The 10 Best Movies of 1989

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1. Do the Right Thing: In his finest film yet, Spike Lee boldly provoked debate on the roots of racial violence.

2. Sex, Lies, And Videotape: Writer-director Steven Soderbergh scored the debut of the year with three hot topics.

3. Roger & Me: Michael Moore's incisively witty documentary took on the corporate arrogance of General Motors.

4. Crimes and Misdemeanors: Woody Allen skewered Eighties morality in a movie in which every joke has a sting.

5. Henry V: Like Olivier before him, actor-director Kenneth Branagh brought Shakespeare alive for his time.

6. Enemies, A Love Story: Paul Mazursky's vivid comedy-drama found romance among Holocaust survivors.

7. My Left Foot: Director Jim Sheridan and actor Daniel Day Lewis uncovered a crippled artist's passion for life.

8. The War of the Roses: With devilish skill, Danny DeVito directed a perversely cheerful comedy of divorce.

9. Heathers: Michael Lehmann's Blue Velvety satire on teen suicide made for a seductive blend of fun and fright.

10. Batman: The hype couldn't dim the scary glee of Jack Nicholson's Joker or the grandeur of Tim Burton's vision.

From The Archives Issue 569: January 11, 1990