Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988

1.

They Live

5.9
7.2/10 IMDB

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, Raymond St. Jacques, Jason Robards III, John Lawrence, Susan Barnes, Sy Richardson ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1988-11-23
2.

Miracle Mile

5.1
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
3.

The Blob

4.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously, while government agents try to cover up the evidence and confine the creature.

Starring: Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark, Joe Seneca, Del Close, Paul McCrane, Sharon Spelman, Beau Billingslea ..
Directed by: Chuck Russell
Release date: 1988-08-05
4.

Brain Damage

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A normal, average guy who lives in New York City becomes dependent on an evil, disembodied brain.

Starring: Rick Hearst, Jennifer Lowry, Gordon MacDonald, Theo Barnes, John Zacherle, Lucille Saint-Peter, Vicki Darnell, Joseph Gonzalez, Bradlee Rhodes, Michael Bishop ..
Directed by: Frank Henenlotter
Release date: 1988-04-15
5.

Phantasm II

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Mike, after his release from a psychiatric hospital, teams up with his old pal Reggie to hunt down the Tall Man, who is at it again. A mysterious, beautiful girl has also become part of Mike's dreams, and they must find her before the Tall Man does.

Starring: James Le Gros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine, Samantha Phillips, Kenneth Tigar, Ruth C. Engel, Mark Anthony Major, Stacey Travis, A. Michael Baldwin ..
Directed by: Don Coscarelli
Release date: 1988-07-08
6.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

4.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Aliens disguised as clowns crash land on Earth in a rural town to capture unsuspecting victims in cotton candy cocoons for later consumption.

Starring: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon, Royal Dano, Christopher Titus, Michael S. Siegel, Peter Licassi, Irene Michaels, Karla Sue Krull ..
Directed by: Stephen Chiodo
Release date: 1988-05-27
7.

Monkey Shines

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A quadriplegic man is given a trained monkey help him with every day activities, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master and those who get too close to him.

Starring: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten, Christine Forrest, Stephen Root, Stanley Tucci, Tom Quinn, Janine Turner, William Newman ..
Directed by: George A. Romero
Release date: 1988-07-29
8.

Alien Nation

4.5
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
9.

Short Circuit 2

4.3
5.7/10 IMDB

Robot Johnny 5 moves to the city to help his friend Ben Jahrvi with his toy manufacturing enterprise, only to be manipulated by criminals who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.

Starring: Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb, Jack Weston, Tim Blaney, Don Lake, Damon D'Oliveira, Robert LaSardo, Gerard Parkes, Dee McCafferty ..
Directed by: Kenneth Johnson
Release date: 1988-07-06
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
10.

Daffy Duck's Quackbusters

4.3
7.1/10 IMDB

In this feature-length film combining footage from classic Warner Brothers cartoon shorts with newly animated bridging sequences, Daffy Duck, after having induced laughter in an ailing millionaire and forestalled the millionaire's death for a time (as chronicled in Daffy Dilly (1948), is the beneficiary for the deceased millionaire's assets. But the millionaire's will clearly stipulates that Daffy must use the money for the common good, by providing a service, and should Daffy think of pursuing selfish aims, the millionaire's ghost will "repossess" his millions by making them disappear from Earthly existence. Under the pretense of community service, Daffy opens an exorcism agency and employs Porky Pig, Sylvester Cat, and Bugs Bunny to track and eliminate ghosts, ghouls, and other monsters, while Daffy secretly schemes to use his learned "ghost-busting" talents to rid himself of the millionaire's nagging spirit.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Greg Ford, Terry Lennon, Robert McKimson, Friz Freleng
Release date: 1988-09-24
11.

Cocoon: The Return

4.2
5.4/10 IMDB

The reinvigorated elderly group that left Earth comes back to visit their relatives. Will they all decide to go back to the planet where no one grows old, or will they be tempted to remain on Earth?

Starring: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Courteney Cox, Hume Cronyn, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Barret Oliver, Maureen Stapleton, Elaine Stritch, Jessica Tandy ..
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
Release date: 1988-09-13
12.

Critters 2

4.2
5.5/10 IMDB

A batch of unhatched critter eggs are mistaken for Easter eggs by the country-folk inhabitants of Grover's Bend and, before long, the ferocious furballs are on the rampage again.

Starring: Scott Grimes, Liane Curtis, Barry Corbin, Don Keith Opper, Lin Shaye, Eddie Deezen, Terrence Mann, Roxanne Kernohan, Sam Anderson, Douglas Rowe ..
Directed by: Mick Garris
Release date: 1988-04-29
13.

Earth Girls Are Easy

4.1
5.4/10 IMDB

In this musical comedy, Valerie is dealing with her philandering fiancé, Ted, when she finds that a trio of aliens have crashed their spaceship into her swimming pool. Once the furry beings are shaved at her girlfriend's salon, the women discover three handsome men underneath. After absorbing the native culture via television, the spacemen are ready to hit the dating scene in 1980s Los Angeles.

Starring: Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, Jim Carrey, Julie Brown, Charles Rocket, Michael McKean, Larry Linville, Rick Overton, Diane Stilwell ..
Directed by: Julien Temple
Release date: 1988-09-08
14.

My Stepmother Is an Alien

4.0
5.4/10 IMDB

Trying to rescue her home planet from destruction, a gorgeous extraterrestrial named Celeste arrives on Earth and begins her scientific research. She woos quirky scientist Dr. Steve Mills, a widower with a young daughter. Before long, Celeste finds herself in love with Steve and her new life on Earth, where she experiences true intimacy for the first time. But when she loses sight of her mission, she begins to question where she belongs.

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger, Jon Lovitz, Alyson Hannigan, Seth Green, Harry Shearer, Juliette Lewis, Ann Prentiss, Tony Jay, Joseph Maher ..
Directed by: Richard Benjamin
Release date: 1988-12-09
15.

Dead Heat

3.9
6.0/10 IMDB

LAPD police officer, Roger Mortis is killed while arresting zombies who have been reanimated by the head of Dante Laboratories in order to carry out violent armed robberies.

Starring: Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, Lindsay Frost, Darren McGavin, Vincent Price, Robert Picardo, Martha Quinn, Keye Luke, Clare Kirkconnell, Mel Stewart ..
Directed by: Mark Goldblatt
Release date: 1988-05-06
16.

Isaac Asimov's Robots

3.8
7.9/10 IMDB

Elijah Bailey, the greatest detective of the 23rd century, is faced with his toughest assignment ever... and he needs your help. For the first time in 100 years, someone has attempted a murder. With the advent of the Robot, crime has virtually disappeared. Yet a murder attempt has been made, and it may happen again. Who did it? Was it an Earthling, a Spacer, or the unthinkable... a Robot? Only you can put together the pieces and uncover the identity of the perpetrator. You'll have to move quickly though, and catch the criminal before another attempt is made.

Starring: Valerie Pettiford, Stephen Rowe, Richard Levine, Larry Block, Brent Barrett, John Henry Cox, Eric Tull, George Merritt, Darrie Lawrence, Debra Jo Rupp ..
Directed by: Kim Takal, Doug Smith
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : BraveStarr: The Legend
17.

BraveStarr: The Legend

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Marshall Bravestarr is the lawman of the wild-west planet "New Texas" with help from Thirty-Thirty, his cybernetic talking horse and Deputy Fuzz, his sidekick and Shaman, his mentor. Bravestarr with his special powers fights the outlaw Tex-Hex, the leader of the Carrion Bunch, who are after the mineral Kerium, Bravestarr sets out to set things right and enforce peace and justice on "New Texas".

Starring: Charlie Adler, Susan Blu, Pat Fraley, Alan Oppenheimer, Ed Gilbert ..
Directed by: Tom Tataranowicz
Release date: 1988-03-18
18.

Hell Comes to Frogtown

3.5
5.5/10 IMDB

'Hell' is the name of the hero of the story. He's a prisoner of the women who now run the USA after a nuclear/biological war. Results of the war are that mutants have evolved, and the human race is in danger of extinction due to infertility. Hell is given the task of helping in the rescue of a group of fertile women from the harem of the mutant leader (resembling a frog). Hell cannot escape since he has a bomb attached to his private parts which will detonate if he strays more than a few hundred yards from his guard.

Starring: Roddy Piper, Sandahl Bergman, William Smith, Rory Calhoun, Cec Verrell, Nicholas Worth, Kristi Somers, Cliff Bemis, Brian Frank, Lee Garlington ..
Directed by: Donald G. Jackson, R.J. Kizer
Release date: 1988-01-01
19.

Return of the Killer Tomatoes!

3.4
5.2/10 IMDB

Crazy old Professor Gangreen has developed a way to make tomatoes look human for a second invasion.

Starring: Anthony Starke, George Clooney, Karen M. Waldron, John Astin, Steve Lundquist, Michael Villani, J. Stephen Peace, Harvey Weber, John De Bello, Costa Dillon ..
Directed by: John De Bello
Release date: 1988-04-22
20.

Young Einstein

3.2
5.2/10 IMDB

Albert Einstein is the son of a Tasmanian apple farmer, who discovers the secret of splitting the beer atom to put the bubbles back into beer. When Albert travels to Sydney to patent his invention he meets beatuiful French scientist Marie Curie, as well as several unscrupulous types who try to take advantage of the naive genius and his invention.

Starring: Yahoo Serious, Odile Le Clezio, Peewee Wilson, Su Cruickshank, John Howard, Christian Manon, Basil Clarke, Adam Bowen, Russell Cheek, Lulu Pinkus ..
Directed by: Yahoo Serious
Release date: 1988-12-15
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : Robotech II: The Sentinels
21.

Robotech II: The Sentinels

3.2
6.7/10 IMDB

Robotech II: The Sentinels was an attempt to continue the original 1985 Robotech television series. The project was cancelled in 1986. The aborted Sentinels series would have followed the ongoing adventures of Rick Hunter and Lisa Hayes and the rest of the Robotech Expeditionary Force (REF) during the events of The Robotech Masters and The New Generation series.

Starring: Tony Oliver, Melanie MacQueen, Rebecca Forstadt, Gregory Snegoff, Tom Wyner, Cam Clarke, Theodore Lehmann, Michael McConnohie, Oliver Barrett, Greg Finley ..
Directed by: Carl Macek
Release date: 1988-09-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : First Born
22.

First Born

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Edward Forester is a genetic researcher, intent on breeding primate hybrids. But his experiments take a strange turn when he succeeds in breeding a human/gorilla hybrid. He hides the results of the experiment, adopting the child, and helps Gor to speak and blend into society. But Gor can't help being what he is, and tragedy and revelations are the ultimate result.

Starring: Charles Dance, Peter Elliott, Ralph Harvey, Philip Madoc ..
Directed by: Philip Saville
Release date: 1988-10-30
23.

Watchers

3.0
5.3/10 IMDB

A boy takes in a stray dog, later finding out that its an ultra-intelligent runaway from a genetic research lab. Unbeknownst to him, the dog is being stalked by another escaped creature thats not quite so friendly.

Starring: Corey Haim, Michael Ironside, Lala Sloatman, Barbara Williams, Duncan Fraser, Christopher Cary, Graeme Campbell, Dan O'Dowd, Dale Wilson, Blu Mankuma ..
Directed by: Jon Hess
Release date: 1988-12-02
24.

Pulse

3.0
5.4/10 IMDB

An intelligent pulse of electricity moves from house to thouse, terrorizing occupants through their own appliances. Having already destroyed one household in a quiet neighborhood, the pulse finds itself in the home of a boy and his divorced father.

Starring: Cliff DeYoung, Roxanne Hart, Matthew Lawrence, Joey Lawrence, Charles Tyner, Dennis Redfield, Robert Romanus, Myron Healey, Jean Sincere, Michael Rider ..
Directed by: Paul Golding
Release date: 1988-03-04
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : Touch the Sun: Peter & Pompey
25.

Touch the Sun: Peter & Pompey

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

The fate of a young Australian boy is somehow linked with that of a young Roman boy who had traveled to Australia by ship during the time of the Roman Emperor, Nero.

Starring: Clayton Williamson, Kate McDonald, Emil Minty, Aaron Ferguson, Paul Chubb, Lynette Curran, Amanda Muggleton, Basil Clarke, Bruce Venables, Elaine Hudson ..
Directed by: Michael Carson
Release date: 1988-03-28
26.

Mac and Me

2.8
3.3/10 IMDB

A Mysterious Alien Creature (MAC) escaping from nefarious NASA agents, is befriended by a young boy in a wheelchair. Together, they try to find MAC's family from whom he has been separated.

Starring: Jade Calegory, Lauren Stanley, Christine Ebersole, Jonathan Ward, Tina Caspary, Vinnie Torrente, Martin West, Ivan J. Rado, Danny Cooksey, Laura Waterbury ..
Directed by: Stewart Raffill
Release date: 1988-08-12
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : Earth Star Voyager
27.

Earth Star Voyager

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

In the late 21st century, planet earth's natural resources are near depletion, and problems like acid rain and limited breathable oxygen abound. In response to the environmental decline, the Earth Star Voyager is created as an experimental space ship that sends the brightest young crewmen and women on a quest to find a new planet that human beings can colonize. Along the way, they find the long lost Jacob 'Jake' Brown, find a world with hostile aliens, and learn that the star craft's top secret purpose was not just a peaceful space exploration mission, but also potentially the critical piece of a super weapon.

Starring: Duncan Regehr, Brian McNamara, Julia Montgomery, Jason Michas, Tom Bresnahan, Margaret Langrick, Sean O'Byrne, Peter Donat, Dinah Gaston, Bruce Harwood ..
Directed by: James Goldstone
Release date: 1988-01-17
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : Trancers: City of Lost Angels
28.

Trancers: City of Lost Angels

2.8
6.2/10 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 Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : The Brain
29.

The Brain

2.8
5.2/10 IMDB

Dr. Blake runs a TV show called "Independent Thinkers", which is sort of a Scientology-like self-help/religion program. But he's not making his audience think any more independently - with the help of an alien organism he calls The Brain, he's using brainwashing and mind control. The only thing that stands between them and world domination is a brilliant but troubled high school student with a penchant for pranks...

Starring: Tom Bresnahan, Cynthia Preston, David Gale, George Buza, Bret Pearson, Christine Kossak, Bernice Quiggan, Susannah Hoffmann, Justine Campbell, Kenneth McGregor ..
Directed by: Ed Hunt
Release date: 1988-11-03
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : Peter Pan
30.

Peter Pan

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

This animated fairy tale for kids tells the classic story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. Determined never to become an adult, Peter stays forever young in a magical word called Neverland, where he leads a band of mischevious kids called the Lost Boys. Unfortunately, Neverland's chief other inhabitant is a pirate named Captain Hook, who would like nothing more than to put a permanent end to Peter's fun.

Release date: 1988-01-01
31.

Not of This Earth

2.7
4.9/10 IMDB

A science fiction vampire movie. The Vampire is an emissary from an embattled world near destruction who teleports to Earth to see if they can live here. He finds that our blood is nourishing and that at least one source of it is a steady stream of transfusions. He hypnotizes a Dr. to provide them and has his blond nurse move in to administer them.

Starring: Traci Lords, Arthur Roberts, Lenny Juliano, Ace Mask, Roger Lodge, Rebecca Perle, Michael Delano, Becky LeBeau, Monique Gabrielle, Roxanne Kernohan ..
Directed by: Jim Wynorski
Release date: 1988-05-20
32.

The Nest

2.7
5.2/10 IMDB

Horrifying shocker as a biological experiment goes haywire when meat-eating mutant roaches invade an island community, terrorizing a peaceful New England fishing village and hideously butchering its citizens.

Starring: Robert Lansing, Lisa Langlois, Franc Luz, Terri Treas, Stephen Davies, Diana Bellamy, Jack Collins, Nancy Morgan, Jeff Winkless, Steve Tannen ..
Directed by: Terence H. Winkless
Release date: 1988-05-13
33.

Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Brother and sister endure alone together in a post-apocalyptic Outback until the sudden arrival of a stranger.

Starring: Michael Lake, Melissa Davis, Boyd Norman, Rhys Davis ..
Directed by: Alex Proyas
Release date: 1988-09-02
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : The Wind in the Willows
34.

The Wind in the Willows

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Based on Kenneth Grahame's classic children's yarn, this charming animated tale follows four colorful talking critters: the blithe Mr. Toad, the sensible Mole, the urbane Rat and the cranky but insightful Badger. When Mr. Toad's passion for cars lands him in dutch, it's up to his three woodland cohorts to bail him out and restore his reputation by outfoxing a horde of underhanded weasels.

Starring: Caz Adams, John Derum, Wallas Eaton ..
Release date: 1988-12-12
35.

Purple People Eater

2.7
4.6/10 IMDB

A kid plays the old novelty song "Purple People Eater" and the creature actually appears. The two then proceed to help an elderly couple who are being evicted by their greedy landlord.

Starring: Ned Beatty, Shelley Winters, Neil Patrick Harris, Peggy Lipton, Chubby Checker, Little Richard, James Houghton, Thora Birch, John Brumfield, Molly Cheek ..
Directed by: Linda Shayne
Release date: 1988-12-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : The Night of the Beast
36.

The Night of the Beast

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

A group of friends on a hunting trip, staying at a cabin in the middle of nowhere start being attacked by a beast.

Starring: Sergio Goyri, Jorge Reynoso, Lina Santos, Hugo Stiglitz, Arsenio Campos, Arturo García Tenorio, Manuel Capetillo, Paco Sañudo, Juan Moro, Tito Guillén ..
Directed by: Gilberto de Anda
Release date: 1988-01-01
37.

Uninvited

2.5
4.4/10 IMDB

A sinister corporation loses control of a house cat infected with a genetically-engineered virus. The death-toll rises during the mutant feline's rampage, and eventually, it finds its way on board a ship of a criminal king-pin.

Starring: Toni Hudson, Eric Larson, Alex Cord, George Kennedy, Clu Gulager, Rob Estes, Clare Carey, Shari Shattuck, Austin Stoker, Michael Holden ..
Directed by: Greydon Clark
Release date: 1988-08-24
38.

The Thirteenth Apostle

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

Russian adaptation of Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles"

Starring: Juozas Budraitis, Andrei Boltnev, Vladas Bagdonas, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Donatas Banionis, Algis Matulionis, Valentinas Masalskis, Mikk Mikiver, Karen Dzhanibekyan, Ingeborga Dapk?nait? ..
Directed by: Suren Babayan
Release date: 1988-06-02
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: Phoenix and New Frontier
39.

Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: Phoenix and New Frontier

2.5
7.6/10 IMDB

Four elite Galaxy Rangers with unique abilities defend law & order among the space colonies and protect humanity from the evil Crown Empire.

Release date: 1988-07-04
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : Contagion
40.

Contagion

2.4
4.9/10 IMDB

A real estate agent is lured to a run-down mansion only to be trapped and tortured by ghosts.

Starring: John Doyle, Nicola Bartlett, Ray Barrett, Nathy Gaffney, Pamela Hawkesford, Jacqueline Brennan, Chris Betts, Michael Simpson, Reg Cameron, Michael McCaffrey ..
Directed by: Karl Zwicky
Release date: 1988-03-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : 14 Going on 30
41.

14 Going on 30

2.4
6.3/10 IMDB

Danny is hopelessly in love with his teacher Peggy Noble. Of course she doesn't even notice him while she plans to marry the obnoxious coach Roy "Jack-jaw" Kelton. When Danny's friend Lloyd invents a growth accelerator for fruit and vegetables to "solve world hunger", Danny uses it on himself and as an adult tries to show her Roy's real personality. However at his first appearance at school as an adult, he's mistaken for someone else...

Starring: Steven Eckholdt, Daphne Ashbrook, Adam Carl, Gabriel Olds, Irene Tedrow, Patrick Duffy, Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit, Alan Thicke, Dick Van Patten ..
Directed by: Paul Schneider
Release date: 1988-03-06
42.

Remote Control

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

A video store clerk stumbles onto an alien plot to take over earth by brainwashing people with a bad '50s science fiction movie. He and his friends race to stop the aliens before the tapes can be distributed world-wide.

Starring: Kevin Dillon, Deborah Goodrich, Jennifer Tilly, Frank Beddor, Christopher Wynne, Kaaren Lee, Bert Remsen, Jamie McEnnan, Jerold Pearson, Jennifer Buchanan ..
Directed by: Jeff Lieberman
Release date: 1988-04-07
43.

The Lawless Land

2.4
5.0/10 IMDB

Action-adventure set in a world of the near-future, where young love is forbidden among the lower classes. Nevertheless, one couple defies their police-state world to fight and hold on to whatever love they can find.

Starring: Jsu Garcia, Leon, Xander Berkeley, Amanda Peterson, Walter Kliche, Patricio Bunster, Patricia Rivadeneira, Cecilia Godoy, Gloria Laso, Roberto Poblete ..
Directed by: Jon Hess
Release date: 1988-01-15
44.

Wartime

2.4
5.1/10 IMDB

While on a seemingly routine delivery run for the Brigadier, Benton finds himself close to his childhood home, where ghosts from his past have never rested easily… Trapped in a nightmare world where past and present are one, will he be lost forever or can he fight his way back to reality, where he is desperately needed?

Starring: John Levene, Michael Wisher, Mary Greenhalgh, Peter Greenhalgh, Steven Stanley, Peter Noad, Paul Flanagan II, Nicholas Briggs, Nicholas Courtney ..
Directed by: Keith Barnfather
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : M.A.S.K. The Movie
45.

M.A.S.K. The Movie

2.3
7.3/10 IMDB

4 linked racing series episodes including Demolition Duel and Battle of the Giants

Release date: 1988-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : As Time Goes By
46.

As Time Goes By

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A surfer abandoned in the middle of the Australian Outback encounters an alien who time-travels in a ship that looks like a 1950s greasy spoon restaurant and embroils the hero in a chase that involves him sorting out a time paradox so that he can wind back time to prevent the Japanese winning World War II.

Starring: Bruno Lawrence, Nique Needles, Ray Barrett, Marcelle Schmitz, Don Bridges ..
Directed by: Barry Peak
Release date: 1988-09-29
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : Primal Rage
47.

Primal Rage

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

A baboon escapes from a Florida campus lab and starts spreading something bad with a bite.

Starring: Patrick Lowe, Cheryl Arutt, Bo Svenson, Douglas Sloan, Luis Valderrama, John Baldwin, Sarah Buxton, Doug Sloan, Mitch Watson, Turk Harley ..
Directed by: Vittorio Rambaldi
Release date: 1988-12-01
48.

Disaster at Silo 7

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

During routine maintenance of a liquid-fuelled ICBM, the fuel tank is penetrated by a falling spanner. The film traces the efforts of the maintenance crew and associated military and civilian personnel to recover the potentially disastrous situation before the fuel tank is sufficiently depressurised that the stack collapses and explodes.

Starring: Ray Baker, Peter Boyle, Patricia Charbonneau, Perry King, Michael O'Keefe, Joe Spano, Dennis Weaver, Joe Urla, Brent Jennings, Christian Clemenson ..
Directed by: Larry Elikann
Release date: 1988-11-27
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : Rejuvenatrix
49.

Rejuvenatrix

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

A rich actress who has gotten too old for leading roles employs a scientist who is working on a formula for eternal youth. The formula involves withdrawing certain fluids from the human brain. She takes the serum, but its unforeseen side effects turn her into a murderous monster.

Starring: Vivian Lanko, John MacKay, James Hogue, Katell Pleven, Jessica Dublin, Marcus Powell, Roy MacArthur, Louis Homyak, Herb Klinger, Kurt Sinclair ..
Directed by: Brian Thomas Jones
Release date: 1988-07-22
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1988 : Badlands 2005
50.

Badlands 2005

2.2
6.1/10 IMDB

In 1995, a severe drought forced Americans to flee the West for the cities. Water became more precious than gold. Now in 2005, settlers are coming back, meeting new challenges, and age-old adversaries. A U.S. Marshal and his cyborg partner patrol the American West. A hard-as-nails female boss heads two U.S. Marshals (one human, one bionic) in Badlands 2005, a concept where the near future sees water as a more precious commodity than gold. The West of America has been deserted after droughts a decade earlier, and now a re-population program is underway.

Starring: Lewis Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Sharon Stone, Hugh Keays-Byrne ..
Directed by: George T. Miller
Release date: 1988-08-29

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