Dan Smith's Top 40 Films of 1998

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1.
American History X (1998)
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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
2.
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
 
3.
The X Files (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth. (121 mins.)
Director: Rob Bowman
 
4.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
5.
Apt Pupil (1998)
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A boy blackmails his neighbour after suspecting him to be a Nazi war criminal. (111 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
 
6.
The Negotiator (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (140 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
7.
The Celebration (1998)
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At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. (105 mins.)
 
8.
Enemy of the State (1998)
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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. (132 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
9.
Ronin (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A freelancing former U.S. intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians. (122 mins.)
 
10.
Ringu (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ruthlessly murdered by her father, the ghost of a seer's daughter kills all those who watch a weird video after 7 days; unless the viewer finds the escape clause. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
11.
Gods and Monsters (1998)
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The last days of Frankenstein director James Whale are explored. (105 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
12.
There's Something About Mary (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (119 mins.)
 
13.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (169 mins.)
 
14.
U.S. Marshals (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
US Marshal Samuel Gerard (Jones) and his team of Marshals are assigned to track down Sheridan (Snipes), who has been accused of a double-murder. (131 mins.)
Director: Stuart Baird
 
15.
Run Lola Run (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks. (81 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
16.
Dead Man's Curve (1998)
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Two college students kill their roommate and make it look like a suicide. (91 mins.)
Director: Dan Rosen
 
17.
Very Bad Things (1998)
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A prostitute is killed during a bachelor party and the attendees turn on each other as the wedding approaches. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
18.
The Faculty (1998)
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Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences. (104 mins.)
 
19.
Mulan (1998)
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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. (88 mins.)
 
20.
Beast Cops (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
One of the most universally acclaimed motion pictures in the history of Hong Kong cinema. Acclaimed director Gordon Chan ("Fist Of Legend"... (110 mins.)
 
21.
Pi (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature. (84 mins.)
 
22.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
"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
 
23.
Happiness (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
24.
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
 
25.
Small Soldiers (1998)
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When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously. (108 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
26.
Wild Things (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students. (108 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
 
27.
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance. (86 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
 
28.
Disturbing Behavior (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
The new kid in town stumbles across something sinister about the town's method of transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens. (84 mins.)
Director: David Nutter
 
29.
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with a deadly Chinese crimelord trying to get his brother out of prison. (127 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
30.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
31.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
32.
Taxi (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers. (86 mins.)
Director: Gérard Pirès
 
33.
Antz (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves. (83 mins.)
 
34.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
The murderous fisherman with a hook is back to once again stalk the two surviving teens, Julie and Ray, who left him for dead, as well as cause even more murder and mayhem, this time at a posh island resort. (100 mins.)
Director: Danny Cannon
 
35.
You've Got Mail (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two business rivals who hate each other in the office fall in love over the Internet. (119 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
 
36.
Urban Legend (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends. (99 mins.)
Director: Jamie Blanks
 
37.
Practical Magic (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The wry, comic romantic tale follows the Owens sisters, Sally and Gillian, as they struggle to use their hereditary gift for practical magic to overcome the obstacles in discovering true love. (104 mins.)
Director: Griffin Dunne
 
38.
Phantoms (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
150 dead and 350 missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado. And that's only the beginning... (96 mins.)
Director: Joe Chappelle
 
39.
Armageddon (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet. (151 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
40.
Blade (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires. (120 mins.)
 
41.
Mercury Rising (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Shadowy elements in the NSA target a nine-year old autistic savant for death when he is able to decipher a top secret code. (111 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
 
42.
Deep Impact (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive? (120 mins.)
Director: Mimi Leder