My Best Films of 1998

Out of 375 films seen. All rated 8/10 or higher.
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1.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
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Terrence Malick's adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. (170 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
2.
The Celebration (1998)
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At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. (105 mins.)
 
3.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
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"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
4.
A Simple Plan (1998)
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When three blue collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash they make a plan to keep their find from the authorities but find complications and mistrust weaving its way into their plan. (121 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
5.
Cabaret Balkan (1998)
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In Beograd, mid-1990s, 20 people's paths crisscross one night in rage and theater. A callow youth dents... (102 mins.)
 
6.
The Pear Tree (1998)
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Esteemed writer Mahmoud suffers from writers block. While trying to work at the family estate, concerns about an unproductive pear tree trigger in him memories of his childhood love for beautiful tomboy "M". (95 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
7.
The Hole (1998)
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A strange disease starts to affect people in Taiwan just before the year 2000. The authorities order everyone to evacuate... (95 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
 
8.
Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998 Short Film)
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Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland are cloned in an experimental backyard musical. The starting point is... (15 mins.)
Director: Martin Arnold
 
9.
Where the Heart Is (1998)
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Clementine, detta Clim, e Bébé, immigrato di colore adottato da una famiglia francese, sono cresciuti insieme... (113 mins.)
 
10.
Happiness (1998)
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The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (134 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
11.
The Farm: Angola, USA (1998 Documentary)
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Documentary depicting day to day life in Angola Prison mostly from an inmate's perspective. Interviews are with several inmates including one with a life sentence who is about to die. (88 mins.)
 
12.
Yours (1998 Short Film)
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An animated short film created by the artist Jeff Scher. (3 mins.)
 
13.
I Stand Alone (1998)
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A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter. (93 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
14.
Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998)
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Military doctor General Klenski is arrested in Stalin's Russia in 1953 during an anti-Semitic political... (137 mins.)
Director: Aleksey German
 
15.
42 Up (1998 Documentary)
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years. (139 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
16.
Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)
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In Lapland, under the midnight sun, Otto and Ana reunite once again after a long period of time apart, in the hope of rekindling their unrequited teenage love. (112 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
 
17.
Mr. Zhao (1998)
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(89 mins.)
Director: Yue Lü
 
18.
After Life (1998)
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After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity. (118 mins.)
 
19.
Secret défense (1998)
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Sylvie, a 30-year-old scientist, has to dig deeper and deeper into her own background. (170 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
20.
Rushmore (1998)
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The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation. (93 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
21.
Besieged (1998)
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When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr... (93 mins.)
 
22.
Film ist. (1998 Documentary)
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Film ist. consists almost entirely of excerpts from various scientific films. This footage shows the flight of pigeons... (60 mins.)
Director: Gustav Deutsch
 
23.
Croupier (1998)
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An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel. (94 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
 
24.
The Terrorist (1998)
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A young female terrorist goes on a suicide assassination mission, but her resolve to complete it is put to the test. (95 mins.)
Director: Santosh Sivan
 
25.
Autumn Tale (1998)
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Magali, 45, is a wine producer in the south of France. She's a widow, and her best friend, Isabelle... (112 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
26.
Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)
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Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975... (99 mins.)
Director: Joan Chen
 
27.
Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema (1998 Documentary)
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(80 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kwan
 
28.
Anxiety (1998)
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(110 mins.)
 
29.
Flowers of Shanghai (1998)
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In Shanghai in the 1880s there are four elegant brothels (flower houses): each has an auntie (called madam)... (130 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
 
30.
West Beirut (1998)
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In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school... (105 mins.)
Director: Ziad Doueiri
 
31.
Dear Jesse (1998 Documentary)
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Can you go home again? What if you're a gay man and home is a state where voters keep electing a homophobe to the US Senate... (82 mins.)
Director: Tim Kirkman
 
32.
Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog (1998 Documentary)
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(78 mins.)
Director: Don McGlynn
 
33.
Dr. Akagi (1998)
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At the end of WWII, Japanese doctor Akagi searches for the cure for hepatitis in the prisoner-of-war camp. (129 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
34.
Divorce Iranian Style (1998 Documentary)
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A documentary about real divorce cases in Iran's tribunals. (80 mins.)
 
35.
The Truman Show (1998)
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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
36.
Dark City (1998)
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A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun. (100 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
 
37.
Primary Colors (1998)
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A man joins the political campaign of a smooth-operator candidate for president of the USA. (143 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
38.
Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
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Babe, fresh from his victory in the sheepherding contest, returns to Farmer Hoggett's farm, but after Farmer Hoggett is injured and unable to work, Babe has to go to the big city to save the farm. (97 mins.)
Director: George Miller