Best Adventure Movies of 1998

1.

Mulan

6.4

A tomboyish girl disguises herself as a young man so she can fight with the Imperial Chinese Army against the invading Huns. With help from wise-cracking dragon Mushu, Mulan just might save her country -- and win the heart of handsome Captain Li Shang.

Starring: Ming-Na Wen, Lea Salonga, Jackie Chan, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong
Directed by: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
Release date: 1998-06-18
2.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

6.1

Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their hotel room and fear legal repercussions. Duke begins to drive back to L.A., but after an odd run-in with a cop, he returns to Sin City and continues his wild drug binge.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Benicio del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Ellen Barkin
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Release date: 1998-05-22
3.

A Bug's Life

6.0

On behalf of "oppressed bugs everywhere," an inventive ant named Flik hires a troupe of warrior bugs to defend his bustling colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers led by the evil-minded Hopper.

Starring: Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere, Phyllis Diller
Directed by: John Lasseter
Release date: 1998-11-25
4.

The Prince of Egypt

6.0

This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers named Moses and Ramses, one born of royal blood, and one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth will ultimately set them at odds, as one becomes the ruler of the most powerful empire on earth, and the other the chosen leader of his people! Their final confrontation will forever change their lives and the world.

Starring: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Patrick Stewart, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock
Directed by: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells
Release date: 1998-12-15
5.

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
6.

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
7.

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
8.

The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

5.4

The circle of life continues for Simba, now fully grown and in his rightful place as the king of Pride Rock. Simba and Nala have given birth to a daughter, Kiara who's as rebellious as her father was. But Kiara drives her parents to distraction when she catches the eye of Kovu, the son of the evil lioness, Zira. Will Kovu steal Kiara's heart?

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Moira Kelly, Neve Campbell, Liz Callaway, Andy Dick
Directed by: Darrell Rooney
Release date: 1998-10-24
9.

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
10.

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
11.

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
12.

Antz

5.3

In this animated hit, a neurotic worker ant in love with a rebellious princess rises to unlikely stardom when he switches places with a soldier. Signing up to march in a parade, he ends up under the command of a bloodthirsty general. But he's actually been enlisted to fight against a termite army.

Starring: Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Anne Bancroft, Danny Glover, Gene Hackman
Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson
Release date: 1998-10-02
13.

Halloweentown

4.8
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On her 13th birthday, Marnie learns she's a witch, discovers a secret portal, and is transported to Halloweentown — a magical place where ghosts and ghouls, witches and werewolves live apart from the human world. But she soon finds herself battling wicked warlocks, evil curses, and endless surprises.
Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Judith Hoag, Kimberly J. Brown, Joey Zimmerman, Emily Roeske
Directed by: Duwayne Dunham
Release date: 1998-11-10
14.

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
15.

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

4.7

The Mystery Gang reunite and visit Moonscar Island, a remote island with a dark secret. Daphne wants more than just a villain in a costume, and they get more than they ever expected.

Starring: Scott Innes, Billy West, Mary Kay Bergman, Frank Welker, B. J. Ward
Directed by: Hiroshi Aoyama, Kazumi Fukushima, Jim Stenstrum
Release date: 1998-09-22
16.

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
17.

Small Soldiers

4.5

When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.

Starring: Gregory Smith, Kirsten Dunst, Denis Leary, Phil Hartman, David Cross
Directed by: Joe Dante
Release date: 1998-07-10
18.

The Big Hit

4.4

Affable hit man Melvin Smiley is constantly being scammed by his cutthroat colleagues in the life-ending business. So, when he and his fellow assassins kidnap the daughter of an electronics mogul, it's naturally Melvin who takes the fall when their prime score turns sour. That's because the girl is the goddaughter of the gang's ruthless crime boss. But, even while dodging bullets, Melvin has to keep his real job secret from his unsuspecting fiancée, Pam.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, China Chow, Avery Brooks
Directed by: Kirk Wong
Release date: 1998-04-24
19.

Deep Rising

4.4

A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who have taken over the ship first.

Starring: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O'Connor, Una Damon
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Release date: 1998-01-30
20.

Six Days Seven Nights

4.3

When Quinn, a grouchy pilot living the good life in the South Pacific, agrees to transfer a savvy fashion editor, Robin, to Tahiti, he ends up stranded on a deserted island with her after their plane crashes. The pair avoid each other at first, until they're forced to team up to escape from the island -- and some pirates who want their heads.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer, Jacqueline Obradors, Temuera Morrison
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Release date: 1998-06-12

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