Best Drama Movies of 1989


Around the World in 80 Days

7.2/10 IMDB

Around the World in 80 Days is a 1989 three-part television Eastmancolor miniseries originally broadcast on NBC. The production garnered three nominations for Emmy awards that year. Starring Pierce Brosnan as Phileas Fogg, Eric Idle as Passepartout, Julia Nickson as Princess Aouda, and Peter Ustinov as Detective Fix, the miniseries featured multiple cameo appearances, including Patrick Macnee, Simon Ward, and Christopher Lee as members of the Reform Club, and Robert Morley, who had a cameo in the 1956 film adaptation, and Roddy McDowall appear as officials of the Bank of England. The heroes travel a slightly different route than in the book, and the script makes several contemporary celebrities part of the story who were not mentioned in the book, such as Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Pasteur, Jesse James, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Queen Victoria.

Release date: 1989-04-16
Best Drama Movies of 1989 : Unconquered


6.5/10 IMDB

In 1962 in Montgomery, Alabama, State Attorney Richmond Flowers, Sr. is one of few willing to fight racial injustices even if it costs him his family's peace.

Starring: Peter Coyote, Dermot Mulroney, Tess Harper, Jenny Robertson, Frank Whaley, Bob Gunton, Larry Riley, R. D. Call, Noble Willingham, Ken Jenkins ..
Directed by: Dick Lowry
Release date: 1989-01-15
Best Drama Movies of 1989 : Nightbreaker


6.3/10 IMDB

Dr. Alexander Brown (Martin Sheen) arrives in Las Vegas, awarded for his recent medical invention. An ex-G.I. tells Brown he was a test subject during the 1950's, exposed to atomic bomb radiation in the Nevada desert-- will Brown help the man uncover the truth? In 1950's Nevada, Brown (played by Emilio Estevez) is a young psychiatrist and a guest of the U.S. Army, where soldiers were routinely exposed to excessive radiation. The young Brown and a colleague interview soldiers, who show their ignorance and insouciance in the face of this danger. The movie intercuts scenes between the young Alexander Brown and older Alexander Brown, some thirty years after the nuclear tests. Will the decorated psychiatrist finally speak out on the atrocity he witnessed?

Starring: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Lea Thompson, Melinda Dillon, Joe Pantoliano ..
Directed by: Peter Markle
Release date: 1989-03-08

The Rose Garden

6.9/10 IMDB

In Germany, an old man attacks another old man and is arrested. The attacker refuses to speak. A female lawyer is appointed to him. She discovers that the attacker has numbers tattooed on his arm and the attacked man was a German officer.

Starring: Liv Ullmann, Maximilian Schell, Peter Fonda, Jan Niklas, Hanns Zischler, Özay Fecht, Mareike Carrière, Georg Marischka, Hans-Jürgen Schatz, Hans Martin Stier ..
Directed by: Fons Rademakers
Release date: 1989-12-22
Best Drama Movies of 1989 : Day One

Day One

7.5/10 IMDB

Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard leaves Europe, eventually arriving in the United States. With the help of Einstein, he persuades the government to build an atomic bomb. The project is given to no-nonsense Gen. Leslie Groves who selects physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer to head the Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico, where the bomb is built. As World War II draws to a close, Szilard has second thoughts about atomic weapons, and policy makers debate how and when to use the bomb.

Starring: Brian Dennehy, David Strathairn, Michael Tucker, Hume Cronyn, Richard Dysart, Hal Holbrook, Barnard Hughes, John McMartin, David Ogden Stiers, Anne Twomey ..
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1989-03-05
Best Drama Movies of 1989 : Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson

Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson

7.4/10 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 Drama Movies of 1989 : Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder

Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder

7.2/10 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 ..
Directed by: Christian I. Nyby II
Release date: 1989-04-09
Best Drama Movies of 1989 : Circles in a Forest

Circles in a Forest

6.5/10 IMDB

Saul Barnard grew up in a family of woodcutters. The woodcutters are scared of the elephants in the forest, but there's one elephant that never seems to threaten Saul. Tired of being exploited by wood buyers, Saul takes a stand and his father chases him away. He goes to work on the wood buyer MacDonald's wood yard, where he gets to know MacDonald's daughter, Kate, and falls in love with her. After a few years he leaves MacDonald and joins the first prospectors in the forest, searching for gold. Millwood becomes a small town with hotels and bars and houses. Kate appears again.

Starring: Arnold Vosloo, Ian Bannen, Judi Trott, Brion James, Joe Stewardson, Christo Niehaus, Danielle Crouse, Joanna Palmer, Nic van Rensburg, Albert Maritz ..
Directed by: Regardt van den Bergh
Release date: 1989-08-01
Best Drama Movies of 1989 : The Gifted One

The Gifted One

6.7/10 IMDB

A young boy can transfer his body energy into ESP and heal sick people. While the subject of scientists' studies, he runs away to try to find out about his past and why he is the way he is.

Starring: Peter Kowanko, John Rhys-Davies, G. W. Bailey, Wendy Phillips, Gregg Henry, Kristopher Kent Hill, James Eric, Shano Palovich, Lucky Hayes, Charles Benton ..
Directed by: Stephen Herek
Release date: 1989-06-25
Best Drama Movies of 1989 : Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin

Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin

6.9/10 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 ..
Directed by: Christian I. Nyby II
Release date: 1989-11-09

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