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The Best Movies of 1989

Updated September 4, 2020 12.3k votes 858 voters 27.1k 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 Crusade1
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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 Vacation2
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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

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  • Batman3
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    Batman

    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • The Little Mermaid4
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    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • Field of Dreams5
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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

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  • Major League6
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    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

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  • Uncle Buck7
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    Uncle Buck

    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Glory8
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    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids9
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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Keri Russell, Allison Mack

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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  • Lethal Weapon 210
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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • The Abyss11
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    The Abyss

    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Back to the Future Part II12
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    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure13
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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

    Directed byStephen Herek

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  • When Harry Met Sally...14
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    When Harry Met Sally...

    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • Road House15
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    Road House

    Sam Elliott, Terry Funk

    Directed byRowdy Herrington

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  • Parenthood16
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    Parenthood

    Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Say Anything...

    John Cusack, Jeremy Piven

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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    Weekend at Bernie's

    Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

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  • All Dogs Go to Heaven19
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    All Dogs Go to Heaven

    Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

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  • Dead Poets Society20
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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Directed byPeter Weir

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  • The 'Burbs21
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    The 'Burbs

    Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher

    Directed byJoe Dante

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  • Lean on Me22
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    Lean on Me

    Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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  • Ghostbusters II23
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    Ghostbusters II

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Directed bySpike Lee

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  • Licence to Kill25
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    Licence to Kill

    Benicio del Toro, Timothy Dalton

    Directed byJohn Glen

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