1988 in film

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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.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

The top ten 1988 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

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


Academy Awards[edit]

Best Picture: Rain Man - Mirage Entertainment, Star Partners II, United Artists
Best Director: Barry Levinson - Rain Man
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Rain Man
Best Actress: Jodie Foster - The Accused
Best Supporting Actor: Kevin Kline - A Fish Called Wanda
Best Supporting Actress: Geena Davis - The Accidental Tourist
Best Foreign Language Film: Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle erobreren), directed by Bille August, Denmark

Golden Globe Awards[edit]


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

Musical or comedy[edit]

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


Best Director: Clint EastwoodBird
Best Foreign Language Film: Pelle the Conqueror, Denmark

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival)[edit]

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

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival)[edit]

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

Golden Bear (Berlin International Film Festival)[edit]

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

Golden Raspberry Awards[edit]

Worst Picture: Cocktail (Touchstone)
Worst Actor: Sylvester Stallone in Rambo III
Worst Actress: Liza Minnelli in Arthur 2: On the Rocks and Rent-a-Cop
Worst Supporting Actor: Dan Aykroyd in Caddyshack II
Worst Supporting Actress: Kristy McNichol in Two Moon Junction
Worst Director: Blake Edwards for Sunset, and Stewart Raffill for Mac and Me (tie)
Worst Screenplay: Cocktail, screenplay by Heywood Gould, based on his book
Worst New Star: Ronald McDonald (as himself) in Mac and Me
Worst Original Song: "Jack Fresh" from Caddyshack II, written and performed by Full Force

Notable films released in 1988[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

Numerals and A-B[edit]








1988 Wide-release films[edit]






Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 3 Joie Chitwood 75 USA Stuntman, Actor Live and Let Die
7 Michel Auclair 65 France Actor
7 Trevor Howard 74 UK Actor
8 Boyd Morgan 72 USA Stuntman, Actor
16 Ballard Berkeley 83 UK Actor
25 Colleen Moore 88 USA Actress
February 1 Heather O'Rourke 12 USA Actress
5 Emeric Pressburger 85 UK Writer, Director
8 Allan Cuthbertson 67 UK Actor
10 Ron Ellis 47 USA Stuntman, Actor
March 6 Jeanne Aubert 82 France Actress
12 Karen Steele 56 USA Actress
13 Steno 73 Italy Director, Screenwriter
13 John Holmes 43 USA Actor, Production Manager
13 Olive Carey 92 USA Actress, Writer
23 Reg Lye 75 Australia Actor
27 Renato Salvatori 55 Italy Actor
April 6 John Clements 77 UK Actor, Writer, Director
11 Jeff Donnell 66 USA Actress
15 Kenneth Williams 62 UK Actor, Writer
21 I. A. L. Diamond 67 USA Writer, Producer
28 Andrew Cruickshank 80 UK Actor, Writer
May 1 Paolo Stoppa 81 Italy Actor
15 Andrew Duggan 64 USA Actor
18 Anthony Forwood 72 UK Actor
30 Ella Raines 67 USA Actress
June 5 Michael Barrington 63 UK Actor The Black Panther
11 Nathan Cook 38 USA Actor National Lampoon's Vacation
16 Kim Milford 37 USA Actor, Composer
July 7 Jimmy Edwards 68 UK Actor, Writer
12 Joshua Logan 79 USA Writer, Director
22 Patrick Newell 56 UK Actor
25 Judith Barsi 10 USA Actress
25 Douglas Hickox 59 UK Director, Assistant Director
August 1 Florence Eldridge 86 USA Actress
5 Colin Higgins 47 USA Director, Producer, Writer
5 Ralph Meeker 65 USA Actor
7 Wilfred Jackson 82 USA Animator
8 Alan Napier 85 USA Actor
11 Anne Ramsey 59 USA Actress
24 Leonard Frey 49 USA Actor
September 5 Gert Fröbe 75 Germany Actor
6 Harold Rosson 93 USA Cinematographer
11 John Sylvester White 68 USA Actor The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
12 Stephen B. Grimes 61 Italy Production Designer
14 Louis Quinn 73 USA Actor
20 Roy Kinnear 54 Spain Actor
21 Henry Koster 83 USA Director, Writer, Producer
October 1 Lucien Ballard 84 USA Cinematographer
4 Margaret Lacey 76 UK Actress
12 Ken Murray 85 USA Actor, Producer
13 Melvin Frank 75 USA Writer, Director
14 Mary Morris 72 Switzerland Actress The Thief of Bagdad
24 Valerie Taylor 85 UK Actress, Writer
25 Eric Larson 83 USA Animator
25 James Engle 81 USA Assistant Director
27 Charles Hawtrey 73 UK Actor Sabotage
31 John Houseman 86 USA Actor, Producer
November 1 George J. Folsey 90 USA Cinematographer
6 John Hubbard 74 USA Actor, Dialogue Director
9 Billy Curtis 79 USA Stuntman, Actor
15 Mona Washbourne 84 UK Actress
27 Angela Aames 32 USA Actress
27 John Carradine 82 Italy Actor
December 7 Christopher Connelly 47 USA Actor
7 Dorothy Jordan 82 USA Actress
10 Richard S. Castellano 55 USA Actor
10 Dennis Arundell 90 UK Actor, Writer
21 Bob Steele 81 USA Actor, Writer
22 Tucker Smith 52 USA Actor
24 Noel Willman 70 USA Actor
27 Hal Ashby 59 USA Director, Editor

Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1988 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "A Cry in the Dark (1988) - Release dates". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-06-15.