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The Best Movies of 1998

Updated September 4, 2020 14.4k votes 915 voters 27.4k 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 Ryan1
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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 directed by Steven Spielberg. Set...  more

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  • American History X2
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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

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  • The Big Lebowski3
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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

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  • The Truman Show4
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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

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  • The Wedding Singer5
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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

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  • There's Something About Mary6
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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

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  • Mulan7
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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

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  • Rush Hour8
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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

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  • Enemy of the State9
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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

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  • Les Misérables10
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    Les Misérables

    Uma Thurman, Claire Danes

    Released1998

    Directed byBille August

    Les Misérables is a 1998 film adaptation of Victor Hugo's 1862 novel of the same name,...  more

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  • Blade11
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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

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  • The Waterboy12
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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

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  • The Mask of Zorro13
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    The Mask of Zorro

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1998

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    The Mask of Zorro is a 1998 American swashbuckler film based on the Zorro character created by...  more

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  • A Bug's Life14
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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

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  • Wild Things15
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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

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  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels16
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    Released1998

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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

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  • Rounders17
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    Rounders

    Matt Damon, Edward Norton

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Dahl

    Rounders is a 1998 American drama film about the underground world of high-stakes poker,...  more

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  • The Faculty18
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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

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  • Armageddon19
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    Armageddon

    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay,...  more

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  • Lethal Weapon 420
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    Lethal Weapon 4

    Mel Gibson, Chris Rock

    Released1998

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 American buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard...  more

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  • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later21
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    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released1998

    Directed bySteve Miner

    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, is a 1998 American slasher film and is the seventh installment...  more

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  • Mighty Joe Young22
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    Mighty Joe Young

    Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton

    Released1998

    Directed byRon Underwood

    Mighty Joe Young is a 1998 Disney family film starring Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron and...  more
  • The X-Files23
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    The X-Files

    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny

    Released1998

    Directed byRob Bowman

    The X-Files is a 1998 American science fiction film written by Chris Carter and Frank...  more

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  • U.S. Marshals24
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    U.S. Marshals

    Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1998

    Directed byStuart Baird

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  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas25
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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz

    Released1998

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 American dark comedy film co-written and directed by...  more

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