Best Picture 1989

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1.
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)
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An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him. (101 mins.)
 
2.
The Abyss (1989)
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A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species. (145 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
3.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
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English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
4.
Santa Sangre (1989)
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A former circus artist escapes from a mental hospital to rejoin his armless mother - the leader of a strange religious cult -, and is forced to enact brutal murders in her name as he becomes "her arms". (123 mins.)
 
5.
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
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The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer. (114 mins.)
Director: Steve Kloves
 
6.
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
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A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law. (102 mins.)
 
7.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
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When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the Holy Grail first. (127 mins.)
 
8.
Monsieur Hire (1989)
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A recluse is accused of murdering a young woman simply because his neighbors think he is strange. (81 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
9.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
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A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (83 mins.)
 
10.
Music Box (1989)
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A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects. (124 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
11.
Dead Calm (1989)
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After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae spend some time isolated at sea when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship. (96 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
12.
The War of the Roses (1989)
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A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle. (116 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
 
13.
Going Down in Morocco (1989)
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A girl, who lives together with her cousin who earns some money by dealing and her boyfriend who is a policeman... (83 mins.)
Director: Fernando Colomo
 
14.
My Left Foot (1989)
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Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
15.
Coming Out (1989)
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A young teacher in East Berlin struggles with accepting his homosexuality. (113 mins.)
Director: Heiner Carow
 
16.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
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The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. (145 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
17.
Asterix and the Big Fight (1989)
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The druid is accidentally hit by a menhir thrown by Obelix and loses his mind and memory. (81 mins.)
 
18.
Montoyas y Tarantos (1989)
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(96 mins.)
 
19.
Casualties of War (1989)
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During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. (113 mins.)
Director: Brian DePalma
 
20.
Amanece, que no es poco (1989)
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A village and the crazy situations encountered by its citizens. (110 mins.)
 
21.
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
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Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. (96 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
22.
Esquilache (1989)
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In the 18th century in Madrid, the Marquess of Esquilache, King Charles III of Spain's former minister, bans on wearing the popular wide collar with a long coat and brimmed hat. Along with other measures provoke a massive riot in the city. (100 mins.)
Director: Josefina Molina
 
23.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
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An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
24.
Henry V (1989)
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415. (137 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
25.
Steel Magnolias (1989)
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A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold. (117 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
26.
Society (1989)
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An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite. (99 mins.)
Director: Brian Yuzna
 
27.
Pet Sematary (1989)
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Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable. (103 mins.)
Director: Mary Lambert
 
28.
Shirley Valentine (1989)
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Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg... (108 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
29.
El niño de la luna (1989)
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Adopted by a treacherous semi-scientific cult where extraordinary mental powers are common, extraordinary 12-year-old David begins an archetypal journey across two continents to find his destiny as Child of the Moon. (118 mins.)
 
30.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
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The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them. (93 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
 
31.
Parenthood (1989)
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The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse. (124 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
33.
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
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After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip. (108 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
34.
Always (1989)
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A romantic adventure about a legendary pilot's passion for dare-devil firefighting and his girl. (122 mins.)
 
35.
Batman (1989)
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The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
36.
Longtime Companion (1989)
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The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s. (96 mins.)
Director: Norman René
 
37.
Warlock (1989)
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A warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit. (103 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
 
38.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
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A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything. (100 mins.)
 
39.
Tongues Untied (1989 Documentary)
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Marlon Riggs, with assistance from other gay Black men, especially poet Essex Hemphill, celebrates Black men loving Black men as a revolutionary act... (55 mins.)
Director: Marlon Riggs
 
40.
A Dry White Season (1989)
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Ben du Toit is a schoolteacher who always has considered himself a man of caring and justice, at least on the individual level... (97 mins.)
Director: Euzhan Palcy
 
41.
La luna negra (1989)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Imanol Uribe
 
42.
Old Gringo (1989)
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When school teacher Harriet Winslow goes to Mexico to teach, she is kidnapped by Gen. Tomas Arroyo and his revolutionaries... (119 mins.)
Director: Luis Puenzo
 
43.
Weekend at Bernie's (1989)
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Two losers try to pretend that their murdered employer is really alive, leading the hitman to attempt to track him down to finish him off. (97 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
 
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45.
Clownhouse (1989)
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Just before Halloween, three young brothers alone in a big house are menaced by three escaped mental patients who have murdered some traveling circus clowns and taken their identities. (81 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
 
46.
Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
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The life and career of wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis. (108 mins.)
Director: Jim McBride
 
47.
Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989)
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After murdering a young girl, Angela Baker assumes her identity and travels to Camp New Horizons, built on the grounds of the camp she terrorized the year before, and starts killing again. (80 mins.)
 
48.
Twisted Obsession (1989)
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American writer in Paris is hired to do a script for an edgy young director he can't stand. When he falls in love with the director's cold and manipulative pretty sister, his life starts to unravel and he realizes that he's been used. (101 mins.)
Director: Fernando Trueba
 
49.
The Things of Love (1989)
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In 1940's Madrid. Juan plays piano for Pepita and her on-stage partner Mario. Although Mario really wants to steal Juan for himself... (98 mins.)
Director: Jaime Chávarri
 
50.
Glory (1989)
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Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
51.
The 'Burbs (1989)
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An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult. (101 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
52.
Halloween 5 (1989)
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One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece. (96 mins.)
 
53.
Enemies: A Love Story (1989)
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A ghostwriter finds himself romantically involved with his current wife, a married woman and his long-vanished wife. (119 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
 
54.
Nightmare Beach (1989)
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Diablo is a biker gang leader executed for the murder of a young woman. A year after his death, it's time for Spring Break... (90 mins.)
 
55.
The January Man (1989)
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Nick and Frank Starkey were both policemen. A scandal forced Nick to leave the force, now a serial killer has driven the police to take him back... (97 mins.)
Director: Pat O'Connor
 
56.
She-Devil (1989)
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A cunning and resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist. (99 mins.)
Director: Susan Seidelman
 
57.
The Dark Night of the Soul (1989)
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A fascinating study of the poet Saint John of the Cross, and his spell in solitary confinement. Set in the convent of Toledo... (93 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
58.
Intruder (1989)
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The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac. (83 mins.)
Director: Scott Spiegel
 
59.
El baile del pato (1989)
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A magazine writer Carlos, gets dumped by his girlfriend who feels she needs more experiences. in order to avoid depression he goes out with his extravagant, crazy friends and gets thrown into a million bizarre situations. (88 mins.)
Director: Manuel Iborra
 
60.
Look Who's Talking (1989)
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After a single, career-minded woman is left on her own to give birth to the child of a married man, she finds a new romantic chance in a cab driver. Meanwhile, the point-of-view of the newborn boy is narrated through voice-over. (93 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
 
61.
Best of the Best (1989)
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A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win? (97 mins.)
Director: Bob Radler
 
62.
Her Alibi (1989)
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A writer of BAD detective novels is in full writers' block. He pretends to be the alibi of a beautiful... (94 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
63.
Skin Deep (1989)
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A womanizing, drunken, allelic writer, whose life seems to be falling apart at the seams, repeatedly finds himself in trouble of one sort or another with the law, ex-girlfriends, and jealous boyfriends. (97 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
64.
Sea of Love (1989)
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A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit. (113 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
 
65.
La maschera del demonio (1989)
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(94 mins.)
Director: Lamberto Bava
 
66.
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
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Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities. (114 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
67.
Chances Are (1989)
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Reincarnated man unknowingly falls in love with his own daughter from his previous life. Once he realizes this, he tries to end their relationship before angels erase his memory. (108 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
 
68.
The Karate Kid Part III (1989)
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Ostracised villain John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the help of a Vietnam War comrade, the wealthy owner of a toxic waste disposal business. (112 mins.)
 
69.
Wicked Stepmother (1989)
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A mother/daughter pair of witches descend on a yuppie family's home and cause havoc, one at a time since... (90 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
 
70.
Ghostbusters II (1989)
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The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business. (108 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
71.
Cutting Class (1989)
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A murderer is loose in a high school in this 'whodunit' movie. (91 mins.)
 
72.
Black Rain (1989)
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Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan. (125 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
73.
Ander Eta Yul (1988)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Ana Díez
 
74.
If They Tell You I Fell (1989)
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In the post Spanish civil war years, Catalan kids would sit in circles among the ruins and tell stories... (120 mins.)
Director: Vicente Aranda
 
75.
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
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A boat of graduating high school students bound for Manhattan pulls Jason Voorhees along for the ride. (100 mins.)
Director: Rob Hedden