Best Crime Movies of 1988

1.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

6.4
7.7/10 IMDB

'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect.

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer, Kathleen Turner, Stubby Kaye, Alan Tilvern, Richard LeParmentier, Lou Hirsch, Betsy Brantley ..
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 1988-06-21
2.

Mississippi Burning

6.3
7.8/10 IMDB

Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his partner, a former sheriff.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, R. Lee Ermey, Gailard Sartain, Stephen Tobolowsky, Michael Rooker, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Badja Djola ..
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1988-12-08
3.

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

6.1
7.6/10 IMDB

When the incompetent Lieutenant Frank Drebin seeks the ruthless killer of his partner, he stumbles upon an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson, Susan Beaubian, Nancy Marchand, Raye Birk, Jeannette Charles, Ed Williams ..
Directed by: David Zucker
Release date: 1988-12-02
4.

A Fish Called Wanda

6.0
7.5/10 IMDB

A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.

Starring: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken, Tom Georgeson, Cynthia Cleese, Patricia Hayes, Geoffrey Palmer, Mark Elwes ..
Directed by: Charles Crichton
Release date: 1988-07-15
5.

The Thin Blue Line

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

Errol Morris's unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas.

Starring: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson ..
Directed by: Errol Morris
Release date: 1988-08-28
6.

Running on Empty

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

The Popes are a family who haven't been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire in an effort to hinder the government's Vietnam war campaign. Ever since then, the Popes have been on the run with the authorities never far behind.

Starring: Christine Lahti, Judd Hirsch, River Phoenix, Martha Plimpton, Jonas Abry, Ed Crowley, L.M. Kit Carson, Steven Hill, Augusta Dabney, Alice Drummond ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1988-09-09
7.

Midnight Run

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

An accountant embezzles $15 million of mob money, jumps bail and is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Foronjy, Philip Baker Hall, Jack Kehoe, Robert Miranda ..
Directed by: Martin Brest
Release date: 1988-07-20
8.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can be the first to swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000.

Starring: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers, Barbara Harris, Ian McDiarmid, Dana Ivey, Meagen Fay, Georges Gerrard Baffos, Cheryl Pay ..
Directed by: Frank Oz
Release date: 1988-12-14
9.

Red Heat

5.0
6.1/10 IMDB

A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Belushi, Ed O'Ross, Peter Boyle, Laurence Fishburne, Gina Gershon, Brent Jennings, Brion James, Peter Jason, Pruitt Taylor Vince ..
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 1988-06-17
10.

Without a Clue

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Sherlock Holmes is as dashing as ever, but with a little secret: Dr. Watson is the brains behind the operation. When Reginald Kincaid, the actor he has hired to play Holmes becomes insufferable, Watson fires him and tries to go out on his own, but finds that he has done too good a job building Holmes up in the public's mind.

Starring: Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Jeffrey Jones, Lysette Anthony, Nigel Davenport, Peter Cook, Gregor Fisher, Paul Freeman, George Sweeney, John Tordoff ..
Directed by: Thom Eberhardt
Release date: 1988-05-05
11.

Frantic

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

The wife of an American doctor suddenly vanishes in Paris and, to find her, he navigates a puzzling web of language, locale, laissez-faire cops, triplicate-form filling bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif who knows more than she tells.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner, Betty Buckley, Dominique Pinon, Jacques Ciron, John Mahoney, Jimmie Ray Weeks, David Huddleston, Alexandra Stewart, Yorgo Voyagis ..
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 1988-02-16
12.

Young Guns

4.9
6.8/10 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: 1988-02-17
13.

Colors

4.8
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
14.

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Jack Spade returns from the army in his old ghetto neighbourhood when his brother, June Bug, dies. Jack declares war on Mr. Big, powerful local crimelord. His army is led by John Slade, his childhood idol who used to fight bad guys in the 70s.

Starring: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Bernie Casey, Ja'net DuBois, Isaac Hayes, Jim Brown, John Vernon, Steve James, Kadeem Hardison, Damon Wayans, Antonio Fargas ..
Directed by: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Release date: 1988-11-10
15.

The Dead Pool

4.6
6.2/10 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: 1988-04-14
16.

Alien Nation

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A few years from now, Earth will have the first contact with an alien civilisation. These aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after years of quarantine.

Starring: James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp, Kevyn Major Howard, Leslie Bevis, Peter Jason, Conrad Dunn, Jeff Kober, Roger Aaron Brown, Francis X. McCarthy ..
Directed by: Graham Baker
Release date: 1988-10-07
17.

Married to the Mob

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Angela de Marco is fed up with her gangster husband's line of work and wants no part of the crime world. When her husband is killed for having an affair with the mistress of mob boss Tony "The Tiger" Russo, Angela and her son depart for New York City to make a fresh start. Unfortunately, Tony has set his sights upon Angela -- and so has an undercover FBI agent looking to use her to bust Tony.

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Oliver Platt, Alec Baldwin, Dean Stockwell, Mercedes Ruehl, Joan Cusack, Colin Quinn, Ellen Foley, O-Lan Jones ..
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Release date: 1988-08-19
18.

Tequila Sunrise

4.4
6.0/10 IMDB

In a seaside California town, best friends Mac and Nick are on opposite sides of the law. Mac is a former drug dealer trying to clean up his act, while Nick is a high-profile detective trying to take down a Mexican drug lord named Carlos. Soon Nick's loyalties are put to the test when he begins an affair with restaurateur Jo Ann -- a love interest of Mac's -- unwittingly leading his friend into a police-orchestrated trap.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell, J. T. Walsh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Raul Julia, Gabriel Damon, Arliss Howard, Arye Gross, Daniel Zacapa, Eric Thiele ..
Directed by: Robert Towne
Release date: 1988-12-02
19.

The Presidio

4.3
5.9/10 IMDB

Jay Austin is now a civilian police detective. Colonel Caldwell was his commanding officer years before when he left the military police over a disagreement over the handling of a drunk driver. Now a series of murders that cross jurisdictions force them to work together again. That Austin is now dating Caldwell's daughter is not helping their relationship.

Starring: Sean Connery, Mark Harmon, Meg Ryan, Jack Warden, Jenette Goldstein, Mark Blum, Dana Gladstone, Don Calfa, Patrick Kilpatrick, Rosalyn Marshall ..
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1988-06-10
20.

Maniac Cop

4.3
6.0/10 IMDB

In New York, people are slain and strangled to death brutally on the open street. All witnesses agree that the murderer was in a cop's uniform. Soon the police search and find a suspect in its own ranks: Jack Forrest, suspected of murdering his own wife and the rest of the unfortunate individuals to die by the Maniac Cop’s reign of terror. To prove his innocence, he investigates the case with his partner, Theresa Mallory.

Starring: Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon, Richard Roundtree, William Smith, Robert Z'Dar, Sheree North, Nick Barbaro, Lou Bonacki, Barry Brenner ..
Directed by: William Lustig
Release date: 1988-05-13
21.

Action Jackson

4.0
5.5/10 IMDB

Vengeance drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition.

Starring: Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson, Vanity, Sharon Stone, Thomas F. Wilson, Robert Davi, Bill Duke, Jack Thibeau, Roger Aaron Brown, Stan Foster ..
Directed by: Craig R. Baxley
Release date: 1988-02-12
Best Crime Movies of 1988 : Jack the Ripper
22.

Jack the Ripper

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Jack the Ripper was a 1988 two-part television movie/mini-series portraying a fictionalized account of the hunt for Jack The Ripper, the killer responsible for the Whitechapel murders of 1888. The series coincided with the 100th anniversary of the murders. Using historical characters involved in the genuine 1888 hunt for the killer, the film was written by Derek Marlowe and David Wickes

Release date: 1988-10-21
Best Crime Movies of 1988 : Jack the Ripper
23.

Jack the Ripper

3.7
7.5/10 IMDB

A Scotland Yard police inspector, battling the booze, investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and discovers a conspiracy that leads all the way up to the Queen.

Starring: Michael Caine, Jane Seymour, Lewis Collins, Armand Assante, Ken Bones, Susan George, Harry Andrews, Lysette Anthony, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Peter Armitage ..
Directed by: David Wickes
Release date: 1988-10-11
24.

Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach

3.6
4.5/10 IMDB

The Police Academy misfits travel to Miami Beach for Commandant Lassard to be honored with a prestigious lifetime award pending his retirement. Things take a turn when Lassard unknowingly ends up in possession of stolen diamonds from a jewel heist.

Starring: Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbrook, G.W. Bailey, Tab Thacker, Marion Ramsey, Janet Jones, Lance Kinsey, Matt McCoy ..
Directed by: Alan Myerson
Release date: 1988-03-17
25.

Things Change

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Jerry, a misfit Mafia henchman, is assigned the low-level job of keeping an eye on Gino, a shoe repairman fingered by the Mob to confess to a murder he didn't commit. But Gino's mistaken for a Mafia boss, and the two are suddenly catapulted to the highest levels of mobster status. Only friendship will see them through this dangerous adventure alive!

Starring: Don Ameche, Joe Mantegna, Robert Prosky, J.J. Johnston, Ricky Jay, Mike Nussbaum, Jack Wallace, Dan Conway, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy ..
Directed by: David Mamet
Release date: 1988-10-21
26.

Deadbeat at Dawn

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Goose leaves the gang life behind after pleas from his girlfriend. But it isn't long before he's pulled back into the world of violence.

Starring: Jim Van Bebber, Megan Murphy, Marc Pitman, Ric Walker, Paul Harper, Maureen Allisse, Tom Burns, John Bradley, Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert ..
Directed by: Jim Van Bebber
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1988 : Surviving Edged Weapons
27.

Surviving Edged Weapons

3.4
8.6/10 IMDB

In an intense action-filled 85 minutes, you will learn to defend yourself against the mounting threat of “knife culture” offenders.

Starring: Ronald Rolland, Mickey Dawes, Leo T. Gaje Jr., Dean Gilmore, Kathleen A. Handal, Robert Henke, Gary Klugiewicz, Jan Lewis, Richard Menzel, Kevin Parsons ..
Directed by: Dennis Anderson
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1988 : Ghosts... of the Civil Dead
28.

Ghosts... of the Civil Dead

3.4
6.9/10 IMDB

The inmates and guards of a modern, clean and efficient maximum security wing are slowly and increasingly brutalized until they erupt in violence. Dark and macabre, and based in truth, the story is told in a traditional dramatic style combined with telephone interviews and narration.

Starring: David Field, Mike Bishop, Chris DeRose, Kevin Mackey, Dave Mason, Nick Cave, Bogdan Koca, Freddo Dierck, Vincent Gil, Tony Clark ..
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Release date: 1988-08-01
Best Crime Movies of 1988 : Appointment with Death
29.

Appointment with Death

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Emily Boynton, stepmother to three children, blackmails the family lawyer into destroying a second will of her late husband that would have freed the children from her dominating influence. She takes herself, the children and her daughter-in-law on holiday to Europe and the Holy Land. At a dig, Emily is found dead and Hercule Poirot investigates.

Starring: Peter Ustinov, Lauren Bacall, Carrie Fisher, John Gielgud, Piper Laurie, Hayley Mills, Jenny Seagrove, David Soul, Nicholas Guest, Valerie Richards ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1988-04-15
30.

Stormy Monday

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

When a corrupt American businessman tries to strong arm his way into businesses in Newcastle, England, he is thwarted by a club attendant and his waitress girlfriend.

Starring: Melanie Griffith, Tommy Lee Jones, Sting, Sean Bean, James Cosmo, Mark Long, Brian Lewis, Scott Hoxby, Andrzej Borkowski, Prunella Gee ..
Directed by: Mike Figgis
Release date: 1988-05-01
31.

Cop

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

An obsessive, insubordinate homicide cop is convinced a serial killer is loose in the Hollywood area and disobeys orders in order to catch him.

Starring: James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren, Charles Durning, Charles Haid, Raymond J. Barry, Randi Brooks, Steven Lambert, Christopher Wynne, Jan McGill, Vicki Wauchope ..
Directed by: James B. Harris
Release date: 1988-02-05
32.

Off Limits

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

McGriff and Albaby are probably doing the worst law enforcement job in the world - they are plain clothes U.S. military policemen on duty in war-time Saigon. However, their job becomes even harder when they start investigating the serial killings of local prostitutes. Their prime suspect is high ranking U.S. Army officer which brings their lives in danger.

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Gregory Hines, Fred Ward, Amanda Pays, Scott Glenn, Keith David, David Alan Grier ..
Directed by: Christopher Crowe
Release date: 1988-03-11
33.

Prison

3.3
5.8/10 IMDB

After Charles Forsyth was sent to the electric chair for a crime he didn't commit, he forever haunts the prison where he was executed. Flash forward several years when the prison is reopened, under the control of its new warden Eaton Sharpe, a former security guard who framed Charlie. When prisoners are ordered to break down the wall to the execution room, they unknowingly release the angry spirit of Charles Forsyth, a powerful being distributing his murderous rage to all, leading up to the Warden himself.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Chelsea Field, Lane Smith, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Tom Everett, Ivan Kane, André De Shields, Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr., Stephen E. Little, Mickey Yablans ..
Directed by: Renny Harlin
Release date: 1988-03-04
Best Crime Movies of 1988 : White Mischief
34.

White Mischief

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

A millionaire past his prime and his young wife arrive in Kenya circa 1940 to find that the other affluent British expatriates are living large as the homefront gears up for war. They are busy swapping partners, doing drugs, and attending lavish parties and horse races. She begins a torrid affair with one of the bon vivants, and her husband finds out and confronts them. The husband and wife decide to break up peacefully, but the bon vivant is murdered and all the evidence points to the husband.

Starring: Greta Scacchi, Charles Dance, Geraldine Chaplin, Joss Ackland, Sarah Miles, Ray McAnally, Murray Head, John Hurt, Trevor Howard, Hugh Grant ..
Directed by: Michael Radford
Release date: 1988-02-05
35.

Sunset

3.2
5.7/10 IMDB

Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.

Starring: Bruce Willis, James Garner, Malcolm McDowell, Mariel Hemingway, Kathleen Quinlan, Patricia Hodge, Richard Bradford, M. Emmet Walsh, Jennifer Edwards, Jeris Poindexter ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1988-04-29
36.

Feds

3.2
5.4/10 IMDB

Ellie DeWitt and Janis Zuckermann are admitted to the very strict FBI Training Academy. They get a hard course, in which they learn to deal with guns and to recognise crimes. They also get a physical training. It appears that Ellie is a real fighting- machine, in contrast with Janis, the great student. They have to help each other, all the way to graduation.

Starring: Rebecca De Mornay, Mary Gross, Fred Dalton Thompson, Larry Cedar, Ken Marshall, Raymond Singer, James Luisi, Rex Ryon, Norman Bernard, Don Stark ..
Directed by: Daniel Goldberg
Release date: 1988-10-28
37.

Miles from Home

3.2
5.7/10 IMDB

Two brothers who are forced off their farm in the debt stricken mid-west become folk heroes when they begin robbing the banks that have been foreclosing on farmers.

Starring: Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Brian Dennehy, Kevin Anderson, Penelope Ann Miller, John Malkovich, Terry Kinney, Judith Ivey, Laurie Metcalf, Francis Guinan ..
Directed by: Gary Sinise
Release date: 1988-09-16
38.

Shakedown

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

When a local drug dealer shoots a dishonest cop in self-defense, lawyer and renegade undercover cop join forces to clear him. But when their investigation leads them into a maze of greed and corruption, they learn that in a town where everything is for sale, anything can happen.

Starring: Peter Weller, Sam Elliott, Patricia Charbonneau, Antonio Fargas, Blanche Baker, John C. McGinley, Richard Brooks, Jude Ciccolella, Thomas G. Waites, Daryl Edwards ..
Directed by: James Glickenhaus
Release date: 1988-05-06
39.

Messenger of Death

3.0
5.4/10 IMDB

Wifes and children of the Mormon Orville Beecham become victims of a massacre in his own house. The police believes the crime had a religious motive. Orville doesn't give any comment on the case, is taken into protective custody. Journalist Smith persuades him to help him in the investigation - and finds out about economic motives for the murder.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Trish Van Devere, Laurence Luckinbill, Daniel Benzali, Marilyn Hassett, Charles Dierkop, Jeff Corey, John Ireland, Penny Peyser, Gene Davis ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1988-09-16
40.

Buster

3.0
5.8/10 IMDB

Buster is a small time crook who pulls a big time job. When he finds that the police will not let the case drop, he goes into hiding and can't contact his wife and child. He arranges to meet them in Mexico where he thinks they can begin again, but finds that he must choose between his family and freedom.

Starring: Phil Collins, Julie Walters, Larry Lamb, Ralph Brown, Christopher Ellison, Sheila Hancock, Martin Jarvis, Anthony Quayle, Michael Byrne, Ellie Beaven ..
Directed by: David Green
Release date: 1988-09-16
41.

Jack's Back

3.0
5.8/10 IMDB

A young doctor is suspected when a series of Jack the Ripper copycat killings is committed. However, when the doctor himself is murdered, his identical twin brother claims to have seen visions of the true killer.

Starring: James Spader, Cynthia Gibb, Jim Haynie, Robert Picardo, Rod Loomis, Rex Ryon, Chris Mulkey, John Wesley, Bobby Hosea, Danitza Kingsley ..
Directed by: Rowdy Herrington
Release date: 1988-05-06
Best Crime Movies of 1988 : Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace
42.

Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Mason defends a man he had sentenced to prison when he was an appellate-court judge. Now, 18 months after the sentencing, a new witness turns up to prove the man's innocence. Mason steps in to defend the man.

Starring: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Katt, Patty Duke, Erin Gray, Larry Wilcox, Wendelin Harston, Tupper Cullum, David Ogden Stiers, Charles Siebert ..
Directed by: Christian I. Nyby II
Release date: 1988-02-28
Best Crime Movies of 1988 : Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake
43.

Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

A woman suddenly disappears after an early morning walk, and her husband is accused of murder.

Starring: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Katt, David Hasselhoff, John Beck, John Ireland, Doran Clark, George DelHoyo, Audra Lindley, David Ogden Stiers ..
Directed by: Ron Satlof
Release date: 1988-05-15
44.

Gunman II

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

The border of Burma and Thailand is lawless place, where people live and die by the law of the gun. Into this situation comes a young police lieutenant, intent on reforming the rough and rowdy local police force along the Salween River. But the ongoing fight by the Karen tribe against the Burmese government spills over into the Thailand, making the lieutenant's task a difficult one.

Starring: Sorapong Chatree, Chatchai Plengpanich, Siricoup Metanee, Paweena Chariffsakul, Nappon Gomarachun, Chalita Pattamapan, Ron Rittichai ..
Directed by: Chatrichalerm Yukol
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1988 : Hero and the Terror
45.

Hero and the Terror

2.9
5.2/10 IMDB

Danny O'Brien is back in action fighting the notorious Simon Moon, also known as The Terror. Three years earlier O'Brien had single-handedly captured The Terror and was called Hero by the people of L.A. Now Simon has escaped and has started killing women again, and O'Brien is the only man who can stop him.

Starring: Chuck Norris, Brynn Thayer, Steve James, Jack O'Halloran, Jeffrey Kramer, Ron O'Neal, Murphy Dunne, Heather Blodgett, Tony DiBenedetto, Billy Drago ..
Directed by: William Tannen
Release date: 1988-08-26
46.

In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

It is 1985, and a small, tranquil Florida town is being rocked by a wave of vicious serial murders and bank robberies. Particularly sickening to the authorities is the gratuitous use of violence by two “Rambo” like killers who dress themselves in military garb. Based on actual events taken from FBI files, the movie depicts the Bureau’s efforts to track down these renegades.

Starring: Ronny Cox, Bruce Greenwood, Michael Gross, Doug Sheehan, David Soul, Ronald G. Joseph, Teri Copley, Richard Jenkins, Peter McRobbie, Anne Lange ..
Directed by: Dick Lowry
Release date: 1988-09-28
47.

Kansas

2.9
5.4/10 IMDB

A drifter becomes both a bank robber and a hero in this crime thriller. Andrew McCarthy stars as Wade Corey, who hitches a ride on a freight train already occupied by Doyle Kennedy (Matt Dillon), a charming ex-con who convinces Wade to accompany him to his hometown. Once there, Wade realizes too late that Doyle is intent on robbing the local bank. After they are separated following the crime, Wade hides the money. Happening upon a drowning in progress, he saves a young girl who just happens to be the daughter of the state governor, and he becomes an unlikely hero. Finding work at a nearby farm, the meandering Wade becomes a hired hand, falls for the beautiful daughter (Leslie Hope) of his boss, and dreads the return of Doyle, who is sure to come looking for his money.

Starring: Matt Dillon, Andrew McCarthy, Leslie Hope, Jeffery Feaster, Alan Toy, Andy Romano, Kyra Sedgwick, Brent Jennings, Brynn Thayer, Harry Northup ..
Directed by: David Stevens
Release date: 1988-09-23
Best Crime Movies of 1988 : Trancers: City of Lost Angels
48.

Trancers: City of Lost Angels

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Jack Deth the super cop from the future, has put away three centuries worth of time traveling criminals. But Deth's most dangerous collar, the ultraviolent assassin Edlin Shock, has escaped from her maximum security holding cell and won't rest until she's exacted revenge. Meanwhile, Deth is trying to make a life for himself as a private eye in 1988 Los Angeles with his hot-blooded girlfriend Lena. Relationship troubles are just the beginning of Deth's problems when he learns that Edlin Shock has followed him back in time.

Starring: Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt, Art La Fleur, Telma Hopkins, Grace Zabriskie, Velvet Rhodes, Alyson Croft, Art LaFleur ..
Directed by: Charles Band
Release date: 1988-08-11
Best Crime Movies of 1988 : Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls
49.

Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls

2.8
5.8/10 IMDB

A gang of women wreak havoc in the city, killing various men who have treated women poorly. And sometimes they do it just for fun.

Starring: Phillip Silverstein, Simoone Margolis, Melissa Lawrence, Jo Ann Wyman, Robin Gingold, Dale Soules, Henry S. Rosenthal ..
Directed by: Meredith Lucas
Release date: 1988-01-01
50.

Last Rites

2.7
5.1/10 IMDB

After witnessing her lover being murdered by his jealous wife, Angela seeks refuge in a church where she encounters a young priest named Michael, who gives her sanctuary. But the killing was not a simple act of passion, as the victim had ties to organized crime, and, surprisingly, so does Michael, whose father is a powerful don. When the priest finds himself falling in love with Angela, his religious vows and family ties are both severely tested.

Starring: Tom Berenger, Daphne Zuniga, Chick Vennera, Anne Twomey, Dane Clark, Paul Dooley, Vassili Lambrinos, Adrian Paul, Deborah Pratt, Tony DiBenedetto ..
Directed by: Donald P. Bellisario
Release date: 1988-11-18

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