Most Popular Feature Films Released 1998-01-01 to 1998-12-31


1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Action, 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: 884,813 | Gross: $216.12M

2. 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: 539,565 | Gross: $17.44M

3. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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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: 785,294 | Gross: $6.71M

4. 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: 670,912 | Gross: $125.60M

5. Armageddon (1998)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.6
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42 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler

Votes: 323,307 | Gross: $201.57M

6. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime

8.2
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham

Votes: 416,361 | Gross: $3.65M

7. 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: Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Lee Evans

Votes: 247,744 | Gross: $176.48M

8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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41 Metascore

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin

Votes: 213,773 | Gross: $10.56M

9. The Parent Trap (1998)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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64 Metascore

Identical twins, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix

Votes: 87,257 | Gross: $66.30M

10. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

7.6
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78 Metascore

Terrence Malick's 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: 139,286 | Gross: $36.39M

11. Meet Joe Black (1998)

PG-13 | 178 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.1
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43 Metascore

Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth and in the process he falls in love with his guide's daughter.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani, Jake Weber

Votes: 169,461 | Gross: $44.61M

12. Rush Hour (1998)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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60 Metascore

Two cops team up to get back a kidnapped daughter.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 188,061 | Gross: $141.15M

13. 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: 103,805 | Gross: $40.57M

14. The Wedding Singer (1998)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.8
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59 Metascore

Robbie, a singer, and Julia, a waitress, are both engaged, but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert

Votes: 109,987 | Gross: $80.22M

15. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.5
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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, Lea Salonga

Votes: 172,662 | Gross: $120.62M

16. 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: 211,877 | Gross: $162.79M

17. Enemy of the State (1998)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 188,686 | Gross: $111.54M

18. You've Got Mail (1998)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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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: 152,218 | Gross: $115.73M

19. Wild Things (1998)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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52 Metascore

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.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Theresa Russell

Votes: 90,839 | Gross: $29.75M

20. Lost in Space (1998)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Family

5.1
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42 Metascore

The Robinson family was going into space to fight for a chance for humanity. Now they are fighting to live long enough to find a way home.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 58,517 | Gross: $69.10M

21. Dark City (1998)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

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: 157,304 | Gross: $14.34M

22. Blade (1998)

R | 120 min | Action, Horror

7.1
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45 Metascore

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 191,990 | Gross: $70.00M

23. Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)

G | 96 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

5.9
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35 Metascore

Scientists genetically create a new Pokémon, Mewtwo, but the results are horrific and disastrous.

Directors: Kunihiko Yuyama, Michael Haigney | Stars: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Jay Goede

Votes: 29,664 | Gross: $85.74M

24. Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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52 Metascore

Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night.

Directors: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan | Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 37,959 | Gross: $25.34M

25. Deep Impact (1998)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.1
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40 Metascore

Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive?

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 135,843 | Gross: $140.46M

26. The Man in the Iron Mask (I) (1998)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure

6.4
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48 Metascore

The cruel King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother who he keeps imprisoned. Can the twin be substituted for the real king?

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu

Votes: 125,602 | Gross: $56.88M

27. 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 both the Irish and the Russians.

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

Votes: 145,733 | Gross: $41.61M

28. Practical Magic (1998)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.1
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46 Metascore

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.

Director: Griffin Dunne | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 55,876 | Gross: $46.61M

29. Stepmom (1998)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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58 Metascore

A terminally ill woman has to settle on her former husband's new lover, who will be their children's stepmother.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone

Votes: 46,648 | Gross: $91.03M

30. What Dreams May Come (1998)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.0
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44 Metascore

After he dies in a car crash, a man searches heaven and hell for his beloved wife.

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra, Max von Sydow

Votes: 83,748 | Gross: $55.35M

31. Psycho (1998)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.6
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47 Metascore

A young female embezzeler arrives at the Bates Motel which has terrible secrets of its own.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen

Votes: 38,147 | Gross: $21.38M

32. The Waterboy (1998)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Sport

6.1
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41 Metascore

A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 119,794 | Gross: $161.49M

33. Fallen (1998)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 58,606 | Gross: $25.19M

34. Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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66 Metascore

The "real" story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale.

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Patrick Godfrey

Votes: 58,072 | Gross: $65.70M

35. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

R | 127 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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37 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

Votes: 127,826 | Gross: $129.73M

36. U.S. Marshals (1998)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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47 Metascore

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.

Director: Stuart Baird | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr., Joe Pantoliano

Votes: 78,032 | Gross: $57.82M

37. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

7.0
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64 Metascore

An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew, and later, 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: 91,353 | Gross: $101.22M

38. Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

4.8
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Elwood must reunite the old band, with a few new members, and go on another "Mission from God."

Director: John Landis | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, Walter Levine, Tom Davis

Votes: 25,610 | Gross: $13.98M

39. Godzilla (I) (1998)

PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.3
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32 Metascore

A giant, reptilian monster has surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake. To stop this monster (and its babies), an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria

Votes: 151,993 | Gross: $136.02M

40. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 175,924 | Gross: $100.24M

41. Rounders (1998)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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54 Metascore

A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich

Votes: 121,965 | Gross: $22.91M

42. BASEketball (1998)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Sport

6.6
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38 Metascore

Two childhood friends are pro athletes of a national sport called BASEketball, a hybrid of baseball and basketball, and must deal with a greedy businessman scheming against their team.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dian Bachar, Yasmine Bleeth

Votes: 48,879 | Gross: $6.94M

43. SLC Punk! (1998)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.5
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50 Metascore

In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City.

Director: James Merendino | Stars: Matthew Lillard, Michael A. Goorjian, Annabeth Gish, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 22,296 | Gross: $0.30M

44. The Faculty (1998)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.4
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61 Metascore

Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett

Votes: 92,275 | Gross: $40.06M

45. 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: 134,844 | Gross: $17.10M

46. The Horse Whisperer (1998)

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

6.5
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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: 32,436 | Gross: $75.37M

47. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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75 Metascore

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.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 76,138 | Gross: $30.01M

48. A Perfect Murder (1998)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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50 Metascore

A remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder (1954).

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, David Suchet

Votes: 64,638 | Gross: $67.63M

49. Species II (1998)

R | 93 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.3
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19 Metascore

An astronaut gets infected with alien DNA during the first mission on Mars and runs amok on earth. Preston and Laura team up with a peaceful, genetically re-engineered Sil to track the monster down.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, Marg Helgenberger, Mykelti Williamson

Votes: 22,739 | Gross: $19.17M

50. 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: 66,038 | Gross: $0.04M