Top-US-Grossing Titles Released 1988-01-01 to 1988-12-31


1. 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: 383,060 | Gross: $172.83M

2. 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: 140,162 | Gross: $154.22M

3. 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: 119,772 | Gross: $128.15M

4. 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: 153,145 | Gross: $114.97M

5. 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: 87,271 | Gross: $111.94M

6. Crocodile Dundee II (1988)

PG | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.5
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Australian outback expert protects his New York love from gangsters who've followed her down under.

Director: John Cornell | Stars: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon, Ernie Dingo

Votes: 44,032 | Gross: $109.31M

7. 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: 590,836 | Gross: $81.35M

8. 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: 60,373 | Gross: $78.22M

9. 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: 114,489 | Gross: $78.04M

10. 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: 32,336 | Gross: $73.45M

11. 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: 188,750 | Gross: $73.33M

12. 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: 41,090 | Gross: $64.00M

13. 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: 108,138 | Gross: $63.49M

14. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 61,275 | Gross: $60.33M

15. 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: 80,914 | Gross: $57.27M

16. 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: 18,062 | Gross: $57.04M

17. 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: 91,841 | Gross: $53.72M

18. 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: 36,879 | Gross: $50.89M

19. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

R | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

5.7
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Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman, John Beckman, Kisha Brackel

Votes: 35,995 | Gross: $49.37M

20. 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: 61,567 | Gross: $48.09M

21. Colors (1988)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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66 Metascore

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

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso, Randy Brooks

Votes: 19,066 | Gross: $46.62M

22. 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: 42,511 | Gross: $44.73M

23. Biloxi Blues (1988)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken, Matt Mulhern, Corey Parker

Votes: 12,064 | Gross: $43.18M

24. 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: 50,372 | Gross: $42.04M

25. 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: 28,574 | Gross: $41.46M

26. Tequila Sunrise (1988)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.0
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62 Metascore

Mac Mckussic is an unlikely drug dealer who wants to go straight. His old and best friend Nick Frescia is now a cop who is assigned to investigate and bring him to justice. Mac is very ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Towne | Stars: Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell, Raul Julia

Votes: 23,102 | Gross: $41.29M

27. Big Business (1988)

PG | 97 min | Comedy

6.3
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In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich family ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann

Votes: 9,015 | Gross: $40.15M

28. 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: 53,910 | Gross: $38.41M

29. 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: 30,878 | Gross: $37.90M

30. Red Heat (1988)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.0
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O'Ross

Votes: 49,785 | Gross: $34.99M

31. 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: 52,757 | Gross: $34.70M

32. 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: 65,454 | Gross: $34.60M

33. 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: 61,878 | Gross: $33.24M

34. The Accidental Tourist (1988)

PG | 121 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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53 Metascore

An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright

Votes: 12,302 | Gross: $32.63M

35. 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: 24,010 | Gross: $32.07M

36. The Bear (1988)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Drama

7.7
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An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Bart the Bear, Youk the Bear, Jack Wallace

Votes: 13,012 | Gross: $31.75M

37. Shoot to Kill (1988)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.8
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Sidney Poitier returned to the big screen in this action-thriller, after a decade-long absence. When a cunning murderer vanishes into the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, pursuing... See full summary »

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley, Clancy Brown

Votes: 9,375 | Gross: $29.30M

38. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.5
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Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark, Noelle Parker

Votes: 7,861 | Gross: $28.20M

39. Betrayed (1988)

R | 127 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.3
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An FBI agent posing as a combine driver becomes romantically involved with a Midwest farmer who lives a double life as a white supremacist.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Debra Winger, Tom Berenger, John Heard, Betsy Blair

Votes: 4,284 | Gross: $25.82M

40. Funny Farm (1988)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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When Andy and Elizabeth buy a farm in Vermont, they can't imagine the trouble that awaits them. Andy has quit his job as a sports journalist and is planning to use the peace and quiet of ... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Kevin O'Morrison, Joseph Maher

Votes: 15,271 | Gross: $25.54M

41. Alien Nation (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

6.3
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45 Metascore

A few years from now, Earth will have the first contact with an alien civilization. These aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after years of quarantine.

Director: Graham Baker | Stars: James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp, Kevyn Major Howard

Votes: 11,279 | Gross: $25.22M

42. Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama

7.0
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The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris, John Omirah Miluwi

Votes: 18,926 | Gross: $24.72M

43. License to Drive (1988)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy

6.2
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A teen decides to go for a night on the town with his friends despite flunking his driver's test.

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Carol Kane, Richard Masur

Votes: 13,504 | Gross: $22.43M

44. Short Circuit 2 (1988)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.6
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Robot Johnny Five comes to the city and gets manipulated by criminals who want him for their own purposes.

Director: Kenneth Johnson | Stars: Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Tim Blaney, Cynthia Gibb

Votes: 18,303 | Gross: $21.63M

45. Married to the Mob (1988)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

6.1
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71 Metascore

An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife, who is trying to restart her life following her husband's murder while being pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Paul Lazar, Captain Haggerty

Votes: 12,477 | Gross: $21.49M

46. Punchline (1988)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.8
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Steven Gold is a stand-up comedian who is flat broke and has recently dropped out of medical school. He and several others work regularly at the Gas Station, a New York comedy club. The ... See full summary »

Director: David Seltzer | Stars: Sally Field, Tom Hanks, John Goodman, Mark Rydell

Votes: 6,528 | Gross: $21.03M

47. Action Jackson (1988)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.2
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Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition.

Director: Craig R. Baxley | Stars: Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson, Vanity, Sharon Stone

Votes: 7,550 | Gross: $20.26M

48. The Presidio (1988)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

5.9
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Jay Austin is now a civilian police detective. Colonel Caldwell was his commanding officer years before when he left the military police over a disagreement over the handling of a drunk ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Sean Connery, Mark Harmon, Meg Ryan, Jack Warden

Votes: 13,008 | Gross: $20.04M

49. Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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74 Metascore

The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 11,761 | Gross: $19.65M

50. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.5
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An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield

Votes: 17,401 | Gross: $19.60M