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The Best Movies of 1990 

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List Rules Movies released in theatres 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

Released: 1990

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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

Released: 1990

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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
Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

Released: 1990

Directed by: Kevin Costner

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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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

Released: 1990

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. In 2084, a construction worker, Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), suddenly finds himself embroiled in ...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

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tim Burton

Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. An artificial man (Johnny Depp), who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a ...more

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

Released: 1990

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1990

Directed by: Jerry Zucker

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Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1990

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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The Hunt for Red October... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry

Released: 1990

Directed by: John McTiernan

The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John McTiernan, based on the 1984 novel by Tom Clancy. In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine ...more

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Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria

Released: 1990

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. A down-on-her-luck Hollywood working girl (Julia Roberts) is hired by a wealthy businessman (Richard Gere) to be ...more

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Miller's Crossing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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Released: 1990

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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

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The Godfather Part III ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1990

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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

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Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

Released: 1990

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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Tremors is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

Released: 1990

Directed by: Ron Underwood

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Kindergarten Cop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Odette Annable, Angela Bassett

Released: 1990

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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 Tur... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas

Released: 1990

Directed by: Steve Barron

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Awakenings is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel

Released: 1990

Directed by: Penny Marshall

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It is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace

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Days of Being Wild is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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Released: 1990

Directed by: Wong Kar-wai

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Arachnophobia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1990

Directed by: Frank Marshall

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Days of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tony Scott

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Ju Dou is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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Released: 1990

Directed by: Zhang Yimou, Yang Fengliang

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Dreams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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Released: 1990

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa, Ishirō Honda

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
24
Dick Tracy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 1990

Directed by: Warren Beatty

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Young Guns II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
Viggo Mortensen, Kiefer Sutherland, Christian Slater

Released: 1990

Directed by: Geoff Murphy

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