Action 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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Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz
This film is a 1990 American action film and the second in the series. It was released on July 4, 1990. The film was directed by Renny Harlin. The novel has the same premise but differs ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. It was ...more
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Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne
King of New York is a 1990 thriller film, starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, Giancarlo Esposito, and Steve Buscemi. It was directed by ...more
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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
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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 takes out a policeman. She is ...more
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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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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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Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock, William Sadler
This film is a 1990 American action film directed by Bruce Malmuth, and starring Steven Seagal. Steven Seagal plays Detective Mason Storm, after being shot during a fire-fight that took his wife ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 flying missions in Laos. When the protagonists ...more