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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 Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass. It tells the story of an abrasive and selfish yuppie, Charlie Babbitt, who ...more

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. The screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman is based on Gary K. Wolf's ...more

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Beetlejuice Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis Beetlejuice is a 1988 American comedy fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Film Company and distributed by Warner Bros. The plot revolves around a recently deceased young ...more

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Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more

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Mississippi Burning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Mississippi Burning Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American crime thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Chris Gerolmo. It was loosely based on the FBI investigation into the murders of three civil ...more

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Coming to America Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The film also co-stars ...more

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Scrooged Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by ...more

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Bull Durham Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor league experiences of writer/director Ron Shelton and depicts the players and fans of the Durham ...more

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Young Guns Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez Young Guns is a 1988 Western action film directed by Christopher Cain and written by John Fusco. The film was the first to be produced by Morgan Creek Productions. The film stars Emilio Estevez, ...more

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A Fish Called Wanda Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 heist-comedy film written by John Cleese and Charles Crichton. It was directed by Crichton and stars Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin. Kline ...more

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.

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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is a 1988 American comedy film. It is the first in The Naked Gun series of films starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, and O. ...more

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Midnight Run Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Joe Pantoliano Midnight Run is a 1988 American action-comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano and Philip ...more

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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 Dangerous Liaisons is a 1988 historical drama film based upon Christopher Hampton's play Les liaisons dangereuses, which in turn was a theatrical adaptation of the 18th-century French novel Les ...more

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Child's Play Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon Child's Play is a 1988 American horror film directed by Tom Holland, written by Tom Holland, Don Mancini, and John Lafia, and starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, and Brad ...more

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The Land Before Time Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and ...more

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Frances Conroy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Frank Oz and starring Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenne Headly. The screenplay was written by Dale Launer, Stanley ...more

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Twins Arnold Schwarzenegger, Heather Graham, Danny DeVito Twins is a 1988 comedy film, produced and directed by Ivan Reitman about unlikely twins who were separated at birth. The core of the film is the relationship between DeVito's streetwise ...more

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Eight Men Out Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd, John Cusack Eight Men Out is a drama film based on Eliot Asinof's 1963 book 8 Men Out. It was written and directed by John Sayles. The film is a dramatization of Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, ...more

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Cinema Paradiso is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Cinema Paradiso Brigitte Bardot, John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, internationally released as Cinema Paradiso, is a 1988 Italian drama film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. The film stars Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, ...more

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Willow Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak, Warwick Davis Willow is a 1988 American fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, produced and with a story by George Lucas, and starring Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, and Billy Barty. ...more

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The Accused is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
The Accused Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis, Garry Chalk The Accused is a 1988 American drama film starring Kelly McGillis and Jodie Foster, directed by Jonathan Kaplan and written by Tom Topor. Loosely based on the real-life gang rape of Cheryl ...more

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The Great Outdoors Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy The Great Outdoors is a 1988 American comedy film starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. Annette Bening and Stephanie Faracy co-star. Robert Prosky, Lucy Deakins and Lewis Arquette have supporting ...more

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The Last Temptation of Christ is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
The Last Temptation of Christ David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 American-Canadian epic drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. Written by Paul Schrader with uncredited rewrites from Scorsese and Jay Cocks, the film is ...more

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Funny Farm Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith Funny Farm is a 1988 American film starring Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith. The film was adapted from a 1985 comedic novel of the same name by Jay Cronley. The movie was filmed on location in ...more

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Cocktail Tom Cruise, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon Cocktail is a 1988 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Roger Donaldson and written by Heywood Gould, whose screenplay was based on his book of the same name. The film tells the story ...more

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Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle Colors is a 1988 American police procedural action crime film starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall, and directed by Dennis Hopper. The film takes place in the gang ridden neighborhoods of South ...more

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The Dead Pool Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey, Axl Rose The Dead Pool is a 1988 American action flim directed by Buddy Van Horn, written by Steve Sharon, and starring Clint Eastwood as Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan. It is the fifth and ...more

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Gorillas in the Mist Sigourney Weaver, Iain Glen, Bryan Brown Gorillas in the Mist is a 1988 American drama film directed by Michael Apted and starring Sigourney Weaver as naturalist Dian Fossey. It tells the true story of her work in Rwanda with Mountain ...more

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They Live is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
They Live Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison They Live is a 1988 American science fiction film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. It follows a nameless drifter referred to as ...more

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License to Drive Heather Graham, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim License to Drive is a 1988 teen adventure film starring Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Heather Graham, Carol Kane, Richard Masur, Michael Manasseri, and Nina Siemaszko. The film was written by Neil ...more

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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Working Girl Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike Nichols. It tells the story of a Staten Island-raised secretary, Tess McGill, working in the mergers ...more

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Stand and Deliver Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips Stand and Deliver is a 1988 American drama film based on the true story of high school math teacher Jaime Escalante. Edward James Olmos portrayed Escalante in the film and received a nomination ...more

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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 A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is a 1988 American slasher fantasy film and the fourth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film was directed by Renny Harlin, stars ...more

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Bloodsport is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Bloodsport Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker, Bolo Yeung Bloodsport is a 1988 American martial arts film directed by Newt Arnold, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roy Chiao, Donald Gibb and Leah Ayres. The film is partly based on unverified claims ...more

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Above the Law Sharon Stone, Steven Seagal, Pam Grier Above the Law is a 1988 American action film written, produced and directed by Andrew Davis, and also produced by and starring Steven Seagal in his film debut. The film co-stars Pam Grier, ...more

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Biloxi Blues Christopher Walken, Matthew Broderick, David Schwimmer Biloxi Blues is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, written by Neil Simon, and starring Matthew Broderick and Christopher Walken. Simon adapted his semi-autobiographical 1985 ...more

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Frantic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Frantic Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner, John Mahoney Frantic is a 1988 American-French mystery thriller film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Harrison Ford and Emmanuelle Seigner. The theme was written, arranged and performed by Simply Red. ...more

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Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Oliver & Company Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Cheech Marin Oliver & Company is a 1988 American animated musical buddy comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released on November 18, 1988 by Walt Disney Pictures. The 27th ...more

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Rambo III Sylvester Stallone, Omar Sharif, Kurtwood Smith Rambo III is a 1988 American action film. The film depicts fictional events during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. It is the third film in the Rambo series following First Blood and Rambo: First ...more

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I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Damon Wayans I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is a 1988 parody film of blaxploitation movies written, directed by, and starring Keenen Ivory Wayans. Featured in the film are several noteworthy African American actors ...more

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Halloween 4: The Return of Mic... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Kathleen Kinmont Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 horror film directed by Dwight H. Little and written by Alan B. McElroy. It is the fourth installment of the Halloween film series and focuses ...more

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Akira is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Dimos Dicoudis added Akira Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more

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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Dimos Dicoudis added The Blob Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough The Blob is a 1988 monster horror film written by Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont, and directed by Russell. It stars Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark and ...more

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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Bret Michaels The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years is a documentary film directed by Penelope Spheeris about the Los Angeles heavy metal scene from 1986 to 1988. It is the second film ...more

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Tequila Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Tequila Sunrise Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell Tequila Sunrise is a 1988 American crime thriller film written and directed by Robert Towne. It stars Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell, with Raúl Juliá, J. T. Walsh, ...more

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Crocodile Dundee II Tatyana Ali, Colin Quinn, Paul Hogan "Crocodile" Dundee II is a 1988 Australian adventure and comedy film. It is a sequel to the 1986 film "Crocodile" Dundee, and was followed by 2001's Crocodile Dundee in Los ...more

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Pumpkinhead is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Pumpkinhead Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower Pumpkinhead is a 1988 American supernatural horror film. It was the directorial debut of special effects artist Stan Winston. While Pumpkinhead received mixed reviews, the film has built up a ...more

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The Adventures of Baron Muncha... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1988
Dimos Dicoudis added The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Uma Thurman, Robin Williams, Sting The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a 1988 British adventure fantasy comedy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam, starring John Neville, Sarah Polley, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, ...more