aladdin, and Men in Black, all hit theaters in 2019. With so much remake (and sequel!) action since last year’s report, the team at FrontierBundles.com took a fresh look at a decade’s worth of blockbusters—and found the top ’90s movies people are searching for 20–30 years later.
From tear-jerkers like Saving Private Ryan to trailblazers like Toy Story 2 and epics like Titanic, the ’90s saw its fair share of revolutionary films that fans keep coming back to. Join us for a trip down memory lane, and take a peek at the most popular ’90s movie in your state.
The FrontierBundles.com team first tracked down the 20 highest grossing films of the 1990s—released between 1990 and 1999. We then analyzed Google Trends search volume around each movie between 5/22/18 and 5/22/19 to determine every state’s favorite flick.
- Titanic was the most popular film on our list—and the most popular when it came out. In fact, this dynamic period drama was the highest domestic grossing movie in the ’90s, totaling $659 million.
- Just four of the top 20 films didn’t make the cut for the highest search volume in any state (RIP Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and The Sixth Sense).
- It’s no wonder Hawaii searched for Jurassic Park more than any other state, since the prehistoric thriller was partially filmed in Kauai.
- Oklahoma experiences an average of 65.4 tornadoes per year, so perhaps the movie Twister feels close to home.
- Illinois residents prefer Home Alone, which might speak to its local appeal given that the kid-friendly comedy was filmed in Chicago.
- Armageddon made the least money of all the movies on our list, but it was far from a flop. It brought in $201.57 million in the US alone.
- 11 states maintained their favorite movie from last year: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.
- The Lion King is the highest grossing G-rated film ever made. Disney plans to release its modern-day revamp in July 2019.
- The 2017 remake of Beauty and the Beast is the second-highest grossing PG film ever made.
- Aladdin was the highest grossing film in 1992 and the first animated feature to reach a half-billion dollars in revenue.
- Toy Story 2 is one of the few films to receive a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The original Toy Story didn’t quite make enough to land a spot in the top 20.
|State||Favorite ’90s Movie|
|Alaska||Terminator 2: Judgment Day|
|Arizona||Toy Story 2|
|Arkansas||Men in Black|
|Colorado||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me|
|Delaware||Men in Black|
|District of Columbia||Saving Private Ryan|
|Florida||Men in Black|
|Idaho||The Lion King|
|Iowa||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me|
|Maine||Saving Private Ryan|
|Nevada||Toy Story 2|
|New Hampshire||Saving Private Ryan|
|New Mexico||Men in Black|
|North Carolina||Men in Black|
|Rhode Island||Toy Story 2|
|South Carolina||Forrest Gump|
|South Dakota||Saving Private Ryan|
|Texas||Toy Story 2|
|Utah||Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace|
|Vermont||Saving Private Ryan|
|Wyoming||Men in Black|
Gear Up For a ’90s Movie Marathon
Now that you’re replaying all your favorite ’90s movie scenes in your head (Kate and Jack! Buzz and Woody!), stream your favorites with a fiber-optic internet connection that’ll make you wonder how you ever got along with a VHS.
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