Best Music Movies of 1998

1.

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
2.

The Red Violin

5.5

Spans 300 years in the life of one famed musical instrument that winds up in present-day Montreal on the auction block. Crafted by the Italian master Bussotti (Cecchi) in 1681, the red violin derives its unusual color from the human blood mixed into the finish. With this legacy, the violin travels to Austria, England, China, and Canada, leaving both beauty and tragedy in its wake.

Starring: Carlo Cecchi, Irene Grazioli, Anita Laurenzi, Tommaso Puntelli, Samuele Amighetti
Directed by: François Girard
Release date: 1998-09-10
3.

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
4.

Velvet Goldmine

5.1

Almost a decade has elapsed since Bowiesque glam-rock superstar Brian Slade escaped the spotlight of the London scene. Now, investigative journalist Arthur Stuart is on assignment to uncover the truth behind the enigmatic Slade. Stuart, himself forged by the music of the 1970s, explores the larger-than-life stars who were once his idols and what has become of them since the turn of the new decade.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christian Bale, Janet McTeer, Toni Collette
Directed by: Todd Haynes
Release date: 1998-10-23
5.

54

4.2

Shane, a Jersey boy with big dreams, crosses the river in hopes of finding a more exciting life at Studio 54. When Steve Rubell, the mastermind behind the infamous disco, plucks Shane from the sea of faces clamoring to get inside his club, Shane not only gets his foot in the door, but lands a coveted job behind the bar – and a front-row seat at the most legendary party on the planet.

Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Breckin Meyer, Mike Myers, Neve Campbell
Directed by: Mark Christopher
Release date: 1998-08-28
6.

The Temptations

4.1

The true story of The Temptations, the Soul vocal group of the 1960s, as seen from the viewpoint of the last surviving member, Otis Williams. Beginning from their humble origins in the late 50s and continuing through the 90s and the deaths of the other 4 members.

Release date: 1998-11-01
7.

Metallica: Cunning Stunts

4.0
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Cunning Stunts is a concert video by heavy metal band Metallica released in 1998. It was released in DVD and VHS formats. The title is also a spoonerism of the term Stunning Cunts. The DVD features concert footage, band interviews, a documentary, behind the scenes footage and a photo gallery consisting of approximately 1,000 photos. Three of the performances feature multiple angles. During the performance of the song "Enter Sandman", the entire stage is set to appear to collapse and explode, with pyrotechnics and a technician (referred to in the extras as the "Burning Dude") who runs across the stage while on fire, as another technician swings overhead. This is also one of the only Metallica concerts that didn't feature "Ecstasy of Gold" as a intro.
Starring: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted
Directed by: Wayne Isham
Release date: 1998-12-08
8.

Cats

4.0
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Cats is a pop-cultural phenomenon that has been performed on stage for more than 50 million patrons in 26 countries for almost 18 years, resulting in more than two billion dollars in ticket sales. Now that Cats has finally made it to the small screen, attention must be paid not just by fans of this critic-proof show, but also by those entertainment mavens who have somehow avoided it until now.
Starring: Elaine Paige, John Mills, Rosemarie Ford, James Barron, Aeva May
Directed by: David Mallet
Release date: 1998-10-05
9.

I Married a Strange Person!

3.9
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A story of a newlywed couple on their wedding night. Grant, the husband, starts experiencing strange, supernatural powers and Kerry, his wife, can’t cope. Whenever Grant thinks of something, it becomes reality, yet he doesn’t know where these magical powers come from.
Starring: Charis Michelsen, Tom Larson, Richard Spore
Directed by: Bill Plympton
Release date: 1998-08-28
10.

Meeting People Is Easy

3.9
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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: 1998-01-01
11.

Hilary and Jackie

3.8

The tragic story of world-renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.

Starring: Emily Watson, Rachel Griffiths, James Frain, David Morrissey, Charles Dance
Directed by: Anand Tucker
Release date: 1998-12-30
12.

Still Crazy

3.7

In the seventies Strange Fruit were it. They lived the rock lifestyle to the max, groupies, drugs, internal tension and an ex front man dead from an overdose. Even their demise was glamorous; when lightning struck the stage during an outdoor festival. 20 years on and these former rock gods they have now sunk deep into obscurity when the idea of a reunion tour is lodged in the head of Tony, former keyboard player of the Fruits. Tony sets out to find his former bandmates with the help of former manager Karen to see if they can recapture the magic and give themselves a second chance.

Starring: Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall
Directed by: Brian Gibson
Release date: 1998-10-30
13.

Blues Brothers 2000

3.7

Elwood, the now lone "Blues Brother" finally released from prison, is once again enlisted by Sister Mary Stigmata in her latest crusade to raise funds for a children's hospital. Once again hitting the road to re-unite the band and win the big prize at the New Orleans Battle of the Bands, Elwood is pursued cross-country by the cops, led by Cabel the Curtis' son

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, Joe Morton, J. Evan Bonifant, B.B. King
Directed by: John Landis
Release date: 1998-02-05
14.

PNYC: Portishead - Roseland New York

3.6

Portishead concert in the Roseland Ballroom, New York City, on the 24th July 1997 with tracks from the albums "Dummy" and "Portishead" played by the band and a 30 piece orchestra.

Starring: Beth Gibbons, Geoff Barrow, Adrian Utley, Dave MacDonald
Directed by: Dick Carruthers
Release date: 1998-11-02
15.

Depeche Mode: The Videos 86-98

3.6
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The Videos 86>98 is a music video compilation by Depeche Mode, featuring almost two dozen music videos directed by a variety of directors, released in 1998. It coincides with The Singles 86>98. The original movie was released on VHS and DVD. There was however a special edition, DVD only, called Videos 86>98 + (without "The", and with "+") released in 2002. The DVD was two discs, the first disc being identical to the only disc in the original DVD, while the second DVD contains bonus material not found in the original release.
Starring: Martin Gore, Dave Gahan, Andy Fletcher, Alan Wilder
Release date: 1998-01-01
16.

Kiss The Second Coming

3.4
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For over a quarter century, KISS has shaped the face of popular music and rock culture. The KISS Alive Worldwide tour saw the rebirth of rock's most incredible band. Witness firsthand the amazing story of how after 17 years, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace frehley and Peter Criss's paths finally crossed, reuniting one of rock and roll's biggest success stories ever. This bombastic behind-the-scenes documentary details the events that led up to KISS's record-breaking Alive Worldwide tour of 1996-97. Come witness the story of how Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter reunited and strove to write a new chapter in the history of rock & roll. This is KISS - The Second Coming.
Starring: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Paul Daniel Frehley, Peter Criss, Matt Pinfield
Directed by: Tommy Thayer
Release date: 1998-11-24
17.

Dance with Me

3.3

Young Cuban Rafael just buried his mother, and comes to Houston to meet his father John for the first time. The difficult part is that John doesn't know he is Rafael's father. John runs a dance studio, and everyone prepares for the World Open Dance championship in Las Vegas. It soon becomes clear Rafael is a very good dancer, and Ruby is the biggest hope for the studio at the championship.

Starring: Vanessa Williams, Chayanne, Kris Kristofferson, Joan Plowright, Jane Krakowski
Directed by: Randa Haines
Release date: 1998-08-21
18.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie

3.3
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Young Rudolph suffers a childhood accident that sees his nose turn from the publicly accepted norm of black to a glowing red colour. His parents worry about him getting teased, and indeed he does in the end. When he is beaten in the reindeer games by his rival for a doe he fancies, Rudolph runs away and moves into a cave with Slyly the Fox. However can he overcome his fear and reach his true poten
Starring: Eric Pospisil, Kathleen Barr, John Goodman, Whoopi Goldberg, Debbie Reynolds
Directed by: William R. Kowalchuk Jr.
Release date: 1998-10-16
19.

I Want You

3.2

A young boy and his sister are drawn into one man's obsessive pursuit of his former lover.

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Alessandro Nivola, Luka Petrušić, Labina Mitevska, Carmen Ejogo
Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Release date: 1998-02-15
20.

Kurt & Courtney

3.2

After rocker Kurt Cobain's death, ruled a suicide, a film crew arrives in Seattle to make a documentary. Director Nick Broomfield talks to lots of people. Portraits emerge: a shy, slight Kurt, weary of touring, embarrassed by fame, hooked on heroin; an out-going Courtney, dramatic, controlling, moving from groupie to star.

Starring: Nick Broomfield, Dylan Carlson, Kurt Cobain, El Duce, Larry Flynt
Directed by: Nick Broomfield
Release date: 1998-02-27

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