Best History Movies of 1998

1.

Saving Private Ryan

7.0
8.6/10

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1998-07-24
2.

The Thin Red Line

6.2
7.6/10

Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II battle of Guadalcanal. It follows their journey, from the surprise of an unopposed landing, through the bloody and exhausting battles that follow, to the ultimate departure of those who survived. A powerful frontline cast - including Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson and George Clooney - explodes into action in this hauntingly realistic view of military and moral chaos in the Pacific during World War II.

Starring: Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Release date: 1998-12-25
3.

Shakespeare in Love

5.8
7.1/10

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
4.

The Man in the Iron Mask

5.4
6.5/10

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
5.

Elizabeth

5.4
7.4/10

The story of the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, John Gielgud
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
Release date: 1998-09-13
6.

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
7.

The Last Days

4.0
7.6/10
The Last Days
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
Directed by: James Moll
Release date: 1998-10-23
8.

Goodnight Mister Tom

3.9
7.8/10

We're in an English village shortly before Dunkirk. "Mr. Tom" Oakley still broods over the death of his wife and small son while he was away in the navy during WWI, and grief has made him a surly hermit. Now children evacuated from London are overwhelming volunteers to house them. Practically under protest, Mr. Tom takes in a painfully quiet 10-year-old, who gradually reveals big problems.

Starring: John Thaw, Nick Robinson, Annabelle Apsion, Thomas Orange, William Armstrong
Directed by: Jack Gold
Release date: 1998-10-24
9.

Legionnaire

3.8
5.4/10

Alain Lefevre is a boxer paid by a Marseille mobster to take a dive. When he wins the fight he attempts to flee to America with the mobster's girlfriend Katrina. This plan fails and he seeks escape by joining the foreign legion. As part of the legion he tangles with abusive lieutenant Steinkampf and bonds with legionnaires Luther, Mackintosh and Rosetti.

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Steven Berkoff, Nicholas Farrell, Jim Carter
Directed by: Peter MacDonald
Release date: 1998-12-03
10.

Savior

3.7
7.3/10

A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Pascal Rollin, Catlin Foster, Stellan Skarsgård, John Maclaren
Directed by: Predrag Antonijevi?
Release date: 1998-06-01
11.

Tatiana

3.7
7.6/10
Tatiana
In 1834, Tatiana and her family lived peacefully in an old windmill on the property of the Marquis of Icecrown until one day, her father, the miller, due to a series of poor harvests, has to ask the Marquis to lend him 1,200 escudos. Since the Marquis is wicked and cruel, he decides to get his money back and while the father is away, he forces the younger sister to fuck all the members of his escort service and himself. Deranged with anger, Tatiana decides to avenge her sister, but to do that, she needs money and finds herself forced to become a prostitute.
Starring: Tania Russof, David Perry, Rita Cardinale, Laura Black, Vanda Vitus
Directed by: Pierre Woodman
Release date: 1998-01-01
12.

Tatiana 3

3.6
7.7/10
Tatiana 3
At the Icecrown Castle by the lake, one of the Marquis' maids tells a washwoman about the latest rumours on her master. After a heated argument, the Marquise and her daughter abandon the castle, leaving her husband's guard with a pleasant memory. The Marquis madly in love with Tatiana, unloads all his burning desires on his servants while Tatiana, thanks to the money she has so skillfully earned, runs away from the brothel so as to go back to the person she loves, Thierry. But, unfortunately, it isn't that simple. Tatiana is forced to withstand unspeakable things and, distressed, flees to the arms of the person she most hates in the world who nevertheless, treats her like a princess: the Marquis of Icecrown. Don't miss the last episode of the hottest of all sagas, in which the main characters join in on the most perverse games, for your delight.
Starring: Tania Russof, David Perry, Kathy Divan, Inga Ridere, Magalie
Directed by: Pierre Woodman
Release date: 1998-03-01
13.

Tatiana 2

3.5
7.5/10
Tatiana 2
Due to her father’s financial problems, and the raping of her sister, Tatiana is forced to prostitute herself at a grand brothel of the city. Having overheard a conversation between the Marquis’ butler and the brothel “madame”, Tatiana pretends to be the girl with the shaved sex pierced by a gold ring, with whom the Marquis has always dreamed. This way she can earn a lot of money and prepare her revenge. Meanwhile, back at the Icecrown Castle, the Marquis is visited by his friend the Duke, with whom he enjoys the company of peasant women while their wives, and even their daughters, are fucking all over the garden, and even in the lake. After reading a report from his butler on Tatiana, the Marquis accepts seeing her and goes to the brothel personally. The second part of the saga in which sex and action intermingle with a cast full of beautiful girls and epoch gowns.
Starring: Tania Russof, David Perry, Marianne, Sandra Dark, Inga Ridere
Directed by: Pierre Woodman
Release date: 1998-02-01
14.

Frenchman's Creek

2.8
6.4/10
Frenchman's Creek
Seeking to escape the stifling London court society, the beautiful headstrong Lady Dona St. Columb flees to her family estate on the Cornish coast. Her new freedom swiftly brings her into contact with the dashingly handsome French privateer Jean Aubrey who sweeps her off her feet and into a world of adventure on the high seas very different from her dull and boring life at court with her husband Sir Harry. Together with Jean Aubrey and her enigmatic servant William, Lady Dona conceives a daring plan to steal a ship right from under the noses of the English authorities. The theft enrages the authorities who make every effort to trap the French Pirate. However, as the noose begins to tighten around the lovers, Lady Dona is faced with the dilemma of duty and children with Sir Harry or freedom and excitement with Jean Aubrey
Starring: Tara Fitzgerald, Anthony Delon, Tim Dutton, James Fleet
Directed by: Ferdinand Fairfax
Release date: 1998-12-19
15.

Beefcake

2.7
6.6/10
Beefcake
This film looks at the 1950's muscle men's magazines and the representative industry that were popular supposedly as health and fitness magazines, but were in reality primarily being purchased by the still underground homosexual community. Chief among the purveyors of this literature was Bob Mizer, who maintained a magazine and developed sexually inexplicit men's films for over 40 years. Aided by his mother, the two maintained a stable of not so innocent studs. At the end, the film moves into a court room drama as Mizer is tried for running a male-prostitute ring in the early 60's. Clips of Mizer's actual films starring individuals, such as Jack LaLanne and Joe Dallesandro, are included.
Starring: Daniel MacIvor, Carroll Godsman, Daniel MacIvor, Joe Dallesandro, Joshua Peace
Directed by: Thom Fitzgerald
Release date: 1998-09-01
16.

More Things That Aren't Here Anymore

1.9
8.6/10
Another nostalgic look at Southern California's past, particularly things and places in and around Los Angeles which no longer exist.
Starring: Ralph Story, Dori Russell
Release date: 1998-02-28
17.

City Dump: The Story of the 1951 CCNY Basketball Scandal

1.7
7.6/10
City Dump: The Story of the 1951 CCNY Basketball Scandal
Documentary examining one of the most notorious incidents in college basketball history, when seven members of the City College of New York (CCNY) basketball team conspired with gamblers to fix games over two seasons (1949-51). Includes archival television footage, home movies, and interviews with p
Starring: Liev Schreiber, Marty Glickman, Nat Holman, Marvin Kalb
Directed by: Steve Stern, George Roy
Release date: 1998-03-24
18.

Rescuers: Stories of Courage – Two Couples

0.0
6.7/10
Rescuers: Stories of Courage – Two Couples
Two fact-based tales about citizens who risked everything, including their lives, to save Holocaust victims.
Starring: Dana Delany, Martin Donovan, Hugo Haenen, Tom Jansen, Nigel Bennett
Directed by: Tim Hunter, Lynne Littman
Release date: 1998-05-10

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