Best Fantasy Movies of 1990

1.

Edward Scissorhands

6.3
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
2.

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
3.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch

5.3
6.4/10

Young sweethearts Billy and Kate move to the Big Apple, land jobs in a high-tech office park and soon reunite with the friendly and lovable Gizmo. But a series of accidents creates a whole new generation of Gremlins. The situation worsens when the devilish green creatures invade a top-secret laboratory and develop genetically altered powers, making them even harder to destroy!

Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Robert Picardo
Directed by: Joe Dante
Release date: 1990-06-15
4.

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
5.

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
6.

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
7.

Stephen King's It

4.8
6.9/10

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
8.

Nightbreed

4.7
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
9.

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

4.5
6.2/10

The first segment features an animated mummy stalking selected student victims; the second tale tells the story of a "cat from hell" who cannot be killed and leaves a trail of victims behind it; the third story is about a man who witnesses a bizarre killing and promises never to tell what he saw and the "in-between" bit is the story of a woman preparing to cook her newspaper boy for supper.

Starring: Debbie Harry, Matthew Lawrence, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore
Directed by: John Harrison
Release date: 1990-05-03
10.

Stephen King's It

4.2
6.9/10
Stephen King's It
In 1960, seven outcast kids known as "The Loser Club" fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.
Starring: Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Richard Masur, Annette O'Toole, John Ritter
Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace
Release date: 1990-11-18
11.

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
12.

Truly Madly Deeply

3.8
7.3/10

Nina is totally heartbroken at the death of her boyfriend Jamie, but is even more unprepared for his return as a ghost. At first it's almost as good as it used to be - hey, even the rats that infested her house have disappeared. But Jamie starts bringing ghostly friends home and behaving more and more oddly.

Starring: Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Michael Maloney, Bill Paterson, Christopher Rozycki
Directed by: Anthony Minghella
Release date: 1990-11-10
13.

The Silver Chair

3.8
7.2/10
The Silver Chair
Eustace, along with a new companion named Jill Pole, is brought back to Narnia. The pair are told by Aslan they must search for King Caspian's missing son, Prince Rillian.
Release date: 1990-11-18
14.

Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari

3.4
8.0/10
Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari
Raju (Chiranjeevi), a courageous and spirited young man, is a caregiver to four young orphans. He is a tourist guide in a picturesque hill station. One of the children is accidentally injured and, on the suggestion of an ayurvedic guru that the cure for this injury can be found on the banks of Manasa Sarovar, Raju goes to the Himalayas. During the same time, a celestial being, Indraja (Sridevi), the daughter of Lord Indra, happens to visit the Manasa Sarovar. She accidentally drops her ring, which is her passport to the Heaven. Raju finds this ring and starts wearing it, unaware of its divine power. Because Indraja is unable to enter Heaven, Brihaspathi, the Deva-guru, allows her to go back to Earth to retrieve it before the next Kartik Poornima.
Starring: Chiranjeevi, Sridevi, Tanikella Bharani, Brahmanandam, Janagaraj
Directed by: K Raghavendra Rao
Release date: 1990-05-09
15.

The Rainbow Thief

3.2
6.1/10
The Rainbow Thief
A petty crook, in search of the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, hopes to cash in by befriending the heir to a huge fortune.
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Christopher Lee, Francesco Romano, Berta Domínguez D.
Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Release date: 1990-09-01
16.

The Juniper Tree

3.0
6.9/10

Margit and her older sister, Katla, flee their homeland in Iceland after their mother is killed for practicing witchcraft. Needing a place to stay, Katla casts a spell over a young farmer named Jóhann which makes him fall in love with her, ensuring the wellbeing of herself and Margit. Jóhann's son, Jóhas, sees through Katla's plan and pleads for his father to make her go away. To help Jóhas in his struggle, Margit's mother appears to Margit in visions and provides a magic amulet of protection for the boy. Will Jóhas be able to rid his family of Katla or will she continue to control them with her witchcraft?

Starring: Björk, Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir, Valdimar Örn Flygenring, Guðrún Gísladóttir, Geirlaug Sunna Þormar
Directed by: Nietzchka Keene
Release date: 1990-04-10
17.

Wings of Fame

2.7
7.1/10
Wings of Fame
A famous movie actor claims that he has written a book. As result, a real author, not a very well known writer, vengefully kills him but then dies as a result of an accident. Next, they both find themselves in after-life, where souls of all famous people are gathered.
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Colin Firth, Marie Trintignant, Andréa Ferréol, Robert Stephens
Directed by: Otakar Votocek
Release date: 1990-03-23
18.

The Awakening

2.7
5.8/10
The Awakening
A high school student falls asleep while sitting in class. When he wakes up, all time is frozen, except for him.
Starring: Elliot Blankenship, Nacho Cerdà, Liana David, Alex Alvarez
Directed by: Nacho Cerdà, Ethan Jacobson
Release date: 1990-01-01
19.

A Mom for Christmas

2.7
6.8/10
A Mom for Christmas
The story revolves around 11-year-old Jessica (Juliet Sorcey), whose mother died when she was three years old. Her father Jim (Doug Sheehan) is a workaholic with little time for his daughter. Just before the Christmas holiday season, Jessica wins a free wish from a wishing well. Her wish for a mother for Christmas is granted by Philomena (Doris Roberts) and Amy (Newton-John), a department store mannequin, is brought to life to be a mom for Jessica.
Starring: Olivia Newton-John, Juliet Sorcey, Doug Sheehan, Doris Roberts, Carmen Argenziano
Directed by: George T. Miller
Release date: 1990-12-17
20.

The Gate II: Trespassers

2.6
4.7/10

It's been five years since Terry's friend Glen discovered The Gate to hell in his backyard. Glen has now moved away and Terry begins practicing rituals in Glen's old house and eventually bringing back demons through The Gate and leading to demoniac possession and near world domination.

Starring: Pamela Adlon, Simon Reynolds, James Kidnie, Gerry Mendicino, Elva Mai Hoover
Directed by: Tibor Takács
Release date: 1990-05-24

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