Best Drama Movies of 1989

1.

Dead Poets Society

6.8
8.1/10 IMDB

At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.

Starring: Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Gale Hansen, Josh Charles, Dylan Kussman, Allelon Ruggiero, James Waterston, Norman Lloyd, Kurtwood Smith ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1989-06-02
2.

Do the Right Thing

6.4
7.9/10 IMDB

Salvatore "Sal" Fragione is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out, becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.

Starring: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Paul Benjamin, Frankie Faison ..
Directed by: Spike Lee, Busta Rhymes
Release date: 1989-06-14
3.

Glory

6.3
7.8/10 IMDB

Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Jihmi Kennedy, Andre Braugher, John Finn, Donovan Leitch, JD Cullum, Bob Gunton ..
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 1989-12-15
4.

When Harry Met Sally...

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

During their travel from Chicago to New York, Harry and Sally debate whether or not sex ruins a friendship between a man and a woman. Eleven years later, and they're still no closer to finding the answer.

Starring: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Steven Ford, Lisa Jane Persky, Michelle Nicastro, Gretchen Palmer, Robert Alan Beuth, Harley Jane Kozak ..
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Release date: 1989-01-12
5.

Field of Dreams

6.0
7.5/10 IMDB

Ray Kinsella is an Iowa farmer who hears a mysterious voice telling him to turn his cornfield into a baseball diamond. He does, but the voice's directions don't stop -- even after the spirits of deceased ballplayers turn up to play.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffmann, Ray Liotta, Timothy Busfield, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Frank Whaley, Dwier Brown, James Andelin ..
Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson
Release date: 1989-04-21
6.

Driving Miss Daisy

6.0
7.3/10 IMDB

The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her black chauffeur, Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong friendship between the two very different characters in a time when those types of relationships where shunned.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle, Joann Havrilla, William Hall Jr., Clarice F. Geigerman, Muriel Moore, Sylvia Kaler ..
Directed by: Bruce Beresford
Release date: 1989-12-13
7.

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
8.

Born on the Fourth of July

5.8
7.2/10 IMDB

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Holly Marie Combs, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Berenger, Rob Camilletti, Stephen Baldwin, Mark Moses, Vivica A. Fox ..
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 1989-12-20
9.

My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to have a intellectual disability for the first ten years of his life.

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Declan Croghan, Eanna MacLiam, Marie Conmee, Kirsten Sheridan, Cyril Cusack, Phelim Drew, Ruth McCabe ..
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Release date: 1989-04-07
10.

Crimes and Misdemeanors

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.

Starring: Woody Allen, Martin Landau, Anjelica Huston, Joanna Gleason, Alan Alda, Sam Waterston, Jerry Orbach, Jenny Nichols, Mia Farrow, Caroline Aaron ..
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1989-10-13
11.

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
12.

Kickboxer

5.4
6.4/10 IMDB

If your enemy refuses to be humbled... Destroy him. Accompanied by his brother Kurt (Van Damme), American kickboxing champion Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio), arrives in Thailand to defeat the Eastern warriors at their own sport. His opponent: ruthless fighter and Thai champion, Tong Po. Tong not only defeats Eric, he paralyzes him for life. Crazed with anger, Kurt vows revenge.

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Alexio, Dennis Chan Kwok-San, Michel Qissi, Haskell V. Anderson III, Rochelle Ashana, Ka Ting Lee, Richard Foo, Ricky Liu, Ho Ying Sin ..
Directed by: David Worth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mark DiSalle
Release date: 1989-04-20
13.

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
14.

Henry V

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, James Larkin, Paul Scofield, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench, Simon Shepherd, James Simmons, Charles Kay ..
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Release date: 1989-10-05
15.

Pet Sematary

5.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Dr. Louis Creed's family moves into the country house of their dreams and discover a pet cemetery at the back of their property. The cursed burial ground deep in the woods brings the dead back to life -- with "minor" problems. At first, only the family's cat makes the return trip, but an accident forces a heartbroken father to contemplate the unthinkable.

Starring: Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard, Miko Hughes, Blaze Berdahl, Susan Blommaert, Mara Clark, Kavi Raz ..
Directed by: Mary Lambert
Release date: 1989-04-21
16.

Steel Magnolias

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold.

Starring: Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Tom Skerritt, Sam Shepard, Dylan McDermott, Kevin J. O'Connor ..
Directed by: Herbert Ross
Release date: 1989-11-15
17.

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
18.

Say Anything...

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

Starring: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Amy Brooks, Pamela Adlon, Jason Gould, Loren Dean, Jeremy Piven, Johnny Green ..
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Release date: 1989-04-14
19.

Santa Sangre

5.2
7.5/10 IMDB

A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers. Back in the present, he escapes and rejoins his surviving and armless mother.

Starring: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Thelma Tixou, Sabrina Dennison, Adan Jodorowsky, Faviola Elenka Tapia, Teo Jodorowsky, Jesús Juárez, Gloria Contreras ..
Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Release date: 1989-11-24
20.

Lean On Me

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks doors and demands effort and results from students, staff and parents. Autocratic to a fault, this real-life educator put it all on the line.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, Ethan Phillips, Lynne Thigpen, Michael Beach, Tony Todd, Karen Malina White, Alan North, Robin Bartlett ..
Directed by: John G. Avildsen
Release date: 1989-03-03
21.

Casualties of War

5.2
7.1/10 IMDB

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo, Ving Rhames, Thuy Thu Le, Erik King, Jack Gwaltney, Dan Martin ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1989-08-18
22.

Uncle Buck

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

Buck Russell, a lovable but slovenly bachelor, suddenly becomes the temporary caretaker of his nephew and nieces after a family emergency. His freewheeling attitude soon causes tension with his older niece Tia, loyal girlfriend Chanice and just about everyone else who crosses his path.

Starring: John Candy, Jean Louisa Kelly, Macaulay Culkin, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Madigan, Elaine Bromka, Garrett M. Brown, Laurie Metcalf, Jay Underwood, Brian Tarantina ..
Directed by: John Hughes
Release date: 1989-08-16
23.

Sex, Lies, and Videotape

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.

Starring: Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, James Spader, Laura San Giacomo, Ron Vawter, Steven Brill, Alexandra Root, Earl T. Taylor, David Foil ..
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 1989-08-04
24.

Parenthood

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the 'black sheep' of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.

Starring: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Harley Jane Kozak, Dennis Dugan ..
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 1989-07-31
25.

Valmont

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an honorable woman. If he wins, he can have his lover to do as he will. However, in the process of seducing the married woman, Valmont falls in love. Based on the same novel as "Dangerous Liaisons."

Starring: Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Meg Tilly, Fairuza Balk, Siân Phillips, Jeffrey Jones, Henry Thomas, Fabia Drake, T. P. McKenna, Isla Blair ..
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Release date: 1989-11-17
26.

The War of the Roses

5.0
6.8/10 IMDB

The Roses, Barbara and Oliver, live happily as a married couple. Then she starts to wonder what life would be like without Oliver, and likes what she sees. Both want to stay in the house, and so they begin a campaign to force each other to leave. In the middle of the fighting is D'Amato, the divorce lawyer. He gets to see how far both will go to get rid of the other, and boy do they go far.

Starring: Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito, Marianne Sägebrecht, Dan Castellaneta, Sean Astin, Heather Fairfield, G. D. Spradlin, Peter Brocco, Peter Donat ..
Directed by: Danny DeVito
Release date: 1989-12-08
27.

The Fabulous Baker Boys

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Ellie Raab, Xander Berkeley, Jennifer Tilly, Dakin Matthews, Ken Lerner, Albert Hall, Terri Treas ..
Directed by: Steve Kloves
Release date: 1989-10-13
28.

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
29.

All Dogs Go to Heaven

4.9
6.7/10 IMDB

When a casino owning dog named Charlie is murdered by his rival Carface, he finds himself in Heaven basically by default since all dogs go to heaven. However, since he wants to get back at his killer, he cons his way back to the living with the warning that doing that damns him to Hell. Once back, he teams with his old partner, Itchy to prep his retaliation. He also stumbles on to an orphan girl who can talk to the animals, thus allowing him to get the inside info on the races to ensure his wins to finance his plans. However, all the while, he is still haunted by nightmares on what's waiting for him on the other side unless he can prove that he is worthy of Heaven again.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Judith Barsi, Melba Moore, Daryl Gilley, Candy Devine, Charles Nelson Reilly, Vic Tayback, Rob Fuller, Earleen Carey ..
Directed by: Dan Kuenster, Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Release date: 1989-11-17
30.

Best of the Best

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win?

Starring: Eric Roberts, Phillip Rhee, James Earl Jones, Sally Kirkland, Chris Penn, John Dye, Tom Everett, Louise Fletcher, John P. Ryan, Edan Gross ..
Directed by: Robert Radler
Release date: 1989-11-10
31.

Society

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A Beverly Hills teen discovers his parents are part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.

Starring: Billy Warlock, Connie Danese, Ben Slack, Evan Richards, Patrice Jennings, Tim Bartell, Charles Lucia, Heidi Kozak, Brian Bremer, Ben Meyerson ..
Directed by: Brian Yuzna
Release date: 1989-05-13
32.

New York Stories

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Three stories happening in New York. The first, by Scorsese, is about a painter who creates his works helped by high volume music and an attractive assistant; second, by Coppola, is about a rich and bold 12 years old who helps her separated parents to reconciliate; third, by Allen, is a witty piece of comedy about the impossibility of getting rid of the son's role.

Starring: Woody Allen, Marvin Chatinover, Mae Questel, Mia Farrow, Molly Regan, Ira Wheeler, Joan Bud, Jessie Keosian, Michael Rizzo, George Schindler ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1989-03-10
33.

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
34.

Great Balls of Fire!

4.6
6.2/10 IMDB

The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s. His arrogance, remarkable talent, and unconventional lifestyle often brought him into conflict with others in the industry, and even earned him the scorn and condemnation of the public.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, John Doe, Stephen Tobolowsky, Alec Baldwin, Lisa Blount, Trey Wilson, Steve Allen, Michael St. Gerard, Mojo Nixon ..
Directed by: Jim McBride
Release date: 1989-06-30
35.

The Karate Kid Part III

4.6
5.2/10 IMDB

Despondent over the closing of his karate school, Cobra Kai teacher John Kreese joins a ruthless businessman and martial artist to get revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi.

Starring: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Martin Kove, Thomas Ian Griffith, Robyn Lively, Sean Kanan, Jonathan Avildsen, Randee Heller, William Christopher Ford, Pat E. Johnson ..
Directed by: John G. Avildsen
Release date: 1989-06-29
36.

The Wizard

4.5
6.0/10 IMDB

Corey refuses to let his emotionally disturbed younger brother Jimmy be institutionalized, and the two run away together. They soon join forces with a resourceful girl, who notices that Jimmy has a special talent: he is a "wizard" at video games and can achieve the high score on absolutely everything he plays. Evading their parents and a sinister bounty hunter, the trio head for a climactic showdown at the national video game championships in California.

Starring: Fred Savage, Luke Edwards, Beau Bridges, Christian Slater, Jenny Lewis, Vince Trankina, Wendy Phillips, Sam McMurray, Will Seltzer, Dea McAllister ..
Directed by: Todd Holland
Release date: 1989-12-15
37.

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
38.

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
Best Drama Movies of 1989 : The Women of Brewster Place
39.

The Women of Brewster Place

4.3
7.7/10 IMDB

A multigenerational story of the lives of several black women who call an inner-city tenement home.

Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Mary Alice, Olivia Cole, Robin Givens, Moses Gunn, Paula Kelly, Lonette McKee, Barbara Montgomery, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Leon ..
Directed by: Donna Deitch
Release date: 1989-03-19
40.

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
Best Drama Movies of 1989 : Small Sacrifices
41.

Small Sacrifices

4.1
7.6/10 IMDB

A peculiar and disturbing case catches the attention of the police when a young mother and her children, all severely injured, show up in a hospital's emergency room.

Starring: Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal, Gordon Clapp, John Shea, Emily Perkins, Christopher Caravalho, Jayne Eastwood, Garry Chalk, Ken James, Sean McCann ..
Directed by: David Greene
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1989 : A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story
42.

A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story

4.1
7.7/10 IMDB

Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and slashes her throat in front of police, she sues the city and the police department for failing to protect her.

Starring: Nancy McKeon, Dale Midkiff ..
Release date: 1989-10-02
Best Drama Movies of 1989 : Queensrÿche : Video:mindcrime
43.

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
44.

Longtime Companion

4.0
7.6/10 IMDB

During the summer of 1981, a group of friends in New York are completely unprepared for the onslaught of AIDS. What starts as a rumor about a mysterious "gay cancer" soon turns into a major crisis as, one by one, some of the friends begin to fall ill, leaving the others to panic about who will be next. As death takes its toll, the lives of these friends are forever redefined by an unconditional display of love, hope and courage.

Starring: Campbell Scott, Patrick Cassidy, Bruce Davison, Stephen Caffrey, Mary-Louise Parker, John Dossett, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Schoeffling, Brian Cousins, Dan Butler ..
Directed by: Norman René
Release date: 1989-10-11
45.

High Hopes

4.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and Cyril's pretentious sister and philandering husband. Shirley wants a baby, but Cyril, who reads Marx and wants the world to be perfect, is reluctant. Cyril's mum locks herself out and must ask her snooty neighbors for help. Then Cyril's sister Valerie stages a surprise party for mum's 70th birthday, a disaster from start to finish. Shirley holds things together, and she and Cyril may put aside her Dutch cap after all.

Starring: Phil Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Doré, Philip Jackson, Heather Tobias, Lesley Manville, David Bamber, Jason Watkins, Judith Scott, Cheryl Prime ..
Directed by: Mike Leigh
Release date: 1989-01-13
46.

Johnny Handsome

4.0
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
47.

Pink Cadillac

3.9
5.3/10 IMDB

A bounty hunter helps out the wife of a bail-jumper after her child is kidnapped by neo-Nazi types.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bernadette Peters, Timothy Carhart, Jim Carrey, Tiffany Gail Robinson, Angela Louise Robinson, John Dennis Johnston, Michael Des Barres, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Bill Moseley ..
Directed by: Buddy Van Horn
Release date: 1989-05-26
Best Drama Movies of 1989 : Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery
48.

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
49.

The Lunch Date

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

A woman misses her train and buys lunch in a café. When she returns to her table, a man is eating her salad.

Starring: Paul Sarnoff, Scotty Bloch, Clebert Ford ..
Directed by: Adam Davidson
Release date: 1989-12-03
50.

Romero

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Romero is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his county. This film chronicles the transformation of Romero from an apolitical, complacent priest to a committed leader of the Salvadoran people.

Starring: Raúl Juliá, Richard Jordan, Ana Alicia, Eddie Velez, Alejandro Bracho, Tony Plana, Harold Gould, Lucy Reina, Al Ruscio, Tony Perez ..
Directed by: John Duigan
Release date: 1989-08-25

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