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The Best Movies of 1989  

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List Rules Must have been released in 1989

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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Indiana Jones and the La... 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

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 2 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, based on the DC Comics character. The Dark Knight of Gotham City (Michael Keaton) begins his war on crime with his first major ...more

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National Lampoon's Chris... is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 4 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

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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

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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Major League is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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Bill & Ted's Excelle... is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids... is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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Uncle Buck is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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#53 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #61 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #78 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Born on the Fourth of Ju... is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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Ghostbusters II is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 16 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

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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 17 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

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When Harry Met Sally... ... is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy
Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Bruce Beresford and written by Alfred Uhry, based on Uhry's play of the same name. The film stars Jessica Tandy, Morgan ...more

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The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott
The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. When an American submarine ...more

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#202 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #134 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin, Bryce Dallas Howard
Parenthood is a 1989 comedy-drama film with an ensemble cast that includes Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, ...more

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All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback
All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 American–Irish animated musical adventure comedy film directed and produced by Don Bluth and released by United Artists and Goldcrest Films. The film tells the ...more

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Weekend at Bernie's is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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Road House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
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Road House is a 1989 action film directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring Patrick Swayze as a bouncer at a newly refurbished roadside bar who protects a small town in Missouri from a ...more

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Look Who's Talking is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Joan Rivers
Look Who's Talking is a 1989 romantic comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling and starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. Bruce Willis plays the voice of Mollie's son, Mikey. The ...more

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