1990 in Movies

by pbn | created - 3 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

To mark IMDb's 30th anniversary, here's a list of movies that partly take place in 1990.

Which depiction of the year 1990 is your favorite?

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1. Into the Wild (2007)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 571,413 | Gross: $18.35M

2. Jarhead (2005)

R | 125 min | Action, Biography, Drama

58 Metascore

A psychological study of a soldier's state of mind during the Gulf War. Told through the eyes of a U.S. Marine sniper who struggles to cope with boredom, a sense of isolation, and other issues back home.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black, Scott MacDonald

Votes: 175,226 | Gross: $62.66M

3. Smoke (1995)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A Brooklyn smoke shop is the center of neighborhood activity, and the stories of its customers.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Giancarlo Esposito, José Zúñiga

Votes: 33,030 | Gross: $8.35M

4. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Director: Wolfgang Becker | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas

Votes: 137,777 | Gross: $4.06M

5. 12 Monkeys (1995)

R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

74 Metascore

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito

Votes: 577,262 | Gross: $57.14M

6. Bob Roberts (1992)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A conservative folk singer turns his hand to politics, running for the US Senate. He is not above dirty tricks and smear campaigns to gain an advantage over his opponent.

Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Alan Rickman, Ray Wise

Votes: 13,073 | Gross: $4.48M

7. Airlift (2016)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, History

When Iraq invades Kuwait in August 1990, a callous Indian businessman becomes the spokesperson for more than 170,000 stranded countrymen.

Director: Raja Menon | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Kumud Mishra, Prakash Belawadi

Votes: 52,814

8. Live from Baghdad (2002 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 108 min | Drama, War

CNN producer Robert Wiener, his colleague and their crew venture to the Iraqi capital to cover the Gulf War.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Michael Keaton, Helena Bonham Carter, Joshua Leonard, Lili Taylor

Votes: 4,402

9. Regression (I) (2015)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

32 Metascore

A detective and a psychoanalyst uncover evidence of a satanic cult while investigating a young woman's terrifying past.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis, Emma Watson, Dale Dickey

Votes: 36,960 | Gross: $0.05M

10. United States of Love (2016)

106 min | Drama

Poland, 1990. The first euphoric year of freedom, but also of uncertainty for the future. Four apparently happy women of different ages decide it's time to change their lives, and fulfill their desires.

Director: Tomasz Wasilewski | Stars: Julia Kijowska, Magdalena Cielecka, Dorota Kolak, Marta Nieradkiewicz

Votes: 1,660

11. Too Late to Die Young (2018)

110 min | Drama

80 Metascore

During the summer of 1990 in Chile, people begin to feel a growing sense of freedom and three teenagers face their first loves and fears.

Director: Dominga Sotomayor | Stars: Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro, Matías Oviedo

Votes: 1,126 | Gross: $0.01M

12. Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2005 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 87 min | Comedy

A prequel to Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), the two BFF girls make it to LA 1990, where they get arrested. They make a friend in jail and stay at her place. They make more friends.

Director: Robin Schiff | Stars: Katherine Heigl, Alexandra Breckenridge, Kelly Brook, Scott Vickaryous

Votes: 1,086

13. Race the Sun (1996)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A bunch of high school misfits in Hawaii, introduced by their new teacher, attend a science fair in which they draw up inspiration to build their own solar car and win a trip to compete in the 1990 World Solar Challenge in Australia.

Director: Charles T. Kanganis | Stars: Halle Berry, Jim Belushi, Bill Hunter, Casey Affleck

Votes: 3,036 | Gross: $1.95M

14. Out of the Blue (I) (2006)

103 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990. Resident David Gray, an unemployed gun collector, went on a rampage in which 13 people were shot dead, before Gray himself was shot by police.

Director: Robert Sarkies | Stars: Matthew Sunderland, Stuart Mathieson, Natalie Ellis, Patrick Paynter

Votes: 3,297 | Gross: $0.00M

15. Spud (2010)

103 min | Comedy, Drama

It's South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school.

Director: Donovan Marsh | Stars: John Cleese, Troye Sivan, Jamie Royal, Sven Ruygrok

Votes: 2,496

16. Two Lives (2012)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

As the Berlin Wall crumbles, Katrine, the daughter of a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier, finds her idyllic life disrupted as she refuses to testify a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of her fellow "war children."

Directors: Georg Maas, Judith Kaufmann | Stars: Juliane Köhler, Liv Ullmann, Sven Nordin, Ken Duken

Votes: 2,965 | Gross: $0.00M

17. Dilan 1990 (2018)

TV-14 | 110 min | Drama, Romance

Milea (Vanesha Prescilla) met with Dilan (Iqbaal Ramadhan) at a high school in Bandung in 1990. An unusual introduction brings Milea to know the uniqueness of Dilan who is smart, kind, and romantic in her eyes.

Directors: Pidi Baiq, Fajar Bustomi | Stars: Iqbaal Dhiafakhri Ramadhan, Vanesha Prescilla, Yoriko Angeline, Gusti Rayhan

Votes: 2,916

18. Fear and Trembling (2003)

Unrated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A Belgian woman looks back on her year at a Japanese corporation in Tokyo in 1990. She is Amélie, born in Japan, living there until age 5. After college graduation, she returns with a ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Corneau | Stars: Sylvie Testud, Kaori Tsuji, Tarô Suwa, Bison Katayama

Votes: 4,181

19. The Beautiful Country (2004)

R | 125 min | Drama

64 Metascore

After reuniting with his mother in Ho Chi Minh City, a family tragedy causes Binh to flee from Viet Nam to America. Landing in New York, Binh begins a road trip to Texas, where his American father is said to live.

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Damien Nguyen, Bai Ling, Dang Quoc Thinh Tran, Thi Hoa Mai

Votes: 3,715 | Gross: $0.44M

20. The Van (1996)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Set in the fictional Dublin suburb of Barrytown, Bimbo is a baker who loses his job after being made redundant. Bimbo then acquires the help of his best friend, Larry, to set up a successful burger van.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly, Ger Ryan, Caroline Rothwell

Votes: 4,202 | Gross: $0.62M

21. Magical Nights (2018)

125 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

The corpse of a famous film producer is found in the Tiber. The investigations focus on three peculiar young scriptwriters.

Director: Paolo Virzì | Stars: Mauro Lamantia, Giovanni Toscano, Irene Vetere, Giancarlo Giannini

Votes: 1,244

22. Jailbreak Pact (2020)

135 min | Action, Thriller

This drama is inspired on a real event in 1990 when 49 political prisoners escaped from a tunnel that took 18 months to dig.

Director: David Albala | Stars: Benjamín Vicuña, Amparo Noguera, Patricio Contreras, Roberto Farías

Votes: 1,241

23. Rent-A-Pal (2020)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

61 Metascore

Set in 1990, a lonely bachelor named David (Brian Landis Folkins) searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his aging mother (Kathleen Brady). While seeking a ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Stevenson | Stars: Wil Wheaton, Brian Landis Folkins, Amy Rutledge, Kathleen Brady

Votes: 1,431

24. 1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a post-apocalyptic New York City, a policeman infiltrates the Bronx, which has become a battleground for several murderous street gangs.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Mark Gregory, Fred Williamson, Vic Morrow, Christopher Connelly

Votes: 2,947



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