1988 was a fantastic year for cinemas. And I don’t just mean Hollywood, but world cinema. A plethora of different tales, each captivating us in their own way through a variety of acting, direction, and cinematography. These films stand apart from the run of the mill cinemas that we see each year insofar as they go on to shape us and shape our aesthetic in film watching. Here is the list of top films of 1988.
12. Die Hard
Directed by John McTiernan, this film as we all know is the first film in the now famous Die Hard franchise. The story sees off-duty NYPD officer John McClane caught in a skyscraper, held hostage by Hans Gruber and his men. Gruber is played by Alan Rickman who can make the audience easily dislike any antagonist (remember how much we used to hate Severus Snape?). The term, die hard, eventually went on to be used for any action film where the hero faces overwhelming odds. The film saw Bruce Willis become a mega action star and the film is now considered to be one of the greatest action and Christmas themed movies ever made.
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11. Salaam Bombay!
Directed by Mira Nair this film is special not only for the widespread international acclaim and awards it won but for its unique approach to acting. Most of the cast were actually street children of Bombay who were trained in special acting workshops before the film. Nair effortlessly captures the essence of Bombay’s underbelly through these people. The story is about a boy named Krishna who goes to Bombay to try to earn 500 rupees to pay for his sister’s bicycle which he burnt. Krishna, however, gets entangled in a drug and prostitution ring and manages to fall in love with one of the girls newly brought into the brothel. However, things awry for Krishna and the movie ends on the same dramatic note of separation and isolation that had plagued the protagonist.