Best of 1988

This is the list of my favorite movies from the year 1988. Sorry for the ones, I haven't seen yet.
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1.
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
“ 8.6 ” - aiwakaiy
 
2.
A Short Film About Love (1988)
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An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting. (86 mins.)
“ 8.5 ” - aiwakaiy
 
3.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
“ 8.5 ” - aiwakaiy
 
4.
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
“ 8.5 ” - aiwakaiy
 
5.
Deliler (1988 Video)
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(166 mins.)
Director: Zeki Alasya
“ 8.5 ” - aiwakaiy
 
6.
Time of the Gypsies (1988)
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In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves. (142 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
“ 8.5 ” - aiwakaiy
 
7.
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
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The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless... (84 mins.)
“ 8.4 ” - aiwakaiy
 
8.
Alice (1988)
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A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. (86 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
“ 8.3 ” - aiwakaiy
 
9.
The Bear (1988)
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An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters. (96 mins.)
“ 8.1 ” - aiwakaiy
 
10.
Beetlejuice (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. (92 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ 8.1 ” - aiwakaiy
 
11.
A Ay (1988)
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Story of a little girl with pigeon and her grand dad, missing her mother. (100 mins.)
Director: Reha Erdem
“ 8.1 ” - aiwakaiy
 
12.
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
“ 8.0 ” - aiwakaiy
 
13.
Rain Man (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
“ 8.0 ” - aiwakaiy
 
14.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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.)
“ 7.9 ” - aiwakaiy
 
15.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ 7.9 ” - aiwakaiy
 
16.
The Vanishing (1988)
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Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor. (107 mins.)
Director: George Sluizer
“ 7.8 ” - aiwakaiy
 
17.
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. (108 mins.)
“ 7.7 ” - aiwakaiy
 
18.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives. (171 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ 7.7 ” - aiwakaiy
 
19.
Akira (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
“ 7.6 ” - aiwakaiy
 
20.
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
“ 7.6 ” - aiwakaiy
 
21.
Devil, My Friend (1988)
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Struggling musician sells his soul to the devil for instrumental fame. (90 mins.)
Director: Atif Yilmaz
“ 7.5 ” - aiwakaiy
 
22.
Hôtel Terminus (1988 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war. (267 mins.)
Director: Marcel Ophüls
“ 7.5 ” - aiwakaiy
 
23.
Düttürü Dünya (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(91 mins.)
Director: Zeki Ökten
“ 7.5 ” - aiwakaiy
 
24.
Ashik Kerib (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her... (73 mins.)
“ 7.4 ” - aiwakaiy
 
25.
Hairspray (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. (92 mins.)
Director: John Waters
“ 7.4 ” - aiwakaiy
 
26.
Reklamlar (1988 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(169 mins.)
Director: Zeki Alasya
“ 7.4 ” - aiwakaiy
 
27.
Mississippi Burning (1988)
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Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. (128 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ 7.3 ” - aiwakaiy
 
28.
Miracle Mile (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes. (87 mins.)
“ 7.3 ” - aiwakaiy
 
29.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first. (110 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ 7.3 ” - aiwakaiy
 
30.
The South (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After the end of the military dictatorship in Argentina in 1983, Floreal is released from prison. Instead of returning to his wife... (127 mins.)
“ 7.3 ” - aiwakaiy
 
31.
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.)
“ 7.3 ” - aiwakaiy
 
32.
Eight Men Out (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series. (119 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
“ 7.3 ” - aiwakaiy
 
33.
Powaqqatsi (1988 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them. (99 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
“ 7.2 ” - aiwakaiy
 
34.
Medea (1988 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Medea is in Corinth with Jason and their two young sons. King Kreon wants to reward Jason for his exploits: he gives the hand of his daughter... (77 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
“ 7.2 ” - aiwakaiy
 
35.
The Big Blue (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ 7.2 ” - aiwakaiy
 
36.
Chocolat (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon... (105 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
“ 7.2 ” - aiwakaiy
 
37.
Herseye ragmen (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After serving a jail sentence, Hasan gets a job driving a hearse for the protestant church, and becomes involved with a widow, Ayse, and her son. (87 mins.)
Director: Orhan Oguz
“ 7.2 ” - aiwakaiy
 
38.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
“ 7.2 ” - aiwakaiy
 
39.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Incompetent cop Frank Drebin has to foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. (85 mins.)
Director: David Zucker
“ 7.2 ” - aiwakaiy
 
40.
The Land Before Time (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley. (69 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
“ 7.1 ” - aiwakaiy
 
41.
Big (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body. (104 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
“ 7.1 ” - aiwakaiy
 
42.
The Accused (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After a young woman suffers a brutal 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
“ 7.1 ” - aiwakaiy
 
43.
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
“ 7.0 ” - aiwakaiy
 
44.
Ögretmen (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Husnu has got issues and inabilities about the complex and expensive metropolitan life who was a successful teacher in his little town and got a promotion and appointment to Istanbul. (89 mins.)
Director: Kartal Tibet
“ 7.0 ” - aiwakaiy
 
45.
Dominick and Eugene (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due do an accident in his youth. They live together... (111 mins.)
Director: Robert M. Young
“ 7.0 ” - aiwakaiy
 
46.
Willow (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen. (126 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ 7.0 ” - aiwakaiy
 
47.
Atesten günler (1988 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(239 mins.)
Director: Ziya Öztan
“ 7.0 ” - aiwakaiy
 
48.
Dragons Forever (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Three successful Hong Kong lawyers are hired by a chemical company of questionable ethics and must eventually make a difficult decision when their employer's motives become clear. (93 mins.)
“ 6.9 ” - aiwakaiy
 
49.
Manifesto (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In a small European country, the king is scheduled to visit a small, quiet and "safe" village. It turns out that while the village may indeed be small, it's neither as quiet nor as safe as it's expected to be. (96 mins.)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
“ 6.8 ” - aiwakaiy
 
50.
36 fillette (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A night in the life of a young woman who wishes to learn and experience more of life. The men she meets have as much to learn from her as they can offer her, or more. (88 mins.)
“ 6.8 ” - aiwakaiy