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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
Goodfellas 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
Home Alone 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

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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Dances with Wolves 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

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Misery 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
Edward Scissorhands 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

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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Total Recall 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

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Miller's Crossing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
wiabux added Miller's Crossing Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, Marcia Gay Harden Miller's Crossing is a 1990 American gangster film by the Coen brothers and starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J. E. Freeman, and Albert Finney. The plot ...more

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Ghost 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

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The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
The Hunt for Red October 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

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The Godfather Part III is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
The Godfather Part III Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American crime film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who ...more

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Awakenings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Awakenings 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

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Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Pretty Woman 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

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Days of Being Wild is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
mirna-sanders added Days of Being Wild 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

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Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Back to the Future Part III 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

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Dreams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
mirna-sanders added Dreams 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

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Ju Dou is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
mirna-sanders added Ju Dou 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

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Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Die Hard 2 Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz Die Hard 2 is a 1990 American action film and the second in the Die Hard film series. It was released on July 4, 1990. The film was directed by Renny Harlin, and stars Bruce Willis as John ...more

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Kindergarten Cop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Kindergarten Cop 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

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 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

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Tremors is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Tremors 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

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Arachnophobia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Arachnophobia 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

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It is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
It 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

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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
weik added Nikita Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau, Anne Parillaud Nikita, also called La Femme Nikita, is a 1990 Franco-Italian action thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. Nikita is a teen who robs a pharmacy and murders a policeman. She is ...more

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Days of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Days of Thunder 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

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Dick Tracy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Dick Tracy 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

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Gremlins 2: The New Batch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Gremlins 2: The New Batch Christopher Lee, Phoebe Cates, Howie Mandel Gremlins 2: The New Batch is a 1990 American horror comedy film, and the sequel to Gremlins. It was directed by Joe Dante and written by Charles S. Haas, with creature designs by Rick Baker. It ...more

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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Lord of the Flies James Badge Dale, Balthazar Getty, Bob Peck Lord of the Flies is a 1990 American survival film adapted from the classic novel Lord of the Flies written by William Golding. It is the second film adaptation of the book, after Lord of the ...more

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Young Guns II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Young Guns II 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 as Pat ...more

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Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Flatliners Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. Five medical ...more

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My Blue Heaven is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
My Blue Heaven Steve Martin, Joan Cusack, Rick Moranis My Blue Heaven is a 1990 comedy film directed by Herbert Ross, written by Nora Ephron and starring Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, and Joan Cusack. This is the third film Steve Martin and Rick ...more

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The Freshman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
The Freshman Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Penelope Ann Miller The Freshman is a 1990 American crime comedy film starring Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick, in which Brando parodies his portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather. It is written and ...more

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Another 48 Hrs. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Another 48 Hrs. Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Tisha Campbell-Martin Another 48 Hrs. is a 1990 action-crime comedy film and a sequel to the 1982 film 48 Hrs.. It was directed by Walter Hill and stars Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James, Andrew Divoff, and Ed ...more

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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Jacob's Ladder Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin and starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello. ...more

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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Hamlet Mel Gibson, Helena Bonham Carter, Glenn Close Hamlet is a 1990 drama film based on the Shakespearean tragedy of the same name directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Mel Gibson as the eponymous character. The film also features Glenn ...more

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The Rescuers Down Under is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
The Rescuers Down Under John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott The Rescuers Down Under is a 1990 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 16, 1990. Set in the Australian ...more

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Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Presumed Innocent Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá Presumed Innocent is a 1990 legal drama. It is a film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Scott Turow, which tells the story of a prosecutor charged with the murder of his ...more

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Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Men at Work Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Keith David Men at Work is a 1990 American black comedy film written and directed by Emilio Estevez, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Charlie Sheen, Leslie Hope and Keith David. The film ...more

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Hard to Kill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Hard to Kill Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock, William Sadler Hard to Kill is a 1990 American action film directed by Bruce Malmuth, and starring Steven Seagal. Steven Seagal plays Detective Mason Storm, who falls into a coma after being shot during a ...more

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Problem Child is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Problem Child Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Richards, John Ritter Problem Child is a 1990 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by then-first timer Robert Simonds. It stars John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck, Gilbert Gottfried, Jack Warden, Michael ...more

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The Grifters is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
The Grifters Annette Bening, John Cusack, Martin Scorsese The Grifters is a 1990 neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese, and stars John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening. The screenplay was written by Donald E. ...more

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Child's Play 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Child's Play 2 Jenny Agutter, Brad Dourif, Beth Grant Child's Play 2 is a 1990 American horror film, the sequel to Child's Play, written by Don Mancini and directed by John Lafia. It was released on November 9, 1990, exactly two years after the ...more

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DuckTales the Movie: Treasure ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Christopher Lloyd, Frank Welker, June Foray DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp is a 1990 animated feature film based on the animated television series DuckTales. It was released by Walt Disney Pictures on August 3, 1990. It ...more

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Rocky V is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Rocky V Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Dolph Lundren Rocky V is a 1990 American film. The fifth film in the Rocky series, written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, and co-starring Talia Shire, Stallone's real life son Sage, and real life boxer ...more

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Pacific Heights Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffith, Tippi Hedren Pacific Heights is a 1990 psychological thriller film directed by John Schlesinger, written by Daniel Pyne, and starring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, and Michael Keaton. Griffith's ...more

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Predator 2 Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Danny Glover Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action horror film written by Jim and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel ...more

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The Two Jakes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Dimos Dicoudis added The Two Jakes Jack Nicholson, Tom Waits, Madeleine Stowe The Two Jakes is a 1990 American Neo-noir mystery film, and the sequel to the 1974 film Chinatown. Directed by and starring Jack Nicholson, it also features Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine ...more

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The NeverEnding Story II: The ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter Jonathan Brandis, John Wesley Shipp, Thomas Hill The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter is a 1990 German/American fantasy film and sequel to The NeverEnding Story. It was directed by George T. Miller and starred Jonathan Brandis as Bastian ...more

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Darkman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Darkman Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Bruce Campbell Darkman is a 1990 American superhero action film directed and co-written by Sam Raimi. It is based on a short story Raimi wrote that paid homage to Universal's horror films of the 1930s. The ...more

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A Show of Force is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Dimos Dicoudis added A Show of Force Kevin Spacey, Robert Duvall, Andy Garcia A Show of Force is a 1990 thriller, directed by Bruno Barreto. The film is based on events and theories surrounding the Maravilla Hill case in Puerto Rico adapted from Anne Nelson's book, ...more

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Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
weik added Night of the Living Dead Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Patricia Tallman Night of the Living Dead is a 1990 American horror film directed by Tom Savini and starring Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman and Tom Towles. It is a remake of George A. Romero's 1968 horror film of ...more