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1991 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In home video
In television

The year 1991 in film involved some significant events.


  • Highest-grossing films 1
  • Events 2
  • Awards 3
  • 1991 Wide-release films 4
    • January–March 4.1
    • April–June 4.2
    • July–September 4.3
    • October–December 4.4
  • Notable films released in 1991 5
    • A-D 5.1
    • E-K 5.2
    • L-Q 5.3
    • R-Y 5.4
  • Births 6
  • Notable deaths 7
  • Film debuts 8
  • References 9

Highest-grossing films

The top ten films released in 1991 by worldwide gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1991[1]
Rank Title Studio Worldwide Gross
1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day TriStar Pictures / Carolco Pictures / Lightstorm Entertainment $519,843,345
2. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Warner Bros. $390,493,908
3. Beauty and the Beast Walt Disney Pictures $351,863,363
4. Hook TriStar Pictures / Amblin Entertainment $300,854,823
5. The Silence of the Lambs Orion Pictures $272,742,922
6. JFK Warner Bros. $205,405,498
7. The Addams Family Paramount Pictures / Orion Pictures $191,502,426
8. Cape Fear Universal Pictures $182,291,969
9. Hot Shots! 20th Century Fox $181,096,164
10. City Slickers Columbia Pictures / Castle Rock Entertainment / Nelson Entertainment $179,033,791



Academy Awards Golden Globe Awards

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Barton Fink, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, United States

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Close To Eden (Urga), directed by Nikita Mikhalkov, France / USSR

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

La Casa del sorriso (The House of Smiles), directed by Marco Ferreri, Italy
Category/Organization 49th Golden Globe Awards
January 18, 1992
45th BAFTA Awards
February 21, 1992
64th Academy Awards
March 30, 1992
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Bugsy Beauty and the Beast The Commitments The Silence of the Lambs
Best Director Oliver Stone
Alan Parker
The Commitments
Jonathan Demme
The Silence of the Lambs
Best Actor Nick Nolte
The Prince of Tides
Robin Williams
The Fisher King
Anthony Hopkins
The Silence of the Lambs
Anthony Hopkins
The Silence of the Lambs
Best Actress Jodie Foster
The Silence of the Lambs
Bette Midler
For the Boys
Jodie Foster
The Silence of the Lambs
Jodie Foster
The Silence of the Lambs
Best Supporting Actor Jack Palance
City Slickers
Alan Rickman
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Jack Palance
City Slickers
Best Supporting Actress Mercedes Ruehl
The Fisher King
Kate Nelligan
Frankie and Johnny
Mercedes Ruehl
The Fisher King
Best Screenplay, Adapted Thelma & Louise
Callie Khouri
The Commitments
Dick Clement
The Silence of the Lambs
Ted Tally
Best Screenplay, Original Truly Madly Deeply
Anthony Minghella
Thelma & Louise
Callie Khouri
Best Score Beauty and the Beast
Alan Menken
Cyrano de Bergerac
Jean-Claude Petit
Beauty and the Beast
Alan Menken
Best Song "Beauty and the Beast"
Beauty and the Beast

"Beauty and the Beast"
Beauty and the Beast
Best Foreign Language Film Europa Europa
(Hitlerjunge Salomon)
Nasty Girls

1991 Wide-release films


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
11 Lionheart Universal Studios Sheldon Lettich (director); S.N. Warren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sheldon Lettich (screenplay); Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard, Brian Thompson, Lisa Pelikan, Ashley Johnson, Ash Adams, Michel Qissi, Abdul Qissi Action Live Action
Not Without My Daughter Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Brian Gilbert (director); Sally Field, Alfred Molina Drama Live Action
Ski School Moviestore Entertainment Damian Lee (director); David Mitchell (screenplay); Dean Cameron, Tom Breznahan, Stuart Fratkin, Darlene Vogel, Ava Fabian, Patrick Labyorteaux, Mark Thomas Miller, Spencer Rochfort, John Pyper-Ferguson Sports, Comedy Live Action
18 Flight of the Intruder Paramount Pictures John Milius (director); Robert Dillon, David Shaber (screenplay); Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Brad Johnson, Rosanna Arquette, Tom Sizemore Action, Drama Live Action
Men of Respect Columbia Pictures William Reilly (director/screenplay); John Turturro, Rod Steiger, Katherine Borowitz, Stanley Tucci, Peter Boyle, Dennis Farina Crime, Drama Live Action
White Fang Walt Disney Pictures Randal Kleiser (director); Jeanne Rosenberg, Nick Thiel, David Fallon (screenplay); Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Seymour Cassel Adventure Live Action
25 Too Much Sun CineTel Films Robert Downey, Sr. (director/screenplay); Laura Ernst, Al Schwartz (screenplay); Allan Arbus, Robert Downey, Jr., Howard Duff Comedy Live Action
8 American Ninja 4: The Annihilation Cannon Group Cedric Sundstrom (director); David Geeves (screenplay); Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, James Booth, Dwayne Alexandre, Ken Gampu, Robin Stille, Franz Dobrowsky, Ron Smerczak, Kely McClung, Jody Abrahams Action, Martial Arts Live Action
L.A. Story TriStar Pictures Mick Jackson (director); Steve Martin (screenplay); Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant, Marilu Henner, Sarah Jessica Parker Romance, Comedy Live Action
The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter Warner Bros. Jonathan Brandis, Kenny Morrison, Clarissa Burt, John Wesley Shipp, Alaïs Angélique Adell, Alexandra Johnes, Thomas Hill Fantasy, Adventure Live Action
Sleeping with the Enemy 20th Century Fox Joseph Ruben (director); Ronald Bass (screenplay); Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson Drama, Thriller Live Action
14 The Silence of the Lambs Orion Pictures Jonathan Demme (director); Ted Tally (screenplay); Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine Mystery, Thriller, Horror Live Action
15 Nothing But Trouble Warner Bros. Dan Aykroyd (director/screenplay); Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Demi Moore Horror, Comedy Live Action
22 He Said, She Said Paramount Pictures George Martin Romance, Comedy Live Action
1 The Doors TriStar Pictures Oliver Stone (director/screenplay); J. Randall Johnson (screenplay); Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley, Kevin Dillon, Kathleen Quinlan, Billy Idol, Josh Evans Biography Live Action
8 New Jack City Warner Bros. Mario Van Peebles (director); Thomas Lee Wright, Barry Michael Cooper (screenplay); Wesley Snipes, Ice T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles, Judd Nelson Crime, Drama Live Action
15 Class Action 20th Century Fox Michael Apted (director); Carolyn Shelby, Christopher Ames, Samantha Shad (screenplay); Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Courtroom Drama Live Action
Guilty by Suspicion Warner Bros. Sam Wanamaker, Martin Scorsese Thriller Live Action
If Looks Could Kill Warner Bros. William Dear (director); Darren Star (screenplay); Richard Grieco, Linda Hunt, Roger Rees, Gabrielle Anwar, Roger Daltrey Action, Comedy Live Action
True Colors Paramount Pictures Herbert Ross (director); Kevin Wade (screenplay); James Spader, John Cusack, Richard Widmark, Mandy Patinkin, Paul Guilfoyle Drama Live Action
22 Defending Your Life Warner Bros. Albert Brooks (director/screenplay); Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Lee Grant, Buck Henry Romance, Comedy, Fantasy Live Action
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze New Line Cinema Michael Pressman (director); Todd W. Langen (screenplay); Paige Turco, David Warner, Ernie Reyes, Jr., François Chau, Kevin Nash, Toshishiro Obata, Vanilla Ice, Adam Carl, Kevin Clash, Laurie Faso, David McCharen, Michael McConnohie, Robbie Rist, Brian Tochi, Frank Welker Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Martial Arts Live Action
29 Career Opportunities Universal Studios Bryan Gordon (director); John Hughes (screenplay); Frank Whaley, Jennifer Connelly, Dermot Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney, John M. Jackson, Jenny O'Hara, Noble Willingham, William Forsythe, John Candy, Barry Corbin Romance, Comedy Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
5 The Marrying Man Buena Vista Pictures Jerry Rees (director); Neil Simon (screenplay); Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Robert Loggia, Elisabeth Shue, Paul Reiser, Fisher Stevens, Peter Dobson, Armand Assante Romance, Comedy Live Action
12 Out for Justice Warner Bros. John Flynn (director); David Lee Henry (screenplay); Steven Seagal, William Forsythe, Jerry Orbach, Jo Champa Action Live Action
19 Drop Dead Fred New Line Cinema Ate de Jong (director); Carlos Davis, Anthony Fingleton (screenplay); Rik Mayall, Phoebe Cates, Marsha Mason, Tim Matheson, Carrie Fisher, Daniel Gerroll, Ron Eldard Comedy, Fantasy Live Action
Mortal Thoughts Columbia Pictures Alan Rudolph (director); William Reilly, Claude Kerven (screenplay); Demi Moore, Glenne Headly, Bruce Willis, John Pankow, Harvey Keitel, Billie Neal, Frank Vincent Mystery, Thriller Live Action
26 A Kiss Before Dying Universal Studios James Dearden (director/screenplay); Matt Dillon, Sean Young, Max von Sydow, Diane Ladd, James Russo Thriller Live Action
Oscar Buena Vista Pictures John Landis (director); Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland (screenplay); Sylvester Stallone, Marisa Tomei, Ornella Muti, Tim Curry, Chazz Palminteri Comedy Live Action
Toy Soldiers TriStar Pictures Daniel Petrie, Jr. (director); David Koepp, Daniel Petrie, Jr. (screenplay); Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, Keith Coogan, Andrew Divoff, Mason Adams, Denholm Elliott, Louis Gossett, Jr. Action, Drama Live Action
3 One Good Cop Hollywood Pictures Heywood Gould (director/screenplay); Michael Keaton, Rene Russo, Anthony LaPaglia, Benjamin Bratt Drama, Thriller Live Action
A Rage in Harlem Miramax Films Bill Duke (director); Bobby Crawford (screenplay); Forest Whitaker, Gregory Hines, Robin Givens, Zakes Mokae, Danny Glover Crime Live Action
10 F/X2 Orion Pictures Richard Franklin (director); Bill Condon (screenplay); Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Rachel Ticotin, Joanna Gleason, Philip Bosco Action, Thriller Live Action
17 What About Bob? Touchstone Pictures Frank Oz (director); Tom Schulman (screenplay); Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty Comedy Live Action
24 Backdraft Universal Studios Ron Howard (director); Gregory Widen (screenplay); Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, Donald Sutherland, Robert De Niro Action, Thriller Live Action
Hudson Hawk TriStar Pictures Michael Lehmann (director); Steven E. de Souza, Daniel Waters (screenplay); Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn, Sandra Bernhard, Richard E. Grant Action, Comedy Live Action
Only the Lonely 20th Century Fox Chris Columbus (director/screenplay); John Candy, Maureen O'Hara, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Quinn, Kevin Dunn, James Belushi Romance, Comedy, Drama Live Action
Thelma & Louise Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Ridley Scott (director); Callie Khouri (screenplay); Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis Adventure, Thriller Live Action
Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken Walt Disney Pictures Steve Miner (director); Matt Williams, Oley Sassone (screenplay); Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Schoeffling, Cliff Robertson Drama Live Action
31 Soapdish Paramount Pictures Michael Hoffman (director); Robert Harling, Andrew Bergman (screenplay); Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Shue, Teri Hatcher Comedy Live Action
7 City Slickers Columbia Pictures Ron Underwood (director); Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel (screenplay); Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby, Daniel Stern, Patricia Wettig, Helen Slater, Noble Willingham, Jack Palance Western, Comedy Live Action
Jungle Fever Universal Studios Spike Lee (director/screenplay); Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Lonette McKee, John Turturro, Frank Vincent, Anthony Quinn Romance, Drama Live Action
14 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Warner Bros. Christian Slater, Alan Rickman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Action, Adventure Live Action
21 Dying Young 20th Century Fox Joel Schumacher (director); Marti Leimbach, Richard Friedenberg (screenplay); Julia Roberts, Campbell Scott, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colleen Dewhurst, David Selby Romance, Drama Live Action
The Rocketeer Walt Disney Pictures Joe Johnston (director); Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo (screenplay); Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino, Tiny Ron Taylor Action, Period Live Action
Where Angels Fear to Tread Fine Line Features Charles Sturridge (director/screenplay); Tim Sullivan, Derek Granger (screenplay); Rupert Graves, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Helen Mirren, Barbara Jefford Period, Drama Live Action
28 The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear Paramount Pictures O. J. Simpson Comedy, Spoof Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
3 Problem Child 2 Universal Studios Brian Levant (director); Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski (screenplay); John Ritter, Michael Oliver, Jack Warden, Laraine Newman, Amy Yasbeck, Ivyann Schwan Comedy Live Action
Terminator 2: Judgment Day TriStar Pictures James Cameron (director); James Cameron, William Wisher, Jr. (screenplay); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong Action, Sci-Fi Live Action
12 Boyz n the Hood Columbia Pictures John Singleton (director/screenplay); Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Angela Bassett Drama Live Action
Point Break 20th Century Fox Kathryn Bigelow (director); W. Peter Iliff (screenplay); Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C. McGinley, James LeGros Action Live Action
Regarding Henry Paramount Pictures Mike Nichols (director); J. J. Abrams (screenplay); Harrison Ford, Annette Bening, Bill Nunn, Donald Moffat, Bruce Altman Drama Live Action
19 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Orion Pictures George Carlin Sci-Fi, Comedy Live Action
Dutch 20th Century Fox Peter Faiman (director); John Hughes (screenplay); Ed O'Neill, Ethan Embry, JoBeth Williams, Christopher McDonald, E.G. Daily Comedy, Drama Live Action
24 The Doctor Touchstone Pictures Randa Haines (director); Robert Caswell (screenplay); William Hurt, Christine Lahti, Mandy Patinkin, Elizabeth Perkins Drama Live Action
26 Life Stinks Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Mel Brooks (director/screenplay); Ron Clark, Rudy De Luca, Steve Haberman (screenplay); Mel Brooks, Lesley Ann Warren, Jeffrey Tambor Comedy, Drama Live Action
Mobsters Universal Studios Michael Karbelnikoff (director); Michael Mahern, Nicholas Kazan (screenplay); Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey, Richard Grieco, Costas Mandylor, Michael Gambon, Anthony Quinn, Lara Flynn Boyle, F. Murray Abraham Crime, Drama Live Action
27 A Brighter Summer Day Cine Qua Non Films Edward Yang (director/screenplay); Hung Hung, Lai Mingtang, Alex Yang (screenplay); Chang Chen, Lisa Yang, Chang Kuo-Chu, Elaine Jin Drama Live Action
31 Hot Shots! 20th Century Fox Jim Abrahams (director/screenplay); Pat Proft (screenplay); Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges, Jon Cryer, Kevin Dunn, Kristy Swanson, Bill Irwin Comedy, Spoof Live Action
2 Doc Hollywood Warner Bros. Michael Caton-Jones (director); Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, Daniel Pyne (screenplay); Michael J. Fox, Julie Warner, Woody Harrelson Romance, Comedy Live Action
Rover Dangerfield Warner Bros. James L. George, Bob Seeley (director); Rodney Dangerfield (screenplay); Rodney Dangerfield, Ronnie Schell, Shawn Southwick, Sal Landi, Ned Luke, Bert Kramer, Robert Pine Comedy, Musical Animation
9 Bingo TriStar Pictures Matthew Robbins (director); Jim Strain (screenplay); Cindy Williams, David Rasche, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr. Family, Comedy Live Action
Delirious Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Tom Mankiewicz (director); Fred Freeman, Lawrence J. Cohen (screenplay); John Candy, Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms, David Rasche, Raymond Burr Romance, Comedy Live Action
Double Impact Columbia Pictures/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Sheldon Lettich (director/screenplay); Jean-Claude Van Damme (screenplay); Jean-Claude Van Damme, Geoffrey Lewis, Alan Scarfe, Philip Chan, Bolo Yeung, Corrina Everson, Alonna Shaw Action Live Action
Pure Luck Universal Studios Nadia Tass (director); Francis Veber, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris (screenplay); Martin Short, Danny Glover, Sheila Kelly, Scott Wilson, Harry Shearer Comedy Live Action
14 The Commitments 20th Century Fox Alan Parker (director); Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Roddy Doyle (screenplay); Robert Arkins, Colm Meaney, Andrew Strong, Maria Doyle Comedy, Drama Live Action
16 Mystery Date Orion Pictures Jonathan Wacks (director); Parker Bennett, Terry Runte (screenplay); Ethan Hawke, Teri Polo, Brian McNamara, Fisher Stevens, Don S. Davis, BD Wong Comedy Live Action
22 Barton Fink 20th Century Fox Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (director/screenplay); John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Tony Shalhoub, Steve Buscemi Period Live Action
23 Dead Again Paramount Pictures Kenneth Branagh (director); Scott Frank (screenplay); Kenneth Branagh, Andy García, Emma Thompson, Lois Hall, Richard Easton, Jo Anderson, Derek Jacobi, Robin Williams Thriller Live Action
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Simon Wincer (director); Don Michael Paul (screenplay); Mickey Rourke, Don Johnson, Chelsea Field, Daniel Baldwin, Giancarlo Esposito, Tia Carrere, Vanessa Williams, Tom Sizemore Action Live Action
High Heels El Deseo S.A Pedro Almodóvar (director/screenplay); Victoria Abril, Marisa Paredes, Miguel Bosé Drama Live Action
30 Child's Play 3 Universal Studios Jack Bender (director); Don Mancini (screenplay); Justin Whalin, Perrey Reeves, Jeremy Sylvers, Brad Dourif Horror, Comedy Live Action
6 Company Business Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Nicholas Meyer (director/screenplay); Gene Hackman, Mikhail Baryshnikov Action Live Action
13 Dogfight Warner Bros. Nancy Savoca (director); Bob Comfort (screenplay); River Phoenix, Lili Taylor Drama Live Action
18 Mississippi Masala Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Mira Nair (director); Sooni Taraporevala (screenplay); Denzel Washington, Roshan Seth, Sarita Choudhury Romance, Drama Live Action
Paradise Touchstone Pictures Mary Agnes Donoghue (director); Mary Agnes Donoghue (screenplay); Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Elijah Wood Drama Live Action
20 The Fisher King TriStar Pictures Terry Gilliam (director); Richard LaGravenese (screenplay); Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Amanda Plummer, Mercedes Ruehl Comedy, Drama Live Action
The Indian Runner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Sean Penn (director/screenplay); David Morse, Viggo Mortensen, Valeria Golino, Patricia Arquette, Jordan Rhodes, Dennis Hopper Crime, Drama Live Action
Rambling Rose Carolco Pictures Martha Coolidge (director); Calder Willingham (screenplay); Laura Dern, Robert Duvall, Diane Ladd, Lukas Haas, John Heard Drama Live Action
27 Deceived Touchstone Pictures Damian Harris (director); Mary Agnes Donoghue, Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay); Goldie Hawn, John Heard Thriller Live Action
Necessary Roughness Paramount Pictures Stan Dragoti (director); Rick Natkin, David Fuller (screenplay); Scott Bakula, Héctor Elizondo, Robert Loggia, Harley Jane Kozak Sports, Comedy Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
4 The Man in the Moon Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Robert Mulligan (director); Jenny Wingfield (screenplay); Reese Witherspoon, Jason London, Sam Waterston, Tess Harper, Gail Strickland, Emily Warfield Romance, Drama Live Action
Ricochet Warner Bros. Russell Mulcahy (director); Fred Dekker, Menno Meyjes, Steven E. de Souza (screenplay); Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice-T, Kevin Pollak, Lindsay Wagner Crime Live Action
The Super 20th Century Fox Rod Daniel (director); Sam Simon (screenplay); Joe Pesci, Vincent Gardenia, Rubén Blades, Madolyn Smith, Stacey Travis, Carole Shelley, Kenny Blank, Steven Rodriguez Comedy Live Action
11 City of Hope The Samuel Goldwyn Company John Sayles (director/screenplay); Vincent Spano, Stephen Mendillo, Chris Cooper, Angela Bassett, Joe Morton, Tony Lo Bianco Drama Live Action
Ernest Scared Stupid Touchstone Pictures John Cherry (director); Coke Sams, Charlie Gale (screenplay); Jim Varney, Austin Nagler, Shay Astar, Nick Victory, Bill Byrge, John Cadenhead, Richard Woolf, Eartha Kitt Comedy Live Action
Frankie and Johnny Paramount Pictures Garry Marshall (director); Terrence McNally (screenplay); Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Héctor Elizondo, Nathan Lane, Kate Nelligan Romance Live Action
Shattered Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Wolfgang Petersen (director/screenplay); Tom Berenger, Bob Hoskins, Greta Scacchi, Joanne Whalley, Corbin Bernsen Thriller Live Action
Stepping Out Paramount Pictures Lewis Gilbert (director); Richard Harris (screenplay); Liza Minnelli, Shelley Winters, Julie Walters, Robyn Stevan, Bill Irwin, Ellen Greene, Jane Krakowski, Sheila McCarthy, Andrea Martin, Nora Dunn, Eugene Robert Glazer, Carol Woods Musical, Comedy Live Action
18 Cool as Ice Universal Studios David Kellogg (director); David Stenn (screenplay); Vanilla Ice, Kristin Minter, John Haymes Newton, Michael Gross, Candy Clark Romance, Musical Live Action
Little Man Tate Orion Pictures Jodie Foster (director); Scott Frank (screenplay); Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest, Adam Hann-Byrd, Harry Connick, Jr. Drama Live Action
My Own Private Idaho Fine Line Features Gus Van Sant (director/screenplay); River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves Drama Live Action
Other People's Money Warner Bros. Norman Jewison (director); Alvin Sargent (screenplay); Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck, Penelope Ann Miller, Piper Laurie, Dean Jones Romance, Comedy, Drama Live Action
25 The Butcher's Wife Paramount Pictures Frances McDormand, Mary Steenburgen Romance, Comedy Live Action
Curly Sue Warner Bros. John Hughes (director/screenplay); Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch, Alisan Porter, John Getz, Fred Dalton Thompson Comedy, Drama, Family Live Action
The Hitman The Cannon Group Aaron Norris (director); Don Carmody, Robert Geoffrion, Galen Thompson (screenplay); Chuck Norris Action, Crime Live Action
Two Evil Eyes Taurus Entertainment Company Franco Ferrini (screenplay); Adrienne Barbeau, E. G. Marshall, Harvey Keitel, Madeleine Potter, Martin Balsam, Barbara Bryne, Tom Atkins Horror Live Action
1 29th Street 20th Century Fox Danny Aiello, Anthony LaPaglia Comedy, Drama Live Action
Billy Bathgate Touchstone Pictures Robert Benton (director); Tom Stoppard (screenplay); Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Steven Hill, Loren Dean, Bruce Willis Crime, Drama Live Action
Highlander II: The Quickening Entertainment Film Distributors Russell Mulcahy (director); Peter Bellwood (screenplay); Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen, Michael Ironside Sci-Fi, Action Live Action
The People Under the Stairs Universal Studios Wes Craven (director/screenplay); Brandon Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A. J. Langer, Ving Rhames, Sean Whalen Comedy, Horror Live Action
Year of the Gun Triumph Releasing Corp. John Frankenheimer (director); David Ambrose (screenplay); Andrew McCarthy, Sharon Stone, Valeria Golino Thriller Live Action
8 All I Want for Christmas Paramount Pictures Robert Lieberman (director); Thom Eberhardt, Richard Kramer (screenplay); Thora Birch, Ethan Randall, Harley Jane Kozak, Jamey Sheridan, Lauren Bacall, Leslie Nielsen Romance, Comedy Live Action
Strictly Business Warner Bros. Tommy Davidson, Joseph C. Phillips, Halle Berry, Anne-Marie Johnson, David Marshall Grant Comedy Live Action
13 Cape Fear Universal Studios Martin Scorsese (director); Wesley Strick (screenplay); Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Juliette Lewis, Jessica Lange, Joe Don Baker, Ileana Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck Thriller Live Action
15 Kafka Miramax Films Steven Soderbergh (director); Lem Dobbs (screenplay); Jeremy Irons, Theresa Russell, Joel Grey, Ian Holm, Jeroen Krabbé, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Alec Guinness Mystery, Thriller Live Action
22 The Addams Family Paramount Pictures Barry Sonnenfeld (director); Caroline Thompson, Larry Wilson (screenplay); Anjelica Huston, Raúl Juliá, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya, Elizabeth Wilson, Christina Ricci, Paul Benedict, Jimmy Workman, Judith Malina, Carel Struycken, Dana Ivey, John Franklin, Mercedes McNab Comedy Live Action
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Universal Studios Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells (director); Flint Dille (screenplay); Phillip Glasser, James Stewart, Erica Yohn, Cathy Cavadini, Nehemiah Persoff, Dom DeLuise, Amy Irving, John Cleese, Jon Lovitz Comedy, Western Animation
For the Boys 20th Century Fox George Segal Biography, Drama Live Action
Beauty and the Beast Walt Disney Pictures Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise (director); Linda Woolverton (screenplay); Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, Bradley Pierce, Rex Everhart, Jesse Corti Fantasy, Romance, Musical Animation
27 My Girl Columbia Pictures Howard Zieff (director); Laurice Elehwany (screenplay); Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Anna Chlumsky, Griffin Dunne, Richard Masur, Peter Michael Goetz Drama Live Action
6 At Play in the Fields of the Lord Universal Studios Héctor Babenco (director); Jean-Claude Carrière, Vincent Patrick (screenplay); Tom Berenger, Aidan Quinn, Kathy Bates, Daryl Hannah, John Lithgow, Tom Waits Drama, Period Live Action
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Paramount Pictures Nicholas Meyer (director/screenplay); Denny Martin Flinn (screenplay); William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Kim Cattrall, Christopher Plummer Sci-Fi Live Action
11 Hook TriStar Pictures Steven Spielberg (director); James V. Hart, Malia Scotch Marmo (screenplay); Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Charlie Korsmo Fantasy, Adventure Live Action
13 The Last Boy Scout Warner Bros. Tony Scott (director); Shane Black (screenplay); Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron, Danielle Harris, Halle Berry Action Live Action
20 Bugsy TriStar Pictures Barry Levinson (director); James Toback (screenplay); Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, Joe Mantegna, Bebe Neuwirth, Bill Graham Crime, Drama Live Action
Father of the Bride Touchstone Pictures Charles Shyer (director); Nancy Meyers, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett (screenplay); Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, Martin Short Comedy Live Action
JFK Warner Bros. Oliver Stone (director/screenplay); Zachary Sklar (screenplay); Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker, Jay O. Sanders, Sissy Spacek, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Donald Sutherland, John Candy, Joe Pesci Thriller Live Action
22 Rush Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Lili Fini Zanuck (director); Pete Dexter (screenplay); Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott Crime, Drama Live Action
25 The Prince of Tides Columbia Pictures George Carlin Romance, Drama Live Action
27 Fried Green Tomatoes Universal Studios Jon Avnet (director); Fannie Flagg, Carol Sobieski (screenplay); Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker Comedy, Drama Live Action

Notable films released in 1991

U.S.A. unless stated





























Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 4 Richard Maibaum 81 USA Screenwriter
12 Keye Luke 86 China Actor
14 David Arkin 49 USA Actor
19 Don Beddoe 87 USA Actor
19 John Russell 70 USA Actor
30 John McIntire 83 USA Actor
February 1 James MacDonald 84 USA Actor, Special Sound Effects, Conductor
3 Nancy Kulp 69 USA Actress
5 Dean Jagger 87 USA Actor
6 Danny Thomas 77 USA Actor
24 George Gobel 71 USA Actor
26 Slim Gaillard 75 USA Singer, Actor
March 3 Vance Colvig 72 USA Actor
5 Ian McLellan Hunter 71 UK Screenwriter
6 Salvo Randone 84 Italy Actor
7 Morton S. Fine 74 USA Screenwriter
10 Lee Quigley 14 UK Actor Superman
14 Howard Ashman 40 USA Composer, Lyricist
15 George Sherman 78 USA Director
18 Narda Onyx 59 Germany Actress
18 Vilma Bánky 90 Hungary Actress
22 Gloria Holden 82 UK Actress
27 Aldo Ray 45 USA Actor
28 Carlos Montalbán 87 Mexico Actor
April 10 Kevin Peter Hall 35 USA Actor
10 Natalie Schafer 90 USA Actress
12 Tom Rosqui 62 USA Actor
16 David Lean 83 UK Director
20 Don Siegel 78 USA Director
23 William Dozier 83 USA Producer
26 Carmine Coppola 80 USA Composer
26 A. B. Guthrie, Jr. 90 USA Screenwriter
28 Ken Curtis 74 USA Actor
May 1 Richard Thorpe 95 USA Director
2 Jerzy Kosiński 57 Poland Screenwriter, Actor
6 Wilfrid Hyde-White 87 UK Actor
8 Ronnie Brody 72 UK Actor
11 Dino Diluca 88 Italy Actor
15 Ronald Lacey 55 UK Actor
18 Edwina Booth 86 US Actress
26 Eugène Lourié 88 Ukrainian Art Director
29 Coral Browne 77 Australia Actress
31 Manolo Gómez Bur 74 Spain Cinematographer, Director, Producer
June 1 Milton Subotsky 60 UK Producer
3 Eva Le Gallienne 92 UK Actress
12 Peggy Ashcroft 83 UK Actress
12 Bernard Miles 83 UK Actor
15 Barry Kelley 82 USA Actor
16 Joan Caulfield 69 USA Actress
18 Ronald Allen 60 UK Actor A Night to Remember
19 Jean Arthur 90 USA Actress
21 Ivor Salter 65 UK Actor On the Buses
30 John B. Goodman 89 USA Art Director
July 1 Michael Landon 54 USA Actor
2 Don Houghton 61 France Screenwriter
2 Lee Remick 55 USA Actress
5 Mildred Dunnock 90 USA Actress
8 James Franciscus 57 USA Actor
15 Bert Convy 57 USA Actor
August 12 Don Dubbins 65 USA Actor
16 Luigi Zampa 86 Italy Director
22 Colleen Dewhurst 67 Canada Actress
29 Dallas Adams 44 UK Actor
30 Alan Wheatley 84 UK Actor Brighton Rock
September 3 Frank Capra 94 USA Director
4 Tom Tryon 65 USA Actor
8 Brad Davis 41 USA Actor
8 Alex North 80 UK Composer
15 John Hoyt 85 USA Actor
25 Viviane Romance 79 France Actress
October 11 Redd Foxx 68 USA Actor, Comedian
12 Aline MacMahon 92 USA Actress
12 Regis Toomey 93 USA Actor
14 Gene Roddenberry 70 USA Producer, creator of Star Trek
25 John Stratton 65 UK Actor
November 2 Irwin Allen 75 USA Producer
5 Fred MacMurray 83 USA Actor
6 Gene Tierney 70 USA Actress
11 Tutte Lemkow 73 UK Actor, Choreographer
13 Yves Montand 70 France Actor, Singer
14 Tony Richardson 63 UK Director
20 Daniel Mann 89 USA Director
23 Klaus Kinski 65 Germany Actor
27 Ralph Bellamy 87 USA Actor
December ? Marne Maitland 71 UK Actor
5 Robert Karvelas 70 USA Actor
11 Pat Walshe 91 USA Actor The Wizard of Oz
11 Robert Q. Lewis 70 USA Actor
15 Eleanor Boardman 93 USA Actress
19 Paul Maxwell 70 UK Actor
28 Cassandra Harris 43 Australia Actress

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