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Movies That Turned 30 in 2019

Updated July 27, 2020 12.1k votes 314 voters 8.6k views102 items

List RulesVote up the movies that came out in 1989 that you still enjoy today.

Take a trip down memory lane with this list of movies that turned 30 in 2019. Featuring dramas, cult classics, well-made comedies, and some of the greatest movies of all time, the best 1989 films will remind you how well older movies have aged (or not) throughout the decades. What is your favorite movie turning 30 years old in 2019?  

When ranking the movies that came out 30 years ago, you can expect to see movies that are classics, like When Harry Met Sally..., Back to the Future Part II, and The Little Mermaid, at the top. Other memorable 1989 movies include Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Weekend at Bernie's, Heathers, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and Tim Burton's Batman.

While Driving Miss Daisy won Best Picture at the 62nd Academy Awards, the 1989 Oscars celebrated other great films such as Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams, Born on the Fourth of July, and My Left Foot.

Vote up the best films released in 1989, and celebrate these movies that turned 30 with another rewatch.

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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

    Released1989

    Directed byStephen Herek

    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 a menagerie...  more
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    Major League

    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

    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 Corbin...  more
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    121
    35

    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

    Released1989

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    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 the...  more
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    42

    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

    Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann....  more
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    99
    47

    The Abyss

    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

    Released1989

    Directed byJames Cameron

    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 sinks...  more
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    86
    36

    Lean on Me

    Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    Lean on Me is a 1989 dramatized biographical film written by Michael Schiffer, directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Morgan Freeman. Lean on Me is loosely based on the story of Joe Louis Clark, a...  more
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    Driving Miss Daisy

    Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1989

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    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 Freeman,...  more
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    87
    41

    Lethal Weapon 2

    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci

    Released1989

    Directed byRichard Donner

    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 sequel...  more
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    86
    41

    Born on the Fourth of July

    Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe

    Released1989

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American drama film adaptation of the best-selling autobiography of the same name by Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, in a performance that...  more
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    84
    44

    Tango & Cash

    Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher

    Released1989

    Directed byAndrei Konchalovsky, Albert Magnoli

    Tango & Cash is a 1989 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, although Albert Magnoli took over in the later stages of filming, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Kurt...  more
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    120
    78

    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    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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    123
    83

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase

    Released1989

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

    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 John...  more
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    73
    39

    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Released1989

    Directed byWilliam Shatner

    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is a 1989 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the fifth feature film based on Star Trek, and a sequel to the 1966–1969 Star Trek...  more
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    120
    86

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Keri Russell, Allison Mack

    Released1989

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    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 accidentally...  more
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    77
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    UHF

    "Weird Al" Yankovic, David Bowe

    Released1989

    Directed byJay Levey

    UHF is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Jay Levey. An employed visionary ("Weird Al" Yankovic) becomes manager of a successful local public station due to all sorts of hilarious sight gags and...  more
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    136
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    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox

    Released1989

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    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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    136
    105

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    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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    62
    37

    The Wizard

    Tobey Maguire, Christian Slater

    Released1989

    Directed byTodd Holland

    The Wizard is a 1989 adventure comedy-drama film starring Fred Savage, Christian Slater, Jenny Lewis and Luke Edwards. It was also Tobey Maguire's film debut. The film follows three children as they...  more
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    107
    83

    Uncle Buck

    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    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 Metcalf in...  more
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    69
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    Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi

    Released1989

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Kiki's Delivery Service is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli. It was written, produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki as an adaptation of the 1985 novel of the same name...  more
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    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    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 Christian...  more
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    71
    47

    Weekend at Bernie's

    Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman

    Released1989

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    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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    65
    41

    Great Balls of Fire!

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1989

    Directed byJim McBride

    Great Balls of Fire! is a 1989 American biographical film directed by Jim McBride and starring Dennis Quaid as pioneer rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis. Based on a biography by Myra Lewis and...  more
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    75
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    Pet Sematary

    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne

    Released1989

    Directed byMary Lambert

    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 King...  more
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    126
    107

    Batman

    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

    Released1989

    Directed byTim Burton

    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 enemy...  more