Best Mystery Movies of 1998

1.

Dark City

6.2
7.7/10

A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.

Starring: Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, Richard O'Brien
Directed by: Alex Proyas
Release date: 1998-02-27
2.

Pi

5.9
7.4/10

The debut film from Darren Aronofsky in which a mathematical genius Maximilian Cohen discovers a link in the connection between numbers and reality and thus believes he can predict the future.

Starring: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Samia Shoaib, Pamela Hart
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Release date: 1998-07-10
3.

Meet Joe Black

5.9
7.2/10

When the grim reaper comes to collect the soul of megamogul Bill Parrish, he arrives with a proposition: Host him for a "vacation" among the living in trade for a few more days of existence. Parrish agrees, and using the pseudonym Joe Black, Death begins taking part in Parrish's daily agenda and falls in love with the man's daughter. Yet when Black's holiday is over, so is Parrish's life.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani, Jake Weber, Marcia Gay Harden
Directed by: Martin Brest
Release date: 1998-11-12
4.

The Red Violin

5.6
7.7/10

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
5.

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
6.

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
7.

The X Files

5.2
7.0/10

Mulder and Scully, now taken off the FBI's X Files cases, must find a way to fight the shadowy elements of the government to find out the truth about a conspiracy that might mean the alien colonization of Earth.

Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, John Neville
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Release date: 1998-06-19
8.

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
9.

Snake Eyes

4.5
6.0/10

All bets are off when corrupt homicide cop Rick Santoro witnesses a murder during a boxing match. It's up to him and lifelong friend and naval intelligence agent Kevin Dunne to uncover the conspiracy behind the killing. At every turn, Santoro makes increasingly shocking discoveries that even he can't turn a blind eye to.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Carla Gugino, Tamara Tunie
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1998-08-07
10.

The Replacement Killers

4.4
6.1/10

Hired assassin John Lee is asked by Chinatown crime boss Terence Wei to murder the young son of policeman Stan Zedkov. Lee has the boy in his sights, but his conscience gets the better of him, and he spares the child's life. Afraid that Wei will take revenge on his family in China, Lee seeks out expert forger Meg Coburn to obtain the passport he needs to get out of the country, but a band of replacement killers is soon on his trail.

Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker, Kenneth Tsang, Jürgen Prochnow
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release date: 1998-02-06
11.

Zero Effect

4.3
7.0/10

Daryl Zero is a private investigator. Along with his assistant, Steve Arlo he solves impossible crimes and puzzles. Though a master investigator, when he is not working, Zero doesn't know what to do with himself. He has no social skills, writes bad music, and drives Arlo crazy. In his latest case, Zero must find out who is blackmailing a rich executive, and when his client won't tell him, why.

Starring: Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, Ryan O'Neal, Kim Dickens, Angela Featherstone
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Release date: 1998-01-30
12.

Disturbing Behavior

4.1
5.6/10

Steve Clark is a newcomer in the town of Cradle Bay, and he quickly realizes that there's something odd about his high school classmates. The clique known as the "Blue Ribbons" are the eerie embodiment of academic excellence and clean living. But, like the rest of the town, they're a little too perfect. When Steve's rebellious friend Gavin mysteriously joins their ranks, Steve searches for the truth with fellow misfit Rachel.

Starring: James Marsden, Katie Holmes, Nick Stahl, Steve Railsback, Bruce Greenwood
Directed by: David Nutter
Release date: 1998-07-24
13.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

3.7
4.6/10

Unfinished business with coed Julie James brings the murderer to the Bahamas to terrorize her and her friends, Karla, Tyrell and Will, during a vacation. Can Ray Bronson who survived a bloody attack alongside Julie two summers ago, get to the island in time to save everyone?

Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Mekhi Phifer, Brandy Norwood, Muse Watson
Directed by: Danny Cannon
Release date: 1998-11-13
14.

Psycho

3.7
4.6/10

A young female embezzler arrives at the Bates Motel, which has terrible secrets of its own. Although this version is in color, features a different cast, and is set in 1998, it is closer to a shot-for-shot remake than most remakes, with director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk, Hanson's Music Video "Weird") often copying Hitchcock's camera movements and editing, and Joseph Stefano's script is mostly carried over. Bernard Herrmann's musical score is reused as well, though with a new arrangement by Danny Elfman and recorded in stereo.

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, William H. Macy
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Release date: 1998-12-04
15.

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
16.

The X-Files: Fight the Future

3.3
7.9/10
The X-Files: Fight the Future
Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, John Neville, William B. Davis, Martin Landau
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Release date: 1998-06-19
17.

Palmetto

3.2
6.0/10

A recently released ex-con gets involved in a fake kidnapping scheme that turns very real.

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Gina Gershon, Elisabeth Shue, Michael Rapaport, Chloë Sevigny
Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff
Release date: 1998-02-20
18.

Goodbye Lover

3.0
5.6/10

Police investigate when a man having an affair with his brother's wife disappears suddenly.

Starring: Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Mary-Louise Parker, Ellen DeGeneres, John Neville
Directed by: Roland Joffé
Release date: 1998-05-01
19.

Letters from a Killer

2.9
5.5/10
Letters from a Killer
A man is falsely convicted of the murder of his wife. During his time in jail, he finds comfort from four women with whom he corresponds. After his second court appearance, he is finally freed from prison only to be framed for yet 2 more murders which he did not commit. With the help of his former prison guard, he once again sets out to clear his name
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Gia Carides, Roger E. Mosley, Kim Myers, Olivia Birkelund
Directed by: David Carson
Release date: 1998-08-21
20.

The Inspectors

2.6
6.0/10
The Inspectors
U.S Postal Inspectors are called in when a suburban couple are killed by a mail bomb. Suspicion immediately falls on the couple's estranged and heavily in debt son, who also just happens to be a Navy munitions expert. But investigations reveal that he is on the run from a past event in his life that is associated with the bombings.
Starring: Louis Gossett, Jr., Jonathan Silverman, Samantha Ferris, Ty Olsson, Tobias Mehler
Directed by: Brad Turner
Release date: 1998-09-20

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