Overstreet’s Favorite Films: 1989

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 1989.

In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.


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  1. Henry V
  2. The Unbelievable Truth
  3. The ‘Burbs
  4. Do the Right Thing
  5. Dead Poets Society
  6. Crimes and Misdemeanors
  7. The Abyss
  8. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  9. sex, lies, and videotape
  10. Heathers
  11. The Fabulous Baker Boys
  12. Mystery Train
  13. My Left Foot
  14. Glory
  15. When Harry Met Sally
  16. Say Anything
  17. Sea of Love
  18. Roger and Me
  • Parenthood
  • Drugstore Cowboy
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Back to the Future, Part 2
  • Field of Dreams
  • Batman
  • Lethal Weapon 2
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 1989
A City of Sadness
A Dry White Season
A Spy in the House That Ruth Built
A Tale of the Wind
Always (Steven Spielberg)
Bashu, The Little Stranger
Baxter (Jerome Boivin)
Black Rain (Ridley Scott)
Black Rain (Shohei Imamura)
Black Sin
Blue Steel (Kathryn Bigelow)
Born on the Fourth of July
Casualties of War (Brian De Palma)
Cat Chaser (Abel Ferrara)
Cézanne: Conversation with Joachim Gasquet
Chameleon Street
Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris Jr.)
Chances Are
City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Driving Miss Daisy
El aprendiz de pornografo (Jaime Hermosillo)
Elephant (Alan Clarke)
Enemies: A Love Story (Paul Mazursky)
Five Days in June
For All Mankind
Forevermore: Biography of a Leach Lord
Getting it Right (Randal Kleiser)
Ghostbusters II (Ivan Reitman)
He Was Once (Mary Hestand)
Homework (Abbas Kiarostami)
Images of the World and the Inscription of War
Johnny Handsome (Walter Hill)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (Uli Edel)
Le fille de 15 ans (Jacques Doillon)
Leningrad Cowboys Go to America (Aki Kaurismaki)
Licence to Kill
Life and Nothing But
Major League
Marriage of the Blessed
Memories of a Marriage
Miracle Mile (Steve De Jarnatt)
Miss Firecracker
Monsieur Hire (Patrice Leconte)
Mr. Hoover and I
Music Box
My Twentieth Century (Ildiko Enyedi)
Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy
Orapronobis (Lino Brocka)
Parents (Bob Balaban)
Pink Cadillac (Buddy Van Horn)
Queen of Hearts (Jon Amiel)
Roadkill (Bruce McDonald)
Romuald et Juliette
Santa Sangre (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
Shirley Valentine
Sidewalk Stories
Skin Deep (Blake Edwards)
Speaking Parts (Atom Egoyan)
Strapless (David Hare)
Street of No Return (Samuel Fuller)
Sweet Home (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Sweetie (Jane Campion)
Tetsuo (Shinya Tsukamoto)
The Aesthenic Syndrome (Kira Muratova)
The Burbs (Joe Dante)
The Church (Michele Soavi)
The Fabulous Baker Boys (Steve Kloves)
The Iceman Cometh
The Icicle Thief (Maurizio Nichetti)
The Killer
The Kill-Off
The Last Stop (Serik Aprimov)
The Machine That Killed Bad People
The Mighty Quinn
The Owl’s Legecy (Chris Marker)
The Plot Against Harry (Michael Roemer)
The Seventh Continent (Michael Haneke)
The War of the Roses (Danny DeVito)
Too Beautiful for You
True Love
Valmont (Milos Forman)
Vampire’s Kiss (Robert Bierman)
Violent Cop (Takeshi Kitano)
War Requiem
Water and Power
What Happened to Santiago
Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Bae Yong-kyun)