Best Drama Movies of 1988

1.

Rain Man

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen, Jack Murdock, Michael D. Roberts, Ralph Seymour, Lucinda Jenney, Bonnie Hunt, Kim Robillard ..
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Release date: 1988-12-11
2.

Big

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

When a young boy makes a wish at a carnival machine to be big—he wakes up the following morning to find that it has been granted and his body has grown older overnight. But he is still the same 13-year-old boy inside. Now he must learn how to cope with the unfamiliar world of grown-ups including getting a job and having his first romantic encounter with a woman.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton, David Moscow, Jon Lovitz, Mercedes Ruehl, Josh Clark, Allan Wasserman ..
Directed by: Penny Marshall
Release date: 1988-06-03
3.

Mississippi Burning

5.6
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
4.

Running on Empty

5.6
7.7/10 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
5.

The Last Temptation of Christ

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

Jesus, a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation. The burden of being the savior of mankind torments Jesus throughout his life, leading him to doubt. As he is put to death on the cross, Jesus is tempted by visions of an ordinary life married to Mary Magdalene.

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, David Bowie, Harry Dean Stanton, Paul Greco, Verna Bloom, Roberts Blossom, Barry Miller, Gary Basaraba ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1988-08-12
6.

Dangerous Liaisons

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

In 18th century France, Marquise de Merteuil asks her ex-lover Vicomte de Valmont to seduce the future wife of another ex-lover of hers in return for one last night with her. Yet things don’t go as planned.

Starring: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Keanu Reeves, Mildred Natwick, Uma Thurman, Peter Capaldi, Joe Sheridan, Valerie Gogan ..
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Release date: 1988-12-16
7.

The Bear

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.

Starring: Tchéky Karyo, Jack Wallace, André Lacombe, Bart the Bear, Youk the Bear, Bozo the Bear ..
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Release date: 1988-10-21
8.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

Successful surgeon Tomas leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza, and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina, but when the Soviet invasion occurs, all three flee to Switzerland. Sabina begins an affair, Tom continues womanizing, and Tereza, disgusted, returns to Czechoslovakia. Realizing his mistake, Tomas decides to chase after her.

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Derek de Lint, Stellan Skarsgård, Erland Josephson, Pavel Landovský, Donald Moffat, Daniel Olbrychski, Tomek Bork ..
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Release date: 1988-02-05
9.

Stand and Deliver

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top algebra and calculus students.

Starring: Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosanna DeSoto, Andy García, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan, Virginia Paris, Eliot, Adelaida Alvarez, Carmen Argenziano ..
Directed by: Ramón Menéndez
Release date: 1988-03-11
Best Drama Movies of 1988 : Eight Men Out
10.

Eight Men Out

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

The great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 is the saddest team to ever win a pennent. The team is bitter at their penny pincher owner, Charles Comiskey, and at their own teammates. Gamblers take advantage of this opportunity to offer some players $ to throw the series (Most of the players didn't get as much as promised.) But Buck Weaver and the great Shoeless Joe Jackson turn back at the last minute to try and play their best. The Sox actually almost come back from a 3-1 deficit. 2 years later, the truth breaks out and the Sox are sued on multiple accounts. They are found innocent by the jury but baseball commissioner Landis has other plans. The eight players are suspended for life, and Buck Weaver, for the rest of his life, tries to clear his name.

Starring: John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Charlie Sheen, D. B. Sweeney, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney, David Strathairn, Michael Rooker, Don Harvey ..
Directed by: John Sayles
Release date: 1988-09-02

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