1989 in film

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The year 1989 involved many significant films.

Highest-grossing films[edit]

The top ten films released in 1989 by worldwide gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1989[1]
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Paramount $474,171,806
2. Batman Warner Bros. $411,348,924
3. Back to the Future Part II Universal $331,950,002
4. Look Who's Talking TriStar $296,999,813
5. Dead Poets Society Disney $235,860,116
6. Lethal Weapon 2 Warner Bros. $227,853,986
7. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Disney $222,724,172
8. Ghostbusters II Columbia $215,394,738
9. The Little Mermaid Disney $184,155,863
10. Born on the Fourth of July Universal $161,001,698



Category/Organization 47th Golden Globe Awards
January 20, 1990
62nd Academy Awards
March 26, 1990
43rd BAFTA Awards
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Born on the Fourth of July Driving Miss Daisy Dead Poets Society
Best Director Oliver Stone
Born on the Fourth of July
Kenneth Branagh
Henry V
Best Actor Tom Cruise
Born on the Fourth of July
Morgan Freeman
Driving Miss Daisy
Daniel Day-Lewis
My Left Foot
Best Actress Michelle Pfeiffer
The Fabulous Baker Boys
Jessica Tandy
Driving Miss Daisy
Pauline Collins
Shirley Valentine
Best Supporting Actor Denzel Washington
Ray McAnally
My Left Foot
Best Supporting Actress Julia Roberts
Steel Magnolias
Brenda Fricker
My Left Foot
Michelle Pfeiffer
Dangerous Liaisons
Best Screenplay, Adapted Ron Kovic and Oliver Stone
Born on the Fourth of July
Alfred Uhry
Driving Miss Daisy
Christopher Hampton
Dangerous Liaisons
Best Screenplay, Original Tom Schulman
Dead Poets Society
Nora Ephron
When Harry Met Sally...
Best Original Score The Little Mermaid
Alan Menken
Dead Poets Society
Maurice Jarre
Best Original Song "Under the Sea"
The Little Mermaid
Best Foreign Language Film Cinema Paradiso Life and Nothing But

1989 Wide-release films[edit]


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
13 DeepStar Six TriStar Pictures / Carolco Pictures Sean S. Cunningham (director); Lewis Abernathy, Geof Miller (screenplay); Taurean Blacque, Nancy Everhard, Greg Evigan, Miguel Ferrer, Matt McCoy, Nia Peeples, Cindy Pickett, Marius Weyers Sci-Fi, Horror Live action
The Experts Paramount Pictures Dave Thomas (director); Nick Thiel, Steven Greene, Eric Alter (screenplay); John Travolta, Arye Gross, Kelly Preston, Deborah Foreman, James Keach, Jan Rubeš, Brian Doyle-Murray, Charles Martin Smith Comedy Live action
Gleaming the Cube 20th Century Fox Graeme Clifford (director); Michael Tolkin (screenplay); Christian Slater, Steven Bauer, Richard Herd, Ed Lauter, Micole Mercurio, Max Perlich Drama Live action
The January Man Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / United Artists Pat O'Connor (director); John Patrick Shanley (screenplay); Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Harvey Keitel, Danny Aiello, Rod Steiger Comedy, Thriller Live action
27 Cohen and Tate Hemdale Film Corporation / Nelson Entertainment Eric Red (director/screenplay); Roy Scheider, Adam Baldwin, Harley Cross, Cooper Huckabee, Suzanne Savoy Thriller Live action
Physical Evidence Columbia Pictures Michael Crichton (director); Bill Phillips, Steve Ransohoff (screenplay); Burt Reynolds, Theresa Randle, Ned Beatty, Kay Lenz, Ted McGinley, Tom O'Brien, Kenneth Welsh Crime, Thriller Live action
Three Fugitives DreamWorks Pictures Francis Veber (director/screenplay); Nick Nolte, Martin Short, James Earl Jones, Alan Ruck, Sarah Doroff, Kenneth McMillan, Lee Garlington, Bruce McGill, Sy Richardson Comedy, Crime Live action
3 Gone with the Wind (re-release) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Victor Fleming (director); Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Barbara O'Neil, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, George Reeves, Fred Crane, Hattie McDaniel, Oscar Polk, Butterfly McQueen, Victor Jory, Everett Brown Romance, Historical Live action
Her Alibi Warner Bros. Pictures Bruce Beresford (director); Charlie Peters (screenplay); Tom Selleck, Paulina Porizkova, William Daniels, James Farentino, Hurd Hatfield, Victor Argo, Patrick Wayne, Tess Harper Romantic comedy Live action
Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects Cannon Films J. Lee Thompson (director); Harold Nebenzal (screenplay); Charles Bronson, Perry Lopez, James Pax, Peggy Lipton, Sy Richardson, Juan Fernández de Alarcon, Bill McKinney Action, Drama Live action
Who's Harry Crumb? TriStar Pictures Paul Flaherty (director); Robert Conte, Peter Martin Wortmann (screenplay); John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts, Tim Thomerson, Barry Corbin, Shawnee Smith Comedy, Mystery Live action
10 Cousins Paramount Pictures Joel Schumacher (director); Jean-Charles Tacchella, Stephen Metcalfe (screenplay); Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, Sean Young, William Petersen, Norma Aleandro, Lloyd Bridges, Keith Coogan, George Coe Romantic comedy Live action
The Fly II 20th Century Fox Chris Walas (director); Mick Garris, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, Frank Darabont (screenplay); Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga, Lee Richardson, Harley Cross, John Getz, Frank C. Turner, Garry Chalk Sci-Fi, Horror Live action
Tap TriStar Pictures Nick Castle (director/screenplay); Gregory Hines, Suzzanne Douglas, Joe Morton, Sammy Davis Jr., Savion Glover, Terrence E. McNally Drama, Dance Live action
19 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Orion Pictures / Embassy Pictures / Interscope Communications Stephen Herek (director); Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon (screenplay); Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri, Dan Shor, Tony Steedman, Rod Loomis, Al Leong, Jane Wiedlin, Robert V. Barron Comedy, Sci-Fi Live action
The 'Burbs Universal Pictures / Imagine Entertainment Joe Dante (director); Dana Olsen (screenplay); Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Wendy Schaal, Henry Gibson, Brother Theodore, Dick Miller, Robert Picardo Comedy, Thriller Live action
The Mighty Quinn Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Carl Schenkel (director); Hampton Fancher (screenplay); Denzel Washington, James Fox, Mimi Rogers, M. Emmet Walsh, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Robert Townsend, Esther Rolle, Art Evans Thriller Live action
True Believer Columbia Pictures Joseph Ruben (director); Wesley Strick (screenplay); James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Yuji Okumoto, Margaret Colin, Kurtwood Smith, Tom Bower, Charles Hallahan, Miguel Fernandes Drama Live action
24 American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt Cannon Films Cedric Sundstrom (director); Gary Conway (screenplay); David Bradley, Steve James, Michele Chan, Calvin Jung, Marjoe Gortner Action Live action
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool Warner Bros. Pictures / Lorimar Film Entertainment Carl Reiner (director/screenplay); Robert Lindsay, Robbie Coltrane, Jackie Gayle, Bruno Kirby, Corbin Bernsen, Anne Bancroft Musical Live action
The Toxic Avenger Part II Troma Entertainment Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz (directors); Gay Partington Terry (screenplay); Ron Fazio, Phoebe Legere, John Altamura, Rick Collins, Rikiya Yasuoka, Tsutomu Sekine, Mayako Katsuragi Comedy, Horror Live action
3 Dream a Little Dream Vestron Pictures Marc Rocco (director/screenplay); Daniel Jay Franklin, D.E. Eisenberg (screenplay); Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Piper Laurie, Meredith Salenger, Jason Robards, Harry Dean Stanton, Susan Blakely, William McNamara, Matt Adler, Victoria Jackson, Alex Rocco Comedy Live action
Farewell to the King Orion Pictures John Milius (director/screenplay); Nick Nolte, Nigel Havers, Marius Weyers, Frank McRae, James Fox, Aki Aleong, Gerry Lopez, Richard Morgan Adventure, Drama Live action
Lean on Me Warner Bros. Pictures John G. Avildsen (director); Michael Schiffer (director); Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, Alan North, Ethan Phillips, Lynne Thigpen, Robin Bartlett, Michael Beach, Tony Todd Biography Live action
Skin Deep 20th Century Fox / Morgan Creek Productions Blake Edwards (director/screenplay); John Ritter, Vincent Gardenia, Alyson Reed, Julianne Phillips, Chelsea Field, Joel Brooks, Peter Donat, Don Gordon, Nina Foch, Denise Crosby Comedy Live action
12 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Columbia Pictures / Allied Filmmakers Terry Gilliam (director/screenplay); Charles McKeown (screenplay); John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed, Uma Thurman, Jonathan Pryce, Bill Paterson Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy Live action
Chances Are TriStar Pictures Emile Ardolino (director); Perry Howze, Randy Howze (screenplay); Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan O'Neal, Mary Stuart Masterson, Christopher McDonald, Josef Sommer, Joe Grifasi, James Noble, Marc McClure Romantic comedy Live action
Jacknife Cineplex Odeon Films / Kings Road Entertainment David Jones (director); Stephen Metcalfe (screenplay); Robert De Niro, Ed Harris, Kathy Baker, Sloane Shelton, Tom Isbell, Jordan Lund, Tom Rack, Charles S. Dutton Drama Live action
New York Stories Touchstone Pictures / Silver Screen Partners / American Zoetrope Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese (directors); Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Richard Price (screenplay); Woody Allen, Rosanna Arquette, Mia Farrow, Giancarlo Giannini, Julie Kavner, Nick Nolte, Talia Shire Anthology Live action
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege Warner Bros. Pictures Peter Bonerz (director); Stephen Curwick (screenplay); Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, David Graf, Marion Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook, Lance Kinsey, Bruce Maher, Kenneth Mars, Matt McCoy, G. W. Bailey, George Gaynes Comedy Live action
16 Blind Fury TriStar Pictures / Interscope Communications Phillip Noyce (director); Charles Robert Carner (screenplay); Rutger Hauer, Terry O'Quinn, Lisa Blount, Randall "Tex" Cobb, Noble Willingham, Sho Kosugi, Nick Cassavetes Action, Samurai Live action
17 Fletch Lives Universal Pictures Michael Ritchie (director); Leon Capetanos (screenplay); Chevy Chase, Hal Holbrook, Julianne Phillips, R. Lee Ermey, Richard Libertini, Cleavon Little, Randall "Tex" Cobb, George Wyner Comedy Live action
Leviathan Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Filmauro George P. Cosmatos (director); David Peoples, Jeb Stuart (screenplay); Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson, Michael Carmine, Lisa Eilbacher, Hector Elizondo Sci-Fi, Horror Live action
The Rescuers (re-release) Walt Disney Pictures Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, Art Stevens (directors); Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Burny Mattinson, Fred Lucky, Dick Sebast, David Michener, Ted Berman (screenplay); Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Michelle Stacy, Geraldine Page, Joe Flynn, Jim Jordan, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Pat Buttram, Bernard Fox Adventure, Family Animation
Rooftops New Visions Pictures Robert Wise (director); Allan A. Goldstein, Tony Mark (screenplay); Jason Gedrick, Troy Beyer, Eddie Velez, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Alexis Cruz, Allen Payne, Luis Guzmán, Robert LaSardo, Lauren Tom Crime, Drama Live action
24 Dead Bang Warner Bros. Pictures / Lorimar Film Entertainment John Frankenheimer (director); Robert Foster (screenplay); Don Johnson, Penelope Ann Miller, William Forsythe, Bob Balaban, Tim Reid, Tate Donovan Action Live action
976-EVIL New Line Cinema / CineTel Films Robert Englund (director); Rhet Topham, Brian Helgeland (screenplay); Stephen Geoffreys, Jim Metzler, Maria Rubell, Pat O'Bryan, Sandy Dennis Horror Live action
Troop Beverly Hills Columbia Pictures Jeff Kanew (director); Pamela Norris, Margaret Grieco Oberman (screenplay); Shelley Long, Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross, Stephanie Beacham, Jenny Lewis, Emily Schulman, Carla Gugino, Kellie Martin, Tori Spelling, Willie Garson Action Live action
31 Heathers New World Pictures Michael Lehmann (director); Daniel Waters (screenplay); Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Penelope Milford, Glenn Shadix Black comedy Live action
Sing TriStar Pictures Richard Baskin (director); Lorraine Bracco, Peter Dobson, Jessica Steen, Louise Lasser, George DiCenzo, Patti LaBelle Drama Live action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
7 Cyborg Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Cannon Group Albert Pyun (director); Kitty Chalmers, Daniel Hubbard-Smith (screenplay); Jean-Claude Van Damme, Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn, Dayle Haddon, Alex Daniels, Ralf Möller Action Live action
Dead Calm Warner Bros. Pictures Phillip Noyce (director); Terry Hayes (screenplay); Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane Psychological thriller Live action
The Dream Team Universal Pictures / Imagine Entertainment Howard Zieff (director); Jon Connolly, David Loucka (screenplay); Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Boyle, Stephen Furst, Lorraine Bracco, Dennis Boutsikaris, Milo O'Shea, Philip Bosco, James Remar Comedy Live action
Major League Paramount Pictures / Morgan Creek Productions David S. Ward (director/screenplay); Tom Bergeron, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton, James Gammon, Rene Russo, Bob Uecker, Wesley Snipes, Chelcie Ross, Dennis Haysbert Comedy, Sports Live action
14 Disorganized Crime DreamWorks Pictures / Silver Screen Partners Jim Kouf (director/screenplay); Hoyt Axton, Corbin Bernsen, Rubén Blades, Fred Gwynne, Ed O'Neill, Lou Diamond Phillips, Daniel Roebuck, William Russ Comedy, Heist Live action
Say Anything... 20th Century Fox / Gracie Films Cameron Crowe (director/screenplay); John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Polly Platt, Bebe Neuwirth, Jeremy Piven, Eric Stoltz Romantic comedy, Drama Live action
She's Out of Control Columbia Pictures Stan Dragoti (director); Seth Winston, Michael J. Nathanson (screenplay); Tony Danza, Catherine Hicks, Ami Dolenz, Laura Mooney, Wallace Shawn, Derek McGrath, Dana Ashbrook, Matthew Perry Comedy Live action
Winter People Columbia Pictures / Castle Rock Entertainment / Nelson Entertainment Ted Kotcheff (director); Carol Sobieski (screenplay); Kurt Russell, Kelly McGillis, Lloyd Bridges, Mitchell Ryan, Jeffrey Meek Romance, Drama Live action
20 Kickboxer Cannon Films / Kings Road Entertainment Mark DiSalle, David Worth (directors); Glenn A. Bruce (screenplay); Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Alexio, Dennis Chan, Michel Qissi, Haskell Anderson Action Live action
21 Field of Dreams Universal Pictures Phil Alden Robinson (director/screenplay); Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster, Timothy Busfield, Kelly Coffield Park, Frank Whaley Drama, Sports Live action
Pet Sematary Paramount Pictures Mary Lambert (director); Stephen King (screenplay); Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard, Miko Hughes, Blaze Berdahl Horror Live action
Red Scorpion Shapiro-Glickenhaus Entertainment Joseph Zito (director); Jack Abramoff, Robert Abramoff, Arne Olson (screenplay); Dolph Lundgren, M. Emmet Walsh, Al White, T. P. McKenna, Carmen Argenziano, Brion James, Alex Colon Action Live action
See You in the Morning Warner Bros. Pictures / Lorimar Film Entertainment Alan J. Pakula (director/screenplay); Jeff Bridges, Alice Krige, Farrah Fawcett, Drew Barrymore, Lukas Haas, David Dukes, Frances Sternhagen, George Hearn, Theodore Bikel, Linda Lavin Romantic comedy Live action
Speed Zone Orion Pictures Jim Drake (director); Michael Short (screenplay); Melody Anderson, Peter Boyle, Donna Dixon, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Dick Smothers, Tom Smothers, Shari Belafonte, Joe Flaherty, Matt Frewer, Mimi Kuzyk, Alyssa Milano, Brooke Shields, Carl Lewis Comedy Live action
Teen Witch Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Trans World Entertainment Dorian Walker (director); Robin Menken, Vernon Zimmerman (screenplay); Robyn Lively, Zelda Rubinstein, Dan Gauthier, Joshua John Miller, Caren Kaye, Dick Sargent, Lisa Fuller, Marcia Wallace Comedy, Fantasy Live action
28 Criminal Law Hemdale Film Corporation Martin Campbell (director); Mark Kasdan (screenplay); Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper, Karen Young, Joe Don Baker Thriller Live action
The Horror Show United Artists James Isaac (director); Allyn Warner, Leslie Bohem (screenplay); Lance Henriksen, Brion James, Rita Taggart, Dedee Pfeiffer, Aron Eisenberg, Thom Bray, Matt Clark Horror Live action
K-9 Universal Pictures Rod Daniel (director); Steven Siegel, Scott Myers, Lloyd Levin, Donna Smith; Jim Belushi, Mel Harris, Kevin Tighe, Ed O'Neill, James Handy, Sherman Howard, Daniel Davis, Cotter SmithJohn Snyder, Pruitt Taylor Vince Action, Comedy Live action
Loverboy TriStar Pictures Joan Micklin Silver (director); Robin Schiff, Tom Ropelewski, Leslie Dixon (screenplay); Patrick Dempsey, Kate Jackson, Carrie Fisher, Robert Ginty, Barbara Carrera, Kirstie Alley Comedy Live action
Miss Firecracker Corsair Pictures Thomas Schlamme (director); Beth Henley (screenplay); Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Robbins, Alfre Woodard, Scott Glenn, Veanne Cox, Ann Wedgeworth Comedy Live action
Scandal Miramax Films Michael Caton-Jones (director); Michael Thomas (screenplay); John Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Ian McKellen, Bridget Fonda, Britt Ekland, Roland Gift, Jeroen Krabbé Drama Live action
5 Listen to Me Columbia Pictures Douglas Day Stewart (director/screenplay); Jack Cummins, Daniel Arthur Wray (screenplay); Kirk Cameron, Jami Gertz, Roy Scheider, Amanda Peterson, George Wyner, Anthony Zerbe, Quinn Cummings, Christopher Atkins, Timothy Dang, Peter DeLuise, Jason Gould, Yeardley Smith, Moon Unit Zappa Drama Live action
Signs of Life Avenue Pictures John David Coles (director); Mark Malone (screenplay); Beau Bridges, Vincent D'Onofrio, Arthur Kennedy, Kevin J. O'Connor, Will Patton, Kate Reid, Georgia Engel, Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker Drama Live action
12 Earth Girls Are Easy Vestron Pictures / De Laurentiis Entertainment Group Julien Temple (director); Julie Brown, Charlie Coffey, Terrence E. McNally (screenplay); Geena Davis, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, Jeff Goldblum, Julie Brown, Michael McKean, Charles Rocket Musical, Romantic comedy, Sci-Fi Live action
See No Evil, Hear No Evil TriStar Pictures Arthur Hiller (director); Earl Barret, Arne Sultan, Marvin Worth, Eliot Wald, Andrew Kurtzman, Gene Wilder (screenplay); Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance, Kevin Spacey, Alan North, Anthony Zerbe Comedy Live action
19 How I Got into College 20th Century Fox Savage Steve Holland (director); Terrel Seltzer (screenplay); Anthony Edwards, Corey Parker, Lara Flynn Boyle, Finn Carter, Charles Rocket, Brian Doyle-Murray, Tichina Arnold, Tom Kenny, Richard Jenkins, Phil Hartman, Nora Dunn Romantic comedy Live action
Fright Night Part 2 TriStar Pictures Tommy Lee Wallace (director/screenplay); Tim Metcalfe, Miguel Tejada-Flores (screenplay); Roddy McDowall, William Ragsdale, Traci Lind, Julie Carmen, Jon Gries, Brian Thompson, Merritt Butrick Horror, Comedy Live action
Miracle Mile Columbia Pictures / Hemdale Film Corporation Steve De Jarnatt (director/screenplay); Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, John Agar, Lou Hancock, Mykelti Williamson, Kelly Jo Minter, Kurt Fuller, Brian Thompson, Denise Crosby, Robert DoQui, O-Lan Jones Thriller Live action
Road House Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / United Artists / Silver Pictures Rowdy Herrington (director); David Lee Henry, Hilary Henkin (screenplay); Patrick Swayze, Ben Gazzara, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, Kevin Tighe, Red West, Sunshine Parker, Marshall R. Teague, Anthony De Longis, Keith David Action Live action
24 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Paramount Pictures / Lucasfilm Steven Spielberg (director); Jeffrey Boam (screenplay); Harrison Ford, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover, Sean Connery, Michael Byrne, Kevork Malikyan, Robert Eddison Action, Adventure Live action
26 Pink Cadillac Warner Bros. Pictures / Malpaso Productions Buddy Van Horn (director); John Eskow (screenplay); Clint Eastwood, Bernadette Peters, Timothy Carhart, Gerry Bamman, Michael Des Barres, Bill Moseley, William Hickey, Geoffrey Lewis Action, Comedy Live action
1 My Mom's a Werewolf Crown International Pictures Michael Fischa (director); Mark Pirro (screenplay); Susan Blakely, John Saxon, Tina Caspary, John Schuck, Diana Barrows, Ruth Buzzi, Marilyn McCoo, Marcia Wallace, Geno Silva Comedy, Horror Live action
2 Dead Poets Society Touchstone Pictures / Silver Screen Partners Peter Weir (director); Tom Schulman (screenplay); Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen, Norman Lloyd, Kurtwood Smith, Dylan Kussman Drama Live action
No Holds Barred New Line Cinema / WWE Studios Thomas J. Wright (director); Dennis Hackin (screenplay); Hulk Hogan, Kurt Fuller, Joan Severance, Tiny Lister, Jr., Mark Pellegrino, Bill Henderson, Charles Levin, David Paymer Action Live action
Renegades Universal Pictures / Morgan Creek Productions / Interscope Communications Jack Sholder (director); David Rich (screenplay); Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Knepper, Bill Smitrovich, Jami Gertz, Clark Johnson, Peter MacNeill, Floyd Westerman Action, Crime Live action
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills Cinecom Pictures Paul Bartel (director); Bruce Wagner (screenplay); Jacqueline Bisset, Ray Sharkey, Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, Ed Begley Jr., Wallace Shawn, Arnetia Walker, Paul Bartel, Paul Mazursky Black comedy Live action
Vampire's Kiss Hemdale Film Corporation Robert Bierman (director); Joseph Minion (screenplay); Nicolas Cage, María Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Ashley, Kasi Lemmons, Michael Knowles, John Michael Higgins Black comedy, Horror Live action
9 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Paramount Pictures William Shatner (director); David Loughery (screenplay); William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Laurence Luckinbill, Todd Bryant, Spice Williams-Crosby, George Murdock Sci-Fi Live action
16 Ghostbusters II Columbia Pictures Ivan Reitman (director); Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis (screenplay); Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, Peter MacNicol, Harris Yulin Comedy, Fantasy Live action
23 Batman Warner Bros. Pictures / PolyGram Pictures / DC Comics Tim Burton (director); Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren (screenplay); Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, Jack Palance Action, Superhero Live action
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Walt Disney Pictures Joe Johnston (director); Ed Naha, Tom Schulman (screenplay); Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Amy O'Neill, Robert Oliveri, Matt Frewer, Kristine Sutherland, Thomas Wilson Brown, Jared Rushton, Carl Steven Sci-Fi, Family Live action
30 Do the Right Thing Universal Pictures / 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks Spike Lee (director/screenplay); Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, John Savage Comedy, Drama film Live action
Great Balls of Fire! Orion Pictures Jim McBride (director/screenplay); Jack Baran (screenplay); Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Trey Wilson, John Doe, Stephen Tobolowsky, Lisa Blount, Mojo Nixon, Jimmie Vaughan Biography Live action
The Karate Kid, Part III Columbia Pictures John G. Avildsen (director); Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay); Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, Thomas Ian Griffith, Martin Kove, Sean Kanan, Jonathan Avildsen Action, Drama Live action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
5 Weekend at Bernie's 20th Century Fox / Gladden Entertainment Ted Kotcheff (director); Robert Klane (screenplay); Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart, Terry Kiser, Don Calfa, Catherine Parks, Eloise Broady Black comedy Live action
7 Lethal Weapon 2 Warner Bros. Pictures / Silver Pictures Richard Donner (director); Jeffrey Boam (screenplay); Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland, Derrick O'Connor, Patsy Kensit, Darlene Love, Steve Kahan, Mark Rolston Action Live action
14 Licence to Kill United Artists / Eon Productions John Glen (director); Michael G. Wilson, Richard Maibaum (screenplay); Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto, Anthony Zerbe, Frank McRae, Everett McGill, Wayne Newton, Benicio del Toro, Desmond Llewelyn, Robert Brown Action, Spy Live action
Peter Pan (re-release) Walt Disney Pictures Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske (directors); Milt Banta, William Cottrell, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright (screenplay); Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson, Heather Angel Family, Fantasy Animation
When Harry Met Sally... Columbia Pictures / Castle Rock Entertainment / Nelson Entertainment Rob Reiner (director); Nora Ephron (screenplay); Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Steven Ford, Lisa Jane Persky, Michelle Nicastro Romantic comedy Live action
21 UHF Orion Pictures Jay Levey (director/screenplay); "Weird Al" Yankovic (screenplay); "Weird Al" Yankovic, Victoria Jackson, Michael Richards, Kevin McCarthy, David Bowe, Anthony Geary, Fran Drescher, Stanley Brock, Gedde Watanabe, Billy Barty, John Paragon, Trinidad Silva Comedy Live action
28 Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan Paramount Pictures Rob Hedden (director/screenplay); Jensen Daggett, Scott Reeves, Barbara Bingham, Peter Mark Richman, Martin Cummins, Gordon Currie, Alex Diakun, V.C. Dupree, Saffron Henderson, Kelly Hu, Sharlene Martin, Warren Munson, Kane Hodder Horror, Slasher Live action
Turner & Hooch Touchstone Pictures / Silver Screen Partners Roger Spottiswoode (director); Dennis Shryack, Michael Blodgett, Daniel Petrie Jr., Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr. (screenplay); Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, Reginald VelJohnson, Scott Paulin, J. C. Quinn, John McIntire Comedy, Detective Live action
2 Parenthood Universal Pictures / Imagine Entertainment Ron Howard (director); Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel (screenplay); Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest Comedy Drama Live action
4 Lock Up TriStar Pictures / Carolco Pictures John Flynn (director); Richard Smith, Jeb Stuart, Henry Rosenbaum (screenplay); Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos, Darlanne Fluegel, Frank McRae, Sonny Landham Action, Prison Live action
9 The Abyss 20th Century Fox James Cameron (director/screenplay); Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, J.C. Quinn, Leo Burmester, Kimberly Scott, Todd Graff, John Bedford Lloyd, Chris Elliott Sci-Fi Live action
11 A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child New Line Cinema / Heron Communications Stephen Hopkins (director); Leslie Bohem (screenplay); Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Beatrice Boepple, Whit Hertford, Kelly Jo Minter, Danny Hassel, Erika Anderson Slasher Live action
16 Uncle Buck Universal Pictures John Hughes (director/screenplay); John Candy, Amy Madigan, Jean Louisa Kelly, Macaulay Culkin, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Underwood, Laurie Metcalf Slasher Live action
18 Blood Red Hemdale Film Corporation Peter Masterson (director); Ron Cutler (screenplay); Eric Roberts, Giancarlo Giannini, Dennis Hopper, Burt Young, Carlin Glynn, Lara Harris, Joseph Runningfox, Al Ruscio, Michael Madsen, Elias Koteas, Francesca De Sapio, Marc Lawrence, Frank Campanella, Aldo Ray, Julia Roberts, Kevin Cooney Western, Drama Live action
Casualties of War Columbia Pictures Brian De Palma (director); David Rabe (screenplay); Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Patrick Harvey, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo, Thuy Thu Le, Erik King, Ving Rhames, Dale Dye, Holt McCallany Drama Live action
Cheetah Walt Disney Pictures Jeff Blyth (director); Erik Tarloff (screenplay); Keith Coogan, Lucy Deakins Adventure Live action
Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! Columbia Pictures / Aurora Productions Jean-Claude Lord (director); Charles Zev Cohen, Rick Doehring (screenplay); Michael Paré, Marina Orsini, Bernie Coulson, Matthew Laurance, Michael Antunes, Anthony Sherwood, David Matheson, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch Musical, Drama Live action
Sex, Lies, and Videotape Miramax Films Steven Soderbergh (director/screenplay); James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo Drama Live action
30 Shirley Valentine Paramount Pictures Lewis Gilbert (director); Willy Russell (screenplay); Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Julia McKenzie, Alison Steadman, Joanna Lumley, Sylvia Syms, Bernard Hill, George Costigan, Anna Keaveney, Tracie Bennett Romantic comedy Live action
1 Relentless New Line Cinema / CineTel Films William Lustig (director); Phil Alden Robinson (screenplay); Judd Nelson, Robert Loggia, Leo Rossi, Meg Foster, Ken Lerner, Angel Tompkins Crime Live action
15 Sea of Love Universal Pictures Harold Becker (director); Richard Price (screenplay); Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, Michael Rooker, William Hickey, Richard Jenkins Thriller Live action
True Love United Artists Nancy Savoca (director/screenplay); Richard Guay (screenplay); Annabella Sciorra, Ron Eldard, Aida Turturro, Star Jasper, Rick Shapiro, Vincent Pastore Comedy Live action
22 Black Rain Paramount Pictures Ridley Scott (director); Craig Bolotin, Warren Lewis (screenplay); Michael Douglas, Andy García, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw, Yusaku Matsuda, Shigeru Kōyama, John Spencer, Luis Guzmán, Stephen Root Action, Thriller Live action
29 Johnny Handsome TriStar Pictures / Carolco Pictures Walter Hill (director); Ken Friedman (screenplay); Mickey Rourke, Forest Whitaker, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern, Morgan Freeman, Lance Henriksen, Scott Wilson, David Schramm, Yvonne Bryceland Crime, Drama Live action
Little Monsters United Artists / Vestron Pictures Richard Alan Greenberg (director); Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott (screenplay); Fred Savage, Howie Mandel, Daniel Stern, Margaret Whitton, Rick Ducommun, Ben Savage, Frank Whaley, Amber Barretto, Devin Ratray Fantasy, Comedy Live action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
5 The Punisher New World Pictures / LIVE Entertainment / Marvel Comics Mark Goldblatt (director); Boaz Yakin (screenplay); Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeroen Krabbé, Kim Miyori, Bryan Marshall, Nancy Everhard, Barry Otto, Brian Rooney Action, Superhero Live action
6 An Innocent Man Touchstone Pictures / Silver Screen Partners / Interscope Communications Peter Yates (director); Larry Brothers (screenplay); Tom Selleck, F. Murray Abraham, Laila Robins, David Rasche, Richard Young, Badja Djola, Bruce A. Young, Dennis Burkley, Todd Graff, M.C. Gainey, Tobin Bell Crime, Thriller Live action
9 Drugstore Cowboy Avenue Pictures Gus Van Sant (director/screenplay); Daniel Yost (screenplay); Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Remar, James LeGros, Heather Graham, William S. Burroughs, Max Perlich, Grace Zabriskie Crime, Drama Live action
12 Puppet Master Paramount Pictures / Full Moon Features David Schmoeller (director); Charles Band, Kenneth J. Hall (screenplay); Paul Le Mat, William Hickey, Irene Miracle, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Robin Frates, Matt Roe, Kathryn O'Reilly, Mews Small Horror Live action
13 Breaking In The Samuel Goldwyn Company / Act III Communications Bill Forsyth (director); John Sayles (screenplay); Burt Reynolds, Casey Siemaszko, Lorraine Toussaint, Sheila Kelley, Albert Salmi, Harry Carey, Maury Chaykin, Stephen Tobolowsky Crime, Comedy Live action
Crimes and Misdemeanors Orion Pictures Woody Allen (director/screenplay); Martin Landau, Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Anjelica Huston, Alan Alda, Jerry Orbach, Joanna Gleason, Claire Bloom, Sam Waterston, Caroline Aaron Comedy, Drama Live action
The Fabulous Baker Boys 20th Century Fox / Gladden Entertainment / Mirage Enterprises Steve Kloves (director/screenplay); Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Xander Berkeley, Jennifer Tilly, Dakin Matthews, Ken Lerner, Terri Treas, Gregory Itzin Romantic comedy, Drama Live action
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers Galaxy International / 20th Century Fox / Compass International Pictures Dominique Othenin-Girard (director/screenplay); Michael Jacobs, Shem Bitterman (screenplay); Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr, Wendy Kaplan, Tamara Glynn, Matthew Walker, Troy Evans Slasher Live action
Look Who's Talking TriStar Pictures Amy Heckerling (director/screenplay); John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis, George Segal, Abe Vigoda, Bruce Willis, Twink Caplan, Joy Boushel, Joan Rivers Romantic comedy Live action
20 Fat Man and Little Boy Paramount Pictures Roland Joffé (director/screenplay); Bruce Robinson (screenplay); Paul Newman, Dwight Schultz, Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack, Laura Dern, John C. McGinley, Fred Thompson Drama, Historical Live action
Gross Anatomy Touchstone Pictures / Silver Screen Partners / Sandollar Productions Thom Eberhardt (director); Ron Nyswaner, Mark Spragg, Howard Rosenman, Alan Jay Glueckman, Stanley Isaacs (screenplay); Matthew Modine, Daphne Zuniga, Christine Lahti, Todd Field, Robert Desiderio, Zakes Mokae Drama Live action
Next of Kin Warner Bros. Pictures / Lorimar Film Entertainment / Barry & Enright Productions John Irvin (director); Michael Jenning (screenplay); Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin, Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Ben Stiller, Andreas Katsulas, Michael J. Pollard, Ted Levine Action Live action
27 The Bear TriStar Pictures Jean-Jacques Annaud (director); Gerard Brach (screenplay); Tchéky Karyo, Jack Wallace, Andre Lacombe, Bart the Bear Adventure, Drama Live action
Immediate Family Columbia Pictures Jonathan Kaplan (director); Barbara Benedek; Glenn Close, James Woods, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kevin Dillon, Linda Darlow, Harrison Mohr, Mimi Kennedy, Charles Levin Drama Live action
Shocker Universal Pictures Wes Craven (director/screenplay); Michael Murphy, Peter Berg, Mitch Pileggi, Camille Cooper, Sam Scarber, Richard Brooks, Ted Raimi Horror, Comedy Live action
Worth Winning 20th Century Fox Will Mackenzie (director); Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriott (screenplay); Mark Harmon, Madeleine Stowe, Lesley Ann Warren, Maria Holvöe, Mark Blum, Andrea Martin, Tony Longo Romantic comedy Live action
3 The Phantom of the Opera 21st Century Film Corporation / Columbia Pictures Dwight H. Little (director); Gerry O'Hara, Duke Sandefur (screenplay); Robert Englund, Jill Schoelen, Alex Hyde-White, Bill Nighy, Terence Harvey, Stephanie Lawrence, Molly Shannon Horror Live action
Second Sight Warner Bros. Pictures Joel Zwick (director); Tom Schulman, Patricia Resnick (screenplay); John Larroquette, Bronson Pinchot, Bess Armstrong, Stuart Pankin, John Schuck Comedy Live action
8 Henry V The Samuel Goldwyn Company / BBC Films Kenneth Branagh (director/screenplay); Kenneth Branagh, Paul Scofield, Derek Jacobi, Ian Holm, Emma Thompson, Alec McCowen, Judi Dench, Christian Bale Drama Live action
10 Best of the Best Taurus Entertainment Bob Radler (director); Paul Levine (screenplay); Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Sally Kirkland, Phillip Rhee, John P. Ryan, John Dye, Tom Everett, Louise Fletcher, Christopher Penn Action Live action
Communion New Line Cinema Philippe Mora (director); Whitley Strieber (screenplay); Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen, Andreas Katsulas, Terry Hanauer, Joel Carlson Drama, Horror Live action
Staying Together Hemdale Film Corporation Lee Grant (director); Monte Merrick (screenplay); Sean Astin, Stockard Channing, Melinda Dillon, Levon Helm, Dermot Mulroney, Daphne Zuniga, Dinah Manoff, Jim Haynie, Tim Quill, Keith Szarabajka Comedy, Drama Live action
17 All Dogs Go to Heaven United Artists / Sullivan Bluth Studios Don Bluth (director); David N. Weiss (screenplay); Burt Reynolds, Judith Barsi, Dom DeLuise, Loni Anderson, Vic Tayback, Charles Nelson Reilly, Melba Moore, Ken Page Musical, Family Animation
Harlem Nights Paramount Pictures Eddie Murphy (director/screenplay); Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello, Michael Lerner, Della Reese, Berlinda Tolbert, Stan Shaw, Jasmine Guy, Vic Polizos Comedy, Crime Live action
The Little Mermaid Walt Disney Pictures Ron Clements, John Musker (directors/screenplay); Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Kenneth Mars, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Buddy Hackett, Paddi Edwards, René Auberjonois, Edie McClurg, Will Ryan Musical, Fantasy Family Animation
Prancer Orion Pictures / Nelson Entertainment / Cineplex Odeon Films John D. Hancock (director); Greg Taylor (screenplay); Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Abe Vigoda, Michael Constantine, Ariana Richards, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, John Duda, Johnny Galecki Family, Christmas Live action
Steel Magnolias TriSTar Pictures / Rastar Herbert Ross (director); Robert Harling (screenplay); Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Tom Skerritt, Dylan McDermott, Kevin J. O'Connor, Sam Shepard Comedy, Drama Live action
22 Back to the Future Part II Universal Pictures / Amblin Entertainment Robert Zemeckis (director); Bob Gale (screenplay); Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue, James Tolkan, Jeffrey Weissman, Flea Comedy, Sci-Fi Live action

Notable films released in 1989[edit]

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Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 3 Jean Willes 65 USA Actress
8 Kenneth McMillan 56 USA Actor
15 Joe Spinell 52 USA Actor
16 Prem Nazir 62 India Actor
16 Trey Wilson 40 USA Actor
20 Beatrice Lillie 94 Canada Actress
February 3 John Cassavetes 59 USA Actor, Director, Screenwriter
3 Lionel Newman 73 USA Composer
5 Emrys James 60 UK Actor
11 George O'Hanlon 76 USA Actor
11 T. E. B. Clarke 81 UK Screenwriter
17 Marguerite Roberts 83 USA Screenwriter
March 6 Harry Andrews 77 UK Actor, Director, Screenwriter
12 Maurice Evans 87 UK Actor
27 May Allison 98 USA Actress
27 Jack Starrett 52 USA Actor, Director
29 Bernard Blier 73 France Actor
April 12 Gerald Flood 61 UK Actor
15 Charles Vanel 96 France Actor, Director
24 Clyde Geronimi 87 USA Animator, Director
25 George Coulouris 85 UK Actor
26 Lucille Ball 77 USA Actress
30 Sergio Leone 60 Italy Director, Screenwriter
May 3 William Squire 71 UK Actor
19 Anton Diffring 72 Germany Actor
19 Robert Webber 64 USA Actor
20 Gilda Radner 42 USA Actress
June 10 Richard Quine 68 USA Director
15 Victor French 54 USA Actor
15 Ray McAnally 63 Ireland Actor
27 Jack Buetel 73 USA Actor
28 Joris Ivens 90 Netherlands Director, Documentarian
July 2 Franklin J. Schaffner 79 USA Director
2 Ben Wright 74 UK Actor
3 Jim Backus 76 USA Actor
10 Mel Blanc 81 USA Voice Actor
11 Laurence Olivier 82 UK Actor, Director
18 Rebecca Schaeffer 21 USA Actress
August 4 Maurice Colbourne 49 UK Actor
16 Amanda Blake 60 USA Actress
September 21 Corrado Gaipa 65 Italy Actor
22 Irving Berlin 101 USA Composer
October 4 Graham Chapman 48 UK Actor, Screenwriter
6 Bette Davis 81 USA Actress
8 Onest Conley 82 USA Actor
11 Paul Shenar 53 USA Actor
13 Cesare Zavattini 87 Italy Screenwriter
16 Cornel Wilde 77 USA Actor
22 Roland Winters 84 USA Actor
November 1 Peter Childs 50 UK Actor
6 Margit Makay 98 Hungary Actress
20 Lynn Bari 75 USA Actress
December 6 Frances Bavier 86 USA Actress
6 John Payne 77 USA Actor
11 Howard Lang 78 UK Actor
15 Jock Mahoney 70 USA Actor, Stuntman
15 Edward Underdown 81 UK Actor
16 Aileen Pringle 94 USA Actress
16 Lee Van Cleef 64 USA Actor
16 Silvana Mangano 59 Italy Actress
17 Luciano Salce 67 Italy Director, Screenwriter

Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "1989 Worldwide Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 1, 2014.