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The Best Movies of 1990

Updated September 4, 2020 18.1k votes 1.4k voters 60.1k views115 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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  • 1
    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Die Hard 2

    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo

    Released1990

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    This film is a 1990 American action film and the second in the series. It was released on July... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

    Released1990

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

    Tremors is a 1990 American western monster film directed by Ron Underwood, written by Brent... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Edward Scissorhands

    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder

    Released1990

    Directed byTim Burton

    Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. An... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

    Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Back to the Future Part III

    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

    Released1990

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    It is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    It

    Tim Curry, Seth Green

    Released1990

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

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    The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    The Hunt for Red October

    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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

    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere

    Released1990

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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    Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Dances with Wolves

    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell

    Released1990

    Directed byKevin Costner

    Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Kindergarten Cop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Kindergarten Cop

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Odette Annable

    Released1990

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Kindergarten Cop is a 1990 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Arnold... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell

    Released1990

    Directed bySteve Barron

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    Young Guns II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Young Guns II

    Viggo Mortensen, Kiefer Sutherland

    Released1990

    Directed byGeoff Murphy

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    Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Flatliners

    Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon

    Released1990

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 18
    Arachnophobia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Arachnophobia

    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood

    Released1990

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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    Days of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Days of Thunder

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

    Released1990

    Directed byTony Scott

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    The Rescuers Down Under is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    The Rescuers Down Under

    John Candy, Bob Newhart

    Released1990

    Directed byMike Gabriel, Hendel Butoy

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

    Robert De Niro, Robin Williams

    Released1990

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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

    Madonna, Al Pacino

    Released1990

    Directed byWarren Beatty

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    Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Jacob's Ladder

    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins

    Released1990

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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  • 24
    The Witches is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    The Witches

    Rowan Atkinson, Anjelica Huston

    Released1990

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

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    Gremlins 2: The New Batch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1990
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    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    Christopher Lee, Phoebe Cates

    Released1990

    Directed byChuck Jones, Joe Dante

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