Best Crime Movies of 1998

1.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

6.6
8.2/10

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
2.

The Big Lebowski

6.5
8.1/10

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
3.

Ronin

5.9
7.3/10

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
4.

Rush Hour

5.7
7.0/10

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
5.

Lethal Weapon 4

5.5
6.6/10

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
6.

SLC Punk

5.4
7.5/10

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
7.

Buffalo '66

5.4
7.5/10

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
8.

Les Misérables

5.4
7.5/10

Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and soon Valjean finds himself in the midst of the student revolutions in France.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes, Hans Matheson
Directed by: Bille August
Release date: 1998-05-01
9.

A Simple Plan

5.3
7.5/10

Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over $4 million in cash is discovered at the remote site of a downed small airplane. Their simple plan to retain the money while avoiding detection opens a Pandora's box when the fear of getting caught triggers panicked behavior and leads to virulent consequences.

Starring: Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda, Billy Bob Thornton, Brent Briscoe, Chelcie Ross
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 1998-12-11
10.

The Negotiator

5.3
7.3/10

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.

The Spanish Prisoner

5.2
7.3/10

An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that.

Starring: Steve Martin, Campbell Scott, Ben Gazzara, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay
Directed by: David Mamet
Release date: 1998-01-07
12.

Rounders

5.2
7.3/10

A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.

Starring: Matt Damon, John Turturro, Gretchen Mol, Goran Visnjic, Edward Norton
Directed by: John Dahl
Release date: 1998-09-11
13.

Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero

5.1
7.2/10

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

Starring: Kevin Conroy, Michael Ansara, Mary Kay Bergman, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Directed by: Boyd Kirkland
Release date: 1998-03-17
14.

Fallen

5.0
7.0/10

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
15.

Out of Sight

5.0
7.0/10

Meet Jack Foley, a smooth criminal who bends the law and is determined to make one last heist. Karen Sisco is a federal marshal who chooses all the right moves … and all the wrong guys. Now they're willing to risk it all to find out if there's more between them than just the law.

Starring: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Catherine Keener
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 1998-06-26
16.

Suicide Kings

4.9
7.0/10

Charlie, a former mobster, is abducted by five privileged young men 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
17.

U.S. Marshals

4.8
6.5/10

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
18.

Half Baked

4.8
6.7/10

Three lovable party buds try to bail their friend out of jail. But just when the guys have mastered a plan, everything comes dangerously close to going up in smoke.

Starring: Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams, Guillermo Díaz, Rachel True
Directed by: Tamra Davis
Release date: 1998-01-16
19.

The Siege

4.7
6.3/10

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
20.

Very Bad Things

4.6
6.3/10

Kyle Fisher has one last night to celebrate life as a single man before marrying Laura, so he sets out to Vegas with four of his best buddies. But a drug and alcohol filled night on the town with a stripper who goes all the way, turns into a cold night in the desert with shovels when the stripper goes all the way into a body bag after dying in their bathroom. And that's just the first of the bodies to pile up before Kyle can walk down the aisle...

Starring: Christian Slater, Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau, Leland Orser, Jeremy Piven
Directed by: Peter Berg
Release date: 1998-09-11

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