Best Movies of 1988

1.

Rain Man

6.6

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
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Release date: 1988-12-11
2.

Die Hard

6.5

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
Directed by: John McTiernan
Release date: 1988-07-15
3.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

6.3

'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
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 1988-06-21
4.

Beetlejuice

6.1

Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the undead newlyweds turn to an expert frightmeister, but he's got a diabolical agenda of his own.

Starring: Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1988-02-29
5.

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

6.0

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

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson
Directed by: David Zucker
Release date: 1988-12-02
6.

The Land Before Time

5.9

An orphaned brontosaurus named Littlefoot sets off in search of the legendary Great Valley. A land of lush vegetation where the dinosaurs can thrive and live in peace. Along the way he meets four other young dinosaurs, each one a different species, and they encounter several obstacles as they learn to work together in order to survive.

Starring: Gabriel Damon, Candace Hutson, Judith Barsi, Will Ryan, Pat Hingle
Directed by: Don Bluth
Release date: 1988-11-18
7.

Big

5.9

A young boy, Josh Baskin 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. What will he find out about this strange world?

Starring: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton
Directed by: Penny Marshall
Release date: 1988-06-03
8.

The Thin Blue Line

5.8

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
9.

Coming to America

5.6

Prince Akeem, heir to the throne of Zamunda, leaves the tropical paradise kingdom in search of his queen. What better place than Queens, New York, to find his bride? Joined by his loyal servant and friend, Semmi, Akeem attempts to blend in as an ordinary American and begin his search.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Shari Headley
Directed by: John Landis
Release date: 1988-06-29
10.

Mississippi Burning

5.6

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, former Sheriff, partner.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, R. Lee Ermey
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1988-12-08
11.

A Fish Called Wanda

5.4

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
Directed by: Charles Crichton
Release date: 1988-07-15
12.

The Last Temptation of Christ

5.4

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, Harry Dean Stanton, David Bowie
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1988-08-12
13.

Midnight Run

5.4

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
Directed by: Martin Brest
Release date: 1988-07-20
14.

Dangerous Liaisons

5.4

Dangerous Liaisons is the film based on the novel of the same name by Choderlos de Laclos set in 18th century France. Marquise de Merteuil’s 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 in this love triangle drama.

Starring: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Keanu Reeves
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Release date: 1988-12-16
15.

The Bear

5.4

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
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Release date: 1988-10-21
16.

Child's Play

5.3

A single mother gives her son a beloved doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

Starring: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Dinah Manoff
Directed by: Tom Holland
Release date: 1988-11-08
17.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

5.3

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
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Release date: 1988-02-05
18.

They Live

5.3

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
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1988-11-23
19.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

5.3

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

Starring: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers, Barbara Harris
Directed by: Frank Oz
Release date: 1988-12-14
20.

Dead Ringers

5.3

Elliot, a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly. Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the meeker of the two, without the woman knowing the difference. Beverly falls hard for one of the patients, Claire, but when she inadvertently deceives him, he slips into a state of madness.

Starring: Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Barbara Gordon, Shirley Douglas
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1988-09-23

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