1990: Overstreet’s Favorite Films

1990: Overstreet’s Favorite Films May 29, 2012

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 1990.

In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.


  1. Close-up*
  2. Distant Voices, Still Lives* (US DVD release)
  3. Miller’s Crossing
  4. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
  5. Metropolitan
  6. Edward Scissorhands
  7. Jesus of Montreal
  8. GoodFellas
  9. Dances with Wolves
  10. The Tall Guy
  11. Cinema Paradiso*
  12. Wild at Heart
  13. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
  14. Cry Baby
  15. The Hairdresser’s Husband
  16. Cyrano de Bergerac
  17. Jacob’s Ladder
  18. The Godfather Part III
  19. The Sheltering Sky
  20. After Dark, My Sweet
  21. Henry and June
  22. Hamlet
  23. Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  24. La Femme Nikita
  25. Joe Versus the Volcano
  26. Trust
  27. Mr. And Mrs Bridge
  28. Vincent and Theo
  29. Dick Tracy
  30. Monsieur Hire
  31. Eating
  • Presumed Innocent
  • My Father’s Glory
  • My Mother’s Castle
  • The Field
  • Ju Dou
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • The Grifters
  • Reversal of Fortune
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 1990
A Tale of Springtime (Eric Rohmer)
To Sleep with Anger (Charles Burnett)
Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams
All the Vermeers in New York (Jon Jost)
American Dream
An Angel at My Table
Archangel (Guy Maddin)
Ay, Carmela!
Bad Influence (Curtis Hanson)
Boiling Point (Takeshi Kitano)
C’est la vie
Daddy Nostalgia
Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai)
Desperate Hours (Michael Cimino)
Europa Europa

Everybody’s Fine (Giuseppe Tornatore)
H-2 Worker
Hidden Agenda
How to Live in the German Federal Republic
Internal Affairs (Mike Figgis)
Jacques Rivette – Le veilleur (Claire Denis and Serge Daney)
Journey of Hope
King of New York (Abel Ferrara)
La discrete (Christian Vincent)
Larks on a String
Larks on a String (Jiri Menzel)
Le mariage blanc (Christine Carriere)
Le petit criminel (Jacques Doillon)
Life is Sweet (Mike Leigh)
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones
Longtime Companion

Love at Large (Alan Rudolph)
Men Don’t Leave (Paul Brickman)
Miami Blues (George Armitage)
Milou in May
Mountains of the Moon
No Fear, No Die
No, or the Vain Glory of Command
Nouvelle vague (Jean-Luc Godard)
One Hour
Open Doors (Gianni Amelio)
Pacific Heights (John Schlesinger)
Paris Is Burning
Queen of Temple Street (Lawrence Ah Mon)
Quick Change (Howard Franklin and Bill Murray)
Requiem for Dominic
Shi no Toge
Sink or Swim (Su Friedrich)

Song of the Exile
Sure Fire (Jon Jost)
Taxi Blues
Texasville (Peter Bogdanovich)
The Ambulance
The Confession
The Exorcist III (William Peter Blatty)
The Famine Within
The Handmaid’s Tale (Volker Schlondorff)
The Hot Spot (Dennis Hopper)
The Krays
The Long Walk Home
The Madonna and the Dragon (Samuel Fuller)
The Match Factory Girl (Aki Kaurismaki)
The Nasty Girl (Michael Verhoeven)
The Two Jakes
To Sleep with Anger
Tongues Untied
Where the Heart Is (John Boorman)
White Hunter Black Heart (Clint Eastwood)
White Palace

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