1990 Ranked Filmsby TimMacAusland | created - 15 Apr 2017 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
The ranked list of 1990 films that I have seen so far.
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1. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
Votes: 949,450 | Gross: $46.84M
With Martin Scoresese working at the height of his directorial prowess, Goodfellas assembles a vivacious veteran cast in spinning one of the best crime sagas of all time.
2. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
One of Studio Ghibli’s most whimsical and awe-inspiring efforts to date, Kiki’s Delivery Service oozes vivacious charm and effortless spirit.
3. The Hunt for Red October (1990)
PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine Captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?
Votes: 169,046 | Gross: $122.01M
An apt introduction to the Jack Ryan character and a thrilling Cold War tale to boot, The Hunt for Red October grasps onto audience attention and never lets go.
4. Ghost (1990)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.
Votes: 185,663 | Gross: $217.63M
Overcoming its potentially silly script with heartrending sentiment, Ghost gets by on the passionate chemistry between its stars and a wicked sense of humor.
5. Misery (1990)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 171,596 | Gross: $61.28M
Taking a small-scale conceit and making the stakes feel huge, Misery is a slow-burn, edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller with one killer performance from Kathy Bates.
6. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?
Votes: 286,136 | Gross: $119.39M
Total Recall is almost too campy for its own good, but director Paul Verhoeven is able to make it thoroughly fun regardless, a quintessential Arnold Schwarzenegger flick.
7. Back to the Future Part III (1990)
PG | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
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 out a way to escape the Old West before Emmett is murdered.
Votes: 375,922 | Gross: $87.73M
Finding more story to tell without bogging itself down in wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey plotting, Back to the Future Part III is a less ambitious but more personable entry in the saga.
8. Die Hard 2 (1990)
R | 124 min | Action, Thriller
John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.
Votes: 321,811 | Gross: $117.54M
Essentially a carbon copy of its predecessor, Die Hard 2 keeps its formula fresh with reliably rough-and-tumble action.
9. The Godfather: Part III (1990)
R | 162 min | Crime, Drama
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York City and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia Don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.
Votes: 336,617 | Gross: $66.67M
By no means the final installment the trilogy deserved, The Godfather Part III largely manages to overcome some atrocious acting with powerful mood and storytelling.
10. Days of Thunder (1990)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sport
A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.
Votes: 74,500 | Gross: $82.67M
Days of Thunder is often too on-the-nose, but director Tony Scott is able to frame the proceedings in such a way that’ll give audiences the rush they’re looking for.
11. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 439,166 | Gross: $285.76M
Silly and zany but held together but an endearing performance from the young Macaulay Culkin, Home Alone will entertain up to the end.
12. The Exorcist III (1990)
R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A police Lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.
Votes: 23,321 | Gross: $26.10M
Hugely benefitting from the return of writer-director William Peter Blatty to the franchise, The Exorcist III is more than able to provide worthwhile scares, even if it's not as absorptive as one would hope.
13. Hardware (1990)
R | 94 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
The head of a cyborg reactivates, rebuilds itself, and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment.
Votes: 12,106 | Gross: $5.73M
Hardware finds a niche mix of science-fiction and horror, but it’s narratively obsolete and has some pacing issues down the stretch.
14. Flatliners (1990)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Five medical students experiment with "near death" experiences, until the dark consequences of past tragedies begin to jeopardize their lives.
Votes: 76,807 | Gross: $61.49M
Despite an intriguing premise and plenty of capable actors, the lukewarm approach to Flatliners leaves the film stuck in a lifeless purgatory.
15. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas.
Votes: 80,807 | Gross: $135.27M
For prepubescent audiences only, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has some rip-roaring fun with the source material but lacks the comedic conviction it needs.
16. The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
In a dystopian, polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.
Votes: 8,061 | Gross: $4.96M
Despite working off the nuanced and insightful novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale struggles to harness the tension and emotion inside its speculative fiction.
17. RoboCop 2 (1990)
R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Cyborg law enforcer RoboCop returns to protect the citizens of old Detroit but faces a deadly challenge when a rogue OCP member secretly creates a new, evil RoboCop 2.
Votes: 77,850 | Gross: $45.68M
Minus the campy appeal that made its predecessor so striking, RoboCop 2 becomes the very thing it’s trying to satirize.
18. Child's Play 2 (1990)
R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 42,312 | Gross: $28.50M
Continuing the story but unsure where to take it, Child’s Play 2 has more killer doll antics but they’re nowhere near as effective or unsettling the second time around.
19. Predator 2 (1990)
R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Amidst a territorial gang war in 1997, a sophisticated alien hunter stalks the citizens of Los Angeles and the only man between him and his prey is veteran L.A.P.D. officer, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan.
Votes: 138,839 | Gross: $30.67M
A slower, duller, urban sequel that doesn't know how to properly utilize its title alien, Predator 2 is stripped of nearly all vitality its predecessor had.
20. Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller
A California couple and a survivalist encounter Leatherface and his family.
Votes: 13,124 | Gross: $5.77M
Forgettable whereas other sequels at least shine in their awfulness, Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III cannibalizes the franchise into nothingness.
21. Rocky V (1990)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Sport
Reluctantly retired from boxing, and back from riches to rags, Rocky takes on a new protege who betrays him, as the champ's son must adjust to his family's new life after bankruptcy.
Votes: 120,727 | Gross: $40.95M
Stripping the title character of everything that made him so relatable, Rocky V is a bitter, unnecessary sequel that throws itself out of the ring quickly.
22. Graveyard Shift (1990)
R | 89 min | Horror
In a very old textile mill with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.
Votes: 9,212 | Gross: $11.58M
With a slipshod screenplay downplaying its source material, Graveyard Shift and its shoddy acting is more likely to induce laughs than thrills, something not even some grisly creature design can make up for.
23. Captain America (1990)
PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Frozen in the ice for decades, Captain America is freed to battle against archcriminal The Red Skull.
Campy in the most laughable way possible, Captain America feels dated right from the get-go, rife with hokey dialogue and unexciting action sequences.
24. Troll 2 (1990)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A family vacationing in a small town discovers the entire town is inhabited by goblins in disguise as humans, who plan to eat them.
Earning its title as one of the best worst movies ever made, Troll 2 dives deep into ludicrous plotting and unconvincing production values.