Top Movies of 1998


The top movies of 1998 list is calculated by community movie ratings and members' "Top Movies List". Lists are updated daily.

1. Saving Private Ryan

Year of Release: 1998
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: War/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Tom Hanks, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore
Plot: Once soldiers cross the line from the beach to land, they are assigned to find Private Ryan, who none of them know, nor do they know if he is alive, but they must follow the commanding officer.

2. American History X

Year of Release: 1998
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Tony Kaye
Actors: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Ethan Suplee, Avery Brooks, Elliott Gould
Plot: A neo-Nazi is thrown in jail for acting out on his racism. Prison show him another side of race and when he is released he tries to deter his younger brother from following in his footsteps.

3. The Big Lebowski

Year of Release: 1998
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Mystery
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Joel Coen
Actors: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Plot: A slob of a man with the same name as a more wealthier person is mistaken and has his rug taken from him. With the help of his lazy friends, he tries to get his rug back.

4. Life is Beautiful ( vita bella, La )

Year of Release: 1998
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Italian
Genre: Comedy/Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Roberto Benigni
Actors: Nicoletta Braschi, Roberto Benigni, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano, Lidia Alfonsi, Horst Buchholz
Plot: A man uses his humor to try and break the ice with his son in a Nazi death camp.

5. The Truman Show

Year of Release: 1998
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Peter Weir
Actors: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris, Natascha McElhone, Brian Delate, Noah Emmerich
Plot: An insurance salesman discovers that his entire life has been a television show.

6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Year of Release: 1998
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Adventure/Comedy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Terry Gilliam
Actors: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Gary Busey, Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Mark Harmon
Plot: Movie adaptation of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson & his lawyer's journey to find the "real America" in Las Vegas.

7. Elizabeth

Year of Release: 1998
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Biography/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Shekhar Kapur
Actors: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, Richard Attenborough, Fanny Ardant
Plot: The young monarch Elizabeth I rises to power and must contend with endless attempts to set her up with a suitor, a combative Catholic church and her burgeoning romance with Lord Robert Dudley.

8. Dark City

Year of Release: 1998
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Sci-Fi/Mystery
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Alex Proyas
Actors: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Richard O'Brien, Ian Richardson
Plot: The city is not what it seems. Has anyone seen daylight? How do you get to Mertle beach? Does anyone have the answers?

9. Rushmore

Year of Release: 1998
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Wes Anderson
Actors: Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams, Brian Cox, Seymour Cassel, Connie Nielsen
Plot: A gifted yet rebellion teen and a steel tycoon vie for the attention of a 1st-grade teacher at the elite Rushmore Academy.

10. Celebration, The ( Festen )

Year of Release: 1998
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: Danish
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Actors: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen, Birthe Neumann, Trine Dyrholm
Plot: It is Helge's 60th birthday party, and his rather large family has gathered for the celebration. But amidst this gathering a shadow hands over the preceding, as a recent suicide by his daughters hangs heavy. Asking his son to say a few words, he is given a choice between to cards - he chooses the Speech of Truth - and the truth may be too much for the family to bear.

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