1998 Ranked Films

by TimMacAusland | created - 15 Apr 2017 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

The ranked list of 1998 movies that I have seen so far.

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1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

91 Metascore

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,172,610 | Gross: $216.54M


The definitive war epic from filmmaking icon Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan proves equally grisly and inspiring throughout.

2. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 587,362 | Gross: $57.60M


Wonderfully charming but not at the expense of its grim, real-world implications, Life is Beautiful finds Roberto Benigni overseeing his writer-director-star roles with aplomb.

3. The Truman Show (1998)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 882,326 | Gross: $125.62M


As seamless as reality itself, The Truman Show showcases one of Jim Carrey's most precise performances and a concept that's as wonderfully quirky as it is thematically rich.

4. Rushmore (1998)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

86 Metascore

The extracurricular king of Rushmore Preparatory School is put on academic probation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 162,571 | Gross: $17.11M


With Jason Schwartzman enjoying a dream debut showing, Rushmore remains Wes Anderson’s most relatable character study to date.

5. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

71 Metascore

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook | Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 237,228 | Gross: $120.62M


Disney really gets down to business with Mulan, a stirring, meaningful exploration on the nature of heroism and honor.

6. A Bug's Life (1998)

G | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

77 Metascore

A misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe.

Directors: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Dave Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere

Votes: 256,421 | Gross: $162.80M


Despite being a relatively weaker sophomore effort, Pixar’s A Bug’s Life still manages to populate its tiny setting with memorable characters.

7. Pleasantville (1998)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom, where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy

Votes: 117,713 | Gross: $40.57M


With a terrific and well-rounded cast leading the charge, Pleasantville is a swell, poignant look at nostalgia and cultural expression wrapped up in a hysterical Gary Ross screenplay.

8. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

71 Metascore

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 694,196 | Gross: $17.50M


The Big Lebowski may not arrive at some greater meaning, but a shrewd Coen Brothers script makes that largely the point, to say nothing of Jeff Bridges’s hilarious turn.

9. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Drama

62 Metascore

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 993,272 | Gross: $6.72M


Perhaps not as profound as it wants to be, American History X does get a powerhouse performance from Edward Norton en route to a cautionary tale about prejudice and hate.

10. Antz (1998)

PG | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson | Stars: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone

Votes: 142,496 | Gross: $90.76M


While arguably less accessible than its sister film, Antz still has enough sociological commentary and personality to entertain families.

11. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

64 Metascore

Egyptian Prince Moses learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

Directors: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells | Stars: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock

Votes: 112,862 | Gross: $101.22M


More solemn and spiritual than your typical animated fare, The Prince of Egypt still plays that into its favor in addition to employing some truly terrific music.

12. The Parent Trap (1998)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix

Votes: 113,919 | Gross: $66.31M


One of the few remakes that outshine their original, The Parent Trap will bring families of all kinds together largely thanks to a pair of charming performances from Lindsay Lohan.

13. Out of Sight (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

A career bank robber breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. Marshal he has kidnapped.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn

Votes: 82,101 | Gross: $37.56M


While not Steven Soderbergh's most viscerally arresting film, Out of Sight nevertheless benefits from some snappy dialogue and interesting characters.

14. Smoke Signals (1998)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by... See full summary »

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard, Gary Farmer

Votes: 9,337 | Gross: $6.72M


Smoke Signals isn’t the most visually confident road trip film, but a worthy story and endearing cast are enough to get its message across.

15. The Wedding Singer (1998)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

59 Metascore

Robbie, a singer, and Julia, a waitress, are both engaged, but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert

Votes: 129,484 | Gross: $80.25M


While not the freshest romantic comedy, The Wedding Singer does admittedly get plenty of mileage out of the unorthodox pairing of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

16. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 201,275 | Gross: $0.50M


A wholly pleasing bridge between science-fiction and horror, Cube finds writer-director Vincenzo Natali taking a technically unique setup and surrounding it with crisp direction.

17. There's Something About Mary (1998)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans

Votes: 282,010 | Gross: $176.48M


There’s something about There’s Something About Mary’s overeagerness to please, but a game cast is able to land more jokes than not.

18. Rush Hour (1998)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

A loyal and dedicated Hong Kong Inspector teams up with a reckless and loudmouthed L.A.P.D. detective to rescue the Chinese Consul's kidnapped daughter, while trying to arrest a dangerous crime lord along the way.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 229,509 | Gross: $141.15M


It may not redefine the buddy cop subgenre, but take a well-matched Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker and suddenly Rush Hour is a cut above most.

19. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

41 Metascore

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Michael Lee Gogin

Votes: 250,122 | Gross: $10.68M


Terry Gilliam deftly captures Hunter S. Thompson's aesthetic sense of humor in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, even if the story wants for a stronger cadence.

20. Madeline (1998)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family

Horrified at the prospect of her beloved school being sold, a young French girl uses her wit and craftiness to attempt to save it, making an unlikely new friend in the process.

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer | Stars: Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Hatty Jones, Ben Daniels

Votes: 6,404 | Gross: $29.77M


Madeline is lighter than most family offerings, however there's plenty of charm to be had for fans and non-fans alike.

21. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time, as the life of her own son hangs in the balance.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams

Votes: 63,581 | Gross: $55.04M


The return of Jamie Lee Curtis to the franchise gives Halloween H20: 20 Years Later an added layer of credibility, but the film remains largely uninspired to warrant the milestone marking.

22. Apt Pupil (1998)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

51 Metascore

A boy blackmails his neighbor after suspecting him to be a Nazi war criminal.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, Joshua Jackson, Mickey Cottrell

Votes: 34,527 | Gross: $8.84M


It’s different than your typical Stephen King adaptation, though unfortunately Apt Pupil can’t generate the kind of dramatic tension it needs between its leads.

23. Blade (1998)

R | 120 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 235,465 | Gross: $70.09M


Wesley Snipes slays it in the eponymous role, yet somehow Blade remains too scattershot a comic book adaptation to really sink its fangs into its full potential.

24. Meet Joe Black (1998)

PG-13 | 178 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

43 Metascore

Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth, and in the process, he falls in love with his guide's daughter.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani, Jake Weber

Votes: 204,087 | Gross: $44.62M


Though not for a lack of trying, the overlong Meet Joe Black just can't sell the pathos behind its central conceit, committed stars notwithstanding.

25. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

R | 127 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

37 Metascore

With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with deadly Chinese triads that are trying to free their former leaders out of prison and onto American soil.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

Votes: 148,361 | Gross: $130.44M


Entertaining if not somewhat unnecessary, Lethal Weapon 4 shows signs that the franchise in general may be getting too old for this [expletive].

26. Doctor Dolittle (1998)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

46 Metascore

A doctor discovers that he can communicate with animals.

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Peter Boyle, Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt

Votes: 88,821 | Gross: $144.16M


Eddie Murphy is able to make the classic character his own, but unfortunately Dr. Dolittle is more interested in talking animals than telling a human story.

27. Urban Legend (1998)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

35 Metascore

A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends.

Director: Jamie Blanks | Stars: Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, Michael Rosenbaum

Votes: 57,274 | Gross: $38.07M


Though full of gleeful fun as it delves into its inspired material, Urban Legend is still a highly derivative slasher flick that has little to add to the genre.

28. Armageddon (1998)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, NASA recruits a misfit team of deep-core drillers to save the planet.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler

Votes: 383,441 | Gross: $201.57M


Some will revel in Armageddon’s patriotic approach, though those looking for more original material should drill elsewhere.

29. Small Soldiers (1998)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Gregory Smith, David Cross, Jay Mohr

Votes: 88,870 | Gross: $54.68M


Small Soldiers has a knack for making itself feel bigger than it is, however erratic shifts in tone make it difficult to appeal to any one demographic.

30. Bride of Chucky (1998)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

48 Metascore

Chucky, the doll possessed by a serial killer, discovers the perfect mate to kill and revive into the body of another doll.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Katherine Heigl, Nick Stabile

Votes: 50,216 | Gross: $32.38M


A more comedic spin on things keeps Bride of Chucky lifelike, but as a slasher flick it proves rather lacking.

31. Psycho (1998)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

47 Metascore

A young female embezzler arrives at the Bates Motel, which has terrible secrets of its own.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen

Votes: 44,256 | Gross: $21.46M


They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but even Gus Van Sant’s Psycho can’t capture the tension and shock value of the Hitchcock original.

32. Quest for Camelot (1998)

G | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An adventurous girl, a young blind hermit, and a goofy two-headed dragon race to find the lost sword Excalibur to save King Arthur and Camelot from disaster.

Director: Frederik Du Chau | Stars: Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Andrea Corr, Bryan White

Votes: 14,089 | Gross: $22.72M


At its worst Quest for Camelot is harmless, and yet even children should have higher expectations for inspired animation and novel storytelling.

33. The Waterboy (1998)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Sport

41 Metascore

A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 143,195 | Gross: $161.49M


Even with just a ninety-minute runtime, The Waterboy's setup struggles to even transcend sketch comedy proportions, and features one of Adam Sandler's more obnoxious caricatures.

34. Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998)

G | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

Story of a golden retriever who can play football.

Director: Richard Martin | Stars: Kevin Zegers, Cynthia Stevenson, Tim Conway, Dick Martin

Votes: 5,161 | Gross: $10.22M


Less of a continuation and more of an arbitrary second chapter, Air Bud: Golden Receiver fumbles the kickoff and never recovers.

35. BASEketball (1998)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Sport

38 Metascore

Two childhood friends are pro athletes of a national sport called BASEketball, a hybrid of baseball and basketball, and must deal with a greedy businessman scheming against their team.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dian Bachar, Yasmine Bleeth

Votes: 55,065 | Gross: $6.94M


A sports parody that'll have viewers laughing at it rather than with it, BASEketball is a swing and an airball for Jerry Zucker and company.

36. Godzilla (I) (1998)

PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

32 Metascore

A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake as it strides into New York City. To stop it, an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria

Votes: 176,940 | Gross: $136.31M


A disaster of a disaster movie, Roland Emmerich's Godzilla is so rife with clichés it makes a perversion out of its titular lizard.

37. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

21 Metascore

The murderous fisherman with a hook is back to once again stalk the two surviving teens, Julie and Ray, who had left him for dead, as well as cause even more murder and mayhem, this time at a posh island resort.

Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Brandy Norwood, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 66,087 | Gross: $40.00M


Merely going through the motions of what it thinks slasher movies should be, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer swaps any atmosphere its predecessor had with senseless bloodshed.

38. Sphere (1998)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Coyote

Votes: 96,370 | Gross: $37.02M


Bafflingly incoherent in the science-fiction department, Sphere drowns a talented cast in uncertainty and erroneously thinks sheer madness will compensate.

39. Jack Frost (1998)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A father who can't keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son, before he is gone forever.

Director: Troy Miller | Stars: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross, Mark Addy

Votes: 31,539 | Gross: $34.55M


So bad it hardly seems like a real movie, Jack Frost builds up a series of mock sentimentality and unintentionally terrifying visuals until it completely freezes over.

40. Half Baked (1998)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Crime

16 Metascore

The story of three not so bright men who come up with a series of crazy schemes to get a friend out of jail.

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Díaz, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams

Votes: 56,125 | Gross: $17.28M


Seemingly written by someone stoned, Half Baked is a wildly self-indulgent comedy that suggests Dave Chappelle should remain onstage.

41. The Avengers (1998)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

12 Metascore

Two British Agents team up to stop Sir August de Wynter from destroying the world with a weather-changing machine.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Patrick Macnee

Votes: 39,846 | Gross: $23.32M


Its smarmy brand of humor falling flat throughout, The Avengers is a campy, nonsensical, unengaging mess that gives the superspy subgenre a bad name.

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