Best Family Movies of 1998

1.

Mulan

6.5
7.6/10

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.

A Bug's Life

6.0
7.2/10

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
3.

The Prince of Egypt

6.0
7.1/10

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
4.

The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

5.4
6.5/10

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
5.

Antz

5.3
6.6/10

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
6.

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
7.

Simon Birch

4.9
6.9/10

Simon Birch was born with a condition that makes him much smaller than all the other kids in town. Now, due to his condition, Simon thinks God made him this way for a reason and highly believes in God. Together, Joe and Simon go on a journey of trust and friendship to find the answers to many things. Their friendship is put to the test when some unfortunate events happen.

Starring: Ashley Judd, Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello, Oliver Platt, David Strathairn
Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson
Release date: 1998-09-11
8.

Quest for Camelot

4.8
6.3/10

During the times of King Arthur, Kayley is a brave girl who dreams of following her late father as a Knight of the Round Table. The evil Ruber wants to invade Camelot and take the throne of King Arthur, and Kayley has to stop him.

Starring: Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Gary Oldman, Don Rickles, Jane Seymour
Directed by: Frederik Du Chau
Release date: 1998-05-15
9.

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

4.7
7.8/10

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
10.

Paulie

4.6
6.5/10

Paulie, an intelligent parrot who actually talks, relates the story of his struggle to a Russian immigrant who works as a janitor at the research institute where he is housed and neglected. Paulie's story begins many years earlier when he is given as a gift to a little girl who stutters. Eventually, he teaches the girl to speak correctly but is taken away by her father because he believes the girl cannot distinguish fantasy from reality because she believes the bird can talk. Paulie goes through a series of adventures with a pawn shop owner, an aging widow, a Mexican-American troubadour and a would be thief before being taken to the institute where he now lives

Starring: Gena Rowlands, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Bruce Davison, Trini Alvarado
Directed by: John Roberts
Release date: 1998-04-17
11.

Babe: Pig in the City

4.2
5.8/10

Babe, fresh from his victory in the sheepherding contest, returns to Farmer Hoggett's farm, but after Farmer Hoggett is injured and unable to work, Babe has to go to the big city to save the farm.

Starring: James Cromwell, Mary Stein, Mickey Rooney, Magda Szubanski, Elizabeth Daily
Directed by: George Miller
Release date: 1998-11-25
12.

Mighty Joe Young

4.2
5.6/10

As a child living in Africa, Jill Young saw her mother killed while protecting wild gorillas from poachers led by Andrei Strasser. Now an adult, Jill cares for an orphaned gorilla named Joe -- who, due to a genetic anomaly, is 15 feet tall. When Gregg O'Hara arrives from California and sees the animal, he convinces Jill that Joe would be safest at his wildlife refuge. But Strasser follows them to the U.S., intent on capturing Joe for himself.

Starring: Charlize Theron, Rade Serbedzija, Bill Paxton, Regina King, Peter Firth
Directed by: Ron Underwood
Release date: 1998-12-25
13.

Jack Frost

4.0
5.3/10

A father, who can't keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son before he is gone forever.

Starring: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Mark Addy, Joseph Cross, Henry Rollins
Directed by: Troy Miller
Release date: 1998-12-10
14.

Madeline

3.8
6.0/10

The adventurous, young Madeline is very good at getting into trouble, but she's also fantastic at solving problems as well, and her school-mistress Miss Clavel is not too approving of her. The biggest problem comes up when Lord Covington decides to sell Madeline's school.

Starring: Hatty Jones, Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Ben Daniels, Arturo Venegas
Directed by: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Release date: 1998-07-10
15.

Dancer, Texas Pop. 81

3.8
6.8/10

Four guys, best friends, have grown up together in DANCER, TEXAS POP. 81, a tiny town in West Texas. Years ago, they made a solemn vow to leave town together as soon as they graduate. Now, it's that weekend and the time has come to "put up or shut up." The clock is ticking and as all 81 people in the town watch, comment, offer advice and place bets, these four very different boys with unique backgrounds struggle with the biggest decision of their lives... whether to stay or leave home.

Starring: Breckin Meyer, Peter Facinelli, Eddie Mills, Ethan Embry, Ashley Johnson
Directed by: Tim McCanlies
Release date: 1998-05-01
16.

Belle's Magical World

3.7
5.6/10

Belle, the Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth and the rest of those zany castle residents use their imaginations to embark on three magical, storybook adventures. This direct-to-video anthology serves as a "sequel" to Disney's animated hit film. In "The Perfect World," Belle and the Beast learn about forgiveness. In "Fifi's Folly," Lumiere's girlfriend is jealous of his bond with Belle. And in "Broken Wing," the Beast learns to be kind to an injured bird.

Starring: Robby Benson, Paige O'Hara, David Ogden Stiers, Jerry Orbach, Kimmy Robertson
Directed by: Cullen Blaine, Dale Case
Release date: 1998-02-17
17.

The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock

3.7
6.0/10

Legends claim that Saurus Rock keeps bad luck out of the Great Valley. Is it really true? Could the mysterious Longneck named Doe be the famous Lone Dinosaur, who can defeat a Sharptooth with his lasso-like tail? To find out, Littlefoot and company must cross theiGreat Valley and face a dangerous Sharptooth themselves!

Starring: Thomas Dekker, Kenneth Mars, Anndi McAfee, Aria Curzon, Jeff Bennett
Directed by: Charles Grosvenor
Release date: 1998-12-01
18.

Forbudt for børn

3.6
7.2/10
Forbudt for børn
The second film of the trilogy, "It is forbidden for children". The family is pushed into depression and the heavy drinking mother Skrubsak does not help.
Starring: Ole Dupont
Directed by: Jesper W. Nielsen
Release date: 1998-03-26
19.

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

3.6
4.9/10

When news of John Smith's death reaches America, Pocahontas is devastated. She sets off to London with John Rolfe, to meet with the King of England on a diplomatic mission: to create peace and respect between the two great lands. However, Governor Ratcliffe is still around; he wants to return to Jamestown and take over. He will stop at nothing to discredit the young princess.

Starring: Irene Bedard, Jim Cummings, Donal Gibson, Finola Hughes, Linda Hunt
Directed by: Tom Ellery, Bradley Raymond
Release date: 1998-08-04
20.

The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Kingdom

3.6
5.8/10

The royal couple Odette and Derek face yet another evil magician, this time a woman named Zelda. Lusting for the treasure of the Forbidden Arts, which will give her absolute power, Zelda kidnaps Odette as ransom. Derek and several animal friends head off to rescue Odette

Starring: Michelle Nicastro, Brian Nissen, Joseph Medrano, Steve Vinovich, Christy Landers
Directed by: Richard Rich
Release date: 1998-08-04

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