1998 - A History of Film

by isthisbetterb | created - 04 Jun 2011 | updated - 03 Apr 2017 | Public

1-10 are some of my favorite movies of all time. Just an amazing year for film. Thin Red Line is the worst war film I have ever seen.

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1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

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: 1,056,824 | Gross: $216.54M

2. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, 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: 635,009 | Gross: $17.50M

3. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama

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: 914,972 | Gross: $6.72M

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

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime

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: 477,902 | Gross: $3.90M

5. The Truman Show (1998)

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

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: 801,431 | Gross: $125.62M

6. The Celebration (1998)

R | 105 min | Drama

82 Metascore

At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen

Votes: 71,845 | Gross: $1.65M

7. Rounders (1998)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

54 Metascore

A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.

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

Votes: 132,230 | Gross: $22.91M

8. The Red Violin (1998)

R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

57 Metascore

A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau, Christoph Koncz, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 29,210 | Gross: $9.47M

9. Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998 TV Movie)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Documentary focusing on the career of pro wrestler Bret Hart & his controversial exit from the WWF.

Director: Paul Jay | Stars: Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Brian Pillman, Blade Hart

Votes: 3,423

10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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, Michael Lee Gogin

Votes: 236,268 | Gross: $10.68M

11. Half Baked (1998)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Crime

16 Metascore

The story of three not so bright men who come up with a series of crazy schemes to get a friend out of jail.

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Díaz, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams

Votes: 53,297 | Gross: $17.28M

12. Belly (1998)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama

A pair of violent Men have spiritual awakenings.

Director: Hype Williams | Stars: Nas, DMX, Taral Hicks, Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins

Votes: 8,108 | Gross: $9.63M

13. Rush Hour (1998)

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

60 Metascore

A loyal and dedicated Hong Kong Inspector teams up with a reckless and loudmouthed L.A.P.D. detective to rescue the Chinese Consul's kidnapped daughter, while trying to arrest a dangerous crime lord along the way.

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

Votes: 212,669 | Gross: $141.15M

14. The Negotiator (1998)

R | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 119,153 | Gross: $44.48M

15. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

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: 175,398 | Gross: $7.27M

16. Ronin (1998)

R | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

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: 158,312 | Gross: $41.62M

17. The General (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

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 I.R.A., the U.V.F., and members of his own team.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 7,327 | Gross: $1.21M

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

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 141,626 | Gross: $56.97M

19. Milk (1998)

10 min | Short, Drama

From the get-go, Arnold was fascinated by the careless, seemingly simple choices people make in their day-to-day lives that lead to unintended, complicated consequences.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Stephen McGann, Lee Oakes, Lynda Steadman

Votes: 218

20. Happiness (1998)

Unrated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker

Votes: 61,245 | Gross: $2.81M

21. Pleasantville (1998)

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

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: 112,159 | Gross: $40.57M

22. Apt Pupil (1998)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

51 Metascore

A boy blackmails his neighbor after suspecting him to be a Nazi war criminal.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, Joshua Jackson, Mickey Cottrell

Votes: 32,281 | Gross: $8.84M

23. Crna macka, beli macor (1998)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

73 Metascore

Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a ... See full summary »

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Bajram Severdzan, Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic, Branka Katic, Florijan Ajdini

Votes: 45,781 | Gross: $0.35M

24. Enemy of the State (1998)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

67 Metascore

A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his N.S.A. 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: 208,280 | Gross: $111.55M

25. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

R | 127 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

37 Metascore

With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with deadly Chinese triads that are trying to free their former leaders out of prison and onto American soil.

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

Votes: 140,309 | Gross: $130.44M

26. A Bug's Life (1998)

G | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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: 239,945 | Gross: $162.80M

27. Out of Sight (1998)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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: 78,095 | Gross: $37.56M

28. There's Something About Mary (1998)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 268,707 | Gross: $176.48M

29. BASEketball (1998)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Sport

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: 52,338 | Gross: $6.94M

30. Pecker (1998)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A talented young photographer, who enjoys snapping photos of his satirical, perverted Baltimore neighborhood and his wacky family, gets dragged into a world of pretentious artists from New York City and finds newfound fame.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci, Bess Armstrong, Mark Joy

Votes: 12,469 | Gross: $2.28M

31. SLC Punk! (1998)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

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: 24,022 | Gross: $0.30M

32. The Waterboy (1998)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Sport

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: 133,631 | Gross: $161.49M

33. Rushmore (1998)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 153,092 | Gross: $17.11M

34. Return to Paradise (1998)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

54 Metascore

Two friends must choose whether to help a third friend who was arrested in Malaysia for drug possession.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix, David Conrad

Votes: 12,592 | Gross: $8.29M

35. A Night at the Roxbury (1998)

PG-13 | 82 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

26 Metascore

Two dim-witted brothers dream of owning their own dance club or at least getting into the coolest and most exclusive club in town, The Roxbury.

Director: John Fortenberry | Stars: Chris Kattan, Will Ferrell, Raquel Gardner, Viveca Paulin

Votes: 52,223 | Gross: $30.32M

36. Doctor Dolittle (1998)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

46 Metascore

A doctor discovers that he can communicate with animals.

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Peter Boyle, Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt

Votes: 84,113 | Gross: $144.16M

37. The Players Club (1998)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

A woman must contend with rival strippers and her boss in an attempt to make a legitimate living.

Director: Ice Cube | Stars: LisaRaye McCoy, Dick Anthony Williams, Judyann Elder, Chrystale Wilson

Votes: 5,646 | Gross: $23.03M

38. The Big Hit (1998)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

31 Metascore

Socially anxious hitman Melvin Smiley, an expert in his lucrative field, goes on a job and falls in love with his kidnapping victim, turning his world upside down.

Director: Kirk Wong | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, Avery Brooks

Votes: 26,593 | Gross: $27.05M

39. Antz (1998)

PG | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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: 135,813 | Gross: $90.76M

40. Blade (1998)

R | 120 min | Action, Horror

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: 218,468 | Gross: $70.09M

41. Suicide Kings (1997)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

43 Metascore

A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure.

Director: Peter O'Fallon | Stars: Christopher Walken, Denis Leary, Sean Patrick Flanery, Mark Watson

Votes: 24,101 | Gross: $1.69M

42. What Dreams May Come (1998)

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

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: 93,034 | Gross: $55.49M

43. Smoke Signals (1998)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by... See full summary »

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard, Gary Farmer

Votes: 8,884 | Gross: $6.72M

44. You've Got Mail (1998)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 172,201 | Gross: $115.82M

45. Dirty Work (1998)

PG-13 | 82 min | Comedy

A loser finds success in the revenge-for-hire business.

Director: Bob Saget | Stars: Norm MacDonald, Jack Warden, Artie Lange, Traylor Howard

Votes: 21,710 | Gross: $9.98M

46. It's Tough to Be a Bug (1998)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Flick introduces some of his friends to the audience and educates them why bugs shouldn't be seen as pests, but more as friends.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Dave Foley, Andrew Stanton, Cheech Marin, French Stewart

Votes: 599

47. The Wedding Singer (1998)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

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: 121,449 | Gross: $80.25M

48. Pi (1998)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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: 157,560 | Gross: $3.22M

49. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

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, Kirk Acevedo

Votes: 156,338 | Gross: $36.40M