Temporal Top Ten – 1989



top ten

Number of movies seen from this year – 142
Number of movies reviewed – 106 (Including 15 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. 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        Encore Review
  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. Family Business
  38. Farewell to the King
  39. Fat Man and Little Boy
  40. Field of Dreams    Encore Review
  41. Fletch Lives
  42. For All Mankind
  43. Ghostbusters II
  44. Gleaming the Cube
  45. Glory
  46. Great Balls of Fire!
  47. Gross Anatomy
  48. Happy Together
  49. Harlem Nights
  50. Heart of Dixie
  51. Heathers
  52. Henry V
  53. Her Alibi
  54. Homer and Eddie
  55. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  56. How I Got Into College
  57. I’m From Hollywood
  58. Immediate Family
  59. In Country
  60. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade  Encore Review
  61. An Innocent Man
  62. Jacknife
  63. The January Man
  64. K-9
  65. The Karate Kid, Part III
  66. Kickboxer
  67. Kiki’s Delivery Service
  68. Last Exit to Brooklyn
  69. Lean on Me
  70. Lethal Weapon 2  Encore Review
  71. Leviathan
  72. Licence to Kill       Encore Review
  73. Listen to Me
  74. The Little Mermaid  Encore Review
  75. Lock Up
  76. Lonesome Dove
  77. Longtime Companion
  78. Look Who’s Talking
  79. Loverboy
  80. Major League
  81. The Mighty Quinn
  82. Millennium
  83. Miss Firecracker
  84. Music Box
  85. My Left Foot
  86. Milo and Otis
  87. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  88. New York Stories
  89. Next of Kin
  90. No Holds Barred
  91. Old Gringo
  92. The Package
  93. Parenthood Encore Review
  94. Parents
  95. Penn & Teller Get Killed
  96. Pet Sematary
  97. Physical Evidence
  98. Pink Cadillac
  99. Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
  100. Prancer
  101. The Punisher
  102. Quantum Leap – Pilot
  103. Red Scorpion
  104. Relentless
  105. Renegades
  106. Road House
  107. Roger & Me
  108. Say Anything…
  109. Scandal
  110. Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills
  111. Sea of Love
  112. Second Sight
  113. See No Evil, Hear No Evil
  114. Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  115. Shag
  116. She-Devil
  117. She’s Out of Control
  118. Shirley Valentine
  119. Skin Deep
  120. Slipstream
  121. Society
  122. Speed Zone!
  123. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  124. Staying Together
  125. Steel Magnolias
  126. The Tall Guy
  127. Tango & Cash
  128. Three Fugitives
  129. Triumph of the Spirit
  130. True Believer
  131. Turner & Hooch
  132. UHF
  133. Uncle Buck
  134. The War of the Roses
  135. Weekend at Bernie’s
  136. Welcome Home
  137. We’re No Angels
  138. When Harry Met Sally...     Encore Review     Encore Review 2     Encore Review 3     Encore Review 4
  139. Who’s Harry Crumb?
  140. Winter People
  141. The Wizard
  142. 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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