movies: the best movies of 1998

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1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

8.6
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90 Metascore

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,002,298 | Gross: $216.54M

2. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.2
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87 Metascore

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 189,876 | Gross: $100.32M

3. The Truman Show (1998)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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90 Metascore

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 758,872 | Gross: $125.62M

4. Rushmore (1998)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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86 Metascore

The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 147,211 | Gross: $17.11M

5. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

7.6
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78 Metascore

Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas

Votes: 151,192 | Gross: $36.40M

6. Gods and Monsters (1998)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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74 Metascore

The last days of Frankenstein (1931) Director James Whale are explored.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich

Votes: 26,310 | Gross: $6.39M

7. Out of Sight (1998)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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85 Metascore

A career bank robber breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. Marshal he has kidnapped.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn

Votes: 75,968 | Gross: $37.56M

8. A Bug's Life (1998)

G | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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77 Metascore

A misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe.

Directors: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Dave Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere

Votes: 230,676 | Gross: $162.80M

9. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime

8.2
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69 Metascore

"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 605,398 | Gross: $17.45M

10. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.6
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59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 489,734 | Gross: $57.60M

11. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama

8.5
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62 Metascore

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 875,173 | Gross: $6.72M

12. Following (1998)

R | 69 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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60 Metascore

A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan

Votes: 73,452 | Gross: $0.05M

13. There's Something About Mary (1998)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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69 Metascore

A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans

Votes: 262,767 | Gross: $176.48M

14. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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77 Metascore

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri

Votes: 171,321 | Gross: $7.27M

15. Pi (1998)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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72 Metascore

A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart

Votes: 153,752 | Gross: $3.22M

16. You've Got Mail (1998)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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57 Metascore

Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey

Votes: 166,529 | Gross: $115.82M

17. The Negotiator (1998)

R | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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62 Metascore

In a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, a skilled police negotiator accused of corruption and murder takes hostages in a government office to gain the time he needs to find the truth.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse, Ron Rifkin

Votes: 115,425 | Gross: $44.48M

18. Antz (1998)

PG | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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72 Metascore

A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson | Stars: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone

Votes: 132,747 | Gross: $90.76M

19. The Horse Whisperer (1998)

PG-13 | 170 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.6
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65 Metascore

The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer to help the girl's equally injured horse.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 34,772 | Gross: $75.38M

20. Pleasantville (1998)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.5
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71 Metascore

Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, Reese Witherspoon

Votes: 109,607 | Gross: $40.57M

21. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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71 Metascore

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook | Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 198,506 | Gross: $120.62M

22. Dark City (1998)

R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.7
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66 Metascore

A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt

Votes: 169,142 | Gross: $14.38M

23. Ronin (1998)

R | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.3
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67 Metascore

A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 154,526 | Gross: $41.62M

24. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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64 Metascore

An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

Directors: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells | Stars: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock

Votes: 100,219 | Gross: $101.22M

25. Enemy of the State (1998)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.3
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67 Metascore

A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet

Votes: 202,394 | Gross: $111.55M