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Top Films by Year (1990-1992)

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

1990

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Goodfellas* Martin Scorsese 22
2 Edward Scissorhands Tim Burton 196
3 Dances with Wolves** Kevin Costner 333
4 Miller's Crossing Joel Coen 418
5 Pretty Woman Garry Marshall 428
6 Ghost* Jerry Zucker 500
7 Close-Up Abbas Kiarostami 565
8 The Godfather: Part III* Francis Ford Coppola 615
9 Total Recall Paul Verhoeven 680
10 Misery Rob Reiner 803
11 Paris Is Burning Jennie Livingston 845
12 Jacob's Ladder Adrian Lyne 892
13 Home Alone Chris Columbus 1066
14 La Femme Nikita Luc Besson 1090
15 Wild at Heart David Lynch 1116
16 The Grifters Stephen Frears 1133
17 King of New York Abel Ferrara 1163
18 Back to the Future Part III Robert Zemeckis 1266
19 Metropolitan Whit Stillman 1301
20 An Angel at My Table Jane Campion 1442
21 Ju Dou Fenglian Yang and Yimou Zhang 1468
22 Cyrano de Bergerac Jean-Paul Rappeneau 1492
23 Europa Europa Agnieszka Holland 1560
24 Days of Being Wild Kar-Wai Wong 1890
25 Akira Kurosawa's Dreams Akira Kurosawa 1924
26 Reversal of Fortune Barbet Schroeder 2007
27 The Hunt for Red October John McTiernan 2016
28 Trust Hal Hartley 2139
29 Truly, Madly, Deeply Anthony Minghella 2156
30 Awakenings* Penny Marshall 2181
31 Tremors Ron Underwood 2227
32 Die Hard 2 Renny Harlin 2329

1991

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Silence of the Lambs** Jonathan Demme 33
2 Terminator 2: Judgment Day James Cameron 78
3 Beauty and the Beast* Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise 218
4 Thelma & Louise Ridley Scott 334
5 Raise the Red Lantern Yimou Zhang 401
6 JFK* Oliver Stone 478
7 Boyz N the Hood John Singleton 542
8 Delicatessen Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet 555
9 Barton Fink Joel Coen 653
10 A Brighter Summer Day Edward Yang 783
11 My Own Private Idaho Gus Van Sant 838
12 Slacker Richard Linklater 896
13 The Double Life of Veronique Krzysztof Kieslowski 992
14 Point Break Kathryn Bigelow 1033
15 Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Fax Bahr, Eleanor Coppola, and George Hickenlooper 1057
16 La Belle noiseuse Jacques Rivette 1071
17 Cape Fear Martin Scorsese 1187
18 Naked Lunch David Cronenberg 1495
19 The Fisher King Terry Gilliam 1501
20 The Lovers on the Bridge Leos Carax 1522
21 The Commitments Alan Parker 1540
22 Fried Green Tomatoes Jon Avnet 1583
23 Zentropa Lars von Trier 1693
24 35 Up Michael Apted 1743
25 L.A. Story Mick Jackson 1780
26 Once Upon a Time in China Hark Tsui 2029
27 Madonna: Truth or Dare Alex Keshishian 2046
28 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Nicholas Meyer 2146
29 The Doors Oliver Stone 2183
30 Daughters of the Dust Julie Dash 2203
31 Poison Todd Haynes 2210

1992

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino 81
2 Unforgiven** Clint Eastwood 90
3 The Player Robert Altman 456
4 The Last of the Mohicans Michael Mann 501
5 Aladdin Ron Clements and John Musker 582
6 The Crying Game* Neil Jordan 612
7 Malcolm X Spike Lee 618
8 Hard Boiled John Woo 638
9 Glengarry Glen Ross James Foley 685
10 A League of Their Own Penny Marshall 733
11 Bad Lieutenant Abel Ferrara 843
12 Basic Instinct Paul Verhoeven 949
13 Batman Returns Tim Burton 1049
14 Braindead Peter Jackson 1093
15 Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann 1113
16 Like Water for Chocolate Alfonso Arau 1216
17 Army of Darkness Sam Raimi 1247
18 Wayne's World Penelope Spheeris 1257
19 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me David Lynch 1265
20 Howards End* James Ivory 1275
21 Orlando Sally Potter 1278
22 Man Bites Dog Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, and Benoît Poelvoorde 1320
23 El Mariachi Robert Rodriguez 1401
24 A Few Good Men* Rob Reiner 1420
25 Candyman Bernard Rose 1434
26 White Men Can't Jump Ron Shelton 1447
27 The Long Day Closes Terence Davies 1507
28 The Dream of Light Víctor Erice 1534
29 Alien³ David Fincher 1553
30 My Cousin Vinny Jonathan Lynn 1640
31 Scent of a Woman* Martin Brest 1697
32 Bram Stoker's Dracula Francis Ford Coppola 1698
33 One False Move Carl Franklin 1748
34 Léolo Jean-Claude Lauzon 1956
35 Baraka Ron Fricke 1961
36 And Life Goes on Abbas Kiarostami 1987
37 Husbands and Wives Woody Allen 2019
38 Porco Rosso Hayao Miyazaki 2026
39 Lessons of Darkness Werner Herzog 2124
40 A Midnight Clear Keith Gordon 2184
41 The Story of Qiu Ju Yimou Zhang 2275
42 Heimat 2 Edgar Reitz 2291
43 The Mighty Ducks Stephen Herek 2313
44 The Living End Gregg Araki 2364

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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