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Looking Back: The Top 10 Best Movies Of 1990

Ranking the best movies of 1990

Heading to the 90’s- we countdown the best movies.

Goodfellas, Pretty Woman and Home Alone – it’s fair to say that 1990 was a year of cinematic gold. It’s hard to believe that some of these movies are 30 years old, we even had to dig out the old school Casio calculator to double-check the math!

Without further ado, here are the best movies of 1990.


The ultimate ‘wiseguy’ movie of all time, Goodfellas remains Martin Scorsese’s most known and influential film.

De Niro, Liotta and Pesci, star in this epic crime drama centered around Henry Hill as he rises through the ranks of a notorious American-Italian crime gang. But more than just another mob movie, it touches on themes of loyalty, friendship, drugs and violence, with the occasional wiseguy crack thrown in. In short – it’s a masterpiece.

IMDb: 8.7/10

  • Classification: R18+
  • Genre: Crime/Drama
  • Cast: Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and more

Stream Now On Amazon Prime

Dances with Wolves

In a deviation from many of the other 1990 movies Hollywood spawned, Dances with Wolves goes back to the time of the civil war.

Directed by and starring Kevin Costner in the lead role, we witness an unlikely friendship develop between soldier Lieutenant Dunbar (Costner) and a tribe of Lakota Indians, especially when love blossoms between him and one of the women in the group.

IMDb: 8/10

  • Classification: M
  • Genre: War
  • Cast: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene and more

Stream Now On Amazon Prime


Once you see the ‘hobbling scene’ you can’t unsee it. Such is the impact of this Stephen King thriller. Long story short, a famous novelist is rescued from a car crash by a die-hard fan.

All hail Kathy Bates as the irrepressible and terrifying Annie Wilkes. Nursing the author back to health while keeping him captive, Kathy’s performance is brilliantly unsettling throughout, making this Oscar-winning film an instant classic.

IMDb: 7.8/10

  • Classification: M
  • Genre: Horror/Thriller
  • Cast: Kathy Bates, James Caan, Lauren Bacall and more

Stream Now On Stan

Home Alone

It was the highest-grossing movie of 1990, hauling an impressive $285.76 million in theatres. Today, it remains one of the best movies of the 90s and a classic Christmas flick, as well as the movie that defined Macaulay Culkin’s career.

Despite the elaborate and somewhat unbelievable storyline of a family leaving their eight-year-old son at home while they vacation, it’s highly watchable! Kevin (Culkin) fends for himself against preying burglars, in this laugh-out-loud pandemonium family classic.

IMDb: 7.6/10

  • Classification: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern and more

Stream Now On Disney+

Total Recall

Before he became Governor of California, but way after winning Mr Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger was a mega-star featuring in numerous 1990 movies Hollywood produced.

One of the most famous is Total Recall. This fast-paced, futuristic sci-fi transports us to 2048, when virtual travel is all the rage, thanks to chip implants. That is, until one goes disastrously wrong, and turns into a manhunt. This gripping film will have you jumping out of your seat, as well as laughing along in places.

IMDb: 7.5/10

Stream Now On Apple TV

Die Hard II

Bruce Willis reprises his role as John McClane, a double-hard detective saving the world from terrorists, one more time.

Biceps, blasts and bad guys – expect them all in epic proportions as McClane single-handedly swoops in and foils a plot at Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C.

 IMDb: 7.1/10

  • Classification: M
  • Genre: Action/Thriller
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Sadler and more

Stream Now On Disney+


The cast and their chemistry make Ghost the beautiful, watchable film that still holds three decades later. Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) are deeply in love, when Sam’s life is cut all-too-short.

With Whoopi Goldberg stepping in as a reluctant psychic, they uncover the truth about his death, whilst protecting Molly from imminent danger. If you’re not crying by the end of it, send help.

IMDb: 7.1/10

  • Classification: M
  • Genre: Romance
  • Cast: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg and more

Stream Now On Stan

Pretty Woman

Undeniably one of the best movies of the 90s, who would have thought you could make a tender romantic movie about a prostitute falling in love with her client!

Starring Richard Gere as the dashing Edward, and Julia Roberts as hooker Vivian, this rags to riches tale is a Hollywood love story, of two very different worlds coming together.

IMDb: 7/10

  • Classification: M
  • Genre: Romance
  • Cast: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Laura San Giacomo and more

Stream Now On Disney+

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

As far as 1990 movies that kids love go, TMNT (as all the cool kids know it), is up there. The movie version of the much-loved cartoon brings your four favourite street-fighter turtles to the sewers of New York City, as they protect it from a criminal gang. Kowabunga to that!

IMDb: 6.8/10

  • Classification: PG
  • Genre: Action
  • Cast: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais and more

Stream Now On Amazon Prime

Kindergarten Cop

We said he’ll be back! Every generation has an Arnold Schwarzenegger film they remember, for children of the 80s, it’s Kindergarten Cop.

In one of the top box office 1990 movies, Arnie is fooling no one as a steely cop, going undercover to sniff out the bad guys. The kids will love it, as for the grown up’s… they’ll just be grateful that the kids are quiet!

IMDb: 6.2/10

  • Classification: M
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Richard Tyson and more

Stream Now On Apple TV

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