Best Adventure Movies of 1990

1.

Dances with Wolves

6.6
8.0/10

Wounded Civil War soldier, John Dunbar tries to commit suicide—and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant, Floyd Red Crow Westerman
Directed by: Kevin Costner
Release date: 1990-11-09
2.

The Hunt for Red October

6.2
7.6/10

A new, technologically-superior Soviet sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius. The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it — because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him, too.

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones
Directed by: John McTiernan
Release date: 1990-03-02
3.

Back to the Future Part III

6.1
7.4/10

The final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy finds Marty digging the trusty DeLorean out of a mineshaft and looking for Doc in the Wild West of 1885. But when their time machine breaks down, the travelers are stranded in a land of spurs. More problems arise when Doc falls for pretty schoolteacher Clara Clayton, and Marty tangles with Buford Tannen.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea Thompson
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 1990-05-25
4.

Total Recall

6.1
7.5/10

Construction worker Douglas Quaid discovers a memory chip in his brain during a virtual-reality trip. He also finds that his past has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Soon, he's off to Mars to find out who he is and who planted the chip.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Release date: 1990-06-01
5.

A Grand Day Out

5.5
7.8/10

Wallace and Gromit have run out of cheese and this provides an excellent excuse for the animated duo to take their holiday on the moon, where, as everyone knows, there is ample cheese. The moon is inhabited by a mechanical caretaker, who is not too happy about the two visitors from earth that nibble on the moon.

Starring: Peter Sallis, Peter Hawkins
Directed by: Nick Park
Release date: 1990-05-18
6.

DuckTales: The Movie - Treasure of the Lost Lamp

5.0
6.9/10

With his nephews and niece, everyone's favorite rich uncle, Scrooge McDuck, treks from his mansion home in Duckburg in search of the long-lost loot of the thief Collie Baba. But finding the goods isn't quite what it's "quacked" up to be! Their thrilling adventure leads to comical chaos, magical mayhem, and a lesson about what is far more valuable than money, gold and jewels.

Starring: Alan Young, Terence McGovern, Russi Taylor, Richard Libertini, Christopher Lloyd
Directed by: Bob Hathcock
Release date: 1990-08-03
7.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

5.0
6.8/10

A quartet of mutated humanoid turtles clash with an uprising criminal gang of ninjas

Starring: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais, Corey Feldman, Brian Tochi
Directed by: Steve Barron
Release date: 1990-03-30
8.

The Rescuers Down Under

4.9
6.9/10

A lawless poacher wants to capture a majestic and rare golden eagle, so he kidnaps the boy who knows where to find the bird. Not to worry -- the Rescue Aid Society's top agents, heroic mice Miss Bianca and Bernard, fly to Australia to save the day. Accompanying the fearless duo are bumbling albatross Wilbur and local field operative Jake the Kangaroo Rat.

Starring: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, Tristan Rogers, Adam Ryen
Directed by: Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel
Release date: 1990-11-16
9.

The Witches

4.9
6.8/10

A young boy named Luke and his grandmother go on vacation only to discover their hotel is hosting an international witch convention, where the Grand High Witch is unveiling her master plan to turn all children into mice. Will Luke fall victim to the witches' plot before he can stop them?

Starring: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson, Bill Paterson
Directed by: Nicolas Roeg
Release date: 1990-05-25
10.

Quigley Down Under

4.8
6.9/10

American Matt Quigley answers Australian land baron Elliott Marston's ad for a sharpshooter to kill the dingoes on his property. But when Quigley finds out that Marston's real target is the aborigines, Quigley hits the road. Now, even American expatriate Crazy Cora can't keep Quigley safe in his cat-and-mouse game with the homicidal Marston.

Starring: Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan Rickman, Chris Haywood, Ron Haddrick
Directed by: Simon Wincer
Release date: 1990-10-17
11.

Young Guns II

4.6
6.5/10

Only three of the original five "young guns" -- Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez), Jose Chavez y Chavez (Lou Diamond Phillips), and Doc Scurlock (Kiefer Sutherland) -- return in Young Guns, Part 2, which is the story of Billy the Kid and his race to safety in Old Mexico while being trailed by a group of government agents led by Pat Garrett

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater, William Petersen
Directed by: Geoff Murphy
Release date: 1990-08-01
12.

Lord of the Flies

4.6
6.4/10

Stranded on an island, a group of schoolboys degenerate into savagery.

Starring: Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly, James Badge Dale, Andrew Taft
Directed by: Harry Hook
Release date: 1990-03-16
13.

Days of Thunder

4.5
6.0/10

Talented but unproven stock car driver Cole Trickle gets a break and with the guidance of veteran Harry Hogge turns heads on the track. The young hotshot develops a rivalry with a fellow racer that threatens his career when the two smash their cars. But with the help of his doctor, Cole just might overcome his injuries-- and his fear.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Nicole Kidman, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 1990-06-27
14.

Dick Tracy

4.5
6.1/10

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.

Starring: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Mandy Patinkin, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman
Directed by: Warren Beatty
Release date: 1990-04-05
15.

Bird on a Wire

4.4
5.9/10

A FBI informant has kept his new identity secret for 15 years, now an old flame has recognised him and the bad guys are back for revenge.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, Joan Severance, David Carradine, Stephen Tobolowsky
Directed by: John Badham
Release date: 1990-05-18
16.

The Sheltering Sky

4.3
6.8/10

An American couple (John Malkovich, Debra Winger) drift toward emptiness in postwar North Africa.

Starring: Debra Winger, John Malkovich, Campbell Scott, Jill Bennett, Timothy Spall
Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci
Release date: 1990-10-24
17.

RoboCop 2

4.3
5.8/10

After a successful deployment of the Robocop Law Enforcement unit, OCP sees its goal of urban pacification come closer and closer, but as this develops, a new narcotic known as "Nuke" invades the streets led by God-delirious leader Cane. As this menace grows, it may prove to be too much for Murphy to handle. OCP tries to replicate the success of the first unit, but ends up with failed prototypes with suicidal issues... until Dr. Faxx, a scientist straying away from OCP's path, uses Cane as the new subject for the Robocop 2 project, a living God.

Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Tom Noonan, Belinda Bauer, Willard E. Pugh
Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Release date: 1990-06-22
18.

Air America

4.2
5.8/10

Air America was the CIA's private airline operating in Laos during the Vietnam War, running anything and everything from soldiers to foodstuffs for local villagers. After losing his pilot's license, Billy Covington is recruited into it, and ends up in the middle of a bunch of lunatic pilots, gun-running by his friend Gene Ryack, and opium smuggling by his own superiors.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis, Ken Jenkins, David Marshall Grant
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Release date: 1990-08-10
19.

White Hunter, Black Heart

4.1
6.7/10

A thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director, whose desire to hunt down an animal turns into a grim situation with his movie crew in Africa

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, Charlotte Cornwell, George Dzundza, Alun Armstrong
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1990-09-14
20.

The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter

3.9
5.1/10

Once again, Bastian is transported to the world of Fantasia which he recently managed to save from destruction. However, the land is now being destroyed by an evil sorceress, Xayide, so he must join up with Atreyu and face the Emptiness once more.

Starring: Jonathan Brandis, Kenny Morrison, Clarissa Burt, John Wesley Shipp, Martin Umbach
Directed by: George T. Miller
Release date: 1990-10-24

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