Best Documentary Movies of 1989

1.

For All Mankind

4.4
8.2/10 IMDB

A testament to NASA's Apollo program of the 1960s and '70s. Composed of actual NASA footage of the missions and astronaut interviews, the documentary offers the viewpoint of the individuals who braved the remarkable journey to the moon and back.

Starring: Jim Lovell, Russell Schweickart, Eugene Cernan, Michael Collins, Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon, Buzz Aldrin, John Young ..
Directed by: Al Reinert
Release date: 1989-11-01
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2.

Depeche Mode: 101

4.2
8.2/10 IMDB

A fascinating documentary focusing on backstage realities of art and business during the British synthesizer band's 1988 American tour.

Starring: Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, Alan Wilder ..
Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker, David Dawkins, Chris Hegedus
Release date: 1989-04-27
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The World at War: The Making of the Series

3.7
7.5/10 IMDB

The making of 'The World At War'. Each film in the 26 episode series had to be an essay on an aspect of the war, because the length and separate aspects of the war was far too much to cover in detail. Jeremy Isaacs talks about the production process and the aims of the project. The intention of the crew that were involved with the various skills in making 'The World at War' had no desire to use film from British, German, French, Polish, Russian, Japanese, or the Americans because of their specific means of showing the winning side of a specific action. Rather, an effort was made to interview people who were not part of the establishment, but rather the common people or assistants and secretaries of historical persons. Film was researched for those films from cameras where there was no special subject, but those that would allow the viewer to make their own decisions about what they had just seen and heard.

Starring: Adolf Hitler, Jeremy Isaacs, Albert Speer ..
Release date: 1989-01-01
4.

Dance of Darkness

3.6
8.0/10 IMDB

The dark sensibilities and cultural resonances of Butoh, the radical Japanese dance movement, are explored in this multilayered work. Profoundly rooted in both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, Butoh arose in a spirit of revolt in the early 1960s. Characterized by frank sexuality and bodily distortions, Butoh transforms traditional dance movements into new forms, stripping away the taboos of contemporary Japanese culture to reveal a secret world of darkness and irrationality.

Starring: Tatsumi Hijikata, Kazuo Ohno ..
Directed by: Edin Velez
Release date: 1989-01-01
5.

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

3.5
8.1/10 IMDB

On the eve of 1987's Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, surviving families and friends of people who have died of AIDS prepare panels to be added to a large-scale memorial quilt project. Drawing from the sea of names memorialized, director Robert Epstein focuses on the lives of six people. Alongside the intimate profiles offered, through news footage and interviews, Epstein puts the AIDS crisis in the larger context of social and government response to the disease.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Vito Russo, Cleve Jones, Sara Lewinstein, David Mandell, Suzi Mandell, Sallie Perryman, Tracy Torrey, Gregg Baker, Gary Bauer ..
Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Release date: 1989-12-01
6.

Hanna-Barbera's 50th

3.5
7.6/10 IMDB

The special is hosted by Tony Danza and Annie Potts celebrating 50 years of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's partnership in animation. This is the first animated project to be broadcast in Dolby Surround sound system.

Starring: Tony Danza, Annie Potts, Shari Belafonte, Sammy Davis Jr., Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg, Valerie Harper, Tommy Lasorda, Betty White, Jonathan Winters ..
Directed by: Marshall Flaum
Release date: 1989-07-17
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Thomas Hart Benton

3.5
7.2/10 IMDB

Thomas Hart Benton's paintings were energetic and uncompromising. Today his works are in museums, but Benton hung them in saloons for ordinary people to appreciate.

Starring: Thomas Hart Benton, Jason Robards, Edward R. Murrow, Burl Ives ..
Directed by: Ken Burns
Release date: 1989-10-31
8.

Bugs and Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons

3.4
8.1/10 IMDB

Leonard Maltin introduces us to and takes us back to a theatre showing Wartime cartoon shorts and explains how Bugs and Daffy and the gang, through a collection/sampling of 11 cartoon shorts which served the war effort.

Starring: Leonard Maltin ..
Directed by: Donald R. Beck
Release date: 1989-03-07
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9.

The Heat Is On: The Making of Miss Saigon

3.4
8.6/10 IMDB

A behind-the-scenes look at the putting on of the successful West End stage musical, including footage of the cast rehearsing and the triumphant first night.

Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga, Cameron Mackintosh, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Nicholas Hytner, William D. Brohn, Richard Maltby, Bob Avian, David Caddick ..
Directed by: David Wright
Release date: 1989-12-20
10.

Route One/USA

3.3
8.1/10 IMDB

Route One is the first major U.S. highway. 5000 km along the Atlantic coast, from the Canadian border to the tip of Florida. Doc, a physician who spent many years in Africa, returns to the U.S. and decides to reconnect with his home country by walking the legendary Route One.

Starring: Jesse Jackson, Paul McIsaac, Pat Robertson ..
Directed by: Robert Kramer
Release date: 1989-09-10

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