Best Picture 1988

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1.
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
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A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. (119 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
2.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
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Pepas's lover, Iván, leaves her and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. In her search for Iván... (88 mins.)
 
3.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
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A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
4.
Big (1988)
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After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult. (104 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
5.
Heathers (1988)
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In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
 
6.
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
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In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. (108 mins.)
 
7.
Dead Ringers (1988)
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Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman. (116 mins.)
 
8.
Working Girl (1988)
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When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job. (113 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
9.
Bull Durham (1988)
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A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him. (108 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
10.
Beetlejuice (1988)
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When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them. (92 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
11.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
12.
Story of Women (1988)
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Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France... (108 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
13.
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
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The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them. (129 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
14.
Child's Play (1988)
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A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer. (87 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
 
15.
The Big Blue (1988)
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The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown. (168 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
16.
Akira (1988)
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A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
 
17.
El Dorado (1988)
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The film tells the epic story of an expedition that took place between 1560 and 1561, headed by Pedro de Ursúa... (149 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
18.
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
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A mother whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in the Australian outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
 
19.
Jack the Ripper (1988 TV Series)
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A Scotland Yard police inspector, battling the booze, investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and discovers a conspiracy that leads all the way up to the queen. (190 mins.)
 
20.
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
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An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies. (98 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
21.
Vampire's Kiss (1988)
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After an encounter with a neck-biter, a publishing executive thinks that he's turning into a vampire. (103 mins.)
Director: Robert Bierman
 
22.
Camille Claudel (1988)
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Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin... (175 mins.)
Director: Bruno Nuytten
 
23.
Die Hard (1988)
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John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
24.
Willow (1988)
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A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen. (126 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
25.
Pumpkinhead (1988)
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After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers. (86 mins.)
Director: Stan Winston
 
26.
Rowing with the Wind (1988)
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The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron... (126 mins.)
Director: Gonzalo Suárez
 
27.
Night of the Demons (1988)
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Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin S. Tenney
 
28.
Married to the Mob (1988)
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An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife, who is trying to restart her life following her husband's murder while being pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself. (104 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
29.
Pin (1988)
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Isolated by his strange parents, Leon finds solace in an imaginary friend, which happens to be an anatomy doll from his father's doctor office. Unfortunately, the doll begins to take over Leon's life, and his sister's life as well. (103 mins.)
Director: Sandor Stern
 
30.
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988 Short Film)
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Karen Carpenter's battle with anorexia nervosa and the cultural influence of the Carpenters in the 70s. (43 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
31.
The Tunnel (1988)
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A painter becomes obsessed and begins an affair with a mysterious woman who was touched deeply by one of his works. (107 mins.)
Director: Antonio Drove
 
32.
They Live (1988)
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A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (94 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
33.
The Accidental Tourist (1988)
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An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles. (121 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
34.
Criminal Law (1988)
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Oldman plays a lawyer who defends a killer, but, soon after he wins he finds out that the killer is guilty. (117 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
35.
Mystic Pizza (1988)
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Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic. (104 mins.)
Director: Donald Petrie
 
36.
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
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The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross. (164 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
37.
Return of the Living Dead II (1988)
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Curious kids unearth the barrels that helped revive the dead of the first film, which proves the second time's an undead charm. (89 mins.)
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
 
38.
Rain Man (1988)
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Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
40.
The House on Carroll Street (1988)
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In 1950s America, an FBI agent and a blacklist victim uncover a plot to smuggle Nazi war criminals into the country. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
41.
Crocodile Dundee II (1988)
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Australian outback expert protects his New York love from gangsters who've followed her down under. (108 mins.)
Director: John Cornell
 
42.
Big Business (1988)
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In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night... (97 mins.)
Director: Jim Abrahams
 
43.
Masquerade (1988)
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A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father. Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain... (91 mins.)
Director: Bob Swaim
 
44.
Scrooged (1988)
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A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
45.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
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Incompetent police detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. (85 mins.)
Director: David Zucker
 
46.
High Spirits (1988)
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When Peter Plunkett's Irish castle turned hotel is about to be repossesed, he decides to spice up the... (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
47.
Crossing Delancey (1988)
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A Manhattan single meets a man through her Jewish grandmother's matchmaker. (97 mins.)
 
48.
Lady in White (1988)
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An author tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up in a small town during the 1960's, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl. (113 mins.)
Director: Frank LaLoggia
 
49.
Scent of a Crime (1988)
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Spain, 1950s. The corpse of an unknown person appears in the town square of Bocentellas, within the mythical territory of Región... (119 mins.)
 
50.
Mississippi Burning (1988)
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Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. (128 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
51.
Espérame en el cielo (1988)
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Did Franco have a double? The story is set in the late 40's, in Spain... The humble owner of an orthopedics... (100 mins.)
Director: Antonio Mercero
 
52.
Shoot to Kill (1988)
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An FBI agent teams up with a tracker to pursue a murderer after he vanishes into the mountains and infiltrates a hiking group. (110 mins.)
 
53.
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
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Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle who wants her burned at the stake. (96 mins.)
 
54.
Coming to America (1988)
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An extremely pampered African prince travels to Queens, New York City, and goes undercover to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
55.
The Seventh Sign (1988)
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In Haiti, the sea and the life-form die; in the Middle East, a town is frozen. These are signs of the Apocalypse and the Vatican is investigating... (97 mins.)
Director: Carl Schultz
 
56.
The Accused (1988)
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After a young woman suffers a brutal gang rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack. (111 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
 
57.
Paperhouse (1988)
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A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book. (92 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
 
58.
The Blob (1988)
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A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (95 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
 
59.
Maniac Cop (1988)
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A killer dressed in a police uniform begins murdering innocent people on the streets of New York City. (85 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
 
60.
Baton Rouge (1988)
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Antonio dotes on his mute brother and promises him a better life, symbolized by Baton Rouge. He's a gigolo who moves in with Isabel... (90 mins.)
Director: Rafael Monleón
 
61.
The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
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Scottish archaeologist Angus Flint discovers an odd skull amid the ruins of a convent that he is excavating... (93 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
62.
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)
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An alien is sent on a secret mission to Earth, where she appears as a gorgeous, attractive, and single lady... (105 mins.)
 
63.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
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Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town. (88 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chiodo
 
64.
Appointment with Death (1988)
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When a former prison wardress who dominates the lives of her three adult stepchildren and her daughter is found dead at an archaeological dig near the Dead Sea, there are a great many suspects. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
65.
Twins (1988)
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A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is a short small-time crook. (107 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
66.
Switching Channels (1988)
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A television news chief courts his anchorwoman ex-wife with an eleventh-hour story. (105 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
 
67.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
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Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him? (88 mins.)
 
68.
Amsterdamned (1988)
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A mysterious diver hiding in Amsterdam's canal system embarks on a rampage of gruesome murders, terrifying... (114 mins.)
Director: Dick Maas
 
69.
Slugs (1988)
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Killer slugs on the rampage in a rural community. (92 mins.)
Director: J.P. Simon
 
71.
Vice Versa (1988)
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During an argument, a divorced executive and his 11 year old son casually touch a magical Tibetan skull, releasing a mysterious power that transfers the father's mind to the body of the son and vice versa. Their problems have just begun. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian Gilbert
 
72.
The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck (1988)
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A drunken, down-on-his-luck adventurer is hired by a wealthy man and his beautiful wife to take them on a hunting expedition in the jungle... (88 mins.)
Director: David Keith
 
73.
Sinatra (1988)
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A depressed man works as an imitator of Frank Sinatra in a small local night club in Barcelona. (112 mins.)
Director: Francesc Betriu
 
74.
The Kiss (1988)
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When Felice and Hillary were children, they were separated to live with other people. Felice went off... (101 mins.)
Director: Pen Densham
 
75.
Ghoulies II (1988)
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The Ghoulies wreak havoc at an amusement park, disposing of those who mistake them for mere fairground attractions. (89 mins.)
Director: Albert Band
 
76.
Miss Caribe (1988)
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A woman's father dies in a Central American country and leaves her a bizarre inheritance: a ship which... (90 mins.)
Director: Fernando Colomo
 
77.
The Dead Pool (1988)
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Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target. (91 mins.)
Director: Buddy Van Horn
 
78.
Punchline (1988)
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Steven Gold is a stand-up comedian who is flat broke and has recently dropped out of medical school... (128 mins.)
Director: David Seltzer
 
79.
Spellbinder (1988)
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A young lawyer, after falling in love with a beautiful young woman, finds that she has an extremely mysterious past. (99 mins.)
Director: Janet Greek
 
80.
Berlín Blues (1988)
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The lure of the spotlight is pitted against the rivalries of the heart in this romantic tale set against the beauty of snow-covered Berlin. (104 mins.)
Director: Ricardo Franco
 
81.
Brumal (1988)
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Director: Cristina Andreu
 
82.
El Lute II: Tomorrow I'll Be Free (1988)
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(120 mins.)
Director: Vicente Aranda
 
83.
Cocktail (1988)
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A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love. (104 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
84.
Mac and Me (1988)
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An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy. (95 mins.)
Director: Stewart Raffill
 
85.
Phantom of Death (1988)
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In Italy, a pianist suffering from the Progeria genetic disease becomes distraught and goes on a mad killing spree prompting a police inspector to investigate. (90 mins.)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
 
86.
Black Roses (1988)
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Demons hypnotize the general public by posing as a rock and roll band. (90 mins.)
Director: John Fasano