Best Documentary Movies of 1998


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8.2/10 IMDB

Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.

Starring: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Suzanne Dewey, Charles Furneaux, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson ..
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 1998-07-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : The Last Days

The Last Days

7.9/10 IMDB

Five Jewish Hungarians, now U.S. citizens, tell their stories: before March, 1944, when Nazis began to exterminate Hungarian Jews, months in concentration camps, and visiting childhood homes more than 50 years later. An historian, a Sonderkommando, a doctor who experimented on Auschwitz prisoners, and US soldiers who were part of the liberation in April, 1945.

Starring: Bill Basch, Martin Basch, Randolph Braham, Tom Lantos, Alice Lok Cahana, Renee Firestone, Irene Zisblatt ..
Directed by: James Moll
Release date: 1998-10-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Divine Trash

Divine Trash

7.7/10 IMDB

The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters.

Starring: John Waters, Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Steve Buscemi, George Kuchar, Mike Kuchar, Jim Jarmusch, Paul Morrissey ..
Directed by: Steve Yeager
Release date: 1998-01-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Hitman Hart - Wrestling With Shadows

Hitman Hart - Wrestling With Shadows

8.1/10 IMDB

This documentary follows superstar Bret Hart during his last year in the WWF. The film documents the tensions that resulted in The Montreal Screwjob, one of the most controversial events in the history of professional wrestling, in which Vince McMahon, Shawn Micheals, and others, legitimately conspired behind the scenes to go against the script and remove Bret Hart as champion.

Starring: Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Vince McMahon, Steve Austin, Michael Hickenbottom, Mick Foley ..
Directed by: Paul Jay
Release date: 1998-12-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : The Cruise

The Cruise

7.7/10 IMDB

Affectionate portrait of Timothy "Speed" Levitch, a tour guide for Manhattan's Gray Line double-decker buses.

Starring: Timothy "Speed" Levitch ..
Directed by: Bennett Miller
Release date: 1998-10-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Richter: The Enigma

Richter: The Enigma

8.9/10 IMDB

Bruno Monsaingeon wrote and directed this 144-minute French documentary about Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter, who died August 1, 1997. Black-and-white performance clips from the 1930s are combined with later Mosfilm color footage, while Richter's personal history is revealed in digital video interviews shot two years before his death.

Starring: Sviatoslav Richter ..
Directed by: Bruno Monsaingeon
Release date: 1998-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Meeting People Is Easy

Meeting People Is Easy

7.5/10 IMDB

Meeting People Is Easy takes place during the promotion of Radiohead's 1997 release OK Computer, containing a collage of video clips, sound bites, and dialogue going behind the scenes with the band on their world tour, showing the eventual burn-out of the group as the world tour progresses. The inaugural show of the OK Computer tour began on 22 May 1997 in Barcelona, Spain.

Starring: Thom Yorke, Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Philip Selway ..
Directed by: Grant Gee
Release date: 1998-03-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : John Leguizamo: Freak

John Leguizamo: Freak

8.1/10 IMDB

John Leguizamo's semi-falsified, one-man stand-up performance as...himself. This is his autobiographical story, about his life growing up, and his journey to try to be accepted by his father. We see this story through a bizarre myriad of characters and situations, which include the eccentric Uncle Sanny, the Fat Boy Called Bitch (John's little brother, Poochie), his mom, his evil grandmothers, and Lee Stratsberg, not to mention a brief appearance by Cantinflas as God.

Starring: John Leguizamo ..
Directed by: Spike Lee
Release date: 1998-10-10


7.1/10 IMDB

An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb, their trek to the summit, and their successful return to Base Camp. It also shows many of the challenges the group faced, including avalanches, lack of oxygen, treacherous ice walls, and a deadly blizzard.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ed Viesturs, David Breashears, Tracy Pfau, Lhakpa Dorji ..
Directed by: Greg MacGillivray, Stephen Judson, David Breashears
Release date: 1998-03-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1998 : Behind the Planet of the Apes

Behind the Planet of the Apes

7.4/10 IMDB

Roddy McDowall takes you, film by film, from production meetings to make-up sessions, then right onto the movie set to see the actual filming of the science fiction masterpiece. The most comprehensive history of Planet of the Apes ever created, this fascinating 127-minute documentary explores one of the most imaginative and influential series in movie history.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Charlton Heston, Richard D. Zanuck, John Chambers, Kim Hunter, Linda Harrison, William J. Creber, Mort Abrahams, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy ..
Directed by: Kevin Burns, David Comtois
Release date: 1998-09-05

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