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The Best Action Movies of 1990  

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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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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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Steven Seagal, Danielle Harris, Keith David
This film 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 taken over ...more
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Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Tisha Campbell-Martin
Another 48 Hrs. is a 1990 action 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 O'Ross. ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Heather Graham, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Kline
This film is a 1990 American dark comedy film directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It is based in 1984, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where Frances Toto repeatedly tried to end her husband, Anthony
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi
Agneepath is a 1990 Indian drama film directed by Mukul Anand. It stars Amitabh Bachchan as the main protagonist Vijay Deenanath Chauhan along with Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi, Neelam Kothari, ...more