Moviegeek5: 30th Anniversary Movies 1988 – 2018
When you think of movies of the 1980s there is a good chance that some of these were released in the year 1988. Nearing the end of the decade, the year produced classics in a great variety of genres from childhood favourites to action-packed flicks. There are many we could mention, such as comedy classics The Naked Gun (1988) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988) or Oscar winner Rain Man (1988), but we have limited ourselves to five films from 1988 that we will surely remember for decades to come. Happy 30th!
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1988 was definitely a good movie year, something already proven with this, the first entry in our anniversary Moviegeek5. One of the first major hits from what is probably the most likable man in the business, Big saw Tom Hans embrace his inner child as he completely convinces us he is a kid in an adult body. The movie is not just a comedy but also reminds every adult watching to play once in awhile, while showing kids to enjoy their childhood. Adulthood isn’t all it’s made out to be. Utterly charming and good enough to survive several re-watches, Penny Marshall’s comedy is one to watch, whether for the first or the umpteenth time!
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
This charming comedy in the style of a classic film noir with added cartoon characters is a rare gem – not just for 1988 but for any year. How often are you going to see an actor like Bob Hoskins opposite an animated rabbit? Full of wacky humour, a memorable villain (Christopher Lloyd), a great story, and endearing characters, standout scenes, and great visual gags, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is endlessly entertaining and rewatchable. Possibly the wackiest movie of 1988 and a given on our list.
Coming to America (1988)
Another funny one from 1988, Coming to America is one of the best from Eddie Murphy, one of the big new stars to emerge from the decade. Murphy plays an African prince who, in an attempt to find true love away from the watchful eye of his domineering father, travels to America with his trusted valet and trie to live as a regular working stiff. True to form he falls in love, but there a plenty of obstacles in the way. A strong comedy with plenty of charm and a nice wintry feel, making it a Christmas favourite for many.
Die Hard (1988)
Another Christmas favourite, this action-packed highrise drama is a must for many come Christmas. One can hardly think about the year movie-wise 1988 without thinking of John McTiernan’s Die Hard. It made an even bigger star out of Bruce Willis and marked the screen début of the late Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber, one of the great action villains. Endlessly quotable, this is the perfect climax of not only the year but the decade in terms of action films.
Child’s Play (1988)
In the horror genre, 1988 saw the release of a fan favourite and the beginning of a film franchise that is still going strong today. Child’s Play exploits the, dare I say, common phobia of talking dolls and gave the horror genre one of its iconic antagonists: Chucky. A harmless toy is possessed by the spirit of a deceased criminal and falls into the hands of young Andy. It’s suspenseful and fun and the most impactful horror movie of the year.