1998 in film

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The year 1998 in film involved many significant films including; Shakespeare in Love (which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), Saving Private Ryan, American History X, The Truman Show, Primary Colors, Rushmore, Rush Hour, There's Something About Mary, The Big Lebowski, and Terrence Malick's directorial return in The Thin Red Line. Animated films included A Bug's Life, Antz, Mulan and The Prince of Egypt.

Warner Bros. Pictures celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1998.

Highest-grossing films[edit]

The top ten films released in 1998 by worldwide gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1998[1]
Rank Title Studio Worldwide gross
1. Armageddon Touchstone Pictures $553,709,788
2. Saving Private Ryan DreamWorks Pictures / Paramount Pictures $481,840,909
3. Godzilla TriStar Pictures $379,014,294
4. There's Something About Mary 20th Century Fox $369,884,651
5. A Bug's Life Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar $363,398,565
6. Deep Impact Paramount Pictures / DreamWorks Pictures $349,464,664
7. Mulan Walt Disney Pictures $304,320,254
8. Dr. Dolittle 20th Century Fox $294,456,605
9. Shakespeare in Love Miramax Films / Universal Pictures $289,317,794
10. Lethal Weapon 4 Warner Bros. $285,444,603

Awards events[edit]

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Eternity and a Day (Μια αιωνιότητα και μια μέρα, Mia aioniotita kai mia mera), directed by Theo Angelopoulos, Greece / France / Italy

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

The Way We Laughed (Così ridevano), directed by Gianni Amelio, Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Central do Brasil (Central Station), directed by Walter Salles, Brazil / France


Category/Organization 56th Golden Globe Awards
January 24, 1999
4th Critics Choice Awards
January 1999
5th Screen Actors Guild Awards
March 7, 1999
71st Academy Awards
March 21, 1999
52nd BAFTA Awards
April 11, 1999
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love Saving Private Ryan N/A Shakespeare in Love
Best Director Steven Spielberg
Saving Private Ryan
N/A Steven Spielberg
Saving Private Ryan
Peter Weir
The Truman Show
Best Actor Jim Carrey
The Truman Show
Michael Caine
Little Voice
Ian McKellen
Gods and Monsters
Apt Pupil
Roberto Benigni
Life is Beautiful
Best Actress Cate Blanchett
Gwyneth Paltrow
Shakespeare in Love
Cate Blanchett
Gwyneth Paltrow
Shakespeare in Love
Cate Blanchett
Best Supporting Actor Ed Harris
The Truman Show
Billy Bob Thornton
A Simple Plan
Robert Duvall
A Civil Action
James Coburn
Geoffrey Rush
Best Supporting Actress Lynn Redgrave
Gods and Monsters
Kathy Bates
Primary Colors
Judi Dench
Shakespeare in Love
Best Screenplay, Adapted Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Shakespeare in Love
Scott B. Smith
A Simple Plan
N/A Bill Condon
Gods and Monsters
Elaine May
Primary Colors
Best Screenplay, Original Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Shakespeare in Love
N/A Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Shakespeare in Love
Andrew Niccol
The Truman Show
Best Original Score The Truman Show
Burkhard Dallwitz and Philip Glass
Saving Private Ryan
John Williams
N/A Life Is Beautiful
Nicola Piovani
David Hirschfelder
Best Original Song "The Prayer"
Quest for Camelot
"When You Believe"
The Prince of Egypt
N/A "When You Believe"
The Prince of Egypt
Best Foreign Language Film Central Station Life is Beautiful N/A Life is Beautiful Central Station

Wide-release films[edit]


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
9 Firestorm 20th Century Fox Dean Semler (director); Chris Soth (screenplay); Howie Long, Scott Glenn, William Forsythe, Suzy Amis, Garwin Sanford, Sebastian Spence, Michael Greyeyes, Barry Pepper Drama, Thriller Live Action
Wag the Dog New Line Cinema Barry Levinson (director); Hilary Henkin, David Mamet (screenplay); Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Denis Leary, William H. Macy, Willie Nelson, Andrea Martin, Kirsten Dunst Comedy Live Action
16 Fallen Warner Bros. Pictures / Turner Entertainment / Atlas Entertainment Gregory Hoblit (director); Nicholas Kazan (screenplay); Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz, James Gandolfini, Elias Koteas Thriller Live Action
Half Baked Universal Pictures Tamra Davis (director); Dave Chappelle, Neal Brennan (screenplay); Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Díaz, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams, Clarence Williams III, Rachel True Comedy, Stoner Live Action
Hard Rain Paramount Pictures / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment / Mutual Film Company Mikael Salomon (director); Graham Yost (screenplay); Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid, Minnie Driver, Edward Asner, Michael Goorjian, Dann Florek Action, Thriller Live Action
23 Spice World Columbia Pictures / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment / Icon Entertainment Bob Spiers (director); Kim Fuller, Jamie Curtis (screenplay); Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Richard E. Grant, Claire Rushbrook, Roger Moore Comedy, Musical Live Action
Phantoms Miramax Films / Dimension Films Joe Chappelle (director); Dean Koontz (screenplay); Peter O'Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Liev Schreiber, Ben Affleck, Nicky Katt, Clifton Powell Sci-Fi, Horror Live Action
Slappy and the Stinkers TriStar Pictures Barnet Kellman (director); Robert Wolterstorff, Mike Scott; B.D. Wong, Bronson Pinchot, Jennifer Coolidge, Joseph Ashton (actor), Gary LeRoi Gray, Carl Michael Lindner, Scarlett Pomers, Travis Tedford Adventure, Comedy Live Action
30 Desperate Measures TriStar Pictures / Mandalay Entertainment Barbet Schroeder (director); Michael Keaton, Andy García, Brian Cox, Marcia Gay Harden, Erik King, Efrain Figueroa, Joseph Cross Action, Thriller Live Action
Deep Rising Hollywood Pictures / Cinergi Pictures Stephen Sommers (director/screenplay); Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Kevin J. O'Connor, Anthony Heald, Wes Studi, Derrick O'Connor, Cliff Curtis, Una Damon, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Flemyng, Clifton Powell, Trevor Goddard Action, Horror Live Action
Great Expectations 20th Century Fox Alfonso Cuarón (director/screenplay); David Mamet, Mitch Glazer (screenplay); Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Cooper, Hank Azaria, Anne Bancroft, Robert De Niro Drama Live Action
6 Blues Brothers 2000 Universal Pictures John Landis (director/screenplay); Dan Aykroyd (screenplay); Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, Joe Morton, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, B. B. King Comedy, Musical Live Action
The Replacement Killers Columbia Pictures Antoine Fuqua (director); Ken Sanzel (screenplay); Chow Yun-fat, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker, Kenneth Tsang, Jürgen Prochnow, Til Schweiger, Danny Trejo, Clifton Gonzalez-Gonzalez Action Live Action
13 Sphere Warner Bros. Pictures / Baltimore Pictures Barry Levinson (director); Kurt Wimmer, Stephen Hauser, Paul Attanasio (screenplay); Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Liev Schreiber, Peter Coyote, Queen Latifah Sci-Fi, Psychological Thriller Live Action
The Wedding Singer New Line Cinema / Brillstein-Grey Entertainment Frank Coraci (director); Tim Herlihy (screenplay); Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, Angela Featherstone, Matthew Glave, Ellen Albertini Dow, Rob Schneider Romantic Comedy Live Action
19 Senseless Miramax Films / Dimension Films / Mandeville Films Penelope Spheeris (director); Greg Erb, Craig Mazin (screenplay); Marlon Wayans, David Spade, Matthew Lillard, Brad Dourif, Tamara Taylor, Rip Torn Comedy Live Action
Palmetto Columbia Pictures Volker Schlöndorff (director); E. Max Frye (screenplay); Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon, Rolf Hoppe, Michael Rappaport, Chloë Sevigny Neo-noir Live Action
27 Caught Up LIVE Entertainment Darin Scott (director/screenplay); Bokeem Woodbine, Cynda Williams, Jeffrey Combs, Michael Clarke Duncan, Joseph Lindsey, LL Cool J, Jeris Poindexter, Clifton Powell, Snoop Dogg, Tony Todd Crime, Drama Live Action
Dark City New Line Cinema Alex Proyas (director/screenplay); Lem Dobbs, David S. Goyer (screenplay); Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, Richard O'Brien, Ian Richardson, William Hurt, Bruce Spence, Colin Friels Neo-noir, Sci-Fi Live Action
Krippendorf's Tribe Touchstone Pictures Todd Holland (director); Charlie Peters (screenplay); Richard Dreyfuss, Jenna Elfman, Natasha Lyonne, Lily Tomlin, Barbara Williams, Gregory Smith Comedy Live Action
Kissing a Fool Universal Pictures Doug Ellin (director/screenplay); James Frey (screenplay); David Schwimmer, Jason Lee, Mili Avital, Bonnie Hunt, Kari Wuhrer, Vanessa Angel, Bitty Schram, Judy Greer Romantic Comedy Live Action
6 Twilight Paramount Pictures Robert Benton (director/screenplay); Richard Russo (screenplay); Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, Reese Witherspoon, Stockard Channing, James Garner, Giancarlo Esposito, Liev Schreiber Thriller, Neo-noir Live Action
The Big Lebowski Gramercy Pictures / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment / Working Title Films Coen Brothers (directors/screenplay); Jeff Daniels, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, John Turturro, Tara Reid, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott Comedy, Crime Live Action
Hush TriStar Pictures Jonathan Darby (director/screenplay); Jane Rusconi (screenplay); Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnathon Schaech, Nina Foch Thriller Live Action
U.S. Marshals Warner Bros. Pictures Stuart Baird (director); Roy Huggins, John Pogue (screenplay); Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey, Jr., Joe Pantoliano, Kate Nelligan, Irène Jacob, Daniel Roebuck, Tom Wood Thriller Live Action
13 The Man in the Iron Mask United Artists Randall Wallace (director/screenplay); Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne, Hugh Laurie Adventure, Drama Live Action
Chairman of the Board Trimark Pictures Alex Zamm (director/screenplay); Al Septien, Turi Meyer (screenplay); Carrot Top, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Miller, Raquel Welch, Mystro Clark, Jack Plotnick, Jack Warden, Estelle Harris Comedy Live Action
20 Primary Colors Universal Pictures / Mutual Film Company Mike Nichols (director); Elaine May (screenplay); John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Adrian Lester, Maura Tierney, Larry Hagman Comedy, Drama Live Action
Wild Things Columbia Pictures / Mandalay Entertainment John McNaughton (director); Stephen Peters (screenplay); Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Robert Wagner, Bill Murray, Theresa Russell, Daphne Rubin-Vega Erotic Thriller Live Action
27 The Newton Boys 20th Century Fox Richard Linklater (director/screenplay); Clara Lee Walker (screenplay); Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dwight Yoakam, Gail Cronauer Comedy, Drama Live Action
Ride Miramax Films / Dimension Films Millicent Shelton (director/screenplay); Malik Yoba, Melissa De Sousa, John Witherspoon, Fredro Starr, Cedric the Entertainer, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Sticky Fingaz, Idalis DeLeón, Guy Torry, The Lady of Rage Comedy Live Action
Meet the Deedles Walt Disney Pictures / DIC Entertainment Steve Boyum (director); Jim Herzfeld (screenplay); Paul Walker, Steve Van Wormer, A. J. Langer, John Ashton, Robert Englund, Dennis Hopper Comedy Live Action



Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
3 Lost in Space New Line Cinema Stephen Hopkins (director); Akiva Goldsman (screenplay); William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, Lacey Chabert, Jack Johnson, Jared Harris, Matt LeBlanc, Gary Oldman Sci-Fi, Adventure Live Action
Mercury Rising Universal Pictures / Imagine Entertainment Harold Becker (director); Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal (screenplay); Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes, Chi McBride, Kim Dickens, John Carroll Lynch, Kelley Hazen, L.L. Ginter, Robert Stanton Action, Thriller Live Action
Barney's Great Adventure PolyGram Filmed Entertainment / Lyons Partnership / Lyrick Studios Steve Gomer (director); Stephen White (screenplay); David Joyner, Bob West, Trevor Morgan, Diana Rice, Kyla Pratt, Jeff Ayers, Julie Johnson, Jeff Brooks, Patty Wirtz, George Hearn, Shirley Douglas Children, Musical, Adventure Live Action
10 City of Angels Warner Bros. Pictures / Regency Enterprises / Atlas Entertainment Brad Silberling (director); Dana Stevens (screenplay); Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher, Dennis Franz, Colm Feore, Robin Bartlett, Joanna Merlin Drama, Romance, Fantasy Live Action
My Giant Columbia Pictures / Castle Rock Entertainment Michael Lehmann (director); Billy Crystal, David Seltzer (screenplay); Billy Crystal, Gheorghe Mureșan, Kathleen Quinlan, Joanna Pacuła, Dan Castellaneta Comedy, Drama Live Action
The Odd Couple II Paramount Pictures Howard Deutch (director); Neil Simon (screenplay); Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Richard Riehle, Jonathan Silverman, Lisa Waltz, Mary Beth Peil, Christine Baranski, Jean Smart, Rex Linn Comedy Live Action
Species II Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Peter Medak (director); Chris Brancato (screenplay); Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, Marg Helgenberger, James Cromwell, Mykelti Williamson, George Dzundza, Justin Lazard Sci-Fi, Horror Live Action
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain TriStar Pictures Sean McNamara (director/screenplay); Jeff Philips (screenplay); Hulk Hogan, Loni Anderson, Jim Varney, Mathew Botuchis, Michael O'Laskey II, James Paul Roeske II, Brian Carl, Victor Wong, Alan McRae Martial Arts Live Action
17 Major League: Back to the Minors Warner Bros. Pictures / Morgan Creek Productions John Warren (director/screenplay); David S. Ward (screenplay); Scott Bakula, Corbin Bernsen, Ted McGinley, Dennis Haysbert, Bob Uecker, Kenny Johnson, Thom Barry, Eric Bruskotter, Takaaki Ishibashi Sports Live Action
The Object of My Affection 20th Century Fox Nicholas Hytner (director); Wendy Wasserstein (screenplay); Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, John Pankow, Allison Janney, Alan Alda, Tim Daly, Joan Copeland, Steve Zahn, Nigel Hawthorne Romantic Comedy Live Action
Paulie DreamWorks / Children's Television Workshop / The Jim Henson Company / Mutual Film Company John Roberts (director); Laurie Craig (screenplay); Jay Mohr, Tony Shalhoub, Gena Rowlands, Hallie Eisenberg, Cheech Marin, Bruce Davison, Trini Alvarado, Buddy Hackett Adventure, Fantasy Live Action
Nightwatch Dimension Films Ole Bornedal (director/screenplay); Steven Soderbergh (screenplay); Ewan McGregor, Patricia Arquette, Josh Brolin, Lauren Graham, Nick Nolte Horror, Thriller Live Action
24 The Big Hit TriStar Pictures Che-Kirk Wong (director); Ben Ramsey (screenplay); Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, Bokeem Woodbine, Antonio Sabàto, Jr., Avery Brooks, China Chow, Elliott Gould, Lainie Kazan, Lela Rochon Action, Comedy Live Action
Tarzan and the Lost City Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures Carl Schenkel (director); Bayard Johnson, J. Anderson Black (screenplay); Casper Van Dien, Jane March, Steven Waddington, Winston Ntshona, Rapulana Seiphemo, Ian Roberts, Sean Taylor, Gys De Villiers Action, Adventure Live Action
Sliding Doors Miramax Films / Intermedia Films Peter Howitt (director/screenplay); Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Virginia McKenna, Zara Turner, Paul Brightwell, Nina Young, Kevin McNally, Christopher Villiers Romantic Comedy, Drama Live Action
1 Black Dog Universal Pictures / Mutual Film Company Kevin Hooks (director); William Mickelberry, Dan Vining (screenplay); Patrick Swayze, Randy Travis, Meat Loaf, Graham Beckel, Brenda Strong, Charles S. Dutton, Lorraine Toussaint, Stephen Tobolowsky Action Live Action
He Got Game Touchstone Pictures / 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks Spike Lee (director/screenplay); Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Milla Jovovich, John Turturro, Rosario Dawson, Jim Brown, Hill Harper, Zelda Harris, Ned Beatty Sports Live Action
Les Misérables Columbia Pictures / Mandalay Entertainment Bille August (director); Rafael Yglesias (screenplay); Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes, Hans Matheson, John McGlynn, Kelly Hunter, Lennie James, Peter Vaughan Drama Live Action
8 Deep Impact Paramount Pictures / DreamWorks Mimi Leder (director); Bruce Joel Rubin, Michael Tolkin (screenplay); Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell, Leelee Sobieski, Morgan Freeman Sci-Fi, Disaster Live Action
15 Bulworth 20th Century Fox Warren Beatty (director/screenplay); Jeremy Pikser (screenplay); Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Don Cheadle, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, Isaiah Washington, Christine Baranski, Amiri Baraka Political, Comedy film Live Action
The Horse Whisperer Touchstone Pictures Robert Redford (director); Eric Roth, Richard LaGravenese (screenplay); Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones, Ty Hillman, Kate Bosworth Drama Live Action
Quest for Camelot Warner Bros. Pictures / Warner Bros. Feature Animation Frederik Du Chau (director); Kirk DeMicco, William Schifrin, Jacqueline Feather, David Seidler (screenplay); Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Jane Seymour, Pierce Brosnan, Gary Oldman, Eric Idle, Don Rickles, Bronson Pinchot, Jaleel White, Gabriel Byrne, John Gielgud Fantasy, Musical Animation
20 Godzilla TriStar Pictures / Centropolis Entertainment Roland Emmerich (director/screenplay); Dean Devlin (screenplay); Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn, Michael Lerner, Harry Shearer, Arabella Field, Vicki Lewis Sci-Fi, Monster Live Action
22 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Universal Pictures / Rhino Entertainment / Summit Entertainment Terry Gilliam (director/screenplay); Tony Grisoni, Alex Cox, Tod Davies (screenplay); Johnny Depp, Benicio del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin, Gary Busey, Christina Ricci, Mark Harmon, Cameron Diaz, Katherine Helmond, Michael Jeter, Penn Jillette Comedy, Road Live Action
The Opposite of Sex Sony Pictures Classics Don Roos (director/screenplay); Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Galecki, Ivan Sergei, William Lee Scott, Colin Ferguson Comedy Live Action
27 I Got the Hook Up Miramax Films / Dimension Films Michael Martin (director); Carrie Mungo, Leroy Douglas, Master P (screenplay); Master P, A.J. Johnson, Gretchen Palmer, Ice Cube, C-Murder, John Witherspoon, Snoop Dogg, Tom "Tiny" Lister, Jr. Comedy, Crime Live Action
29 Almost Heroes Warner Bros. Pictures / Turner Pictures Christopher Guest (director); Mark Nutter, Tom Wolfe, Boyd Hale (screenplay); Chris Farley, Matthew Perry, Bokeem Woodbine, Franklin Cover, Eugene Levy, Lisa Barbuscia, Christian Clemenson, Harry Shearer Adventure, Comedy Live Action
Hope Floats 20th Century Fox Forest Whitaker (director); Steven Rogers (screenplay); Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr., Gena Rowlands, Mae Whitman, Michael Paré, Cameron Finley, Kathy Najimy, Connie Ray Romance, Drama Live Action
Insomnia First Run Features Erik Skjoldbjærg (director/screenplay); Nikolaj Frobenius (screenplay); Stellan Skarsgård, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Bjørn Floberg, Gisken Armand, Maria Bonnevie Thriller Live Action
5 A Perfect Murder Warner Bros. Pictures Andrew Davis (director); Patrick Smith Kelly (screenplay); Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, David Suchet, Sarita Choudhury, Michael P. Moran, Novella Nelson, Constance Towers, David Eigenberg Crime, Thriller Live Action
Beyond Silence Miramax Films Caroline Link (director/screenplay); Beth Serlin (screenplay); Sylvie Testud, Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit, Sibylle Canonica, Matthias Habich, Alexandra Bolz, Birge Schade Drama Live Action
Mr. Jealousy Lionsgate Films Noah Baumbach (director/screenplay); Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra, Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Brian Kerwin, John Lehr, Peter Bogdanovich Romantic Comedy Live Action
The Truman Show Paramount Pictures Peter Weir (director); Andrew Niccol (screenplay); Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, Ed Harris, Brian Delate, Paul Giamatti Comedy, Sci-Fi, Drama Live Action
12 Can't Hardly Wait Columbia Pictures Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont (directors/screenplay); Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green, Robert Jayne, Joel Michaely, Jay Paulson Comedy Live Action
Cousin Bette Fox Searchlight Pictures Des McAnuff (director); Lynne Siefert, Susan Tarr (screenplay); Jessica Lange, Elisabeth Shue, Hugh Laurie, Bob Hoskins, Geraldine Chaplin, Kelly Macdonald, Aden Young, Toby Jones, Laura Fraser Comedy, Drama Live Action
Dirty Work Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Bob Saget (director); Frank Sebastiano, Norm Macdonald, Fred Wolf (screenplay); Norm Macdonald, Artie Lange, Jack Warden, Traylor Howard, Don Rickles, Chris Farley, Christopher McDonald, Chevy Chase, Adam Sandler Comedy Live Action
High Art October Films / Antidote Films Lisa Cholodenko (director/screenplay); Ally Sheedy, Radha Mitchell, Gabriel Mann, Charis Michelsen, David Thornton, Anh Duong, Patricia Clarkson Drama, Romance Live Action
Passion in the Desert Fine Line Features Lavinia Currier (director/screenplay); Ben Daniels, Michel Piccoli, Paul Meston, Nadia Odeh Adventure, Drama Live Action
Six Days Seven Nights Touchstone Pictures / Caravan Pictures Ivan Reitman (director); Michael Browning (screenplay); Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer, Jacqueline Obradors, Temuera Morrison, Allison Janney, Cliff Curtis, Danny Trejo, Ben Bodé Adventure, Comedy Live Action
The Land Girls PolyGram Filmed Entertainment / Intermedia Films / Channel Four Films / Canal+ David Leland (director/screenplay); Keith Dewhurst (screenplay); Catherine McCormack, Rachel Weisz, Anna Friel, Steven Mackintosh, Tom Georgeson, Maureen O'Brien, Lucy Akhurst, Paul Bettany Drama, Romance Live Action
19 Hav Plenty Miramax Films Christopher Scott Cherot (director/screenplay); Christopher Scott Cherot, Chenoa Maxwell, Reginald James, Robinne Lee, Tammie Katherine Jones, Hill Harper, Betty Vaughn, Chuck Baron, Kim Harris, Margie St. Juste, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Comedy Live Action
Henry Fool Sony Pictures Classics Hal Hartley (director/screenplay); Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey, Liam Aiken, Maria Porter, James Saito, Kevin Corrigan Comedy, Drama Live Action
Dream for an Insomniac Avalanche Releasing Tiffanie DeBartolo (director/screenplay); Ione Skye, Jennifer Aniston, Mackenzie Astin, Michael Landes, Seymour Cassel, Robert Kelker-Kelly Romantic Comedy Live Action
Mulan Walt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Feature Animation Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft (directors); Philip LaZebnik, Chris Sanders, Rita Hsiao, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, Raymond Singer (screenplay); Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, B.D. Wong, Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, Gedde Watanabe, Jerry Tondo, June Foray, James Hong, George Takei, Pat Morita Action, Drama, Comedy, Musical Animation
The X-Files 20th Century Fox Rob Bowman (director); Chris Carter (screenplay); David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Martin Landau, Blythe Danner, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, John Neville, Dean Haglund, Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood Sci-Fi Live Action
21 I Went Down BBC Films Paddy Breathnach (director); Conor McPherson (screenplay); Peter McDonald, Brendan Gleeson, Tony Doyle, Peter Caffrey, Antoine Byrne, David Wilmot, Carly Baker, Michael McElhatton, Joe Gallagher Comedy Live Action
26 Buffalo '66 Lionsgate Films / Cinepix Film Properties Vincent Gallo (director/screenplay); Alison Bagnall (screenplay); Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara, Mickey Rourke, Rosanna Arquette, Jan-Michael Vincent, Anjelica Huston, Kevin Corrigan Comedy, Drama Live Action
Dr. Dolittle 20th Century Fox / Davis Entertainment Betty Thomas (director); Hugh Lofting, Nat Mauldin, Larry Levin (screenplay); Eddie Murphy, Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt, Peter Boyle, Kristen Wilson, Norm Macdonald, Kyla Pratt, Raven-Symoné, Richard Schiff, Jeffrey Tambor Comedy Live Action
Out of Sight Universal Pictures Steven Soderbergh (director); Scott Frank (screenplay); George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Steve Zahn, Albert Brooks, Dennis Farina, Luis Guzmán, Isaiah Washington, Nancy Allen Comedy, Crime Live Action
Smoke Signals Miramax Films Chris Eyre (director); Sherman Alexie (screenplay); Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard, Gary Farmer, Tantoo Cardinal Comedy, Drama Live Action


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Notable films released in 1998[edit]

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Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 4 Mae Questel 89 USA Actress, Voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl
5 Sonny Bono 62 USA Singer, Actor
6 Walter Barnes 79 USA Actor
6 Murray Salem 47 USA Actor, Screenwriter
24 Jack Lord 77 USA Actor
28 Jim Bohan 52 USA Actor
30 Ferdy Mayne 81 UK Actor
February 1 Jack T. Collis 75 USA Art Director
2 Davy Kaye 81 Bahamas Actor
5 Douglas Gamley 73 Australia Composer, Conductor
17 Sheila Raynor 91 UK Actor
18 James Villiers 67 UK Actor
23 Chuck Hayward 89 UK Actor
24 Henny Youngman 91 UK Comedian, Actor
27 J. T. Walsh 54 USA Actor
March 5 Donald Woods 91 Canada Actor
10 Lloyd Bridges 85 USA Actor
10 Bill Alton 73 USA Actor Sweet Lorraine
17 Helen Westcott 70 USA Actress
25 Daniel Massey 64 UK Actor
April 1 Lucille Norman 76 USA Actress
1 Gene Evans 75 USA Actor
3 Charles Lang 96 USA Cinematographer
11 Rodney Harvey 30 USA Actor
21 Peter Lind Hayes 82 USA Actor
28 Jerome Bixby 75 USA Screenwriter
May 2 Maidie Norman 85 USA Actress
9 Alice Faye 83 USA Actress, Singer
10 Robert Jewell 78 Australia Actor
11 Gene Fowler, Jr. 80 USA Film Editor
14 Frank Sinatra 82 USA Singer, Actor
15 Linwood G. Dunn 93 USA Visual Effects Artist
20 Wolf Mankowitz 73 UK Screenwriter
21 Douglas Fowley 86 USA Actor
22 John Derek 71 USA Actor, Director
28 Phil Hartman 49 USA Actor, Comedian
June 1 Darwin Joston 60 USA Actor
4 Josephine Hutchinson 94 USA Actress
5 Jeanette Nolan 85 USA Actress
12 Theresa Merritt 73 USA Actress
23 Kurt Kren 69 Austria Director
23 Maureen O'Sullivan 87 USA Actress
July 4 Gregg Burge 40 USA Actor
6 Roy Rogers 86 USA Actor
10 William Preston 76 USA Actor
16 Leigh Brown 59 USA Screenwriter
17 Joseph Maher 64 Ireland Actor
19 Betty Marsden 79 UK Actress
21 Robert Young 91 USA Actor
21 Kenneth Watson 66 UK Actor Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
22 Don Dunphy 90 USA Announcer, Actor
28 Lenny McLean 49 UK Actor
29 Jerome Robbins 79 USA Director, Choreographer West Side Story
29 O. Z. Whitehead 87 USA Actor
August 11 Derek Newark 65 UK Actor
16 Phil Leeds 82 USA Actor
18 Persis Khambatta 49 India Actress
24 E. G. Marshall 84 USA Actor
24 Gene Page 58 USA Composer
September 2 Fernando Carrere 87 Mexico Art Director
6 Akira Kurosawa 88 Japan Director, Screenwriter
8 Leonid Kinskey 95 Russia Actor
11 Dane Clark 86 USA Actor
19 Patricia Hayes 88 UK Actress
22 John Garrie 75 UK Actor
24 Dennis Ayling 81 UK Cinematographer Alien
30 Marius Goring 86 UK Actor
October 2 Gene Autry 91 USA Actor, Singer
3 Roddy McDowall 70 USA Actor
11 Richard Denning 84 USA Actor
17 Joan Hickson 92 UK Actress
22 Eric Ambler 89 UK Screenwriter
23 Christopher Gable 58 UK Actor
28 James Goldman 71 USA Screenwriter
November 2 Tommy Duggan 89 UK Actor
4 Vincent Winter 50 UK Production Manager
8 Jean Marais 84 France Actor, Director
9 Ursula Reit 84 Germany Actress Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
17 Dick O'Neill 70 USA Actor
17 Esther Rolle 78 USA Actress
19 Alan J. Pakula 70 USA Director, Producer
22 Nicky Blair 72 USA Actor
25 Enrico Sabbatini 66 Italy Costume Designer
25 Flip Wilson 64 USA Comedian, Actor
30 Ruth Clifford 98 USA Actress
1 Freddie Young 96 UK Cinematographer
7 John Addison 78 USA Composer
13 Lew Grade 91 UK Producer
14 Norman Fell 74 USA Actor
20 Irene Hervey 89 USA Actress
21 Roger Avon 84 UK Actor
23 David Manners 97 USA Actor
25 Richard Paul 58 USA Actor
26 Hurd Hatfield 81 USA Actor
28 William Frankfather 54 USA Actor
29 Don Taylor 81 USA Actor, Director Stalag 17

Film debuts[edit]


  1. ^ "1998 Worldwide Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 1, 2014.