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List of the best 1990 action movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These movies give you car crashes, explosions, gun fights and everything else you could hope for in a good action flick. These are all the action movies that defined the year 1990, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different movies, including Total Recall and The Hunt for Red October. This isn't necessarily a list of all action movies from 1990, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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RoboCop 2 Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons, Nancy Allen RoboCop 2 is a 1990 American cyberpunk action film directed by Irvin Kershner and starring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Belinda Bauer, Tom Noonan and Gabriel Damon. Set in the near ...more

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Brain Dead Bill Paxton, George Kennedy, Bill Pullman Brain Dead is a 1990 horror/psychological thriller starring Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton and George Kennedy and written by Charles Beaumont.

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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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Navy SEALs Charlie Sheen, Bill Paxton, Dennis Haysbert Navy SEALS is a 1990 action film, directed by Lewis Teague, written by Chuck Pfarrer and Gary Goldman, and produced by Brenda Feigen and Bernard Williams with consultant William Bradley. The ...more

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King of New York Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne King of New York is a 1990 crime thriller film, starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, Giancarlo Esposito, and Steve Buscemi. It was directed ...more

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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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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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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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Flashback Kiefer Sutherland, Dennis Hopper, Carol Kane Flashback is a 1990 action comedy film starring Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland and Carol Kane, written by David Loughery and directed by Franco Amurri. The film received an R rating by the ...more

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Death Warrant Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dean Martin, Cynthia Gibb Death Warrant is a 1990 action movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. The film was written by David S. Goyer while a student at USC, and was Goyer's first screenplay to be sold and produced ...more

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The Rookie Charlie Sheen, Clint Eastwood, Lara Flynn Boyle The Rookie is a 1990 buddy cop film directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Howard G. Kazanjian, Steven Siebert and David Valdes. It was written from a screenplay conceived by Boaz Yakin and ...more

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Robot Jox Jeffrey Combs, Anne-Marie Johnson, Gary Graham Robot Jox is a 1990 post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Stuart Gordon and starring Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson, and Paul Koslo. The film was co-written by science fiction ...more

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Marked for Death Steven Seagal, Danielle Harris, Keith David Marked for Death is a 1990 action film directed by Dwight H. Little. It stars Steven Seagal as John Hatcher, a former DEA troubleshooter. Upon moving back to his home town, Hatcher finds it ...more

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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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Narrow Margin Gene Hackman, Anne Archer, M. Emmet Walsh Narrow Margin is a 1990 film directed by Peter Hyams and released by TriStar Pictures, loosely based on the 1952 film noir The Narrow Margin. The film stars Gene Hackman and Anne Archer.

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Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection Chuck Norris, Mark Margolis, Richard Jaeckel Delta Force 2 is a 1990 action film, and a sequel to the Chuck Norris film The Delta Force, also starring Norris as Maj. Scott McCoy. In this film, McCoy leads his Delta team into the fictional ...more

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Blind Fury Rutger Hauer, Terry O'Quinn, Randall "Tex" Cobb Blind Fury is a 1989 American samurai/action film written by Charles Robert Carner and directed by Phillip Noyce. It is a loosely based, modernized version of Zatoichi Challenged, the 17th film ...more

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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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Ski Patrol George Lopez, Martin Mull, Leslie Jordan Ski Patrol is a 1990 comedy film directed by Richard Correll, and starring Roger Rose, Yvette Nipar, T.K. Carter, George Lopez, Ray Walston, and Martin Mull.

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Blue Steel Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Sizemore, Richard Jenkins Blue Steel is a 1989 American action thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver and Clancy Brown. Blue Steel was originally set to be released by ...more

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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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Bird on a Wire Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine Bird on a Wire is a 1990 action comedy film starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn, directed by John Badham, and shot mainly in British Columbia, Canada. The title refers to the Leonard Cohen song ...more

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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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Samrajyam Mammootty, Madhu, Srividya Samrajyam is a 1990 Indian Malayalam gangster film directed by Jomon. It centers on the story of Alexander, a powerful underworld don. A sequel to Samrajyam is announced under the title would be ...more

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Loose Cannons Dan Aykroyd, Gene Hackman, Nancy Travis Loose Cannons is a 1990 comedy film, written by Richard Matheson, Richard Christian Matheson, and Bob Clark, who also directed the film. The film is about a hard-nosed cop who is teamed up with ...more

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Lal Salam Mohanlal, Jagathy Sreekumar, Nedumudi Venu Lal Salam is a 1990 Malayalam political film directed by Venu Nagavalli starring Mohanlal, Murali, Geetha and Urvashi in the lead roles. The story revolves around two phases of the lives of ...more

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Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari Sridevi, Amrish Puri, Brahmanandam Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari is a 1990 Telugu supernatural-fantasy film, directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, starring Chiranjeevi and Sridevi. The film is Aswini Dutt's first venture with ...more

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Class of 1999 II: The Substitute Malcolm McDowell, Pam Grier, Stacy Keach Class of 1999 II: The Substitute is a 1994 Direct-to-video film about a new teacher at a troubled inner city school, where students all are affiliated with gangs, drugs, and violence. It was ...more

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White Hunter, Black Heart Clint Eastwood, Timothy Spall, Marisa Berenson White Hunter Black Heart is a 1990 American film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, based on the 1953 book White Hunter, Black Heart by Peter Viertel. Viertel also co-wrote the script ...more

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Athisaya Piravi Rajinikanth, Madhavi, Bharath Gopi Athisaya Piravi is a 1990 Indian Tamil fantasy-comedy film starring Rajinikanth, Nagesh and Kanaka and music composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was directed by SP. Muthuraman. It was a flop at ...more

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Hum Se Na Takrana Mithun Chakraborty, Dharmendra, Aruna Irani Hum Se Na Takrana is a 1990 Hindi-language Indian feature film procuced and directed by Deepak Bahry, starring Dharmendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Mithun Chakraborty, Kimi Katkar, Leena Das, Ranjeet ...more

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Downtown Forest Whitaker, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Pantoliano Downtown is a 1990 American police action comedy film directed by Richard Benjamin. This would be the second pairing of Anthony Edwards and Forest Whitaker both of whom played roles in Amy ...more

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Swordsman Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, Sam Hui, Sharla Cheung The Swordsman or Swordsman is a 1990 Hong Kong wuxia film. King Hu was credited as the director but he allegedly left the project midway, and the film was completed by a team led by producer ...more

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Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku Jōji Yanami, Shô Hayami, Masako Nozawa Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: A Lonesome, Final Battle - The Father of Z Warrior Son Goku, who Challenged Freeza, is the first Dragon Ball Z TV ...more

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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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Heat Wave James Earl Jones, Charlie Korsmo, David Strathairn Heat Wave is a film directed by Kevin Hooks released on August 13, 1990.

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Agneepath Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi Agneepath is a 1990 Indian crime drama film directed by Mukul Anand. It stars Amitabh Bachchan as the main protagonist Vijay Deenanath Chauhan along with Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi, Neelam ...more

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Air America Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis Air America is a 1990 American action comedy film directed by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. as Air America pilots, during the Vietnam War, flying missions in ...more

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Opportunity Knocks Dana Carvey, Robert Loggia, Milo O'Shea Opportunity Knocks is a 1990 comedy film starring Dana Carvey. It was directed by Donald Petrie.

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Baaghi: A Rebel for Love Salman Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Kiran Kumar Baaghi: A Rebel for Love is a Bollywood Action romantic drama film, starring Salman Khan, Nagma, and Shakti Kapoor, which was released in 11 December 1990. It was Nagma's first role in ...more

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Ghosts Can't Do It Donald Trump, Bo Derek, Julie Newmar Ghosts Can't Do It is a 1990 American dramedy-fantasy film written and directed by John Derek, and starring Bo Derek and Anthony Quinn. The film was shot in 1989 and released on home video the ...more

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I Love You to Death Heather Graham, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Kline I Love You to Death is a 1990 American dark comedy film directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It is loosely based on an attempted murder that happened in 1984, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where Frances ...more

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Bullet in the Head Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Simon Yam, Jacky Cheung Hok-yau Bullet in the Head is a 1990 Hong Kong action film written, produced, edited and directed by John Woo, who played Police Inspector, and starring Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee and Simon

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Captain America Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Francesca Neri Captain America is a 1990 direct-to-video American-Yugoslavian superhero film directed by Albert Pyun. The film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. While the film takes ...more