Best Romance Movies of 1998

1.

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
2.

You've Got Mail

5.6
6.6/10

Book superstore magnate, Joe Fox and independent book shop owner, Kathleen Kelly fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet—both blissfully unaware that he's trying to put her out of business.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Katie Sagona, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey
Directed by: Nora Ephron
Release date: 1998-12-17
3.

SLC Punk

5.4
7.5/10

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.

Buffalo '66

5.4
7.5/10

Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry.

Starring: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara, Anjelica Huston, Rosanna Arquette
Directed by: Vincent Gallo
Release date: 1998-01-20
5.

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
6.

EverAfter

5.1
7.0/10

A unique 16th century woman, Danielle possesses a love of books, and can easily quote from Sir Thomas More’s UTOPIA. An intriguing mix of tomboyish athleticism and physical beauty, she has more than enough charm to capture the heart of a prince ... after beaning him with an apple.

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Dougray Scott, Anjelica Huston, Patrick Godfrey, Megan Dodds
Directed by: Andy Tennant
Release date: 1998-07-31
7.

The Horse Whisperer

5.1
6.6/10

Based on the novel by the same name from Nicholas Evans, the talented Robert Redford presents this meditative family drama set in the country side. Redford not only directs but also stars in the roll of a cowboy with a magical talent for healing.

Starring: Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Scarlett Johansson, Dianne Wiest
Directed by: Robert Redford
Release date: 1998-05-14
8.

City of Angels

5.1
6.7/10

When guardian angel Seth -- who invisibly watches over the citizens of Los Angeles -- becomes captivated by Maggie, a strong-willed heart surgeon, he ponders trading in his pure, otherworldly existence for a mortal life with his beloved. The couple embarks on a tender but forbidden romance spanning heaven and Earth.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher, Dennis Franz, Colm Feore
Directed by: Brad Silberling
Release date: 1998-04-10
9.

Out of Sight

5.0
7.0/10

Meet Jack Foley, a smooth criminal who bends the law and is determined to make one last heist. Karen Sisco is a federal marshal who chooses all the right moves … and all the wrong guys. Now they're willing to risk it all to find out if there's more between them than just the law.

Starring: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Catherine Keener
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 1998-06-26
10.

Gia

5.0
7.0/10

Gia Carangi travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving, she meets Wilhelmina Cooper, a wise and high-powered agent who takes Gia under her wing. With Cooper's help and her own natural instincts, Gia quickly shoots to the top of the modeling world. When Cooper dies of lung cancer, however, Gia turns to drugs – and both she and her career begin to spiral out of control.

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Michael Cole, Kylie Travis, Mercedes Ruehl
Directed by: Michael Cristofer
Release date: 1998-01-31
11.

Great Expectations

4.9
6.8/10

Loosely based on the Charles Dickens' classic novel, "Great Expectations" is a sensual tale of a young man's unforgettable passage into manhood, and the three individuals who will undeniably change his life forever. Through the surprising interactions of these vivid characters, "Great Expectations" takes a unique and contemporary look at life's great coincidences.

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke, Chris Cooper, Anne Bancroft, Robert De Niro
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Release date: 1998-01-19
12.

Stepmom

4.9
6.8/10

Jackie is a divorced mother of two. Isabel is the career minded girlfriend of Jackie’s ex-husband Luke, forced into the role of unwelcome stepmother to their children. But when Jackie discovers she is ill, both women realise they must put aside their differences to find a common ground and celebrate life to the fullest, while they have the chance.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone, Liam Aiken
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Release date: 1998-12-25
13.

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
14.

Practical Magic

4.7
6.2/10

Sally and Gillian Owens, born into a magical family, have mostly avoided witchcraft themselves. But when Gillian's vicious boyfriend, Jimmy Angelov, dies unexpectedly, the Owens sisters give themselves a crash course in hard magic. With policeman Gary Hallet growing suspicious, the girls struggle to resurrect Angelov -- and unwittingly inject his corpse with an evil spirit that threatens to end their family line.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Evan Rachel Wood, Goran Visnjic, Stockard Channing
Directed by: Griffin Dunne
Release date: 1998-10-16
15.

Can't Hardly Wait

4.7
6.5/10

It's graduation day at Huntington Hills High, and you know what that means - time to party. And not just any party, either. This one will be a night to remember, as the nerds become studs, the jocks are humiliated, and freshman crushes blossom into grown-up romance.

Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli
Directed by: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan
Release date: 1998-06-12
16.

Dangerous Beauty

4.6
7.3/10

Veronica is brilliant, gifted and beautiful, but the handsome aristocrat she loves, Marco Venier, cannot marry her because she is penniless and of questionable family. So Veronica's mother, Paola, teaches her to become a courtesan, one of the exotic companions favored by the richest and most powerful Venetian men. Veronica courageously uses her charms to change destiny -- and to give herself a chance at true love.

Starring: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Jacqueline Bisset, Oliver Platt, Naomi Watts
Directed by: Marshall Herskovitz
Release date: 1998-02-20
17.

Merlin

4.6
7.1/10

The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot.

Starring: Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter, John Gielgud, Rutger Hauer, James Earl Jones
Release date: 1998-04-26
18.

Get Real

4.6
7.6/10

Steven spends his school days longing for all-star athlete John. But John has a gorgeous girlfriend, and Steven is still in the closet about being gay. The only one who knows the teenager's secret is his friend Linda. After a curious run-in with John in a public restroom, Steven starts to wonder if the jock is straight after all. When they start a romance, it threatens to expose the truth about both of them.

Starring: Ben Silverstone, Brad Gorton, Charlotte Brittain, Stacy Hart, Kate McEnery
Directed by: Simon Shore
Release date: 1998-08-16
19.

The Object of My Affection

4.3
6.0/10

A pregnant New York social worker begins to develop romantic feelings for her gay best friend, and decides she'd rather raise her child with him, much to the dismay of her overbearing boyfriend.

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Hayden Panettiere, Alan Alda, Allison Janney
Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
Release date: 1998-04-17
20.

Senseless

4.3
6.0/10

A student gets his senses enhanced by an experimental drug. But abuse is not an option.

Starring: Marlon Wayans, David Spade, Matthew Lillard, Rip Torn, Tamara Taylor
Directed by: Penelope Spheeris
Release date: 1998-02-20

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