Most Popular Feature Films/TV Series Released 1988-01-01 to 1988-12-31


1. Roseanne (1988–1997)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.0
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The story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems: Marriage, Children, Money and Parents in Law.

Stars: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman

Votes: 27,955

2. Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.5
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67 Metascore

A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 190,231 | Gross: $73.33M

3. Heathers (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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73 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: 60,542 | Gross: $1.11M

4. Coming to America (1988)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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48 Metascore

An African prince goes to Queens, New York City to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos

Votes: 120,596 | Gross: $128.15M

5. Die Hard (1988)

R | 131 min | Action, Thriller

8.2
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70 Metascore

John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 594,768 | Gross: $81.35M

6. Willow (1988)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh

Votes: 81,256 | Gross: $57.27M

7. Big (1988)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.3
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73 Metascore

When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard

Votes: 153,923 | Gross: $114.97M

8. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.3
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Kevin Arnold recalls growing up during the late 60s and early 70s; the turbulent social times make the transition from child to adult unusually interesting.

Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern, Alley Mills

Votes: 28,523

9. Home and Away (1988– )

22 min | Drama, Romance

5.2
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"Home and Away" chronicles the lives, loves, happiness, and heart-breaks of the residents of Summer Bay, a small coastal town in New South Wales, Australia.

Stars: Ray Meagher, Lynne McGranger, Norman Coburn, Emily Symons

Votes: 4,483

10. Red Dwarf (1988– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.4
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The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

Stars: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn

Votes: 24,869

11. Bloodsport (1988)

R | 92 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.8
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Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur.

Director: Newt Arnold | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, Norman Burton

Votes: 58,152 | Gross: $11.81M

12. They Live (1988)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.3
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52 Metascore

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower

Votes: 73,896 | Gross: $13.01M

13. Rain Man (1988)

R | 133 min | Drama

8.0
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65 Metascore

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen

Votes: 384,725 | Gross: $172.83M

14. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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76 Metascore

Incompetent police detective Frank Drebin has to foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, Ricardo Montalban

Votes: 115,239 | Gross: $78.04M

15. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Unrated | 89 min | Animation, Drama, War

8.5
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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

Votes: 139,200

16. Cocktail (1988)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.8
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12 Metascore

A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Banes

Votes: 60,723 | Gross: $78.22M

17. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.2
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 173,472

18. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

7.7
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83 Metascore

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 141,104 | Gross: $154.22M

19. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

R | 155 min | Drama

8.5
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80 Metascore

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Votes: 153,121 | Gross: $11.99M

20. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

8.1
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76 Metascore

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psychics can stop.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Mitsuo Iwata, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 106,554 | Gross: $0.44M

21. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.8
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65 Metascore

Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

Votes: 65,860 | Gross: $34.60M

22. Hairspray (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.0
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77 Metascore

A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry

Votes: 16,073 | Gross: $6.67M

23. In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

60 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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The cases and adventures of the police forces in and around Sparta, Mississippi.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Alan Autry, David Hart, Hugh O'Connor

Votes: 2,275

24. Working Girl (1988)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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73 Metascore

When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 41,350 | Gross: $64.00M

25. Mystic Pizza (1988)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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60 Metascore

Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 18,371 | Gross: $12.79M

26. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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80 Metascore

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

Directors: Charles Crichton, John Cleese | Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

Votes: 108,597 | Gross: $63.49M

27. The Great Outdoors (1988)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

6.6
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A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy, Annette Bening

Votes: 28,821 | Gross: $41.46M

28. The Land Before Time (1988)

G | 69 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.3
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An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Judith Barsi, Helen Shaver

Votes: 61,935 | Gross: $48.09M

29. Midnight Run (1988)

R | 126 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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78 Metascore

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton

Votes: 54,265 | Gross: $38.41M

30. Child's Play (1988)

R | 87 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.5
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A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif

Votes: 62,268 | Gross: $33.24M

31. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.1
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Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

Director: Stephen Chiodo | Stars: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon

Votes: 23,083

32. Twins (1988)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Crime

6.0
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53 Metascore

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

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb

Votes: 87,844 | Gross: $111.94M

33. Bull Durham (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

7.1
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73 Metascore

A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson

Votes: 37,069 | Gross: $50.89M

34. Young Guns (1988)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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50 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen

Votes: 42,778 | Gross: $44.73M

35. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

R | 171 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Derek de Lint

Votes: 27,022 | Gross: $10.01M

36. Beaches (1988)

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

6.8
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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: 18,170 | Gross: $57.04M

37. Rambo III (1988)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

5.7
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36 Metascore

When his friend Colonel Trautman is captured by Soviets during a mission in Afghanistan, John Rambo sets out to rescue him while taking on the brutal tyrant and his army who rule that region.

Director: Peter MacDonald | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Marc de Jonge, Kurtwood Smith

Votes: 92,440 | Gross: $53.72M

38. The Big Blue (1988)

PG-13 | 168 min | Adventure, Romance, Sport

7.6
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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: 37,932 | Gross: $3.50M

39. Empty Nest (1988–1995)

30 min | Comedy, Family

6.6
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"Empty Nest" is set in Miami and tells of the day to day misadventures of a widowed pediatrician, Harry Weston, and his two adult daughters, Barbara and Carol Weston, who have come back to ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Mulligan, Dinah Manoff, David Leisure, Park Overall

Votes: 1,958

40. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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74 Metascore

A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 52,983 | Gross: $34.70M

41. Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach (1988)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Crime

4.3
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The old Commandant Lassard, leader of the Police Academy (1984), goes to Florida to receive an award. In the city arrives also the cynic Captain Harris who wants to take Lassard's job. ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Myerson | Stars: Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbrook

Votes: 25,543 | Gross: $19.51M

42. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

7.3
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68 Metascore

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers

Votes: 50,649 | Gross: $42.04M

43. The Accused (1988)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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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.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster, Bernie Coulson, Leo Rossi

Votes: 24,184 | Gross: $32.07M

44. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

R | 164 min | Drama

7.6
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80 Metascore

The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Paul Greco

Votes: 39,791 | Gross: $8.37M

45. Dead Ringers (1988)

R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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86 Metascore

Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Barbara Gordon

Votes: 29,535 | Gross: $9.13M

46. The Dead Pool (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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46 Metascore

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

Director: Buddy Van Horn | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Liam Neeson, Patricia Clarkson, Evan C. Kim

Votes: 31,070 | Gross: $37.90M

47. Two Moon Junction (1988)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

4.9
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A young Southern débutante temporarily abandons her posh lifestyle and upcoming, semi-arranged marriage to have a lustful and erotic fling with a rugged drifter who works at a local carnival.

Director: Zalman King | Stars: Sherilyn Fenn, Richard Tyson, Louise Fletcher, Burl Ives

Votes: 4,008 | Gross: $1.55M

48. Oliver & Company (1988)

G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.7
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A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York.

Director: George Scribner | Stars: Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan

Votes: 32,594 | Gross: $73.45M

49. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)

TV-14 | 97 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.7
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In the not-too-distant future, a man and his robots are trapped aboard the Satellite of Love, where mad scientists force them to sit through the worst movies ever made.

Stars: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 16,982

50. Stand and Deliver (1988)

PG | 103 min | Drama

7.3
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The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

Director: Ramón Menéndez | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan, Virginia Paris

Votes: 12,351 | Gross: $13.99M