Best Movies of 1989

1.

Dead Poets Society

6.8

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
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1989-06-02
2.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

6.7

When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana must team up with Marcus Brody, Sallah and Elsa Schneider to follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis from recovering the power of eternal life.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1989-05-24
3.

Back to the Future Part II

6.4

Marty and Doc are at it again in this wacky sequel to the 1985 blockbuster as the time-traveling duo head to 2015 to nip some McFly family woes in the bud. But things go awry thanks to bully Biff Tannen and a pesky sports almanac. In a last-ditch attempt to set things straight, Marty finds himself bound for 1955 and face to face with his teenage parents -- again.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue, James Tolkan
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 1989-11-22
4.

The Little Mermaid

6.2

This colorful adventure tells the story of an impetuous mermaid princess named Ariel who falls in love with the very human Prince Eric and puts everything on the line for the chance to be with him. Memorable songs and characters -- including the villainous sea witch Ursula.

Starring: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Pat Carroll, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Kenneth Mars
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
Release date: 1989-11-17
5.

Twin Peaks

6.2
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Undercurrents of passion, greed, jealousy and intrigue surface in a seemingly respectable town when a high school homecoming queen is found murdered.
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, M├Ądchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 1989-12-31
6.

The Abyss

6.1

A civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search and rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean's surface where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it.

Starring: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester, Todd Graff
Directed by: James Cameron
Release date: 1989-08-09
7.

Batman

6.1

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker, who has seized control of Gotham's underworld.

Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Gough, Billy Dee Williams
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1989-06-23
8.

When Harry Met Sally...

6.1

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
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Release date: 1989-07-21
9.

Lethal Weapon 2

5.8

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
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1989-07-07
10.

Do the Right Thing

5.7

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Starring: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito
Directed by: Spike Lee
Release date: 1989-06-14
11.

Crimes and Misdemeanors

5.7

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
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1989-10-13
12.

My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

5.7

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
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Release date: 1989-07-21
13.

Glory

5.6
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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
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 1989-12-15
14.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

5.4

It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki
Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Release date: 1989-12-01
15.

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

5.4

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
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 1989-09-10
16.

Henry V

5.4

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
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Release date: 1989-10-05
17.

Ghostbusters II

5.4

Five years after they defeated Gozer, the Ghostbusters are out of business. When Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement to aid her and hopefully save New York City from a new paranormal threat.

Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Release date: 1989-06-15
18.

Say Anything...

5.4

A budding romance between noble underachiever Lloyd Dobler and high school valedictorian Diane Court is threatened when Diane's overly possessive, disapproving father interferes with their relationship. With a prized scholarship to study abroad hanging in the balance, Diane must find a way to make both men happy.

Starring: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Amy Brooks
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Release date: 1989-04-14
19.

Heathers

5.3

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
Directed by: Michael Lehmann
Release date: 1989-03-31
20.

Mystery Train

5.3

A seedy hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, provides the backdrop for three separate tales, featuring everything from a kitsch-obsessed Japanese couple to a trio of amateur robbers who discover the true nature of their relationship during a botched heist. Linking the stories together is the hotel's eccentric and creepy night clerk as well as the spirit of Elvis Presley.

Starring: Masatoshi Nagase, Youki Kudoh, Joe Strummer, Nicoletta Braschi, Steve Buscemi
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Release date: 1989-09-06

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