Best Drama Movies of 1990

1.

GoodFellas

7.0
8.7/10

The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1990-09-12
2.

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
3.

Edward Scissorhands

6.4
7.9/10

A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Alan Arkin, Anthony Michael Hall
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1990-12-05
4.

Awakenings

6.4
7.8/10

Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, proves a rebirth for Sayer too, as the exuberant patient reveals life's simple but unutterably sweet pleasures to the introverted doctor.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, John Heard, Julie Kavner, Penelope Ann Miller
Directed by: Penny Marshall
Release date: 1990-12-04
5.

Misery

6.3
7.8/10

Novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car on a snowy Colorado road. He is found by Annie Wilkes, the "number one fan" of Paul's heroine Misery Chastaine. Annie is also somewhat unstable, and Paul finds himself crippled, drugged and at her mercy.

Starring: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen, Lauren Bacall
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Release date: 1990-11-30
6.

The Godfather: Part III

6.2
7.6/10

In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don, Michael Corleone seeks forgiveness for his sins while taking a young protege under his wing.

Starring: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy García, Eli Wallach
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1990-12-24
7.

Ghost

5.9
7.0/10

Sam Wheat is a banker, Molly Jensen is an artist, and the two are madly in love. However, when Sam is murdered by his friend and corrupt business partner Carl Bruner over a shady business deal, he is left to roam the earth as a powerless spirit. When he learns of Carl's betrayal, Sam must seek the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown to set things right and protect Molly from Carl and his goons.

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn, Vincent Schiavelli
Directed by: Jerry Zucker
Release date: 1990-07-12
8.

Miller's Crossing

5.6
7.8/10

Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.

Starring: John Turturro, Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, Steve Buscemi, Albert Finney
Directed by: Joel Coen
Release date: 1990-09-21
9.

Jacob's Ladder

5.4
7.5/10

A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him...

Starring: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Directed by: Adrian Lyne
Release date: 1990-11-02
10.

Pump Up the Volume

5.2
7.2/10

Mark Hunter is an intelligent but shy teenager who has just moved to suburban Arizona from New York. Unbeknownst to his parents and peers, at 10pm each school night Mark takes to the shortwave radio in his basement and transforms into pirate DJ "Hard Harry". Mark's show, at once thoughtful and profane, becomes an underground hit with students at his high school, inspiring the wrath of his principal and the Federal Communications Commission [FCC].

Starring: Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Annie Ross, Scott Paulin, Mimi Kennedy
Directed by: Allan Moyle
Release date: 1990-08-22
11.

Reversal of Fortune

5.1
7.2/10

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.

Starring: Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Ron Silver, Annabella Sciorra, Uta Hagen
Directed by: Barbet Schroeder
Release date: 1990-10-05
12.

State of Grace

5.1
7.2/10

Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister Kathleen. Soon, however, Terry is torn between his loyalty to his friends and his loyalties to others.

Starring: Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Ed Harris, Robin Wright, John Turturro
Directed by: Phil Joanou
Release date: 1990-09-14
13.

The Grifters

5.0
6.9/10

A young short-con grifter suffers both injury and the displeasure of reuniting with his criminal mother, all the while dating an unpredictable young lady.

Starring: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening, Jan Munroe, Stephen Tobolowsky
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Release date: 1990-10-10
14.

Hamlet

4.9
6.7/10

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm
Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli
Release date: 1990-12-19
15.

Memphis Belle

4.9
6.9/10

The "Memphis Belle" is a World War II bomber, piloted by a young crew on dangerous bombing raids into Europe. The crew only have to make one more bombing raid before they have finished their duty and can go home. In the briefing before their last flight, the crew discover that the target for the day is Dresden, a heavily-defended city that invariably causes many Allied casualties

Starring: Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan, D. B. Sweeney, Billy Zane
Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones
Release date: 1990-09-07
16.

Postcards from the Edge

4.9
6.7/10

Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her mother Doris Mann, herself once a star and now a champion drinker. Such a set-up is bad news for Suzanne who has struggled for years to get out of her mother's shadow, and who finds her mother still treats her like a child. Despite these problems - and further ones to do with the men in in her life - Suzanne can begin to see the funny side of her situation, and it also starts to occur to her that not only do daughters have mothers, mothers do too.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Release date: 1990-09-12
17.

Stephen King's It

4.8
6.8/10

A series of murders prompts Mike Hanlon to suspect that the supernatural menace that he and a group of friends battled as children has returned. He begins to call his friends to remind them of the oath they swore: if It returned again, they would come back to Derry to do battle again.

Release date: 1990-11-18
18.

Mermaids

4.8
6.6/10

Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Flax is tired of her wacky mom moving their family to a different town any time she feels it is necessary. When they move to a small Massachusetts town and Mrs. Flax begins dating a shopkeeper, Charlotte and her 9-year-old sister, Kate, hope that they can finally settle down. But when Charlotte's attraction to an older man gets in the way, the family must learn to accept each other for who they truly are.

Starring: Cher, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci, Bob Hoskins, Michael Schoeffling
Directed by: Richard Benjamin
Release date: 1990-12-14
19.

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
20.

Nightbreed

4.8
6.6/10

A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity.

Starring: Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid, Hugh Quarshie
Directed by: Clive Barker
Release date: 1990-02-16

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