REWIND & RANK: TOP 10 MOVIES of 1990

RANKING THE YEAR’S BEST: FROM OSCAR MOVIES TO BLOCKBUSTERS

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TOP 10 Lists are always tons of fun. You can debate my choices, while getting a better idea of how I review newer movies. With looking back on years past, you can also stroll down memory lane. You never know, you may uncover a hidden gem or two.

Let’s REWIND to the year 1990.

These are personal TOP 10s that combine Oscar-nominated movies right alongside popcorn munching blockbusters, indie films, and cult classics.

1990 had a good mix of art and popcorn. The #1 movie at the box office was GHOST, raking in $505.7 million. However, there was still plenty of room for some shining turds like LOOKS WHO’S TALKING TOO and NAVY SEALS.

My TOP 10 is followed by HONORABLE MENTIONS and the BEST OF ART vs POPCORN.

Let’s dig in…

Future editions will hop around the decades. 


THE TOP 10

10. PRETTY WOMAN

Julia Roberts became a star with her role as an escort charmed by a gentleman (Richard Gere). The romance avoided melodrama and provided a few laughs. Well-written with impressive performances for the genre.

9. GHOST

Another fantastic romance. This one resonated emotionally. Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze play lovers who connect from beyond the grave. Whoopi Goldberg balances the drama with some comedy in this memorable and satisfying story.

8. DANCES WITH WOLVES

Kevin Costner stars and directs this historical drama. He became a superstar after the incredible reception from audiences and critics alike. Purposefully paced, this sprawling tale focuses on Native American culture as much as character.

7. MISERY

This Stephen King chiller works so well because of the focus on character. An isolated setting milks the tension even further. Incredible performances from both James Caan as a best-selling author and Kathie Bates as his #1 Fan.

6. JACOB’S LADDER

Interpretive and hallucinatory. Stylish and haunting. Descent into madness. Truly disturbing and unsettling without any cheap thrills. Focused on character, this slow-brew military conspiracy thriller works its way under your skin.

5. HOME ALONE

Undeniably fun. Charming and playful. Full of boobytraps and physical comedy. A holiday movie done right. It has a nice message underneath all of the mischievous hijinx. Laugh out loud Holiday fun.

4. TOTAL RECALL

One of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best movies. Full of head-scratching twists and intense mystery. Paul Verhoven (STARSHIP TROOPERS, ROBOCOP) delivers on the R-rated action as much as the sci-fi intrigue. Provocative in all the best ways, especially for the supposed low-brow genre.

3. TREMORS

A b-movie done right. One of the best cult classics ever. Filled with laughs, scares, and intense thrills. There is never a dull moment. Campy on purpose, the dialogue crackles, complimented perfectly by  the hammy performances from Kevin Bacon and the supporting cast. Monster movie meets guilty pleasure brilliance.

2. GOODFELLAS

The best movie of the year, when it comes to cinema. This gangster story works so well because we want to know more about these characters. Oddly compelling and violently disturbing. Fascinating exploration of the underworld with masterful direction, brilliant writing, and incredible performances.

1. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

My favourite films connect deeply, usually with strong themes and deep emotions (like E.T.). My bond is strong with this movie. I felt every moment. This is a dark, yet satirical fairy tale told with an emphasis on stunning Gothic visuals. Every note is perfect: the Danny Elfman score, nuanced balance of goofiness and innocent charm from Johnny Depp’s amazing performance, the mesmerizing Winona Ryder, and Tim Burton’s utterly astounding direction and design. EDWARDS SCISSORHANDS is one of my favourite films of the decade.


HONORABLE MENTIONS

ranked alphabetically

ANOTHER 48 HRS. / AWAKENINGS / BACK TO THE FUTURE 3 / DIE HARD 2 / HARD TO KILL / THE HUNT FOR THE RED OCTOBER / KINDERGARTEN COP / THE LORD OF THE FLIES / PUMP UP THE VOLUME / TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES


THE BEST OF ART vs POPCORN

listed alphabetically

ARACHNOPHOBIA / CHILD’S PLAY 2 / DARKMAN / FLATLINERS / GREMLINS 2 / HOUSE PARTY / JOE VS THE VOLCANO

MO’ BETTER BLUES / PREDATOR 2 / PROBLEM CHILD / ROBOT JOX / ROCKY V / 3 MEN & A LITTLE LADY / WILD AT HEART


Stay tuned for more REWIND & RANK.

Next up… 1980.


 

6 thoughts on “REWIND & RANK: TOP 10 MOVIES of 1990

  1. Hate to be a nag but the picture is from Rocky not Rocky V. 🙂 It’s a fascinating year. I’m yet to see Jacob’s Ladder, Mo Better Blues, Flatliners and more importantly Misery, Pump up the Volume and Awakenings which I dare say will feature in a Top 10 by me. I remember watching Edward Scissorhands and being so upset about the ending. Its my first memory of seeing a movie that didn’t have a happy ending and Dad had to have a bit of a chat with me. Ah memories but there is something so beautiful and compelling about that film. The world and look it creates is wonderful and that score from Danny Elfman. Pretty Woman is such an interesting film, its kind of dated now but it doesn’t matter. Everything about it shouldn’t work and yet it does. The key is Julia Roberts and Marshall deciding he was doing a twist on Cinderella. From there is just grows into lightning in a bottle. Same with Home Alone I guess. My Top 10 from these films would probably consist of The Hunt for the Red October, Goodfellas, Dances with Wolves, Ghost, Die Hard 2, Total Recall and Dick Tracy which is very masculine heavy. No wonder Ghost and Pretty Woman was such big hits that year. If you’d asked me back then though it would have been Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Back to the Future Part III all the way baby.

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    1. Whoops. I get my Rockys confused 😉 Oh and blame Google image search hehehe jokes. Back in the day, I loved TMNT so much. I remember lining up for that one. And the free program the theater gave everyone. Remember those days, what happened to free movie memorabilia? Back then, it’d be my #1, but that was when I played with the toys of course. Meanwhile, Home Alone holds up a bit better, thus its placement in my Top 10. Nostalgia can only weigh so much…. heheh… ie: a lot! For your must-watch list, I’d put Jacob’s Ladder at the top. It’s just so different.

      I love what you say about Scissorhands!! The emotional effect was incredible for me too. The film is simply magic.

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    1. Hahaha. I thought it would. I debated its high placement. I knew it’d be in the year’s best, but I can’t help it. I really do love that movie. Chalk it up to guilty pleasure… and no shame mixing and matching b-movies with Oscar flicks. Thanks again for chiming in. I appreciate it.

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