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Best Movies By Year The Best Movies of 1989  

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A list of the best movies of 1989, from light dramas like Field of Dreams to action movies like Batman.The '80s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 1989 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years aft they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here.

As stated before, some of the best comedies movies of the decade were released in 1989. Who could forget Honey, I Shrunk the Kids with Rick Moranis, Turner and Hooch with Tom Hanks, and of course, UHF starring "Weird" Al Yankovic. And let's not forget about Harrison Ford and Sean Connery starring in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.

The best movies of 1989 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the up-and-comers featured in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, or established stars like John Travolta in Look Who's Talking and Tom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 1989. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 1989, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 1988. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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164 55
Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the ...more
2
131 101
Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle
Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Set at the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in the ...more
3
161 94
Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue
Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 American comic science fiction film and the second installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, who directed all three ...more
4
200 76
Batman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton
Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Jon Peters, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is the first installment of Warner Bros.' ...more
5
153 81
Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner
Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy ...more
6
169 59
National Lampoon's Christmas V... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by ...more
7
146 67
Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover
Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Patsy Kensit, Derrick O'Connor and Joss Ackland. It is a ...more
8
122 55
Glory is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick
Glory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on ...more
9
137 80
Ghostbusters II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
Ghostbusters II is a 1989 American science fiction fantasy comedy film produced and directed by Ivan Reitman. It is the sequel to the 1984 film Ghostbusters and follows the further adventures of ...more
10
150 40
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll
The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more
11
104 87
Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy
Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same name. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as ...more
12
121 62
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the first film in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two slackers travel through time to assemble ...more
13
90 73
Born on the Fourth of July is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Born on the Fourth of July, published in 1976, is the best selling autobiography by Ron Kovic, a Vietnam veteran who became an activist. Kovic was born on July 4, 1946, and his book's ironic ...more
14
144 56
Major League is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo
Major League is a 1989 American sports comedy film written and directed by David S. Ward, starring Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Dennis Haysbert, Wesley Snipes, James Gammon, Bob Uecker and ...more
15
108 70
Weekend at Bernie's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Skeet Ulrich
Weekend at Bernie's is a dark comedy film written by Robert Klane and directed by Ted Kotcheff. The film stars Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman as young insurance corporation employees who ...more
16
120 47
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Keri Russell, Allison Mack, Rick Moranis
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 soft science fiction-family film. The directorial debut of Joe Johnston and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, it tells the story of an inventor who ...more
17
57 65
My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker
My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown is a 1989 Irish drama film directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Day-Lewis. It tells the story of Christy Brown, an Irishman born with cerebral ...more
18
93 76
Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby
Pet Sematary is a 1989 American horror film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. Directed by Mary Lambert and written by King. Andrew Hubatsek was cast for Zelda's role. Author ...more
19
101 62
The 'Burbs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman
The 'Burbs is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Joe Dante starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Wendy Schaal, and Henry Gibson. The film was written ...more
20
77 60
Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee
Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, who also played the part of Mookie in the film. Other members of the cast include Danny ...more
21
128 44
Uncle Buck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Patricia Arquette
Uncle Buck is a 1989 American comedy film directed by John Hughes and starring John Candy and Amy Madigan, with Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann, Macaulay Culkin, Jay Underwood, and Laurie ...more
22
81 77
Turner & Hooch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham
Turner & Hooch is a 1989 American comedy-thriller film starring Tom Hanks and Beasley the Dog as the eponymous characters, Turner and Hooch respectively. The film also co-stars Mare ...more
23
93 56
When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher
When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows the ...more
24
91 52
Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack
Say Anything... is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe in his directorial debut. In 2002, Entertainment Weekly ranked Say Anything... as the greatest ...more
25
69 60
Steel Magnolias is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine
Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the 1987 play by Robert Harling. A young beautician (Daryl Hannah), newly arrived in a small Louisiana ...more