Temporal Top Ten – 1989



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Number of movies seen from this year – 137
Number of movies reviewed – 59 (Including 7 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.


My Top Tenbatman

10. Batmansee no evil

9. See No Evil, Hear No Evillittle mermaid

8. The Little Mermaidglory

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