Most Popular Feature Films Released 1988-01-01 to 1988-12-31
1. Beetlejuice (1988)
PG-13 | 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: 191,618 | Gross: $73.33M
2. 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: 598,732 | Gross: $81.35M
3. Big (1988)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
When a pre-teen boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body.
Votes: 154,813 | Gross: $114.97M
4. Heathers (1988)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 61,118 | Gross: $1.11M
5. Akira (1988)
R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.
Votes: 107,445 | Gross: $0.44M
10. 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: 386,361 | Gross: $172.83M
11. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby.
12. Bloodsport (1988)
R | 92 min | Action, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 59,140 | Gross: $11.81M
13. They Live (1988)
R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.
Votes: 74,594 | Gross: $13.01M
14. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.
Votes: 142,034 | Gross: $154.22M
15. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
R | 155 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 154,560 | Gross: $11.99M
16. Another Woman (1988)
PG | 81 min | Drama, Romance
Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist's office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor's help.
Votes: 9,984 | Gross: $1.56M
17. 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: 41,580 | Gross: $64.00M
18. Child's Play (1988)
R | 87 min | 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: 62,671 | Gross: $33.24M
PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime
Incompetent police detective Frank Drebin has to foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.
Votes: 115,861 | Gross: $78.04M
20. Watchers (1988)
R | 91 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A boy takes in a stray dog, later finding out that its an ultra-intelligent runaway from a genetic research lab. Unknown to him, the dog is being stalked.
Votes: 3,151 | Gross: $0.94M
23. 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: 108,982 | Gross: $63.49M
24. 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: 43,010 | Gross: $44.73M
25. 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: 62,274 | Gross: $48.09M
26. 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: 66,198 | Gross: $34.60M
27. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
R | 171 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 27,175 | Gross: $10.01M
29. 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: 37,239 | Gross: $50.89M
35. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
PG | 126 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.
Votes: 41,777 | Gross: $8.08M
36. 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: 92,974 | Gross: $53.72M
37. 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: 18,276 | Gross: $57.04M
38. The Accused (1988)
R | 111 min | 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: 24,344 | Gross: $32.07M
39. The Big Blue (1988)
PG-13 | 168 min | Adventure, Romance, Sport
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.
Votes: 38,160 | Gross: $3.50M
41. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
R | 88 min | Horror
Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees returns to the camp grounds when he is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager.
Votes: 21,618 | Gross: $19.17M
43. 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: 50,338 | Gross: $34.99M
44. My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)
PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
An alien is sent on a secret mission to Earth, where she appears as a gorgeous, attractive, and single lady. Her mission is to make contact with a rather nerdy young scientist, who's quite ... See full summary »
Votes: 21,202 | Gross: $13.85M
45. 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: 23,338 | Gross: $41.29M
46. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
R | 164 min | Drama
The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.
Votes: 39,999 | Gross: $8.37M
47. Pumpkinhead (1988)
R | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror
After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers.
Votes: 14,231 | Gross: $4.39M
48. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror
When her great aunt dies, famous horror hostess Elvira heads for the uptight New England town Falwell to claim her inheritance of a haunted house, a witch's cookbook and a punk rock poodle.... See full summary »
Votes: 9,099 | Gross: $5.60M
50. 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: 31,235 | Gross: $37.90M