Best Romance Movies of 1988



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

Coming to America

7.1/10 IMDB

An African prince decides it’s time for him to find a princess... and his mission leads him and his most loyal friend to Queens, New York. In disguise as an impoverished immigrant, the pampered prince quickly finds himself a new job, new friends, new digs, new enemies and lots of trouble.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Shari Headley, Frankie Faison, Louie Anderson, Samuel L. Jackson, Eriq La Salle, Allison Dean ..
Directed by: John Landis
Release date: 1988-06-29

Running on Empty

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

Dangerous Liaisons

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: 1988-12-21

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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

Miracle Mile

7.0/10 IMDB

After 30 years of searching, Harry has finally met the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, before they even have a chance to go on their first date, Harry intercepts some chilling news: WWIII has begun and nuclear missiles will destroy Los Angeles in less than an hour!

Starring: Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, John Agar, Lou Hancock, Mykelti Williamson, Kelly Jo Minter, Kurt Fuller, Denise Crosby, Robert DoQui, O-Lan Jones ..
Directed by: Steve De Jarnatt
Release date: 1988-05-19


7.0/10 IMDB

'Pleasantly plump' teenager Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream of becoming a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. Now a teen hero, she starts using her fame to speak out for the causes she believes in, most of all integration. In doing so, she earns the wrath of the show's former star, Amber Von Tussle, as well as Amber's manipulative, pro-segregation parents. The rivalry comes to a head as Amber and Tracy vie for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963.

Starring: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry, Ricki Lake, Jerry Stiller, Vitamin C, Michael St. Gerard, Clayton Prince, Mink Stole ..
Directed by: John Waters
Release date: 1988-02-26

Bull Durham

7.0/10 IMDB

Veteran catcher Crash Davis is brought to the minor league Durham Bulls to help their up and coming pitching prospect, "Nuke" Laloosh. Their relationship gets off to a rocky start and is further complicated when baseball groupie Annie Savoy sets her sights on the two men.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl, William O'Leary, David Neidorf, Danny Gans, Tom Silardi, Lloyd T. Williams ..
Directed by: Ron Shelton
Release date: 1988-06-15


5.9/10 IMDB

After being discharged from the Army, Brian Flanagan moves back to Queens and takes a job in a bar run by Doug Coughlin, who teaches Brian the fine art of bar-tending. Brian quickly becomes a patron favorite with his flashy drink-mixing style, and Brian adopts his mentor's cynical philosophy on life and goes for the money.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Banes, Kelly Lynch, Gina Gershon, Ron Dean, Ellen Foley, Chris Owens, Louis Ferreira ..
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
Release date: 1988-07-29

Working Girl

6.8/10 IMDB

Tess McGill is an ambitious secretary with a unique approach for climbing the ladder to success. When her classy, but villainous boss breaks a leg skiing, Tess takes over her office, her apartment and even her wardrobe. She creates a deal with a handsome investment banker that will either take her to the top, or finish her off for good.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Philip Bosco, Nora Dunn, Oliver Platt, James Lally, Kevin Spacey ..
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Release date: 1988-12-20


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

The Accidental Tourist

6.7/10 IMDB

After the death of his son, travel writer Macon Leary seems to be sleep walking through life. Macon's wife is having similar problems. They separate, and Macon meets a strange, outgoing woman who brings him 'back down to earth', but his wife soon thinks their marriage is still worth another try.

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright, David Ogden Stiers, Ed Begley Jr., Bill Pullman, Robert Hy Gorman, Bradley Mott, Bill Lee Brown ..
Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan
Release date: 1988-12-23

Biloxi Blues

6.6/10 IMDB

Eugene, an aspiring writer from Brooklyn, is drafted into the US Army during the final months of World War II. For his basic training, the Army sends him to Camp Shelby in Mississippi, where toil, bad food, and antisemitic jibes await. Eugene takes refuge in his sense of humor and in his diary, but they won't protect him in a battle of wills with an unstable drill sergeant.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken, Matt Mulhern, Corey Parker, Casey Siemaszko, Michael Dolan, Penelope Ann Miller, Markus Flanagan, Park Overall, Alan Pottinger ..
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Release date: 1988-03-25

Mystic Pizza

6.3/10 IMDB

Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in Mystic, Connecticut.

Starring: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Vincent D'Onofrio, William R. Moses, Adam Storke, Matt Damon, Conchata Ferrell, Joanna Merlin, Porscha Radcliffe ..
Directed by: Donald Petrie
Release date: 1988-10-13

Married to the Mob

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

Tequila Sunrise

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, Raúl Juliá, Gabriel Damon, Arliss Howard, Arye Gross, Daniel Zacapa, Eric Thiele ..
Directed by: Robert Towne
Release date: 1988-12-02

She's Having a Baby

5.9/10 IMDB

Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life all that there is? Things certainly aren't helped by Jake's friend Davis, who always seems to turn up just in time to put a spanner in the works.

Starring: Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Baldwin, William Windom, Holland Taylor, Cathryn Damon, John Ashton, Larry Hankin, Paul Gleason, Dennis Dugan ..
Directed by: John Hughes
Release date: 1988-02-05

Torch Song Trilogy

7.8/10 IMDB

A very personal story that is both funny and poignant, TORCH SONG TRILOGY chronicles a New Yorker's search for love, respect and tradition in a world that seems not especially made for him.

Starring: Harvey Fierstein, Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick, Brian Kerwin, Eddie Castrodad, Lorry Goldman, Ken Page, Harvey Fierstein, Karen Young ..
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Release date: 1988-01-01

For Keeps

5.9/10 IMDB

Young high school couple Darcy Elliot and Stan Bobrucz are one year from graduation, with promising futures ahead of them. But their paths take a drastic turn when Darcy becomes pregnant. Unwilling to go through an abortion or an adoption — despite their parents' pleas — Darcy and Stan decide to sacrifice their college experiences and degrees in order to keep and raise the baby. After a quick marriage, the two realize it won't be as easy as they thought.

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Randall Batinkoff, Kenneth Mars, Miriam Flynn, Sharon Brown, Pauly Shore, Michelle Downey, Patricia Barry, Darcy DeMoss, Brandon Douglas ..
Directed by: John G. Avildsen
Release date: 1988-01-15
Best Romance Movies of 1988 : A Summer Story

A Summer Story

7.3/10 IMDB

A bittersweet tale of lost love, based on a short story ("The Apple Tree") by John Galsworthy.

Starring: James Wilby, Imogen Stubbs, Susannah York, Kenneth Colley, Jerome Flynn, Sophie Ward, John Elmes, Sukie Smith, Harry Burton, Camilla Power ..
Directed by: Piers Haggard
Release date: 1988-08-11
Best Romance Movies of 1988 : Stealing Home

Stealing Home

6.6/10 IMDB

Billy Wyatt (Harmon), a former high school and minor-league baseball baseball player receives a telephone call from his mother revealing that his former child-sitter, and later in his teens, his first love, Katie Chandler (Foster), has died. Wyatt returns home to deal with this tragedy reminescing over his childhood growing up with his father, Katie and best friend Alan Appleby.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Mark Harmon, Harold Ramis, Jonathan Silverman, William McNamara, John Shea, Blair Brown, Richard Jenkins, Brooke Stacy Mills, Raushanah Simmons ..
Directed by: Steven Kampmann, William Porter
Release date: 1988-08-26
Best Romance Movies of 1988 : Cathy's Last Resort

Cathy's Last Resort

7.1/10 IMDB

Cathy's preparations for an idyllic, romantic vacation with her boyfriend, Irving, go awry.

Starring: Kathleen Wilhoite, Rob Paulsen, Allison Argo, Gregg Berger, William L. Guisewite, Heather Kerr, Emily Levine, Shirley Mitchell, Jamie Neal, Frank Welker ..
Directed by: Evert Brown
Release date: 1988-11-11

Two Moon Junction

5.0/10 IMDB

A young Southern débutante temporarily abandons her posh lifestyle and upcoming, semi-arranged marriage to have a lustful and erotic fling with a rugged drifter who works at a local carnival.

Starring: Sherilyn Fenn, Richard Tyson, Louise Fletcher, Burl Ives, Kristy McNichol, Martin Hewitt, Juanita Moore, Don Galloway, Millie Perkins, Milla Jovovich ..
Directed by: Zalman King
Release date: 1988-04-29

Crossing Delancey

6.9/10 IMDB

Isabelle's life revolves around the New York bookshop she works in and the intellectuals she befriends there. Her grandmother remains less than impressed and decides to hire a good old-fashioned Jewish matchmaker to help Isabelle's love-life along. Enter pickle-maker Sam who immediately takes to Isabelle. She however is irritated by the whole business, at least to start with.

Starring: Amy Irving, Peter Riegert, Reizl Bozyk, Jeroen Krabbé, Sylvia Miles, George Martin, John Bedford Lloyd, Claudia Silver, David Hyde Pierce, Suzzy Roche ..
Directed by: Joan Micklin Silver
Release date: 1988-08-17
Best Romance Movies of 1988 : A Handful of Dust

A Handful of Dust

6.6/10 IMDB

English aristocrat Tony Last welcomes tragedy into his life when he invites John Beaver to visit his vast estate. There Beaver makes the acquaintance of Tony's wife, Brenda. Together, they continue their relationship in a series of bedroom assignations in London. Trusting to a fault, Tony is unaware that anything is amiss until his wife suddenly asks for a divorce. With his life in turmoil, Tony goes on a haphazard journey to South America.

Starring: James Wilby, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rupert Graves, Anjelica Huston, Judi Dench, Alec Guinness, Pip Torrens, Stephen Fry, Graham Crowden, Richard Beale ..
Directed by: Charles Sturridge
Release date: 1988-06-24
Best Romance Movies of 1988 : The Woman He Loved

The Woman He Loved

6.1/10 IMDB

In 1936, Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson, a twice divorced American. These events caused a scandal around the world and Wallis has since been demonised as the woman who stole the King of England.

Starring: Jane Seymour, Olivia de Havilland, Tom Wilkinson, Anthony Andrews, Lucy Gutteridge, Robert Hardy, Julie Harris, Phyllis Calvert, Richenda Carey, Susan Denaker ..
Directed by: Charles Jarrott
Release date: 1988-04-03

Stormy Monday

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

The Moderns

6.6/10 IMDB

Nick Hart is a struggling American artist who lives amongst the expatriate community in 1920s Paris. He spends most of his time drinking and socializing in local café's and pestering gallery owner Libby Valentin to sell his paintings. He becomes involved in a plot by wealthy art patroness Nathalie de Ville to forge three paintings. This leads to several run-ins with American rubber magnate Bertram Stone, who happens to be married to Hart's ex-wife Rachel.

Starring: Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, John Lone, Geneviève Bujold, Geraldine Chaplin, Wallace Shawn, Kevin J. O'Connor, Danielle Schneider, Gailard Sartain, Robert Gould ..
Directed by: Alan Rudolph
Release date: 1988-04-15

Big Time

8.0/10 IMDB

Bringing his unique sense of humor to this bizarre and original piece of moviemaking, Tom Waits takes the audience through a musical journey with his jazzy, quirky, bluesy tunes presented as you would never, ever, ever expect.

Starring: Tom Waits, Michael L. Blair, Ralph Carney, Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot, Willie Schwarz ..
Directed by: Chris Blum
Release date: 1988-12-30

Everybody's All-American

6.2/10 IMDB

Louisiana football star Gavin Grey had it all. He was an All-American champion who married his high-school sweetheart, homecoming queen Babs Rogers, and who was a hero to his hometown. Yet after a failed professional career, Gavin realizes that fame and success have passed him by and that he no longer is the hero everyone keeps reminding him he should still be. His dissatisfaction with his life leads to strains in his marriage, and Gavin begins to wonder who he is, if he's not a hero anymore.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Jessica Lange, Timothy Hutton, John Goodman, Carl Lumbly, Ray Baker, Savannah Smith Boucher, Patricia Clarkson, Aaron Neville, Wayne Knight ..
Directed by: Taylor Hackford
Release date: 1988-11-04
Best Romance Movies of 1988 : Spellbinder


5.8/10 IMDB

After leaving work one night, Los Angeles attorney Jeff Mills and his colleague rescue a young, beautiful woman from an abusive boyfriend. Jeff soon becomes romantically involved with her and embroiled in the web of intrigue that follows her, despite a string of ominous happenstances and repeated warnings from his secretary.

Starring: Tim Daly, Kelly Preston, Rick Rossovich, Audra Lindley, Anthony Crivello, Diana Bellamy, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Julian Christopher, Kyle T. Heffner, M.C. Gainey ..
Directed by: Janet Greek
Release date: 1988-09-23


6.3/10 IMDB

An FBI agent posing as a combine driver becomes romantically involved with a Midwest farmer who lives a double life as a white supremacist.

Starring: Debra Winger, Tom Berenger, John Heard, Betsy Blair, John Mahoney, Ted Levine, Jeffrey DeMunn, Albert Hall, David Clennon, Robert Swan ..
Directed by: Costa-Gavras
Release date: 1988-08-26

Arthur 2: On the Rocks

4.6/10 IMDB

Arthur, that irrepressible drunk, tries to sober up and get a job. Meanwhile, Ralph Marolla is conniving to trick the hapless boozer into marrying his daughter so he can gain entrée to Arthur's $750 million fortune.

Starring: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Stephen Elliott, Paul Benedict, Cynthia Sikes, Kathy Bates, Jack Gilford, Ted Ross ..
Directed by: Bud Yorkin
Release date: 1988-07-08

The Boost

6.0/10 IMDB

Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give Lenny that needed "boost". What ensues next is a descent into drug addiction and insanity as Lenny tries to regain control of his life, all the while needing that extra "boost".

Starring: Sean Young, James Woods, John Kapelos, John Rothman, Steven Hill, Grace Zabriskie, Marc Poppel, Amanda Blake, Fred McCarren, Kelle Kerr ..
Directed by: Harold Becker
Release date: 1988-12-23
Best Romance Movies of 1988 : White Mischief

White Mischief

6.4/10 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

The Good Mother

5.7/10 IMDB

After finding a sexually liberated boyfriend, a divorced woman gets sued over daughter's custody, by her ex, who claims that her lover has a bad influence on the kid.

Starring: Diane Keaton, Liam Neeson, Jason Robards, Ralph Bellamy, Teresa Wright, Katey Sagal, James Naughton, Asia Vieira, Joe Morton, Fred Melamed ..
Directed by: Leonard Nimoy
Release date: 1988-11-04

Some Girls

5.7/10 IMDB

While on Christmas break, college student Michael journeys to Quebec City to spend time with his attractive girlfriend, Gabriella. Not long after he arrives, Gabriella breaks up with him, but her two equally gorgeous sisters waste no time showing romantic interest. In the meantime, Michael is left to deal with Gabriella's eccentric grandmother and offbeat father, an academic who spends most of his time naked.

Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Connelly, Sheila Kelley, Lance Edwards, Lila Kedrova, Florinda Bolkan, Andre Gregory, Ashley Greenfield, Sanna Vraa ..
Directed by: Michael Hoffman
Release date: 1988-09-09


5.6/10 IMDB

Medium Sylvia Pickel and psychometrist Nick Deezy meet at a psychic research facility in New York. Not long after, they're contacted by Harry Buscafusco, who offers them $50,000 to find his lost son in South America, in the heart of Incan territory where they discover an ancient mystical secret, and each other.

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Cyndi Lauper, Peter Falk, Googy Gress, Darryl Henriques, Ramon Bieri, Michael Lerner, Hercules Vilchez, Jerry Vichi, Leo V. Finnie III ..
Directed by: Ken Kwapis
Release date: 1988-08-05

Moon Over Parador

6.0/10 IMDB

Little known actor, Jack Noah, is working on location in the dictatorship of Parador at the time the dictator dies. The dictator's right hand man, Roberto, makes Jack an offer he cannot refuse.. to play the dictator. Jack's acting skills fool the masses but not close friends and employees of the dictator.

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Raúl Juliá, Sônia Braga, Jonathan Winters, Rui Rezende, Regina Casé, Nelson Xavier, Charo, Lutero Luiz, Nildo Parente ..
Directed by: Paul Mazursky
Release date: 1988-09-09

Promised Land

5.7/10 IMDB

Three recent high school grads - star athlete Hancock, his cheerleader girlfriend, Mary, and the awkward Senator - aim to leave their small town behind and realize big dreams, but their idealistic plans collide with life's harsh realities.

Starring: Jason Gedrick, Tracy Pollan, Kiefer Sutherland, Meg Ryan, Googy Gress, Deborah Richter, Oscar Rowland, Sandra Seacat, Jay Underwood, Herta Ware ..
Directed by: Michael Hoffman
Release date: 1988-01-22


4.7/10 IMDB

Fatherless barrio Puerto Rican Rico is a menial car mechanic by day, but lives for the nights, when he dances and dates hot dancing girls, cockily convinced the title of Salsa king in fancy nightclub La Luna's upcoming contest is to be his. He encourages his best friend, courteous gentleman Ken, to date his sister Margarita so he gets a free hand with her flirtatious classmate Lola. The reigning salsa queen Luna's interest in Rico as dance-partner threatens his on-off relationship with Vicki. More jealous trouble follows when Ken and Margarita fall in true love.

Starring: Robi Draco Rosa, Rodney Harvey, Magali Alvarado, Miranda Garrison, Moon Orona, Angela Alvarado, Loyda Ramos, Valente Rodriguez, Daniel Rojo ..
Directed by: Boaz Davidson
Release date: 1988-07-09


6.1/10 IMDB

A recently orphaned heiress meets a young racing yacht captain on Long Island. He shows interest in her and, being heiress to $200,000,000, love may not be the reason.

Starring: Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall, Doug Savant, John Glover, Dana Delany, Bruce Tuthill, Brian Davies, Barton Heyman ..
Directed by: Bob Swaim
Release date: 1988-03-11
Best Romance Movies of 1988 : The Christmas Wife

The Christmas Wife

6.2/10 IMDB

An aging and recent widower, not wanting to spend his first Christmas alone, responds to an ad in the newspaper which reads: "You are not alone. We make social arrangements of all kinds." When he visits the Social Arranger, he makes it very clear his only interest is in "social company" and is subsequently introduced to a woman who agrees to spend the holiday with him. The woman bids him to not ask any questions about her personal life, which harbors a secret that threatens their developing friendship, and could ultimately change both their lives.

Starring: Jason Robards, Julie Harris, Don Francks, James Eckhouse, Patricia Hamilton, Deborah Grover, David Gardner, Tom Harvey, Christopher Andrade, Steven Andrade ..
Directed by: David Hugh Jones
Release date: 1988-12-12


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
Best Romance Movies of 1988 : Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Twelfth Night, or What You Will

7.2/10 IMDB

The tale begins when a brother and sister are separated in a shipwreck, but survive to be washed up on the shore of Illyria. The sister, Viola, disguises herself as a man and takes service with Duke Orsino, who has fallen in love with Lady Olivia. Entrusted with pleading on her master's behalf, Viola is utterly disconcerted to find that Olivia has fallen in love with her. Thus begins the confusion of this delightful comedy.

Starring: Frances Barber, Richard Briers, Anton Lesser, Christopher Ravenscroft, James Saxon, James Simmons, Caroline Langrishe, Tim Barker, Abigail McKern, Christopher Hollis ..
Directed by: Paul Kafno, Kenneth Branagh
Release date: 1988-12-30

A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

5.5/10 IMDB

A recent high school graduate is faced with two options, either go to a business school where his father wants him to go to, or get a full time job. However he decides to defy his father and go to Hawaii. Trouble is he has no money. Along the way he comes to understand his parents and eventually bonds with his father.

Starring: River Phoenix, Ann Magnuson, Meredith Salenger, Ione Skye, Louanne, Matthew Perry, Paul Koslo, Jason Court, Johnny Galecki, Jane Hallaren ..
Directed by: William Richert
Release date: 1988-07-26
Best Romance Movies of 1988 : Baja Oklahoma

Baja Oklahoma

5.8/10 IMDB

Juanita Hutchins works at Texas bar, but she aspires to be a country songwriter. When she's not looking after her impulsive daughter, Candy, or vouching for her promiscuous friend, Doris Steadman, she's trying to maintain some semblance of a romantic life. As Juanita prepares to make the leap to Nashville, her former boyfriend, Slick Henderson, returns to town, further complicating her situation.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Coyote, Swoosie Kurtz, William Forsythe, Billy Vera, Anthony Zerbe, Paul Bartel, Willie Nelson, Bruce Abbott ..
Directed by: Bobby Roth
Release date: 1988-02-20

Hero and the Terror

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

Casual Sex?

5.0/10 IMDB

Two girls go away to a holiday resort looking for a change of pace, hoping to meet some nice men for a change. They discover that they can't find the perfect man, and this forces them to reconsider their attitudes to men in general.

Starring: Lea Thompson, Victoria Jackson, Andrew Dice Clay, Mary Gross, Stephen Shellen, Jerry Levine, Valerie Breiman, Peter Dvorsky, David Sargent, Cynthia Phillips ..
Directed by: Geneviève Robert
Release date: 1988-04-22

Plain Clothes

6.2/10 IMDB

To prove his brother's innocence, undercover officer Nick enrolls in high school again, dealing with crushes, bullies, humiliations, popularity swings, and quirky teachers and staff to find the real murderer.

Starring: Arliss Howard, Suzy Amis, George Wendt, Diane Ladd, Seymour Cassel, Larry Pine, Jackie Gayle, Abe Vigoda, Robert Stack, Alexandra Powers ..
Directed by: Martha Coolidge
Release date: 1988-04-15

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