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Best movies of 1998

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1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

It missed the list to the right due to my not seeing it until late '99 when a friend of mine insisted I watch it. Not only a visually amazing mindbender of a film, but a perfect adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's 2-part Rolling Stone piece (and later book) by the same name. The film also served as my introduction to the work of HST by pushing me to read anything of his I could get my hands on (after doing so my appreciation of the film deepened). This is, by far, the best performance I've seen Johnny Depp give, no doubt due to his becoming friends with Hunter when he stayed with him to learn his speech patterns and mannerisms. And he really becomes Hunter, or at least the version of him that exists in the world depicted in this story. Credit is also due to Benicio del Toro for bringing Dr. Gonzo to menacing, mood-swinging life.
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People who added this item 101  Average listal rating (39 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.7 
2. Six-String Samurai (1998)

Easily my favorite film that (almost) nobody has seen. If you ever find yourself in my home, I will insist we watch it.
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People who added this item 605  Average listal rating (317 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.5 
3. Buffalo '66 (1998)

I'm asking you to come there and make me look good. Alright? And if you make a fool out of me, I swear to God, I'll kill you right there. Boom! Right in front of Mommy and Daddy. And I'll tell you something else, you make me look bad... I will never ever talk to you again, ever. But if you do a good job, well, then you can be my best friend. My best friend that I've ever had. You hear me?
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4. The Truman Show (1998)
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People who added this item 3754  Average listal rating (2456 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.2 
5. The Big Lebowski (1998)


At first I avoided this movie because the only person I knew who ever talked about it also loves the majority of Troma films. Then in 2005 a girl I was into gave it to me to watch because she loved it. I watched it and wasn't impressed. It was interesting and different, sure, but it didn't really hit me at the time that it was anything special. Over the next week, however, I couldn't get it out of my head. I kept thinking about it, and saw humor in scenes that I hadn't laughed at before. So I watched it again, and that was the first time I truly enjoyed it. I've re-watched it at least once a year since, and every time I love it more...so one day this may end up at #1 on this list.
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People who added this item 1740  Average listal rating (1131 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.5 
6. Pleasantville (1998)
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People who added this item 1966  Average listal rating (1309 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.2 
7. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
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People who added this item 170  Average listal rating (109 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.4 
8. Waking Ned Devine (1998)
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People who added this item 892  Average listal rating (517 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.3 
9. Ring (1998)
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People who added this item 47  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.2 
10. Slam (1998)
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People who added this item 1795  Average listal rating (990 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.5 
11. Pi (1998)

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People who added this item 347  Average listal rating (227 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.3 
12. Very Bad Things (1998)

A simple vote. We've got two choices. One: we clean up this mess, right now, bury it out in the desert, go home, and never look back - or, we can easily call the police, roll the dice, take our chances, and pray to God that it's only Michael who falls. Our choices are simple: desert - or police.
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People who added this item 3886  Average listal rating (2509 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
13. A Bug's Life (1998)
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People who added this item 1319  Average listal rating (835 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
14. Rushmore (1998)
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People who added this item 4150  Average listal rating (2773 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.6 
15. American History X (1998)

I feel lucky because it's wrong, Danny. It's wrong and it was eating me up, it was going to kill me. And I kept asking myself all the time, how did I buy into this shit? It was because I was pissed off, and nothing I ever did ever took that feeling away. I killed two guys, Danny, I killed them. And it didn't make me feel any different. It just got me more lost and I'm tired of being pissed off, Danny. I'm just tired of it.
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People who added this item 484  Average listal rating (319 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
16. Fallen (1998)
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Runners-up


 

Top films listed in the order I like them, though repeat viewings could potentially rearrange said order. And of course the order could be further altered once I watch the "Unwatched contenders".

Runners-up and Unwatched contenders listed alphabetically.

If you'd asked my 1998 self...
1. The Truman Show
2. Pleasantville
3. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
4. Waking Ned Devine
5. Very Bad Things
6. A Bug's Life
7. Rushmore
8. Dark City
9. Shakespeare in Love
10. The Wedding Singer
11. The Newton Boys
12. Dirty Work
13. BASEketball

By 1998, my taste had pretty well solidified. Which means the films listed above earned new places after I experienced the rest of the films on this list, none of which were experienced by me during 1998. I've included the above list just for the sake of reference and so it fits in with the annual lists made before it and the one for 1999.

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Feb 13 10:30
Very interesting list as usual!

We don't agree on everything but there is some nice stuff in here.
check my list: http://www.listal.com/list/top-10-best-movies-1998
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at May 24 0:41
you should definitely give Pi another shot, it is one of my favourites from Darren Aronofsky. Your taste in films are very unique.
Posted: 3 years ago at Oct 24 14:35
i really liked pleasantville also but didnt see it til this year... it was like a behind the scenes look at those 50s sitcoms i used to watch.
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Jun 25 4:24
You have some good ones here. I am intrigued by Six-String Samurai. I have never heard of it before. It looks quirky and off the wall.
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Jun 26 2:29
Good choices. Haven't seen a lot of them, but I agree with the ones I have seen. And I just want to point out that Troma used to (don't know if they still do; haven't watched any of their new stuff) make awesome movies (if you dig schlocky, often depraved low budget flicks).

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