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Movies Turning 30 In 2020 

Jason Bancroft
Updated January 7, 2020 517 votes 25 voters 100 items

List Rules Vote up the movies that came out in 1990 that you still enjoy today.

Let's hop in a hypothetical time machine and revisit the movies that came out in 1990. Three full decades have passed, and some of that year's motion pictures have gone on to become all-time certified classics. Films like Ghost, Goodfellas, and Home Alone are still enjoyed by legions of viewers today. And the best part is that they don't feel old, despite hitting their 30th birthdays this coming year. 

Other popular movies turning 30 this year include Pretty Woman, Total Recall, and Back to the Future Part III. There are award-winning dramas, such as Best Picture winner Dances With Wolves, and Misery, for which Kathy Bates won the Best Actress honor, kick-starting her career in the process. There are blockbuster hits like The Hunt For Red October, along with notorious flops like The Bonfire of the Vanities or the Prince-starring Grafitti Bridge. For whatever reason, 1990 also brought quite a few films whose popularity grew immensely over time. House Party, Quick Change, and Days of Thunder all accumulated devoted cult audiences since their initial release. 

All in all, it was quite a memorable cinematic year. Vote up your favorite films that are 30 this year from the titles below, and have fun reflecting back on the ones that mean the most to you. 

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Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
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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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1990

Directed by: Jerry Zucker

Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more
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The Hunt for Red October... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
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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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
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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Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

Released: 1990

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas

Released: 1990

Directed by: Steve Barron

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 American live-action film, and the first film adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. It was directed by Steve Barron and released on ...more
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Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1990

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction Western film. It is the third and final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and ...more
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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
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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Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland

Released: 1990

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. Five medical ...more
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Three Men and a Little L... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg

Released: 1990

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Three Men and a Little Lady is a 1990 American comedy film, and the sequel to the 1987 film Three Men and a Baby. Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson reprise the leading roles.
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Arachnophobia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1990

Directed by: Frank Marshall

Arachnophobia is a 1990 American horror comedy film directed by Frank Marshall and starring Jeff Daniels and John Goodman. It was the first film released by Hollywood Pictures, as well as being ...more
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Misery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
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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Hard to Kill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock, William Sadler

Released: 1990

Directed by: Bruce Malmuth

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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Problem Child is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Richards, John Ritter

Released: 1990

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

Problem Child is a 1990 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by then-first timer Robert Simonds. It stars John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck, Gilbert Gottfried, Jack Warden, Michael ...more
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Another 48 Hrs. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Tisha Campbell-Martin

Released: 1990

Directed by: Walter Hill

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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Dick Tracy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 1990

Directed by: Warren Beatty

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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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
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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Days of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tony Scott

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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Marked for Death is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Steven Seagal, Danielle Harris, Keith David

Released: 1990

Directed by: Dwight H. Little

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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Young Guns II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Viggo Mortensen, Kiefer Sutherland, Christian Slater

Released: 1990

Directed by: Geoff Murphy

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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Gremlins 2: The New Batc... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Christopher Lee, Phoebe Cates, Howie Mandel

Released: 1990

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Joe Dante

Gremlins 2: The New Batch is a 1990 American horror comedy film, and the sequel to Gremlins. It was directed by Joe Dante. The story continues the adventures of the creature Gizmo, who spawns ...more
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Darkman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Bruce Campbell

Released: 1990

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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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Joe Versus the Volcano ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Carol Kane

Released: 1990

Directed by: John Patrick Shanley

Joe Versus the Volcano is a 1990 American romantic comedy film written and directed by John Patrick Shanley and starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Hanks plays a man who, after being told he has a ...more
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Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies Turning 30 In 2020
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