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List of the best 1998 action movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These movies give you car crashes, explosions, gun fights and everything else you could hope for in a good action flick. These are all the action movies that defined the year 1998, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

List is made up of a variety of movies, including Saving Private Ryan and Armageddon. This isn't necessarily a list of all action movies from 1998, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Marilu Henner, Dean Jones, Kevin Conroy Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero is a 1998 direct-to-video animated feature film, the second based on Batman: The Animated Series, serving as a stand-alone sequel to Batman: Mask of the ...more

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Six Days Seven Nights Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer Six Days Seven Nights is a 1998 adventure-comedy film, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Harrison Ford and Anne Heche. The screenplay was written by Michael Browning. It was filmed on ...more

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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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Who Am I? Jackie Chan, Ed Nelson, Kane Kosugi Who Am I? is a 1998 Hong Kong action film directed by Benny Chan and Jackie Chan, who also starred in the lead role. The film was released in the Hong Kong on January 17, 1998.

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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

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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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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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Hard Rain Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Minnie Driver Hard Rain is a 1998 American/British action thriller film, produced by Mark Gordon, written by Graham Yost and directed by former cinematographer turned director Mikael Salomon. It stars ...more

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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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Vampires James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Vampires, also known as John Carpenter's Vampires, is a 1998 American supernatural action-horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter. Adapted from the novel Vampire$ by John Steakley, the ...more

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Mercury Rising Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Kim Dickens Mercury Rising is a 1998 American action thriller film starring Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin. Directed by Harold Becker, the movie is based on Ryne Douglas Pearson's 1996 novel originally ...more

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The Newton Boys Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey, Liam Neeson The Newton Boys is a 1998 American comedy-drama film based on the true story of the Newton Gang, a family of bank robbers from Uvalde, Texas. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, ...more

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Black Dog Patrick Swayze, Meat Loaf, Randy Travis Black Dog is a 1998 action film directed by Kevin Hooks and starring Patrick Swayze. The film tells the story of a trucker and ex-con who is manipulated into transporting illegal arms. The film ...more

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Six-String Samurai Jeffrey Falcon, Justin Mcguire Six-String Samurai is a 1998 post-apocalyptic action/comedy film directed by Lance Mungia, starring Jeffrey Falcon and Justin McGuire. Brian Tyler composed the score for this film along with the ...more

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Wrongfully Accused Kelly LeBrock, Leslie Nielsen, Sandra Bernhard Wrongfully Accused is a 1998 comedy film starring Leslie Nielsen as a man who has been framed for murder and desperately attempts to expose the true culprits. The film was written, produced, and ...more

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Kondattam Simran, Vijayakumar, Gemini Ganesan Kondattam is a Tamil language film released in 1998. It starred Arjun and Simran Bagga in the lead roles. The film average hit at the box office.

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Legionnaire Jean-Claude Van Damme, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jim Carter Legionnaire is a 1998 war film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as a 1920s boxer who wins a fight after having been hired by gangsters to lose it, then flees to join the French Foreign Legion. The ...more

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Small Soldiers Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci Small Soldiers is a 1998 American science fiction action film directed by Joe Dante. The film revolves around two adolescents, who get caught in the middle of a war between two factions of ...more

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Lost in Space Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert Lost in Space is a 1998 American science fiction adventure film directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Matt LeBlanc, Gary Oldman and William Hurt. The film was shot in London and Shepperton, ...more

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Knock Off Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rob Schneider, Paul Sorvino Knock Off is a 1998 American action film directed by Tsui Hark, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Rob Schneider. The film was released in the United States on September 4, 1998. The title ...more

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The Avengers Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Ralph Fiennes The Avengers is a 1998 American action spy film adaptation of the British television series of the same name from the 1960s. The film was directed by Jeremiah Chechik. It stars Ralph Fiennes and ...more

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Soldier Kurt Russell, Gary Busey, Jason Isaacs Soldier is a 1998 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Anderson, written by David Webb Peoples, and starring Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Connie Nielsen, Sean ...more

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Tarzan and the Lost City Jane March, Casper Van Dien, Steven Waddington Tarzan and the Lost City is a 1998 American action-adventure film directed by Carl Schenkel, and starring Casper Van Dien, Jane March and Steven Waddington. The screenplay by Bayard Johnson and ...more

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Star Trek: Insurrection Patrick Stewart, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton Star Trek: Insurrection is a 1998 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the ninth film based on Star Trek, and the second film to exclusively feature the cast of ...more

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Desperate Measures Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox Desperate Measures is a 1998 American action thriller film starring Michael Keaton, Andy García, Marcia Gay Harden and Brian Cox, directed by Barbet Schroeder. It was filmed in both the ...more

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Brink! Erik von Detten, Geoffrey Blake, Christina Vidal Brink! is a 1998 Disney Channel Original Movie set in the backdrop of aggressive inline skating.

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Gigantics Florian Lukas, Frank Giering Absolute Giganten is a 1999 German language film written and directed by Sebastian Schipper, produced by Stefan Arndt and Tom Tykwer. Set in Hamburg, it depicts how a group of young Germans ...more

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In God's Hands Bret Michaels, Brion James, Brian Keaulana In God's Hands is a film by Zalman King released through Sheen Michaels Entertainment a production company created by actor Charlie Sheen and Bret Michaels. The basic story is of three young ...more

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Kabhi Na Kabhi Anil Kapoor, nm2147526, Paresh Rawal Kabhi Na Kabhi is a 1998 Bollywood crime film co-written and directed by Priyadarshan. It stars Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor and Pooja Bhatt in pivotal roles. The film was produced by R. Mohan in ...more

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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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Mighty Joe Young Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King Mighty Joe Young is a 1998 Disney family film starring Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron and directed by Ron Underwood. It is based on the 1949 film of the same name. In this version, the ape is ...more

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The Big Hit Christina Applegate, Mark Wahlberg, Elliott Gould The Big Hit is a 1998 American action comedy film directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Che-Kirk Wong. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, China Chow, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, Bokeem ...more

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3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain Hulk Hogan, Loni Anderson, Frank Welker 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain is a 1998 American martial arts film, and the last installment in the 3 Ninjas franchise. The film starred only three of the original actors and was directed ...more

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Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. David Hasselhoff, Lisa Rinna, Sandra Hess Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an American television film based on the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury. It was first broadcast on May 26, 1998 on Fox. Directed by Rod Hardy, the film ...more

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I Got the Hook Up Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Master P I Got the Hook-Up is a 1998 U.S. crime comedy film, starring Anthony Johnson, Master P, Ice Cube, C-Murder and directed by Michael Martin. This was No Limit Records' first theatrical release. ...more

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The Replacement Killers Mira Sorvino, Danny Trejo, Chow Yun-Fat The Replacement Killers is a 1998 American action film directed by Antoine Fuqua in his feature film directorial debut, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker and Kenneth Tsang. ...more

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Deep Rising Famke Janssen, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Flemyng Deep Rising is a 1998 American action horror film directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Treat Williams, Famke Janssen and Anthony Heald. It was distributed by Hollywood Pictures and Cinergi ...more

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Héroes de Otra Patria Adamari López, Alba Raquel Barros, Jimmy Navarro Héroes de Otra Patria is a 1998 Puerto Rican film, written and directed by Iván Dariel Ortíz. The film follows the lives of two Puerto Rican soldiers in the middle of the ...more

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Godzilla Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, Jean Reno Godzilla is a 1998 American science fiction monster film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. A reimagining of the popular Japanese film monster of the same name, the film focuses on a ...more

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Blues Brothers 2000 Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, John Goodman Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 American musical comedy film that is a sequel to 1980's The Blues Brothers, written and produced by John Landis and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Landis, the film stars ...more