Best Documentary Movies of 1988

1.

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
2.

Chet Baker: Let's Get Lost

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

Documentary about jazz great Chet Baker that intercuts footage from the 1950s, when he was part of West Coast Cool, and from his last years. We see the young Baker, he of the beautiful face, in California and in Italy, where he appeared in at least one movie and at least one jail cell (for drug possession). And, we see the aged Baker, detached, indifferent, his face a ruin. Includes interviews with his children and ex-wife, women companions, and musicians.

Starring: Chet Baker ..
Directed by: Bruce Weber
Release date: 1988-09-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey?
3.

George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey?

4.0
8.2/10 IMDB

George Carlin changes his act by bringing politics into the act, but also talks about the People he can do without, Keeping People Alert, and Cars and Driving part 2.

Starring: George Carlin, Robert N. Altman, Lloyd Lindsay Young ..
Directed by: Bruce Gowers, Rocco Urbisci
Release date: 1988-06-09
4.

Prince - Sign "O" The Times 1987

4.0
8.1/10 IMDB

In 1987, to capitalize on his growing success in Europe, Prince toured extensively to promote the album of the same name and sales increased accordingly. However, the United States remained resistant to his latest album, and sales began to drop; it was at this point that Prince decided to film a live concert promoting the new material, for eventual distribution to theaters in America. Featuring the band that accompanied Prince on his 1987 Sign o' the Times Tour, including dancer Cat Glover, keyboardist Boni Boyer, bassist Levi Seacer, Jr., guitarist Miko Weaver, drummer Sheila E. and former member of The Revolution keyboardist Dr. Fink, the film sees the group perform live on stage (although "U Got the Look" is represented by its promotional music video).

Starring: Prince, Sheila E., Levi Seacer Jr., Miko Weaver, Dr. Fink, Boni Boyer, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, Cat Glover, Wally Safford ..
Directed by: Prince
Release date: 1988-08-11
5.

Imagine: John Lennon

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

The biography of former Beatle, John Lennon—narrated by Lennon himself—with extensive material from Yoko Ono's personal collection, previously unseen footage from Lennon's private archives, and interviews with David Bowie, his first wife Cynthia, second wife Yoko Ono and sons Julian and Sean.

Starring: John Lennon, Y?ko Ono, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Phil Spector, Cynthia Lennon, Julian Lennon, Sean Lennon ..
Directed by: Andrew Solt, John Lennon
Release date: 1988-10-07
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie
6.

Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Winner of a Best Documentary Academy Award, Marcel Ophuls' riveting film details the heinous legacy of the Gestapo head dubbed "The Butcher of Lyon." Responsible for over 4,000 deaths in occupied France during World War II, Barbie would escape--with U.S. help--to South America in 1951, where he lived until a global manhunt led to his 1983 arrest and subsequent trial.

Starring: Klaus Barbie, Marcel Ophüls, Serge Klarsfeld, Beate Klarsfeld, Claude Lanzmann, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Günter Grass, Jacques Vergès, Régis Debray, Bertrand Tavernier ..
Directed by: Marcel Ophüls
Release date: 1988-11-01
7.

U2: Rattle and Hum

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A concert movie on an unprecedented scale, Rattle And Hum captures U2 - on and off the stage - during their triumphant Joshua Tree tour. From the giant technicolour stadium celebrations to the black-and-white intensity of the indoor shows, this is U2 at their best. Follow the group across America, exploring new influences, playing with the legendary B.B. King from Dublin to Graceland.

Starring: Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, U2 ..
Directed by: Phil Joanou
Release date: 1988-11-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Cane Toads: An Unnatural History
8.

Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

A documentary detailing the spread of Hawaiian sugar-cane toads through Australia in a botched effort to introduce them as counter pests.

Starring: Tip Byrne, Glen Ingram, H.W. Kerr ..
Directed by: Mark Lewis
Release date: 1988-06-09
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth
9.

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

3.7
8.9/10 IMDB

TV mini-series.

Starring: Joseph Campbell, George Lucas, Bill Moyers ..
Release date: 1988-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1988 : The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
10.

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

An exploration of the heavy metal scene in Los Angeles, with particular emphasis on glam metal. It features concert footage and interviews of legendary heavy metal and hard rock bands and artists such as Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Megadeth, Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne and W.A.S.P..

Starring: Dave Mustaine, Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Holmes, Lemmy, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, C.C. DeVille ..
Directed by: Penelope Spheeris
Release date: 1988-06-17

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