1989 was a wild year in politics thanks to events like the downfall of the Berlin Wall and the deadly pro-democracy rallies in China’s Tiananmen Square. It was also an underrated and exceptional year for movies. Want proof? Here are nine movies from that year that make for essential viewing, all of them featured in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS
Anytime Woody Allen releases a new film, moviegoers naturally debate where it ranks on his filmography. Is it a triumphant return to form like last year’s MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, or a dud like 2009’s WHATEVER WORKS? Is it a vibrant echo of his early masterpieces, or a dispiriting reminder that he’s now 76 and his best years may be behind him? There’s rarely a middle ground: It’s either Good Woody or Bad Woody.