Year 1988

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1. The Dark Side of the Sun (1988)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

Traveling in search of a cure for a rare skin disease, a man finds freedom and love along the way.

Director: Bozidar 'Bota' Nikolic | Stars: Guy Boyd, Brad Pitt, Cheryl Pollak, Constantin Nitchoff

Votes: 3,167

2. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

69 Metascore

An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed

Votes: 47,922 | Gross: $8.08M

3. Action Jackson (1988)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

36 Metascore

Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition.

Director: Craig R. Baxley | Stars: Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson, Vanity, Sharon Stone

Votes: 9,359 | Gross: $20.26M

4. The Bear (1988)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Drama

An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Bart the Bear, Youk the Bear, Jack Wallace

Votes: 15,420 | Gross: $31.75M

5. 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: 144,181 | Gross: $0.55M

6. Alien Nation (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

In 1988, Earth makes the first contact with an alien civilization. In 1991, these aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after three years of quarantine.

Director: Graham Baker | Stars: James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp, Kevyn Major Howard

Votes: 13,383 | Gross: $25.22M

7. Aloha Summer (1988)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

It's the 60s and a bunch of crazy teenagers meet in the beautiful island of Hawaii during their summer holidays. Although they come from different backgrounds, they hang out together and ... See full summary »

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: Chris Makepeace, Yuji Okumoto, Caron Abellira, Henry Ahnee

Votes: 218 | Gross: $0.42M

8. Apartment Zero (1988)

R | 124 min | Drama, Thriller

Set in modern day Buenos Aires, the film centers around a relationship between two emotionally crippled roommates. Adrian LeDuc is a lonely sociopath who is forced to rent his insane ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Donovan | Stars: Hart Bochner, Colin Firth, Dora Bryan, Liz Smith

Votes: 3,505 | Gross: $0.67M

9. Appointment with Death (1988)

PG | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a former prison wardress who dominates the lives of her three adult stepchildren and her daughter is found dead at an archaeological dig near the Dead Sea, there are a great many suspects.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Lauren Bacall, Carrie Fisher, John Gielgud

Votes: 3,361 | Gross: $0.96M

10. Apprentice to Murder (1988)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Fire-and-brimstone preacher sees Satan everywhere, trains gullible young boy to "detect" evil, and the two of them commit several murders in the name of Jesus. Based on a true story.

Director: Ralph L. Thomas | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Chad Lowe, Mia Sara, Knut Husebø

Votes: 399 | Gross: $0.47M

11. Ariel (1988)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

A Finnish man goes to the city to find a job after the mine where he worked is closed and his father commits suicide.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto, Matti Pellonpää, Eetu Hilkamo

Votes: 5,466

12. Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

PG | 113 min | Comedy, Romance

Arthur loses all of his money, and his wife wants a baby.

Director: Bud Yorkin | Stars: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 5,689 | Gross: $14.68M

13. Baton Rouge (1988)

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

Poor gigolo tries to frame his rich mature mistress, but gets tangled in his own wiles.

Director: Rafael Moleón | Stars: Victoria Abril, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Ángel de Andrés López

Votes: 243

14. Bat*21 (1988)

R | 105 min | Drama, War

58 Metascore

During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues.

Director: Peter Markle | Stars: Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed, David Marshall Grant

Votes: 7,427 | Gross: $3.97M

15. Beaches (1988)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

46 Metascore

A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Gray

Votes: 21,619 | Gross: $57.04M

16. The Beast of War (1988)

R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, War

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.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: George Dzundza, Jason Patric, Steven Bauer, Stephen Baldwin

Votes: 8,196 | Gross: $0.16M

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17. The Beat (1987)

R | 98 min | Drama

A new kid moves into a tough neighborhood controlled by gangs, and tries to teach them poetry.

Director: Paul Mones | Stars: David Jacobson, William McNamara, Kara Glover, Stuart Alexander

Votes: 166

18. Betrayed (1988)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An FBI agent posing as a combine driver becomes romantically involved with a Midwest farmer who lives a double life as a white supremacist.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Debra Winger, Tom Berenger, John Heard, Betsy Blair

Votes: 5,101 | Gross: $25.82M

19. The Big Blue (1988)

PG | 168 min | Adventure, Drama, Sport

35 Metascore

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.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette, Paul Shenar

Votes: 45,184 | Gross: $3.50M

20. Big Business (1988)

PG | 97 min | Comedy

Two couples of sisters from New York and from the countryside discover that they are connected in an incredible way.

Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann

Votes: 11,004 | Gross: $40.15M

21. Big Time (1988)

PG | 87 min | Documentary, Music

Bringing his unique sense of humor to this bizarre and original piece of moviemaking, Tom Waits takes the audience through a musical journey with his jazzy, quirky, bluesy tunes presented ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Blum | Stars: Tom Waits, Michael L. Blair, Ralph Carney, Greg Cohen

Votes: 666 | Gross: $0.15M

22. Big Top Pee-wee (1988)

PG | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Pee-wee Herman is now a small-town farmer with a fiancée, but when a traveling circus comes to town, he finds himself falling for the trapeze artist.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Paul Reubens, Penelope Ann Miller, Kris Kristofferson, Valeria Golino

Votes: 8,254 | Gross: $15.12M

23. Biloxi Blues (1988)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi, Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken, Matt Mulhern, Corey Parker

Votes: 13,542 | Gross: $43.18M

24. Bird (1988)

R | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Music

78 Metascore

The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright

Votes: 10,617 | Gross: $2.18M

25. Black Eagle (1988)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama

CIA agent must outrace KGB agent in searching of super weapon lost in Mediterranean.

Director: Eric Karson | Stars: Shô Kosugi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Doran Clark, Bruce French

Votes: 6,104

26. The Blue Iguana (1988)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Mystery

Two overzealous psychopathic US tax collectors blackmail bounty hunter Vince Holloway into stopping an illegal transfer of 20 Mio. dollars from a Mexican tax paradise into the USA. So he ... See full summary »

Director: John Lafia | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Jessica Harper, James Russo, Pamela Gidley

Votes: 455 | Gross: $0.16M

27. The Boost (1988)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance

Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: James Woods, Sean Young, John Kapelos, Steven Hill

Votes: 1,806 | Gross: $0.78M

28. B.O.R.N. (1989)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

A speeding ambulance abducts three beautiful young women to a sinister medical center where someone is making a killing selling healthy human organs on the black market. The title stands for Body Organ Replacement Network.

Director: Ross Hagen | Stars: Ross Hagen, P.J. Soles, Hoke Howell, William Smith

Votes: 146

29. Braddock: Missing in Action III (1988)

R | 101 min | Action, War

Braddock mounts a one-man assault to free his wife and son who are still being held in a Vietnam prison camp.

Director: Aaron Norris | Stars: Chuck Norris, Aki Aleong, Roland Harrah III, Miki Kim

Votes: 5,304 | Gross: $6.19M

30. Brain Damage (1988)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return.

Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: Rick Hearst, Gordon MacDonald, Jennifer Lowry, Theo Barnes

Votes: 8,266

31. Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

R | 107 min | Drama

51 Metascore

A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 6,877 | Gross: $16.12M

32. Buy & Cell (1988)

R | 95 min | Comedy

Herbie Altman is framed for Stock fraud by his boss when the SEC starts investigating his company. Sent to prison, he helps a fellow inmate successfully invest his money. Soon all the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Boris | Stars: Robert Carradine, Michael Winslow, Malcolm McDowell, Lise Cutter

Votes: 366

33. Cohen and Tate (1988)

R | 86 min | Crime, Thriller

When a little boy witnesses a mob hit, he is kidnapped by two professional assassins who are not what they seem.

Director: Eric Red | Stars: Roy Scheider, Adam Baldwin, Harley Cross, Cooper Huckabee

Votes: 1,739

34. Comic Book Confidential (1988)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, History

A survey of the artistic history of the comic book medium and some of the major talents associated with it.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb

Votes: 794

35. Criminal Law (1988)

R | 117 min | Crime, Thriller

A lawyer defends a killer, but soon after he wins, he finds out that the killer is guilty.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper, Karen Young

Votes: 3,309 | Gross: $9.97M

36. Daffy Duck's Quackbusters (1988)

G | 72 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Daffy Duck opens a detective agency for the supernatural along side his Looney Toon buddies.

Directors: Greg Ford, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Terry Lennon, Robert McKimson, Maurice Noble | Stars: Mel Blanc, Mel Tormé, Roy Firestone, B.J. Ward

Votes: 1,979

37. Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell (1988)

R | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The third thrilling saga of Deathstalker pits him against the evil wizard and ruler of the Southland, Troxartes, and his band of undead warriors. Dashing Deathstalker is entrusted by the ... See full summary »

Director: Alfonso Corona | Stars: John Allen Nelson, Carla Sands, Terri Treas, Thom Christopher

Votes: 1,688

38. Dracula's Widow (1988)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

The young owner of a waxworks in Hollywood receives five instead of six ordered chests with Romanian antiques. He does not know that Vanessa, widow of Count Dracula, sleeps in the sixth ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Coppola | Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Josef Sommer, Lenny von Dohlen, Marc Coppola

Votes: 366

39. Fever (1988)

R | 84 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

Policeman (Bill Hunter) discovers a suitcase full of drug money during the normal course of his duties. The temptation to keep the money leads to an ever deepening set of circumstances.

Director: Craig Lahiff | Stars: Bill Hunter, Gary Sweet, Mary Regan, Jim Holt

Votes: 81

40. The Girl in a Swing (1988)

R | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A London art broker goes to Copenhagen where he requires the services of a secretary fluent in Danish, English, and German. He falls deeply in love with the woman, despite the fact that he ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Meg Tilly, Rupert Frazer, Nicholas Le Prevost, Elspet Gray

Votes: 524 | Gross: $0.75M

41. Heathers (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 80,021 | Gross: $1.11M

42. Let's Get Lost (1988)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, interspersed with film from Baker's ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Weber | Stars: Chet Baker, Carol Baker, Vera Baker, Paul Baker

Votes: 1,665

43. 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: 1,665 | Gross: $1.06M

44. Me and Him (1988)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A man's enthusiastic penis starts talking to him, getting him into awkward situations and convincing everyone he tells that he's completely insane.

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Griffin Dunne, Ellen Greene, Kelly Bishop, Carey Lowell

Votes: 439

45. Killing Blue (1988)

95 min | Thriller

Police Commissioner Alex Glass has been twisted into a sarcastic cynic by the hard luck story that is his life and by his daily contact with the criminals of Berlin's underground. His new ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Patzak | Stars: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Morgan Fairchild, Frank Stallone, Julia Kent

Votes: 223

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46. Miracle Mile (1988)

R | 87 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes.

Director: Steve De Jarnatt | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, John Agar, Lou Hancock

Votes: 8,380 | Gross: $1.15M

47. Tonkô (1988)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama

In 1026, students in western China are shanghaied into the forces of crown prince Li Yuanhao of Xi Xia, who wants to control the length of the Silk Road. One student is Zhao Xingde, who ... See full summary »

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Toshiyuki Nishida, Anna Nakagawa, Tsunehiko Watase

Votes: 169 | Gross: $0.12M

48. Hitting Home (1988 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller