1988 Comedy Movies

Beetlejuice (1988)

Beetlejuice

  • 81%
  • PG
  • 92 min
  • Comedy

After Barbara and Adam Maitland were killed in a car crash, they find themselves trapped as ghosts in their beautiful New England farmhouse. Their peace is disrupted when a yuppie family, the Deetzs, buy their house. The Maitlands are too nice and harmless as ghosts and all their efforts to scare the Deetzs away were unsuccessful. They eventually turn to another ghost 'Beetlejuice' for help.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  • 88%
  • PG
  • 110 min
  • Comedy

Lawrence and Freddie are con-men; big-time and small time respectively. They unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this town (on the French Mediterranean coast) aint big enough for the two of them. They agree to a "loser leaves" bet. The bet brings out the best/worse in the two.

Coming to America (1988)

Coming to America

  • 68%
  • R
  • 116 min
  • Comedy

It is the 21st birthday of Prince Akeem of Zamunda and he is to marry a woman he never saw before. Now the prince breaks with tradition and travels to America to look for the love of his life.

The Great Outdoors (1988)

The Great Outdoors

  • 40%
  • PG
  • 91 min
  • Comedy

Suburbanite Chet Ripley takes his family to a lakeside resort for what he thinks will be a quiet vacation away from it all. But then his snobby brother-in-law Roman Craig shows up with his snooty brood, and unexpected mishaps ensue. The two families try to get along … but they didn't count on Mother Nature stepping in to add her two cents.

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

A Fish Called Wanda

  • 96%
  • R
  • 108 min
  • Comedy

Sexy American diamond lover Wanda, Jamie Lee Curtis, and her boyfriend Otto, Kline, are in England to plot alongside George and Ken the robbery of a diamond collection. Wanda and Otto want the stolen diamonds for themselves, and inform the police about George not knowing that he has already moved the diamonds to another secret place. Wanda thinks the best way to find out is by getting close to George's lawyer - Archie Leach, played masterfuly by Cleese.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

    • PG
    • 103 min
    • Animation

    'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect. Groundbreaking interaction between the live and animated characters, and lots of references to classic animation.

    Hairspray (1988)

    Hairspray

    • 97%
    • PG
    • 92 min
    • Comedy

    Ample teen Tracy Turnblad wants nothing more than to be on the hip local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" -- and when her dream comes true, her lively moves and bubbly personality meet with unexpected popularity. But after witnessing firsthand the terrible state of race relations in 1960s Baltimore, Turnblad becomes an outspoken advocate for desegregation.

    Twins (1988)

    Twins

    • 38%
    • PG
    • 105 min
    • Comedy

    Julius and Vincent Benedict are the results of an experiment that would allow for the perfect child. Julius was planned and grows to athletic proportions. Vincent is an accident and is somewhat smaller in stature. Vincent is placed in an orphanage while Julius is taken to a south seas island and raised by philosophers. Vincent becomes the ultimate low life and is about to be killed by loan sharks when Julius discovers that he has a brother and begins looking for him.

    Big (1988)

    Big

    • 96%
    • PG
    • 104 min
    • Comedy

    A young boy makes a wish at a fairground machine to be big. He wakes up the following morning to find that his wish has been granted and his body has grown older over night. But he is still the same 12 year old kid on the inside. Now he must learn how to cope with the unfamiliar world of grown ups including getting a job, and having his first romantic encounter with a woman. What will he find out about this strange world?

    Bull Durham (1988)

    Bull Durham

    • 97%
    • R
    • 108 min
    • Comedy

    Veteran minor-league catcher Crash Davis is assigned to the Class A Durham Bulls to handle the team's star rookie, wild pitcher "Nuke" LaLoosh. Team groupie Annie Savoy romances both players, creating a comic triangle.

    Mystic Pizza (1988)

    Mystic Pizza

    • 78%
    • R
    • 104 min
    • Comedy

    Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in Mystic Connecticut.

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad

      • PG-13
      • 85 min
      • Action

      A re-run of many of the gags from the original TV series 'Police Squad'. An Airplane type spoof, this time with the an incompetent lieutenant (Drebin) who always 'gets his man'. Visual gags come thick and fast, and it's impossible to catch them all with one viewing. The plot.. Queen Elizabeth II of England is coming to town, and Vincent Ludwig has plans to assassinate her using a brainwashed baseball player.

      Midnight Run (1988)

      Midnight Run

      • 95%
      • R
      • 126 min
      • Action

      An accountant embezzles $15 million of mob money, jumps bail and is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia.

      Beaches (1988)

      Beaches

      • 29%
      • PG-13
      • 123 min
      • Comedy

      When the New York child performer CC Bloom and San Fransisco rich kid Hillary meet in a holiday resort in Atlantic City, it marks the start of a lifetime friendship between them. The two keep in touch through letters for a number of years until Hillary, now a successful lawyer moves to New York to stay with struggling singer CC. The movie shows the various stages of their friendship and their romances including their love for the same man.

      Johnny Be Good (1988)

      Johnny Be Good

        • R
        • 91 min
        • Comedy

        It's recruiting time and despite being short and scrawny, Johnny Walker is America's hottest young football prospect. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent scouts or should he attend the local state college with his girlfriend and give up his football career?

        The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

        The Unbearable Lightness of Being

        • 95%
        • R
        • 171 min
        • Drama

        Tomas is a doctor and a lady-killer in 1960s Czechoslovakia, an apolitical man who is struck with love for the bookish country girl Tereza; his more sophisticated sometime lover Sabina eventually accepts their relationship and the two women form an electric friendship. The three are caught up in the events of the Prague Spring (1968), until the Soviet tanks crush the non-violent rebels; their illusions are shattered and their lives change forever.

        Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988)

        Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

        • 47%
        • PG-13
        • 96 min
        • Comedy

        A goofy, campy, poke at puritanism and a sly wink at a host of horror films, ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK is much more fun than it has any right to be. Dreaming of financing her own show in Las Vegas, Elvira leaves Hollywood in her customized "Macabremoblie" to claim what she thought was an inheritance. However, upon arriving in Fallwell, MA, all she finds is two drooling yokels, an overzealous morality brigade and a creepy great-uncle with more on his mind than long-lost relatives. With her...

        Oliver & Company (1988)

        Oliver & Company

        • 44%
        • G
        • 74 min
        • Animation

        An orphaned kitten (Oliver) is taken in by a pack of pickpocket dogs, headed by Dodger, the coolest quadruped in Manhattan and their human master, Fagin. When a little girl from Fifth Avenue finds Oliver and takes him uptown to live among the swells, Fagin's evil boss, Sykes, steps in and kidnaps the pair. His nasty plan to keep Oliver from having his customary nine lives is foiled however, when the ransomed kitty's "Bow-wow"-ery buddies decide to use their street savoir faire in order to...

        Nightmare Sisters (1988)

        Nightmare Sisters

          • R
          • 83 min
          • Horror

          Melody, Marci, and Mickey are three geeky college girls who can't get a date. One night, they invite some geeky college guys over and have a seance that results in the girls becoming possessed and turning into sex starved vamps. Will the geek hero guys be able to stop the horrible (?) possession?

          - Written by

          Josh Pasnak <[email protected]>

          Working Girl (1988)

          Working Girl

          • 84%
          • R
          • 115 min
          • Comedy

          Tess McGill is a frustrated secretary, struggling to forge ahead in the world of big business in New York. She gets her chance when her boss breaks her leg on a skiing holiday. McGill takes advantage of her absence to push ahead with her career. She teams up with investment broker Jack Trainer to work on a big deal. The situation is complicated after the return of her boss.