The best of 1998

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1. Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

In cold Lapland Finland, under the eternal midnight sun, two ardent lovers reunite once again after a long period apart, governed by a powerful and eloquent circular motif woven by destiny, faith, and love. Can they deny their destiny?

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Najwa Nimri, Fele Martínez, Nancho Novo, Maru Valdivielso

Votes: 17,537 | Gross: $0.50M

2. Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998)

122 min | Drama, Romance

Friends of a recently deceased minor painter Jean-Baptiste take a train in Paris for Limoges, where he wished to be buried, and all the people on the train have their problems.

Director: Patrice Chéreau | Stars: Pascal Greggory, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Charles Berling, Jean-Louis Trintignant

Votes: 1,773 | Gross: $0.06M

3. The Celebration (1998)

R | 105 min | Drama

82 Metascore

At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen

Votes: 75,266 | Gross: $1.65M

4. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

78 Metascore

Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Kirk Acevedo

Votes: 165,930 | Gross: $36.40M

5. Dark City (1998)

R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

66 Metascore

A man struggles with memories of his past, which includes a wife he cannot remember, and a nightmarish world without a sun.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt

Votes: 182,008 | Gross: $14.38M

6. 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: 694,297 | Gross: $17.50M

7. 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: 250,145 | Gross: $10.68M

8. Bulworth (1998)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Kimberly Deauna Adams, Vinny Argiro

Votes: 24,095 | Gross: $26.53M

9. 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: 882,468 | Gross: $125.62M

10. 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: 993,401 | Gross: $6.72M

11. Next Stop Wonderland (1998)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

An unlucky in love nurse finds her life taking a detour when her mother places a personals ad in the paper, while on the other side of Boston, a plumber is trying to change careers.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Hope Davis, Alan Gelfant, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Callie Thorne

Votes: 4,550 | Gross: $3.39M

12. High Art (1998)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson, Gabriel Mann

Votes: 9,545 | Gross: $1.93M

13. 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: 1,172,822 | Gross: $216.54M

14. Black Cat, White Cat (1998)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

73 Metascore

A small time hustler gets more than he bargained for when he tries to repay his debts by marrying his son to a sister of a troublesome gangster.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Bajram Severdzan, Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic, Branka Katic, Florijan Ajdini

Votes: 48,806 | Gross: $0.35M

15. Vampires (1998)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

42 Metascore

Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to walk in sunlight.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith

Votes: 50,664 | Gross: $20.24M

16. Velvet Goldmine (1998)

R | 118 min | Drama, Music

65 Metascore

In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christian Bale, Toni Collette

Votes: 32,666 | Gross: $1.05M

17. Besieged (1998)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance

While in exile in Italy, an African woman finds herself trying to get back home and free her imprisoned husband. But the only man that can help her do so is in love with her.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Thandie Newton, David Thewlis, Claudio Santamaria, John C. Ojwang

Votes: 4,504 | Gross: $2.03M

18. Last Night (I) (1998)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A group of very different individuals with different ideas of how to face the end come together as the world is expected to end in six hours at the turn of the century.

Director: Don McKellar | Stars: Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Roberta Maxwell, Robin Gammell

Votes: 9,037

19. Tango (1998)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Musical

Mario Suarez is a forty-something tango artist, whose wife Laura has left him. He leaves his apartment and starts preparing a film about tango.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Miguel Ángel Solá, Cecilia Narova, Mía Maestro, Juan Carlos Copes

Votes: 2,717 | Gross: $1.69M

20. Pi (1998)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

72 Metascore

A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart

Votes: 164,814 | Gross: $3.22M

21. Celebrity (1998)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

41 Metascore

The fortunes of a husband and wife differ drastically after they divorce.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Greg Mottola

Votes: 23,416 | Gross: $5.03M

22. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri

Votes: 183,252 | Gross: $7.27M

23. Kiss the Sky (1998)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance

Two professionals, Jeff and Marty, take a business trip to the Philippines. Their deep dissatisfaction with their lives leads them to forsake their friends and families for a return to the ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young | Stars: William Petersen, Gary Cole, Sheryl Lee, Patricia Charbonneau

Votes: 723

24. After Life (1998)

R | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy

91 Metascore

After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Arata Iura, Erika Oda, Susumu Terajima, Takashi Naitô

Votes: 9,349 | Gross: $0.80M

25. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History

87 Metascore

The world's greatest ever playwright, William Shakespeare, is young, out of ideas and short of cash, but meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 207,738 | Gross: $100.32M

26. Eternity and a Day (1998)

Unrated | 137 min | Drama

Famous writer Alexander is very ill and has little time left to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania, and goes on a journey with him to take the boy home.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Renauld, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Achileas Skevis

Votes: 9,496 | Gross: $0.11M

27. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Liz Giles, Rod Culbertson, Paul Fox

Votes: 88,892 | Gross: $30.08M

28. The Negotiator (1998)

R | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

In a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, a skilled police negotiator accused of corruption and murder takes hostages in a government office to gain the time he needs to find the truth.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse, Ron Rifkin

Votes: 125,967 | Gross: $44.48M

29. 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: 82,105 | Gross: $37.56M

30. The Siege (1998)

R | 116 min | Action, Thriller

53 Metascore

The secret U.S. abduction of a suspected terrorist leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York City, which leads to the declaration of martial-law.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, Annette Bening, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 66,463 | Gross: $40.98M

31. The General (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the I.R.A., the U.V.F., and members of his own team.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 7,802 | Gross: $1.21M

32. Judas Kiss (1998)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A couple and two hired hands kidnap a business owner for a four million dollar ransom. A woman is killed. Collateral damage? The F.B.I. gets involved.

Director: Sebastian Gutierrez | Stars: Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Carla Gugino, Simon Baker

Votes: 3,501

33. La Cucaracha (1998)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A desperate writer fights for survival when the Mexican mob involves him in murder.

Director: Jack Perez | Stars: Eric Roberts, Joaquim de Almeida, Victor Rivers, James McManus

Votes: 327 | Gross: $0.03M

34. Enemy of the State (1998)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

67 Metascore

A lawyer becomes targeted by a corrupt politician and his N.S.A. goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a politically motivated crime.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet

Votes: 220,295 | Gross: $111.55M

35. The Legend of 1900 (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, Music, Romance

58 Metascore

A baby boy, discovered in 1900 on an ocean liner, grows into a musical prodigy, never setting foot on land.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Mélanie Thierry, Bill Nunn

Votes: 55,860 | Gross: $0.26M

36. I Want You (I) (1998)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Music

A young boy and his sister are drawn into one man's obsessive pursuit of his former lover.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Alessandro Nivola, Luka Petrusic, Labina Mitevska

Votes: 2,765 | Gross: $0.00M

37. Merlin (1998)

Not Rated | 182 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Legendary wizard Merlin (Sam Neill) tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe (Miranda Richardson) and his creation of Camelot.

Stars: Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter, John Gielgud, Rutger Hauer

Votes: 19,846

38. 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: 129,501 | Gross: $80.25M

39. Poodle Springs (1998 TV Movie)

95 min | Crime, Drama

An aging Phillip Marlowe gets mixed up with blackmail and murder amongst the elite social set in 1963.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: James Caan, Dina Meyer, David Keith, Tom Bower

Votes: 797

40. What Dreams May Come (1998)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

44 Metascore

Chris Nielsen dies in an accident, and enters Heaven. But when he discovers that his beloved wife Annie has killed herself out of grief over the loss, he embarks on an afterlife adventure to reunite with her.

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra, Max von Sydow

Votes: 99,052 | Gross: $55.49M

41. The Horse Whisperer (1998)

PG-13 | 169 min | Drama, Romance, Western

65 Metascore

The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer to help the girl's equally injured horse.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 37,769 | Gross: $75.38M

42. 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: 162,582 | Gross: $17.11M



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