1989 in film

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The year 1989 involved many significant films.

Highest-grossing films[edit]

Rank Title Studio Actors Director Gross
1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Paramount/Lucasfilm Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Allison Doody, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover, River Phoenix and Michael Byrne Steven Spielberg $474,200,000
2. Batman Warner Bros./PloyGram Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Pat Hingle, Robert Wuhl, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough and Jack Palance Tim Burton $411,300,000
3. Back to the Future Part II Universal Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Thomas F. Wilson Robert Zemeckis $331,950,000
4. Look Who's Talking Tri-Star John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis and George Segal Amy Heckerling $297,000,000
5. Dead Poets Society Touchstone Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke Peter Weir $235,900,000
6. Lethal Weapon 2 Warner Bros. Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland and Patsy Kensit Richard Donner $227,900,000
7. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Disney Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Matt Frewer, Kristine Sutherland, Amy O'Neill, Robert Oliveri and Jared Rushton Joe Johnston $222,700,000
8. Ghostbusters II Columbia Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Peter MacNicol Ivan Reitman $215,400,000
9. The Little Mermaid Disney voices of Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars and René Auberjonois Ron Clements and John Musker $184,200,000
10. Born on the Fourth of July Universal Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond J. Barry, Willem Dafoe and Frank Whaley Oliver Stone $161,000,000
11. The War of the Roses 20th Century Fox/Gracie Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito Danny DeVito $160,188,546
12. Licence to Kill United Artists Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto, Frank McRae and David Hedison John Glen $156,167,015
13. Driving Miss Daisy Warner Bros. Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd Bruce Beresford $145,793,296
14. Black Rain Paramount Michael Douglas, Andy García, Ken Takakura and Kate Capshaw Ridley Scott $134,212,055
15. Parenthood Universal/Imagine Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen and Dianne Wiest Ron Howard $126,297,830
16. Sea of Love Universal Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin and John Goodman Harold Becker $110,879,513
17. Steel Magnolias Tri-Star/Rastar Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts Herbert Ross $95,904,091
18. The Abyss* 20th Century Fox/Lightstorm Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn James Cameron $90,238,835
19. Field of Dreams Universal Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Timothy Busfield, Gaby Hoffmann and Burt Lancaster Phil Alden Robinson $84,431,625
20. Uncle Buck Universal John Candy, Jean Louisa Kelly, Macaulay Culkin, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Madigan, Jay Underwood and Laurie Metcalf John Hughes $79,258,538

(*) Includes theatrical reissue(s)

Events[edit]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Driving Miss Daisy - Majestic Films International, Zanuck Company., Warner Bros. Pictures
Best Director: Oliver Stone - Born on the Fourth of July
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis - My Left Foot
Best Actress: Jessica Tandy - Driving Miss Daisy
Best Supporting Actor: Denzel Washington - Glory
Best Supporting Actress: Brenda Fricker - My Left Foot
Best Foreign Language Film: Nuovo cinema Paradiso (Cinema Paradiso), directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Born on the Fourth of July
Best Actor: Tom Cruise - Born on the Fourth of July
Best Actress: Michelle Pfeiffer - The Fabulous Baker Boys
Musical or Comedy:
Best Picture: Driving Miss Daisy
Best Actor: Morgan Freeman - Driving Miss Daisy
Best Actress: Jessica Tandy - Driving Miss Daisy
Other
Best Director: Oliver Stone - Born on the Fourth of July
Best Foreign Language Film: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Cinema Paradiso), Italy
Best Screenplay: Ron Kovic and Oliver Stone - Born on the Fourth of July

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Sex, Lies, and Videotape, directed by Steven Soderbergh, United States

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

A City of Sadness (Beiqing chengshi), directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, China

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Rain Man, directed by Barry Levinson, United States

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