Best films, 1990by Poisonthewell | created - 22 Apr 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
All worthwhile films of 1990 ranked
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1. Nema-ye Nazdik (1990)
Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Votes: 10,540 | Gross: $0.00M
2. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
Votes: 813,016 | Gross: $46.84M
3. Metropolitan (1990)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A group of young upper-class Manhattanites are blithely passing through the gala debutante season, when an unusual outsider joins them and stirs them up.
Votes: 7,859 | Gross: $2.94M
4. Mindwalk (1990)
PG | 112 min | Drama
A US politician visits his poet friend in Mont. St. Michael, France. While walking through the medieval island discussing their philosophies of life they happen upon Sonja, a scientist in ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,511 | Gross: $0.77M
6. Paris Is Burning (1990)
R | 71 min | Documentary
A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.
Votes: 6,225 | Gross: $3.78M
7. A Tale of Springtime (1990)
PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Simple conversations engender complicated human interactions. Jeanne is open and even-tempered, a philosophy teacher at a lycée. Her fiancé is away and she doesn't want to stay at his messy... See full summary »
Votes: 2,674 | Gross: $0.20M
8. Astenicheskiy sindrom (1990)
153 min | Drama
In the old days it was called hypochrondria, or black melancholia. Now, apparently, it's termed the Asthenic Syndrome. Whatever it is, Nikolai, a teacher of epicly indifferent pupils, has ... See full summary »
9. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?
Votes: 259,808 | Gross: $119.39M
10. The Comfort of Strangers (1990)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
An English couple holiday in Venice to sort out their relationship. There is some friction and distance between them, and we also sense they are being watched. One evening, they lose their ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,473 | Gross: $1.24M
11. King of New York (1990)
R | 103 min | Crime, Thriller
A drug kingpin is released from prison and seeks to take total control of the criminal underworld in order to give back to the community.
Votes: 25,776 | Gross: $2.55M
12. Miller's Crossing (1990)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.
Votes: 111,249 | Gross: $5.08M
13. An Angel at My Table (1990)
R | 158 min | Biography, Drama
In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters. Already at an early age she is different from the other kids. She gets an education ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,445 | Gross: $1.05M
14. After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An ex-boxer is drifting around after escaping from the mental hospital. He meets a widow who convinces him to help fix up the neglected estate her ex-husband left. Her Uncle talks them both... See full summary »
Votes: 2,724 | Gross: $2.68M
16. Ju Dou (1990)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance
A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,311 | Gross: $1.99M
17. Trust (1990)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama
After being thrown away from home, Maria encounters a lady who complains of not having children. Almost getting raped, she ends up in an abandoned house, where she meets Matthew. When a baby is kidnapped Maria sets out to find the lady.
Votes: 7,799 | Gross: $0.36M
18. Reversal of Fortune (1990)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery
Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.
Votes: 12,248 | Gross: $15.45M
19. Miami Blues (1990)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
An ex-con's first act of freedom is moving to Miami where he restarts his old criminal ways with even more potency.
Votes: 6,582 | Gross: $9.89M
20. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance
When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live.
Votes: 30,000 | Gross: $39.40M
21. The Grifters (1990)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend--both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play.
Votes: 22,158 | Gross: $13.45M
23. La Femme Nikita (1990)
R | 117 min | Action, Thriller
Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin.
Votes: 59,109 | Gross: $5.02M
24. White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama
A thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director, whose desire to hunt down an animal turns into a grim situation with his movie crew in Africa.
Votes: 9,369 | Gross: $2.32M
25. Life Is Sweet (1990)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama
A waitress, her cook husband, & their twin daughters ponder their lives over a few weeks in a working-class suburb north of London.
Votes: 7,032 | Gross: $1.52M
26. Die Hard 2 (1990)
R | 124 min | Action, Thriller
John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.
Votes: 291,479 | Gross: $117.54M
27. Nouvelle vague (1990)
89 min | Drama
Composed entirely by literary quotations from many different sources and from several historical periods, Godard's film works as an allegory on film. The loose narrative tells about a ... See full summary »
28. The Sheltering Sky (1990)
R | 138 min | Adventure, Drama
The American artist couple Port and Kit Moresby travel aimlessly through Africa, searching for new experiences that could give sense to their relationship. But the flight to distant regions only leads both deeper into despair.
Votes: 9,497 | Gross: $2.08M
29. The Godfather: Part III (1990)
R | 162 min | Crime, Drama
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York City and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia Don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.
Votes: 299,419 | Gross: $66.67M
30. The Hunt for Red October (1990)
PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?
Votes: 153,882 | Gross: $122.01M
32. Quick Change (1990)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Crime
Three thieves successfully rob a New York City bank, but making the escape from the city proves to be almost impossible.
Votes: 17,031 | Gross: $15.26M
33. Archangel (1990)
90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An amnesiac soldier, seeking his lost love, arrives in Archangel in northern Russia to help the townsfolk in their fight against the Bolsheviks, all quite unaware that the Great War ended three months ago.
Votes: 1,019 | Gross: $0.03M
34. All the Vermeers in New York (1990)
87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Anna, a French actress, is approached by financial broker Gordon in the Vermeer room of a New York gallery. However, romance does not ensue...
Votes: 405 | Gross: $0.14M
35. Die xue jie tou (1990)
Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.
37. Dances with Wolves (1990)
PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
Votes: 203,183 | Gross: $184.21M
38. May Fools (1990)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Romance
Like Vanya, in Malle's last film, Milou never left the family estate. His mother dies during the May 1968 student uprising in Paris. The brother who is the London correspondent for Le Monde... See full summary »
Votes: 2,094 | Gross: $1.58M
40. I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)
Not Rated | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide, but can't go through with it, so he hires a contract killer in a seedy bar to ... See full summary »
45. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
Votes: 357,567 | Gross: $285.76M
46. Hard to Kill (1990)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Left for dead with his wife killed in their house, L.A. Detective Mason Storm will have to make a quick recovery, expose those behind the murder and take revenge.
Votes: 23,629 | Gross: $47.41M
48. State of Grace (1990)
R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.
Votes: 17,962 | Gross: $1.91M
49. Pretty Woman (1990)
R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance
A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.
Votes: 236,267 | Gross: $178.41M
50. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)
R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.
Votes: 82,950 | Gross: $26.12M
51. Misery (1990)
R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.
Votes: 149,733 | Gross: $61.28M
52. Marked for Death (1990)
R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A retired DEA agent is out to hunt down and take out a Jamaican drug posse that has targeted he and his family for murder.
Votes: 16,508 | Gross: $46.04M
53. Troll 2 (1990)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A family vacationing in a small town discovers the entire town is inhabited by goblins in disguise as humans, who plan to eat them.
54. The Ambulance (1990)
R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
Josh Baker meets a very special woman, Cheryl, in the streets of New York. Suddenly she collapses, and she's picked up by an ambulance. When Josh wants to visit her in the hospital, it ... See full summary »
55. Back to the Future Part III (1990)
PG | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend.
Votes: 321,158 | Gross: $87.73M
57. Rocky V (1990)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Sport
Reluctantly retired from boxing, and back from riches to rags, Rocky takes on a new protege who betrays him, as the champ's son must adjust to his family's new life after bankruptcy.
Votes: 103,668 | Gross: $40.95M
59. Arachnophobia (1990)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.
Votes: 54,136 | Gross: $53.21M
62. The Exorcist III (1990)
R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A police lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.
Votes: 19,669 | Gross: $26.10M