Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1990. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1990. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1990 Sci-Fi Movies List
Total Recall (1990)
R | 1h 53min | 113min | 01 Jun 1990Score: 7.44/10
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Michael Ironside, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dean Norris, Robert Picardo, Joe Unger
Synopsis: Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it's a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie.
Tagline: How would you know if someone stole your mind?
PG-13 | 1h 43min | 103min | 18 Jul 1990Score: 7.43/10
Director: Frank Marshall
Starring: John Goodman, Peter Jason, Julian Sands, Roy Brocksmith, James Handy
Synopsis: A large spider from the jungles of South America is accidently transported in a crate with a dead body to America where it mates with a local spider. Soon after, the residents of a small California town disappear as the result of spider bites from the deadly spider offspring. It's up to a couple of doctors with the help of an insect exterminator to annihilate these eight legged freaks before they take over the entire town.
Tagline: Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude.
PG-13 | 1h 36min | 96min | 19 Jan 1990Score: 7.26/10
Director: Ron Underwood
Starring: Tom Woodruff Jr., Kevin Bacon, Michael Gross, Victor Wong, Tony Genaro
Synopsis: A small town gradually becomes aware of a strange creature which picks off people one by one. But what is this creature, and where is it? At the same time, a seismologist is working in the area, she detects _tremors_. The creature lives underground, and can 'pop up' without warning. Trapped in their town, the town-folk have no escape.
Tagline: The monster movie that breaks new ground.
R | 1h 36min | 96min | 24 Aug 1990Score: 7.1/10
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, Aaron Lustig, Liam Neeson
Synopsis: Peyton Westlake is a scientist who has discovered a way to produce synthetic skin. This could revolutionise skin grafting, except for one minor glitch; the synthetic skin degrades after 100 minutes of exposure to light. When gangsters attack Peyton, he is horrifically burnt, and assumed dead. In his quest for revenge, Peyton, aka the Darkman, is able to take on the appearance of anyone (using the synthetic skin,) but he only has 100 minutes per disguise.
Tagline: Who Is Darkman? Find Out This August.
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
PG | 1h 58min | 118min | 25 May 1990Score: 6.77/10
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, James Tolkan, Sean Sullivan, Marc McClure
Synopsis: Stranded in 1955, Marty McFly receives written word from his friend, Doctor Emmett Brown, as to where can be found the DeLorean time machine. However, an unfortunate discovery prompts Marty to go to his friend's aid. Using the time machine, Marty travels to the old west where his friend has run afoul of a gang of thugs and has fallen in love with a local schoolteacher. Using the technology from the time, Marty and Emmett devise one last chance to send the two of them back to the future.
Tagline: They've saved the best trip for last... But this time they may have gone too far.
R | 1h 55min | 115min | 10 Aug 1990Score: 6.11/10
Director: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Patricia Belcher, Beth Grant, Jeff Dlugolecki
Synopsis: Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure.
Tagline: It's beautiful. It's erotic. It's terrifying. They know. They've crossed the line.
Class of 1999 (1990)
R | 1h 39min | 99min | 11 May 1990Score: 5.9/10
Director: Mark L. Lester
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Pam Grier, Rose McGowan, Stacy Keach, Sean Sullivan
Synopsis: Robot teachers have been secretly placed in the schools where the students have run riot. The teachers do a good job of controlling the unruly youngsters, until they go too far and some students get suspicious.
Tagline: The ultimate teaching machine... out of control.
R | 1h 34min | 94min | 14 Sep 1990Score: 5.45/10
Director: Richard Stanley
Starring: William Hootkins, Richard Stanley, Mac McDonald, Marc Smith, Iggy Pop
Synopsis: In the future, a nuclear war has transformed the Earth into a radioactive wasteland where the sea has dried up leaving it as a post-apocalyptic desert. In the desert, A desert scavenger named Nomad discovers a robotic head, arriving in New York City, A space marine named Moses Baxter buys the robotic head from Nomad as a Christmas present for his girlfriend Jill Grakowski, who decides to use it for one of her sculptures. But all hell starts breaking loose, when the robotic head is activated and begins to rebuilt itself. When Alvy, a junkyard dealer discover the robotic head…
Tagline: It activates it exhilarates... it exterminates
Predator 2 (1990)
R | 1h 48min | 108min | 21 Nov 1990Score: 5.4/10
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Starring: Michael Papajohn, Thomas Rosales Jr., Bill Paxton, Henry Kingi, Pat Skipper
Synopsis: LAPD lieutenant Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) and his cocky detective partner Jerry Lambert (Bill Paxton) soon realize that what seemed a bloody feud between voodoo high priest King Willie's (Calvin Lockhart) Jamaican gangs and Ramon Vega's (Corey Rand) Colombian drug gang is actually the work of a scary third party. Peter Keyes's (Gary Busey) federal team shields the crime scene even for the LAPD, but after forensics proves it must be an alien, who keeps making victims, the chase brings them all together.
Tagline: Pull over, park, and pray.
Crash and Burn (1990)
R | 1h 25min | 85minScore: 5.06/10
Director: Charles Band
Starring: Bill Moseley, Jack McGee, John Davis Chandler, Megan Ward, Paul Ganus
Synopsis: Unicom is a powerful organization overseeing most of the world after its economic collapse. They have banned computers and robots in an attempt to insure "life, liberty, and the pursuit of economic stability". When a Unicom Synth robot infiltrates a southwest TV station and kills the manager, a revolutionary against the gestapo-like corporation, a lowly Unicom delivery man must help the rest of the station survive through the incoming "thermal storm".
Tagline: The weapons of the future are alive...
Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound (1990)
R | 1h 25min | 85min | 02 Nov 1990Score: 4.95/10
Director: Roger Corman
Starring: John Hurt, Nick Gillard, Bridget Fonda, Myriam Cyr, Paul Weston
Synopsis: The ultimate weapon, which was meant to be safe for humankind, produces global side-effects, including time slides and disappearances. The scientist behind the project and his car are transported from the year 2031 to 1817's Switzerland, where he finds Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his contemporaries.
The Dark Side of the Moon (1990)
R | 1h 27min | 87minScore: 4.8/10
Director: D.J. Webster
Starring: John Diehl, Alan Blumenfeld, Joe Turkel, Robert Sampson, Camilla More
Synopsis: It is the year 2022. A mysterious systems failure causes the crew of a spaceship to be stranded on the dark side of the moon, while rapidly running out of fuel and oxygen. They are surprised to discover a NASA space shuttle floating in space, and board it in the hope of salvaging some supplies. One by one, the crew is possessed and killed, and it is up to Paxton Warner to find the links between the dark side of the moon, the Bermuda Triangle, and the Devil himself.
Tagline: Something is waiting
Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor (1990)
R | 1h 38min | 98min | 22 Jun 1991Score: 4.66/10
Director: Glenn Takakjian
Starring: George Gerard, Tara Leigh, Marcus Powell, Dianna Flaherty, Matt Kulis
Synopsis: A virus from outer space transforms a bio-researcher into a blood thirsty monster. But chief, Dr.Vialini doesn't like the cops and public to be involved in this secret experiment. But he becomes lunch very soon.
Tagline: It came from another world...
The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
R | 1h 49min | 109min | 09 Mar 1990Score: 4.55/10
Directors: Volker Schlöndorff, Volker Schlöndorff
Starring: Muse Watson, J. Michael Hunter, Jim Grimshaw, Ed Grady, Gary Bullock
Synopsis: Set in a Fascistic future America, The Handmaid's Tale tells the story of Kate, a handmaid. In this America, the religious right has taken over and gone hog-wild. Kate is a criminal, guilty of the crime of trying to escape from the US, and is sentenced to become a Handmaid. The job of a Handmaid is to bear the children of the man to whom she is assigned. After ruthless group training by Aunt Lydia in the proper way to behave, Kate is assigned as Handmaid to the Commander. Kate is attracted to Nick, the Commander's chauffeur. At the same…
Tagline: A haunting tale of sexuality in a country gone wrong.
Puppet Master II (1990)
R | 1h 28min | 88min | 07 Feb 1991Score: 4.4/10
Director: David Allen
Starring: Charlie Spradling, Sean Ryan, Nita Talbot, Sage Allen, Michael Todd
Synopsis: Toulon's puppets help collect brain tissue from human victims for Toulon to create his formula to animate the inanimate. The victims this time include a group of researchers from a US department, responsible for invstigating the paranormal.
Tagline: His unholy creations hold the strings to your life.
RoboCop 2 (1990)
R | 1h 57min | 117min | 22 Jun 1990Score: 4.37/10
Director: Irvin Kershner
Starring: Thomas Rosales Jr., Tom Noonan, Mick O'Rourke, Peter Weller, Wallace Merck
Synopsis: After a successful deployment of the Robocop Law Enforcement unit, OCP sees its goal of urban pacification come closer and closer, but as this develops, a new narcotic known as "Nuke" invades the streets led by God-delirious leader Cane. As this menace grows, it may prove to be too much for Murphy to handle. OCP tries to replicate the success of the first unit, but ends up with failed prototypes with suicidal issues... until Dr. Faxx, a scientist straying away from OCP's path, uses Cane as the new subject for the Robocop 2 project, a living God.
Tagline: He's back to protect the innocent.
R | 1h 32min | 92min | 07 Aug 1990Score: 4.31/10
Director: George Eastman
Starring: George Eastman, Stephen Brown, Laura Gemser, Gene Lebrock, Catherine Baranov
Synopsis: Dr. Peter Houseman is a brilliant geneticist who is working on a serum which will stop human aging, but his colleagues don't believe in his work. When his university funding is threatened by his skeptical benefactors, the doctor takes a desperate measure to justify his work. He administers the serum to himself, but the results are unexpected and horrendous.
Tagline: Witness the Change!
Xtro II: The Second Encounter (1990)
R | 1h 32min | 92min | 01 Mar 1991Score: 3.9/10
Director: Harry Bromley Davenport
Starring: Nicola Crosbie, Rachel Hayward, Bob Wilde, Steve Wright, Thom Schioler
Synopsis: Scientists at a secret underground complex have found a way to travel to another dimension. Three dimension-travelers are the first to go through the gate - but are soon attacked by something that interrupts the communication with the control room. This horrible something uses the gate to travel back to the underground complex. Most of the staff are evacuated, except four heavily-armed soldiers and Dr. Casserly and Dr. Summerfield who just can't stand each other...
Tagline: Part Alien. Part Predator. All Terror.
Brain Dead (1990)
R | 1h 25min | 85min | 19 Jan 1990Score: 3.85/10
Director: Adam Simon
Starring: Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton, John Paxton, Kyle Gass, Willie Garson
Synopsis: Dr. Rex Martin is a leading neurosurgeon specializing in the cerebral misfunctions that cause mental illnesses, whose expertise is called up by an old school chum, Jim Reston, who is now part of the mega-corporation Eunice. Reston needs Dr. Martin's help in extracting crucial data from the mind of John Halsey, once a top mathematician at Eunice, now a paranoid at the local asylum. Can Dr. Martin help both Halsey and his friend, or is he getting caught up in a corporate nightmare from which he may never escape?
Tagline: From the writer of the original "Twilight Zone" comes the most terrifying film of the decade.
R | 1h 33min | 93minScore: 3.76/10
Director: Fred Olen Ray
Starring: P.J. Soles, Joseph Pilato, John Phillip Law, Richard Wiley, Robert Quarry
Synopsis: Kol is an evil guy about to be executed on a distant spaceship. He manages to escape on a shuttle and make his way to some woods in America. The commander of the spaceship decides to send out The Alienator to execute Kol at all costs. Kol meets up with some teens and Ward Armstrong and together they all try not to get killed by the pursuing Woman of Death - The Alienator.
Tagline: The Ultimate Terminator
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