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Movies That Turned 20 in 2018 

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Updated June 14, 2019 3.2k votes 209 voters 8.2k views 111 items

Take a trip down memory lane with this list of movies turning 20 in 2018. Featuring epic war dramas, cult classics, well-made comedies, and some of the greatest movies of all time, the best 1998 films will remind you how well older movies have aged (or not) throughout the decades. What is your favorite movie turning 20 years old this year?  

When ranking the movies that came out 20 years ago, you can expect to see classics, like American History X, The Big Lebowski, and The Truman Show, at the top. Other memorable 1998 movies include The Parent Trap, Mulan, The Waterboy, Blade, Rush Hour, and There's Something About Mary.

While Shakespeare in Love won Best Picture at the 71st Academy Awards, the 1998 Oscars celebrated other great films like, Saving Private Ryan, Life Is Beautiful, The Prince of Egypt, and Armageddon. 

Vote up the best films released in 1998, and celebrate these movies turning 20 with another rewatch. Or see what's turning 20 in 2019.

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
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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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
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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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

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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The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
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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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham

Released: 1998

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is the second adaptation of Erich Kästner's German ...more

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The Waterboy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

Released: 1998

Directed by: Frank Coraci

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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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
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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American History X is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
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 Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of ...more

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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
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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Blade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
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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The Man in the Iron Mask... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Laurie, John Malkovich

Released: 1998

Directed by: Randall Wallace

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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Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brett Ratner

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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There's Something About ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
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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Deep Impact is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

Released: 1998

Directed by: Mimi Leder

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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The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
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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The Mask of Zorro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
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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Ever After: A Cinderella... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Ever After: A Cinderella Story Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott

Released: 1998

Directed by: Andy Tennant

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Antz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tim Johnson, Eric Darnell

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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Pleasantville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
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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Fear and Loathing in Las... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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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Dr. Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

Released: 1998

Directed by: Betty Thomas

Dr. Dolittle is a 1998 American family comedy film starring Eddie Murphy as a doctor who discovers that he has the ability to talk to animals. The film was inspired by the series of children's ...more

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Lethal Weapon 4 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Richard Donner

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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You've Got Mail is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Sara Ramirez

Released: 1998

Directed by: Nora Ephron

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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Patch Adams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies That Turned 20 in 2018
Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

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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