My Best Films of 1989

by g_monte | created - 06 Sep 2011 | updated - 11 Jan 2017 | Public

Out of 378 films seen. All rated 8/10 or higher.

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1. Dekalog (1989–1990)

TV-MA | 572 min | Drama

100 Metascore

Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.

Stars: Artur Barcis, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Aleksander Bardini, Olaf Lubaszenko

Votes: 16,490 | Gross: $0.10M

2. Do the Right Thing (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson

Votes: 69,056 | Gross: $27.55M

3. A City of Sadness (1989)

157 min | Drama

A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Shu-Fen Hsin, Sung Young Chen, Jack Kao

Votes: 3,279

4. Near Death (1989)

358 min | Documentary

Renowned documentarian Frederick Wiseman profiles the doctors, nurses, physicians, and patients at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, as he watches medical staff work around... See full summary »

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 146

5. Pièce touchée (1989)

16 min | Short

Arnold's original material is a piece of found-footage from the 50s. 18 seconds long and very typical for the period. A quiet take: a living room, a woman in an arm-chair. Her husband opens... See full summary »

Director: Martin Arnold

Votes: 218

6. Warsaw Bridge (1989)

85 min | Drama

A female professor, a writer, and an orchestra conductor -three characters, two couples- attend a grand literary cocktail party. The writer has just won the prize for his book "Warsaw ... See full summary »

Director: Pere Portabella | Stars: Carme Elias, Francisco Guijar, Jordi Dauder, Josep Maria Pou

Votes: 121

7. Sweetie (1989)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

An introspective young woman's life is upturned by the arrival of her maladjusted sister.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Geneviève Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos, Jon Darling

Votes: 2,741 | Gross: $0.94M

8. Isle of Flowers (1989)

13 min | Documentary, Short

The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a "Nisei" (Brazilian with Japanese origins); to a supermarket; to a consumer's kitchen to become sauce ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Paulo José, Ciça Reckziegel, Douglas Trainini, Júlia Barth

Votes: 4,743

9. Monsieur Hire (1989)

PG-13 | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A recluse is accused of murdering a young woman simply because his neighbors think he is strange.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Michel Blanc, Sandrine Bonnaire, Luc Thuillier, André Wilms

Votes: 5,134 | Gross: $1.42M

10. Les baisers de secours (1989)

90 min | Drama

The familiar conflicts of a film director planning to make a movie about his life and the confrontation he has with his wife, an actress who was turned down for such project in which she wanted to play herself.

Director: Philippe Garrel | Stars: Brigitte Sy, Philippe Garrel, Louis Garrel, Anémone

Votes: 242

11. Arousi-ye Khouban (1989)

75 min | Crime, Drama, War

Haji is severely traumatized by the war with Iraq. Back from the front, he's unable to adapt to civilian life. Despite family opposition, his fiancée stands by him as together they ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Mahmud Bigham, Roya Nonahali, Ebrahim Abadi, Mohsen Zaehtab

Votes: 345

12. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Martin Landau, Woody Allen, Bill Bernstein, Claire Bloom

Votes: 48,043 | Gross: $18.25M

13. The Unbelievable Truth (1989)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

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.

Director: Hal Hartley | Stars: Adrienne Shelly, Robert John Burke, Chris Cooke, Julia McNeal

Votes: 4,066 | Gross: $0.55M

14. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

NC-17 | 124 min | Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard

Votes: 30,098 | Gross: $7.72M

15. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

About three monks in a remote monastery; an aging master, a small orphan and a young man who left his city life to seek Enlightenment.

Director: Yong-Kyun Bae | Stars: Yi Pan-Yong, Sin Won-Sop, Hae-Jin Huang, Su-Myong Ko

Votes: 1,073

16. Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (1989)

75 min | Documentary, War

Documentary examines the 'blind spot' of the evaluators of aerial footage of the IG Farben industrial plant taken by the Americans in 1944.

Director: Harun Farocki | Stars: Ulrike Grote, Harun Farocki

Votes: 205

17. Last Images of the Shipwreck (1989)

R | 131 min | Drama

Roberto is an insurance salesman who dreams of writing his own novel. When he meets Estela, a young woman about to commit suicide, it serves him as material to make this work.

Director: Eliseo Subiela | Stars: Lorenzo Quinteros, Noemí Frenkel, Hugo Soto, Pablo Brichta

Votes: 261

18. Route One USA (1989)

255 min | Documentary

Doc (McIsaac), back from a decade in in Africa, and filmmaker Kramer, decide to follow Route 1, from the Canadian border all the way to the tip of Florida.

Director: Robert Kramer | Stars: Jesse Jackson, Paul McIsaac, Pat Robertson

Votes: 190

19. Mr. Hoover and I (1989)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Emile de Antonio | Stars: John Cage, Emile de Antonio, Nancy de Antonio

Votes: 50

20. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Le Gros, Heather Graham

Votes: 28,064 | Gross: $4.73M

22. Spasi i sokhrani (I) (1989)

167 min | Drama, History

Inspired by Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Sokurov's Save and Protect recalls the most crucial events of Emma's decline and fall, including affairs with an aristocratic and a student. Focusing ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Robert Vaap, Cécile Zervudacki, Aleksandr Abdulov, Aleksandr Cherednik

Votes: 216

25. Der siebente Kontinent (1989)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Birgit Doll, Dieter Berner, Leni Tanzer, Udo Samel

Votes: 10,211

26. The Icicle Thief (1989)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

A movie resembling Bicycle Thieves (1948) is shown on TV, but the real-life world gets muddled with the film and the TV commercials.

Director: Maurizio Nichetti | Stars: Maurizio Nichetti, Caterina Sylos Labini, Federico Rizzo, Renato Scarpa

Votes: 851 | Gross: $1.23M

27. The Gang of Four (1989)

160 min | Drama, Mystery

A drama following 4 women at stage school. Considered by some to be the summation of director Jacques Rivette's work as a whole.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Bulle Ogier, Benoît Régent, Fejria Deliba, Laurence Côte

Votes: 801

28. Used Innocence (1989)

95 min | Documentary

Using experimental narrative structure as his vehicle, Benning recreates the sensationalized and controversial circumstances surrounding Lorencia Bembenek, aka "Bambi", former "Playboy ... See full summary »

Director: James Benning | Stars: Kevin Henderson, Michael Weber, James Benning, Dick Blau

Votes: 27

29. Przesluchanie (1982)

118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in prison, not having a clue why she's there. She is tortured to encourage her to confess to a crime she is not aware of.

Director: Ryszard Bugajski | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Adam Ferency, Janusz Gajos, Agnieszka Holland

Votes: 2,501

30. Speaking Parts (1989)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

A struggling actor's job as a hotel custodian is a front for his real job: being rented out as a gigolo by his supervisor. A co-worker is obsessed with him, but he ignores and avoids her. ... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Michael McManus, Arsinée Khanjian, Gabrielle Rose, Tony Nardi

Votes: 1,152

31. Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk (1989)

30 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

Jane Castleton leads a satirical tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Director: Andrea Fraser | Star: Andrea Fraser

Votes: 24

32. Water and Power (1989)

57 min | Documentary

By using a series of visually and aurally dense tableaux created with advanced motion control, optical printing and animation techniques, the film explores the complex battle for natural ... See full summary »

Director: Pat O'Neill | Stars: Joel Lorimen, Beth Block, George Lockwood, Megan Williams

Votes: 188

33. Roger & Me (1989)

R | 91 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger B. Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Rhonda Britton, Fred Ross

Votes: 24,132 | Gross: $6.71M

35. Foutaises (1989)

8 min | Short, Comedy

A 9 minute comedy starring Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen). Featuring muted colors with a sepia black and white, Pinon takes the viewer through various examples of what he "likes and ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Dominique Pinon, Chick Ortega, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Diane Bertrand

Votes: 1,891

36. Kuroi ame (1989)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Yoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara, Shôichi Ozawa

Votes: 2,531

37. Darkness Light Darkness (1989)

Not Rated | 6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A human body gradually reconstructs itself as its various component parts crowd themselves into a small room and eventually, after much experimentation, sort out which part goes where.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 3,660

38. Mashgh-e Shab (1989)

86 min | Documentary, Drama

In this documentary, Kiarostami asks a number of students about their school homework. The answers of some children shows the darker side of this method of education.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Babak Ahmadpoor, Farhang Akhavan, Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, Abbas Kiarostami

Votes: 718

39. Manly Games (1989)

Not Rated | 14 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A man sits down to watch a football match, which seems to consist of the players being violently mutilated in various inventive ways. The players then leave the football pitch and invade ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Miroslav Kuchar

Votes: 890

40. Santa sangre (1989)

NC-17 | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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".

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Thelma Tixou

Votes: 15,898

41. Say Anything... (1989)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor

Votes: 73,310 | Gross: $20.78M

42. My Left Foot (1989)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

97 Metascore

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan

Votes: 57,904 | Gross: $14.74M

43. Longtime Companion (1989)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s.

Director: Norman René | Stars: Stephen Caffrey, Patrick Cassidy, Brian Cousins, Bruce Davison

Votes: 4,714 | Gross: $4.61M

44. The Big Dis (1989)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy

A young black soldier (James Haig), home on his first leave after basic training, has only one thought on his mind - to "score" with every woman he can in his old Hempstead, Long Island ... See full summary »

Directors: Gordon Eriksen, John O'Brien | Stars: Gordon Eriksen, James Haig, Kevin Haig, Heather Johnston

Votes: 17

45. Les sièges de l'Alcazar (1989)

54 min | Comedy

Paris, 1955. Guy, film critic of the Cahiers du Cinéma, often goes to see the films of Vittorio Cottafavi in a local cinema. One day he notices that Jeanne, film critic of "Positive ", the ... See full summary »

Director: Luc Moullet | Stars: Olivier Maltinti, Elizabeth Moreau, Sabine Haudepin, Micha Bayard

Votes: 121

46. Jesus of Montreal (1989)

R | 120 min | Drama

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.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Catherine Wilkening, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, Rémy Girard

Votes: 6,282 | Gross: $1.60M

48. Reunion (1989)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama

Two young boys from very different backgrounds become friends in 1933 Stuttgart. However, they don't realize how different they are until much later as one is the son of a well-to-do Jewish... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Jason Robards, Christien Anholt, Samuel West, Françoise Fabian

Votes: 396

49. Et la lumière fut (1989)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

The film depicts daily life in an Senegalian village. The people sleep, eat, make love, pray for rain, et cetera, while civilization, by way of timber trucks and tree fellers, is slowly ... See full summary »

Director: Otar Iosseliani | Stars: Sigalon Sagna, Saly Badji, Binta Cissé, Marie-Christine Dieme

Votes: 236

50. Creature Comforts (1989)

5 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

A humourous and thought provoking view of what animals in zoos might be thinking about their captivity and surroundings.

Director: Nick Park | Star: Julie Sedgewick

Votes: 5,515

51. Bashu, gharibeye koochak (1989)

120 min | Drama

8.1