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List Rules Movies released in 1988 only.

A list of the best movies of 1988, from light dramas like Bull Durham to action movies like Die Hard.The '80s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 1988 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years aft they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here. As stated before, some of the best comedies movies of the decade were released in 1988. Who could forget Coming to America with Eddie Murphy, Big with Tom Hanks, and of course, Beetlejuice with Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Winona Ryder . Dramas from that year were gripping and tense, which are signs of a great enduring movie. Examples from this year include Eight Men Out and Rain Man. The best movies of 1988 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the up-and-comers featured in License to Drive, or established stars like Robert De Niro in Midnight Run and Leslie Nielsen in the hilarious The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad. Some of the best movies of all time were released in 1988. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 1988, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 1987. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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Beetlejuice Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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Coming to America Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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Scrooged Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis

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Mississippi Burning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Mississippi Burning Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand

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Young Guns Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez

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Bull Durham Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Frances Conroy

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A Fish Called Wanda Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry

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Dangerous Liaisons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Dangerous Liaisons Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Keanu Reeves

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The Land Before Time Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

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The Great Outdoors Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy

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Midnight Run Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Joe Pantoliano

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Eight Men Out Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd, John Cusack

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Twins Arnold Schwarzenegger, Heather Graham, Danny DeVito

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Willow Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak, Warwick Davis

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Child's Play Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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Cinema Paradiso is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Cinema Paradiso Brigitte Bardot, John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin

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Gorillas in the Mist Sigourney Weaver, Iain Glen, Bryan Brown

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Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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The Accused is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
The Accused Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis, Garry Chalk

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Cocktail Tom Cruise, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon

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The Dead Pool Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey, Axl Rose

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Funny Farm Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith

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The Last Temptation of Christ is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
The Last Temptation of Christ David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel

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Bloodsport is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Bloodsport Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker, Bolo Yeung

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Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Oliver & Company Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Cheech Marin

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Stand and Deliver Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips

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Above the Law Sharon Stone, Steven Seagal, Pam Grier

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: T... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Brooke Bundy

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They Live is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
They Live Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison

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Biloxi Blues Christopher Walken, Matthew Broderick, David Schwimmer

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I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Damon Wayans

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The Accidental Tourist is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Dimos Dicoudis added The Accidental Tourist Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, William Hurt

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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Bret Michaels

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License to Drive Heather Graham, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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Frantic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Frantic Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner, John Mahoney

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School Daze is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Dimos Dicoudis added School Daze Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee

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Rambo III Sylvester Stallone, Omar Sharif, Kurtwood Smith

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Pumpkinhead is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Pumpkinhead Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower

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The Adventures of Baron Muncha... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Dimos Dicoudis added The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Uma Thurman, Robin Williams, Sting

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Stormy Monday is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Dimos Dicoudis added Stormy Monday Sting, Tommy Lee Jones, Melanie Griffith

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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Working Girl Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey

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The Bear is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
The Bear Tchéky Karyo, Bart the Bear, Jack Wallace

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Tequila Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Tequila Sunrise Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell