Best Action Movies of 1998

1.

Enemy of the State

5.9

Hotshot Washington lawyer, Robert Dean becomes a victim of high-tech identity theft when a hacker slips an incriminating video into his pocket. Soon, a rogue National Security agent sets out to recover the tape – and destroy Dean.

Starring: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Regina King
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 1998-11-20
2.

Rush Hour

5.7

When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn't want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the sidelines, Lee and Carter form an unlikely partnership and investigate the case themselves.

Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung, Tom Wilkinson, Tzi Ma
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Release date: 1998-09-18
3.

Armageddon

5.7

When an asteroid threatens to collide with Earth, NASA honcho Dan Truman determines the only way to stop it is to drill into its surface and detonate a nuclear bomb. This leads him to renowned driller Harry Stamper, who agrees to helm the dangerous space mission provided he can bring along his own hotshot crew. Among them is the cocksure A.J. who Harry thinks isn't good enough for his daughter, until the mission proves otherwise.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Will Patton
Directed by: Michael Bay
Release date: 1998-07-01
4.

Blade

5.6

When Blade's mother was bitten by a vampire during pregnancy, she did not know that she gave her son a special gift while dying: All the good vampire attributes in combination with the best human skills. Blade and his mentor Whistler battle an evil vampire rebel (Deacon Frost) who plans to take over the outdated vampire council, capture Blade and resurrect voracious blood god La Magra.

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, Donal Logue
Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Release date: 1998-08-21
5.

The Mask of Zorro

5.5

It has been twenty years since Don Diego de la Vega fought Spanish oppression in Alta California as the legendary romantic hero, Zorro. Having escaped from prison he transforms troubled bandit Alejandro into his successor, in order to foil the plans of the tyrannical Don Rafael Montero who robbed him of his freedom, his wife and his precious daughter.

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stuart Wilson, Diego Sieres
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Release date: 1998-07-16
6.

Lethal Weapon 4

5.5

In the combustible action franchise's final installment, maverick detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh square off against Asian mobster Wah Sing Ku, who's up to his neck in slave trading and counterfeit currency. With help from gumshoe Leo Getz and smart-aleck rookie cop Lee Butters, Riggs and Murtaugh aim to take down Ku and his gang.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Jet Li
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1998-07-10
7.

The Man in the Iron Mask

5.4

Years have passed since the Three Musketeers, Aramis, Athos and Porthos, have fought together with their friend, D'Artagnan. But with the tyrannical King Louis using his power to wreak havoc in the kingdom while his twin brother, Philippe, remains imprisoned, the Musketeers reunite to abduct Louis and replace him with Philippe.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, Gérard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne, John Malkovich
Directed by: Randall Wallace
Release date: 1998-03-12
8.

The Negotiator

5.3

The police try to arrest expert hostage negotiator Danny Roman, who insists he's being framed for his partner's murder in what he believes is an elaborate conspiracy. Thinking there's evidence in the Internal Affairs offices that might clear him, he takes everyone in the office hostage and demands that another well-known negotiator be brought in to handle the situation and secretly investigate the conspiracy.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse, Ron Rifkin, John Spencer
Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Release date: 1998-07-29
9.

Ronin

5.3

A briefcase with undisclosed contents – sought by Irish terrorists and the Russian mob – makes its way into criminals' hands. An Irish liaison assembles a squad of mercenaries, or 'ronin', and gives them the thorny task of recovering the case.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1998-09-25
10.

Thursday

5.2

Casey has given up drug dealing for a suburban idyll in Houston, a job as an architect and a new wife. They are even planning to adopt a child. But Casey's past arrives on the doorstep in the shape of Nick, an old business partner. And all hell breaks loose!

Starring: Thomas Jane, Paula Marshall, Aaron Eckhart, James Le Gros, Paulina Porizkova
Directed by: Skip Woods
Release date: 1998-09-25
11.

Deep Impact

5.2

A seven-mile-wide space rock is hurtling toward Earth, threatening to obliterate the planet. Now, it's up to the president of the United States to save the world. He appoints a tough-as-nails veteran astronaut to lead a joint American-Russian crew into space to destroy the comet before impact. Meanwhile, an enterprising reporter uses her smarts to uncover the scoop of the century.

Starring: Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Mimi Leder
Release date: 1998-05-08
12.

Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero

5.1

When a desperate Mr. Freeze, to save his dying wife, kidnaps Barbara (Batgirl) Gordon as an involuntary organ donor, Batman and Robin must find her before the operation can begin.

Starring: Kevin Conroy, Michael Ansara, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., George Dzundza
Directed by: Boyd Kirkland
Release date: 1998-03-17
13.

Fallen

5.0

Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.

Starring: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz, James Gandolfini
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
Release date: 1998-01-16
14.

Suicide Kings

4.9

Christopher Walken shines in this cult-favorite dark comedy as Charlie, a former mobster who is abducted by five privileged young men (Sean Patrick Flanery, Johnny Galecki, Jay Mohr, Jeremy Sisto, Henry Thomas) desperate to raise a $2 million ransom to save the sister of a friend. As Charlie plays mind games, however, his captors splinter -- each wondering whether one of their own had a hand in the crime.

Starring: Christopher Walken, Henry Thomas, Sean Patrick Flanery, Jeremy Sisto, Nina Siemaszko
Directed by: Peter O'Fallon
Release date: 1998-04-17
15.

U.S. Marshals

4.8

U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard is accompanying a plane load of convicts from Chicago to New York. The plane crashes spectacularly, and Mark Sheridan escapes. But when Diplomatic Security Agent John Royce is assigned to help Gerard recapture Sheridan, it becomes clear that Sheridan is more than just another murderer.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr., Joe Pantoliano, Daniel Roebuck
Directed by: Stuart Baird
Release date: 1998-03-06
16.

Star Trek: Insurrection

4.8

When an alien race and factions within Starfleet attempt to take over a planet that has "regenerative" properties, it falls upon Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise to defend the planet's people as well as the very ideals upon which the Federation itself was founded.

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Release date: 1998-12-10
17.

The Siege

4.7

The secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist from his Middle East homeland leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York. An FBI senior agent and his team attempt to locate and decommission the enemy cells, but must also deal with an Army General gone rogue and a female CIA agent of uncertain loyalties.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis, Tony Shalhoub, Sami Bouajila
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 1998-11-06
18.

Godzilla

4.7

When a freighter is viciously attacked in the Pacific Ocean, a team of experts -- including biologist Niko Tatopoulos and scientists Elsie Chapman and Mendel Craven -- concludes that an oversized reptile is the culprit. Before long, the giant lizard is loose in Manhattan, destroying everything within its reach. The team chases the monster to Madison Square Garden, where a brutal battle ensues.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Release date: 1998-05-20
19.

Merlin

4.6

The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot.

Starring: Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter, John Gielgud, Rutger Hauer, James Earl Jones
Release date: 1998-04-26
20.

Soldier

4.5
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Sergeant Todd is a veteran soldier for an elite group of the armed forces. After being defeated by a new breed of genetically engineered soldiers, he is dumped on a waste planet and left for dead. He soon interacts with a group of crash survivors who lead out a peaceful existence. The peace is broken as the new soldiers land on the planet to eliminate the colony, which Sergeant Todd must defend.
Starring: Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Connie Nielsen, Sean Pertwee
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Release date: 1998-10-23

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