... The Forgettable ... Of The 1990sby Akira_Chimera | created - 26 Mar 2011 | updated - 1 day ago | Public
First of all, most movies on this list are not really bad. But they are not good either. In order not to bore you with every average movie I have seen I will restrain myself only to those of interest. That means you will find movies here that were successful at the box office but did not deserve that undue success or movies that did not stand the test of time. Other entries concern movies that are acclaimed by critics but to me are nothing short of being pretentious. Other titles could include films that were much talked about for whatever reason upon their initial release and therefore hold some kind of reputation that, however, do not qualify them for quality movies. You may also find movies here to which famous actors or directors contributed to but which are a let-down in the end nevertheless.
So, have fun browsing through my selection of the odds and sods of the movie world and let me know what you think.
PS: This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.
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2. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.
Votes: 24,217 | Gross: $15.69M
3. Memphis Belle (1990)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, War
In 1943, the crew of a B-17 based in UK prepares for its 25th and last bombing mission over Germany before returning home to the USA.
Votes: 27,642 | Gross: $27.44M
4. The Russia House (1990)
R | 123 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.
Votes: 15,508 | Gross: $23.00M
6. White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 11,814 | Gross: $2.32M
7. The Sheltering Sky (1990)
R | 138 min | Adventure, Drama
An American couple travel abroad to revitalize their relationship. But as the trip drags on, their attempt at recovering what they once had seems futile.
Votes: 12,316 | Gross: $2.08M
8. Rocky V (1990)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Sport
Reluctantly retired from fighting, Rocky takes charge of Mickey's gym and agrees to train a young protégé who's hungry for success.
Votes: 131,652 | Gross: $40.95M
9. Another 48 Hrs. (1990)
R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Jack Cates once again enlists the aid of ex-con Reggie Hammond - this time to take down The Iceman, a ruthless drug lord operating in the San Francisco bay area.
Votes: 40,335 | Gross: $80.82M
11. The Rookie (1990)
R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A veteran detective is assigned a rookie partner after his previous partner is killed by a car theft gang. He is determined to apprehend those responsible for his friend's death but his new partner isn't really up to the task.
Votes: 26,481 | Gross: $21.63M
12. Chains of Gold (1990)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A Miami social worker, Scott, helps a fatherless boy. When the boy goes missing, Scott looks for him everywhere, incl. in a crack dealing gang.
13. Revenge (I) (1990)
R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A retired US Navy pilot comes to Mexico, where he falls in love with the wife of a powerful businessman. The consequences will be cruel and unforeseen.
Votes: 17,856 | Gross: $15.65M
15. Pacific Heights (1990)
R | 102 min | Thriller
A couple work hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately, one of their tenants has plans of his own.
Votes: 19,376 | Gross: $29.38M
17. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990 TV Movie)
R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Norman Bates recalls his childhood with his abusive mother while fearing his unborn child will inherit his split personality disorder.
18. The Guardian (1990)
R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A young couple with a newborn baby don't realize that the nanny they hired is a magical nymph who sacrifices infants to an evil tree.
Votes: 5,448 | Gross: $17.04M
19. Streets (1990)
R | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
The story of runaways living in Venice, California, under the threat of a psychotic cop who is a serial killer of prostitutes.
Votes: 775 | Gross: $1.51M
20. Catchfire (1990)
R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A witness to a mob assassination flees for her life from town to town, switching identities, but cannot seem to elude Milo, the chief killer out to get her.
21. A Show of Force (1990)
R | 95 min | Drama, Thriller
An American journalist in Puerto Rico in 1978 investigates the death of nationalists who may have been murdered by the police.
Votes: 786 | Gross: $0.15M
23. The Fourth War (1990)
R | 91 min | Drama, Thriller
Cold War drama about two gung-ho border commanders (Roy Scheider, Jurgen Prochnow) who carry out their own private war against each other on the German - Czechoslovakia border.
Votes: 1,539 | Gross: $1.31M
25. The Comfort of Strangers (1990)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
A couple retreat to Venice to work on their relationship, but an encounter with a stranger leads them into a world of intrigue - where their darkest desires are in reach.
Votes: 5,173 | Gross: $1.24M
26. A Shock to the System (1990)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
When electrocuted by the fuse box at home, Graham gets ideas concerning his nagging wife and the guy, who got Graham's promotion at the office.
Votes: 4,681 | Gross: $3.42M
29. The Freshman (1990)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
An N.Y.C. film school student accepts a job with a local mobster who resembles a famous cinema godfather and who takes the young man under his wing, after demanding total loyalty.
Votes: 19,523 | Gross: $21.46M
31. Miami Blues (1990)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
An ex-con's first act of freedom is moving to Miami where he restarts his old criminal ways with even more potency.
Votes: 8,339 | Gross: $9.89M
32. Love at Large (1990)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Vampish miss Dolan hires hardboiled P.I. Harry Dobbs to tail her shady boyfriend. Harry realizes that the man leads a double life but then his client disappears. Harry teams up with his own tail, P.I. Stella Wynkowski, to clear things up.
Votes: 1,250 | Gross: $1.44M
33. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance
When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live.
Votes: 35,963 | Gross: $39.40M
34. Loose Cannons (1990)
R | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
An unconventional cop who doesn't take any bull, is paired up with an amazing detective to capture some powerful criminals but the cop soon realizes that his by the book partner has split personality disorder.
Votes: 4,670 | Gross: $5.59M
35. Texasville (1990)
R | 123 min | Drama
The summer of 1984: 32 years after Duane Jackson captained the high school football team and Jacy Farrow was homecoming queen, the small town of Anarene, Texas prepares for its centennial ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,647 | Gross: $2.27M
36. Stanley & Iris (1990)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Romance
A struggling widow falls in love with an illiterate short-order cook whom she teaches to read and write in her kitchen each night.
Votes: 7,637 | Gross: $5.82M
37. The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A vulgar private detective is hired to find a missing groupie and is drawn into a mystery involving a series of murders tied to the music industry.
Votes: 17,730 | Gross: $21.41M
38. Spaced Invaders (1990)
PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Dimwitted Martians drop into a little Illinois town on the day that the local radio station happens to rebroadcast Orson Welles 1938 "War Of The Worlds".
Votes: 3,449 | Gross: $15.37M
39. My Blue Heaven (I) (1990)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Crime
An all too uptight FBI agent must protect a larger than life mobster with a heart of gold, currently under witness protection in the suburbs.
Votes: 19,821 | Gross: $23.59M
40. The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990)
PG | 89 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
A young boy with a distant father enters a world of make-believe and magic through a portal within an antique book.
Votes: 25,383 | Gross: $17.37M
41. Men at Work (1990)
PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Two garbage men uncover a conspiracy involving illegal toxic waste dumping and decide to bring the whole operation down.
Votes: 23,920 | Gross: $16.25M
42. Air America (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Comedy, War