Temporal Top Ten – 1989



top ten

Number of movies seen from this year – 151
Number of movies reviewed – 129 (Including 18 Encore Reviews)

1989 was another great year for movies.

Choosing my #1 was not an easy task because I couldn’t decide between my eventual #1 and #2.

They are both amazing movies in their own right, but the fact that they are so different and have completely different cinematic presence made it so difficult to decide.

I ultimately went with the movie that makes me feel great every time that I see it because it is so uplifting.  My #2 has had a strong influence on my life also since we all have garnered so much from teachers and of the eventual 5 Best Picture nominees, it, IMHO, is the best.

As I’m sure you noticed,  only two of the 5 nominees made my list.  The other 3 movies; Driving Miss Daisy, Born on the 4th of July and  My Left Foot are all very powerful movies, but just aren’t as strong and memorable as my top ten.

As you’ll see, this was a year where the majority of my top ten are “light-hearted” movies, as a 15 year old, I saw every one of these movies in the theater and they all have had a significant influence on my life and my movie watching taste.


Updated 4 Sep 2018 – Crimes and Misdemeanors is adding to the list at #7, moving all other films down one notch

My Top Tenbatman

Honorable Mention – Batmansee no evil

10. See No Evil, Hear No Evillittle mermaid

9. The Little Mermaidglory

8. Glory
7. Crimes and Misdemeanors

field of dreams

6. Field of Dreamsbttf2

5. Back to the Future Part IIparenthood

4. Parenthoodijlc

3. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusadedps

2. Dead Poet’s Societyharry met sally

1.  When Harry Met Sally…

Here’s a complete list of movies that I’ve seen from 1989

  1. The Abyss
  2. All Dogs Go To Heaven
  3. Always
  4. Back to the Future Part II Encore Review Encore Review 2  Encore Review 3
  5. Batman    Encore Review
  6. Best of the Best
  7. Big Picture, The
  8. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  9. Black Rain
  10. Blaze
  11. Blind Fury
  12. Bloodhounds of Broadway
  13. Born on the Fourth of July     Encore Review
  14. Breaking In
  15. The ‘Burbs
  16. Casualties of War
  17. Chances Are
  18. Checking Out
  19. Collision Course
  20. Cousins
  21. Crimes and Misdemeanors
  22. Criminal Law
  23. Crusoe
  24. Cyborg
  25. Dad
  26. Dead Bang
  27. Dead Calm
  28. Dead Poets Society        Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  29. DeepStar Six
  30. Disorganized Crime
  31. Do the Right Thing
  32. Dream a Little Dream
  33. The Dream Team
  34. Driving Miss Daisy
  35. A Dry White Season
  36. Enemies, a Love Story
  37. The Fabulous Baker Boys
  38. Family Business
  39. Farewell to the King
  40. Fat Man and Little Boy
  41. Field of Dreams    Encore Review
  42. Fletch Lives
  43. For All Mankind
  44. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
  45. Ghostbusters II
  46. Gleaming the Cube
  47. Glory
  48. Great Balls of Fire!
  49. Gross Anatomy
  50. Happy Together
  51. Harlem Nights
  52. Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius
  53. Heart of Dixie
  54. Heathers
  55. Henry V
  56. Her Alibi
  57. Homer and Eddie
  58. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  59. How I Got Into College
  60. I Know My First Name is Steven
  61. I’m From Hollywood
  62. Immediate Family
  63. In Country
  64. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade  Encore Review
  65. An Innocent Man
  66. Jacknife
  67. The January Man
  68. K-9
  69. The Karate Kid, Part III
  70. Kickboxer
  71. Kiki’s Delivery Service
  72. Last Exit to Brooklyn
  73. Lean on Me
  74. Let It Ride
  75. Lethal Weapon 2  Encore Review
  76. Leviathan
  77. Licence to Kill       Encore Review
  78. Listen to Me
  79. The Little Mermaid  Encore Review
  80. Lock Up
  81. Lonesome Dove
  82. Longtime Companion
  83. Look Who’s Talking
  84. Loverboy
  85. Major League
  86. The Mighty Quinn
  87. Millennium
  88. Miss Firecracker
  89. Music Box
  90. My Left Foot
  91. Milo and Otis
  92. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  93. New York Stories
  94. Next of Kin
  95. Nightmare on Elm Street 5, A: The Dream Child
  96. No Holds Barred
  97. Old Gringo
  98. The Package  Encore Review
  99. Parenthood   Encore Review
  100. Parents
  101. Penn & Teller Get Killed
  102. Pet Sematary
  103. Physical Evidence
  104. Pink Cadillac
  105. Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
  106. Prancer
  107. The Punisher
  108. Quantum Leap – Pilot
  109. Red Scorpion
  110. Relentless
  111. Renegades
  112. Road House
  113. Roger & Me
  114. Romero
  115. Say Anything…
  116. Scandal
  117. Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills
  118. Sea of Love
  119. Second Sight
  120. See No Evil, Hear No Evil
  121. Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  122. Shag
  123. She-Devil
  124. She’s Out of Control
  125. Shirley Valentine
  126. Siege at Firebase Gloria, The
  127. Skin Deep
  128. Slipstream
  129. Society
  130. Speed Zone!
  131. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  132. Staying Together
  133. Steel Magnolias
  134. The Tall Guy
  135. Tango & Cash
  136. Three Fugitives
  137. Triumph of the Spirit
  138. Troop Beverly Hills
  139. True Believer
  140. Turner & Hooch
  141. UHF
  142. Uncle Buck
  143. The War of the Roses
  144. Weekend at Bernie’s
  145. Welcome Home
  146. We’re No Angels
  147. When Harry Met Sally...     Encore Review     Encore Review 2     Encore Review 3     Encore Review 4
  148. Who’s Harry Crumb?
  149. Winter People
  150. The Wizard
  151. Worth Winning



11 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 1989

    • Never heard of parenthood? It’s a great Ron Howard flick starring Steve Martin. SNEHNE is my favorite Gene Wilder-Richard Pryor collaboration about a blind guy and a deaf guy who ‘witness’ a murder


  1. Definitely hard to decide between #1 & #2. Both are fantastic. In the end, I think I would go with the same order you did, though.

    I’d have Glory 3rd. And I don’t think Back to the Future 2 would make a list I compiled. I think the first in that trilogy genius, and the third just as strong. But I always thought the second the weak link.


    • glad we agree abt #1 and #2.

      I havent seen glory in years (eventhough I know I should) and perhaps when I do, I’ll bump it up a bit.

      Regarding BTTF2, Yes, the first is amazing. I love the 2nd one because it knows how to tell a fun continuation story and still doesnt take itself seriously.

      I personally think the third movie is the weak link, because it got TOO campy, ut I will always love the series as a whole

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