Temporal Top Ten – 1989



top ten

Number of movies seen from this year – 148
Number of movies reviewed – 124 (Including 17 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
  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. Ghostbusters II
  45. Gleaming the Cube
  46. Glory
  47. Great Balls of Fire!
  48. Gross Anatomy
  49. Happy Together
  50. Harlem Nights
  51. Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius
  52. Heart of Dixie
  53. Heathers
  54. Henry V
  55. Her Alibi
  56. Homer and Eddie
  57. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  58. How I Got Into College
  59. I Know My First Name is Steven
  60. I’m From Hollywood
  61. Immediate Family
  62. In Country
  63. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade  Encore Review
  64. An Innocent Man
  65. Jacknife
  66. The January Man
  67. K-9
  68. The Karate Kid, Part III
  69. Kickboxer
  70. Kiki’s Delivery Service
  71. Last Exit to Brooklyn
  72. Lean on Me
  73. Let It Ride
  74. Lethal Weapon 2  Encore Review
  75. Leviathan
  76. Licence to Kill       Encore Review
  77. Listen to Me
  78. The Little Mermaid  Encore Review
  79. Lock Up
  80. Lonesome Dove
  81. Longtime Companion
  82. Look Who’s Talking
  83. Loverboy
  84. Major League
  85. The Mighty Quinn
  86. Millennium
  87. Miss Firecracker
  88. Music Box
  89. My Left Foot
  90. Milo and Otis
  91. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  92. New York Stories
  93. Next of Kin
  94. No Holds Barred
  95. Old Gringo
  96. The Package  Encore Review
  97. Parenthood   Encore Review
  98. Parents
  99. Penn & Teller Get Killed
  100. Pet Sematary
  101. Physical Evidence
  102. Pink Cadillac
  103. Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
  104. Prancer
  105. The Punisher
  106. Quantum Leap – Pilot
  107. Red Scorpion
  108. Relentless
  109. Renegades
  110. Road House
  111. Roger & Me
  112. Romero
  113. Say Anything…
  114. Scandal
  115. Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills
  116. Sea of Love
  117. Second Sight
  118. See No Evil, Hear No Evil
  119. Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  120. Shag
  121. She-Devil
  122. She’s Out of Control
  123. Shirley Valentine
  124. Siege at Firebase Gloria, The
  125. Skin Deep
  126. Slipstream
  127. Society
  128. Speed Zone!
  129. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  130. Staying Together
  131. Steel Magnolias
  132. The Tall Guy
  133. Tango & Cash
  134. Three Fugitives
  135. Triumph of the Spirit
  136. True Believer
  137. Turner & Hooch
  138. UHF
  139. Uncle Buck
  140. The War of the Roses
  141. Weekend at Bernie’s
  142. Welcome Home
  143. We’re No Angels
  144. When Harry Met Sally...     Encore Review     Encore Review 2     Encore Review 3     Encore Review 4
  145. Who’s Harry Crumb?
  146. Winter People
  147. The Wizard
  148. 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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