Best Movies of 1989

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Best Movies of 1989
Best Movies of 1989
TOP Movies: The Little Mermaid (1989), Dead Poets Society (1989), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), Turner & Hooch (1989), Glory (1989), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Back to the Future Part II (1989), The Abyss (1989), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Batman (1989), My Left Foot (1989), Do the Right Thing (1989), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Field of Dreams (1989), Henry V (1989), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Ghostbusters II (1989), Drugstore Cowboy (1989).
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The Little Mermaid (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: This colorful adventure tells the story of an impetuous mermaid princess named Ariel who falls in love with the very human Prince Eric and puts everything on the line for the chance to be with him. Memorable songs and characters -- including the ...
Style: fairy tale, light, feel good, sweet, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, girls' night ...
Plot: disney, mermaid, princess, love, witch, prince, imaginary kingdom, father daughter relationship, talking animals, sea, transformation, disney princess ...
Time: 1830s, 19th century, 80s
Place: caribbean, denmark
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana must team up with Marcus Brody, Sallah and Elsa Schneider to follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis from recovering the ...
Style: exciting, breathtaking, entertaining, epic, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, boys' night, teens
Plot: treasure hunt, archaeologist, holy grail, archaeology, adventurer, artifact, father son relationship, map, treasure, courage, escapades, adventure ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1912, year 1938, 1910s
Place: germany, israel, jordan, egypt, venice ...
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, sentimental, uplifting, intellectual, emotional ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teacher, suicide, coming of age, literature, poetry, poet, teachers and students, philosophy, youth, boarding school life, dedicated educator, professor ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A murder takes place in the shop of David Lyons, a deaf man who fails to hear the gunshot being fired. Outside, blind man Wally Karue hears the shot but cannot see the perpetrator. Both are arrested, but escape to form an unlikely partnership. Being ...
Style: humorous, funny, not serious, light, absurd ...
Audience: kids
Plot: farce, murder, deaf, blindness, mute or deaf, friendship, disability, witness, chase, deafness, blind man, odd couple ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, manhattan new york city
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Turner & Hooch (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Scott Turner has 3 days left in the local police department before he moves to a bigger city to get some "real" cases, not just misdemeanors. Then Amos Reed is murdered, and Scott Turner sets himself on the case. The closest thing to a ...
Style: light, touching, humorous, feel good, buddy movie ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, girls' night, date night
Plot: dog, pets, police investigation, justice, chase, crimes, animals, murder, buddy cop, murder mystery, partners, misfit partners ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, san francisco
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Glory (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
Style: epic, realistic, inspirational, factual, intense ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, war, battles, racism, slavery, freedom, prejudice, human spirit, military, heroic mission, african american ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: massachusetts, south carolina, usa, boston, new england
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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her colored chauffeur Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong friendship between the two very different characters in a time when those ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional, talky ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, family outing
Plot: elderly, friendship, racism, master and servant, golden years, civil rights, jewish, chauffeur, prejudice, old age, interracial relations, widow ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1940s, 60s, 20th century
Place: atlanta georgia, atlanta, georgia, usa
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Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Marty and Doc are at it again in this wacky sequel to the 1985 blockbuster as the time-traveling duo head to 2015 to nip some McFly family woes in the bud. But things go awry thanks to bully Biff Tannen and a pesky sports almanac. In a last-ditch ...
Style: futuristic, entertaining, humorous, clever, light ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, date night
Plot: time travel, time machine, changing the past or future, sent to the past, alternate reality, inventor, time loop, teenager, time traveler, adventure, alternate timeline, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: future, year 2015, 50s, 2010s, 80s ...
Place: california
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The Abyss (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search and rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean's surface where he confronts a mysterious ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: ocean, ufo, sea, submarine, first contact, alien, disaster, survival, alien encounter, space and aliens, heroic mission, catastrophe ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: 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.
Style: disturbing, realistic, emotional, factual, intense ...
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, disability, politics, military, fighting the system, war, desert, drunkenness, wartime, vietnam veteran, u.s. military ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 60s, 20th century, year 1976 ...
Place: vietnam, texas, the philippines, iraq, new york ...
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Batman (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker, who has seized control of Gotham's underworld.
Style: dark, atmospheric, bleak, gothic, suspenseful ...
Audience: kids, date night, boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, batman, good versus evil, double life, masked villain, justice, heroes, dual identity, crime fighter, crimes, dark hero, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 1920s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, north america
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My Left Foot (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be ...
Style: inspirational, touching, sincere, unusual plot structure, sexy ...
Plot: disability, handicapped, paralysis, cerebral palsy, irish, artist, working class, writers, human spirit, courage, art, poet ...
Time: 1930s, 80s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
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Do the Right Thing (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: 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.
Style: talky, realistic, intense, humorous, political ...
Plot: police brutality, racism, pizzeria, culture clash, hip hop, heat wave, prejudice, pizza, african american, urban ghetto life, society, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: During their travels from Chicago to New York, Harry and Sally Will debate whether or not sex ruins a perfect relationship between a man and a woman. Eleven years later, and they're still no closer to finding the answer.
Style: romantic, feel good, funny, sweet, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: male female friendship, friendship, best friends in love, love, love story, opposites attract, autumn, romance, unlikely couple, unlikely friendships, initially antagonists, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1987, year 1977 ...
Place: new york, usa
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Field of Dreams (1989)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ray Kinsella is an Iowa farmer who hears a mysterious voice telling him to turn his cornfield into a baseball diamond. He does, but the voice's directions don't stop -- even after the spirits of deceased ballplayers turn up to play.
Style: feel good, inspirational, sexy, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, chick flick
Plot: baseball, ghost, hearing voices, regret, sport, farm, father son relationship, farmer, small town, family, time travel, magic ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: iowa, boston, usa
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Henry V (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.
Style: realistic, epic, exciting, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: medieval, battles, war, shakespeare, king, politics, royal family, king of england, battlefield, tragedy, military, state affairs ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages
Place: france, england, europe, london, scotland
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Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.
Style: cynical, thought provoking, talky, witty, humorous ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, murder, mistress, crimes, justice, guilt, loveless marriage, blackmail, couple relations, moral dilemma, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers to the Rescue (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Chip and Dale, Disney's favorite chipmunk team, form their own protection agency for their fellow animals, where they seek to help the helpless and protect those in peril from those who would exploit them.
Style: feel good, humorous, light, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: kids
Plot: chipmunk, talking animals, best friend, adventure, animals, teamwork, rescue, family, cartoon cat, cat
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Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 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.
Style: sexy, sexual, erotic, talky, witty ...
Plot: infidelity, sex, voyeurism, adultery, husband wife relationship, sexuality, therapist, sister sister relationship, affair, dysfunctional marriage, impotence, extramarital affair ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the opening chase, Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh stumble across a trunk full of Krugerrands. They follow the trail to a South African diplomat who's using his immunity to conceal a smuggling operation. When he plants a bomb under ...
Style: buddy movie, suspense, exciting, suspenseful, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: buddy cop, police, crimes, embassy, home invasion, adventure, lone hero, maverick cop, police officer, buddy, nudity (full frontal - brief), kidnapping ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, south africa, usa
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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but ...
Style: humorous, funny, feel good, sentimental, light ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: christmas, holiday, family dinner, farce, parents and children, family, family gatherings, culture clash, creativity, nothing goes right, eccentric family, neighbor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Ghostbusters II (1989)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Five years after they defeated Gozer, the Ghostbusters are out of business. When Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement to aid her and hopefully save New York City from a new paranormal threat.
Style: scary, humorous, funny, entertaining, not serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, painting, monster, single mother, chase, ghost hunter, psychic, rescue, heroes, reincarnation, old love ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, year 1989
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bob and his friends Dianne, Rick and Nadine have been drug addicts for years and live from one high to the next. Gus Van Sant attempts to show an intimate look into the lives of heroin addicts with his film Drugstore Cowboy.
Style: road movie, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, drugs, addiction, drug addiction, friendship, dark humor, junkie, drug addict, redemption, coming of age, hospital ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: usa, portland oregon
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Say Anything... (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A budding romance between noble underachiever Lloyd Dobler and high school valedictorian Diane Court is threatened when Diane's overly possessive, disapproving father interferes with their relationship. With a prized scholarship to study abroad ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, romantic, light, sweet ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, kids, date night ...
Plot: high school, coming of age, romance, teenager, opposites attract, love, youth, first love, family disapproval, kickboxer, graduation, young lovers ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, england, california, washington state, washington d.c. ...
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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 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.
Style: funny, entertaining, intense, feel good, clever ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, girls' night, chick flick ...
Plot: adventure, youth, shrinking, childhood, disney, parents and children, genetically altered, family, inventor, experiment gone awry, family relations, fish out of water ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Steel Magnolias (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: This heart wrenching drama is about a beauty shop, in Louisana owned by Truvy, and the tragedies of all of her clients.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sad, compassionate ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: women, female friendship, small town, wedding, family relations, friendship, terminal illness, life philosophy, diabetic, parents and children, loss of daughter, best friends ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
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Pet Sematary (1989)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Dr. Louis Creed's family moves into the country house of their dreams and discover a pet cemetery at the back of their property. The cursed burial ground deep in the woods brings the dead back to life -- with "minor" problems. At ...
Style: scary, macabre, tense, suspense, frightening ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: zombie, indian burial ground, cemetery, back from the dead, supernatural, grave robbing, family in danger, cat, death, grief, afterlife, ghost ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: maine, new england, usa, chicago illinois
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Parenthood (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the ...
Style: touching, humorous, realistic, emotional, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: dysfunctional family, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, father daughter relationship, family relations, family life, little boy, single mother, teenage girl, little girl ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: missouri, st. louis missouri
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Music, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A pair of failing high school students -- Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted "Theodore" Logan -- are visited by a time traveler from the future who takes them on an adventure through time to gather up actual historical figures to help them ...
Style: funny, humorous, absurd, buddy movie, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, date night
Plot: time travel, time machine, teenager, changing the past or future, rock and roll, time, high school, sent to the past, adventure, heavy metal, classmate classmate relationship, friendship ...
Time: 80s, future, middle ages, 20th century, 1810s ...
Place: ancient greece, california, vienna, usa, new mexico ...
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Lean on Me (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks ...
Style: inspirational, feel good, realistic, harsh, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, african american, gang, teenager, violence, school, education, teenage pregnancy, bad singing, high school principal, police arrest ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new jersey
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