Best Movies of 1988

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Best Movies of 1988
Best Movies of 1988
TOP Movies: Die Hard (1988), Rain Man (1988), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Beetlejuice (1988), Mississippi Burning (1988), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Big (1988), Coming to America (1988), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Working Girl (1988), Heathers (1988), Child's Play (1988), Willow (1988), Midnight Run (1988), Bird (1988), Bull Durham (1988), They Live (1988), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), Stand and Deliver (1988), Twins (1988).
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Die Hard (1988)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: NYPD cop, John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking ...
Style: intense, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, heist, gunfight, christmas, terrorist, one man army, tough guy, police officer, one against many, police, courage, machismo ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Rain Man (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: sincere, road movie, uplifting, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: autism, road trip, redemption, mentally challenged, runaway, brother brother relationship, family relations, siblings relations, disability, self discovery, greed, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, california, los angeles, missouri, texas ...
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime ...
Style: surreal, sexy, neo noir, feel good, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens, date night ...
Plot: private detective, rabbit, disney, falsely accused, femme fatale, sexy woman, cartoon rabbit, investigation, frame up, parallel world, false accusation, murder ...
Time: 1940s, year 1947, 80s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: los angeles, usa, california, america
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Beetlejuice (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the ...
Style: gothic, witty, surreal, funny, dark fantasy ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: ghost, afterlife, haunted house, dark humor, surrealism, supernatural, goth, teenage girl, possession, attic, dysfunctional family, heaven and hell ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new england, usa, connecticut
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Mississippi Burning (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the ...
Style: suspense, realistic, disturbing, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: racism, small town, civil rights, african american, ku klux klan, police, investigation, murder, violence, racial segregation, racial slur, police brutality ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Dangerous Liaisons is the film based on the novel of the same name by Choderlos de Laclos set in 18th century France. Marquise de Merteuil’s asks her ex-lover Vicomte de Valmont to seduce the future wife of another ex-lover of hers in return for ...
Style: sexy, suspense, sexual, tense, erotic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexuality, aristocracy, sexual relations, seduction, female nudity, sex, adultery, emotional abuse, casanova, love, love letter, rape ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, victorian era
Place: france, paris france, europe
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Big (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young boy, Josh Baskin makes a wish at a carnival machine to be big. He wakes up the following morning to find that it has been granted and his body has grown older overnight. But he is still the same 13-year-old boy inside. Now he must learn how ...
Style: feel good, sweet, humorous, touching, funny ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, teens, chick flick ...
Plot: body swapping, child as adult, adolescence, magic, toys, child's point of view, friendship, wish fulfillment, teenager, coming of age, fish out of water, switching bodies ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, bronx new york city, usa, manhattan new york city
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Coming to America (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Prince Akeem, heir to the throne of Zamunda, leaves the tropical paradise kingdom in search of his queen. What better place than Queens, New York, to find his bride? Joined by his loyal servant and friend, Semmi, Akeem attempts to blend in as an ...
Style: funny, humorous, feel good, witty, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, date night, girls' night
Plot: comedy of errors, fish out of water, prince, hidden identity, winter, heir to the throne, romance, wedding, janitor, looking for love, culture clash, fall in love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, africa, america, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
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A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.
Style: funny, humorous, satirical, sexy, witty ...
Plot: heist, zoophilia, screwball, lawyer, con artists, jewelry, hitman, satire, betrayal, robbery, stuttering, american abroad ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: london, england, california, europe, tower bridge london ...
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Working Girl (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Witty, romantic look at life in the corporate jungle. Tess McGill is an ambitious secretary with a unique approach for climbing the ladder to success. When her classy, but villainous boss breaks a leg skiing, Tess takes over her office, her ...
Style: feel good, captivating, inspirational, talky, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: business, secretary, career woman, women, workplace romance, rise to the top, career, love and romance, boss, wall street, female protagonist, workplace ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When the incompetent Officer Frank Drebin seeks the ruthless killer of his partner, he stumbles upon an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.
Style: parody, humorous, light, funny, not serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, family outing
Plot: deadpan, police, investigation, dumb, crimes, farce, gunfight, stupidity, creativity, sarcasm, satire, dimwit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, england, beirut lebanon
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Heathers (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A girl who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids.
Style: witty, sexy, cynical, dark, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: high school, suicide, dark humor, murderous pair, murder, teenage life, teenage love, insanity, coming of age, sociopath, teenage girl, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, ohio, usa
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Child's Play (1988)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A single mother gives her son a beloved doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, supernatural, doll, murder, youth, voodoo, monster, evil doll, psychopath, evil, nobody believes, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois
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Willow (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Fearful of a prophecy stating that a girl child will be born to bring about her downfall, the evil Queen Bavmorda imprisons all pregnant women within the formidable stronghold of Nockmaar. A child, Elora Danan, is born in the Nockmaar dungeons and ...
Style: fairy tale, epic, exciting, scenic, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: magic, monster, good versus evil, adventure, imaginary kingdom, sword and sorcery, prophecy, black magic, baby, castle, fairy, heroic mission ...
Time: middle ages, 80s
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Midnight Run (1988)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: An accountant embezzles $15 million of mob money, jumps bail and is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia.
Style: road movie, funny, talky, humorous, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: road trip, chase, on the road, bounty hunter, organized crime, police surveillance, train, hitman, crimes, mafia, bail bondsman, embezzlement ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, las vegas, los angeles, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
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Bird (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.
Style: atmospheric, sexy, psychological, gloomy, factual ...
Plot: jazz, music, heroin, addiction, drug abuse, musician, rock and roll, tragedy, character study, childhood, drug addiction, self destructing ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city
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Bull Durham (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Veteran catcher Crash Davis is brought to the minor league Durham Bulls to help their up and coming pitching prospect, "Nuke" Laloosh. Their relationship gets off to a rocky start and is further complicated when baseball groupie Annie ...
Style: sexy, inspirational, talky, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: baseball, love triangle, sport, small town, coach, age difference, older woman younger man relationship, romance, sexual content, female nudity, billiards, athlete ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, california, usa
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Successful surgeon Tomas leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza, and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina, but when the Soviet ...
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, romantic, philosophical ...
Plot: sex, infidelity, female nudity, love, love triangle, waitress, adultery, voyeurism, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual promiscuity, menage a trois, friendship ...
Time: 60s, year 1968, 20th century
Place: central europe, czechoslovakia, geneva switzerland, california, switzerland ...
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They Live (1988)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, allegory, thought provoking ...
Plot: conspiracy, distopia, alien, alien invasion, mind control, evil alien, invasion, anti conformity, teleportation, brainwashing, dystopic future, graphic violence ...
Time: future, 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first.
Style: twists and turns, clever, surprise ending, humorous, funny ...
Audience: kids
Plot: con artists, cons and scams, farce, rivalry, bet, high society, con men, competition, casino, gigolo, roulette, espionage ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 50s
Place: french riviera, france, south of france, riviera, europe ...
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Stand and Deliver (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top ...
Style: inspirational, feel good, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night, family outing, teen drama
Plot: teacher, teenager, education, dedicated educator, school, gang, civil rights, bullying, mathematics, high school, coming of age, idealism ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Twins (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Julius and Vincent Benedict are the results of an experiment that would allow for the perfect child. Julius was planned and grows to athletic proportions. Vincent is an accident and is somewhat smaller in stature. Vincent is placed in an orphanage ...
Style: funny, humorous, road movie, entertaining, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, kids, date night
Plot: twins, brother brother relationship, road trip, adventure, fish out of water, family relations, partners, on the road, twins separated at birth, brothers, culture clash, long lost brother ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988
Place: usa, los angeles, new mexico, austin texas, arizona ...
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Bloodsport (1988)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Frank Dux has entered the "kumite", an illegal underground martial-arts competition where serious injury and even death are not unknown. Chong Li, a particularly ruthless and vicious fighter is the favorite, but then again Dux has not ...
Style: inspirational, exciting, intense, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, mixed martial arts, tournament, martial arts tournament, kung fu, revenge, underdog, rivalry, sport, fight, airport, mentor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, china, asia
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The Accused (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a young woman suffers a brutal 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.
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, courtroom drama, injustice, lawyer, violence against women, rape victim, gang rape, sexual assault, justice, sex crime, courtroom ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts, boston, usa, washington d.c., washington state
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Rambo III (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Combat has taken its toll on Rambo, but he's finally begun to find inner peace in a monastery. When Rambo's friend and mentor Col. Trautman asks for his help on a top secret mission to Afghanistan, Rambo declines but must reconsider when ...
Style: intense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night
Plot: lone hero, one man army, loner, desert, rambo, swat team, brutality, revenge, torture, violence, gunfight, war ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: afghanistan, thailand, russia, pakistan, ussr ...
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Dead Ringers (1988)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Elliot, a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly. Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: twins, love triangle, insanity, body horror, obsession, drug addiction, identical twins, addiction, mistaken identity, mental illness, gynecologist, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, year 1954, 90s, 80s, 50s ...
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
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Scrooged (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In this modern take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life, Claire Phillips ...
Style: humorous, funny, light, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: christmas, ghost, redemption, supernatural, holiday, back from the dead, greed, television, tv show, christmas eve, happy ending, love ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future, year 1988, 70s ...
Place: usa, new york
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Running on Empty (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Popes are a family who haven't been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire in an effort to hinder the government's Vietnam war campaign. Ever since then, the Popes have been ...
Style: touching, emotional, thought provoking, serious, political ...
Plot: coming of age, vietnam war, radical, hidden identity, follow your dream, love, haunted by the past, eccentric family, parents and children, hopes, society, rebelliousness ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1971, 60s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, oakland california, yale university ...
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The Accidental Tourist (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After the death of his son, Macon Leary, a travel writer, seems to be sleep walking through life. Macon's wife, seems to be having trouble too, and thinks it would be best if the two would just split up. After the break up, Macon meets a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, melancholic, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: travel, dog, depression, dysfunctional marriage, loss of son, dysfunctional family, eccentricity, loneliness, death of son, grief, hopes, starting over ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, paris france, maryland, california, baltimore ...
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The Bear (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.
Style: touching, scenic, uplifting, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: animals, wilderness, survival, adventure, nature, bear, friendship, dog, family, hunting, bear attack, heroic mission ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: british columbia, canada, antarctica
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