Best Comedy Movies of 1998

1.

The Truman Show

6.7

Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows -- including his wife and his best friend -- is really an actor, paid to be part of his life.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1998-06-04
2.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

6.6

A card shark and his unwillingly-enlisted friends need to make a lot of cash quick after losing a sketchy poker match. To do this they decide to pull a heist on a small-time gang who happen to be operating out of the flat next door.

Starring: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Release date: 1998-03-05
3.

The Big Lebowski

6.5

Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink white Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film producers, ferrets, errant toes, and large sums of money.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Directed by: Joel Coen
Release date: 1998-03-06
4.

Rushmore

6.2

When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the teacher. However, the situation soon gets complicated when Max's new friend becomes involved with her, setting the two pals against one another in a war for her attention.

Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel, Brian Cox
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Release date: 1998-10-09
5.

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
6.

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
7.

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
8.

Shakespeare in Love

5.8

Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy.

Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson, Judi Dench
Directed by: John Madden
Release date: 1998-12-11
9.

Patch Adams

5.8

Meet Patch Adams, a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own career.

Starring: Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bob Gunton, Peter Coyote, Michael Jeter
Directed by: Tom Shadyac
Release date: 1998-12-25
10.

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
11.

There's Something About Mary

5.7

For Ted, prom night went about as bad as it’s possible for any night to go. Thirteen years later, he finally gets another chance with his old prom date, only to run up against other suitors including the sleazy detective he hired to find her.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Lee Evans, Chris Elliott
Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Release date: 1998-07-15
12.

Happiness

5.6

The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.

Starring: Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker, Evan Silverberg
Directed by: Todd Solondz
Release date: 1998-10-16
13.

You've Got Mail

5.5

Book superstore magnate, Joe Fox and independent book shop owner, Kathleen Kelly fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet—both blissfully unaware that he's trying to put her out of business.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Katie Sagona, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey
Directed by: Nora Ephron
Release date: 1998-12-17
14.

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
15.

The Parent Trap

5.4

Hallie Parker and Annie James are identical twins separated at a young age because of their parents' divorce. unknowingly to their parents, the girls are sent to the same summer camp where they meet, discover the truth about themselves, and then plot with each other to switch places. Hallie meets her mother, and Annie meets her father for the first time in years.

Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix, Lisa Ann Walter
Directed by: Nancy Meyers
Release date: 1998-07-28
16.

SLC Punk

5.4

Two former geeks become 1980s punks, then party and go to concerts while deciding what to do with their lives.

Starring: Matthew Lillard, Michael A. Goorjian, Annabeth Gish, Til Schweiger, Jason Segel
Directed by: James Merendino
Release date: 1998-09-24
17.

Buffalo '66

5.4

Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry.

Starring: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara, Anjelica Huston, Rosanna Arquette
Directed by: Vincent Gallo
Release date: 1998-01-20
18.

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
19.

Pleasantville

5.3

Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where everything is peachy keen all the time. But when Jennifer's modern attitude disrupts Pleasantville's peaceful but boring routine, she literally brings color into its life.

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels
Directed by: Gary Ross
Release date: 1998-09-17
20.

The Mighty

5.2

This tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who is always bullied because of his size. Adapted from the novel, Freak the Mighty, the film explores a building of trust and friendship. Kevin, an intelligent guy helps out Maxwell to improve his reading skills. In return, Kevin wants Maxwell to take him out places since he is not allowed out unauthorized. Being the social outcasts of the town, Kevin and Maxwell come to realize that they are similar to each other and accept that they are "freaks" and nothing will stop them.

Starring: Sharon Stone, Elden Henson, Kieran Culkin, Gena Rowlands, Harry Dean Stanton
Directed by: Peter Chelsom
Release date: 1998-10-23

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