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The Best Movies of 1989

Updated September 4, 2020 12.2k votes 845 voters 26.5k views103 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters 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 with new stars and big blockbusters and 1989 was no exception. Some of the top 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 made 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 came out in 1989. This is the ultimate list of the best and most popular 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.

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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    278
    84

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

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    Batman
    324
    113

    Batman

    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

    Directed byTim Burton

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    The Little Mermaid
    214
    70

    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    Uncle Buck
    198
    66

    Uncle Buck

    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    Major League
    217
    72

    Major League

    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

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    Field of Dreams
    240
    100

    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

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    Glory
    188
    81

    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
    186
    71

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Keri Russell, Allison Mack

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Lethal Weapon 2
    226
    77

    Lethal Weapon 2

    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    The Abyss
    130
    36

    The Abyss

    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
    189
    86

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin
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    Back to the Future Part II
    256
    127

    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 14
    When Harry Met Sally...
    141
    70

    When Harry Met Sally...

    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Road House
    163
    66

    Road House

    Sam Elliott, Terry Funk

    Directed byRowdy Herrington

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    Parenthood
    147
    66

    Parenthood

    Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Say Anything...
    140
    63

    Say Anything...

    John Cusack, Jeremy Piven

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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  • 18
    All Dogs Go to Heaven
    124
    63

    All Dogs Go to Heaven

    Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

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  • 19
    Weekend at Bernie's
    159
    91

    Weekend at Bernie's

    Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

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    The 'Burbs
    172
    81

    The 'Burbs

    Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher

    Directed byJoe Dante

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  • 21
    Dead Poets Society
    171
    128

    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Directed byPeter Weir

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  • 22
    Lean on Me
    88
    41

    Lean on Me

    Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    Ghostbusters II
    183
    116

    Ghostbusters II

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Do the Right Thing
    120
    85

    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    Look Who's Talking
    126
    80

    Look Who's Talking

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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