Year In Review: 1988


It was the year Kylie Minogue spent five weeks at number one for her hit ‘I Should Be So Lucky’. Stephen Hawkins first published ‘A Brief History Of Time’. Thatcherism was at its height in the United Kingdom, Reaganism was dominating the United States. Fashion was enjoying an iconic moment with sequinned dresses, athletic clothing and mini-skirts all the rage. But while the clothes people wore might seem antiquated today, the issues people faced were not. With the NHS in crisis and its staff marching on the streets, several parallels can be draw between then and now.


New In Cinema’s first Year In Review is reflecting on the movies of this important year – 1988. The series is a retrospective of a year that saw the premiere of the multi Oscar winning ‘Rain Man’, the highest grossing movie of the year making $178m from its Christmas release. It was a year when we first fell in love with two of cinema’s most famous Toms: Hanks, who got his first major role in the comedy ‘Big’, and Cruise, who shot to stardom with both ‘Rain Man’ and ‘Cocktail’. It was also a year when directors like Pedro Almodovar first arrived on the scene making attention-grabbing debuts.


We watched over fifty of the most successful, award winning and critically acclaimed movies from 1988 and will be revealing our top 20 between the end of May and June.


The Best Movies Of 1988:

20. ‘Rain Man’ (dir. Barry Levinson)
19. ‘Married To The Mob’ (dir. Jonathan Demme)
18. ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ (dir. Robert Zemeckis)
17. ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ (dir. Stephen Frears)
16. ‘Midnight Run’ (dir. Martin Brest)
15. ‘The Vanishing’ (dir. George Sluzier)
14. ‘Alice’ (dir. Jan Švankmajer)
13. ‘Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story’ (dir. Todd Haynes)
12. ‘Working Girl’ (dir. Mike Nichols)
11. ‘Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown’ (dir. Pedro Almodovar)
10. ‘The Last Temptation Of Christ’ (dir. Martin Scorsese)
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