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), Glory (1989), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Batman (1989), The Abyss (1989), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), My Left Foot (1989), Do the Right Thing (1989), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Field of Dreams (1989), Henry V (1989), Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Ghostbusters II (1989), Heathers (1989), Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Pet Sematary (1989).

List of Best Movies

The Little Mermaid (1989)
Genre: Animation, 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: princess, mermaid, prince, disney, imaginary kingdom, talking animals, witch, first love, good versus evil, magic, sea, fish out of water ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s, 80s
Place: denmark, caribbean
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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, entertaining, captivating, tense, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: adventurer, treasure hunt, archaeologist, holy grail, archaeology, artifact, map, escape, courage, father son relationship, ancient, underwater ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1910s, 30s, year 1938 ...
Place: germany, venice, israel, jordan, usa ...
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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, intellectual, uplifting, sentimental, motivational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: boarding school life, teachers and students, literature, poetry, teacher, coming of age, dedicated educator, poet, suicide, philosophy, student, youth ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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 7.8
 126K
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: realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking, epic ...
Plot: american civil war, battles, freedom, slavery, racism, battle, war, prejudice, hopes, glory, civil war, military life ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston, south carolina, new england
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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Genre: Drama
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, witty, intense, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: golden years, elderly, master and servant, civil rights, interracial relations, racial slur, friendship, self discovery, chauffeur, prejudice, african american, social differences ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1940s, 60s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, georgia, atlanta, atlanta georgia
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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, humorous, clever, entertaining, light ...
Audience: teens, date night, family outing, kids, teen comedy
Plot: time travel, time machine, changing the past or future, inventor, sent to the past, alternate reality, scientist, mad scientist, teenager, adventure, inventions and discoveries, disorder ...
Time: future, 50s, 20th century, 2010s, 1950s ...
Place: california
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 7.5
 345K
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: bleak, suspenseful, suspense, psychotronic, dark ...
Audience: date night, teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, double life, good versus evil, batman, masked villain, psychopath, millionaire, disfigurement, district attorney, secret identity, heroes, dual identity ...
Time: 80s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s, future
Place: usa, north america
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 7.5
 166K
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, tense, suspenseful, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: underwater, ocean, first contact, ufo, submarine, sea, space and aliens, alien encounter, ocean or sea, underwater scene, 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, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, politics, fighting the system, wheelchair, vietnam veteran, military, disability, downfall, hopes, state affairs, human spirit ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: vietnam, usa, new york, mexico, asia ...
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 7.9
 70K
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: sincere, captivating, uplifting, biting, thought provoking ...
Plot: handicapped, cerebral palsy, poet, disability, irish, human spirit, courage, working class, paralysis, artist, family relations, painting ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s
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, humorous, intense, controversial ...
Plot: culture clash, police brutality, racism, pizzeria, african american, heat, hip hop, prejudice, racial slur, interracial relations, society, buddies ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, 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: feel good, sentimental, sincere, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: male female friendship, friendship, unlikely couple, best friends in love, love and romance, unlikely friendships, platonic, looking for love, romance, friends, initially antagonists, up and down relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1977, year 1982, year 1987 ...
Place: new york, usa
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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: thought provoking, talky, cynical, witty, humorous ...
Plot: murder, mistress, adultery, professor, infidelity, blackmail, crimes, crime, loveless marriage, couple relations, moral dilemma, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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 7.5
 110K
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, sentimental, touching, emotional, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: ghost, baseball, miraculous event, regret, reconciliation, farm, small town, hearing voices, doctor, recluse, road trip, sport ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: iowa, usa, boston
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 7.5
 29K
Henry V (1989)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, 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, exciting, serious, captivating, rough ...
Plot: medieval, battles, war, king of england, honor, politics, king, royal family, mistress, state affairs, military, love and romance ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: france, europe, england, london, scotland
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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, talky, witty, psychological ...
Plot: voyeurism, infidelity, videotaping, sexuality, drifter, therapist, sexual tension, yuppie, interview, sex with brother in law, sexual obsession, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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 7.2
 165K
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: exciting, humorous, cynical, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: buddy cop, police, profanity, sarcasm, police detective, maverick cop, mixed martial arts, lapd, showdown, embassy, crimes, oldtimer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, south africa
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 6.6
 187K
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: humorous, not serious, psychotronic, entertaining, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, slime, ghost hunter, rescue, heroes, psychic, museum, danger, reincarnation, painting, urban setting ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, feel good, sentimental, funny, light ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: christmas, holiday, parents and children, family gatherings, family dinner, farce, neighbor, nothing goes right, eccentric family, down on your luck, family relations, yuppie ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 7.2
 92K
Heathers (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A girl who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids.
Style: witty, semi serious, cynical, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dark humor, murderous pair, high school, suicide, teenage life, teenage love, insanity, sociopath, deadly, suicide attempt, friendship, social relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa, california
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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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy, contemplative ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, dark humor, friendship, drug addiction, addiction, loss of friend, overdose, thief, couples, robbery, group therapy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: usa, portland oregon
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 96K
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, frightening, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: zombie, afterlife, stephen king, family in danger, indian burial ground, supernatural, pets, cemetery, pet, coffin, back from the dead, grief ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: maine, usa, new england, chicago illinois
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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: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: female friendship, family relations, terminal illness, loss of daughter, parents and children, best friends, male objectification, family problems, friendship, social relations, small town life, friendship between women ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
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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 ...
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Audience: teens, date night, chick flick, girls' night, teen comedy
Plot: high school, opposites attract, romance, first love, family disapproval, graduation, coming of age, youth, young lovers, boyfriend, couples, wooing ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, england, washington d.c., usa, seattle washington ...
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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: humorous, not serious, offbeat, witty, cult film ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: time travel, time machine, changing the past or future, heavy metal, high school, sent to the past, classmate classmate relationship, adventure, sent to the future, best friend, hopes, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future, 1900s, prehistory ...
Place: california, washington d.c., athens greece, new mexico, usa ...
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 7.0
 46K
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, melancholic, emotional, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: family relations, family life, single parent, dysfunctional family, parents and children, eccentric family, youth, siblings relations, supportive parent, living with parents, teenage life, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: missouri, st. louis missouri
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Look Who's Talking (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Mollie is a single working mother who's out to find the perfect father for her child. Her baby, Mikey, prefers James, a cab driver turned babysitter who has what it takes to make them both happy. But Mollie won't even consider James. ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, feel good, sweet, funny ...
Audience: family outing, date night, girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: pregnancy, babies and infants, single parent, romance, couples, family life, fall in love, love and romance, disorder, babysitting, unwanted pregnancy, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york
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 7.4
 19K
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: realistic, atmospheric, emotional, sincere, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: high school, gang, reform, drug dealing, school principal, unsupportive coworkers, undisciplined, win over, power relations, urban, unwanted pregnancy, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: new jersey
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The War of the Roses (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Roses, Barbara and Oliver, live happily as a married couple. Then she starts to wonder what life would be like without Oliver, and likes what she sees. Both want to stay in the house, and so they begin a campaign to force each other to leave. In ...
Style: cynical, humorous, psychological, satirical, suspense ...
Plot: battle of the sexes, dark humor, lawyer, suburbs, footsie under the table, uninhibited rivalry, divorce, marriage, greed, destructive relationship, family feud, death ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Frank and Jack Baker are professional musicians who play small clubs. They play smaltzy music and have never needed a day job...
Style: sexy, touching, clever, sincere, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jazz, love triangle, nightclub, brother brother relationship, music, romance, siblings relations, nightlife, rivalry, lifestyle, ego clash, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, new jersey
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