1988 Movies Ranked

by zzzorf | created - 17 Feb 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

These are all the movies from the year 1988 that I have watched & rated since joining IMDb in July 2016. This is not a complete list of everything I have watched ever as my memory isn't that good but is a complete list since joining and thus keeping track. I have them listed in order of my ratings from top to bottom.

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1. The Land Before Time (1988)

G | 69 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

66 Metascore

An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Judith Barsi, Helen Shaver

Votes: 74,348 | Gross: $48.09M

10/10

2. Willow (1988)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

47 Metascore

A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh

Votes: 94,124 | Gross: $57.27M

10/10

3. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

76 Metascore

Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, Ricardo Montalban

Votes: 138,392 | Gross: $78.76M

10/10

4. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 170,735 | Gross: $156.45M

9/10

5. Alice (1988)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power

Votes: 10,453

9/10

6. Child's Play (1988)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif

Votes: 79,992 | Gross: $33.24M

8/10

7. Bloodsport (1988)

R | 92 min | Action, Biography, Drama

29 Metascore

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.

Director: Newt Arnold | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, Norman Burton

Votes: 70,421 | Gross: $11.81M

8/10

8. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

44 Metascore

Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark, Noelle Parker

Votes: 9,376 | Gross: $28.20M

8/10

9. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

R | 155 min | Drama

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Votes: 206,072 | Gross: $11.99M

8/10

10. Poltergeist III (1988)

PG-13 | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

40 Metascore

Carol Anne is staying with her aunt in a high-rise building, where the supernatural forces haunting her make their return.

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: Heather O'Rourke, Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, Zelda Rubinstein

Votes: 15,760 | Gross: $14.11M

8/10

11. Rambo III (1988)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

36 Metascore

Rambo mounts a one-man mission to rescue his friend Colonel Trautman from the clutches of the formidable invading Soviet forces in Afghanistan.

Director: Peter MacDonald | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Marc de Jonge, Kurtwood Smith

Votes: 111,502 | Gross: $53.72M

8/10

12. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Drama, War

A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

Votes: 202,592

7/10

13. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

72 Metascore

An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 729,852 | Gross: $83.01M

7/10

14. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

Director: Stephen Chiodo | Stars: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon

Votes: 29,507 | Gross: $15.63M

7/10

15. The Little Thief (1988)

R | 109 min | Drama

In a small town in post-World-War-II France, an unhappy sixteen-year-old (Janine Castang) tries to escape her dreary situation by any means at her disposal. Three successive friends (Michel... See full summary »

Director: Claude Miller | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Didier Bezace, Simon de La Brosse, Clotilde de Bayser

Votes: 1,664 | Gross: $1.06M

7/10

16. Purple People Eater (1988)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A kid plays the old novelty song "Purple People Eater" and the creature actually appears. The two then proceed to help an elderly couple who are being evicted by their greedy landlord.

Director: Linda Shayne | Stars: Ned Beatty, Linda Talcott, Bobby Porter, Shelley Winters

Votes: 859

7/10

17. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 78,114 | Gross: $60.33M

7/10

18. Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris, John Omirah Miluwi

Votes: 22,440 | Gross: $24.72M

7/10

19. Midnight Run (1988)

R | 126 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

78 Metascore

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the F.B.I., and the Mafia after jumping bail.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton

Votes: 65,664 | Gross: $38.41M

7/10

20. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

13 Metascore

Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager. Now, only she can stop him.

Director: John Carl Buechler | Stars: Terry Kiser, Jennifer Banko, John Otrin, Susan Blu

Votes: 28,991 | Gross: $19.17M

7/10

21. Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)

R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

After a nuclear war, the survivors are divided between horribly mutated beings who live on desolate reservations and fertile women who are searching for scarce virile men in order to multiply and start a new human society.

Directors: Donald G. Jackson, R.J. Kizer | Stars: Julius LeFlore, RCB, Roddy Piper, William Smith

Votes: 4,276

7/10

22. They Live (1988)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower

Votes: 98,589 | Gross: $13.01M

6/10

23. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

34 Metascore

Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens on Halloween Eve and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?

Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur

Votes: 39,840 | Gross: $17.77M

6/10

24. 36 fillette (1988)

88 min | Romance, Drama

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.

Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Delphine Zentout, Etienne Chicot, Olivier Parnière, Jean-Pierre Léaud

Votes: 1,017 | Gross: $0.41M

6/10

25. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

86 Metascore

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 244,155 | Gross: $1.11M

6/10

26. In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Florida 1985: A series of brutal robberies and murders keeps the F.B.I busy. Although all crimes seem to be comitted by the same group, they can't hunt them down. The experienced officer ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Ronny Cox, Bruce Greenwood, Michael Gross, Doug Sheehan

Votes: 721

6/10

27. Caddyshack II (1988)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Sport

7 Metascore

When a crass new-money tycoon's membership application is turned down at a snooty country club, he retaliates by buying the club and turning it into a tacky amusement park.

Director: Allan Arkush | Stars: Jackie Mason, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon, Dina Merrill

Votes: 14,124 | Gross: $11.80M

5/10

28. Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988 TV Movie)

Unrated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Shaggy is turned into a werewolf, and it's up to Scooby, Scrappy and his girlfriend to help him win the contest.

Director: Ray Patterson | Stars: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Hamilton Camp, Jim Cummings

Votes: 3,245

5/10

29. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 144,096 | Gross: $0.55M

5/10

30. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

R | 93 min | Horror

56 Metascore

Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may be able to defeat him for good.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman, John Beckman, Kisha Brackel

Votes: 45,898 | Gross: $49.37M

4/10

31. Monkey Shines (1988)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

A quadriplegic man has a trained monkey help him with his paralysis, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 9,815 | Gross: $5.34M

4/10

32. Red Riding Hood (1987)

Unrated | 81 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The faithful little girl must brave the forest and the big, bad wolf to bring her grandmother a basket of goodies in this musical version of the classic fairytale.

Director: Adam Brooks | Stars: Amelia Shankley, Isabella Rossellini, Craig T. Nelson, Rocco Sisto

Votes: 344

4/10

33. Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (1988)

93 min | Crime, Drama

Prison gangs clash in a high-tech security jail where there are no rules.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: David Field, Mike Bishop, Chris DeRose, Kevin Mackey

Votes: 1,642

1/10

34. The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, War

A team of renegade soldiers in World War II tries to stop the creation of the Fourth Reich in the Middle East.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Hunt Block, Matthew Burton

Votes: 950

1/10



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