Year by year: 1988

The 50 best films of 1988 in order.
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1.
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.)
 
2.
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.)
 
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.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
5.
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
 
6.
Red Sorghum (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby... (91 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
7.
A Short Film About Love (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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.
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
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
Bird (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker. (161 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
11.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
Mississippi Burning (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. (128 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
14.
The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An alcoholic man wants to return the money he has borrowed. (127 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
15.
La boca del lobo (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Peruvian anti-terrorist army takes control of a far away and unknown small village isolated in the Andes by the terrorist militia "Sendero Luminoso" (Shining Path), during the dirty war in Peru at 80's decade. (128 mins.)
 
16.
Story of Women (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
17.
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
 
18.
The South (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The movie starts while Floreal, the main protagonist, was being released from the prison when the military coup ended in 1983... (127 mins.)
 
19.
Time of the Gypsies (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
20.
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
 
21.
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
22.
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
 
23.
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series ('Trilogy', 'The Long Day Closes') is an... (85 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
 
24.
Little Dorrit (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Arthur Clennam returns to London after working abroad for many years with his now deceased father. Almost... (357 mins.)
 
25.
Working Girl (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
26.
Hairspray (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 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
 
27.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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.)
 
28.
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm... (157 mins.)
Director: Bille August
 
29.
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
 
30.
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
 
31.
Life Is a Long Quiet River (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two babies are switched at birth. When the mistake is discovered 12 years later, it leads to complications in the lives of both families... (90 mins.)
 
32.
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
 
33.
The Moderns (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Nick Hart is a struggling American artist who lives amongst the expatriate community in 1920s Paris... (126 mins.)
Director: Alan Rudolph
 
34.
The Music Teacher (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Aging opera singer Joachim Dallayrac retires from the stage and retreats to the countryside to school two young singers... (100 mins.)
Director: Gérard Corbiau
 
35.
Big (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
36.
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
 
37.
Hanussen (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
38.
Bull Durham (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
39.
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
 
40.
They Live (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
41.
Drowning by Numbers (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Tired of her husband's philandering ways, the mother of two daughters drowns her husband. With the reluctant help of the local coroner... (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
42.
Running on Empty (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own. (116 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
43.
The Beast of War (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A Soviet tank and its warring crew become separated from their patrol and lost in an Afghan valley with a group of vengeance-seeking rebels on their tracks. (111 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
44.
Landscape in the Mist (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Road movie about two children (Voula and Alexandre) searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany... (127 mins.)
 
45.
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
46.
The Accidental Tourist (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
47.
Veronico Cruz (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A rural teacher in Jujuy, establishes a friendly relationship with the inhabitants of Chorcán , a small Andean village ... (96 mins.)
Director: Miguel Pereira
 
48.
Frantic (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder. (120 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
49.
A World Apart (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
50.
Another Woman (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist's office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor's help. (81 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen