My Favorite Movies from 1990

by jgiles-367-954534 | created - 12 Dec 2017 | updated - 12 Dec 2017 | Public

These are movies from the year 1990 that I still count as my favorites today.

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1. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

63 Metascore

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 446,992 | Gross: $285.76M

2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

74 Metascore

An artificial man, who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a solitary life. Then one day, a suburban lady meets him and introduces him to her world.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall

Votes: 433,265 | Gross: $56.36M

3. Pretty Woman (1990)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

51 Metascore

A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo

Votes: 277,773 | Gross: $178.41M

4. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 176,342 | Gross: $61.28M

5. Dick Tracy (1990)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

68 Metascore

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo

Votes: 55,882 | Gross: $103.74M

6. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York City media mogul's high-tech skyscraper.

Directors: Joe Dante, Chuck Jones | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky

Votes: 89,573 | Gross: $41.48M

7. Tremors (1990)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

65 Metascore

Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross

Votes: 115,466 | Gross: $16.67M

8. Ghost (1990)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

52 Metascore

After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.

Director: Jerry Zucker | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn

Votes: 189,775 | Gross: $217.63M

9. Back to the Future Part III (1990)

PG | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Stranded in 1955, Marty McFly learns about the death of Doc Brown in 1885 and must travel back in time to save him. With no fuel readily available for the DeLorean, the two must figure how to escape the Old West before Emmett is murdered.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 386,987 | Gross: $87.73M

10. Kindergarten Cop (1990)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

A tough cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate a dangerous criminal's ex-wife, who may hold the key to putting him behind bars.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt

Votes: 131,868 | Gross: $91.46M

11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais, David Forman

Votes: 82,648 | Gross: $135.27M

12. The Witches (1990)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson

Votes: 34,779 | Gross: $10.36M

13. Mermaids (1990)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, Michael Schoeffling

Votes: 27,656 | Gross: $35.42M

14. Child's Play 2 (1990)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

37 Metascore

While Andy's mother is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the young boy is placed in foster care, and Chucky, determined to claim Andy's soul, is not far behind.

Director: John Lafia | Stars: Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise

Votes: 43,245 | Gross: $28.50M

15. Arachnophobia (1990)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

67 Metascore

A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.

Director: Frank Marshall | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, John Goodman, Harley Jane Kozak

Votes: 61,235 | Gross: $53.21M

16. Problem Child (1990)

PG | 81 min | Comedy, Family

27 Metascore

A young boy is just short of a monster. He is adopted by a loving man and his wacky wife. The laughs keep coming as the boy pushes them to the limits.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Michael Oliver, John Ritter, Jack Warden, Gilbert Gottfried

Votes: 27,559 | Gross: $53.47M

17. The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A young boy with a distant father enters a world of make-believe and magic through a portal within an antique book.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Jonathan Brandis, Kenny Morrison, Clarissa Burt, John Wesley Shipp

Votes: 23,600 | Gross: $17.37M

18. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Crime

70 Metascore

The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a little boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher.

Directors: Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel | Stars: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, Tristan Rogers

Votes: 36,704 | Gross: $27.93M

19. Look Who's Talking Too (1990)

PG-13 | 81 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

This time, a new baby is on the way, and it's a girl. Wrapped together with the standard conflict between mother and father, Mikey engages in a bit of sibling rivalry with his new sister.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis, Elias Koteas

Votes: 43,492 | Gross: $47.49M

20. Pacific Heights (1990)

R | 102 min | Thriller

55 Metascore

A couple work hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately, one of their tenants has plans of his own.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton, Mako

Votes: 17,290 | Gross: $29.38M

21. DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)

G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Scrooge McDuck takes Huey, Dewey, and Louie to Egypt to find a pyramid and magic lamp.

Director: Bob Hathcock | Stars: Alan Young, Christopher Lloyd, Terence McGovern, Russi Taylor

Votes: 24,373 | Gross: $18.12M

22. Reversal of Fortune (1990)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

93 Metascore

Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Ron Silver, Annabella Sciorra

Votes: 14,074 | Gross: $15.45M

23. Cadillac Man (1990)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime

50 Metascore

Joey gets 2 days to sell 12 cars to keep his job and keep his girlfriends happy. It gets worse. He's juggling 3 buyers when a guy with a machine gun crashes into the car dealership and takes everybody hostage.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Robin Williams, Tim Robbins, Pamela Reed, Fran Drescher

Votes: 12,975 | Gross: $27.63M

24. Tales from the Darkside (1990)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

54 Metascore

A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him.

Director: John Harrison | Stars: Debbie Harry, Matthew Lawrence, Christian Slater, David Forrester

Votes: 14,589 | Gross: $16.32M

25. Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

PG | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

40 Metascore

Bank janitor Ernest P. Worrell is called to jury duty and soon finds himself in trouble when the lookalike defendant's attorney arranges a switch and has Ernest sent to prison in his client's place.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Bill Byrge, Barbara Tyson

Votes: 8,679 | Gross: $25.03M

26. Jetsons: The Movie (1990)

G | 82 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

46 Metascore

George Jetson is forced to uproot his family when Mr. Spacely promotes him to take charge of a new factory on a distant planet.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Iwao Takamoto | Stars: George O'Hanlon, Penny Singleton, Mel Blanc, Tiffany

Votes: 4,562 | Gross: $10.90M

27. Ghost Dad (1990)

PG | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Elliot Hopper, a widower with three children, is currently working on a deal. His late wife's illness was very expensive and this deal could bring them out of the red. But he gets into a ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Bill Cosby, Kimberly Russell, Denise Nicholas, Ian Bannen

Votes: 7,270 | Gross: $24.71M

28. Come See the Paradise (1990)

R | 138 min | Drama, Romance, War

The passionate romance between an Irish-American man and a Japanese-American woman is threatened when the Pearl Harbor attacks happen and the woman is forced into a prison camp because of her ethnicity.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Sab Shimono, Shizuko Hoshi

Votes: 2,463 | Gross: $0.85M

29. Mirror Mirror (1990)

R | 104 min | Horror, Thriller

A teenage girl begins receiving black magic power through an antique mirror that drips blood, not realizing the mirror is controlled by demonic forces.

Director: Marina Sargenti | Stars: Karen Black, Yvonne De Carlo, William Sanderson, Rainbow Harvest

Votes: 1,338

30. Madhouse (1990)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

The luxurious villa of yuppie couple Mark and Jessie Bannister is overrun by loads of uninvited guests who turn the house upside-down and nearly destroy it.

Director: Tom Ropelewski | Stars: Richard Alexander, Kirstie Alley, John Larroquette, Alison La Placa

Votes: 2,779 | Gross: $21.04M

31. Mister Frost (1990)

R | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A serial killer gets sent to a mental institution, but as his insidious presence cause the doctors and orderlies to receive strange visions, his psychiatrist tries to find out his true identity.

Director: Philippe Setbon | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Kathy Baker, Alan Bates, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 2,383

32. The End of Innocence (1990)

R | 102 min | Drama

Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. ... See full summary »

Director: Dyan Cannon | Stars: Dyan Cannon, John Heard, George Coe, Lola Mason

Votes: 159 | Gross: $0.12M

33. Fear (1990)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

Psychic Cayce Bridges helps police solve murders by mentally linking with the murderer. Then she discovers a murderer with the same talent - who wants to share the fear of his victims with ... See full summary »

Director: Rockne S. O'Bannon | Stars: Ally Sheedy, Lauren Hutton, Michael O'Keefe, Stan Shaw

Votes: 960

34. Modern Love (1990)

R | 105 min | Comedy

Modern marriage is examined in this comedy drama about Greg, an anxious guy who must deal with the pressures and responsibilities of marriage, pregnancy, fatherhood and family life in general.

Director: Robby Benson | Stars: Robby Benson, Karla DeVito, Rue McClanahan, Burt Reynolds

Votes: 201

35. Twisted Justice (1990)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In the Los Angeles of the future, police are forbidden to carry weapons and must use stun guns (called "stingers") instead. A maverick detective ignores those restrictions in his pursuit of... See full summary »

Director: David Heavener | Stars: David Heavener, Erik Estrada, Shannon Tweed, David Campbell

Votes: 199



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