The 50 Best Movies of the '90s

22. Good Will Hunting (1997)

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Stellan Skarsgård

Known best as the film that landed Ben Affleck and Matt Damon the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, the plot of Good Will Hunting is part of the popular imagination: genius works as janitor but is great at math, talks about apples a lot. Jokes aside, the film remains a powerful piece of work about potential, inertia, friends, and the trauma of the past. —VC

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