1988 in film

The following is an overview of events in 1988 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths. Rain Man was awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture, marking one of the few instances where the top-grossing film of the year was also the winner of such an award that year.

List of years in film (table)
In home video
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
In television
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten films released in 1988 by domestic gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1988[1]
RankTitleDistributorDomestic gross
1. Rain Man MGM $172,825,435
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit Disney $156,452,370
3. Coming to America Paramount $128,152,301
4. Big 20th Century Fox $114,968,774
5. Twins Universal $111,938,388
6. Crocodile Dundee II Paramount $109,306,210
7. Die Hard 20th Century Fox $83,008,852
8. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Paramount $78,756,177
9. Cocktail Disney $78,222,753
10. Beetlejuice Warner Bros. $73,707,461

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Rain Man – Mirage Entertainment, Star Partners II, United Artists
Best Director: Barry LevinsonRain Man
Best Actor: Dustin HoffmanRain Man
Best Actress: Jodie FosterThe Accused
Best Supporting Actor: Kevin KlineA Fish Called Wanda
Best Supporting Actress: Geena DavisThe Accidental Tourist
Best Foreign Language Film: Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle erobreren), directed by Bille August, Denmark

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:

Best Picture: Rain Man
Best Actor: Dustin HoffmanRain Man
Best Actress (tie): Jodie FosterThe Accused
Best Actress (tie): Shirley MacLaineMadame Sousatzka
Best Actress (tie): Sigourney WeaverGorillas in the Mist

Comedy or Musical:

Best Picture: Working Girl
Best Actor: Tom HanksBig
Best Actress: Melanie GriffithWorking Girl

Other:

Best Supporting Actor: Martin LandauTucker: The Man and His Dream
Best Supporting Actress: Sigourney WeaverWorking Girl
Best Director: Clint EastwoodBird
Best Foreign Language Film: Pelle the Conqueror, Denmark

Golden Raspberry Awards:

Worst Picture: Cocktail
Worst Director (tie): Blake EdwardsSunset
Worst Director (tie): Stewart RaffillMac and Me
Worst Actor: Sylvester StalloneRambo III
Worst Actress: Liza MinnelliArthur 2: On the Rocks & Rent-a-Cop
Worst Supporting Actor: Dan AykroydCaddyshack II
Worst Supporting Actress: Kristy McNicholTwo Moon Junction
Worst Screenplay: Heywood GouldCocktail
Worst New Star: Ronald McDonald (as himself) – Mac and Me
Worst Original Song: "Jack Fresh" – Caddyshack II, written and performed by Full Force

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival)

Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle erobreren), directed by Bille August, Denmark

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival)

La leggenda del santo bevitore (The Legend of the Holy Drinker), directed by Ermanno Olmi, Italy / France

Golden Bear (Berlin International Film Festival)

Red Sorghum (Hong gao liang), directed by Zhang Yimou, China

1988 Wide-release films

January–March

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8 CopAtlantic Releasing CorporationJames B. Harris (director/screenplay); James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren, Charles Durning, Charles Haid, Raymond J. BarryCrime, ThrillerLive action
15 The Couch TripOrion PicturesMichael Ritchie (director); Steven Kampmann, William Porter, Sean Stein, Walter Bernstein (screenplay); Dan Aykroyd, Walter Matthau, Charles Grodin, Donna DixonComedyLive action
For KeepsTriStar PicturesJohn G. Avildsen (director); Molly Ringwald, Randall Batinkoff, Kenneth MarsComedy, DramaLive action
22 Braddock: Missing in Action IIICannon FilmsAaron Norris (director); Chuck Norris, Aki Aleong, Yehuda Efroni, Roland Harrah IIIAction, AdventureLive action
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5 She's Having a BabyParamount Pictures / Hughes EntertainmentJohn Hughes (director); Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Baldwin, William Windom, Cathryn Damon, John Ashton, Paul GleasonRomance, ComedyLive action
The Unbearable Lightness of BeingOrion PicturesPhilip Kaufman (director/screenplay); Jean-Claude Carrière (screenplay); Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Derek de Lint, Erland Josephson, Pavel Landovský, Donald Moffat, Daniel Olbrychski, Stellan SkarsgårdDrama, RomanceLive action
12 Action JacksonLorimar Film EntertainmentCraig R. Baxley (director); Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson, Vanity, Sharon Stone, Thomas F. WilsonActionLive action
Shoot to KillTouchstone PicturesRoger Spottiswoode (director); Harv Zimmel, Michael Burton, Daniel Petrie, Jr. (screenplay); Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Kirstie AlleyAdventure, Crime, ThrillerLive action
26 BloodsportWarner Bros.Newt Arnold (director); Christopher Cosby, Mel Friedman, Sheldon Lettich (screenplays); Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, Norman Burton, Roy Chiao, Forest Whitaker, Bolo YeungMartial ArtsLive action
FranticWarner Bros.Roman Polanski (director); Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley, John Mahoney, Emmanuelle SeignerMystery. ThrillerLive action
HairsprayNew Line CinemaJohn Waters (director); Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry, Ricki Lake, Jerry Stiller, Ric Ocasek, Pia ZadoraComedyLive action
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4 And God Created WomanVestron PicturesRoger Vadim (director); Rebecca De Mornay, Vincent Spano, Frank Langella, Donovan LeitchDramaLive action
MovingWarner Bros.Alan Metter (director); Richard Pryor, Beverly Todd, Dave Thomas, Dana Carvey, Randy QuaidComedyLive action
PrisonEmpire PicturesRenny Harlin (director); Lane Smith, Viggo Mortensen, Chelsea Field, Lincoln Kilpatrick, André De ShieldsHorrorLive action
Switching ChannelsTriStar PicturesTed Kotcheff (director); Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Henry GibsonComedyLive action
11 MasqueradeMetro-Goldwyn-MayerBob Swaim (director); Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall, Doug SavantRomance, Mystery, ThrillerLive action
Off Limits20th Century FoxChristopher Crowe (director); Willem Dafoe, Gregory Hines, Fred Ward, Amanda Pays, Scott GlennAction, ThrillerLive action
Stand and DeliverWarner Bros.Ramón Menéndez (director); Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosanna DeSoto, Andy GarcíaDramaLive action
18 D.O.A.Touchstone PicturesAnnabel Jankel, Rocky Morton (directors); Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay); Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Daniel Stern, Charlotte RamplingCrime, ThrillerLive action
The Milagro Beanfield WarUniversal PicturesRobert Redford (director); Rubén Blades, Richard Bradford, Sônia Braga, Julie Carmen, James Gammon, Melanie Griffith, John Heard, Carlos Riquelme, Daniel Stern, Christopher Walken, Chick VenneraComedy, DramaLive action
Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami BeachWarner Bros.Alan Myerson (director); Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbrook, Marion Ramsey, Janet Jones, Lance Kinsey, Matt McCoy, G. W. Bailey, George GaynesAction, AdventureLive action
Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big PawTriStar Pictures / Carolco PicturesPierre DeCelles (director); Brennan Howard, B.J. Ward, Nancy Cartwright, Tony LongoAdventureAnimation
Stars and BarsColumbia PicturesPat O'Connor (director); Daniel Day-Lewis, Harry Dean Stanton, Maury Chaykin, Joan Cusack, Keith David, Spalding Gray, Glenne Headly, Laurie Metcalf, Deidre O'Connell, Will Patton, Martha Plimpton, Steven WrightComedyLive action
25 Biloxi BluesUniversal Pictures / RastarMike Nichols (director); Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken, Corey Parker, Casey Siemaszko, Penelope Ann Miller, Park OverallComedy, DramaLive action
Johnny Be GoodOrion PicturesBud Smith (director); Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Gleason, Uma Thurman, Seymour Cassel, Jennifer TillyComedyLive action
30 BeetlejuiceWarner Bros. PicturesTim Burton (director); Michael McDowell, Warren Skaaren (screenplay); Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder, Michael KeatonComedy, FantasyLive action

April–June

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1 Bright Lights, Big CityUnited ArtistsJames Bridges (director); Jay McInerney (screenplay); Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Dianne WiestDramaLive action
The Seventh SignTriStar PicturesCarl Schultz (director); Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, Peter Friedman, Jürgen ProchnowDrama, HorrorLive action
8 18 Again!New World PicturesPaul Flaherty (director); George Burns, Charlie Schlatter, Tony Roberts, Anita Morris, Red ButtonsFantasy, ComedyLive action
Above the LawWarner Bros.Andrew Davis (director/screenplay); Steven Pressfield, Ronald Shusett (screenplay); Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Sharon Stone, Daniel Faraldo, Henry SilvaActionLive action
Bad Dreams20th Century FoxAndrew Fleming (director/screenplay); Steven E. de Souza (screenplay); Jennifer Rubin, Bruce Abbott, Richard Lynch, Dean Cameron, Harris YulinHorrorLive action
15 Appointment with DeathCannon Film DistributorsMichael Winner (director/screenplay); Anthony Shaffer, Peter Buckman (screenplays); Peter Ustinov, Lauren Bacall, Carrie Fisher, John Gielgud, Piper Laurie, Hayley Mills, Jenny Seagrove, David SoulMysteryLive action
Brain DamagePalisades EntertainmentFrank Henenlotter (director); Rick Hearst, Jennifer Lowry, Gordon MacDonaldComedy, HorrorLive action
ColorsOrion PicturesDennis Hopper (director); Michael Schiffer (screenplay); Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, María Conchita AlonsoAction, CrimeLive action
The ModernsNelson EntertainmentAlan Rudolph (director); Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, Geneviève Bujold, Geraldine Chaplin, Wallace Shawn, Kevin J. O'Connor, John LoneDrama, ComedyLive action
Plain ClothesParamount PicturesMartha Coolidge (director); Scott Frank (screenplay); Arliss Howard, Suzy Amis, Seymour Cassel, Diane Ladd, Robert Stack, Abe Vigoda, George WendtComedyLive action
Return to Snowy RiverWalt Disney PicturesGeoff Burrowes (director); Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton, Brian Dennehy, Nicholas Eadie, Bryan Marshall, Mark HembrowDramaLive action
22 Casual Sex?Universal PicturesGeneviève Robert (director); Lea Thompson, Victoria Jackson, Stephen Shellen, Jerry Levine, Mary Gross, Andrew Dice ClayComedyLive action
Return of the Killer TomatoesNew World PicturesJohn De Bello (director); Michael Villani, John Astin, Karen Mistal, Anthony Starke, George ClooneyComedy, HorrorLive action
The UnholyVestron PicturesCamilo Vila (director); Ben Cross, Ned Beatty, William Russ, Jill Carroll, Hal Holbrook, Trevor HowardHorrorLive action
29 Critters 2: The Main CourseNew Line CinemaMick Garris (director); Scott Grimes, Liane Curtis, Don Opper, Barry Corbin, Tom HodgesSci-Fi, Comedy, HorrorLive action
PowaqqatsiThe Cannon GroupGodfrey Reggio (director)DocumentaryLive action
SunsetTriStar PicturesBlake Edwards (director/screenplay); Bruce Willis, James Garner, Mariel Hemingway, Kathleen Quinlan, Jennifer Edwards, Malcolm McDowellMystery, ActionLive action
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4 The House on Carroll StreetOrion PicturesPeter Yates (director); Kelly McGillis, Jeff Daniels, Mandy PatinkinThrillerLive action
6 Dead HeatNew World PicturesMark Goldblatt (director); Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, Darren McGavin, Lindsay Frost, Vincent PriceAction, Comedy, HorrorLive action
SalsaThe Cannon Group, Inc. / A Golan-Globus ProductionBoaz Davidson (director); Robby Rosa, Rodney HarveyRomanceLive action
ShakedownUniversal PicturesJames Glickenhaus (director); Peter Weller, Sam Elliott, Patricia Charbonneau, Antonio Fargas, Blanche BakerCrime, Drama, ActionLive action
13 Friday the 13th Part VII: The New BloodParamount PicturesJohn Carl Buechler (director); Lar Park Lincoln, Terry Kiser, Kevin Blair, Kane Hodder, Walt GorneyHorror, SlasherLive action
Maniac CopShapiro-Glickenhaus EntertainmentWilliam Lustig (director); Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon, Richard Roundtree, William Smith, Robert Z'Dar, Sheree NorthAction, SlasherLive action
The NestMetro-Goldwyn-MayerTerence H. Winkless (director); Robert Lansing, Lisa Langlois, Franc Luz, Terri Treas, Diana BellamyHorrorLive action
Not of This EarthConcorde PicturesJim Wynorski (director/screenplay); R.J. Robertson (screenplay); Traci Lords, Arthur Roberts, Lenny Juliano, Rebecca PerleSci-Fi, Horror, ComedyLive action
20 Call MeVestron PicturesSollace Mitchell (director); Patricia Charbonneau, Stephen McHattie, Boyd Gaines, Sam Freed, Steve BuscemiDrama, ThrillerLive action
WillowMetro-Goldwyn-MayerRon Howard (director); Bob Dolman (screenplay); Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Billy Barty, Jean MarshFantasyLive action
25 Crocodile Dundee IIParamount PicturesJohn Cornell (director); Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John MeillonAction, ComedyLive action
Rambo IIITriStar Pictures / Carolco PicturesPeter MacDonald (director); Sylvester Stallone, Richard CrennaAction, AdventureLive action
27 Killer Klowns from Outer SpaceTrans World EntertainmentStephen Chiodo (director); Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, Royal Dano, Michael Siegel, Peter Licassi, John VernonSci-Fi, Horror, ComedyLive action
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3 Big20th Century FoxPenny Marshall (director); Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared RushtonFantasy, ComedyLive action
Funny FarmWarner Bros.George Roy Hill (director); Jeffrey Boam (screenplay); Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith, Joseph Maher, Jack Gilpin, Brad Sullivan, MacIntyre DixonComedyLive action
10 Big BusinessTouchstone PicturesJim Abrahams (director); Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann, Michael GrossComedyLive action
Poltergeist IIIMetro-Goldwyn-MayerGary Sherman (director); Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda RubinsteinHorrorLive action
The PresidioParamount PicturesPeter Hyams (director); Sean Connery, Mark Harmon, Meg Ryan, Jack WardenCrime, DramaLive action
Puss in BootsThe Cannon GroupEugene Marner (director); Christopher Walken, Jason Connery, Carmela Marner, Yossi Graber, Amnon Meskin, Elki Jacobs, Michael SchneiderMusical, Fantasy, AdventureLive action
15 Bull DurhamOrion PicturesRon Shelton (director); Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson, Robert WuhlRomacne, Comedy, SprotsLive action
17 The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal YearsNew Line CinemaPenelope Spheeris (director); Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, Aerosmith, Kiss, Motörhead, Megadeth, Faster Pussycat, Lizzy Borden, London, OdinDocumentaryLive action
The Great OutdoorsUniversal Pictures / Hughes EntertainmentHoward Deutch (director); Dan Aykroyd, John CandyComedyLive action
Red HeatTriStar Pictures / Carolco PicturesWalter Hill (director/screenplay); Harry Kleiner, Troy Kennedy Martin (screenplays); Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O'Ross, Laurence Fishburne, Gina GershonActionLive action
WaxworkVestron PicturesAnthony Hickox (director); Zach Galligan, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Johnson, David Warner, Dana Ashbrook, Miles O'Keeffe, Patrick Macnee, John Rhys-DaviesHorror, ComedyLive action
22 Who Framed Roger RabbitTouchstone Pictures / Amblin EntertainmentRobert Zemeckis (director); Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman (screenplays); Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye, Joanna CassidyComedyLive action/Animation
29 Coming to AmericaParamount PicturesJohn Landis (director); David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein (screenplays); Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, Shari HeadleyRomance, ComedyLive action

July–September

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6 License to Drive20th Century Fox / Davis EntertainmentGreg Beeman (director); Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Carol Kane, Richard Masur, Heather GrahamTeen, AdventureLive action
Short Circuit 2TriStar PicturesKenneth Johnson (director); Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb, Jack Weston, Tim BlaneySci-Fi, ActionLive action
8 Arthur 2: On the RocksWarner Bros.Bud Yorkin (director); Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John GielgudComedyLive action
It Couldn't Happen HereLiberty FilmsJack Bond (director); Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Joss Ackland, Neil Dickson, Gareth Hunt, Barbara WindsorMusicalLive action
13 The Dead PoolWarner Bros.Buddy Van Horn (director); Steve Sharon (screenplay); Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Liam Neeson, Evan Kim, Jim CarreyActionLive action
15 Die Hard20th Century Fox / Silver PicturesJohn McTiernan (director); Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza (screenplays); Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, Hart BochnerAction, ThrillerLive action
A Fish Called WandaMetro-Goldwyn-MayerCharles Crichton (director); John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael PalinHeist, ComedyLive action
20 Midnight RunUniversal PicturesMartin Brest (director); Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, Joe PantolianoAction, ComedyLive action
22 Big Top Pee-weeParamount PicturesRandal Kleiser (director); Paul Reubens, Kris Kristofferson, Susan Tyrrell, Penelope Ann Miller, Valeria GolinoComedyLive action
Caddyshack IIWarner Bros.Allan Arkush (director); Harold Ramis, Peter Torokvei (screenplays); Jackie Mason, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon, Dina Merrill, Jonathan Silverman, Brian McNamara, Marsha Warfield, Paul Bartel, Randy Quaid, Chevy Chase, Dan AykroydSports, ComedyLive action
Mr. NorthThe Samuel Goldwyn CompanyDanny Huston (director); Anthony Edwards, Robert Mitchum, Harry Dean Stanton, Anjelica Huston, Mary Stuart Masterson, Virginia Madsen, Tammy Grimes, David Warner, Lauren BacallComedy, DramaLive action
29 CocktailTouchstone PicturesRoger Donaldson (director); Heywood Gould (screenplay); Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth ShueRomance, DramaLive action
Monkey ShinesOrion PicturesGeorge A. Romero (director/screenplay); Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van PattenHorrorLive action
The New Adventures of Pippi LongstockingColumbia PicturesKen Annakin (director/screenplay); Tami Erin, Eileen Brennan, Dennis Dugan, Dianne Hull, George DiCenzo, John Schuck, Dick Van PattenAdventure, ChildrenLive action
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5 The BlobTriStar PicturesChuck Russell (director/screenplay); Frank Darabont (screenplay); Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark, Joe SenecaSci-Fi, HorrorLive action
The RescueTouchstone PicturesFerdinand Fairfax (director); Kevin Dillon, Marc Price, Ned Vaughn, Christine Harnos, Ian Giatti, Charles Haid, Edward Albert, Timothy Carhart, Michael Gates Phenicie, Mel Wong, James CromwellDrama, ActionLive action
VibesColumbia Pictures / Imagine EntertainmentKen Kwapis (director); Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Goldblum, Julian Sands, Googy Gress, Peter FalkRomance, Adventure, ComedyLive action
10 Clean and SoberWarner Bros. / Imagine EntertainmentGlenn Gordon Caron (director); Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman, M. Emmet Walsh, Tate Donovan, Luca BercoviciDramaLive action
12 The Last Temptation of ChristUniversal PicturesMartin Scorsese (director); Paul Schrader (screenplay); Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Harry Dean Stanton, David BowieEpic, DramaLive action
Mac and MeOrion PicturesStewart Raffill (director); Christine Ebersole, Jonathan Ward, Katrina Caspary, Lauren Stanley, Jade CalegorySci-Fi, FantasyLive action
Tucker: The Man and His DreamParamount PicturesFrancis Ford Coppola (director); Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest, Mako, Dean StockwellBiographical, Comedy, DramaLive action
Young Guns20th Century FoxChristopher Cain (director); Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen, Dermot Mulroney, Casey Siemaszko, Terry O'Quinn, Jack Palance, Terence StampWesternLive action
19 Married to the MobOrion PicturesJonathan Demme (director); Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Dean Stockwell, Mercedes Ruehl, Alec BaldwinComedyLive action
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream MasterNew Line CinemaRenny Harlin (director); Brian Helgeland, Ken Wheat, Jim Wheat (screenplays); Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Danny Hassel, Tuesday Knight, Ken Sagoes, Rodney Eastman, Andras Jones, Brooke Theiss, Toy Newkirk, Nicholas Mele, Brooke Bundy, Linnea QuigleySlasherLive action
24 Crossing DelanceyWarner Bros.Joan Micklin Silver (director); Amy Irving, Peter Riegert, Jeroen Krabbé, Sylvia MilesRomance, ComedyLive action
26 BetrayedUnited ArtistsCosta-Gavras (director); Debra Winger, Tom Berenger, John Heard, John MahoneyDrama, ThrillerLive action
Hero and the TerrorCannon FilmsWilliam Tannen (director); Chuck Norris, Brynn Thayer, Steve James, Jack O'HalloranActionLive action
Hot to TrotWarner Bros.Michael Dinner (director); Hugo Gilbert, Stephen Neigher, Charlie Peters, Andy Breckman (screenplays); Bob Goldthwait, Virginia Madsen, Jim Metzler, Dabney ColemanComedyLive action
Stealing HomeWarner Bros.Steven Kampmann, William Porter (directors); Mark Harmon, Jodie Foster, Blair Brown, Jonathan Silverman, Harold Ramis, William McNamara, John SheaComing of age, Romance, DramaLive action
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2 The DeceiversCinecom PicturesNicholas Meyer (director); Pierce Brosnan, Shashi Kapoor, Saeed Jaffrey, Helena Michell, Keith Michell, David Robb, Tariq YunusAdventureLive action
Eight Men OutOrion PicturesJohn Sayles (director/screenplays); John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Christopher Lloyd, Charlie Sheen, David Strathairn, D. B. SweeneySports, DramaLive action
9 Moon over ParadorUniversal PicturesPaul Mazursky (director/screenplay); Leon Capetanos (screenplay); Richard Dreyfuss, Raúl Juliá, Sônia Braga, Jonathan Winters, Fernando ReyRomance, ComedyLive action
Running on EmptyWarner Bros.Sidney Lumet (director); Christine Lahti, Judd Hirsch, Martha Plimpton, River Phoenix, Steven HillDramaLive action
15 War PartyHemdale Film CorporationFranc Roddam (director); Billy Wirth, Kevin Dillon, Kevyn Major Howard, Jerry Hardin, Tantoo Cardinal, Bill McKinney, Guy Boyd, R.D. Call, William Frankfather, M. Emmet Walsh, Dennis Banks, Saginaw Grant, Rodney A. GrantWestern, DramaLive action
16 Messenger of DeathCannon FilmsJ. Lee Thompson (director); Charles Bronson, Trish Van Devere, Laurence Luckinbill, Daniel Benzali, Marilyn Hassett, Charles Dierkop, Jeff Corey, John Ireland, Penny Peyser, Gene Davis, John Solari, Jon Cedar, Tom Everett, Duncan Gamble, Bert WilliamsCrime, Action, ThrillerLive action
Miles from HomeCinecom PicturesGary Sinise (director); Richard Gere, Kevin Anderson, Penelope Ann MillerDrama, ActionLive action
Tougher Than LeatherNew Line CinemaRick Rubin (director); Run-D.M.C., Richard Edson, Jenny Lumet, The Beastie BoysDramaLive Action
23 Gorillas in the MistUniversal Pictures / Warner Bros. PicturesMichael Apted (director); Sigourney Weaver, Bryan BrownDramaLive action
KansasTrans World EntertainmentDavid Stevens (director); Matt Dillon, Andrew McCarthy, Leslie Hope, Kyra Sedgwick, Arlen Dean SnyderCrime, DramaLive action
Patty HearstAtlantic ReleasingPaul Schrader (director); Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames, Frances Fisher, Jodi LongBiographicalLive action
Sweet Hearts DanceTriStar PicturesRobert Greenwald (director); Don Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Daniels, Elizabeth Perkins, Kate Reid, Justin HenryComedy, DramaLive action
24 Daffy Duck's QuackbustersWarner Bros.Greg Ford, Terry Lennon (directors); Mel Blanc, Julie Bennett, Roy Firestone, B.J. WardFantasyAnimation
30 BirdWarner Bros. PicturesClint Eastwood (director); Forest Whitaker, Diane VenoraBiographicalLive action
Heartbreak HotelTouchstone PicturesChris Columbus (director); David Keith, Tuesday Weld, Charlie SchlatterComedyLive action

October–December

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7 Alien Nation20th Century FoxGraham Baker (director); James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence StampScience-fiction, ActionLive action
Clara's HeartWarner Bros.Robert Mulligan (director); Mark Medoff (screenplay); Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Ontkean, Kathleen Quinlan, Neil Patrick Harris, Spalding GrayDramaLive action
Memories of MeMetro-Goldwyn-MayerHenry Winkler (director); Billy Crystal, Alan King, JoBeth WilliamsComedy, DramaLive action
PunchlineColumbia PicturesDavid Seltzer (director/screenplay); Sally Field, Tom Hanks, John Goodman, Mark RydellComedyLive action
14 The AccusedParamount PicturesJonathan Kaplan (director); Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis, Bernie Coulson, Leo Rossi, Ann Hearn, Carmen Argenziano, Steve Antin, Tom O'BrienLegal dramaLive action
The KissTriStar PicturesPen Densham (director); Stephen Volk, Tom Ropelewski, (screenplay); Joanna Pacula, Meredith Salenger, Nicholas Kilbertus, Mimi Kuzyk, Jan RubešHorrorLive action
Another WomanOrion PicturesWoody Allen (director/screenplay); Philip Bosco, Betty Buckley, Blythe Danner, Sandy Dennis, Mia Farrow, Gene Hackman, Ian Holm, John Houseman, Martha Plimpton, Gena Rowlands, David Ogden Stiers, Harris YulinDramaLive action
Night of the DemonsInternational Film MarketingKevin S. Tenney (director); William Gallo, Hal Havins, Amelia Kinkade, Cathy Podewell, Linnea QuigleyHorrorLive action
PumpkinheadUnited Artists / MGM/UA Communications Co.Stan Winston (director); Lance Henriksen, John D'Aquino, Kerry RemsenSlasherLive action
21 Bat*21TriStar PicturesPeter Markle (director); William C. Anderson (screenplay); Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed, David Marshall Grant, Clayton Rohner, Erich Anderson, Joe DorseyWarLive action
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael MyersGalaxy International ReleasingDwight H. Little (director); Alan B. McElroy (screenplay); Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, Michael PatakiSlasherLive action
Little Dorrit (wide-release)Cannon FilmsChristine Edzard (director/screenplay); Derek Jacobi, Joan Greenwood, Max Wall, Patricia Hayes, Alec Guinness, Miriam Margolyes, Simon Dormandy, Sarah PickeringDrama, RomanceLive action
Mystic PizzaThe Samuel Goldwyn CompanyDonald Petrie (director); Amy Holden Jones, Perry Howze, Randy Howze, Alfred Uhry (screenplays); Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Vincent D'Onofrio, William R. Moses, Adam Storke, Conchata FerrellComing-of-ageLive action
TapeheadsAvenue PicturesBill Fishman (director); John Cusack, Tim RobbinsComedyLive action
28 FedsWarner Bros.Daniel Goldberg (director); Rebecca De Mornay, Mary Gross, Ken Marshall, Fred Dalton ThompsonComedyLive action
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4 Everybody's All-AmericanWarner Bros.Taylor Hackford (director); Jessica Lange, Dennis Quaid, Timothy Hutton, John Goodman, Carl LumblySports, DramaLive action
The Good MotherTouchstone PicturesLeonard Nimoy (director); Michael Bortman (screenplay); Diane Keaton, Liam Neeson, Jason Robards, Ralph BellamyDramaLive action
U2: Rattle and Hum (U.S.)Paramount PicturesPhil Joanou (director); U2DocumentaryLive action
They LiveUniversal PicturesJohn Carpenter (director); Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg FosterScience fiction, HorrorLive action
9 Child's PlayUnited Artists / MGM/UA Communications Co.Tom Holland (director/screenplay); Don Mancini, John Lafia (screenplays); Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Brad Dourif, Dinah Manoff, Tommy Swerdlow, Jack Colvin, Raymond Oliver, Neil Giuntoli, Alan Wilder, Aaron Osborne, Juan RamirezSlasher, HorrorLive action
11 Evil AngelsWarner Bros.Fred Schepisi (director); Robert Caswell (screenplays); Meryl Streep, Sam NeillDramaLive action
Distant ThunderParamount PicturesRick Rosenthal (director); John Lithgow, Ralph MacchioDramaLive action
Ernest Saves ChristmasTouchstone PicturesJohn R. Cherry III (director); Ed Turner, B. Kline (screenplays); Jim VarneyComedyLive action
Iron Eagle IITriStar Pictures / Carolco PicturesSidney J. Furie (director); Louis Gossett, Jr., Mark Humphrey, Stuart Margolin, Maury ChaykinActionLive action
Split DecisionsNew Century EntertainmentDavid Drury (director); Craig Sheffer, Jeff Fahey, Jennifer Beals, John McLiam, Gene HackmanSportsLive action
18 The Chocolate WarMCEG SterlingKeith Gordon (director); John Glover, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Wally Ward, Doug Hutchison, Jenny Wright, Bud CortDramaLive action
Fresh HorsesColumbia Pictures / Weintraub Entertainment GroupDavid Anspaugh (director); Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Patti D'Arbanville, Ben StillerComing of age, DramaLive action
High SpiritsTriStar PicturesNeil Jordan (director); Daryl Hannah, Peter O'Toole, Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher, Liam Neeson, Martin FerreroFantasy, ComedyLive action
The Land Before TimeUniversal Pictures / Amblin EntertainmentDon Bluth (director); Stu Krieger (screenplay); Gabriel Damon, Candace Hutson, Judith Barsi, Will RyanAdventure, DramaAnimation
1969Atlantic Entertainment GroupErnest Thompson (director); Robert Downey Jr., Kiefer Sutherland, Bruce Dern, Mariette Hartley, Winona Ryder, Joanna CassidyDramaLive action
Oliver & CompanyWalt Disney PicturesGeorge Scribner (director); Jim Cox, Tim Disney, James Mangold (screenplays); Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Natalie Gregory, Cheech Marin, Bette Midler, Robert Loggia, Richard Mulligan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Sheryl Lee RalphMusicalAnimation
23 BusterMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Vestron PicturesDavid Green (director); Phil Collins, Julie Walters, Larry Lamb, Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Stephanie Lawrence, Michael Attwell, Ralph Brown, Anthony QuayleRomance, Comedy, CrimeLive action
Cocoon: The Return20th Century FoxDaniel Petrie (director); Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Courteney Cox, Hume Cronyn, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Barret Oliver, Maureen Stapleton, Elaine Stritch, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Tahnee WelchScience fiction Fantasy Comedy, DramaLive action
Full Moon in Blue WaterTrans World EntertainmentPeter Masterson (director); Gene Hackman, Teri Garr, Burgess Meredith, Elias KoteasComedy, Drama, RomanceLive action
Hanna's WarCannon FilmsMenahem Golan (director/screenplay); Stanley Mann (screenplay); Ellen Burstyn, Maruschka Detmers, Anthony Andrews, Donald Pleasence, David WarnerDramaLive action
ScroogedParamount PicturesRichard Donner (director); Mitch Glazer, Michael O'Donoghue (screenplays); Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Michael J. Pollard, Alfre WoodardChristmas ComedyLive action
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2 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!Paramount PicturesDavid Zucker (director); Leslie Nielsen. Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson, Ricardo MontalbanComedyLive action
Tequila SunriseWarner Bros.Robert Towne (director); Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell, Raúl JuliáCrime, ThrillerLive action
WatchersUniversal Pictures / Carolco PicturesJon Hess (director); Bill Freed, Damian Lee (screenplay); Corey Haim, Barbara Williams, Michael Ironside, Lala SloatmanSci-Fi, HorrorLive action
9 Mississippi BurningOrion PicturesAlan Parker (director); Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad DourifCrime, ThrillerLive action
My Stepmother Is an AlienColumbia PicturesRichard Benjamin (director); Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger, Jon Lovitz, Alyson HanniganSci-FiLive action
TwinsUniversal PicturesIvan Reitman (director); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb, Bonnie Bartlett, Tony JayBuddy, ComedyLive action
14 Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsOrion PicturesFrank Oz (director); Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers, Barbara HarrisComedyLive action
I'm Gonna Git You SuckaMGM/UA Communications Co. / United ArtistsKeenen Ivory Wayans (director); Keenen Ivory Wayans, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas, Isaac Hayes, Jim Brown, Ja'net DuboisAction, Comedy, ParodyLive action
Torch Song TrilogyNew Line CinemaPaul Bogart (director); Harvey Fierstein (screenplay); Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, Brian KerwinComedy, DramaLive action
16 Dangerous LiaisonsWarner Bros.Stephen Frears (director); Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Keanu Reeves, Mildred Natwick, Uma ThurmanPeriod, Romance film, DramaLive action
Purple People EaterMotion Picture Corporation of AmericaLinda Shayne (director); Neil Patrick Harris, Ned Beatty, Shelley Winters, Thora Birch, Dustin Diamond, Peggy LiptonSci-Fi, ComedyLive action
Rain ManUnited Artists / MGM/UA Communications Co.Barry Levinson (director); Barry Morrow, Ronald Bass (screenplay); Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria GolinoComedy, DramaLive action
21 BeachesTouchstone PicturesGarry Marshall (director); Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, James Read, Spalding Gray, Lainie KazanComedy, DramaLive action
Talk RadioUniversal PicturesOliver Stone (director/screenplay); Eric Bogosian (screenplay); Eric Bogosian, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, John C. McGinley, John Pankow, Michael WincottDramaLive action
Working Girl20th Century FoxMike Nichols (director); Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusack, Alec Baldwin, Philip BoscoRomance, Comedy, DramaLive action
23 The Accidental TouristWarner Bros.Lawrence Kasdan (director/screenplay); Frank Galati (screenplay); William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Ed Begley, Jr., Bill Pullman, David Ogden StiersDramaLive action
The BoostHemdale Film CorporationHarold Becker (director); James Woods, Sean Young, John Kapelos, Steven Hill, Kelle KerrDramaLive action
Dominick and EugeneOrion PicturesRobert M. Young (director); Tom Hulce, Ray Liotta, Jamie Lee CurtisDramaLive action
Hellbound: Hellraiser IINew World PicturesTony Randel (director); Peter Atkins (screenplay); Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth CranhamHorrorLive action

Notable films released in 1988

United States unless stated

Numerals and A–B

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Births

Notable deaths

MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January 3Joie Chitwood75USStuntman, ActorLive and Let Die
7Michel Auclair65FranceActor
7Trevor Howard74UKActor
8Boyd Morgan72USStuntman, Actor
16Ballard Berkeley83UKActor
19Bridget Boland75UKScreenwriter
25Colleen Moore88USActress
February 1Heather O'Rourke12USActress
5Emeric Pressburger85UKWriter, Director
8Allan Cuthbertson67UKActor
10Ron Ellis47USStuntman, Actor
March 3Lois Wilson93USActressThe Covered Wagon
6Jeanne Aubert82FranceActressLa Possession
7Robert Livingston83USActor
12Karen Steele56USActress
13Steno71ItalyDirector, Screenwriter
13John Holmes43USActor
13Olive Carey92USActress, Writer
23Reg Lye75AustraliaActor
27Renato Salvatori55ItalyActor
April 1Jim Jordan91USActor
5Alf Kjellin68SwedenActor, Director
6John Clements77UKActor, Writer, Director
7Albert S. Rogell86USDirector
11Jeff Donnell66USActress
11Jesse L. Lasky Jr.77USScreenwriter
15Kenneth Williams62UKActor, Writer
21I. A. L. Diamond67USWriter, Producer
22Irene Rich96USActress
28Andrew Cruickshank80UKActor, Writer
May 1Paolo Stoppa81ItalyActor
12Paul Osborn86USScreenwriter
15Andrew Duggan64USActor
15Greta Nissen82NorwayActress
18Anthony Forwood72UKActor
18Daws Butler71USVoice Actor
21Barbara Laage67FranceActress
30Ella Raines67USActress
June 5Michael Barrington63UKActorThe Black Panther
11Nathan Cook38USActorNational Lampoon's Vacation
16Kim Milford37USActor, Composer
22Dennis Day77USSinger, Actor
July 7Jimmy Edwards68UKActor, Writer
12Joshua Logan79USWriter, Director
22Patrick Newell56UKActor
25Judith Barsi10USActress
25Douglas Hickox59UKDirector, Assistant Director
27Larry Clemmons81USAnimator, Writer
August 1Florence Eldridge86USActress
5Colin Higgins47USDirector, Producer, Writer
5Ralph Meeker65USActor
7Wilfred Jackson82USAnimator
8Alan Napier85USActor
11Anne Ramsey59USActress
17Victoria Shaw53AustraliaActress
23Jack Sher75USWriter, Director
24Leonard Frey49USActor
26Milton Sperling76USScreenwriter
September 5Gert Fröbe75GermanyActor
6Harold Rosson93USCinematographer
11John Sylvester White68USActorThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow
12Stephen B. Grimes61ItalyProduction Designer
14Louis Quinn73USActor
20Roy Kinnear54UKActor
21Henry Koster83USDirector, Writer, Producer
21Christine Norden63UKActress
October 1Lucien Ballard84USCinematographer
4Margaret Lacey76UKActress
6Don Terry86USActor
9Edward Chodorov84USScreenwriter
11Morgan Farley90USActor
11Bonita Granville65USActress
12Ken Murray85USActor, Producer
13Melvin Frank75USWriter, Director
14Mary Morris72SwitzerlandActress
24Valerie Taylor85UKActress, Writer
25Eric Larson83USAnimator
25James Engle81USAssistant Director
27Charles Hawtrey73UKActor
31John Houseman86USActor, Producer
November 1George J. Folsey90USCinematographer
3Sidney Carroll75USScreenwriter
6John Hubbard74USActor, Dialogue Director
9Billy Curtis79USStuntman, Actor
15Mona Washbourne84UKActress
27Angela Aames32USActress
27John Carradine82ItalyActor
December 7Christopher Connelly47USActor
7Dorothy Jordan82USActress
10Richard S. Castellano55USActor
10Dennis Arundell90UKActor, Composer
17Jerry Hopper81USDirector
21Bob Steele81USActor
22Tucker Smith52USActor, Dancer
24Noel Willman70USActor
26Julanne Johnston88USActress
27Hal Ashby59USDirector, Editor

Film debuts

See also

References

  1. "1988 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. "A Cry in the Dark (1988) – Release dates". IMDB.com. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
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