50 movies from 1988 worth watching

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1.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist. (155 mins.)
 
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.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
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. (132 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
7.
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
 
8.
Landscape in the Mist (1988)
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Road movie about two children (Voula and Alexandre) searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany... (127 mins.)
 
9.
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. (101 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
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
 
16.
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
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
High Hopes (1988)
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The life of a working class couple living in London and their complicated relationships with other members of the family. (108 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
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.)
 
22.
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
 
23.
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
 
24.
Alice (1988)
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A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. (86 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
25.
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
 
26.
Eight Men Out (1988)
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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
 
27.
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
 
28.
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
 
29.
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
 
30.
Drowning by Numbers (1988)
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Three generations of women all share the same problem: cheating husbands, and they want to put an end to it. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
31.
Midnight Run (1988)
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An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the F.B.I., and the Mafia after jumping bail. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
 
32.
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
 
33.
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
 
34.
Damnation (1988)
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A lonely barfly falls in love with a married bar singer. (120 mins.)
Director: Béla Tarr
 
35.
The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)
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Men seeking relief from the Black Death, guided by a boy's vision, dig a tunnel from 14th century England to 20th century New Zealand. (90 mins.)
Director: Vincent Ward
 
36.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
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The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept. (110 mins.)
 
37.
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
 
38.
Hanussen (1988)
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A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr... (140 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
 
39.
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
 
40.
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
 
41.
The Moderns (1988)
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A struggling artist is hired to forge paintings, causing him to cross paths with his ex-wife and her powerful new husband. (126 mins.)
Director: Alan Rudolph
 
42.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
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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
 
43.
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
 
44.
Ariel (1988)
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A Finnish man goes to the city to find a job after the mine where he worked is closed and his father commits suicide. (73 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
45.
A World Apart (1988)
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A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents... (112 mins.)
Director: Chris Menges
 
46.
A Tale of the Wind (1988 Documentary)
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This film travels through fantasy and reality as Joris Ivens goes to China to capture the wind.... (80 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens
 
47.
Little Dorrit (1987)
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Arthur Clennam returns to London after working abroad for many years with his now deceased father. Almost... (357 mins.)
 
48.
Bird (1988)
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The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker. (161 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
49.
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
 
50.
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