Best Crime Movies of 1989

1.

Batman

6.2
7.5/10 IMDB

Batman must face his most ruthless nemesis when a deformed madman calling himself "The Joker" seizes control of Gotham's criminal underworld.

Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Gough, Billy Dee Williams, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Jack Palance, Jerry Hall, Tracey Walter ..
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1989-06-23
2.

Heathers

5.9
7.2/10 IMDB

A girl who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids.

Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Penelope Milford, Glenn Shadix, Lance Fenton, Jennifer Rhodes, Jeremy Applegate ..
Directed by: Michael Lehmann
Release date: 1989-03-31
3.

Lethal Weapon 2

5.9
7.2/10 IMDB

In the opening chase, Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh stumble across a trunk full of Krugerrands. They follow the trail to a South African diplomat who's using his immunity to conceal a smuggling operation. When he plants a bomb under Murtaugh's toilet, the action explodes!

Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland, Derrick O'Connor, Patsy Kensit, Darlene Love, Steve Kahan, Mark Rolston, Jenette Goldstein ..
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1989-07-07
4.

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant.

Starring: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard, Tim Roth, Ciarán Hinds, Liz Smith, Gary Olsen, Ewan Stewart, Roger Ashton-Griffiths ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 1989-10-13
5.

Mystery Train

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

In Memphis, Tennessee, over the course of a single night, the Arcade Hotel, run by an eccentric night clerk and a clueless bellboy, is visited by a young Japanese couple traveling in search of the roots of rock; an Italian woman in mourning who stumbles upon a fleeing charlatan girl; and a comical trio of accidental thieves looking for a place to hide.

Starring: Masatoshi Nagase, Youki Kudoh, Joe Strummer, Nicoletta Braschi, Steve Buscemi, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Rufus Thomas, Cinqué Lee, Tom Noonan, Elizabeth Bracco ..
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Release date: 1989-09-06
6.

Drugstore Cowboy

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

Portland, Oregon, 1971. Bob Hughes is the charismatic leader of a peculiar quartet, formed by his wife, Dianne, and another couple, Rick and Nadine, who skillfully steal from drugstores and hospital medicine cabinets in order to appease their insatiable need for drugs. But neither fun nor luck last forever.

Starring: Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Le Gros, Heather Graham, Eric Hull, Max Perlich, James Remar, John Kelly, Grace Zabriskie, George Catalano ..
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Release date: 1989-10-20
7.

Turner & Hooch

5.2
6.2/10 IMDB

Scott Turner has 3 days left in the local police department before he moves to a bigger city to get some 'real' cases—not just misdemeanors. When Amos Reed is murdered, Scott sets himself on the case, but the closest thing to a witness to the murder is Reed's dog, Hooch, which Scott has to take care of—to avoid Hooch being 'put to sleep'.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, Scott Paulin, John McIntire, David Knell, Reginald VelJohnson, Mary McCusker, Linda Eve Miller, Andrew Walker ..
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Release date: 1989-07-28
8.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A murder takes place in the shop of David Lyons, a deaf man who fails to hear the gunshot being fired. Outside, blind man Wally Karue hears the shot but cannot see the perpetrator. Both are arrested, but escape to form an unlikely partnership. Being chased by both the law AND the original killers, can the pair work together to outwit them all?

Starring: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance, Kevin Spacey, Alan North, Lauren Tom, John Capodice, Alexandra Neil, Tonya Pinkins, Anthony Zerbe ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1989-05-12
9.

Sea of Love

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Seen-it-all New York detective Frank Keller is unsettled - he has done twenty years on the force and could retire, and he hasn't come to terms with his wife leaving him for a colleague. Joining up with an officer from another part of town to investigate a series of murders linked by the lonely hearts columns he finds he is getting seriously and possibly dangerously involved with Helen, one of the main suspects.

Starring: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, Michael Rooker, William Hickey, Richard Jenkins, Paul Calderon, John Spencer, Mark Phelan, Samuel L. Jackson ..
Directed by: Harold Becker
Release date: 1989-09-15
10.

Black Rain

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. However, in Japan he manages to escape, and as they try to track him down, they get deeper and deeper into the Japanese Mafia scene and they have to learn that they can only win by playing the game—the Japanese way.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Andy García, Kate Capshaw, Shigeru Kôyama, John Spencer, Ken Takakura, Jun Kunimura, Luis Guzmán, John Costelloe, Stephen Root ..
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 1989-09-22
11.

Lock Up

4.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos, Sonny Landham, Tom Sizemore, Frank McRae, Darlanne Fluegel, William Allen Young, Jordan Lund, Larry Romano ..
Directed by: John Flynn
Release date: 1989-08-04
12.

Three Fugitives

4.7
6.2/10 IMDB

On his first day after being released from jail for 14 armed bank robberies, Lucas finds himself caught up in someone else's robbery. Perry has decided to hold up the local bank to raise money so that he can keep his daughter, Meg, and get her the treatment she needs. Dugan, a detective, assumes Lucas helped plan the robbery, and hence Lucas, Perry and Meg become three fugitives.

Starring: Nick Nolte, Martin Short, Sarah Rowland Doroff, James Earl Jones, Alan Ruck, Kenneth McMillan, David Arnott, Bruce McGill, Lee Garlington, Sy Richardson ..
Directed by: Francis Veber
Release date: 1989-01-27
13.

Weekend at Bernie's

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Two friends are invited for a weekend to a luxury island with their boss. The boss gets killed and nobody seems to notice, except for the two friends. In order not to become suspects of murder they treat the body as a puppet and make people believe he's still alive. The killer wants to do his job so when he is informed that the stiff is still alive he's got to shoot him again, and again, and again.

Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart, Terry Kiser, Don Calfa, Catherine Parks, Eloise DeJoria, Gregory Salata, Louis Giambalvo, Ted Kotcheff ..
Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
Release date: 1989-07-05
14.

The Dream Team

4.6
6.5/10 IMDB

This morning they were playing ping-pong in the hospital rec room. Now they're lost in New York and framed for murder. This was never covered in group therapy.

Starring: Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Boyle, Stephen Furst, Lorraine Bracco, James Remar, Dennis Boutsikaris, Philip Bosco, Milo O’Shea, Ron James ..
Directed by: Howard Zieff
Release date: 1989-04-07
15.

Music Box

4.6
7.3/10 IMDB

A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.

Starring: Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Donald Moffat, Lukas Haas, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Mari Tör?csik, Frederic Forrest, J.S. Block, Sol Frieder, Michael Rooker ..
Directed by: Costa-Gavras
Release date: 1989-12-22
16.

Johnny Handsome

4.5
6.1/10 IMDB

A career criminal who has been deformed since birth is given a new face by a kindly doctor and paroled from prison. It appears that he has gone straight, but he is really planning his revenge on the man who killed his mentor and sent him to prison.

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Elizabeth McGovern, Lance Henriksen, Scott Wilson, David Schramm, Peter Jason, Yvonne Bryceland ..
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 1989-09-12
17.

The Package

4.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Experienced Green Beret sergeant Johnny Gallagher is escorting a prisoner, Airborne Ranger Thomas Boyette, back to the US, but Boyette escapes and Gallagher must risk life and limb to catch him.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy, Tommy Lee Jones, John Heard, Dennis Franz, Pam Grier, Ron Dean, Nathan Davis, Chelcie Ross, Joe Greco ..
Directed by: Andrew Davis
Release date: 1989-08-25
18.

Fletch Lives

4.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Fletch is a fish out of water in small-town Louisiana, where he's checking out a tumbledown mansion he's inherited. When a woman he flirts with turns up dead, he becomes a suspect and must find the killer and clear his name.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Hal Holbrook, Julianne Phillips, R. Lee Ermey, Richard Libertini, Randall 'Tex' Cobb, Cleavon Little, George Wyner, Patricia Kalember, Geoffrey Lewis ..
Directed by: Michael Ritchie
Release date: 1989-03-17
19.

Harlem Nights

4.4
6.0/10 IMDB

'Sugar' Ray is the owner of an illegal casino and must contend with the pressure of vicious gangsters and corrupt police who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organised crime and police corruption in the 1920s, any dastardly trick is fair.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello, Michael Lerner, Della Reese, Berlinda Tolbert, Lela Rochon, Jasmine Guy, Christopher Jackson ..
Directed by: Eddie Murphy
Release date: 1989-11-17
20.

K-9

4.4
6.0/10 IMDB

The extravagant cop Michael Dooley needs some help to fight a drug dealer who has tried to kill him. A "friend" gives him a dog named Jerry Lee (Officer Lewis), who has been trained to smell drugs. With his help, Dooley sets out to put his enemy behind the bars, but Jerry Lee has a personality of his own and works only when he wants to. On the other hand, the dog is quite good at destroying Dooley's car, house and sex-life...

Starring: Jim Belushi, Mel Harris, Kevin Tighe, Ed O'Neill, Rando, Daniel Davis, Cotter Smith, John Snyder, Pruitt Taylor Vince, James Handy ..
Directed by: Rod Daniel
Release date: 1989-04-28
21.

We're No Angels

4.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Two escaped cons' only prayer to escape is to pass themselves off as priests and pass by the police blockade at the border into the safety of Canada.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Demi Moore, Hoyt Axton, Bruno Kirby, Ray McAnally, James Russo, Wallace Shawn, John C. Reilly, Bill Murdoch ..
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Release date: 1989-06-02
22.

Family Business

4.2
5.7/10 IMDB

Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than just about anyone else. His son Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a fairly shady past and is indeed no stranger to illegal activity. They both have great hope for Adam, Vito's son and Jessie's grandson, who is bright, good-looking, and without a criminal past.

Starring: Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Rosanna DeSoto, Janet Carroll, Victoria Jackson, Bill McCutcheon, Deborah Rush, Marilyn Cooper, Salem Ludwig ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1989-12-06
23.

Who's Harry Crumb?

4.2
5.9/10 IMDB

Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.

Starring: John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts, Tim Thomerson, Barry Corbin, Shawnee Smith, Valri Bromfield, Doug Steckler, Renée Coleman, Tamsin Kelsey ..
Directed by: Paul Flaherty
Release date: 1989-02-03
Best Crime Movies of 1989 : Queensrÿche : Video:mindcrime
24.

Queensrÿche : Video:mindcrime

4.0
9.2/10 IMDB

Compilation of music videos for the US heavy metal band Queensrÿche's classic 1988 concept album Operation: Mindcrime about disillusioned Nikki, brainwashed by sinister Dr. X to kill for him. Nikki falls for one of his targets - nun Mary.

Starring: Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Chris DeGarmo ..
Directed by: Chris Painter, Marc Reshovsky
Release date: 1989-09-26
25.

An Innocent Man

4.0
6.4/10 IMDB

Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and the officers frame him as a drug dealer. Rainwood is convicted of drug dealing, based on the perjured evidence of a police informant. Thrown into a seedy jail, fighting to prove his innocence is diffucult when he has to deal with the realities of prison life, where everyone claims they were framed.

Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Laila Robins, David Rasche, Tom Selleck, Todd Graff, M.C. Gainey, Peter Van Norden, Brian J. Williams, Richard Young, Badja Djola ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1989-10-06
Best Crime Movies of 1989 : The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
26.

The Adventure of the Clapham Cook

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

Poirot probes the disappearance of a wealthy woman's cook, and soon uncovers an elaborate plot to hide an ever darker crime.

Release date: 1989-01-08
27.

Gleaming the Cube

3.9
6.2/10 IMDB

An Orange County teenager's carefree life of ditching class and skateboarding abandoned pools comes to a screeching halt when someone close to him dies. The cops rule the death a suicide, but the bereaved skater believes he was murdered. It's up to him to solve the case, with a skateboard.

Starring: Christian Slater, Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Rodney Mullen, Peter Kwong, Steven Bauer, Richard Herd, Le Tuan, Min Luong, Art Chudabala ..
Directed by: Graeme Clifford
Release date: 1989-01-13
Best Crime Movies of 1989 : Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery
28.

Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

On Vacation, Miss Marple discovers that death of a British Officer is actully a murder and must solve the the case before the murderer strikes again

Release date: 1989-12-25
Best Crime Movies of 1989 : Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery
29.

Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

While on vacation at a resort hotel in the West Indies, Miss Marple correctly suspects that the apparently natural death of a retired British major is actually the work of a murderer planning yet another killing.

Starring: Joan Hickson, Donald Pleasence, Adrian Lukis, Sophie Ward, T. P. McKenna, Michael Feast, Sheila Ruskin, Frank Middlemass, Robert Swann, Sue Lloyd ..
Directed by: Chris Petit
Release date: 1989-12-25
30.

The Firm

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

A seemingly respectable estate agent leads a double life as the head of a vicious, well-organised gang of football hooligans.

Starring: Gary Oldman, Lesley Manville, Phil Davis, Andrew Wilde, William Vanderpuye, Charles Lawson, Jay Simpson, Patrick Murray, Robbie Gee, Terry Sue-Patt ..
Directed by: Alan Clarke
Release date: 1989-02-26
Best Crime Movies of 1989 : Elephant
31.

Elephant

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland.

Starring: Gary Walker, Bill Hamilton, Michael Foyle, Danny Small, Robert J. Taylor, Joe Cauley, Noel McGee, Patrick Condren, Andrew Downs, Terry Doyle ..
Directed by: Alan Clarke
Release date: 1989-02-13
32.

Cohen and Tate

3.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A boy kidnapped by two mismatched hitmen puts them at each other's throats while being driven to their employers, possibly to be killed. Cohen, an older professional becomes increasingly irritated with his partner Tate, a brutish killer, when their prisoner uses unnatural guile and resourcefulness to play them off against each other.

Starring: Roy Scheider, Adam Baldwin, Harley Cross, Cooper Huckabee, Suzanne Savoy, Marco Perella, Tom Campitelli, Andy Gill, James Jeter, Ron Jackson ..
Directed by: Eric Red
Release date: 1989-01-27
33.

Her Alibi

3.5
5.8/10 IMDB

A writer of BAD detective novels is in full writers' block. He pretends to be the alibi of a beautiful woman who was arrested for murder at first thinking her innocent, but as she shows more and more interesting abilities (such as knife throwing) he begins to doubt his first assessment.

Starring: Tom Selleck, Paulina Porizkova, William Daniels, James Farentino, Patrick Wayne, Tess Harper, Ronald Guttman, Victor Argo, Hurd Hatfield, Bill Smitrovich ..
Directed by: Bruce Beresford
Release date: 1989-02-03
34.

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege

3.5
4.3/10 IMDB

Our favourite police men are called together to deal with a gang who rob banks and jewelers. Using their various talents as well as their extraordinary luck, the crooks stand no chance against our men and women in blue.

Starring: Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbrook, G.W. Bailey, Matt McCoy, Marion Ramsey, Lance Kinsey, Bruce Mahler, George Gaynes ..
Directed by: Peter Bonerz
Release date: 1989-03-09
35.

Dead Bang

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Los Angeles homicide detective Jerry Beck searches for the murderer who killed a police officer on Christmas Eve. The investigation takes Beck inside the violent world of hate groups and white supremacists, who are hatching a deadly plot to attack even more innocent people. Beck must also confront his own personal demons, including his growing problem with alcohol, if he wants to track down and stop the violent neo-Nazis before it is too late.

Starring: Don Johnson, Penelope Ann Miller, William Forsythe, Bob Balaban, Frank Military, Tate Donovan, Mickey Jones, Stephen E. Miller, Antoni Stutz, Ron Campbell ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1989-03-24
36.

True Believer

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Eddie Dodd is a burnt out former civil rights lawyer who now specializes in defending drug dealers. Roger Baron, newly graduated from law school, has followed Eddie's great cases and now wants to learn at his feet. With Roger's idealistic prodding, Eddie reluctantly takes on a case of a young Korean man who, according to his mother, has been in jail for eight years for a murder he didn't commit.

Starring: James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Margaret Colin, Yuji Okumoto, Kurtwood Smith, Tom Bower, Luis Guzmán, Graham Beckel, Sully Díaz, Woody Harrelson ..
Directed by: Joseph Ruben
Release date: 1989-02-17
37.

The Mighty Quinn

3.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Police chief Xavier Quinn investigates the gruesome murder of Donald Pater, one of the wealthiest residents on a Caribbean island. He was found decapitated in his Jacuzzi. Although the local political establishment, especially crooked Governor Chalk, insists that small-time thief Maubee is responsible, Xavier has his doubts. This view is complicated by the police chief's personal history with Maubee: The men have been friends since childhood.

Starring: Denzel Washington, James Fox, Mimi Rogers, M. Emmet Walsh, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Art Evans, Esther Rolle, Robert Townsend, Keye Luke, Cedella Marley ..
Directed by: Carl Schenkel
Release date: 1989-02-17
38.

The January Man

3.3
5.5/10 IMDB

Nick and Frank Starkey were both policemen. A scandal forced Nick to leave the force, now a serial killer has driven the police to take him back. A web that includes Frank's wife, bribery, and corruption all are in the background as Nick tries to uncover the secret of where the killer will strike next, and finally must lay a trap without the police.

Starring: Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Harvey Keitel, Danny Aiello, Rod Steiger, Alan Rickman, Faye Grant, Kenneth Welsh, Jayne Haynes ..
Directed by: Pat O'Connor
Release date: 1989-01-13
39.

Kill Me Again

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

After Faye and her psychotic boyfriend, Vince, successfully rob a mob courier, Faye decides to abscond with the loot. She heads to Reno, where she hires feckless private investigator Jack Andrews to help fake her death. He pulls the scheme off and sets up Faye with a new identity, only to have her skip out on him without paying. Jack follows her to Vegas and learns he's not the only one after her. Vince has discovered that she's still alive.

Starring: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Michael Madsen, Nick Dimitri, Pat Mulligan, Robert Schuch, Duane Tucker, Molly Flanegin, Dominic Dinino, Daniel Dorse ..
Directed by: John Dahl
Release date: 1989-10-27
40.

Wilt

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

Henry Wilt is a more or less failed teacher who fantasizes about murdering his dominant, non-attentive wife Eva. At a party who gets stuck in an inflatable doll and makes a complete fool of himself. Eventually, he dumps the doll in a hole at a building site. However, he has been witnessed getting rid of the doll and when his wife disappears on the night after the party, the police and Inspector Flint have strong suspicions on Mr Wilt.

Starring: Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, Alison Steadman, Roger Lloyd Pack, Diana Quick, Jeremy Clyde, Roger Allam, David Ryall, Dermot Crowley, John Normington ..
Directed by: Michael Tuchner
Release date: 1989-05-12
41.

Breaking In

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Casey Siemaszko, Sheila Kelley, Lorraine Toussaint, Albert Salmi, Harry Carey, Jr., Maury Chaykin, Stephen Tobolowsky ..
Directed by: Bill Forsyth
Release date: 1989-10-13
42.

L.A. Takedown

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

Michael Mann's gutsy telefilm tells the tale of two skilled professionals--one a cop, the other a criminal--who aren't as different as they think.Vincent Hanna (Scott Plank) is an intense cop on the trail of ruthless armed robber Patric McLaren (Alex McArthur). After a botched heist, the two men confront each via a full scale battle on the seedy streets of Los Angeles.

Starring: Scott Plank, Alex McArthur, Michael Rooker, Ely Pouget, Vincent Guastaferro, Xander Berkeley, Daniel Baldwin, Laura Harrington, Richard Chaves, Peter Dobson ..
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 1989-08-27
Best Crime Movies of 1989 : Relentless
43.

Relentless

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

Two Los Angeles police detectives, cynical veteran Malloy and cocky rookie Dietz, hunt for a serial killer, an ex-cop named Taylor, whom randomly chooses his victims from a phone directory.

Starring: Judd Nelson, Robert Loggia, Leo Rossi, Meg Foster, Patrick O'Bryan, Ken Lerner, Mindy Seeger, Angel Tompkins, Beau Starr, Frank Pesce ..
Directed by: William Lustig
Release date: 1989-08-30
Best Crime Movies of 1989 : Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson
44.

Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Ken Malansky, a law student of Perry Mason's, is accused of murdering a fellow student. Perry is reluctant to take on his case as the victim was the son of a close friend.

Starring: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Alexandra Paul, Brian Keith, Leslie Ackerman, Karen Kopins, Richard Allen, Brian Backer, John DeMita ..
Directed by: Christian I. Nyby II
Release date: 1989-02-12
Best Crime Movies of 1989 : Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder
45.

Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

A young theatre director is accused of killing a more famous Broadway director. Perry takes his case.

Starring: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, Debbie Reynolds, William R. Moses, Jerry Orbach, Alexandra Paul, Dwight Schultz, Wendelin Harston, Luis Ávalos, Mary Cadorette ..
Directed by: Christian I. Nyby II
Release date: 1989-04-09
Best Crime Movies of 1989 : Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin
46.

Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin

3.0
6.6/10 IMDB

A hockey player of friend of Ken Malansky's is accused of murdering a team owner. Perry takes the case.

Starring: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, Alexandra Paul, William R. Moses, Deidre Hall, Bruce Greenwood, Pernell Roberts, Jason Beghe, Shari Belafonte, Julius Carry ..
Directed by: Christian I. Nyby II
Release date: 1989-11-09
47.

Manhunt: Search for the Night Stalker

2.9
6.3/10 IMDB

Based on the true story of Richard "The Night Stalker" Ramirez who terrorized California in 1985 and the two Los Angeles police detectives who try to track him down.

Starring: Richard Jordan, A Martinez, Lisa Eilbacher, BJ Davis, Julie Carmen, Alan Feinstein, Gregory Cruz, Gerry Bamman, Jenny Sullivan, Marisol R. Reyes ..
Directed by: Bruce Seth Green
Release date: 1989-11-12
Best Crime Movies of 1989 : Swirlee
48.

Swirlee

2.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Tells the story of Mr. Softee, a mutant hybrid with an ice cream cone for a head, who was the victim of the anti-miscarriage drug "Nodroppinum" which changed the pregnant mother's child into whatever food she craved at the time (a parody of the Thyladimide scandal from the 60s.) Softee was the head of an ice cream company, until he was forced out of business by the artificial ice cream mafia, led by Don Tofutti.

Starring: David Caruso, Tony Darrow, James Lorinz ..
Directed by: James Lorinz
Release date: 1989-02-06
49.

Physical Evidence

2.9
5.1/10 IMDB

A police officer suspended and now accused of murder is forced to join forces with his court-appointed attorney to assemble the pieces of a deadly puzzle to find the missing link before time runs out.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Theresa Russell, Ned Beatty, Kay Lenz, Ted McGinley, Tom O'Brien, Kenneth Welsh, Ray Baker, Don Granbery, Angelo Rizacos ..
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Release date: 1989-01-27
50.

Renegades

2.9
5.4/10 IMDB

Buster McHenry is as an undercover agent for the police. His mission involves him in a robbery. Buster gets shot but Hank Storm, an Indian, helps Buster. Since Hank wants a spear in the possession of the criminals that Buster is after, they team up.

Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jami Gertz, Robert Knepper, Bill Smitrovich, Peter MacNeill, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Joseph Griffin, John Di Benedetto, Kyra Harper ..
Directed by: Jack Sholder
Release date: 1989-06-02

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