1990 Biography Movies

Goodfellas (1990)

Goodfellas

  • 97%
  • R
  • 145 min
  • Biography

Based on Nicholas Pileggi's book WISEGUY, Martin Scorsese?s GOODFELLAS is a wry, violent, and exhilarating film about the life of Henry Hill, an aspiring criminal who ends up in the FBI?s witness protection program after testifying against his former partners. As a poor Irish-Italian growing up in 1950s New York City, Hill rises through the ranks of his Brooklyn neighborhood's organized crime branch, and with money from the mob he begins living the good life, complete with a beautiful bride,...

Awakenings (1990)

Awakenings

  • 88%
  • PG-13
  • 121 min
  • Biography

A new doctor finds himself with a ward full of comatose patients. He is disturbed by them and the fact that they have been comatose for decades with no hope of any cure. When he finds a possible chemical cure he gets permission to try it on one of them. When the first patient awakes, he is now an adult having gone into a coma in his early teens. The film then delights in the new awareness of the patients and then on the reactions of their relatives to the changes in the newly awakened.

Henry & June (1990)

Henry & June

  • 69%
  • NC-17
  • 136 min
  • Biography

The love triangle between author Henry Miller, his wife June and Anais Nin in 1930s Paris.

Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

Cyrano de Bergerac

  • 100%
  • PG-13
  • 137 min
  • Biography

Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.

Reversal of Fortune (1990)

Reversal of Fortune

  • 94%
  • R
  • 111 min
  • Biography

Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.

A Closer Look

    • R
    • 87 min
    • Documentary
    An Angel at My Table (1990)

    An Angel at My Table

    • 93%
    • 158 min
    • Biography

    Janet Frame grows up in a poor family. She is different than the other kids. She is considered abnormal and locked away in a mental institution for eight years. Everything changes when she starts writing books.

    La gloire de mon père (1990)

    La gloire de mon père

      • G
      • 105 min
      • Adventure

      Chronique d'une famille du début du siècle à travers le regard et les aventures du jeune Marcel qui sont également les souvenirs d'enfance de Marcel Pagnol.

      Lacenaire

        • Unrated
        • 125 min
        • Biography

        On 9 January 1836, Pierre Lacenaire goes to the guillotine, a murderer and a thief. He gives Allard, a police inspector, his life story, written while awaiting execution. He also asks Allard to care for Hermine, a lass to whom he has been guardian for more than ten years. In flashbacks, from the prison as Lacenaire writes, from Allard's study as he and Hermine read, and from other readers' memory after the book is published, we see Lacenaire's childhood as he stands up to...

        Le château de ma mère (1990)

        Le château de ma mère

          • PG
          • 98 min
          • Adventure

          L'adolescence de Marcel, sa découverte de l'amour, son retour à l'amitié et les grands départs pour ses chères collines où, pour arriver plus vite, toute la famille passe en cachette sur un domaine privé.

          Of Flesh and Blood

            • Unrated
            • 90 min
            • Biography
            Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990)

            Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol

            • 86%
            • Unrated
            • 87 min
            • Documentary

            A look at the life, work, and impact of Andy Warhol (1928-1987), pop icon and artist, from his childhood in Pittsburgh to his death after a botched surgery. Warhol coined the word "superstar," became one, and changed the way the culture looks at and understands celebrity. After studying at Carnegie Tech, he goes to New York to be a commercial artist. By 1960, Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Rosenquist are inventing pop art. Warhol starts "The Factory," his workshop where he...

            The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990)

            The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson

              • Unrated
              • 100 min
              • Biography

              The early life of the future baseball star is told here. Jackie Robinson was a young college student and athlete who learned never to take racist attacks lying down. This eventually gets him into trouble when he is drafted in World War II and assigned to a Texas training camp deep in the racist south. The film climaxes when Jackie Robinson must face a court-martial for insubordination when he refused to go to the back of the bus when the white bus driver ordered him, knowing that he was in his...

              The Krays (1990)

              The Krays

              • 85%
              • R
              • 119 min
              • Biography

              Director Peter Medak's gritty voyage into the world of organized crime in 1960s London is a disturbing character study of the two most frightening and influential gangsters to ever come out of England, Ronnie and Reggie Kray. The ingenious casting of former pop icons Gary and Martin Kemp (of Spandau Ballet) as the powerful Kray brothers works well, establishing an eerie, unspoken connection between the two that is unsettling and extremely daunting.

              One scene in particular epitomizes that bond:...

              The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990)

              The Secret Life of Ian Fleming

                • PG
                • 100 min
                • Adventure

                The Secret Life of Ian Fleming follows the exciting life of a dashing young Ian Fleming, the mastermind behind the highly successful James Bond books and movies. As a womanizer and a hopeless romantic Fleming got himself expelled from Eton and other prestigious public schools before his mother, fed up, sent to work for Reuters,the news bureau. Whilst covering a show-trial of British engineers in Soviet Moscow, Fleming pulled his first Bond-like escapade, almost losing his life in the process....

                Vincent & Theo (1990)

                Vincent & Theo

                  • PG-13
                  • 138 min
                  • Biography

                  The tragic story of Vincent van Gogh broadened by focusing as well on his brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. Based on the letters written between the two.

                  Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey (1990)

                  Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey

                    • Unrated
                    • 90 min
                    • Documentary

                    Documentary is about the life and work of American screenwriter Waldo Salt who won two Academy Awards and was put on the Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s. The story is told through interviews with collaborators and friends such as Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jon Voight, John Schlesinger and with clips from Salt's films, chiefly Midnight Cowboy.

                    When You Remember Me (1990)

                    When You Remember Me

                      • Unrated
                      • 91 min
                      • Biography

                      Fact-based story of Mike Mills, a teen with muscular dystrophy, who is placed in a state nursing home by his destitute single mother. There he must contend with being the only young person in the clinic and with an abusive head nurse. Written by John Sacksteder <[email protected]>