... The Forgettable ... Of The 1990s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 26 Mar 2011 | updated - 5 days 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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1. Havana (I) (1990)

R | 144 min | Drama, Romance, War

In 1950s Cuba, a professional gambler falls for a woman heavily involved in the revolution movement.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Alan Arkin, Tomas Milian

Votes: 6,644 | Gross: $9.24M

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.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Kim Cattrall

Votes: 20,358 | 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.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan, D.B. Sweeney

Votes: 25,415 | 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.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider, James Fox

Votes: 13,391 | Gross: $23.00M

5. Desperate Hours (1990)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers, Lindsay Crouse

Votes: 6,426 | Gross: $2.74M

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.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, Charlotte Cornwell, Norman Lumsden

Votes: 10,278 | 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.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Debra Winger, John Malkovich, Campbell Scott, Jill Bennett

Votes: 10,507 | Gross: $2.08M

8. Rocky V (1990)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

Reluctantly retired from boxing, and back from riches to rags, Rocky takes on a new protege who betrays him, as the champ's son must adjust to his family's new life after bankruptcy.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone

Votes: 117,617 | Gross: $40.95M

9. Another 48 Hrs. (1990)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

23 Metascore

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.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James, Kevin Tighe

Votes: 35,777 | Gross: $80.82M

10. Fire Birds (1990)

PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Adventure

Elite Apache helicopter pilots are tasked with destroying powerful armed drug cartels operating in South America.

Director: David Green | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Young, Bryan Kestner

Votes: 5,526 | Gross: $14.76M

11. The Rookie (1990)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A veteran detective gets stuck with a rookie cop when in pursuit of a German crook.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raul Julia, Sônia Braga

Votes: 23,744 | Gross: $21.63M

12. 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.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe, Tomas Milian

Votes: 15,249 | Gross: $15.65M

13. Young Guns II (1990)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Western

47 Metascore

In 1881, cattle baron John Chisum pays a bounty to Patrick Floyd Garrett to kill outlaw Billy the Kid.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater

Votes: 28,716 | Gross: $44.14M

14. 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.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton, Mako

Votes: 16,490 | Gross: $29.38M

15. 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.

Director: Mick Garris | Stars: Anthony Perkins, CCH Pounder, Henry Thomas, Olivia Hussey

Votes: 6,649

16. The Guardian (1990)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Jenny Seagrove, Dwier Brown, Carey Lowell, Brad Hall

Votes: 4,606 | Gross: $17.04M

17. 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.

Director: Katt Shea | Stars: Christina Applegate, David Mendenhall, Eb Lottimer, Jane Chung

Votes: 639 | Gross: $1.51M

18. 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.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Jodie Foster, Dean Stockwell, Vincent Price

Votes: 3,039

19. The Fourth War (1990)

R | 91 min | Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

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.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Roy Scheider, Jürgen Prochnow, Tim Reid, Lara Harris

Votes: 1,264 | Gross: $1.31M

20. Cadence (1990)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

Charlie Sheen plays a rebellious inmate in an Army stockade.

Director: Martin Sheen | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Jay Brazeau, Matt Clark

Votes: 4,989 | Gross: $2.07M

21. A Shock to the System (1990)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

When you think you're at the top of the corporate ladder and then discover they have managed to pull that ladder away, sometimes you have to take it upon yourself to "level" the playing ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Egleson | Stars: Michael Caine, Elizabeth McGovern, Peter Riegert, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 3,763 | Gross: $3.42M

22. The Freshman (1990)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Bergman | Stars: Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby, Penelope Ann Miller

Votes: 17,662 | Gross: $21.46M

23. Bird on a Wire (1990)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Comedy

36 Metascore

An old flame discovers her ex-boyfriend from the past is a relocated FBI informant out to stop the bad guys.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine, Bill Duke

Votes: 37,053 | Gross: $70.98M

24. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

45 Metascore

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.

Director: John Patrick Shanley | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack

Votes: 32,197 | Gross: $39.40M

25. 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.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Gene Hackman, Dan Aykroyd, Dom DeLuise, Ronny Cox

Votes: 4,157 | Gross: $5.59M

26. 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 »

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms, Harvey Christiansen

Votes: 2,289 | Gross: $2.27M

27. 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.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro, Swoosie Kurtz, Martha Plimpton

Votes: 6,521 | Gross: $5.82M

28. The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

24 Metascore

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.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Andrew Dice Clay, Lauren Holly, Wayne Newton, Priscilla Presley

Votes: 16,314 | Gross: $21.41M

29. 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".

Director: Patrick Read Johnson | Stars: Douglas Barr, Royal Dano, Ariana Richards, J.J. Anderson

Votes: 3,069 | Gross: $15.37M

30. My Blue Heaven (I) (1990)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Crime

35 Metascore

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.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack, Melanie Mayron

Votes: 17,531 | Gross: $23.59M

31. 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.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Jonathan Brandis, Kenny Morrison, Clarissa Burt, John Wesley Shipp

Votes: 22,374 | Gross: $17.37M

32. 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.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Leslie Hope, Keith David

Votes: 21,315 | Gross: $16.25M

33. Air America (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Comedy

33 Metascore

A young pilot finds himself recruited unwittingly into a covert and corrupt C.I.A. airlift organization operating in Vietnam War-era Laos.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis, Ken Jenkins

Votes: 25,441 | Gross: $31.05M

34. Where the Heart Is (1990)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

Stewart McBain (Coleman) is a real-estate mogul who spends his living blowing up old buildings to make room to erect new buildings. All goes as planned for a new subdivision, until a group ... See full summary »

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Dabney Coleman, Uma Thurman, Joanna Cassidy, Crispin Glover

Votes: 1,409 | Gross: $1.11M

35. Green Card (1990)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A man wanting to stay in the US enters into a marriage of convenience, but it turns into more than that.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Andie MacDowell, Bebe Neuwirth, Gregg Edelman

Votes: 21,205 | Gross: $29.89M

36. Sibling Rivalry (1990)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy

A frustrated woman's life gets even more frustrating once she gets into an affair with a man who suffers a fatal heart attack after their fling.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Bill Pullman, Carrie Fisher, Jami Gertz

Votes: 2,304 | Gross: $17.85M

37. Cry-Baby (1990)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Musical

In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell

Votes: 51,200 | Gross: $8.27M

38. Cadillac Man (1990)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime

50 Metascore

Joey gets 2 days to sell 12 cars to keep his job and keep his girlfriends happy. It gets worse. He's juggling 3 buyers when a guy with a machine gun crashes into the car dealership and takes everybody hostage.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Robin Williams, Tim Robbins, Pamela Reed, Fran Drescher

Votes: 12,524 | Gross: $27.63M

39. Mr. Destiny (1990)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Unhappy Larry Burrows sees what his life could've been like, had he made that winning home run as a teenager.

Director: James Orr | Stars: Jim Belushi, Linda Hamilton, Michael Caine, Jon Lovitz

Votes: 10,944 | Gross: $15.38M

40. The Big Steal (1990)

99 min | Comedy

To impress a girl a shy teenaged boy buys a used Jaguar.

Director: Nadia Tass | Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Claudia Karvan, Marshall Napier, Damon Herriman

Votes: 880

41. Look Who's Talking Too (1990)

PG-13 | 81 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

This time, a new baby is on the way, and it's a girl. Wrapped together with the standard conflict between mother and father, Mikey engages in a bit of sibling rivalry with his new sister.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis, Elias Koteas

Votes: 42,100 | Gross: $47.49M

42. Bullseye! (1990)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime

Sir Roger Moore and Sir Michael Caine play dual roles in this off-beat and highly silly caper, a pair of small time conmen, and a partnership of nuclear physicists. As conmen, they use ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Sally Kirkland, Deborah Moore

Votes: 1,204

43. Repossessed (1990)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Parody of The Exorcist (1973), with Linda Blair once again possessed by Satan, and Leslie Nielsen as the exorcist.

Director: Bob Logan | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Linda Blair, Ned Beatty, Anthony Starke

Votes: 7,569 | Gross: $1.38M

44. Men Don't Leave (1990)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama

A mother of two sons finds life considerably difficult on her own after the death of her beloved husband. Due to debt she must move them to Baltimore, and deal with the hardships and all ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Brickman | Stars: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Arliss Howard, Joan Cusack

Votes: 2,234 | Gross: $6.07M

45. Mo' Better Blues (1990)

R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Romance

61 Metascore

Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 10,014 | Gross: $16.15M

46. Life Is Sweet (1990)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5