39th Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear and Silver Bear competitors (1989)

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1. Rain Man (1988)

R | 133 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen

Votes: 460,584 | Gross: $178.80M

2. The Accused (1988)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

After a young woman suffers a brutal gang rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster, Bernie Coulson, Leo Rossi

Votes: 30,575 | Gross: $32.07M

3. The Gang of Four (1989)

160 min | Drama, Mystery

A drama following 4 women at stage school. Considered by some to be the summation of director Jacques Rivette's work as a whole.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Bulle Ogier, Benoît Régent, Fejria Deliba, Laurence Côte

Votes: 878

4. Bankomatt (1989)

88 min | Drama

With three of his companions in a fatal gas-station robbery drowned while evading a police roadblock, the surviving young thug has no reason to turn himself to the police, since they don't ... See full summary »

Director: Villi Hermann | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Giovanni Guidelli, Francesca Neri, Omero Antonutti

Votes: 8

5. Camille Claudel (1988)

R | 175 min | Biography, Drama, History

Camille Claude impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt for herself and she also becomes his mistress. But after a while, she would like to get out of his shadow.

Director: Bruno Nuytten | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grévill

Votes: 5,969 | Gross: $0.20M

7. Esquilache (1989)

100 min | Drama

In the 18th century in Madrid, the Marquess of Esquilache, King Charles III of Spain's former minister, bans on wearing the popular wide collar with a long coat and brimmed hat. Along with other measures provoke a massive riot in the city.

Director: Josefina Molina | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, José Luis López Vázquez, Ángela Molina, Ángel de Andrés

Votes: 200

8. Fallada - letztes Kapitel (1988)

101 min | Biography

The last decade (1937-47) of the poet Hans Fallada's life. He lives with his family in Carwitz. His craving for harmony collides with the circumstances of the times and his own inner ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Gräf | Stars: Jörg Gudzuhn, Jutta Wachowiak, Katrin Saß, Corinna Harfouch

Votes: 11

9. The Striker with Number 9 (1988)

121 min | Drama, Sport

Bill, a great football talent, experiences the rise and fall of his career while being introduced to the world of Greek professional football.

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris | Stars: Stratos Tzortzoglou, Themis Bazaka, Nikos Bousdoukos, Stamatis Tzelepis

Votes: 353

10. Histoires d'Amérique: Food, Family and Philosophy (1989)

92 min | Drama

The stories of Jewish immigrants in New York City are told with characteristic humor.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Mark Amitin, Eszter Balint, Kirk Baltz, George Bartenieff

Votes: 62

11. Ivan and Alexandra (1989)

80 min | Drama

A young boy and his girlfriend live with political terror in Bulgaria in 1952.

Director: Ivan Nichev | Stars: Kliment Corbadziev, Simeon Savov, Monika Budjonova, Bashar Rahal

Votes: 74

12. I Love, You Love (1989)

95 min | Drama, Romance

Pista, a lonely bachelor, working in a Post office, takes to drinking to get over his small stature and unsightly appearance. He is hopelessly in love with his colleague Viera, who in turn ... See full summary »

Director: Dusan Hanák | Stars: Roman Klosowski, Iva Janzurová, Milan Jelic, Milada Jezková

Votes: 124

13. Joan of Arc of Mongolia (1989)

165 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of cosmopolitan women passengers aboard the Trans-Siberian/Mongolian Railway are taken prisoner by Ulan Iga, a warrior princess.

Director: Ulrike Ottinger | Stars: Badema, Lydia Billiet, Christoph Eichhorn, Sevimbike Elibay

Votes: 144

14. The Summer of Aviya (1988)

95 min | Biography, Drama

A ten year old girl spends her summer with her overly protective mother, a mentally scarred holocaust survivor, while hopefully trying to find her real father in the newly established state of Israel.

Director: Eli Cohen | Stars: Gila Almagor, Kaipu Cohen, Eli Cohen, Marina Rossetti

Votes: 358

15. Before the Bat's Flight Is Done (1989)

91 min | Drama, Thriller

How far can one person go when love becomes obsession?

Director: Péter Tímár | Stars: Gábor Máté, Róbert Csontos, Erika Bodnár, Erzsi Máthé

Votes: 179

16. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

65 Metascore

Two F.B.I. Agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

Votes: 83,843 | Gross: $34.60M

17. The Dark Night of the Soul (1989)

93 min | Drama

A fascinating study of the poet Saint John of the Cross, and his spell in solitary confinement. Set in the convent of Toledo, this film explores the temptations that surrounded him, the ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Juan Diego, Fernando Guillén, Manuel de Blas, Francisco Casares

Votes: 136

18. Pestalozzis Berg (1989)

119 min | Biography, Drama, War

In 1770s, the Swiss farmer, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, established a school for poor orphaned children in the Aargau. Up to total exhaustion he sacrificed himself for his pedagogical ... See full summary »

Director: Peter von Gunten | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Rolf Hoppe, Heidi Züger, Christian Grashof

Votes: 14

19. Resurrected (1989)

96 min | Drama, War

Surviving soldier is accused of cowardice and desertion. His former comrades-in-arms decide to judge him bypassing the law.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Tom Bell, Rita Tushingham, David Thewlis, Rudi Davies

Votes: 311

20. Sluga (1989)

141 min | Drama

A Soviet allegory made during the somewhat more permissive atmosphere under Gorbachev, of the sometimes puzzling relationship between a master and a slave.

Director: Vadim Abdrashitov | Stars: Oleg Borisov, Yury Belyayev, Irina Rozanova, Aleksey Petrenko

Votes: 147

21. Talk Radio (1988)

R | 110 min | Drama

66 Metascore

A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Eric Bogosian, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, John C. McGinley

Votes: 12,138 | Gross: $3.47M

22. Wan zhong (1989)

90 min | Drama

Five Eighth-Route army soldiers induce a isolated Japanese squad to capitulate.

Director: Ziniu Wu | Stars: Chong Peipei, Qi Zhao, Ruolei Liu, Yaming Ge

Votes: 31

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