Gregor's Top 40 of 1988 +20

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1.
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 teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
Red Heat (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country. (104 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
7.
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.
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.
Biloxi Blues (1988)
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A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
10.
Dragons Forever (1988)
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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.)
 
11.
Police Story 2 (1988)
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The Hong Kong super-cop must stop a group of blackmailing bombers at the same time that the villains of the first Police Story are out for revenge. (101 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
 
12.
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. (93 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
13.
Tiger Cage (1988)
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A team of cops get brutally exposed to violence after raiding a drug operation and discovering a link between few members of the police force and an American crime syndicate dealing with drug trafficking. (92 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
“ Tiger Cage ” - Movie-Mate
 
14.
Twins (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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
 
15.
Night of the Demons (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
 
16.
As Tears Go By (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
17.
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
18.
Midnight Run (1988)
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An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
 
19.
Tiger on Beat (1988)
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A seasoned cop and his rookie partner are a pair of mismatched partners in this Hong Kong action-comedy in the style of 'Lethal Weapon'. The wacky twosome are up in arms as they try to solve the murder of a heroin trafficker. (88 mins.)
Director: Lau Kar Leung
 
20.
Huang jia shi jie zhi III: Ci xiong da dao (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Genji Nakamura and his soul-mate and partner Michiko Nishiwaki are thieves for the notorious Red Army terrorist organization in Japan... (90 mins.)
 
21.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good. (93 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Young Guns (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted. (107 mins.)
 
24.
Scrooged (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
25.
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
 
26.
Yellow River Fighter (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In this martial arts action-drama, a swordsman named Toh Hong travels home after a long battle to discover his wife and children have been brutally murdered. (93 mins.)
Director: Hsin-Yen Chang
 
27.
Fighting Madam 2 (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Action movie about a group of female renegades stopping a fascist psychopath who has formed a guerrilla army in his jungle hideaway (90 mins.)
Director: Teresa Woo
 
28.
Top Squad (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Madame Wu (Sibelle Hu) has been assigned to the Hong Kong Police Academy to train female Banshee Squad Members... (91 mins.)
Director: Wellson Chin
 
29.
Demon City Shinjuku (1988 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young warrior must finish what his father started by battling his way through a city of demons and defeat a diabolical psychic who has opened a portal to hell. (82 mins.)
 
30.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
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Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again. (97 mins.)
Director: Tony Randel
 
31.
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
 
32.
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
 
33.
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
 
34.
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
 
35.
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 police detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. (85 mins.)
Director: David Zucker
 
36.
The Accused (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
37.
Above the Law (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A former Special Operations Vietnam vet works as a Chicago cop and uncovers CIA wrongdoing. (99 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
 
38.
Guo bu xin lang (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An illegal immigrant in Hong Kong, unable to get a Green Card, is subjected to humiliation, and does odd things to survive - like taking part in a mud wrestling match. (94 mins.)
Director: Alfred Cheung
“ Paper Marriage ” - Movie-Mate
 
39.
Waxwork (1988)
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A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world. (95 mins.)
Director: Anthony Hickox
 
40.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
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.)
 
41.
Bloodsport (1988)
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Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur. (92 mins.)
Director: Newt Arnold
 
42.
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.)
 
43.
The Dead Pool (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
 
44.
Maniac Cop (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A killer dressed in a police uniform begins murdering innocent people on the streets of New York City. (85 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
 
45.
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
 
46.
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Mac Mckussic is an unlikely drug dealer who wants to go straight. His old and best friend Nick Frescia... (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Towne
 
47.
Coming to America (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
48.
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A Southern California girl befriends three furry aliens after their spaceship lands in her swimming pool. (100 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
 
49.
Child's Play (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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
 
50.
The Blob (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (95 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
 
51.
Pumpkinhead (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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
 
52.
High Spirits (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When Peter Plunkett's Irish castle turned hotel is about to be repossesed, he decides to spice up the... (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
53.
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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.
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.)
 
55.
Cocktail (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love. (104 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
56.
Rambo III (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Colonel Trautman is captured by Soviets during a mission in Afghanistan and Rambo sets out to rescue him while taking on the invading Russian forces. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter MacDonald
 
57.
Fright Night Part 2 (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Charley Brewster and Peter Vincent must face more vampires which are out for revenge. (104 mins.)
 
58.
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
 
59.
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
 
60.
Critters 2 (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Eggs of the small, furry alien carnivores are left behind on Earth and, after hatching, set their appetites on the town of Grover's Bend. (86 mins.)
Director: Mick Garris