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The Best Movies of 1990

Updated March 24, 2021 17.2k votes 1.5k voters 62.3k views108 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1990.

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

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson
    Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation...  more

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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci
    Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes...  more

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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates
    Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of...  more

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    Die Hard 2

    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo
    This film is a 1990 American action film and the second in the series. It was released on July...  more

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    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone
    Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. In...  more

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    Edward Scissorhands

    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder
    Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. An...  more

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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg
    Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi...  more

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    Pretty Woman

    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere
    Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. A...  more

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    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire
    Tremors is a 1990 American western monster film directed by Ron Underwood, written by Brent...  more

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    The Hunt for Red October

    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery
    The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John...  more

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    It

    Tim Curry, Seth Green
    It (ABC, 1990) is a psychological horror drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the...  more

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    Back to the Future Part III

    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue
    Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction Western film. It is the third...  more

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    Dances with Wolves

    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell
    Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring...  more

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    Kindergarten Cop

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Odette Annable
    Kindergarten Cop is a 1990 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Arnold...  more

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 American live-action film, and the first film...  more

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    Flatliners

    Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon
    Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher,...  more
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    Arachnophobia

    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood
    Arachnophobia is a 1990 American horror comedy film directed by Frank Marshall and starring...  more

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    Young Guns II

    Viggo Mortensen, Kiefer Sutherland
    Young Guns II is a 1990 western film, and the sequel to Young Guns. It stars Emilio Estevez,...  more

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    Days of Thunder

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman
    Days of Thunder is a 1990 American auto racing film released by Paramount Pictures, produced...  more

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    The Rescuers Down Under

    John Candy, Bob Newhart
    The Rescuers Down Under is a 1990 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney...  more

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    Awakenings

    Robert De Niro, Robin Williams
    Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks' 1973 memoir of the same title....  more

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    Jacob's Ladder

    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins
    Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne. A Vietnam...  more

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    Dick Tracy

    Madonna, Al Pacino
    Dick Tracy is a 1990 American action film based on the 1930s comic strip character of the same...  more

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    The Witches

    Rowan Atkinson, Anjelica Huston
    The Witches is a 1990 comedy-fantasy film based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl. It...  more

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    Men at Work

    Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez
    Men at Work is a 1990 American black comedy film written and directed by Emilio Estevez, who...  more