Summer Movies of 1989

1989 was 25 years ago and since then about all that has changed, besides my age, is we now put #20 in front of the year instead of #19. What’s not changed in 25 years is Hollywood still puts out movies and the top 10 box office movies of 1989 are, well you guessed it 25 years old.

“It was 1989, my thoughts were short my hair was long, Caught somewhere between a boy and man.” These lyrics from Kid Rock’s song “All Summer Long” would be just about appropriate for me during the summer of ’89, except for the long hair.

The summer of ’89 it seemed I spent a lot of time in the theater watching movies. I was fresh out of high school and still trying to decide what would be my next move in life. Yes I did attend college that fall to continue my education, but when I began thinking back to that summer I realized it had a lot of good movies that I thoroughly enjoyed.

1989 was a time when studios weren’t afraid of releasing major movies opposite each other. “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” opened on the same weekend as “Batman” and still became a major hit.

Like the song lyric says ” Caught somewhere between a boy and man” was defiantly me. I may have been fresh out of high school, but I was still skinny, living at home and so shy around the girls it wasn’t even funny, but I had the movies to fill my summer with fun and excitement. Listed below are the movies that finished 1989 as the ten highest grossing performers at the box office and like 2014 there was even a superhero movie in that top 10.


#10 Dead Poets Society / $95,860,116

Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society

Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His roommate, Neil, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo. Each, in their own way, does this, and are changed for life.

#9 Parenthood / $100,047,830

Parenthood Movie Poster


The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the “black sheep” of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.

#8 Driving Miss Daisy / $106,593,296

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Driving Miss Daisy

An elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta can no longer drive. Her son insists she allow him to hire a driver, which in the 1950s meant a black man. She resists any change in her life but, Hoke, the driver is hired by her son. She refuses to allow him to drive her anywhere at first, but Hoke slowly wins her over with his native good graces. The movie is directly taken from a stage play and does show it. It covers over twenty years of the pair’s life together as they slowly build a relationship that transcends their differences.

#7 Ghostbusters II / $112,494,738

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Ghostbusters II

Five years after the events of the first film, the Ghostbusters have been plagued by lawsuits and court orders, and their once-lucrative business is bankrupt. However, when Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement only to be promptly arrested. The Ghostbusters discover that New York is once again headed for supernatural doom, with a river of ectoplasmic slime bubbling beneath the city and an ancient sorcerer attempting to possess Dana’s baby and be born anew. Can the Ghostbusters quell the negative emotions feeding the otherworldly threat and stop the world from being slimed?

#6 Back to the Future Part II / $118,450,002

Back to the Future Part II Poster

Back to the Future Part II

Marty McFly and Doc Brown make an exhilarating visit to the year 2015 seemingly to resolve a few problems with the future McFly family. But when the two return home, they soon discover someone has tampered with time to produce a nightmarish Hill Valley, 1985. Their only hope is to once again get back to 1955 and save the future.

#5 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids / $130,724,172

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Poster

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

A preoccupied inventor just can’t seem to get his electromagnetic shrinking machine to work. Then, when he accidentally shrinks his kids down to 1/4-inch tall and tosses them out in the trash, the real adventure begins! Now they face incredible dangers as they try to make their way home through the jungle of their own backyard: hurricane sprinklers, dive-bombing bees, a runaway lawn mower, and much, much more!

#4 Look Who’s Talking / $140,088,813

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Look Who’s Talking

Mollie is a single mum who’s on the lookout for a reliable and normal boyfriend. Her son Mikey, (unbeknownst to her) seems to have a better idea of which of the men she dates would make a good father figure! If only she could understand him…

#3 Lethal Weapon 2 / $147,253,986

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Lethal Weapon 2

Riggs and Murtaugh are at it again in this sequel to the original Lethal Weapon in 1987. When a red BMW crashes while they are chasing it, they discover the trunk is full of South African Krugerands. Their boss assigns them to protect a federal witness named Leo Getz to try and keep them out of trouble. When the witness reveals he has been doing business with South Africans, the story evolves into a fast moving chase.

#2 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade / $197,171,806

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones, famed adventurer and archaeologist acquires a diary that holds clues and a map with no names to find the mysterious Holy Grail- which was sent from his father, Dr. Henry Jones, in Italy. Upon hearing from a private collector, Walter Donavan, that the mission for the Holy Grail went astray with the disappearance of his father, Indiana Jones and museum curator Marcus Brody venture to Italy in search of Indy’s father. However, upon retrieving Dr. Henry Jones in Nazi territory, the rescue mission turns into a race to find the Holy Grail before the Nazis do- who plan to use it for complete world domination for their super-race. With the diary as a vital key and the map with no names as a guide, Indiana Jones once again finds himself in another death defying adventure of pure excitement.

#1 Batman / $251,188,924

Batman 1989


Gotham City: dark, dangerous, ‘protected’ only by a mostly corrupt police department. Despite the best efforts of D.A. Harvey Dent and police commissioner Jim Gordon, the city becomes increasingly unsafe. Vicky Vale, a prize-winning photo journalist who wants to uncover the secret of the mysterious “bat-man”. And Jack Napier, one-time enforcer for Boss Grissom, horribly disfigured after a firefight in a chemical factory…who, devoid of the last vestiges of sanity, seizes control of Gotham’s underworld as the psychotic, unpredictable Clown Prince of Crime…the Joker. Gotham’s only hope, it seems, lies in this dark, brooding vigilante

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  1. Three of my favorite films of all time are on this list – Ghostbusters II, Back to the Future II and Batman.

    Also 1989 was the year Star Trek V came out………(awkward silence)


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