Top 20 Action Movies of 1998

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1. 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: 229,492 | Gross: $70.09M

2. Ronin (1998)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

67 Metascore

A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 162,635 | Gross: $41.62M

3. 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: 65,121 | Gross: $40.98M

4. 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: 1,126,875 | Gross: $216.54M

5. Who Am I? (1998)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A Secret Agent loses his memory after falling from a crashing helicopter. He is then chased by several other agency operatives, but he has no idea why.

Directors: Benny Chan, Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Michelle Ferre, Mirai Yamamoto, Ron Smerczak

Votes: 34,093

6. Ambushed (1998)

R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Jim Natter, the leader of a violent Ku Klux Klan lodge, is shot dead. His teenage son Eric Natter is found nearby, and taken into police custody for his protection pending the investigation... See full summary »

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Jer Adrianne Lelliott, Virginia Madsen, William Forsythe

Votes: 561

7. Beast Cops (1998)

TV-MA | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

One of the most universally acclaimed motion pictures in the history of Hong Kong cinema. Acclaimed director Gordon Chan ("Fist Of Legend", "2000 AD", "The Big Heat") dispenses with ... See full summary »

Directors: Gordon Chan, Dante Lam | Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Michael Wong, Stephanie Che, Kathy Chow

Votes: 948

8. Enemy of the State (1998)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

67 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 215,318 | Gross: $111.55M

9. Hitman (1998)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two hitmen, one a novice and the other a veteran with poor luck, band together to find the "King of Killers" for whom there is a large reward.

Director: Wei Tung | Stars: Jet Li, Eric Tsang, Simon Yam, Gigi Leung

Votes: 4,573

10. 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: 123,026 | Gross: $44.48M

11. Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

PG | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

When the crew of the Enterprise learn of a Federation conspiracy against the inhabitants of a unique planet, Captain Picard begins an open rebellion.

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton

Votes: 65,767 | Gross: $70.12M

12. The Suspect (1998)

109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Louis Koo plays an assassin who wants to go straight after getting out of prison, so he turns down a job from his former employer Simon Yam to kill a politician. Yam carries out the hit himself and manages to frame Koo for the crime.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Eric Moo, Simon Yam, Louis Koo, Julian Cheung

Votes: 223

13. Legionnaire (1998)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Alain is a boxer in 1925 Marseille, France. When he doesn't take the dive paid to take by a mob boss, he has to split. He joins the Foreign Legion and is sent to Morocco. He makes 3 friends and they watch each other's backs.

Director: Peter MacDonald | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Steven Berkoff, Nicholas Farrell

Votes: 21,381

14. Desperate Measures (1998)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Frank Conner is an honest police officer who desperately needs to save his son's life. However, after losing all hope, he finds out that a criminal Peter McCabe in jail is his only savior.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 15,138 | Gross: $13.81M

15. October 22 (1998)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

An almost typical day in the lives of several Los Angeles residents, with their moments and experiences intersecting in many different ways in stories involving love, desperation, obsession... See full summary »

Director: Richard Schenkman | Stars: Mark Boone Junior, Michael Paré, Ernie Hudson, Amanda Plummer

Votes: 243

16. The Substitute 2: School's Out (1998 TV Movie)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Professional mercenary Karl Thomasson arrives in Brooklyn to attend the funeral of his brother Randall, who was murdered while trying to stop a carjacking that has been blamed on the "... See full summary »

Director: Steven Pearl | Stars: Owen Stadele, Edoardo Ballerini, Christopher Cousins, Chuck Jeffreys

Votes: 2,407

17. Recoil (1998)

R | 96 min | Action

Detective Ray Morgan accidentally kills the son of a mob boss. The mob boss orders to have Morgan killed unknowing that the assassin killed Morgan's wife and kids. Now Morgan's out for ... See full summary »

Director: Art Camacho | Stars: Gary Daniels, Gregory McKinney, Thomas Kopache, Billy Maddox

Votes: 504

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: 222,626 | Gross: $141.15M

19. Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (1998 Video)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

A group of Russian mobsters have stolen a huge supply of paper for printing U.S. currency, and are now flooding the market with conterfeit bills. When one of the mobsters decides to give ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Rhee | Stars: Phillip Rhee, Ernie Hudson, Tobin Bell, Thure Riefenstein

Votes: 1,019

20. Black Thunder (II) (1998)

R | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

When the top secret prototype of the Nova Stealth fighter has been stolen, the Pentagon launches big alarm; the plane shouldn't come into hostile hands. There is only one man who can get ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Jacobson | Stars: Marcus Aurelius, Catherine Bell, Michael Cavanaugh, Michael Dudikoff

Votes: 472

21. Freedom Strike (1998)

R | 93 min | Drama, Action

When a peace treaty between America and Syria is thwarted, the renegade head of the Syrian army retaliates in a major way. He steals a nuclear weapon that only the Freedom Strike team can ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry P. Jacobs | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Tone Loc, Felicity Waterman, Jay Anthony

Votes: 359

22. The Replacement Killers (1998)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

42 Metascore

A troubled hitman seeks aid from a forger to help him get papers to China. However, the drug lord has hired replacements to finish the job, and kill the hitman.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker, Kenneth Tsang

Votes: 25,791 | Gross: $18.97M

23. Expect the Unexpected (1998)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A group of inept Mainland criminals botch a jewelry store robbery. The cops, led by the straight-laced Ken and the wise-cracking Sam, begin to investigate the case and quickly confuse the ... See full summary »

Director: Tat-Chi Yau | Stars: Simon Yam, Ching Wan Lau, YoYo Mung, Ruby Wong

Votes: 819

24. 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: 180,114 | Gross: $7.27M

25. Evasive Action (1998)

R | 91 min | Action, Thriller

When Redwood Federal Penitentiary closes, there are going to be several hundred prisoners looking for a new home. Several of the most dangerous, all killers, will be transported by train to... See full summary »

Director: Jerry P. Jacobs | Stars: Dorian Harewood, Ray Wise, Roy Scheider, DeLane Matthews

Votes: 374

26. Hijack (1998)

R | 94 min | Action, Thriller

A prestigious senator and the passengers on board a train are kidnapped by a milita group.

Director: Worth Keeter | Stars: Jeff Fahey, Ernie Hudson, Beth Toussaint, Brent Huff

Votes: 287



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