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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
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel 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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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
The Big Lebowski Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner crime comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los ...more

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American History X is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo American History X is a 1998 American crime 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, ...more

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The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
The Truman Show Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris 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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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by ...more

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Pleasantville is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Pleasantville Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker, Tobey Maguire 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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There's Something About Mary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
There's Something About Mary Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller 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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Run Lola Run is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Run Lola Run Franka Potente, Armin Rohde, Moritz Bleibtreu Run Lola Run is a 1998 German thriller film written and directed by Tom Tykwer and starring Franka Potente as Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni. The story follows a woman who needs to obtain ...more

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Ba... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Sting, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British crime comedy thriller film written and directed by Guy Ritchie. The story is a heist film involving a self-confident young card sharp who ...more

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Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Rushmore Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel, Brian Cox Rushmore is a 1998 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson about an eccentric teenager named Max Fischer, his friendship with rich industrialist Herman Blume, and their mutual love for ...more

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The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
wiabux added The Thin Red Line George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn The Thin Red Line is a 1998 American ensemble epic war film written and directed by Terrence Malick. Based on the novel by James Jones, it tells a fictionalized version of the Battle of Mount ...more

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Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Shakespeare in Love Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. The film depicts an imaginary love affair ...more

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler 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 Vegas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 American dark comedy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. It was adapted ...more

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Blade is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Blade Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords 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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Pi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Pi Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell Pi, also titled π, is a 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky in his directorial debut. The film earned Aronofsky the Directing Award at ...more

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more

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The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
The Wedding Singer Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi 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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Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Rush Hour Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush Hour series, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It was followed by ...more

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei 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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What Dreams May Come is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
What Dreams May Come Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Max von Sydow What Dreams May Come is a 1998 American fantasy drama film, starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra and Max von Sydow. The film is based on the 1978 novel of the same name ...more

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Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Enemy of the State Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National Security Agency agents conspiring to kill a U.S. Congressman and try to cover up the murder. It was ...more

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The Mask of Zorro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
The Mask of Zorro Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas 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) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
The Waterboy Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider The Waterboy is a 1998 American sports/comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, starring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed, Larry Gilliard, Jr., Blake Clark, Peter ...more

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Wild Things is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Wild Things Bill Murray, Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon Wild Things is a 1998 American erotic thriller film starring Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards and Theresa Russell. It was directed by John McNaughton. An ...more

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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Les Misérables Uma Thurman, Claire Danes, Liam Neeson Les Misérables is a 1998 film adaptation of Victor Hugo's 1862 novel of the same name, directed by Bille August. It stars Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, and Claire Danes. As in ...more

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A Simple Plan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
A Simple Plan Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda A Simple Plan is a 1998 American neo-noir crime thriller film, and an adaptation of the 1993 novel of the same name by Scott B. Smith, who also wrote the screenplay. Directed by Sam Raimi, the ...more

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Patch Adams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Patch Adams Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter Patch Adams is a 1998 semi-biographical comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bob Gunton. Directed by Tom Shadyac, it is based on the life story of ...more

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The Negotiator is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
The Negotiator Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti The Negotiator is a 1998 action thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. It takes place in Chicago and was released on July 29, 1998. The original ...more

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Great Expectations Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Ethan Hawke Great Expectations is a 1998 contemporary film adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel of the same name, co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth ...more

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Ronin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Ronin Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, Ron Jeremy Ronin is a 1998 American spy thriller action film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, and Jonathan ...more

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Deep Impact is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Deep Impact Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood Deep Impact is a 1998 American science fiction disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin, and starring Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, ...more

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Out of Sight is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Out of Sight Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson Out of Sight is a 1998 American crime comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard and directed by Steven Soderbergh. The first of several collaborations between Soderbergh ...more

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Rounders is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Rounders Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Famke Janssen Rounders is a 1998 American crime drama film about the underground world of high-stakes poker, directed by John Dahl, and starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton. The film follows two friends who ...more

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You've Got Mail is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
You've Got Mail Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Sara Ramirez You've Got Mail is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nora Ephron, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It was written by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the 1937 play Parfumerie ...more

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Half Baked is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Half Baked Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, Willie Nelson Half Baked is a 1998 American stoner comedy film starring Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz. The film was directed by Tamra Davis, co-written by Chappelle ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
The X-Files Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Blythe Danner The X-Files is a 1998 American science fiction film written by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, and directed by Rob Bowman. It is the first feature film based on The X-Files series created by ...more

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The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
wiabux added The Faculty Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen The Faculty is a 1998 science fiction horror film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Shawn Hatosy, Jordana Brewster, Clea ...more

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Can't Hardly Wait is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Can't Hardly Wait Jennifer Love Hewitt, Melissa Joan Hart, Jaime Pressly 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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A Perfect Murder is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
A Perfect Murder Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Douglas A Perfect Murder is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen. It is a modern remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 ...more

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BASEketball is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
BASEketball Jenny McCarthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Victoria Silvstedt BASEketball is a 1998 American sports comedy film by David Zucker starring South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Dian Bachar, Robert Vaughn, Ernest Borgnine, Yasmine Bleeth, ...more

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Lethal Weapon 4 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Lethal Weapon 4 Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 American buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Jet Li. It is the ...more

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He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
He Got Game Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Denzel Washington as Jake Shuttlesworth, a prison inmate convicted for killing his wife. He is also ...more

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Bulworth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Bulworth Halle Berry, Sarah Silverman, Warren Beatty Bulworth is a 1998 American political comedy film co-written, co-produced, directed by, and starring Warren Beatty. It co-stars Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Don Cheadle, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, ...more

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U.S. Marshals is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
U.S. Marshals Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes U.S. Marshals is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Stuart Baird. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Roy Huggins and John Pogue. The film is a sequel to the 1993 ...more

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
EHarrell added Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more

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Antz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Antz Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone Antz is a 1998 American computer animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by DreamWorks Pictures. It features the voices of Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, ...more

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Meet Joe Black is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
Meet Joe Black Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani Meet Joe Black is a 1998 American fantasy romance film produced by Universal Studios, directed by Martin Brest and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani, loosely based on the ...more

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The Man in the Iron Mask is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
The Man in the Iron Mask Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Laurie, John Malkovich The Man in the Iron Mask is a 1998 adventure film directed, produced, and written by Randall Wallace, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio in a dual role as the title character and villain, Jeremy ...more

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The Siege is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
The Siege Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington, Annette Bening In 1996 Nestor Cerpa and his Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) took over 400 people hostage at the Japanese Ambassador's Residence in Lima. Over the next four months a chilling, ...more