My Best Films of 1988

Out of 358 films seen. All rated 8/10 or higher.
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1.
A Tale of the Wind (1988 Documentary)
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This film travels through fantasy and reality as Ivens goes to China to capture the Wind. The film reflects the film maker's journey... (80 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens
 
2.
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
 
3.
The Thin Blue Line (1988 Documentary)
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A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. (103 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
4.
I... Dreaming (1988 Short Film)
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Phrases of Stephen Foster, set to music by Joel Heartling, are set to film in this autobiographical piece: a solitary female voice... (8 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
5.
Days of Eclipse (1988)
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Days of Eclipse is filmed in a psychedelic manner close to stream of consciousness using unusual cinematographic techniques. The action is set in Middle Asia. (139 mins.)
 
6.
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
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The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series ('Trilogy', 'The Long Day Closes') is an... (85 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
 
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.
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.)
 
9.
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
 
10.
Talk Radio (1988)
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A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national. (110 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
11.
Medea (1988 TV Movie)
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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
 
12.
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
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
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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
 
15.
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (1988 Documentary)
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Documentary on the making of "The Sacrifice." (102 mins.)
 
16.
Damnation (1988)
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A lonely barfly falls in love with a married bar singer. (120 mins.)
Director: Béla Tarr
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
Doc's Kingdom (1988)
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Doc lives on the edge of Europe where it imperceptibly slides over into the Third World. As a doctor... (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Kramer
 
19.
Camp de Thiaroye (1988)
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In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home. (157 mins.)
 
20.
The South (1988)
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The movie starts while Floreal, the main protagonist, was being released from the prison when the military coup ended in 1983... (127 mins.)
 
21.
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 wondrous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
22.
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
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The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return... (113 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
23.
Chocolat (1988)
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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
 
24.
Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
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Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein re-creates his role as the unsinkable Arnold... (120 mins.)
Director: Paul Bogart
 
25.
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
 
26.
Hôtel Terminus (1988 Documentary)
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A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war. (267 mins.)
Director: Marcel Ophüls
 
27.
Cannibal Tours (1988 Documentary)
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When tourists journey to the furthermost reaches of the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea, is it the indigenous... (70 mins.)
Director: Dennis O'Rourke
 
28.
On s'est tous défilé (1988 Short Film)
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(13 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
29.
Running on Empty (1988)
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The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own. (116 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
30.
Hairspray (1988)
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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
 
31.
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
 
32.
Ariel (1988)
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The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed... (73 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
33.
July (1988 Short Film)
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One hot summer afternoon, two boys try to earn the cash for a movie in this beautiful evocation of the landscape of childhood. (25 mins.)
 
34.
The Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
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After the general Soviet gulag amnesty of 1953 former political inmates Sergei and Nikolai arrive in a remote Siberian village where 8 pardoned common criminals terrorize the inhabitants. (101 mins.)
 
35.
Imagine: John Lennon (1988 Documentary)
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A biography of the rock music star. (100 mins.)
Director: Andrew Solt
 
36.
The Fourth Dimension (1988 Short Film)
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(27 mins.)
Director: Zbig Rybczynski
 
37.
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
 
38.
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
 
40.
The Short & Curlies (1988 Short Film)
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A short comedy by Mike Leigh about the romance between a young woman and a man who communicates only through jokes and humor... (17 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
41.
36 fillette (1988)
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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.)