Year by year: 1998

The top 50 films of 1998 (in order)
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1.
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
 
2.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
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Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. (170 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
3.
Same Old Song (1997)
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Odile is looking for a new, bigger apartment. Her younger sister Camille just completed her doctoral... (120 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
4.
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
 
5.
Central Station (1998)
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An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew. (113 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
6.
Così ridevano (1998)
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Turin at the end of the fifties: two brothers have emigrated there from Sicily and the older works very... (124 mins.)
Director: Gianni Amelio
 
7.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
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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.)
 
8.
Beloved (1998)
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Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of her deceased daughter. (172 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
9.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
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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
 
10.
Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)
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In Lapland Finland, under the eternal midnight sun, two ardent lovers will reunite once again after a long period apart, governed by a powerful and eloquent circular motif that is woven by destiny, faith and love. (112 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
 
11.
Black Cat, White Cat (1998)
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Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed... (127 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
 
12.
My Name Is Joe (1998)
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Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic... (105 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
 
13.
Gods and Monsters (1998)
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The last days of Frankenstein Director James Whale are explored. (105 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
14.
The Celebration (1998)
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At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. (105 mins.)
 
15.
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
 
16.
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
 
17.
The Dinner Game (1998)
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To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime... (80 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
 
18.
Eternity and a Day (1998)
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Famous writer Alexander is very ill and has little time left to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania, and goes on a journey with him to take the boy home. (137 mins.)
 
19.
Pleasantville (1998)
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Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world. (124 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
 
20.
Elizabeth (1998)
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A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. (124 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
 
21.
Bulworth (1998)
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A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture. (108 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
 
22.
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
 
23.
The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's... (113 mins.)
Director: Erick Zonca
 
24.
Class Trip (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A schoolboy Nicholas always worries about something. When he goes on a school skiing trip, all his visions and nightmares take him over. (96 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
 
25.
Affliction (1997)
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A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintergrate. (114 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
26.
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
 
27.
Out of Sight (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A career bank robber breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. Marshal he has kidnapped. (123 mins.)
 
28.
Run Lola Run (1998)
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After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks. (81 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
29.
The Girl of Your Dreams (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A company of Spanish movie makers leaves Franco's Spain and moves to Hitler's Germany to make a film in co-production. Soon some problems start to arise... (121 mins.)
Director: Fernando Trueba
 
30.
American History X (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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
 
31.
The Grandfather (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After his son dies, an elderly man comes back to Spain from the US and hopes to find out which of his granddaughters is true, and which one is bastard. (151 mins.)
 
32.
Caresses (1998)
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Eleven episodes portray different encounters in Barcelona during the course of a single night towards the end of the millennium. (94 mins.)
Director: Ventura Pons
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
Dark City (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
35.
Children of Heaven (1997)
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After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair. (89 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
36.
Rushmore (1998)
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The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation. (93 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
37.
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild. (118 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
38.
The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that. (110 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
 
39.
The Inheritors (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Austria, a little farming valley. Beginning of the century. When one of the farmers is found murdered one day... (95 mins.)
 
40.
Tango (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Mario Suarez is a forty-something tango artist, whose wife Laura has left him. He leaves his apartment and starts preparing a film about tango. (115 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
41.
The Horse Whisperer (1998)
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The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer to help the girl's equally injured horse. (170 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
42.
The General (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the IRA, the UVF and members of his own team. (124 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
43.
Little Voice (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A shy reclusive lady is convinced by an invisible entity to sing. Subsequently, she finds herself noticed by a sleazy talent agent and her talent being showcased on-stage. She also meets a kind but nervous man who becomes her best friend. (97 mins.)
Director: Mark Herman
 
44.
The Dinner (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An evening at an Italian restaurant. Hosted by tolerant and relaxed Flora, various parties of middle-class people come in -- large and small... (126 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
 
45.
A Bug's Life (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (95 mins.)
 
46.
Ringu (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
47.
High Art (1998)
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A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other. (101 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
 
48.
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money. (91 mins.)
Director: Kirk Jones
 
49.
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.)
 
50.
Train of Life (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine. (103 mins.)
Director: Radu Mihaileanu