1989: A Viewer's Guide

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1.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
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On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ CC ” - millsy
 
2.
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
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An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
3.
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
 
4.
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
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A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law. (102 mins.)
 
5.
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
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The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant. (124 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
6.
The Killer (1989)
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A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss. (111 mins.)
Director: John Woo
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7.
Roger & Me (1989 Documentary)
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Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger B. Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing. (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
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
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
Say Anything... (1989)
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A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. (100 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
Black Rain (1989)
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The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel. (123 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
15.
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
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Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s against a backdrop of union corruption and violence. A prostitute falls in love with one of her customers... (102 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
 
16.
Jesus of Montreal (1989)
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A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors' lives themselves begin to mirror the Passion itself. (118 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
17.
Life and Nothing But (1989)
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Intense character study of men and women driven by an overpowering obsession with the past. (135 mins.)
 
18.
Santa Sangre (1989)
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A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child... (123 mins.)
 
19.
Mystery Train (1989)
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Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley. (110 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
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20.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
 
21.
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
 
22.
Blaze (1989)
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A middle-aged Louisiana governor falls in love with a young stripper, which jeopardizes his political career and the radical policies which have made him a controversial figure. (120 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
23.
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
 
24.
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
 
25.
Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)
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A study in culture bridging, including ... a new US-born husband, trying to work within the traditional ways... (102 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
 
26.
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
 
27.
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
 
28.
Field of Dreams (1989)
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An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come. (107 mins.)
 
29.
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
 
30.
Heathers (1988)
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In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
 
31.
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
 
32.
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 and stop the Nazis. (127 mins.)
 
33.
Johnny Handsome (1989)
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Johnny Handsome is a deformed gangster who plans a successful robbery with a friend of his, Mikey Chalmette... (94 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
34.
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
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A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service. (103 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
35.
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
 
36.
New York Stories (1989)
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A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three Gotham tales. (124 mins.)
“ for "life lessons" only ” - millsy
 
37.
The Mighty Quinn (1989)
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When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, The Mighty Quinn must clear his name. Or try to catch him, which could be even trickier. (98 mins.)
Director: Carl Schenkel
 
38.
The Package (1989)
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Experienced Green Beret sergeant Johnny Gallagher is escorting a prisoner, Airborne Ranger Thomas Boyette, back to the US, but Boyette escapes and Gallagher must risk life and limb to catch him. (108 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
 
39.
Queen of Hearts (1989)
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Eddie Luca is the youngest son in a family of Italian immigrants who has moved to London. Beginning from nowhere... (112 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
 
40.
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
 
41.
Sweetie (1989)
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An introspective young woman's life is upturned by the arrival of her maladjusted sister. (97 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
“ CC ” - millsy
 
42.
Too Beautiful for You (1989)
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A car dealer, well-to-do and with a beautiful wife, finds himself attracted to his rather plain new temporary secretary... (91 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
43.
Valmont (1989)
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Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman... (137 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
44.
Vampire's Kiss (1988)
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After an encounter with a neck-biter, a publishing executive thinks that he's turning into a vampire. (103 mins.)
Director: Robert Bierman
 
45.
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
 
46.
We're No Angels (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two escaped cons only prayer to escape is to pass themselves off as priests and pass by the police blockade at the border into the safety of Canada. (106 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
47.
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
 
48.
I, Madman (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A bookshop owner finds that an insane and murderous doctor from one of the store's horror novels has come to life. (89 mins.)
Director: Tibor Takacs
“ pending ” - millsy
 
49.
Revenge (1989)
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After their son is murdered a couple raise a second son to avenge him. (100 mins.)
“ Revenge ” - millsy
 
50.
Scandal (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Based on the Profumo Scandal of 1963, an affair between an exotic dancer and the Minister of War shakes up the British government. (115 mins.)
“ pending ” - millsy