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The Best Movies of 1990  

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A list of the best movies of 1990, from light dramas like Edward Scissorhands to action movies like Die Hard 2. The '90s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 1990 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years aft they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here.

As stated before, some of the best comedies movies of the decade were released in 1990. Who could forget Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger, My Blue Heaven with Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, and of course, Quick Change starring Bill Murray. And let's not forget about Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci starring in Goodfellas.

The best movies of 1990 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the up-and-comers featured in Home Alone, or established stars like Jamie Lee Curtis in Blue Steel and Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Days of Thunder.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 1990. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 1990, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 1989. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci
Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more
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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy
Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is ...more
3
Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket
Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring Kevin Costner. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake and tells ...more
4
Misery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan
Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name and starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, and Frances ...more
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Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price
Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. The film shows the story of an artificial man named Edward, an unfinished ...more
6
Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside
Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, and Sharon Stone. The film is loosely based on the Philip ...more
7
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze
Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more
8
The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry
The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American action thriller film based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. It was directed by John McTiernan and stars Sean Connery as Captain Marko Ramius ...more
9
Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd
Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction Western film. It is the third and final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and ...more
10
Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria
Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film set in Los Angeles. Written by J. F. Lawton and directed by Garry Marshall, it stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and features Hector ...more
11
Miller's Crossing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
wiabux added Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, Marcia Gay Harden
Miller's Crossing is a 1990 American film by the Coen brothers and starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J. E. Freeman, and Albert Finney. The plot concerns a ...more
12
Awakenings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel
Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks' 1973 memoir of the same title. It tells the true story of British neurologist Oliver Sacks, fictionalized as American Malcolm ...more
13
The Godfather Part III is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda
The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who tries to ...more
14
Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz
This film is a 1990 American action film and the second in the series. It was released on July 4, 1990. The film was directed by Renny Harlin. The novel has the same premise but differs ...more
15
Tremors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward
Tremors is a 1990 American western monster film directed by Ron Underwood, written by Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson and Underwood, and starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, ...more
16
Kindergarten Cop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Odette Annable, Angela Bassett
Kindergarten Cop is a 1990 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Kimble, a tough police detective, who must go undercover and pose as a ...more
17
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 American live-action film, and the first film adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. It was directed by Steve Barron and released on ...more
18
Days of Being Wild is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
mirna-sanders added Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Andy Lau
Days of Being Wild is a 1990 Hong Kong film directed by Wong Kar-wai. The film stars some of the best-known actors and actresses in Hong Kong, including Leslie Cheung, Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, ...more
19
It is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter
It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The story revolves around an inter-dimensional predatory life-form, which has the ability to ...more
20
Arachnophobia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels
Arachnophobia is a 1990 American horror comedy film directed by Frank Marshall and starring Jeff Daniels and John Goodman. It was the first film released by Hollywood Pictures, as well as being ...more
21
Ju Dou is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
mirna-sanders added Gong Li, Wei Li, Xingli Niu
Ju Dou is a 1990 Chinese film directed by Zhang Yimou and Yang Fengliang and starring Gong Li as the title character. It is notable for being shot in vivid Technicolor long after the process had ...more
22
Dreams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
mirna-sanders added Martin Scorsese, Chishū Ryū, Hisashi Igawa
Dreams is a 1990 magical realism film based on actual dreams the film's director, Akira Kurosawa, claimed to have had repeatedly. It was the first film where he was the sole author of the ...more
23
Dick Tracy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman
Dick Tracy is a 1990 American action film based on the 1930s comic strip character of the same name created by Chester Gould. Warren Beatty produced, directed, and starred in the film, which ...more
24
Young Guns II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Viggo Mortensen, Kiefer Sutherland, Christian Slater
Young Guns II is a 1990 western film, and the sequel to Young Guns. It stars Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater, and features William Petersen. It was ...more
25
Days of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall
Days of Thunder is a 1990 American auto racing film released by Paramount Pictures, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Tony Scott. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Nicole ...more