Top 27 underrated crime movies from year 1988

01.
Moonwalker
93 min | 1988 |
6.1 (16409 votes)
|
8.16 (78 reviews)

Anthology movie by, and starring, Michael Jackson in his prime, combining a number of music videos from his bestselling "Bad" album with a fantasy tale of Michael's confrontation with a ruthless drug dealer known as Mr. Big.

02.
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
88 min | 1988 |
6.6 (12591 votes)
|
8.51 (48 reviews)

In this parody of blaxploitation movies, a black hero wannabe reunites former black heroes from the 70s to help him get revenge on Mr. Big.

03.
Without a Clue
107 min | 1988 |
7.0 (9591 votes)
|
8.71 (71 reviews)

A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective, Dr. Watson.

04.
Midnight Run
126 min | 1988 |
7.5 (80415 votes)
|
9.05 (263 reviews)

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

05.
Twins
107 min | 1988 |
6.1 (117710 votes)
|
7.65 (97 reviews)

A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is short, a womanizer, and small-time crook.

06.
Maniac Cop
85 min | 1988 |
6.0 (15309 votes)
|
7.48 (100 reviews)

A killer dressed in a police uniform begins murdering innocent people on the streets of New York City.

07.
Above the Law
99 min | 1988 |
6.0 (29885 votes)
|
7.35 (102 reviews)

A former Special Operations Vietnam vet works as a Chicago cop, and uncovers C.I.A. wrongdoing.

08.
Heathers
103 min | 1988 |
7.2 (94339 votes)
|
8.31 (288 reviews)

At Westerburg High where cliques rule, jocks dominate and all the popular girls are named Heather, it's going to take a Veronica and mysterious new kid to give teen angst a body count.

09.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
85 min | 1988 |
7.6 (158805 votes)
|
8.7 (208 reviews)

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

10.
Tequila Sunrise
115 min | 1988 |
6.1 (29986 votes)
|
7.17 (87 reviews)

A former L.A. drug dealer tries to go straight but his past and his underworld connections bring him into the focus of the DEA, the Mexican feds and the Mexican drug cartels.

11.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
110 min | 1988 |
7.4 (67109 votes)
|
8.44 (145 reviews)

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of fifty thousand dollars first.

12.
Running on Empty
116 min | 1988 |
7.7 (14988 votes)
|
8.7 (89 reviews)

The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own.

13.
Shoot to Kill
110 min | 1988 |
6.8 (10407 votes)
|
7.77 (58 reviews)

An F.B.I. Agent teams up with a tracker to pursue a murderer after he vanishes into the mountains and infiltrates a hiking group.

14.
Salaam Bombay!
113 min | 1988 |
8.0 (8461 votes)
|
8.93 (66 reviews)

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ...

15.
Married to the Mob
92 min | 1988 |
6.2 (16686 votes)
|
7.09 (51 reviews)

A mobster's wife hates her lifestyle, but gets a chance to change it when her husband is killed - if the Long Island mob and the FBI let her.

16.
Action Jackson
96 min | 1988 |
5.5 (10116 votes)
|
6.33 (78 reviews)

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

17.
Frantic
120 min | 1988 |
6.9 (50930 votes)
|
7.7 (138 reviews)

In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder.

18.
Young Guns
107 min | 1988 |
6.9 (57121 votes)
|
7.6 (133 reviews)

A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted.

19.
Red Heat
104 min | 1988 |
6.1 (67100 votes)
|
6.78 (108 reviews)

A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.

20.
A Short Film About Killing
84 min | 1988 |
8.1 (13902 votes)
|
8.71 (44 reviews)

The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ...

21.
Colors
120 min | 1988 |
6.7 (24667 votes)
|
7.28 (67 reviews)

An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.

22.
Time of the Gypsies
142 min | 1988 |
8.2 (28911 votes)
|
8.75 (274 reviews)

In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves.

23.
A Fish Called Wanda
108 min | 1988 |
7.5 (135445 votes)
|
8.04 (217 reviews)

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

24.
Mississippi Burning
128 min | 1988 |
7.8 (93340 votes)
|
8.3 (191 reviews)

Two F.B.I. Agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

25.
The Dead Pool
91 min | 1988 |
6.3 (43414 votes)
|
6.59 (139 reviews)

Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target.

26.
The Accused
111 min | 1988 |
7.2 (33169 votes)
|
7.48 (101 reviews)

After a young woman suffers a brutal gang 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.

27.
Police Story 2
101 min | 1988 |
7.2 (14090 votes)
|
7.14 (40 reviews)

The Hong Kong supercop must stop a group of blackmailing bombers at the same time that the villains of Police Story (1985) are out for revenge.

Top 2 overrated crime movies from year 1988

01.
Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach
90 min | 1988 |
4.7 (32983 votes)
|
4.25 (61 reviews)

The Police Academy's commandant will be honored at a police convention in Miami Beach. At the airport he picks a wrong bag with stolen diamonds. The "owners" want them back.

02.
The Presidio
97 min | 1988 |
6.0 (17028 votes)
|
5.69 (65 reviews)

A San Francisco civilian police detective is forced to work on a series of murders with his former enemy commanding officer while dating his daughter.