Year by year: 1990

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The 50 best films of 1990 (in order)

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1. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 820,098 | Gross: $46.84M

2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.9
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74 Metascore

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall

Votes: 390,809 | Gross: $56.36M

3. Miller's Crossing (1990)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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66 Metascore

Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 111,735 | Gross: $5.08M

4. The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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Antoine has always been fascinated with a hairdresser's delicate touch, the beguiling perfume and the figure of a woman with an opulent bosom, moreover, he knew that he would marry one, fulfilling his dream of a perfect and idealised love.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Jean Rochefort, Anna Galiena, Roland Bertin, Maurice Chevit

Votes: 7,676 | Gross: $1.16M

5. Nema-ye Nazdik (1990)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.3
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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.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah

Votes: 10,688 | Gross: $0.00M

6. The Grifters (1990)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening, Jan Munroe

Votes: 22,247 | Gross: $13.45M

7. Wild at Heart (1990)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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52 Metascore

Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman

Votes: 68,683 | Gross: $14.56M

8. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 204,839 | Gross: $184.21M

9. Caídos del cielo (1990)

121 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Director: Francisco J. Lombardi | Stars: Gustavo Bueno, Diana Quijano, Leontina Antonina, Carlos Gassols

Votes: 195

10. Ju Dou (1990)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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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 »

Directors: Yimou Zhang, Fengliang Yang | Stars: Li Gong, Wei Li, Baotian Li, Ma Chong

Votes: 6,356 | Gross: $1.99M

11. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

PG | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.6
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Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber

Votes: 19,502 | Gross: $15.14M

12. Reversal of Fortune (1990)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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93 Metascore

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.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Ron Silver, Annabella Sciorra

Votes: 12,314 | Gross: $15.45M

13. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

8.1
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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.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 6,369 | Gross: $3.78M

14. The Godfather: Part III (1990)

R | 162 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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60 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Talia Shire

Votes: 302,215 | Gross: $66.67M

15. The Sheltering Sky (1990)

R | 138 min | Adventure, Drama

6.8
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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.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Debra Winger, John Malkovich, Campbell Scott, Jill Bennett

Votes: 9,551 | Gross: $2.08M

16. The Nasty Girl (1990)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.4
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When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her.

Director: Michael Verhoeven | Stars: Lena Stolze, Hans-Reinhard Müller, Monika Baumgartner, Elisabeth Bertram

Votes: 2,158 | Gross: $2.28M

17. An Angel at My Table (1990)

R | 158 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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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 »

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn

Votes: 5,484 | Gross: $1.05M

18. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)

NC-17 | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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55 Metascore

An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Loles León, Julieta Serrano

Votes: 20,020 | Gross: $4.09M

19. Skrivánci na niti (1990)

94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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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.

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlastimil Brodský, Václav Neckár, Jitka Zelenohorská

Votes: 1,296

20. ¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.2
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Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War. They are Republicans, and with their mute assistant, Gustavete, they journey into... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Carmen Maura, Andrés Pajares, Gabino Diego, Armando De Razza

Votes: 1,878 | Gross: $0.30M

21. Dreams (1990)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

Directors: Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baishô, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harada

Votes: 20,006 | Gross: $1.96M

22. Porte aperte (1990)

R | 108 min | Drama

7.3
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Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him, and he kills his own wife. He wants a quick trial and an early ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Ennio Fantastichini, Renato Carpentieri, Tuccio Musumeci

Votes: 638 | Gross: $0.12M

23. Green Card (1990)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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58 Metascore

A man wanting to stay in the US enters into a marriage of convenience, but it turns into more than that.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Andie MacDowell, Bebe Neuwirth, Gregg Edelman

Votes: 19,892 | Gross: $29.89M

24. Presumed Innocent (1990)

R | 127 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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72 Metascore

As a lawyer investigates the murder of a colleague, he finds himself more connected to the crime than anyone else.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Harrison Ford, Raul Julia, Greta Scacchi, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 32,060 | Gross: $86.30M

25. State of Grace (1990)

R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.

Directors: Phil Joanou, Michael Lee Baron | Stars: Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

Votes: 18,064 | Gross: $1.91M

26. White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama

6.7
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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.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, Charlotte Cornwell, Norman Lumsden

Votes: 9,433 | Gross: $2.32M

27. Postcards from the Edge (1990)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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71 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman

Votes: 13,076 | Gross: $37.96M

28. Hidden Agenda (1990)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth... which they soon ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif, Mai Zetterling

Votes: 2,899 | Gross: $1.03M

29. Avalon (1990)

PG | 128 min | Drama

7.3
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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.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Perkins, Leo Fuchs, Eve Gordon

Votes: 5,114 | Gross: $15.74M

30. Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama

6.7
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Saundra McClain, Margaret Welsh

Votes: 2,481 | Gross: $7.70M

31. Journey of Hope (1990)

PG | 110 min | Drama

7.6
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The story of a poor Turkish family who try to emigrate illegally to Switzerland.

Director: Xavier Koller | Stars: Necmettin Çobanoglu, Nur Sürer, Emin Sivas, Erdinç Akbas

Votes: 1,550 | Gross: $0.26M

32. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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75 Metascore

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.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 150,952 | Gross: $61.28M

33. The Comfort of Strangers (1990)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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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 »

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Christopher Walken, Rupert Everett, Natasha Richardson, Helen Mirren

Votes: 3,509 | Gross: $1.24M

34. Henry & June (1990)

NC-17 | 136 min | Biography, Drama

6.3
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In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 10,936 | Gross: $11.57M

35. The Witches (1990)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.8
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A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson

Votes: 28,022 | Gross: $10.36M

36. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Two minor characters from the play 'Hamlet' stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them.

Director: Tom Stoppard | Stars: Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss, Livio Badurina

Votes: 18,383 | Gross: $0.74M

37. Alice (1990)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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67 Metascore

A spoiled Manhattan housewife re-evaluates her life after visiting a Chinatown healer.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, William Hurt, Joe Mantegna, June Squibb

Votes: 11,513 | Gross: $7.33M

38. Hamlet (1990)

PG | 135 min | Drama

6.8
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53 Metascore

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield

Votes: 19,031 | Gross: $20.71M

39. Metropolitan (1990)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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77 Metascore

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.

Director: Whit Stillman | Stars: Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Chris Eigeman, Taylor Nichols

Votes: 7,928 | Gross: $2.94M

40. I, the Worst of All (1990)

R | 105 min | Drama

7.1
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A viceroy and an archbishop take their posts in Mexico. A local nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695), intrigues them. The viceroy and his wife find her brilliant and fascinating. The ... See full summary »

Director: María Luisa Bemberg | Stars: Assumpta Serna, Dominique Sanda, Héctor Alterio, Lautaro Murúa

Votes: 514 | Gross: $0.05M

41. Cry-Baby (1990)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Musical

6.5
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In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell

Votes: 47,622 | Gross: $8.27M

42. Taksi-Blyuz (1990)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Ivan is old Russia: thick, dour, hard-working, often brutish; he misses Communism. He drives a taxi and one night meets Alexi, a new Russian, a musician, an alcoholic, irresponsible. Alexi ... See full summary »

Director: Pavel Lungin | Stars: Pyotr Mamonov, Pyotr Zaychenko, Vladimir Kashpur, Natalya Kolyakanova

Votes: 1,308 | Gross: $0.17M

43. Total Recall (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.5
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57 Metascore

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?

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 261,535 | Gross: $119.39M

44. The Field (1990)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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"Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land, and when the widow, who owns the field, decides to sell the field in a public ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Richard Harris, John Hurt, Sean Bean, Frances Tomelty

Votes: 4,751 | Gross: $1.41M

45. Awakenings (1990)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama

7.8
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74 Metascore

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.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

Votes: 103,462 | Gross: $52.10M

46. Darkman (1990)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

6.4
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65 Metascore

A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake

Votes: 51,288 | Gross: $33.88M

47. La Femme Nikita (1990)

R | 117 min | Action, Thriller

7.4
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56 Metascore

Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana, Alain Lathière

Votes: 59,406 | Gross: $5.02M

48. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.6
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58 Metascore

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?

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill

Votes: 154,649 | Gross: $122.01M

49. Night Sun (1990)

Unrated | 113 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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Young nobleman Baron Sergio Giuramondo, after discovering that his bride-to-be was the king's mistress, leaves Naples in disgust to become a monk. But his quest for perfect solitude is ... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Julian Sands, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Massimo Bonetti, Margarita Lozano

Votes: 538

50. Vincent & Theo (1990)

PG-13 | 138 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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65 Metascore

The familiar tragic story of Vincent van Gogh is broadened by focusing as well on his brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. The movie also provides a nice view of the locations which Vincent painted.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Adrian Brine, Jean-François Perrier

Votes: 3,114 | Gross: $2.23M