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1990 In Film


1990 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In home video
In television

The year 1990 in film involved many significant events as shown below. Universal Pictures celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1990.


  • Highest-grossing films 1
  • Events 2
  • Awards 3
  • 1990 Wide-release movies 4
    • January–March 4.1
    • April–June 4.2
    • July–September 4.3
    • October–December 4.4
  • Notable films released in 1990 5
    • A-D 5.1
    • E-K 5.2
    • L-Q 5.3
    • R-Z 5.4
  • Births 6
  • Notable deaths 7
  • Debuts 8
  • References 9

Highest-grossing films

The top ten films released in 1990 by worldwide gross are as follows:
Highest-grossing films of 1990[1]
Rank Title Studio Worldwide gross
1. Ghost Paramount Pictures $505,702,588
2. Home Alone 20th Century Fox $476,684,675
3. Pretty Woman Touchstone Pictures $463,406,268
4. Dances with Wolves Orion Pictures $424,208,848
5. Total Recall TriStar Pictures / Carolco Pictures $261,336,002
6. Back to the Future Part III Universal Pictures $244,527,583
7. Die Hard 2 20th Century Fox / Silver Pictures $240,031,094
8. Presumed Innocent Warner Bros. $221,303,188
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Line Cinema $201,965,915
10 Kindergarten Cop Universal Pictures $201,957,688



Category/Organization 48th Golden Globe Awards
January 19, 1991
63rd Academy Awards
March 25, 1991
44th BAFTA Awards
March 17, 1991
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Dances with Wolves Green Card Dances with Wolves Goodfellas
Best Director Kevin Costner
Dances with Wolves
Martin Scorsese
Best Actor Jeremy Irons
Reversal of Fortune
Gérard Depardieu
Green Card
Jeremy Irons
Reversal of Fortune
Philippe Noiret
Cinema Paradiso
Best Actress Kathy Bates
Julia Roberts
Pretty Woman
Kathy Bates
Jessica Tandy
Driving Miss Daisy
Best Supporting Actor Bruce Davison
Longtime Companion
Joe Pesci
Salvatore Cascio
Cinema Paradiso
Best Supporting Actress Whoopi Goldberg
Best Screenplay, Adapted Michael Blake
Dances With Wolves
Michael Blake
Dances With Wolves
Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi
Best Screenplay, Original Bruce Joel Rubin
Giuseppe Tornatore
Cinema Paradiso
Best Original Score The Sheltering Sky
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Richard Horowitz
Dances With Wolves
John Barry
Cinema Paradiso
Ennio Morricone and Andrea Morricone
Best Original Song "Blaze of Glory"
Young Guns II
"Sooner or Later"
Dick Tracy
Best Foreign Language Film Cyrano de Bergerac Journey of Hope Cinema Paradiso

1990 Wide-release movies


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
12 Downtown 20th Century Fox Richard Benjamin (director); Nat Mauldin (screenplay); Anthony Edwards, Forest Whitaker, Penelope Ann Miller Action, Comedy Live Action
Internal Affairs Paramount Pictures Mike Figgis (director); Henry Bean (screenplay); Richard Gere, Andy García, Nancy Travis, Laurie Metcalf, William Baldwin Crime, Thriller Live Action
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III New Line Cinema Jeff Burr (director); David J. Schow (screenplay); Kate Hodge, Viggo Mortensen, William Butler, Ken Foree, Joe Unger, Tom Everett, Toni Hudson, Miriam Byrd-Nethery, R. A. Mihailoff Horror Live Action
Ski Patrol Epic Productions Corby Timbrook, Ray Walston, Martin Mull, Dante Hen Comedy Live Action
19 Brain Dead Concorde George Kennedy Horror, Thriller Live Action
Everybody Wins Orion Pictures Karel Reisz (director); Arthur Miller (screenplay); Debra Winger, Nick Nolte, Will Patton, Jack Warden Drama Live Action
Tremors Universal Studios Ron Underwood (director); Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson (screenplay); Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, Reba McEntire Live Action
2 Flashback Paramount Pictures Franco Amurri (director); David Loughery (screenplay); Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland Action, Comedy Live Action
Heart Condition New Line Cinema James D. Parriott (director/screenplay); Bob Hoskins, Denzel Washington, Chloe Webb Fantasy, Comedy Live Action
Stella Touchstone Pictures / The Samuel Goldwyn Company John Erman (director); Robert Getchell (screenplay); Bette Midler, John Goodman, Trini Alvarado, Stephen Collins, Marsha Mason, Eileen Brennan Drama Live Action
9 Hard to Kill Warner Bros. Bruce Malmuth (director); Steven McKay (screenplay); Steven Seagal, Kelly Le Brock, Frederick Coffin, William Sadler Action Live Action
Loose Cannons TriStar Pictures Bob Clark (director/screenplay); Richard Christian Matheson, Richard Matheson (screenplay); Gene Hackman, Dan Aykroyd Comedy Live Action
Stanley & Iris Metro Goldwyn Mayer Martin Ritt (director); Harriet Frank, Jr., Irving Ravetch (screenplay); Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro, Swoosie Kurtz, Martha Plimpton Romance, Drama Live Action
16 Courage Mountain Triumph Films Christopher Leitch (director); Fred Brogger, Mark Brogger, Weaver Webb (screenplay); Charlie Sheen, Juliette Caton Drama Live Action
Madhouse Orion Pictures Tom Ropelewski (director/screenplay); John Larroquette, Kirstie Alley, Alison LaPlaca, John Diehl, Jessica Lundy, Bradley Gregg, Dennis Miller, Robert Ginty Comedy Live Action
23 Mountains of the Moon TriStar Pictures Bob Rafelson (director/screenplay); William Harrison (screenplay); Patrick Bergin, Iain Glen Adventure, Drama Live Action
Nightbreed 20th Century Fox Clive Barker (director/screenplay); Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid Fantasy, Horror Live Action
Revenge Columbia Pictures Tony Scott (director); Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (screenplay); Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe, Miguel Ferrer, John Leguizamo Crime, Drama, Thriller Live Action
Where the Heart Is Touchstone Pictures John Boorman (director/screenplay); Telsche Boorman (screenplay); Dabney Coleman, Suzy Amis, Uma Thurman, Crispin Glover, Joanna Cassidy, Christopher Plummer, David Hewlett Romance, Comedy Live Action
2 The Hunt for Red October Paramount Pictures John McTiernan (director); Larry Ferguson, Donald E. Stewart (screenplay); Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, James Earl Jones, Sam Neill, Tim Curry Action, Thriller Live Action
9 Bad Influence Triumph Releasing Corporation Curtis Hanson (director); David Koepp (screenplay); Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane Drama Live Action
Coupe de Ville Universal Studios Joe Roth (director); Mike Binder (screenplay); Patrick Dempsey, Arye Gross, Daniel Stern, Alan Arkin Comedy, Horror Live Action
The Handmaid's Tale Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Volker Schlöndorff (director); Harold Pinter (screenplay); Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern Drama Live Action
House Party New Line Cinema Reginald Hudlin (director/screenplay); Christopher "Kid" Reid, Robin Harris, Christopher "Play" Martin Comedy Live Action
Joe Versus the Volcano Warner Bros. John Patrick Shanley (director/screenplay); Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan Romance, Comedy Live Action
Love at Large Orion Pictures Alan Rudolph (director/screenplay); Tom Berenger, Elizabeth Perkins, Anne Archer, Kate Capshaw, Annette O'Toole, Ted Levine, Ann Magnuson Romance, Mystery Live Action
16 The Forbidden Dance Columbia Pictures Greydon Clark (director); Roy Langsdon, John Platt (screenplay); Laura Harring, Jeff James, Angela Moya, Sid Haig, Shannon Farnon, Linden Chiles, Pilar Del Rey, Ruben Moreno, Barbra Brighton, Richard Lynch, Kid Creole Drama Live Action
Lambada Cannon Films Joel Silberg (director/screenplay); Sheldon Renan (screenplay); J. Eddie Peck, Melora Hardin, Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones, Leticia Vasquez, Dennis Burkley, Rita Bland, Ricky Paull Goldin, Kristina Starman, Matt Feemster, Kayla Blake, Keene Curtis, Lauren Gale, Basil Hofman Drama Live Action
Lord of the Flies Columbia Pictures Harry Hook (director); Jay Presson Allen (screenplay); Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly Thriller Live Action
Nuns on the Run 20th Century Fox Jonathan Lynn (director/screenplay); Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Camille Coduri, Janet Suzman, Doris Hare Comedy Live Action
23 Pretty Woman Touchstone Pictures Garry Marshall (director); J. F. Lawton (screenplay); Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo, Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo, Ralph Bellamy Romance, Comedy Live Action
A Shock to the System Corsair Pictures Jan Egleson (director); Andrew Klavan (screenplay); Michael Caine, Elizabeth McGovern, Swoosie Kurtz Crime, Thriller Live Action
30 Opportunity Knocks Universal Studios Donald Petrie (director); Mitchel Katlin, Nat Bernstein (screenplay); Dana Carvey, Robert Loggia, Todd Graff, Julia Campbell, James Tolkan Comedy Live Action
Side Out TriStar Pictures Peter Israelson (director); David Thoreau (screenplay); C. Thomas Howell, Peter Horton, Courtney Thorne-Smith Sports Live Action
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Line Cinema Steve Barron (director); Todd W. Langen, Bobby Herbeck (screenplay); Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais, Robbie Rist, Corey Feldman, Brian Tochi, Kevin Clash Action, Comedy, Martial Arts, Fantasy Live Action
31 The Ambulance Triumph Releasing Corporation Larry Cohen (director/screenplay); Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Red Buttons, Megan Gallagher Thriller Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
3 Catchfire Vestron Pictures Dennis Hopper (director); Rachel Kronstadt Mann, Ann Louise Bardach, Alex Cox, Tod Davies (screenplay); Jodie Foster, Dennis Hopper, Fred Ward Action, Thriller, Drama Live Action
6 Cry-Baby Universal Studios John Waters (director/screenplay); Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Polly Bergen, Susan Tyrrell, Iggy Pop, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords Romance, Comedy, Musical Live Action
Ernest Goes to Jail Touchstone Pictures John R. Cherry III (director); Charlie Cohen (screenplay); Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Bill Byrge Comedy Live Action
The First Power Orion Pictures Robert Resnikoff (director/screenplay); Lou Diamond Phillips, Jeff Kober, Mykelti Williamson, Tracy Griffith, Dennis Lipscomb, Carmen Argenziano, Clayton Landey Horror Live Action
I Love You to Death TriStar Pictures Lawrence Kasdan (director); John Kostmayer (screenplay); Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, Joan Plowright, River Phoenix, William Hurt, Keanu Reeves Comedy Live Action
13 Crazy People Paramount Pictures Tony Bill (director); Mitch Markowitz (screenplay); Dudley Moore, Daryl Hannah, Paul Reiser, J. T. Walsh, Danton Stone Comedy Live Action
20 Lisa Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / United Artists Gary Sherman (director/screenplay); Karen Clark (screenplay); Cheryl Ladd Drama, Thriller Live Action
Miami Blues Orion Pictures Alec Baldwin, Fred Ward, Jennifer Jason Leigh Action, Crime, Thriller Live Action
27 The Guardian Universal Studios William Friedkin (director/screenplay); Stephen Volk, Dan Greenburg (screenplay); Jenny Seagrove, Dwier Brown, Carey Lowell Horror Live Action
Q&A TriStar Pictures Sidney Lumet (director/screenplay); Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton, Armand Assante, Luis Guzmán Crime Live Action
Spaced Invaders Touchstone Pictures (director/screenplay); Scott Lawrence Alexander (screenplay); Douglas Barr, Ariana Richards, Royal Dano, Gregg Berger, Wayne Alexander Sci-Fi, Comedy Live Action
4 Short Time 20th Century Fox Gregg Champion (director); John Blumenthal, Michael Berry (screenplay); Dabney Coleman, Matt Frewer, Teri Garr Action, Comedy, Crime Live Action
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Paramount Pictures Deborah Harry, Christian Slater, David Johansen, William Hickey, James Remar, Rae Dawn Chong Horror Live Action
11 Class of 1999 Lightning Pictures Mark L. Lester (director); C. Courtney Joyner, Bradley Gregg (screenplay); Bradley Gregg, Traci Lind, Malcolm McDowell, Stacy Keach, Patrick Kilpatrick, Pam Grier, John P. Ryan, Darren E. Burrows, Joshua John Miller Sci-Fi Live Action
Far Out Man New Line Cinema Tommy Chong (director/screenplay); Tommy Chong, C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, Shelby Chong, Paris Chong, Martin Mull, Judd Nelson, Michael Winslow, Cheech Marin, Paul Bartel Comedy Live Action
A Show of Force Paramount Pictures Bruno Barreto (director); Evan Jones, John Strong (screenplay); Amy Irving, Andy García, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Duvall, Erik Estrada Thriller Live Action
18 Cadillac Man Orion Pictures Roger Donaldson (director); Ken Friedman (screenplay); Robin Williams, Tim Robbins, Pamela Reed, Fran Drescher, Lauren Tom Comedy Live Action
Bird on a Wire Universal Studios John Badham (director); Louis Venosta, David Seltzer (screenplay); Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine, Bill Duke, Stephen Tobolowsky, Joan Severance Action, Comedy Live Action
22 The Swordsman Film Workshop King Hu (director); Kwan Man-leung (screenplay); Sam Hui, Cecilia Yip, Jacky Cheung, Sharla Cheung, Fennie Yuen Action Live Action
25 Back to the Future Part III Universal Studios Robert Zemeckis (director); Bob Gale (screenplay); Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea Thompson Sci-Fi, Comedy, Western Live Action
Fire Birds Touchstone Pictures David Green (director); Nick Thiel, Paul F. Edwards (screenplay); Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Young Action, Thriller Live Action
1 Frankenhooker Shapiro-Glickenhaus Entertainment Frank Henenlotter (director/screenplay); Robert "Bob" Martin (screenplay); Patty Mullen, Louise Lasser, James Lorinz Comedy, Horror Live Action
Total Recall TriStar Pictures Paul Verhoeven (director); Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon, Gary Goldman (screenplay); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, Michael Ironside, Ronny Cox Sci-Fi, Action Live Action
6 Another 48 Hrs. Paramount Pictures Walter Hill (director); John Fasano, Jeb Stuart, Larry Gross (screenplay); Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte Action, Crime, Comedy Live Action
15 Dick Tracy Touchstone Pictures Warren Beatty (director); Jim Cash, Jack Epps, Jr. (screenplay); Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo, Glenne Headly, Dick Van Dyke, Charles Durning, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Sorvino, James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, William Forsythe, Ed O'Ross, R. G. Armstrong Action Live Action
Gremlins 2: The New Batch Warner Bros. Joe Dante (director); Charles S. Haas (screenplay); Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Robert Picardo, Christopher Lee Comedy, Horror Live Action
22 Betsy's Wedding Touchstone Pictures Alan Alda (director/screenplay); Alan Alda, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Madeline Kahn, Joe Pesci, Joey Bishop, Anthony LaPaglia, Burt Young, Catherine O'Hara Comedy Live Action
RoboCop 2 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer \ Live Entertainment \ Orion Pictures Irvin Kershner (director); Frank Miller, Walon Green (screenplay); Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Belinda Bauer, Tom Noonan, Gabriel Damon Sci-Fi, Action Live Action
27 Days of Thunder Paramount Pictures Tony Scott (director); Robert Towne (screenplay); Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Nicole Kidman, Cary Elwes Sports Live Action
29 Ghost Dad Universal Studios (screenplay); Bill Cosby, Kimberly Russell, Salim Grant, Denise Nicholas, Ian Bannen, Christine Ebersole, Barry Corbin Comedy, Fantasy Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
1 A Cry in the Wild Concorde Pictures Mark Griffiths (director); Gary Paulsen, Catherine Cyran (screenplay); Jared Rushton, Pamela Sue Martin, Stephen Meadows, Ned Beatty Drama Live Action
4 Die Hard 2 20th Century Fox Renny Harlin (director); Steven E. de Souza, Doug Richardson (screenplay); Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, Reginald VelJohnson, Franco Nero, William Sadler, John Amos Action, Thriller Live Action
6 Jetsons: The Movie Universal Studios Penny Singleton, Tiffany, Patric Zimmerman, Don Messick, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc Comedy, Family Animation
11 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 20th Century Fox Renny Harlin (director); Daniel Waters, James Cappe, David Arnott (screenplay); Andrew Dice Clay, Wayne Newton, Priscilla Presley, Lauren Holly, Maddie Corman, David Patrick Kelly, Morris Day, Ed O'Neill, Robert Englund Action, Comedy Live Action
13 Ghost Paramount Pictures Jerry Zucker (director); Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay); Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn, Rick Aviles, Vincent Schiavelli, Gail Boggs, Armelia McQueen Romance, Fantasy, Thriller Live Action
The Invisible Maniac Republic Pictures Adam Rifkin (director/screenplay); Noel Peters Drama Live Action
Quick Change Warner Bros. Howard Franklin, Bill Murray (director); Howard Franklin (screenplay); Bill Murray, Geena Davis, Randy Quaid, Jason Robards Comedy Live Action
18 Arachnophobia Hollywood Pictures Frank Marshall (director); Don Jakoby, Wesley Strick (screenplay); Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, Harley Jane Kozak, John Goodman Comedy, Horror Live Action
20 The Freshman TriStar Pictures Andrew Bergman (director/screenplay); Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby, Penelope Ann Miller Crime, Comedy Live Action
Navy SEALs Orion Pictures Lewis Teague (director); Chuck Pfarrer, Gary Goldman (screenplay); Charlie Sheen, Michael Biehn, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Rick Rossovich, Cyril O'Reilly, Bill Paxton, Dennis Haysbert Action Live Action
26 Blood Oath Roadshow Entertainment Terry O'Quinn, John Bach, John Clarke, Deborah Kara Unger, John Polson, Nicholas Eadie, David Argue, Ray Barrett Drama Live Action
27 Presumed Innocent Warner Bros. Alan J. Pakula (director/screenplay); Frank Pierson (screenplay); Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá, Bonnie Bedelia, Paul Winfield, Greta Scacchi Thriller Live Action
Problem Child Universal Studios Dennis Dugan (director); Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski (screenplay); John Ritter, Jack Warden, Michael Oliver (actor), Gilbert Gottfried, Amy Yasbeck, Michael Richards Comedy Live Action
1 Young Guns II 20th Century Fox Geoff Murphy (director); John Fusco (screenplay); Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater, William Petersen, James Coburn, Alan Ruck, Balthazar Getty Western Live Action
3 DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Walt Disney Pictures Bob Hathcock (director); Alan Burnett (screenplay); Alan Young, Rip Taylor, Christopher Lloyd, Russi Taylor, Terrence McGovern Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Animation
Metropolitan New Line Cinema Whit Stillman (director/screenplay); Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, Allison Parisi, Dylan Hundley Comedy, Drama Live Action
Mo' Better Blues Universal Studios Spike Lee (director/screenplay); Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Joie Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Dick Anthony Williams, Cynda Williams Drama Live Action
10 Air America TriStar Pictures Roger Spottiswoode (director); Christopher Robbins, John Eskow, Richard Rush (screenplay); Mel Gibson, Robert Downey, Jr., Nancy Travis, David Marshall Grant, Michael Dudikoff, Lane Smith Action, Comedy Live Action
Flatliners Columbia Pictures Joel Schumacher (director); Peter Filardi (screenplay); Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Kevin Bacon Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller Live Action
The Two Jakes Paramount Pictures Jack Nicholson (director); Robert Towne (screenplay); Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe Mystery, Thriller Live Action
17 The Exorcist III 20th Century Fox Ed Flanders, Jason Miller, Scott Wilson, Brad Dourif Horror Live Action
My Blue Heaven Warner Bros. Herbert Ross (director); Nora Ephron (screenplay); Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack, Carol Kane, William Irwin Comedy Live Action
Taking Care of Business Hollywood Pictures Arthur Hiller (director); Jill Mazursky, J. J. Abrams (screenplay); James Belushi, Charles Grodin, Anne De Salvo, Loryn Locklin, Stephen Elliott, Héctor Elizondo, Veronica Hamel, Mako, Gates McFadden, John de Lancie Comedy Live Action
Wild at Heart The Samuel Goldwyn Company David Lynch (director/screenplay); Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton Crime, Thriller Live Action
22 Pump Up the Volume New Line Cinema Allan Moyle (director/screenplay); Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Mimi Kennedy, Scott Paulin, Cheryl Pollak, Annie Ross, Ahmet Zappa, Billy Morrissette, Seth Green, Robert Schenkkan, Ellen Greene, Andy Romano, Anthony Lucero, Lala Sloatman, James Hampton Comedy, Drama Live Action
24 After Dark, My Sweet Avenue Pictures James Foley (director/screenplay); Robert Redlin (screenplay); Jason Patric, Rocky Giordani, Rachel Ward, Bruce Dern Thriller Live Action
Darkman Universal Studios Sam Raimi (director/screenplay); Chuck Pfarrer, Ivan Raimi, Daniel Goldin, Joshua Goldin (screenplay); Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake Action, Thriller Live Action
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection Cannon Films Aaron Norris (director); Lee Reynolds (screenplay); Chuck Norris, Billy Drago, John P. Ryan, Richard Jaeckel, Paul Perri, Mark Margolis Action Live Action
Dreams Warner Bros. Ishirō Honda (director); Akira Kurosawa (director/screenplay); Akira Terao, Martin Scorsese, Mitsunori Isaki, Chishū Ryū, Mieko Harada Drama Live Action
Men at Work Triumph Films Emilio Estevez (director/screenplay); Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Leslie Hope, Keith David, Dean Cameron, John Getz Comedy Live Action
The Witches Warner Bros. Nicolas Roeg (director); Allan Scott (screenplay); Jasen Fisher, Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Rowan Atkinson Comedy, Fantasy Live Action
12 Postcards from the Edge Columbia Pictures Mike Nichols (director); Carrie Fisher (screenplay); Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Rob Reiner Comedy, Drama Live Action
14 Death Warrant Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Art LaFleur, Patrick Kilpatrick, Joshua John Miller, Hank Stone, Conrad Dunn, Jack Bannon, Abdul Salaam El Razzac, Armin Shimerman Action Live Action
Hardware Palace Pictures / Miramax Films Richard Stanley (director); Steve MacManus, Kevin O'Neill, Richard Stanley (screenplay); Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, Iggy Pop, Carl McCoy Sci-Fi, Horror Live Action
Repossessed Seven Arts Pictures Bob Logan (director); Bob Logan (screenplay); Leslie Nielsen, Linda Blair, Ned Beatty, Anthony Starke Comedy Live Action
State of Grace Orion Pictures Phil Joanou (director); Dennis McIntyre (screenplay); Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright, John Turturro, John C. Reilly Thriller Live Action
White Hunter Black Heart Warner Bros. Alun Armstrong, Marisa Berenson Thriller Live Action
19 Goodfellas Warner Bros. Martin Scorsese (director/screenplay); Nicholas Pileggi (screenplay); Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino Crime Live Action
21 Don't Tell Her It's Me Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Malcolm Mowbray (director); Sarah Bird (screenplay); Steve Guttenberg, Jami Gertz, Shelley Long, Kyle MacLachlan Romance, Comedy Live Action
Funny About Love Paramount Pictures Leonard Nimoy (director); Norman Steinberg, David Frankel (screenplay); Gene Wilder, Christine Lahti, Mary Stuart Masterson Romance, Comedy Live Action
Narrow Margin TriStar Pictures Peter Hyams (director/screenplay); Gene Hackman, Anne Archer, J. T. Walsh, M. Emmet Walsh Thriller Live Action
28 I Come in Peace Triumph Releasing Corporation Craig R. Baxley (director); Jonathan Tydor, Leonard Maas, Jr., David Koepp, John Kamps (screenplay); Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley, Matthias Hues, Jay Bilas, Jim Haynie, David Ackroyd, Sam Anderson Action, Sci-Fi Live Action
King of New York Seven Arts Pictures Abel Ferrara (director); Nicholas St. John (screenplay); Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes Crime, Drama Live Action
Pacific Heights 20th Century Fox John Schlesinger (director); Daniel Pyne (screenplay); Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton, Laurie Metcalf, Mako, Carl Lumbly, Dorian Harewood Thriller Live Action
Texasville Columbia Pictures Peter Bogdanovich (director/screenplay); Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman, Randy Quaid, Annie Potts, William McNamara Drama Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
5 Avalon Tristar Pictures Barry Levinson (director/screenplay); Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elizabeth Perkins, Joan Plowright, Aidan Quinn Drama Live Action
Desperate Hours Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Michael Cimino (director); Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal (screenplay); Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers, Lindsay Crouse, Kelly Lynch, David Morse, Elias Koteas, Shawnee Smith Crime, Drama Live Action
Henry & June Universal Studios Philip Kaufman (director/screenplay); Rose Kaufman (screenplay); Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Richard E. Grant, Maria de Medeiros, Kevin Spacey Biography, Drama Live Action
Marked for Death 20th Century Fox Dwight H. Little (director); Michael Grais, Mark Victor (screenplay); Steven Seagal, Basil Wallace, Keith David, Tom Wright, Joanna Pacuła, Elizabeth Gracen, Bette Ford Action Live Action
Miller's Crossing 20th Century Fox Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (director/screenplay); Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J. E. Freeman, Albert Finney Crime Live Action
Shakma Castle Hill Productions / Quest Entertainment Hugh Parks, Tom Logan (director); Roger Engle (screenplay); Christopher Atkins, Amanda Wyss, Ari Meyers, Roddy McDowall Horror Live Action
12 Memphis Belle Warner Bros. Michael Caton-Jones (director); Monte Merrick (screenplay); Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan, D. B. Sweeney, Billy Zane, Sean Astin, Harry Connick, Jr., Reed Diamond, Courtney Gains, Neil Giuntoli, David Strathairn, John Lithgow, Jane Horrocks, Mac McDonald Action, Drama Live Action
Mr. Destiny Touchstone Pictures James Orr (director/screenplay); Jim Cruickshank (screenplay); James Belushi, Linda Hamilton, Jon Lovitz, Hart Bochner, Rene Russo, Michael Caine Comedy Live Action
To Sleep with Anger The Samuel Goldwyn Company Charles Burnett (director/screenplay); Danny Glover, Richard Brooks, Paul Butler, Mary Alice Drama Live Action
Troll 2 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Connie McFarland, Deborah Reed, Jason F. Wright, Darren Ewing, Jason Steadman, Ethan Sarphie Horror, Fantasy Live Action
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Paramount Pictures Jim Abrahams (director); Karen Leigh Hopkins (screenplay); Winona Ryder, Jeff Daniels Comedy, Drama Live Action
19 Night of the Living Dead Columbia Pictures Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman Horror Live Action
Quigley Down Under Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Simon Wincer (director); John Hill (screenplay); Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan Rickman Western Live Action
White Palace Universal Studios Luis Mandoki (director); Ted Tally, Alvin Sargent (screenplay); Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Jason Alexander, Kathy Bates, Eileen Brennan, Steven Hill, Rachel Chagall, Corey Parker, Renée Taylor, Jonathan Penner, Barbara Howard, Kim Myers, Mitzi McCall Romance, Drama Live Action
26 Graveyard Shift Paramount Pictures Ralph S. Singleton (director); John Esposito (screenplay); David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht, Brad Dourif Horror Live Action
The Hot Spot Orion Pictures Dennis Hopper (director); Nona Tyson (screenplay); Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly Thriller Live Action
Sibling Rivalry Columbia Pictures Carl Reiner (director); Martha Goldhirsh (screenplay); Kirstie Alley, Sam Elliott, Jami Gertz, Bill Pullman, Carrie Fisher, Scott Bakula, Ed O'Neill Comedy Live Action
Soultaker AIP Home Video Michael Rissi (director); Vivian Schilling (screenplay); Joe Estevez, Vivian Schilling, Gregg Thomsen, Chuck Williams, Robert Z'Dar, David "Shark" Fralick, Jean Reiner Fantasy, Horror Live Action
2 China Cry Parakletus James F. Collier (director/screenplay); Julia Nickson, France Nuyen, James Shigeta Biography Live Action
Frankenstein Unbound 20th Century Fox Roger Corman (director/screenplay); F.X. Feeney (screenplay); John Hurt, Raúl Juliá, Nick Brimble, Bridget Fonda, Catherine Rabett, Jason Patric, Michael Hutchence Horror Live Action
Graffiti Bridge Warner Bros. Tevin Campbell, Mavis Staples Musical, Drama Live Action
Jacob's Ladder Carolco Pictures Adrian Lyne (director); Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay); Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven Horror Live Action
9 Child's Play 2 Universal Studios John Lafia (director); Don Mancini (screenplay); Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise, Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif Horror, Comedy Live Action
Guns Malibu Bay Films Andy Sidaris (director/screenplay); Erik Estrada, Dona Speir, Devin DeVasquez, Danny Trejo, Cynthia Brimhall Action Live Action
The Krays Rank Film Distributors Peter Medak (director); Philip Ridley (screenplay); Martin Kemp, Gary Kemp, Billie Whitelaw, Tom Bell Drama Live Action
16 Home Alone 20th Century Fox Chris Columbus (director); John Hughes (screenplay); Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O'Hara, Roberts Blossom Comedy, Family Live Action
The Rescuers Down Under Walt Disney Pictures Hendel Butoy, Frank Welker, Wayne Robson, Russi Taylor, Bernard Fox, Douglas Seale Adventure Animation
Rocky V United Artists John G. Avildsen (director); Sylvester Stallone (screenplay); Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone, Tommy Morrison, Burgess Meredith Sports, Drama Live Action
21 Dances with Wolves Orion Pictures Kevin Costner (director); Michael Blake (screenplay); Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant Western Live Action
The Nutcracker Prince Lacewood Productions Paul Schibli (director); Patricia Watson (screenplay); Kiefer Sutherland, Megan Follows Romance, Fantasy Animation
Predator 2 20th Century Fox Stephen Hopkins (director); Jim Thomas, John Thomas (screenplay); Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Rubén Blades, María Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton, Robert Davi Action, Sci-Fi Live Action
Robot Jox Empire Pictures Stuart Gordon (director); Joe Haldeman (screenplay); Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson, Paul Koslo Sci-Fi Live Action
Three Men and a Little Lady Touchstone Pictures Emile Ardolino (director); Charlie Peters (screenplay); Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, Nancy Travis, Christopher Cazenove, Robin Weisman, Fiona Shaw Comedy Live Action
30 Misery Columbia Pictures Rob Reiner (director); William Goldman (screenplay); James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen Horror Live Action
1 Cyrano de Bergerac Orion Classics Jean-Paul Rappeneau (director/screenplay); Jean-Claude Carrière, Edmond Rostand (screenplay); Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Pérez Comedy, Drama Live Action
7 The Rookie Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood (director); Scott Spiegel, Boaz Yakin (screenplay); Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raúl Juliá, Sônia Braga, Tom Skerritt, Lara Flynn Boyle Action Live Action
12 Havana Universal Studios Sydney Pollack (director); Judith Rascoe, David Rayfiel (screenplay); Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Raúl Juliá, Alan Arkin Drama Live Action
The Sheltering Sky Warner Bros. Bernardo Bertolucci (director/screenplay); Mark Peploe (screenplay); Debra Winger, John Malkovich, Campbell Scott Drama Live Action
14 Edward Scissorhands 20th Century Fox Tim Burton (director); Caroline Thompson (screenplay); Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin Fantasy, Romance Live Action
Look Who's Talking Too TriStar Pictures Amy Heckerling (director/screenplay); Neal Israel (screenplay); John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis, Elias Koteas, Bruce Willis, Roseanne Barr, Damon Wayans Comedy Live Action
Mermaids Orion Pictures Richard Benjamin (director); June Roberts (screenplay); Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, Michael Schoeffling, Christina Ricci Comedy, Drama Live Action
19 Almost an Angel Paramount Pictures John Cornell (director); Paul Hogan (screenplay); Paul Hogan, Elias Koteas, Linda Kozlowski Crime Live Action
The Russia House Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Fred Schepisi (director); Tom Stoppard (screenplay); Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider, James Fox, John Mahoney, J. T. Walsh, Klaus Maria Brandauer Action Live Action
20 Awakenings Columbia Pictures Penny Marshall (director); Steven Zaillian (screenplay); Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, John Heard, Julie Kavner, Penelope Ann Miller, Max Von Sydow Drama Live Action
21 The Bonfire of the Vanities Warner Bros. Morgan Freeman Drama, Comedy Live Action
Kindergarten Cop Universal Studios Ivan Reitman (director); Murray Salem, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris (screenplay); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt, Carroll Baker Comedy, Thriller Live Action
25 The Godfather Part III Paramount Pictures Bridget Fonda, Sofia Coppola Crime, Drama Live Action

Notable films released in 1990

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Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 2 Alan Hale, Jr. 68 USA Actor
5 Arthur Kennedy 75 USA Actor
6 Ian Charleson 40 UK Actor
8 Terry-Thomas 78 UK Actor
10 Lyle R. Wheeler 84 USA Art Director
14 John Witty 74 UK Actor
15 Gordon Jackson 66 UK Actor
18 Rusty Hamer 42 USA Actor Dance with Me, Henry
20 John Maxim 64 UK Actor
20 Barbara Stanwyck 82 USA Actress
25 Ava Gardner 67 USA Actress
26 Dodo Abashidze 66 Soviet Union Director
February 13 Ken Lynch 79 USA Actor
14 Jean Wallace 66 USA Actress
15 Henry Brandon 77 Germany Actor
16 Joshua Shelley 70 USA Actor
19 Michael Powell 84 UK Director
28 Fabia Drake 86 UK Actress
March 5 Gary Merrill 74 USA Actor
17 Capucine 62 Switzerland Actress
April 2 Aldo Fabrizi 84 Italy Actor
8 Ernest Steward 79 UK Cinematographer
11 Vanda Godsell 67 UK Actress
15 Greta Garbo 84 Sweden Actress
20 Alex McCrindle 78 UK Actor, Producer
22 Albert Salmi 62 USA Actor
23 Paulette Goddard 79 USA Actress
25 Dexter Gordon 67 USA Actor
May 2 David Rappaport 38 USA Actor
10 Susan Oliver 58 USA Actress
14 Franklyn Seales 37 West Indies Actor
16 Sammy Davis, Jr. 64 USA Actor, Singer, Soundtrack
16 Jim Henson 53 USA Actor, Writer, Producer
18 Jill Ireland 54 UK Actress
22 Max Wall 82 UK Actor, Writer
June 1 Eric Barker 78 UK Actor, Writer
2 Jack Gilford 81 USA Actor, Writer, Soundtrack
2 Rex Harrison 82 UK Actor
3 Tom Brown 70 USA Actor
15 Leonard Sachs 80 UK Actor Thunderball
20 Ina Balin 52 USA Actress
23 Frank Gatliff 62 UK Actor
July 8 Howard Duff 76 USA Actor
15 Margaret Lockwood 73 UK Actress
20 Sergei Parajanov 66 Soviet Union Director
August 2 Edwin Richfield 68 UK Actor, Writer
17 Pearl Bailey 72 USA Actress
27 Raymond St. Jacques 60 USA Actor


4 Irene Dunne 91 USA Actress


4 Jill Bennett 58 UK Actress, Writer
20 Joel McCrea 84 USA Actor
27 Ugo Tognazzi 68 Italy Actor
November 3 Mary Martin 76 USA Actress
3 Valerie French 62 UK Actress
10 Maura McGiveney 51 USA Actress
12 Eve Arden 82 USA Actress
13 Don Chaffey 73 New Zealand Director
23 Roald Dahl 74 UK Writer
24 Dodie Smith 94 UK Writer, Actress One Hundred and One Dalmatians
December 1 Sergio Corbucci 63 Italy Director, Screenwriter
2 Robert Cummings 80 USA Actor, Director
4 Edward Binns 79 USA Actor
7 Joan Bennett 80 USA Actress, Soundtrack
8 Martin Ritt 76 USA Director, Producer, Actor
9 Mike Mazurki 82 USA Actor, Technical Advisor



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