Best Movies of 1990

Here are my selections for the best movies of 1990.
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1.
Longtime Companion (1989)
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The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s. (96 mins.)
Director: Norman René
 
2.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
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A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
3.
The Grifters (1990)
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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
 
4.
Awakenings (1990)
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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
 
5.
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
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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.)
 
6.
The Krays (1990)
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This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
 
7.
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
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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
 
8.
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
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The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant. (124 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
9.
Misery (1990)
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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
 
10.
Ghost (1990)
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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
 
11.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
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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.)
 
12.
Wild at Heart (1990)
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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
 
13.
Pretty Woman (1990)
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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. (119 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
 
14.
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
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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
 
15.
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)
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An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him. (101 mins.)
 
16.
Green Card (1990)
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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
 
17.
Alice (1990)
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A spoiled Manhattan housewife re-evaluates her life after visiting a Chinatown healer. (106 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
18.
Presumed Innocent (1990)
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As a lawyer investigates the murder of a colleague, he finds himself more connected to the crime than anyone else. (127 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
19.
Strangers in Good Company (1990)
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A busload of women become stranded in an isolated part of the Canadian countryside. As they await rescue, they reflect on their lives through a mostly ad-libbed script. (101 mins.)
Director: Cynthia Scott
 
20.
The Sheltering Sky (1990)
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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. (138 mins.)
 
21.
Hamlet (1990)
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge. (135 mins.)
 
22.
Total Recall (1990)
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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? (113 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
23.
Lord of the Flies (1990)
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Stranded on an island, a group of schoolboys degenerate into savagery. (90 mins.)
Director: Harry Hook
 
24.
Pump Up the Volume (1990)
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Mark runs a pirate radio station and causes an uproar when he speaks his mind and enthralls fellow teens. (102 mins.)
Director: Allan Moyle
 
25.
Flatliners (1990)
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Five medical students experiment on "near death" experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives. (115 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
26.
Home Alone (1990)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
27.
The Witches (1990)
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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. (91 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
 
28.
Mermaids (1990)
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An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds. (110 mins.)
 
29.
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
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The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher. (77 mins.)
 
30.
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
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Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death. (113 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
31.
Pacific Heights (1990)
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A couple works hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately one of their tenants has plans of his own. (102 mins.)
 
32.
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
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The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims. (92 mins.)
Director: Tom Savini
 
33.
Darkman (1990)
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A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive. (96 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
34.
Die Hard 2 (1990)
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John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. (124 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
35.
Tremors (1990)
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Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Underwood
 
36.
I Love You to Death (1990)
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Joey owns a pizza parlor, and is married to Rosalie. He's also a serial womanizer. Rosalie goes to extremes when she finds he has been cheating. (97 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
37.
White Palace (1990)
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Max Baron (James Spader) is a 27-year-old high-flying advertising executive still recovering from the death of his wife... (103 mins.)
Director: Luis Mandoki
 
38.
Dick Tracy (1990)
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The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob. (105 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
 
39.
The Exorcist III (1990)
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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, lead him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward. (110 mins.)
 
40.
Internal Affairs (1990)
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An Internal Affairs agent becomes obsessed with bringing down a cop who has managed to maintain a spotless reputation despite being involved in a web of corruption. (115 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
 
41.
Bad Influence (1990)
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Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome... (99 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
42.
Stella (1990)
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Stella is determined, courageous, vulgar, unfashionable...and all her daughter has. Through the trials of teenagehood... (109 mins.)
Director: John Erman
 
43.
Havana (1990)
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Cuba, December 1958: The professional gambler Jack visits Havana to organize a big Poker game. On the ship he meets Roberta and falls in love with her... (144 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
44.
Cry-Baby (1990)
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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. (85 mins.)
Director: John Waters
 
45.
The Freshman (1990)
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A NYC film school student accepts a job with a local mobster who resembles a famous cinema godfather and who takes the young man under his wing, after demanding total loyalty. (102 mins.)
Director: Andrew Bergman
 
46.
Arachnophobia (1990)
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A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill. (103 mins.)
Director: Frank Marshall
 
47.
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)
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Scrooge takes his nephews to Egypt to find a pyramid and magic lamp. (74 mins.)
Director: Bob Hathcock