the year-end project: 
201620152014201320122011, 201020092008200720062005
2004200320022001
200019991998199719961995199419931992, 
1991
1990, 1989 (Do the Right Thing, below)... 198819871986198519841983
1982198119801975-791970-741965-691960-641955-591950-541940-491930-39

1920-29 + Superlatives Index

1989: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

  1. Do the Right Thing (dir: Spike Lee)
  2. Mystery Train (dir: Jim Jarmusch)
  3. Time of the Gypsies (dir: Emir Kusturica)
  4. Drugstore Cowboy (dir: Gus Van Sant)
  5. Born on the 4th of July (dir: Oliver Stone)
  6. Crimes and Misdemeanors (dir: Woody Allen)
  7. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (dir: Steven Soderbergh)
  8. Casualties of War (dir: Brian De Palma)
  9. Distant Voices, Still Lives (dir: Terence Davies)
  10. Tetsuo, The Iron Man (dir: Shinya Tsukamoto)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (dir: Peter Greenaway), How to Get Ahead in Advertising (dir: Bruce Robinson), Kiki's Delivery Service (dir: Hayao Miyazaki), The Killer (dir: John Woo), Monsieur Hire (dir: Patrice Leconte), Santo Sangre (dir: Alejandro Jodoworsky) and When Harry Met Sally... (dir: Rob Reiner)

Best Film of the Year: Do the Right Thing
Producer: Spike Lee

US Distributor: Universal

Spike Lee, with Danny Aiello and John Turturro clowning around, on the set of Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee, with Danny Aiello and John Turturro clowning around, on the set of Do the Right Thing

Best Director:
1. Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing
2. Emir Kusturica, Time of the Gypsies
3. 
Jim Jarmusch, Mystery Train
4. Oliver Stone, Born on the Fourth of July
5. Gus Van Sant, Drugstore Cowboy


Tom Cruise in Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July

Tom Cruise in Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July

Best Actor:
1. Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July
2. Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot
3. Matt Dillon, Drugstore Cowboy
4. Richard E. Grant, How to Get Ahead in Advertising
5. Michael J. Fox, Casualties in War


Helen Mirren in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Helen Mirren in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Best Actress:
1. Helen Mirren, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
2. 
Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally...
3. 
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Fabulous Baker Boys
4. Andie MacDowell, sex, lies, and videotape
5. Sandrine Bonnaire, Monsieur Hire


Martin Landau and Claire Bloom in Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors

Martin Landau and Claire Bloom in Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Martin Landau, Crimes and Misdemeanors
2. John Turturro, Do the Right Thing
3. Denzel Washington, Glory
4. Morgan Freeman, Glory
5. Giancarlo Esposito, Do the Right Thing


James Spader and Laura San Giacomo in Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape

James Spader and Laura San Giacomo in Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Laura San Giacomo, Sex, Lies, and Videotape
2. Lena Olin, Enemies: A Love Story
3. Thuy Thu Le, Casualties of War
4. Heather Graham, Drugstore Cowboy
5. Rosie Perez, Do the Right Thing


Spike Lee and Danny Aiello in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee and Danny Aiello in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Do the Right Thing – Spike Lee
2. sex, lies, and videotape — Steven Soderbergh
3. Mystery Train — Jim Jarmusch
4. Time of the Gypsies — Emir Kusturica and Gordan Mihic
5. How to Get Ahead in Advertising — Bruce Robinson


Willem Dafoe and Tom Cruise in Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July

Willem Dafoe and Tom Cruise in Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Born on the Fourth of July – Oliver Stone and Ron Kovic
2. Drugstore Cowboy – Gus Van Sant, William S. Burroughs and Daniel Yost
3. Enemies: A Love Story – Paul Mazursky and Roger L. Simon
4. Casualties of War
 – David Rabe
5. Santa Sangre – Alejandro Jodoworsky, Roberto Leoni and Claudio Argento


Cinqué Lee and Screamin' Jay Hawkins in Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train

Cinqué Lee and Screamin' Jay Hawkins in Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train

Best Cinematography:
1. Mystery Train – Robby Müller
2. Do the Right Thing
– Ernest Dickerson
3. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover — Sacha Vierny
4. Born on the Fourth of July — Robert Richardson
5. Tetsuo: The Iron Man – Kei Fujiwara and Shin’ya Tsukamoto


Spike Lee, Richard Edson and Samuel L. Jackson in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee, Richard Edson and Samuel L. Jackson in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing

Best Original Score:
1. Do the Right Thing — Bill Lee

2. Born on the Fourth of July – John Williams
3. Casualties of War – Ennio Morricone
4. Field of Dreams – James Horner
5. Tetsuo: The Iron Man – Chiu Ishikawa


Matt Dillon in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy

Matt Dillon in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy

Best Film Editing:
1. Drugstore Cowboy — Mary Bauer and Curtiss Clayton

2. Do the Right Thing  – Barry Alexander Brown
3. Tetsuo, the Iron Man – Shin’ya Tsukamoto
4. Born on the Fourth of July – David Brenner and Joe Hutshing
5. Distant Voices, Still Lives — William Diver


Alan Howard and Helen Mirren in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Alan Howard and Helen Mirren in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Best Production Design:
1. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover — Ben van Os and Jan Roelfs
2. Batman — Anton Furst and Peter Young
3. Back to the Future Part II — Rick Carter and Linda De Scenna

4. Glory – Norman Garwood and Garrett Lewis
5. Tetsuo, the Iron Man
 – Shin’ya Tsukamoto


Kenneth Branagh in Branagh's Henry V

Kenneth Branagh in Branagh's Henry V

Best Costume Design:
1. Henry V — Phyllis Dalton
2. Enemies: A Love Story
— Albert Wolsky
3. Great Balls of Fire! — Tracy Tynan
4. Back to the Future II — Joanna Johnston
5. Batman — Bob Ringwood


Best Ensemble Cast: Do the Right Thing
Orson Welles' Best First Feature: Steven Soderbergh, sex, lies, and videotape

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Best Ensemble Cast (dir: Spike Lee; in alphabetical order): Danny Aiello, Paul Benjamin, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, GIancarlo Esposito, Frankie FaIson, Roger Guenveur Smith, Robin Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee, Bill Nunn, Rosie Perez, John Savage and John Turturro

Best First Feature: Steven Soderbergh, sex, lies, and videotape


the year-end project: 
2016, 20152014201320122011, 201020092008200720062005
2004200320022001
200019991998199719961995199419931992, 
1991
1990, 1989 (Do the Right Thing, below)... 198819871986198519841983
1982198119801975-791970-741965-691960-641955-591950-541940-491930-39

1920-29 + Superlatives Index