Top 20 Fan-Favorite Movies of 1989: A Nostalgic Cinematic Journey

Fasten your seatbelts, folks, because we’re about to take a cinematic DeLorean ride back to 1989! A year that gifted us with a treasure trove of unforgettable films, from heart-stopping thrillers to tear-jerking dramas, and of course, those iconic, laugh-out-loud comedies. It was a time when shoulder pads were high, hair was big, and the movies? They were monumental. So, grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and prepare to be transported back to the golden age of cinema. We’ve dusted off the VHS tapes and scoured the archives to bring you the top 20 fan-favorite movies of 1989. Whether you’re a film buff, a nostalgia junkie, or just looking for a good old-fashioned movie night, this list is your golden ticket. So, without further ado, let’s rewind to a time when Indiana Jones was still cracking his whip, Batman first spread his wings, and Harry met Sally. Get ready for a nostalgic cinematic journey that will make you say, “I’ll have what she’s having!”
Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society

Release Date: 1989-06-02

Genres: Drama

“Dead Poets Society” is a captivating movie set in an elite boarding school in New England. It follows a passionate English teacher who encourages his students to challenge societal norms and embrace the potential of each day. With an incredible cast including Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, and Robert Sean Leonard, this 1989 film is a must-watch for anyone seeking inspiration and a reminder to seize every opportunity.

Cast: Robin Williams (John Keating) , Ethan Hawke (Todd Anderson) , Robert Sean Leonard (Neil Perry) , Gale Hansen (Charlie Dalton) , Josh Charles (Knox Overstreet) , Dylan Kussman (Richard Cameron) , Allelon Ruggiero (Steven Meeks) , James Waterston (Gerard Pitts) , Norman Lloyd (Mr. Nolan) , Kurtwood Smith (Mr. Tom Perry) , Carla Belver (Mrs. Perry) , Leon Pownall (McAllister) , George Martin (Dr. Hager) , Joe Aufiery (Chemistry Teacher) , Matt Carey (Hopkins) , Kevin Cooney (Joe Danburry) , Jane Moore (Mrs. Danburry) , Lara Flynn Boyle (Ginny Danburry) , Colin Irving (Chet Danburry) , Alexandra Powers (Chris Noel) , Melora Walters (Gloria) , Welker White (Tina) , Steve Mathios (Steve) , Alan Pottinger (Bubba) , Pamela Burrell (Directing Teacher)

Directors: Peter Weir

Writers: Tom Schulman

Tags: individual, philosophy, poetry, professor, literature, friendship, teacher, coming of age, school play, vermont, schoolteacher, preparatory school, 1950s, teenager

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Release Date: 1989-05-24

Genres: Adventure, Action

“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” is a thrilling adventure film released in 1989. Starring Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, it follows the iconic archaeologist Indiana Jones as he embarks on a quest to find the Holy Grail and rescue his missing father. With the help of a beautiful academic and his trusted allies, Indy must outsmart the Nazis and prevent them from obtaining the power of eternal life. Get ready for an action-packed ride filled with mystery, danger, and a race against time!”

Cast: Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones) , Sean Connery (Henry Jones) , Denholm Elliott (Marcus Brody) , Alison Doody (Elsa Schneider) , John Rhys-Davies (Sallah) , Julian Glover (Walter Donovan) , River Phoenix (Young Indy) , Michael Byrne (Vogel) , Kevork Malikyan (Kazim) , Robert Eddison (Grail Knight) , Richard Young (Fedora) , Alexei Sayle (Sultan) , Alex Hyde-White (Young Henry) , Paul Maxwell (Panama Hat) , Isla Blair (Mrs. Donovan) , Vernon Dobtcheff (Butler) , J.J. Hardy (Herman) , Bradley Gregg (Roscoe) , Jeff O’Haco (Half Breed) , Vince Deadrick, Sr. (Rough Rider) , Marc Miles (Sheriff) , Ted Grossman (Deputy Sheriff) , Tim Hiser (Young Panama Hat) , Larry Sanders (Scout Master) , Will Miles (Scout #1)

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Writers: George Lucas, Tom Stoppard, Philip Kaufman, Menno Meyjes, Jeffrey Boam

Tags: germany, saving the world, venice, italy, holy grail, riddle, nazi, entrapment, crusader, brotherhood, zeppelin, book burning, tank, nazi officer, boat chase, gestapo, single father, traveling circus, archaeologist, bible quote, medieval, boy scouts, german soldier, motorcycle chase, hindenburg, german agent, 1930s, biblical archaeology, father son relationship, adolf hitler, german language, knights templar, nazi germany, the crusades

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

Release Date: 1989-06-14

Genres: Drama

“Do the Right Thing” is a thought-provoking movie released in 1989 that revolves around the Italian owner of a pizzeria named Sal, played by Danny Aiello, in Brooklyn. The film explores the tensions that arise when a local resident, Buggin’ Out, played by Giancarlo Esposito, questions the lack of black actors on the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame. This leads to a powerful portrayal of racism and hate in the neighborhood, with Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Richard Edson, John Savage, and Rosie Perez delivering stellar performances.

Cast: Spike Lee (Mookie) , Danny Aiello (Salvatore ‘Sal’ Fragione) , Ossie Davis (Da Mayor) , Ruby Dee (Mother Sister) , Giancarlo Esposito (Buggin Out) , Bill Nunn (Radio Raheem) , John Turturro (Pino Fragione) , Richard Edson (Vito Fragione) , John Savage (Clifton) , Rosie Perez (Tina) , Martin Lawrence (Cee) , Roger Guenveur Smith (Smiley) , Joie Lee (Jade) , Steve White (Ahmad) , Leonard L. Thomas (Punchy) , Christa Rivers (Ella) , Robin Harris (Sweet Dick Willie) , Paul Benjamin (ML) , Frankie Faison (Coconut Sid) , Samuel L. Jackson (Mister Señor Love Daddy) , Rick Aiello (Officer Gary Long) , Miguel Sandoval (Officer Mark Ponte) , Luis Antonio Ramos (Stevie) , Frank Vincent (Charlie) , Richard Habersham (Eddie Lovell)

Directors: Spike Lee

Writers: Spike Lee

Tags: new york city, black people, italian american, police brutality, hip-hop, culture clash, street war, heat, restaurant critic, radio transmission, punk rock, chaos, police operation, pizzeria, pizza, love, money, racism, brooklyn, new york city, heatwave

Back to the Future Part II

Back to the Future Part II

“Back to the Future Part II” is a hilarious sequel to the 1985 hit, where Marty and Doc embark on another time-traveling adventure. This time, they journey to 2015 to fix some family troubles, but encounter trouble when bully Biff Tannen gets his hands on a sports almanac. In a desperate attempt to restore order, Marty finds himself transported back to 1955, facing his teenage parents once again. With an amazing cast including Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson, this 1989 release is a must-watch for fans of the original film.

Cast: Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly / Marty McFly Jr. / Marlene McFly) , Christopher Lloyd (Emmett Brown) , Lea Thompson (Lorraine McFly) , Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen / Griff Tannen) , Elisabeth Shue (Jennifer Parker) , James Tolkan (Strickland) , Jeffrey Weissman (George McFly) , Casey Siemaszko (3-D) , Billy Zane (Match) , J.J. Cohen (Skinhead) , Charles Fleischer (Terry) , E. Casanova Evans (Video Waiter (Michael Jackson)) , Jay Koch (Video Waiter (Ronald Reagan)) , Charles Gherardi (Video Waiter (Ayatollah Khomeini)) , Ricky Dean Logan (Data) , Darlene Vogel (Spike) , Jason Scott Lee (Whitey) , Elijah Wood (Video Game Boy) , John Thornton (Video Game Boy) , Theo Schwartz (Hoverboard Girl) , Lindsey Whitney Barry (Hoverboard Girl) , Judy Ovitz (Antique Store Saleswoman) , Stephanie Williams (Officer Foley) , Marty Levy (Cab Driver) , Flea (Needles)

Directors: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale

Tags: skateboarding, flying car, car race, lightning, guitar, inventor, time travel, sequel, car crash, diner, alternate history, thunderstorm, tunnel, high school dance, hoverboard, 2010s

Glory

Glory

Release Date: 1989-12-15

Genres: Drama, History, War

“Glory” is a powerful and inspiring movie set during the US Civil War. It tells the true story of Robert Gould Shaw, who leads the first all-black volunteer company in the war. With an incredible cast including Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman, the film explores the challenges and prejudices faced by these brave soldiers as they fight for their freedom. Released in 1989, “Glory” is a must-watch for history buffs and fans of compelling storytelling.

Cast: Matthew Broderick (Col. Robert Gould Shaw) , Denzel Washington (Pvt. Trip) , Cary Elwes (Maj. Cabot Forbes) , Morgan Freeman (Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins) , Jihmi Kennedy (Pvt. Jupiter Sharts) , Andre Braugher (Cpl. Thomas Searles) , John Finn (Sgt. Maj. Mulcahy) , Donovan Leitch (Capt. Charles Fessenden Morse) , JD Cullum (Henry Sturgis Russell) , Bob Gunton (Gen. Charles Garrison Harker) , Cliff DeYoung (Col. James M. Montgomery) , Christian Baskous (Edward L. Pierce) , RonReaco Lee (Mute Drummer Boy) , Jay O. Sanders (Gen. George Crockett Strong) , Alan North (Gov. John Albion Andrew) , Richard Riehle (Quartermaster) , Peter Michael Goetz (Francis George Shaw) , Mark Margolis (10th Connecticut Soldier) , Jane Alexander (Sarah Blake Sturgis Shaw) , Paul Desmond (10th Connecticut Soldier) , Rodger Williamson (Union Cavalryman) , Michael Wayne Thomas (Soldier) , Raymond St. Jacques (Frederick Douglass) , Ted Rupel (Soldier) , Roger Ragland (Cavalry Officer)

Directors: Edward Zwick

Writers: Kevin Jarre

Tags: racism, battle, union soldier, confederate soldier, american civil war, 19th century, early america, african american history

When Harry Met Sally...

When Harry Met Sally…

Release Date: 1989-07-21

Genres: Comedy, Romance, Drama

“When Harry Met Sally…” is a classic romantic comedy released in 1989. Starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, the movie follows the journey of Harry and Sally as they ponder whether sex can ruin a friendship between a man and a woman. Set during their trip from Chicago to New York, the film explores their ongoing debate over the course of eleven years, leaving viewers wondering if they will ever find the answer.

Cast: Billy Crystal (Harry Burns) , Meg Ryan (Sally Albright) , Carrie Fisher (Marie) , Bruno Kirby (Jess) , Steven Ford (Joe) , Lisa Jane Persky (Alice) , Michelle Nicastro (Amanda) , Gretchen Palmer (Stewardess) , Robert Alan Beuth (Man on Aisle) , David Burdick (9 Year Old Boy) , Joe Viviani (Judge) , Harley Jane Kozak (Helen) , Joseph Hunt (Waiter at Wedding) , Kevin Rooney (Ira) , Franc Luz (Julian) , Tracy Reiner (Emily) , Kyle T. Heffner (Gary) , Kimberley LaMarque (Waitress) , Stacey Katzin (Hostess) , Estelle Reiner (Older Woman Customer) , John Arceri (Christmas Tree Salesman) , Peter Day (Joke Teller at Wedding) , Connie Sawyer (Documentary Couple) , Kuno Sponholz (Documentary Couple) , Charles Dugan (Documentary Couple)

Directors: Rob Reiner

Writers: Nora Ephron

Tags: new york city, husband wife relationship, restaurant, platonic love, orgasm, friendship, diner, central park, central park, new york city

The Abyss

The Abyss

“The Abyss” is a thrilling 1989 movie that follows a group of civilian oil rig workers who are called upon to rescue a sunken nuclear submarine. As one diver embarks on a dangerous mission 25,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, he encounters a mysterious force that holds the power to either save or destroy the world. Starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn, this captivating film will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Cast: Ed Harris (Virgil ‘Bud’ Brigman) , Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Lindsey Brigman) , Michael Biehn (Lieutenant Hiram Coffey) , Leo Burmester (Catfish De Vries) , Todd Graff (Alan ‘Hippy’ Carnes) , John Bedford Lloyd (Jammer Willis) , Kimberly Scott (Lisa ‘One Night’ Standing) , Chris Elliott (Bendix) , J.C. Quinn (Arliss ‘Sonny’ Dawson) , Captain Kidd Brewer Jr. (Lew Finler) , George Robert Klek (Wilhite) , Christopher Murphy (Schoenick) , Adam Nelson (Ensign Monk) , Dick Warlock (Dwight Perry) , Jimmie Ray Weeks (Leland McBride) , J. Kenneth Campbell (DeMarco) , Peter Ratray (Captain) , Michael Beach (Barnes) , Ken Jenkins (Gerard Kirkhill) , Michael Chapman (Dr. Berg) , William Wisher (Bill Tyler) , Wendy Gordon (Anchorwoman) , Paula Cross (Young Woman) , Emily Yancy (Woman Reporter) , Joe Farago (Anchorman)

Directors: James Cameron

Writers: James Cameron

Tags: ocean, submarine, sea, diving suit, flying saucer, secret mission, nuclear missile, u.s. navy, alien life-form, warning, insanity, ufo, scuba diving, underwater, scuba, extraterrestrial life form, deepsea, message, trapped underwater , thalassophobia

Heathers

Heathers

Release Date: 1989-03-31

Genres: Comedy, Crime

“Heathers” is a dark comedy film released in 1989, starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty. It follows the story of a girl who wants to fit in with the popular crowd at her school but ends up meeting a rebellious guy who introduces her to a more sinister way of dealing with social politics: by killing the popular kids. With a talented cast and a release date of March 31, 1989, this movie is definitely worth checking out if you’re into dark humor and teenage drama.

Cast: Winona Ryder (Veronica Sawyer) , Christian Slater (Jason ‘J.D.’ Dean) , Shannen Doherty (Heather Duke) , Lisanne Falk (Heather McNamara) , Kim Walker (Heather Chandler) , Penelope Milford (Pauline Fleming) , Glenn Shadix (Father Ripper) , Lance Fenton (Kurt Kelly) , Jennifer Rhodes (Veronica’s Mom) , Jeremy Applegate (Peter Dawson) , Patrick Labyorteaux (Ram Sweeney) , Jon Matthews (Rodney) , Carrie Lynn (Martha Dunnstock / Dumptruck) , Phill Lewis (Dennis) , Renée Estevez (Betty Finn) , John Zarchen (Country Club Keith) , William Cort (Veronica’s Dad) , John Ingle (Principal Gowan) , Stuart Mabray (Counselor Paul Hyde) , Sherrie Wills (Country Club Courtney) , Larry Cox (David) , Kent Stoddard (Brad) , Mark Carlton (Kurt’s Dad) , Curtiss Marlowe (Geek) , Andrew Benne (Fat Cynic)

Directors: Michael Lehmann

Writers: Daniel Waters

Tags: suicide, adolescence, diary, friendship, high school, dark comedy, bully, teen movie, death, clique, bullied

Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy

Release Date: 1989-12-13

Genres: Drama

“Driving Miss Daisy” is a heartwarming movie released in 1989 that tells the story of Daisy Werthan, an elderly Jewish widow, and her black chauffeur, Hoke. Set in a time when such relationships were frowned upon, the film beautifully portrays how their initial work relationship blossoms into a strong friendship over 25 years. With an incredible cast including Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, this movie is a must-watch for its touching portrayal of unlikely bonds formed in a society filled with prejudice.

Cast: Morgan Freeman (Hoke Colburn) , Jessica Tandy (Daisy Werthan) , Dan Aykroyd (Boolie Werthan) , Patti LuPone (Florine Werthan) , Esther Rolle (Idella) , Joann Havrilla (Miss McClatchey) , William Hall Jr. (Oscar) , Alvin M. Sugarman (Dr. Weil) , Clarice F. Geigerman (Nonie) , Muriel Moore (Miriam) , Sylvia Kaler (Beulah) , Carolyn Gold (Neighbor Lady) , Crystal Fox (Katie Bell) , Bob Hannah (Red Mitchell) , Ray McKinnon (Trooper #1) , Ashley Josey (Trooper #2) , Jack Rousso (Slick) , Fred Faser (Insurance Agent) , Indra A. Thomas (Soloist) , Trilby Beresford (Child (uncredited)) , Dean DuBois (Commerce Club Member (uncredited)) , Jay Freer (Man at MLK Speech (uncredited)) , Jen Harper (Biltmore Hotel Dinner Guest (uncredited)) , D. Taylor Loeb (Girl at Temple (uncredited))

Directors: Bruce Beresford

Writers: Alfred Uhry

Tags: individual, 1970s, culture clash, chauffeur, atlanta, self-discovery, pulitzer prize, civil rights, widow, racial segregation, based on play or musical, car accident, unlikely friendship, elderly, african american servant, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, elderly lady, race relations

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Release Date: 1989-11-30

Genres: Comedy

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is a hilarious holiday film from 1989 that follows the misadventures of Clark Griswold and his family as they prepare for a festive celebration. Despite facing constant bad luck and dealing with obnoxious family guests, Clark remains determined, knowing that his Christmas bonus is just around the corner. Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, and a talented ensemble cast, this movie is a must-watch for some good laughs during the holiday season.

Cast: Chevy Chase (Clark Griswold) , Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen Griswold) , Juliette Lewis (Audrey Griswold) , Johnny Galecki (Russell ‘Rusty’ Griswold) , John Randolph (Clark, Sr.) , Diane Ladd (Nora) , E.G. Marshall (Art) , Doris Roberts (Francis) , Randy Quaid (Cousin Eddie) , Miriam Flynn (Cousin Catherine) , Cody Burger (Rocky) , Ellen Hamilton Latzen (Ruby Sue) , William Hickey (Uncle Lewis) , Mae Questel (Aunt Bethany) , Sam McMurray (Bill) , Nicholas Guest (Todd Chester) , Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Margo Chester) , Nicolette Scorsese (Mary) , Keith MacKechnie (Delivery Boy) , Brian Doyle-Murray (Frank Shirley) , Natalija Nogulich (Helen Shirley) , Tony Epper (Bozo #1) , Billy Hank Hooker (Bozo #2) , Alexander Folk (SWAT Officer) , Jeremy Roberts (Cop)

Directors: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Writers: John Hughes

Tags: holiday, boss, family dinner, neighbor, domestic life, fantasy sequence, christmas, christmas bonus, jello

Batman

Batman

Release Date: 1989-06-23

Genres: Fantasy, Action, Crime

“Batman” is a thrilling 1989 movie that showcases the iconic superhero facing off against his most formidable foe, The Joker. Starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as The Joker, this action-packed film takes us on a wild ride as Gotham City’s criminal underworld falls under the control of the deformed madman. With a star-studded cast including Kim Basinger and Michael Gough, “Batman” is a must-watch for any fan of the Caped Crusader.

Cast: Michael Keaton (Bruce Wayne / Batman) , Jack Nicholson (Jack Napier / The Joker) , Kim Basinger (Vicki Vale) , Michael Gough (Alfred Pennyworth) , Jerry Hall (Alicia Grissom) , Robert Wuhl (Alexander Knox) , Pat Hingle (Commissioner James Gordon) , Billy Dee Williams (Harvey Dent) , Jack Palance (Carl Grissom) , Tracey Walter (Bob the Goon) , Lee Wallace (Mayor) , William Hootkins (Eckhardt) , Richard Strange (Goon) , Carl Chase (Goon) , Mac McDonald (Goon) , George Lane Cooper (Goon) , Terence Plummer (Goon) , Philip Tan (Goon) , John Sterland (Accountant) , Edwin Craig (Rotelli) , Vincent Wong (Crimelord 1) , Joel Cutrara (Crimelord 2) , John Dair (Ricorso) , Christopher Fairbank (Nic) , George Roth (Eddie)

Directors: Tim Burton

Writers: Warren Skaaren, Bob Kane, Sam Hamm

Tags: double life, dual identity, chemical, crime fighter, villain, superhero, based on comic, organized crime, mobster, criminal, super power, madness, good versus evil

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

Release Date: 1989-04-21

Genres: Drama, Fantasy

“Field of Dreams” is a heartwarming movie from 1989 that follows the story of Ray Kinsella, an Iowa farmer who receives a mysterious message to transform his cornfield into a baseball field. As he follows the voice’s instructions, he is amazed when the spirits of deceased ballplayers appear to play. Starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, and James Earl Jones, this film is a captivating blend of fantasy and sports that will leave you feeling inspired.

Cast: Kevin Costner (Ray Kinsella) , Amy Madigan (Annie Kinsella) , Gaby Hoffmann (Karin Kinsella) , James Earl Jones (Terrence Mann) , Ray Liotta (“Shoeless” Joe Jackson) , Timothy Busfield (Mark) , Burt Lancaster (Doc “Moonlight” Graham) , Frank Whaley (Archie Graham) , Dwier Brown (John Kinsella) , James Andelin (Feed Store Farmer) , Mary Anne Kean (Feed Store Lady) , Fern Persons (Annie’s Mother) , Kelly Coffield Park (Dee, Mark’s Wife) , Michael Milhoan (Buck Weaver – 3B) , Steve Eastin (Eddie Cicotte – P) , Charles Hoyes (Swede Risberg – C) , Art LaFleur (Chick Gandil – 1B) , Lee Garlington (Beulah Gasnick) , Mike Nussbaum (Principal) , Larry Brandenburg (PTA Heckler) , Mary McDonald Gershon (PTA Heckler) , Robert Kurcz (PTA Heckler) , Don John Ross (Boston Butcher) , Beatrice Fredman (Boston Yenta) , Geoffrey Nauffts (Boston Pump Jockey)

Directors: Phil Alden Robinson

Writers: Phil Alden Robinson, W.P. Kinsella

Tags: regret, based on novel or book, baseball, iowa, miracle, farm, sports, road trip, author, doctor, recluse, pta, ghost, reconciliation, hearing voices, school board, cornfield

Lethal Weapon 2

Lethal Weapon 2

Release Date: 1989-07-07

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

“Lethal Weapon 2” is a thrilling action movie released in 1989. Starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as two detectives, the story kicks off with an exciting chase that leads them to a South African diplomat involved in smuggling. With their lives at stake, the duo must outsmart the diplomat and his dangerous plans, including a bomb planted under one of their toilets. It’s a gripping film filled with explosive action and a stellar cast that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Cast: Mel Gibson (Martin Riggs) , Danny Glover (Roger Murtaugh) , Joe Pesci (Leo Getz) , Joss Ackland (Arjen Rudd) , Derrick O’Connor (Pieter Vorstedt) , Patsy Kensit (Rika Van Den Haas) , Darlene Love (Trish Murtaugh) , Steve Kahan (Captain Ed Murphy) , Mark Rolston (Hans) , Jenette Goldstein (Meagan Shapiro) , Dean Norris (Tim Cavanaugh) , Juney Smith (Tom Wyler) , Nestor Serrano (Eddie Estaban) , Philip Suriano (Joseph Ragucci) , Grand L. Bush (Jerry Collins) , Allan Dean Moore (George) , Jack McGee (Carpenter) , Mary Ellen Trainor (Police Psychiatrist) , Traci Wolfe (Rianne Murtaugh) , Ebonie Smith (Carrie Murtaugh) , Damon Hines (Nick Murtaugh) , Tony Carreiro (Marcelli) , Sherman Howard (Hitman) , Pat Skipper (Hitman) , Jim Piddock (Consulate Envoy)

Directors: Richard Donner

Writers: Robert Mark Kamen, Jeffrey Boam, Shane Black, Warren Murphy

Tags: loss of loved one, showdown, police, sequel, mixed martial arts, gang, los angeles, california, police detective, wisecrack humor, buddy cop, diplomatic immunity, lapd, maverick cop, action hero

Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July

Release Date: 1989-12-20

Genres: Drama, War

“Born on the Fourth of July” is a powerful movie released in 1989 that tells the story of Ron Kovic, a Vietnam war veteran who becomes an activist for peace and human rights. Starring Tom Cruise and a talented ensemble cast, this film sheds light on the struggles and disillusionment faced by Kovic after being paralyzed in the war. It’s a thought-provoking and emotional journey that will leave you reflecting on the impact of war on individuals and society.

Cast: Tom Cruise (Ron Kovic) , Raymond J. Barry (Mr. Kovic) , Caroline Kava (Mrs. Kovic) , Holly Marie Combs (Jenny) , Kyra Sedgwick (Donna) , Tom Berenger (Recruiting Gunnery Sgt. Hayes) , Rob Camilletti (Tommy Finnelli) , Stephen Baldwin (Billy Vorsovich) , Mark Moses (Arzt) , Vivica A. Fox (Hooker) , Lili Taylor (Jamie Wilson) , Jerry Levine (Steve Boyer) , Frank Whaley (Timmy) , Willem Dafoe (Charlie) , Josh Evans (Tommy Kovic) , Bob Gunton (Doctor) , Cordelia González (Maria Elena) , Tony Frank (Mr. Wilson) , Jayne Haynes (Mrs. Wilson) , Anne Bobby (Suzanne Kovic) , Richard Panebianco (Joey Walsh) , Tom Sizemore (Vet – Villa Dulce) , Michael Wincott (Vet – Villa Dulce) , Mike Starr (Man #1 – Arthur’s Bar) , Ed Lauter (Legion Commander)

Directors: Oliver Stone

Writers: Oliver Stone, Ron Kovic

Tags: vietnam veteran, post-traumatic stress disorder, 1970s, wheelchair, vietnam war, biography, based on true story, based on memoir or autobiography, desert, fourth of july, anti war, drunkenness, 1950s, 1960s

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

“Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” is a hilarious 1989 movie about two high school buddies, Bill and Ted, who are on the verge of failing their history class. But their luck changes when they meet Rufus, a time traveler from the future, who lends them his time machine. Together, they embark on a wild journey through history, bringing back famous figures to help them ace their final history presentation. Starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, this film is a fun-filled adventure that will keep you entertained from start to finish.

Cast: Keanu Reeves (Ted Logan) , Alex Winter (Bill S. Preston) , George Carlin (Rufus) , Robert V. Barron (Abraham Lincoln) , Terry Camilleri (Napoleon) , Clifford David (Ludwig van Beethoven) , Al Leong (Genghis Khan) , Rod Loomis (Dr. Sigmund Freud) , Dan Shor (Billy the Kid) , Tony Steedman (Socrates) , Jane Wiedlin (Joan of Arc) , Bernie Casey (Mr. Ryan) , Hal Landon Jr. (Captain Logan) , Amy Stoch (Missy Preston / Mom) , J. Patrick McNamara (Mr. Preston) , Frazier Bain (Deacon Logan) , Diane Franklin (Princess Joanna) , Kimberley Kates (Princess Elizabeth) , William Robbins (Ox) , Steve Shepherd (Randolf) , Anne Machette (Buffy) , Traci Dawn Davis (Jody) , Duncan McLeod (Bartender) , John Clure (Tattooed Cowboy) , Jim Cody Williams (Bearded Cowboy)

Directors: Stephen Herek

Writers: Ed Solomon, Chris Matheson

Tags: jealousy, journey in the past, sigmund freud, time travel, napoleon bonaparte, heavy metal, socrates, school presentation, rhinoceros, world peace, past, best friend

Lock Up

Lock Up

Release Date: 1989-08-04

Genres: Action, Crime

“Lock Up” is a thrilling 1989 movie starring Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, and John Amos. The film follows Frank Leone, a prisoner about to be released, who finds himself under the control of Warden Drumgoole. With a personal vendetta against Leone, Drumgoole is determined to make sure he never sees freedom again. Get ready for an intense battle of wills in this action-packed prison drama.

Cast: Sylvester Stallone (Frank Leone) , Donald Sutherland (Warden Drumgoole) , John Amos (Captain Meissner) , Sonny Landham (Chink Weber) , Tom Sizemore (Dallas) , Frank McRae (Eclipse) , Darlanne Fluegel (Melissa) , William Allen Young (Braden) , Larry Romano (First Base) , Jordan Lund (Manly) , John Lilla (Wiley) , Dean Rader Duval (Ernie) , Jerry Strivelli (Louie Munafo) , David Anthony Marshall (Mastrone) , Kurek Ashley (Chink’s Gang Member) , Michael Petroni (Chink’s Gang Member) , Danny Trejo (Chink’s Gang Member) , Frank D’Annibale (Guard) , Tony Lip (Guard) , Clarence Moore (Guard) , Joe Pentangelo (Guard) , Eli Rich (Guard) , Bo Rucker (Guard) , Randy Sandkuhl (Guard) , Robert Vazquez (Officer Vasquez)

Directors: John Flynn

Writers: Jeb Stuart, Henry Rosenbaum, Richard Smith

Tags: prison, self sacrifice, jail guard, car mechanic, prison warden

Kickboxer

Kickboxer

Release Date: 1989-04-20

Genres: Action, Thriller, Drama

“Kickboxer” is an action-packed martial arts film released in 1989. Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dennis Alexio, it tells the story of American kickboxing champion Eric Sloane who travels to Thailand with his brother Kurt to take on the Eastern warriors. However, their journey takes a dark turn when Eric is brutally defeated and paralyzed by the ruthless Thai champion, Tong Po. Fueled by vengeance, Kurt sets out to seek revenge against his brother’s attacker.

Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme (Kurt Sloane) , Dennis Alexio (Eric Sloane) , Dennis Chan Kwok-San (Xian Chow) , Michel Qissi (Tong Po) , Haskell V. Anderson III (Winston Taylor) , Rochelle Ashana (Mylee) , Richard Foo (Tao Liu) , Ricky Liu (Big Thai Man) , Thomas Sin Ho-Ying (Huge Village Man #1) , Tony Chan (Huge Village Man #2) , Brad Kerner (U.S. Announcer) , Dean Harrington (U.S. Announcer) , Mark DiSalle (U.S. Reporter) , Richard Santoro (U.S. Reporter) , Michael Lee Ming-Yeung (Old Man in Village (as Michael Lee)) , Kong Long (Freddy Li’s Guard) , Bruce Law (Freddy Li’s Guard) , Lau Kar-Wing (Freddy Li’s Guard (uncredited)) , Louis Roth (U.S. Reporter) , Lee Ka-Ting (Freddy Li)

Directors: David Worth, Mark DiSalle

Writers: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mark DiSalle, Glenn A. Bruce

Tags: sibling relationship, rape, martial arts, showdown, fight, wheelchair, bangkok, thailand, thailand, sports, phuket, revenge, muay thai, kick boxing, action hero

The 'Burbs

The ‘Burbs

Release Date: 1989-02-17

Genres: Comedy, Horror, Thriller

“The ‘Burbs” is a hilarious comedy from 1989 that follows the story of Ray Peterson, played by Tom Hanks, and his group of friends who become suspicious of their new neighbors. As their paranoia takes over, they embark on a comical investigation, uncovering unexpected secrets. With a star-studded cast including Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, and Corey Feldman, this movie is a perfect choice for a fun and entertaining night in.”

Cast: Tom Hanks (Ray Peterson) , Bruce Dern (Lt. Mark Rumsfield) , Carrie Fisher (Carol Peterson) , Rick Ducommun (Art Weingartner) , Wendy Schaal (Bonnie Rumsfield) , Corey Feldman (Ricky Butler) , Courtney Gains (Hans Klopek) , Henry Gibson (Dr. Werner Klopek) , Gale Gordon (Walter Seznick) , Dick Miller (Vic, Garbageman #1) , Robert Picardo (Joe, Garbageman #2) , Theodore Gottlieb (Uncle Reuben Klopek) , Franklyn Ajaye (Detective #1) , Cory Danziger (Dave Peterson) , Rance Howard (Detective #2) , Heather Haase (Ricky’s Girlfriend) , Nicky Katt (Steve Kuntz) , Bill Stevenson (Ricky’s Friend) , Gary Hays (Ricky’s Friend) , Kevin Gage (Cop) , Dana Olsen (Cop) , Brenda Benner (Walter’s Daughter) , Patrika Darbo (Suzanne Weingartner) , Sonny Carl Davis (Voiceover Actor) , Moosie Drier (Voiceover Actor)

Directors: Joe Dante

Writers: Dana Olsen

Tags: paranoia, garbage, psychopath, vacation, dark comedy, neighbor, suburbia, serial killer, slasher, chainsaw, murderer, old dark house, pig mask, new neighbor, axe murder, dream sequence, psycho, neighborhood, madman, lunatic

Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

Release Date: 1989-04-21

Genres: Horror, Drama

“Pet Sematary” is a chilling horror film released in 1989. It follows the story of Dr. Louis Creed and his family, who move into their dream country house only to discover a pet cemetery in their backyard. However, this seemingly innocent burial ground has a dark secret – it brings the dead back to life, but not without some unsettling consequences. With a talented cast including Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, and Denise Crosby, this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat as the family faces unimaginable choices and terrifying encounters.

Cast: Dale Midkiff (Louis Creed) , Fred Gwynne (Jud Crandall) , Denise Crosby (Rachel Creed) , Brad Greenquist (Victor Pascow) , Michael Lombard (Irwin Goldman) , Miko Hughes (Gage Creed) , Blaze Berdahl (Ellie Creed) , Susan Blommaert (Missy Dandridge) , Mara Clark (Marcy Charlton) , Kavi Raz (Steve Masterton) , Mary Louise Wilson (Dory Goldman) , Andrew Hubatsek (Zelda) , Liz Davies (Girl at Infirmary) , Kara Dalke (Candystriper) , Lisa Stathoplos (Jud’s Mother) , Stephen King (Minister) , Elizabeth Ureneck (Rachel as a Child) , Chuck Courtney (Bill Baterman) , Peter Stader (Timmy Baterman)

Directors: Mary Lambert

Writers: Stephen King

Tags: based on novel or book, parent child relationship, coffin, pet, villain, funeral, head injury, resurrection, woods, grief, zombie, new neighbor, pet cemetery, dead cat, death of patient, loss of pet, dead lover, ghost, grave robbing, indian burial ground, woman director, pets, supernatural horror

Ghostbusters II

Ghostbusters II

Release Date: 1989-06-16

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy

“Ghostbusters II” is a hilarious and action-packed movie released in 1989. Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and more, it follows the Ghostbusters as they come out of retirement to save New York City from a new paranormal threat. With their witty banter and ghost-busting skills, they team up once again to help Dana and ensure the safety of the city.

Cast: Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman) , Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz) , Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett) , Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler) , Rick Moranis (Louis Tully) , Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore) , Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz) , Peter MacNicol (Dr. Janosz Poha) , Harris Yulin (Judge Wexler) , David Margulies (Mayor Lenny) , Kurt Fuller (Jack Hardemeyer) , Janet Margolin (The Prosecutor) , Wilhelm von Homburg (Vigo) , William T. Deutschendorf (Baby Oscar) , Henry J. Deutschendorf II (Baby Oscar) , Michael P. Moran (Frank the Doorman) , Olivia Ward (Meter Maid) , Mordecai Lawner (Man with a Ticket) , Susanna Boehm (Young Woman on Crutches) , Mary Ellen Trainor (Brownstone Mother) , Christopher Villaseñor (Brownstone Boy #1) , Jason Reitman (Brownstone Boy #2) , Aaron Lustig (Norman the Producer) , Page Leong (Spengler’s Assistant) , Mark Schneider (Arguing Couple)

Directors: Ivan Reitman

Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis

Tags: new york city, mythology, slime, ghostbuster, product placement, reincarnation, painting, supernatural, crude humor, paranormal phenomena, single mother, paranormal investigation, old flame, courtroom, urban setting, book store, chrysler building, ghost, river of slime, revolving door, occult research, ghostbusters

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