Best Thriller Movies of 1990

1.

Misery

6.4
7.8/10 IMDB

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 dangerously unstable, and Paul finds himself crippled, drugged, and at her mercy.

Starring: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen, Lauren Bacall, Graham Jarvis, Rob Reiner, J.T. Walsh, Jerry Potter, Archie Hahn ..
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Release date: 1990-11-30
2.

Miller's Crossing

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

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, Jon Polito, J.E. Freeman, Mike Starr, Al Mancini, Richard Woods ..
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Release date: 1990-09-21
3.

The Godfather Part III

6.2
7.6/10 IMDB

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, Joe Mantegna, George Hamilton, Bridget Fonda, Sofia Coppola, Raf Vallone ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1990-12-25
4.

The Hunt for Red October

6.2
7.5/10 IMDB

A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear 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. The hunt is on!

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones, Joss Ackland, Richard Jordan, Stellan Skarsgård, Courtney B. Vance, Peter Firth ..
Directed by: John McTiernan
Release date: 1990-03-02
5.

Ghost

6.0
7.1/10 IMDB

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, Gail Boggs, Stephen Root, Rick Aviles, Vivian Bonnell, Armelia McQueen ..
Directed by: Jerry Zucker
Release date: 1990-07-12
6.

Die Hard 2

5.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Off-duty cop John McClane is gripped with a feeling of déjà vu when, on a snowy Christmas Eve in the nation’s capital, terrorists seize a major international airport, holding thousands of holiday travelers hostage. Renegade military commandos led by a murderous rogue officer plot to rescue a drug lord from justice and are prepared for every contingency except one: McClane’s smart-mouthed heroics.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, Reginald VelJohnson, Franco Nero, William Sadler, John Amos, Dennis Franz, Art Evans, Fred Dalton Thompson ..
Directed by: Renny Harlin
Release date: 1990-07-02
7.

Wild at Heart

5.8
7.2/10 IMDB

After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune. Lula's mother, Marietta, desperate to keep them apart, hires a hitman to kill Sailor. But he finds a whole new set of troubles when he and Bobby Peru, an old buddy who's also out to get Sailor, try to rob a store. When Sailor lands in jail yet again, the young lovers appear further than ever from the shared life they covet.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd, Calvin Lockhart, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton, Grace Zabriskie ..
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 1990-08-17
8.

Flatliners

5.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Five medical students want to find out if there is life after death. They plan to stop one of their hearts for a few seconds, thus simulating death, and then bring the person back to life.

Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Kimberly Scott, Joshua Rudoy, Benjamin Mouton, Aeryk Egan, Kesha Reed ..
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 1990-08-10
9.

Darkman

5.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Dr. Peyton Westlake is on the verge of realizing a major breakthrough in synthetic skin when his laboratory is destroyed by gangsters. Having been burned beyond recognition and forever altered by an experimental medical procedure, Westlake becomes known as Darkman, assuming alternate identities in his quest for revenge and a new life with a former love.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake, Nelson Mashita, Jessie Lawrence Ferguson, Rafael H. Robledo, Dan Hicks, Ted Raimi, Dan Bell ..
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 1990-08-24
10.

Predator 2

5.2
6.3/10 IMDB

A police chief in the war-torn streets of Los Angeles discovers that an extraterrestrial creature is hunting down residents - and that he is the next target.

Starring: Kevin Peter Hall, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Rubén Blades, María Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton, Adam Baldwin, Robert Davi, Kent McCord, Morton Downey, Jr. ..
Directed by: Stephen Hopkins
Release date: 1990-11-20
11.

Presumed Innocent

5.1
6.9/10 IMDB

Rusty Sabich is a deputy prosecutor engaged in an obsessive affair with a coworker who is murdered. Soon after, he's accused of the crime. And his fight to clear his name becomes a whirlpool of lies and hidden passions.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia, Bonnie Bedelia, Paul Winfield, Greta Scacchi, John Spencer, Joe Grifasi, Tom Mardirosian, Anna Maria Horsford ..
Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Release date: 1990-07-26
12.

State of Grace

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Hell's Kitchen, New York. Terry Noonan returns home after a ten-year absence. He soon reconnects with Jackie, a childhood friend and member of the Irish mob, and rekindles his love affair with Jackie's sister Kathleen.

Starring: Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Ed Harris, Robin Wright, John Turturro, John C. Reilly, R. D. Call, Joe Viterelli, Deirdre O'Connell, Burgess Meredith ..
Directed by: Phil Joanou
Release date: 1990-09-14
13.

Child's Play 2

5.0
5.9/10 IMDB

When Andy’s mother is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the young boy is placed in foster care, andChucky, determined to claim Andy's soul, is not far behind.

Starring: Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise, Brad Dourif, Grace Zabriskie, Peter Haskell, Beth Grant, Greg Germann, Raymond Singer ..
Directed by: John Lafia
Release date: 1990-11-09
14.

Night of the Living Dead

5.0
6.8/10 IMDB

In this remake of the original classic film, a group of people are trapped inside a farmhouse as legions of the walking dead try to get inside and use them for food.

Starring: Patricia Tallman, Tony Todd, Tom Towles, McKee Anderson, Bill Moseley, William Butler, Katie Finneran, Heather Mazur, David W. Butler, Zachary Mott ..
Directed by: Tom Savini
Release date: 1990-10-19
15.

King of New York

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.

Starring: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, Victor Argo, Wesley Snipes, Janet Julian, Joey Chin, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Calderon, Steve Buscemi ..
Directed by: Abel Ferrara
Release date: 1990-07-18
16.

RoboCop 2

4.8
5.8/10 IMDB

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, Dan O'Herlihy, Felton Perry, Gabriel Damon, Galyn Görg, Mario Machado ..
Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Release date: 1990-06-22
17.

The Exorcist III

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Fifteen years after the original film, the philosophical Lieutenant William F. Kinderman is investigating a baffling series of murders around Georgetown that all contain the hallmarks of The Gemini, a deceased serial killer. His investigation eventually leads him to a catatonic patient in a psychiatric hospital who has recently started to speak, claiming he is The Gemini and detailing the murders, but bears a striking resemblance to Father Damien Karras.

Starring: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller, Nicol Williamson, Scott Wilson, Nancy Fish, George DiCenzo, Don Gordon, Lee Richardson ..
Directed by: William Peter Blatty
Release date: 1990-08-17
18.

The Hot Spot

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A man enters a small town which unwittingly gets obscured as girls, money, bank heists, police, killers and even a loner will strive forward in this crime-thriller.

Starring: Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly, Charles Martin Smith, William Sadler, Jerry Hardin, Barry Corbin, Leon Rippy, Jack Nance, Virgil Frye ..
Directed by: Dennis Hopper
Release date: 1990-10-12
19.

Lord of the Flies

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

When their plane crashes, 25 schoolboys find themselves trapped on a tropical island, miles from civilization.

Starring: Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly, James Badge Dale, Andrew Taft, Edward Taft, Gary Rule, Terry Wells, Braden MacDonald, Angus Burgin ..
Directed by: Harry Hook
Release date: 1990-03-16
20.

Pacific Heights

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A couple works hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately one of their tenants has plans of his own.

Starring: Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton, Mako, Nobu McCarthy, Laurie Metcalf, Carl Lumbly, Dorian Harewood, Luca Bercovici, Tippi Hedren ..
Directed by: John Schlesinger
Release date: 1990-09-28
21.

Revenge

4.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Michael ‘Jay’ Cochran has just left the Navy after 12 years and he's not quite sure what he's going to do, except that he knows he wants a holiday. He decides to visit Tiburon Mendez, a powerful but shady Mexican businessman who he once flew to Alaska for a hunting trip. Arriving at the Mendez mansion in Mexico, he is immediately surprised by the beauty and youth of Mendez’s wife, Miryea.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe, Tomas Milian, Joaquín Martínez, James Gammon, Jesse Corti, Sally Kirkland, Luis de Icaza, Gerardo Zepeda ..
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 1990-02-16
22.

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

To the Los Angeles elite, Ford Fairlane is known as "Mr. Rock 'n' Roll Detective." This loudmouthed ladies' man serves an exclusive rock star clientele, who depend on his keen eye and smug discretion. So when a heavy-metal musician dies mid-concert, Fairlane is on the case before the lights come up. But things turn shocking when radio personality Johnny Crunch hires Fairlane to find a missing groupie mere hours before he is electrocuted live on air.

Starring: Andrew Dice Clay, Wayne Newton, Priscilla Presley, Morris Day, Lauren Holly, Ed O'Neill, Maddie Corman, Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Englund, David Patrick Kelly ..
Directed by: Renny Harlin
Release date: 1990-07-11
23.

Dick Tracy

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

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, Kathy Bates, Dick Van Dyke, Catherine O'Hara, James Caan, Charlie Korsmo ..
Directed by: Warren Beatty
Release date: 1990-04-05
24.

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him.

Starring: Debbie Harry, Matthew Lawrence, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Robert Sedgwick, David Johansen, William Hickey, Alice Drummond, Dolores Sutton ..
Directed by: John Harrison
Release date: 1990-05-03
25.

The Russia House

4.5
6.1/10 IMDB

Barley Scott Blair, a Lisbon-based editor of Russian literature who unexpectedly begins working for British intelligence, is commissioned to investigate the purposes of Dante, a dissident scientist trapped in the decaying Soviet Union that is crumbling under the new open-minded policies.

Starring: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider, James Fox, John Mahoney, Michael Kitchen, J.T. Walsh, Ken Russell, David Threlfall, Klaus Maria Brandauer ..
Directed by: Fred Schepisi
Release date: 1990-12-21
26.

Dark Angel

4.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Jack Caine is a Houston vice cop who's forgotten the rule book. His self-appointed mission is to stop the drugs trade and the number one supplier Victor Manning. Whilst involved in an undercover operation to entrap Victor Manning, his partner gets killed, and a sinister newcomer enters the scene...

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley, Matthias Hues, Jay Bilas, Jim Haynie, David Ackroyd, Sherman Howard, Sam Anderson, Michael J. Pollard ..
Directed by: Craig R. Baxley
Release date: 1990-01-26
27.

Hardware

4.4
5.9/10 IMDB

Mark 13 is a government-built killing machine programmed with artificial intelligence, able to repair and recharge itself from any energy source. Through a series of coincidences, the cyborg's head ends up in the home of a sculptress as a bizarre Christmas present from her boyfriend. Once inside its new home, the cyborg promptly reconstructs the rest of its body using a variety of household utensils and proceeds to go on a murderous rampage.

Starring: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, William Hootkins, Carl McCoy, Iggy Pop, Mark Northover, Paul McKenzie, Lemmy, Mac McDonald, Chris McHallem ..
Directed by: Richard Stanley
Release date: 1990-09-14
28.

Another 48 Hrs.

4.4
5.9/10 IMDB

For the past four years, San Francisco cop Jack Cates has been after an unidentified drug kingpin who calls himself the Ice Man. Jack finds a picture that proves that the Ice Man has put a price on the head of Reggie Hammond, who is scheduled to be released from prison on the next day.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James, Kevin Tighe, Ed O'Ross, Andrew Divoff, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Bernie Casey, Brent Jennings, Ted Markland ..
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 1990-06-08
29.

Death Warrant

4.3
5.7/10 IMDB

The Canadian policeman Louis Burke is assigned in a jail to investigate the murders of prisoners and jailors. When in jail, Louis, using his outstandings martial arts skills, is able to save his life and make himself respected in that violent world. At least, helped by two another prisoners, he succeded in finding the truth about the dreadful crimes. In a violent and corrupt prison, decorated cop Louis Burke must infiltrate the jail to find answers to a number of inside murders. What he finds is a struggle of life and death tied in to his own past.

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robert Guillaume, Cynthia Gibb, Patrick Kilpatrick, Art LaFleur, George Dickerson, Joshua John Miller, Hank Stone, Conrad Dunn, Jack Bannon ..
Directed by: Deran Sarafian
Release date: 1990-09-14
30.

The Rookie

4.3
5.9/10 IMDB

Veteran cop Nick Pulovski is used to playing musical partners; many of the partners he's had in the past have died on the job, and often as a result of Nick's risky tactics. But the rookie who's been assigned to help Nick bust a carjacking ring is almost as hotheaded as he is … and when Nick gets kidnapped, his newbie partner is his only hope.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raul Julia, Sônia Braga, Tom Skerritt, Lara Flynn Boyle, Xander Berkeley, Donna Mitchell, Marco Rodríguez, Seth Allen ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1990-01-18
31.

The Reflecting Skin

4.3
6.7/10 IMDB

A young boy tries to cope with rural life circa 1950s and his fantasies become a way to interpret events. After his father tells him stories of vampires, he becomes convinced that the widow up the road is a vampire, and tries to find ways of discouraging his brother from seeing her.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Duncan, Duncan Fraser, David Longworth, Jeremy Cooper, Sheila Moore, Robert Koons, David Bloom, Evan Hall, Codie Lucas Wilbee ..
Directed by: Philip Ridley
Release date: 1990-08-28
32.

Blue Steel

4.2
5.7/10 IMDB

Megan Turner, a rookie NYC cop, foils an armed robbery on her first day and then engages in a cat-and-mouse game with one of the witnesses who becomes obsessed with her.

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancy Brown, Louise Fletcher, Philip Bosco, Elizabeth Peña, Richard Jenkins, Kevin Dunn, Tom Sizemore, Lauren Tom ..
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: 1990-03-16
33.

Narrow Margin

4.1
6.6/10 IMDB

An L.A. District Attorney attempts to take an unwilling murder witness back to the United States to testify against a top-level mob boss. Frantically attempting to escape two deadly hitmen sent to silence her, they board a Vancouver-bound train only to discover that the killers are onboard with them. For the next 20 hours, as the train hurls through the beautiful but isolated Canadian wilderness, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues in which their ability to tell friend from foe is a matter of life and death.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Anne Archer, James B. Sikking, J.T. Walsh, M. Emmet Walsh, Susan Hogan, Nigel Bennett, J.A. Preston, Codie Lucas Wilbee, Barbara Russell ..
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1990-09-21
34.

Buried Alive

4.1
6.5/10 IMDB

A married woman and her lover plot to kill her husband to make off with the insurance money. However, their attempt to murder him using poisonous fish toxins backfires when he awakens inside his coffin and returns from the grave, hellbent on revenge.

Starring: Tim Matheson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, William Atherton, Hoyt Axton, Jay Gerber, Wayne Grace, Donald Hotton, Brian Libby, Peg Shirley, David Youse ..
Directed by: Frank Darabont
Release date: 1990-05-09
35.

Miami Blues

4.0
6.4/10 IMDB

When Fred gets out of prison, he decides to start over in Miami, where he starts a violent one-man crime wave. He soon meets up with amiable college student Susie. Opposing Fred is Sgt Hoke Moseley, a cop who is getting a bit old for the job.

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Fred Ward, Cecilia Pérez-Cervera, Georgie Cranford, Edward Saxon, Obba Babatundé, Charles Napier, Matt Ingersoll, Nora Dunn ..
Directed by: George Armitage
Release date: 1990-04-20
36.

Navy Seals

4.0
5.5/10 IMDB

During a rescue mission, a team of Navy Seals discover that a terrorist group have access to deadly US built Stinger missiles, and must set out to locate and destroy them before they can be used.

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Michael Biehn, Joanne Whalley, Rick Rossovich, Cyril O'Reilly, Bill Paxton, Dennis Haysbert, Ezra Abraham, Paul Sanchez, Nicholas Kadi ..
Directed by: Lewis Teague
Release date: 1990-07-20
37.

Class of 1999

3.8
5.9/10 IMDB

The time is in the future and the youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become "free-fire zones", into which not even the police will venture. When Miles Langford, the head of Kennedy High School, decides to take his school back from the gangs, robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest provides "tactical education units". These are amazingly human-like androids that have been programmed to teach and are supplied with devastatingly effective solutions to discipline problems. So when the violent, out-of-control students of Kennedy High report for class tomorrow, they're going to get a real education... in staying alive!

Starring: Bradley Gregg, Traci Lind, Malcolm McDowell, Stacy Keach, Patrick Kilpatrick, Pam Grier, John P. Ryan, Darren E. Burrows, Joshua John Miller, Brent David Fraser ..
Directed by: Mark L. Lester
Release date: 1990-04-01
38.

Q & A

3.8
6.5/10 IMDB

A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuses to help him.

Starring: Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton, Armand Assante, Luis Guzmán, Charles S. Dutton, Patrick O'Neal, Lee Richardson, Jenny Lumet, Paul Calderon, International Chrysis ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1990-04-27
39.

Hidden Agenda

3.8
6.9/10 IMDB

In Ireland, American lawyer Ingrid Jessner and her activist partner, Paul Sullivan, struggle to uncover atrocities committed by the British government against the Northern Irish during the "Troubles." But when Sullivan is assassinated in the streets, Jessner teams up with Peter Kerrigan, a British investigator acting against the will of his own government, and struggles to uncover a conspiracy that may even implicate one of Kerrigan's colleagues.

Starring: Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif, Mai Zetterling, Bernard Archard, Michelle Fairley, Maurice Roëves, Jim Norton, John Benfield, Bernard Bloch ..
Directed by: Ken Loach
Release date: 1990-11-21
40.

Two Evil Eyes

3.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Two horror segments based on Edgar Allan Poe stories set in and around the city of Pittsburgh. "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" concerns a cheating wife who is trying to scam her dying husband out of millions by having her doctor/hypnotist lover hypnotize the geezer into signing his dough over to her. The old man dies while under hypnosis and is stuck in the limbo between the here and the hereafter. The door to the physical world is opened and the undead attempt to enter it. "Black Cat" is the story of Rodd Usher, an alcoholic photographer/artist, who descends into madness after he kills a stray cat that his live-in girlfriend Annabelle brings home. One murder leads to another, and the complex cover-ups begin.

Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Harvey Keitel, Ramy Zada, E.G. Marshall, Madeleine Potter, Bingo O'Malley, John Amos, Kim Hunter, Martin Balsam, Sally Kirkland ..
Directed by: Dario Argento, George A. Romero
Release date: 1990-01-25
41.

Bad Influence

3.8
6.2/10 IMDB

Wimpy young executive, Michael is about to get pulverised by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in—and then disappears. Later that night, Michael runs into a stranger on a pier, who wheedles his way into Michael's life and turns it upside down.

Starring: Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane, Marcia Cross, Rosalyn Landor, Kathleen Wilhoite, Tony Maggio, Palmer Lee Todd, Jeff Kaake, Christian Clemenson ..
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Release date: 1990-03-09
42.

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

3.8
5.0/10 IMDB

Two college students driving coast to coast are lured off the main highway and onto a deserted Texas road. Here they are stalked by the menacing Leatherface and his demented family...a bizarre cannibalistic clan with blood on their hands and a feast on their minds. The students’ only chance for escape is a survivalist with enough firepower to blast Leatherface and the rest of the grisly predators to hell. A depraved shocker of intense terror from the gruesome beginning to the bloody finish.

Starring: Kate Hodge, Ken Foree, R.A. Mihailoff, William Butler, Viggo Mortensen, Joe Unger, Tom Everett, Miriam Byrd-Nethery, Jennifer Banko, David Cloud ..
Directed by: Jeff Burr
Release date: 1990-01-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1990 : By Dawn's Early Light
43.

By Dawn's Early Light

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

A nuclear warhead launched by Soviet insurgents protesting the waning Cold War destroys the Ukrainian city of Donetsk. The destruction sets off a race between American and Soviet politicians to prevent a nuclear holocaust. While the U.S. president feverishly works to keep the military and political machine from going into overdrive, various subordinates panic. When the president is believed to be killed in a helicopter crash, zealous advisers take over.

Starring: Powers Boothe, Rebecca De Mornay, James Earl Jones, Martin Landau, Darren McGavin, Jeffrey DeMunn, Rip Torn, Peter MacNicol, Glenn Withrow, Ronald William Lawrence ..
Directed by: Jack Sholder
Release date: 1990-05-19
44.

Maniac Cop 2

3.7
5.9/10 IMDB

A supernatural maniac killer cop teams up with a Times Square serial killer.

Starring: Robert Z'Dar, Claudia Christian, Michael Lerner, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon, Robert Davi, Nick Barbaro, Vincent Russo, Robert Earl Jones, Clarence Williams III ..
Directed by: William Lustig
Release date: 1990-12-13
45.

The Guardian

3.6
5.3/10 IMDB

Phil and Kate select the winsome young Camilla as a live-in nanny for their newborn child, but the seemingly lovely Camilla is not what she appears to be...

Starring: Jenny Seagrove, Dwier Brown, Carey Lowell, Brad Hall, Miguel Ferrer, Natalija Nogulich, Pamela Brull, Jack David Walker, Theresa Randle, Xander Berkeley ..
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 1990-04-27
46.

Desperate Hours

3.5
5.4/10 IMDB

An escaped con, on the run from the law, moves into a married couple's house and takes over their lives.

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers, Lindsay Crouse, Kelly Lynch, Elias Koteas, David Morse, Shawnee Smith, Danny Gerard, Gerry Bamman ..
Directed by: Michael Cimino
Release date: 1990-10-05
Best Thriller Movies of 1990 : Ritual of Love
47.

Ritual of Love

3.5
6.2/10 IMDB

This movie is based on the true story that made headlines all over the world: the story of a relationship gone sour between a Japanese man very much in love with a French model. Some time later, it was discovered that the woman was turned into "sushi." At that time the man had already eaten a few body parts. To the arresting officers in Paris, he justified his acts as a proof of profound passion. In the late 80's many books and films find inspiration by the sinister love story.

Starring: Beatrice Ring, Larry Huckmann, Francesco Casale, Natalia Bizzi, Gudrun Gundelach, Chiara Argelli ..
Directed by: Aldo Lado
Release date: 1990-09-02
48.

A Shock to the System

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Madison Avenue executive Graham Marshall has paid his dues. A talented and devoted worker, he has suffered through mounting bills and a nagging wife with one thing to look forward to: a well-deserved promotion. But when the promotion is given to a loud-mouthed yuppie associate, Graham unleashes his rage on an overly aggressive panhandler, who he accidently kills by pushing him into the path of an oncoming subway train. He re-thinks his problems with an entirely new solution. First, he arranges an "accident" for his annoying wife. Then he creates another "mishap" for his boss. It seems like the world is once more Graham's oyster…but a missing cigarette lighter and a prying police detective may change all that.

Starring: Michael Caine, Elizabeth McGovern, Swoosie Kurtz, Peter Riegert, Will Patton, Jenny Wright, John McMartin, Barbara Baxley, Haviland Morris, Philip Moon ..
Directed by: Jan Egleson
Release date: 1990-03-23
49.

Psycho IV: The Beginning

3.4
5.4/10 IMDB

Norman Bates recalls his childhood with his abusive mother on a radio show about boys who commit matricide.

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Henry Thomas, Olivia Hussey, CCH Pounder, Warren Frost, Donna Mitchell, Thomas Schuster, Sharen Camille, Bobbi Evors, John Landis ..
Directed by: Mick Garris
Release date: 1990-11-10
50.

Fear

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

Psychic Ally Sheedy helps police solve murders by mentally linking with the murderer. Then she discovers a murderer with the same talent - who wants to share the fear of his victims with her!

Starring: Ally Sheedy, Lauren Hutton, Michael O'Keefe, Stan Shaw, Dina Merrill, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Keone Young, Jonathan Prince, John Agar, Don Hood ..
Directed by: Rockne S. O'Bannon
Release date: 1990-07-15

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