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The Best Movies of 1998 

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List Rules Only original films that were released in theaters in 1998

A list of the best movies of 1998, from blockbusters like Armageddon to cult classics like The Big Lebowski. The '90s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 1998 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here. As stated before, some of the best movies of the decade were released in 1998. Who could forget American History X with Edward Norton, Enemy of the State with Will Smith, and of course, There's Something About Mary starring Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon. And let's not forget about Rush Hour with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan.

The best movies of 1998 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the breakout performances featured in Saving Private Ryan, or established stars like Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Some of the best movies of all time were released in 1998. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 1998, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 1997. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more

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American History X is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tony Kaye

American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and co-stars Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott ...more

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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles ...more

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The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Weir

The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Peter Weir and written by Andrew Niccol. The cast includes Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, Laura ...more

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There's Something About ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

There's Something About Mary is a 1998 comedy film, directed by the Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter. It stars Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon and Ben Stiller, and it is a combination of romantic ...more

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The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1998

Directed by: Frank Coraci

The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank Coraci. It stars Adam Sandler as a wedding singer in the 1980s and Drew Barrymore as a waitress ...more

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Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tony Scott

Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National Security Agency agents conspiring to take out a U.S. Congressman and try to cover up. It was written by ...more

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The 36th animated feature in the Walt ...more

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Lock, Stock and Two Smok... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Sting, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones

Released: 1998

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British comedy thriller film written and directed by Guy Ritchie. The story is a film involving a self-confident young card sharp who loses ...more

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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

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Blade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more

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Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brett Ratner

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Pleasantville is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker, Tobey Maguire

Released: 1998

Directed by: Gary Ross

Pleasantville is a 1998 American fantasy comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Gary Ross. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J. T. Walsh, and ...more

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Wild Things is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Bill Murray, Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon

Released: 1998

Directed by: John McNaughton

Wild Things is a 1998 American thriller film starring Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards and Theresa Russell. It was directed by John McNaughton. An "uncut" ...more

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The Mask of Zorro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas

Released: 1998

Directed by: Martin Campbell

The Mask of Zorro is a 1998 American swashbuckler film based on the Zorro character created by Johnston McCulley. It was directed by Martin Campbell and stars Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, ...more

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The Waterboy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

Released: 1998

Directed by: Frank Coraci

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay

Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more

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Fear and Loathing in Las... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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Released: 1998

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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Released: 1998

Directed by: Terrence Malick

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U.S. Marshals is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stuart Baird

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Rounders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Famke Janssen

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Dahl

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Halloween H20: 20 Years ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Williams

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steve Miner

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Can't Hardly Wait is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Melissa Joan Hart, Jaime Pressly

Released: 1998

Directed by: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont

Can't Hardly Wait is a 1998 American teen comedy film written and directed by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont. It stars an ensemble cast including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie ...more

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Lethal Weapon 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Richard Donner

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