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The Best Movies of 1998

Updated September 4, 2020 14.2k votes 887 voters 26.3k views132 items

List RulesOnly movies 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
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy... more on Wikipedia

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    American History X is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    American History X

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Kaye

    American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David... more on Wikipedia

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    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

    Released1998

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Weir

    The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed... more on Wikipedia
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    There's Something About Ma is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    There's Something About Mary

    Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    There's Something About Mary is a 1998 comedy film, directed by the Farrelly brothers, Bobby... more on Wikipedia

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    Mulan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    Mulan

    Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Bancroft, Barry Cook

    Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia

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    The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    The Wedding Singer

    Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler

    Released1998

    Directed byFrank Coraci

    The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank... more on Wikipedia
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    Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Scott

    Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National... more on Wikipedia

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    Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    Rush Hour

    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez

    Released1998

    Directed byBrett Ratner

    Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush... more on Wikipedia
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    Blade is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

    Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen... more on Wikipedia

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    A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    A Bug's Life

    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

    A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia

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    The Waterboy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    The Waterboy

    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates

    Released1998

    Directed byFrank Coraci

    The Waterboy is a 1998 American sports/comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, starring Adam... more on Wikipedia
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    Wild Things is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    Wild Things

    Bill Murray, Denise Richards

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn McNaughton

    Wild Things is a 1998 American thriller film starring Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon,... more on Wikipedia
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    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Ba is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    Released1998

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British comedy thriller film written and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Mask of Zorro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    The Mask of Zorro

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1998

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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    The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    The Faculty

    Salma Hayek, Usher

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    The Faculty is a 1998 science fiction horror film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    Rounders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    Rounders

    Matt Damon, Edward Norton

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Dahl

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    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released1998

    Directed bySteve Miner

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    Lethal Weapon 4 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    Lethal Weapon 4

    Mel Gibson, Chris Rock

    Released1998

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Can't Hardly Wait is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    Can't Hardly Wait

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Melissa Joan Hart

    Released1998

    Directed byDeborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont

    Can't Hardly Wait is a 1998 American teen comedy film written and directed by Deborah Kaplan... more on Wikipedia

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    The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    The Prince of Egypt

    Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1998

    Directed byBrenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz

    Released1998

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    U.S. Marshals is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1998
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    U.S. Marshals

    Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1998

    Directed byStuart Baird

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