Best Action Movies of 1988

1.

Die Hard

6.5
8.2/10 IMDB

NYPD cop John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when, minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, De'voreaux White, William Atherton, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Hart Bochner ..
Directed by: John McTiernan
Release date: 1988-07-15
2.

They Live

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Nada, a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.

Starring: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George Buck Flower, Peter Jason, Raymond St. Jacques, Jason Robards III, John Lawrence, Susan Barnes, Sy Richardson ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1988-11-23
3.

Willow

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

Fearful of a prophecy stating that a girl child will be born to bring about her downfall, the evil Queen Bavmorda imprisons all pregnant women within the formidable stronghold of Nockmaar. A child, Elora Danan, is born in the Nockmaar dungeons and identified as the prophesied child by a birthmark on her arm. However, before the black sorceress arrives to claim the child, Elora's mother convinces her reluctant midwife to escape with the baby. Willow, a timid farmer and aspiring sorcerer, is entrusted with delivering the royal infant from evil.

Starring: Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, Patricia Hayes, Billy Barty, Pat Roach, Gavan O'Herlihy, David Steinberg, Phil Fondacaro ..
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 1988-05-01
4.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.

Starring: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed, Charles McKeown, Winston Dennis, Jack Purvis, Valentina Cortese, Jonathan Pryce, Bill Paterson ..
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Release date: 1988-12-07
5.

Young Guns

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted.

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen, Dermot Mulroney, Casey Siemaszko, Terence Stamp, Jack Palance, Terry O'Quinn, Sharon Thomas Cain ..
Directed by: Christopher Cain
Release date: 1988-08-12
6.

Colors

4.9
6.7/10 IMDB

A confident young cop is shown the ropes by a veteran partner in the dangerous gang-controlled barrios of Los Angeles, where the gang culture is enforced by the colors the members wear.

Starring: Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, María Conchita Alonso, Randy Brooks, Grand L. Bush, Don Cheadle, Damon Wayans, Glenn Plummer, Sy Richardson, Tony Todd ..
Directed by: Dennis Hopper
Release date: 1988-04-15
7.

Bloodsport

4.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Frank Dux has entered the "kumite", an illegal underground martial-arts competition where serious injury and even death are not unknown. Chong Li, a particularly ruthless and vicious fighter is the favorite, but then again Dux has not fought him yet.

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bolo Yeung, Roy Chiao, Philip Chan Yan-Kin, Donald Gibb, Ken Siu, Leah Ayres, Norman Burton, Forest Whitaker, Paulo Tocha ..
Directed by: Newt Arnold
Release date: 1988-02-26
8.

Rambo III

4.8
5.8/10 IMDB

Combat has taken its toll on Rambo, but he's finally begun to find inner peace in a monastery. When Rambo's friend and mentor Col. Trautman asks for his help on a top secret mission to Afghanistan, Rambo declines but must reconsider when Trautman is captured.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Kurtwood Smith, Spiros Focás, Sasson Gabai, Doudi Shoua, Randy Raney, Marcus Gilbert, Alon Aboutboul, Mahmoud Assadollahi ..
Directed by: Peter MacDonald
Release date: 1988-05-24
9.

Phantasm II

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Mike, after his release from a psychiatric hospital, teams up with his old pal Reggie to hunt down the Tall Man, who is at it again. A mysterious, beautiful girl has also become part of Mike's dreams, and they must find her before the Tall Man does.

Starring: James Le Gros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine, Samantha Phillips, Kenneth Tigar, Ruth C. Engel, Mark Anthony Major, Stacey Travis, A. Michael Baldwin ..
Directed by: Don Coscarelli
Release date: 1988-07-08
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10.

The Dead Pool

4.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Dirty Harry Callahan returns for his final film adventure. Together with his partner Al Quan, he must investigate the systematic murder of actors and musicians. By the time Harry learns that the murders are a part of a sick game to predict the deaths of celebrities before they happen, it may be too late...

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Liam Neeson, Evan C. Kim, Jim Carrey, David Hunt, Michael Currie, Michael Goodwin, Darwin Gillett, Christopher P. Beale ..
Directed by: Buddy Van Horn
Release date: 1988-07-12

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