Top-US-Grossing Titles Released 1988-01-01 to 1988-12-31
1. Rain Man (1988)
R | 133 min | Drama
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Votes: 383,060 | Gross: $172.83M
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
PG | 104 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime
A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.
Votes: 140,162 | Gross: $154.22M
7. Die Hard (1988)
R | 131 min | Action, Thriller
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.
Votes: 590,836 | Gross: $81.35M
PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime
Incompetent police detective Frank Drebin has to foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.
Votes: 114,489 | Gross: $78.04M
11. Beetlejuice (1988)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy
A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.
Votes: 188,750 | Gross: $73.33M
12. Working Girl (1988)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 41,090 | Gross: $64.00M
13. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.
Votes: 108,138 | Gross: $63.49M
16. Beaches (1988)
PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.
Votes: 18,062 | Gross: $57.04M
17. Rambo III (1988)
R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 91,841 | Gross: $53.72M
18. Bull Durham (1988)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
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.
Votes: 36,879 | Gross: $50.89M
R | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 35,995 | Gross: $49.37M
20. The Land Before Time (1988)
G | 69 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.
Votes: 61,567 | Gross: $48.09M
21. Colors (1988)
R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.
Votes: 19,066 | Gross: $46.62M
22. Young Guns (1988)
R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 42,511 | Gross: $44.73M
23. Biloxi Blues (1988)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon.
Votes: 12,064 | Gross: $43.18M
26. Tequila Sunrise (1988)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
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 »
Votes: 23,102 | Gross: $41.29M
27. Big Business (1988)
PG | 97 min | Comedy
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 »
Votes: 9,015 | Gross: $40.15M
29. The Dead Pool (1988)
R | 91 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target.
Votes: 30,878 | Gross: $37.90M
30. Red Heat (1988)
R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 49,785 | Gross: $34.99M
32. Mississippi Burning (1988)
R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History
Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.
Votes: 65,454 | Gross: $34.60M
33. Child's Play (1988)
R | 87 min | Fantasy, Horror
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.
Votes: 61,878 | Gross: $33.24M
34. The Accidental Tourist (1988)
PG | 121 min | Drama, Romance
An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles.
Votes: 12,302 | Gross: $32.63M
35. The Accused (1988)
R | 111 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 24,010 | Gross: $32.07M
37. Shoot to Kill (1988)
R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
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 »
Votes: 9,375 | Gross: $29.30M
39. Betrayed (1988)
R | 127 min | Action, Drama, Romance
An FBI agent posing as a combine driver becomes romantically involved with a Midwest farmer who lives a double life as a white supremacist.
Votes: 4,284 | Gross: $25.82M
40. Funny Farm (1988)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
Votes: 15,271 | Gross: $25.54M
41. Alien Nation (1988)
R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 11,279 | Gross: $25.22M
42. Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Votes: 18,926 | Gross: $24.72M
45. Married to the Mob (1988)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
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.
Votes: 12,477 | Gross: $21.49M
46. Punchline (1988)
R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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 »
Votes: 6,528 | Gross: $21.03M
47. Action Jackson (1988)
R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition.
Votes: 7,550 | Gross: $20.26M
48. The Presidio (1988)
R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
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 »
Votes: 13,008 | Gross: $20.04M
49. Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.
Votes: 11,761 | Gross: $19.65M
50. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror
An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.
Votes: 17,401 | Gross: $19.60M