Top Movies of 1989


The top movies of 1989 list is calculated by community movie ratings and members' "Top Movies List". Lists are updated daily.

1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Year of Release: 1989
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Adventure/Action
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, John Rhys-Davies, River Phoenix, Denholm Elliott, Julian Glover
Plot: While Indiana's father is off searching for the grail and goes missing, he is called upon to rescue him before the Nazis find the Holy Grail.

2. Dead Poets' Society

Year of Release: 1989
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Peter Weir
Actors: Ethan Hawke, Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Josh Charles, Dylan Kussman, Gale Hansen
Plot: A English Teacher convinces his students to love poetry and invites them into a secret club where they can read poetry and express themselves in a manly way.

3. Glory

Year of Release: 1989
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: War/Historical
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Edward Zwick
Actors: Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes, Andre Braugher, John Finn
Plot: The first all black volunteer army is confronted by hatred, racism and fear from both the Union and the Confederates. A white man is in charge of controlling the company.

4. Lonesome Dove

Year of Release: 1989
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Adventure/Western
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Simon Wincer
Actors: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Robert Urich, Frederic Forrest, D.B. Sweeney
Plot: The epic miniseries follows Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call - two former Texas Rangers looking to move their cattle from the south up to Montana. Horse thieves, Indian attacks and a half-breed killer on a quest for revenge are just a few of the problems they will encounter on this dangerous mission.

5. Do the Right Thing

Year of Release: 1989
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Spike Lee
Actors: Ossie Davis, Danny Aiello, Spike Lee, Ruby Dee, Rosie Perez, Bill Nunn
Plot: On the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, tensions rise, passions flare and races clash between locals.

6. Back to the Future Part II

Year of Release: 1989
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Adventure/Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Actors: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Thomas F. Wilson, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson, James Tolkan
Plot: In 2015 Marty tries to stop his son from making mistakes when he learns of the path his life took all of which sparks a rupture in the time space continuum eventually leading Marty back to 1955 to stop further consequences to 1985.

7. Batman

Year of Release: 1989
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Adventure/Action
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Tim Burton
Actors: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Palance, Michael Gough
Plot: Bruce Wayne, a wealthy business man, becomes Batman in the night to clean up the streets of Gotham City and avenge his dead parents.

8. Kiki's Delivery Service ( Majo no takkyŻbin )

Year of Release: 1989
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Family
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Debbie Reynolds, Phil Hartman, Janeane Garofalo, Tress MacNeille, Matthew Lawrence
Plot: A young witch sets off on her own for a year of training in a far-away city and finds adventure and challenges await.

9. The Little Mermaid

Year of Release: 1989
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Family/Animation
MPAA Rating: G
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Actors: Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Buddy Hackett, Jason Marin
Plot: Ariel, the youngest daughter of King Triton, is a mermaid who dreams of life outside the sea. The king forbids this, and she decides to strike a bargain with the sea witch, Ursula, but the witch has an evil plan of her own.

10. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Year of Release: 1989
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Family
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Actors: Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Johnny Galecki, E.G. Marshall
Plot: The Griswold clan comes together to celebrate the yuletide, but in typical fashion, nothing seems to go right for the family.

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