Year by year: 1990

The 50 best films of 1990 (in order)
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1.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVitto in the Italian-American crime syndicate. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
2.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
3.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. (115 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
4.
The Grifters (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
5.
Close-Up (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The true story of Hossain Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film. (98 mins.)
 
6.
The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Antoine has always been fascinated with hairdressers, and this story is the embodiment of the wishful thinking of a young boy dreaming of marrying a hairdresser and the fulfilment of a perfect, idealised love. (82 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
7.
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (111 mins.)
 
8.
Caídos del cielo (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(121 mins.)
 
9.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. (181 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
 
10.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy. (137 mins.)
 
11.
Wild at Heart (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor. (125 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
12.
Ju Dou (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with... (95 mins.)
 
13.
The Nasty Girl (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her. (94 mins.)
 
14.
Paris Is Burning (1990 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (71 mins.)
 
15.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing. (162 mins.)
 
16.
An Angel at My Table (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters... (158 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
17.
Larks on a String (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Set in the late 1940s, the film concerns the treatment of suspect "bourgeois elements", a professor, a saxophonist, and a milkman, who are put to work in a junkyard for rehabilitation. (94 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
 
18.
The Sheltering Sky (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (138 mins.)
 
19.
Dreams (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa. (119 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
20.
White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (112 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
21.
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him. (101 mins.)
 
22.
Open Doors (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him... (108 mins.)
Director: Gianni Amelio
 
23.
State of Grace (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with... (134 mins.)
 
24.
¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War... (102 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
25.
Green Card (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A man wanting to stay in the US enters into a marriage of convenience, but it turns into more than that. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
26.
Avalon (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Polish-Jewish family comes to the USA at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. There, the family and their children try to make themselves a better future in the so-called promised land. (128 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
27.
Journey of Hope (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of a poor Turkish family who try to emigrate illegally to Switzerland. (110 mins.)
Director: Xavier Koller
 
28.
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A substance-addicted actress tries to look on the bright side even as she is forced to move back in with her mother to avoid unemployment. (101 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
29.
Hidden Agenda (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend... (108 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
 
30.
The Witches (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse. (91 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
 
31.
Misery (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
32.
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Set during World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children. (126 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
33.
Metropolitan (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (98 mins.)
Director: Whit Stillman
 
34.
I, the Worst of All (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A viceroy and an archbishop take their posts in Mexico. A local nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695)... (105 mins.)
 
35.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two minor characters from the play 'Hamlet' stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them. (117 mins.)
Director: Tom Stoppard
 
36.
Henry & June (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding... (136 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
37.
The Comfort of Strangers (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An English couple holiday in Venice to sort out their relationship. There is some friction and distance between them... (107 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
38.
Taksi-Blyuz (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Ivan is old Russia: thick, dour, hard-working, often brutish; he misses Communism. He drives a taxi and one night meets Alexi... (110 mins.)
Director: Pavel Lungin
 
39.
Alice (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A spoiled Manhattan housewife re-evaluates her life after visiting a Chinatown healer. (102 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
40.
Awakenings (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them. (121 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
41.
La Femme Nikita (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin. (117 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
42.
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives. (129 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
43.
Cry-Baby (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge. (85 mins.)
Director: John Waters
 
44.
Night Sun (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Young nobleman Baron Sergio Giuramondo, after discovering that his bride-to-be was the king's mistress... (112 mins.)
 
45.
Hamlet (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge. (135 mins.)
 
46.
Darkman (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive. (96 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
47.
Ghost (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic. (127 mins.)
Director: Jerry Zucker
 
48.
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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? (135 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
49.
The Hot Spot (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When the drifter Harry Madox reaches a small town in Texas, he gets a job as used car salesman with... (130 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
 
50.
The Field (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
"Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land... (107 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan