‘90s Throwback: What’s Your State’s Favorite ‘90s Movie?

The team at Frontier Bundles is taking a nostalgic trip back in time by uncovering every state’s favorite ‘90s movie. Theylooked at the 20 highest-earning movies from 1990 to 1999—movies that defined a generation. Read on to see if your favorite film made the cut!

So here in Texas, the favorite was Disney’s animated The Lion King, as it was in 7 other states. Do you agree?

Hometown pride:

  • New York can’t get enough of Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost, which takes place in New York City and was partially filmed there.
  • Hawaii searched more than any other state for Jurassic Park, which was partially filmed on the island of Kauai–the “Garden Isle.”
  • Twister is most popular in Oklahoma and Kentucky, where twisters are a regular occurrence for the locals.
  • Illinois loves Home Alone, which is appropriate given the film’s setting.

The Disney Renaissance:

The ‘90s were a powerhouse decade for Disney. Its animated films saw more commercial success than ever before. Four of these films top our list:

  • The Lion King was the most popular film from the ‘90s, winning 8 states. It’s won countless awards, is one of the highest-grossing films of all time, and has its own broadway play. Disney currently has a live action version of The Lion King in the works for 2019.
  • Aladdin was the highest-grossing animated film of all time until it was dethroned by The Lion King, but it’s still California’s favorite.
  • Beauty and the Beast was North Dakota and Utah’s favorite film. It won a Golden Globe award and two Academy Awards, and the love for this fairy tale hasn’t faded—Disney’s live action version starring Emma Watson is the highest-grossing PG-rated film ever in the US.
  • Toy Story 2, produced by Pixar for Disney, is one of the few films that has received a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Toy Story 2 was Delaware’s favorite film from the ‘90s. (The first Toy Story didn’t make quite enough money to make it into the top 20 list.)

Prominent Actors from the ’90s:

  • Tom Hanks: Forrest Gump, Toy Story 2, Saving Private Ryan
  • Robin Williams: Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Will Smith: Independence Day, Men in Black

Other most-searched favorites:

  • Historical fiction classics, such as the tragic story of the Titanic and the gritty but inspiring Saving Private Ryan.
  • Science fiction movies, including Jurassic Park, The Phantom Menace, Terminator 2, and Men in Black, which are all part of hugely popular franchises still producing blockbusters.
  • End-of-the-world movies featuring giant asteroids, invading aliens, and artificial intelligence bent on destroying humanity are inexplicably popular among 8 states. Earth had some close calls in the ‘90s in films such as Armageddon, Independence Day, and Terminator 2.


Data analysts at Frontier Bundles used unadjusted domestic gross total earnings to generate a list of the 20 most popular movies released in the United States during the ‘90s. The top-earning movies were included in the list regardless of genre or rating, so the options ranged from Disney’s animated Aladdin to high-intensity films like Saving Private Ryan.

From there, they analyzed Google Trends data from the past year to identify movies that stand the test of time—which movies are people still searching for after all these years? The results are indicative of each state’s favorite ‘90s movie.

Here’s the full list:

Alabama- The Lion King
Alaska- The Phantom Menace
Arizona– The Lost World
Arkansas- The Lion King
California- Aladdin
Colorado- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Connecticut– Saving Private Ryan
Delaware- Toy Story 2
District of Columbia- Mrs. Doubtfire
Florida- Men in Black
Georgia- Forrest Gump
Hawaii- Jurassic Park
Idaho- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Illinois- Home Alone
Indiana- The Lion King
Iowa- Saving Private Ryan
Kansas- Titanic
Kentucky- Home Alone
Louisiana- The Lion King
Maine- Armageddon
Maryland– The Lion King
Massachusetts– Titanic
Michigan– Home Alone
Minnesota– Home Alone
Mississippi– The Phantom Menace
Missouri– The Lion King
Montana– Terminator 2
Nebraska– The Lost World
Nevada– Ghost
New Hampshire– Saving Private Ryan
New Jersey– Saving Private Ryan
New Mexico– Terminator 2
New York– Ghost
North Carolina- Titanic
North Dakota- Beauty and the Beast
Ohio- Home Alone
Oklahoma- Twister
Oregon- Titanic
Pennsylvania- Home Alone
SouthCarolina- Forrest Gump
South Dakota- Terminator 2
Tennessee- The Lion King
Texas- The Lion King
Utah- Beauty and the Beast
Vermont- Armageddon
Virginia- Independence Day
Washington- Terminator 2
West Virginia- Armageddon
Wisconsin- Home Alone
Wyoming- Mrs. Doubtfire

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