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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

Released: 1989

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

Released: 1989

Directed by: Tim Burton

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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

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

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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

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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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

Released: 1989

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

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Major League is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo

Released: 1989

Directed by: David S. Ward

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Uncle Buck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Patricia Arquette

Released: 1989

Directed by: John Hughes

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1989

Directed by: Edward Zwick

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Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 1989

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

Released: 1989

Directed by: Richard Donner

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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

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Bill & Ted's Excelle... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

Released: 1989

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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

Released: 1989

Directed by: Peter Weir

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The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

Released: 1989

Directed by: James Cameron

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15
When Harry Met Sally... ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher

Released: 1989

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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Ghostbusters II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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17
Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

Released: 1989

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

Released: 1989

Directed by: Spike Lee

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Road House is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
wiabux added Sam Elliott, Terry Funk, Kelly Lynch

Released: 1989

Directed by: Rowdy Herrington

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Weekend at Bernie's is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Skeet Ulrich

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

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21
Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ron Howard

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22
All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback

Released: 1989

Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

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Born on the Fourth of Ju... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger

Released: 1989

Directed by: Oliver Stone

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Look Who's Talking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Joan Rivers

Released: 1989

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

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25
The 'Burbs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1989
Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joe Dante

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