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25 Movies From 1990 You Need To Watch

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    If there's one thing that can be said for 1990, it's that a lot of great movies came out that year. Indie darlings like Whit Stillman and Hal Hartley were just getting started. Icons like Martin Scorsese, the Coen brothers, David Lynch, and Spike Lee were putting out fresh and exciting work. A then relative unknown by the name of Julia Roberts was teetering on the edge of superstardom. The late, great Patrick Swayze was in his prime. Also, great films weren't just limited to say, drama and your standard Oscar-bait. Every genre, from comedy to horror to kids' movies, boasted at least one or two instant classics. Even the sequels were pretty good! 

    Despite the fact that it's been 25 years, it does seem like movies like Home Alone, Pretty Woman, and Ghost came out yesterday. Sure, at this point, some of the hairstyles and outfits may seem dated, but these movies possess a certain timelessness that has compelled us to watch them over and over again. 

    So, let's take a look back at a solid year for cinema and revisit the films that have stayed with us throughout the years, as well as the ones we forgot we loved as kids. 


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    Goodfellas
    Because aside from The Godfather trilogy, this film, which was based on the story of real-life Mafia-snitch Henry Hill, still sets the gold standard for gangster films.

    Watch out for: Martin Scorsese's mother Catherine's cameo as Tommy's (Joe Pesci) mom.

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    Dances with Wolves
    Because you forgot that Kevin Costner was an Academy Award-winning actor and director, and not just your mom's celebrity crush.

    Best line: "Nothing I have been told about these people is correct. They are not thieves or beggars. They are not the bogeymen they are made out to be. On the contrary, they are polite guests, and I enjoy their humor."

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    King of New York
    Because Abel Ferrara's gritty crime-drama interpretation of Robin Hood became a cult classic, thanks in large part to Christopher Walken's charismatic portrayal of crime boss Frank White. Of course, Laurence Fishburne and Wesley Snipes aren't exactly sleeping on the job either.

    Watch out for: All the great early '90s fashion, including Jimmy Jump's (Fishburne) Kangols and gold knuckle rings.

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    La Femme Nikita
    Because you may have a passing acquaintance with the Bridget Fonda remake — or enjoy the several TV series this movie has inspired — but nothing holds a candle to the Luc Besson's original film chronicling a French criminal turned trained assassin.

    Best line: "There are two things that are infinite: femininity and means to take advantage of it."

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    Problem Child
    Because you definitely wished you could get away with everything Junior did when you were a kid.

    Best line: "Maybe if I shrug my shoulders and move around my hands like this, maybe people will think I know what I'm talking about."