1989 Films

The ones I've seen in order of preference from most to least favourite.
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1.
Jesus of Montreal (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Siberian rock band Leningrad Cowboys go to the USA in pursuit of fame. (78 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
4.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law. (102 mins.)
 
7.
Monsieur Hire (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A recluse is accused of murdering a young woman simply because his neighbors think he is strange. (81 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
8.
The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A man returns to his home town after serving a prison sentence for homicide, and finds that the details of the crime have been forgotten and replaced with local legends and rumors. (90 mins.)
Director: Hal Hartley
 
9.
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
10.
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
 
11.
Celia (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia. (102 mins.)
Director: Ann Turner
 
12.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist. Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. must follow in his father's footsteps to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the Holy Grail first. (127 mins.)
 
15.
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
16.
Field of Dreams (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come. (107 mins.)
 
17.
Shirley Valentine (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
18.
Parenthood (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
19.
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
20.
Dead Calm (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
21.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
22.
Henry V (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
23.
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s against a backdrop of union corruption and violence. A prostitute falls in love with one of her customers. Also a disturbed man discovers that he is homosexual. (102 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
 
24.
My Left Foot (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
25.
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
Sea of Love (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit. (113 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
 
28.
Laurin (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A small port at the turn of last century, embedded in a romantic river landscape with dense woods and a large castle ruin on a hill... (84 mins.)
Director: Robert Sigl
 
29.
Steel Magnolias (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
30.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
31.
The Seventh Continent (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
32.
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
33.
How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Dennis Dimbleby Bagley is a brilliant young advertising executive who can't come up with a slogan to sell a revolutionary new pimple cream... (90 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
 
34.
Miss Firecracker (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Carnelle isn't happy with her life, so in order to improve herself she enters a local beauty contest... (102 mins.)
Director: Thomas Schlamme
 
35.
Papa est parti, maman aussi (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A coming-of-age film: When Laurette's parents disappear following a row, Laurette assumes responsibility for the family. The initial fiesta of children alone gives way to abandonment and the pressures of responsibility. (104 mins.)
 
36.
The Abyss (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
37.
A Dry White Season (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
38.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (83 mins.)
 
39.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine. (90 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
40.
The Tall Guy (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty... (92 mins.)
Director: Mel Smith
 
41.
Black Rain (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan. (125 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott