Best Science Fiction Movies of 1998

1.

Dark City

6.2
7.6/10

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.

Armageddon

5.8
6.7/10

When an asteroid threatens to collide with Earth, NASA honcho Dan Truman determines the only way to stop it is to drill into its surface and detonate a nuclear bomb. This leads him to renowned driller Harry Stamper, who agrees to helm the dangerous space mission provided he can bring along his own hotshot crew. Among them is the cocksure A.J. who Harry thinks isn't good enough for his daughter, until the mission proves otherwise.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Will Patton
Directed by: Michael Bay
Release date: 1998-07-01
3.

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
4.

Star Trek: Insurrection

4.8
6.4/10

When an alien race and factions within Starfleet attempt to take over a planet that has "regenerative" properties, it falls upon Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise to defend the planet's people as well as the very ideals upon which the Federation itself was founded.

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Release date: 1998-12-10
5.

The Faculty

4.7
6.5/10

When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make a chilling discovery that confirms their worst suspicions: their teachers really are from another planet!

Starring: Jordana Brewster, Elijah Wood, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Release date: 1998-12-25
6.

Godzilla

4.7
5.4/10

When a freighter is viciously attacked in the Pacific Ocean, a team of experts -- including biologist Niko Tatopoulos and scientists Elsie Chapman and Mendel Craven -- concludes that an oversized reptile is the culprit. Before long, the giant lizard is loose in Manhattan, destroying everything within its reach. The team chases the monster to Madison Square Garden, where a brutal battle ensues.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Release date: 1998-05-20
7.

Small Soldiers

4.6
6.2/10

When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.

Starring: Gregory Smith, Kirsten Dunst, Denis Leary, Phil Hartman, David Cross
Directed by: Joe Dante
Release date: 1998-07-10
8.

Sphere

4.5
6.1/10

The OSSA discovers a spacecraft thought to be at least 300 years old at the bottom of the ocean. Immediately following the discovery, they decide to send a team down to the depths of the ocean to study the space craft. They are the best of best, smart and logical, and the perfect choice to learn more about the spacecraft.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Coyote, Liev Schreiber
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Release date: 1998-02-13
9.

Soldier

4.5
6.0/10
Soldier
Sergeant Todd is a veteran soldier for an elite group of the armed forces. After being defeated by a new breed of genetically engineered soldiers, he is dumped on a waste planet and left for dead. He soon interacts with a group of crash survivors who lead out a peaceful existence. The peace is broken as the new soldiers land on the planet to eliminate the colony, which Sergeant Todd must defend.
Starring: Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Connie Nielsen, Sean Pertwee
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Release date: 1998-10-23
10.

Deep Rising

4.4
6.1/10

A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who have taken over the ship first.

Starring: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O'Connor, Una Damon
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Release date: 1998-01-30
11.

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
12.

Babylon 5: In the Beginning

4.0
7.7/10
Babylon 5: In the Beginning
Londo Mollari, the Centauri Emperor, recounts the initial contact between the Humans and Minbari, which resulted in a major incident and subsequent war, for an eager pair of youngsters wanting a story about love and conflict.
Starring: Bruce Boxleitner, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Andreas Katsulas, Peter Jurasik
Directed by: Michael Vejar
Release date: 1998-01-04
13.

I Married a Strange Person!

3.9
7.0/10
I Married a Strange Person!
It's a heartwarming story of a newlywed couple on their wedding night. Grant, the husband, starts experiencing strange, supernatural powers and Kerry, the wife, can't cope. Whenever Grant thinks of something, it becomes reality, yet he doesn't know where these magical powers come from.
Starring: Tom Larson, Charis Michelsen, Richard Spore, Chris Cooke, Ruth Ray
Directed by: Bill Plympton
Release date: 1998-08-28
14.

Lost in Space

3.9
5.2/10

The prospects for continuing life on Earth in the year 2058 are grim. So the Robinsons are launched into space to colonize Alpha Prime, the only other inhabitable planet in the galaxy. But when a stowaway sabotages the mission, the Robinsons find themselves hurtling through uncharted space.

Starring: Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham
Directed by: Stephen Hopkins
Release date: 1998-04-03
15.

Behind the Planet of the Apes

3.8
7.5/10
Behind the Planet of the Apes
This documentary was shown as part of the American Movie Classics (AMC) cable TV channel's celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of Planet of the Apes (1968). We learn how the original French novel was transformed into the first film.
Starring: Roddy McDowall, Charlton Heston, Richard D. Zanuck, John Chambers, Kim Hunter
Directed by: Kevin Burns, David Comtois
Release date: 1998-09-05
16.

Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus: The Movie

3.7
8.7/10
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus: The Movie
Starring: Lorne Lanning
Directed by: Lorne Lanning
Release date: 1998-10-27
17.

Babylon 5: Thirdspace

3.6
7.0/10
Babylon 5: Thirdspace
Susan Ivanova discovers a derelict spaceship in hyperspace. They tow it back to Babylon 5, then strange things start happening. People are being telepathically taken over by aliens from another (third)space.
Starring: Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Mira Furlan, Shari Belafonte, Stephen Furst
Directed by: Jesús Salvador Treviño
Release date: 1998-07-19
18.

Six-String Samurai

3.5
6.7/10

In a post-apocalyptic world where the Russians have taken over a nuked USA and Elvis is king of Lost Vegas, Buddy is a '50s rocker and wandering warrior rolled into one, too-cool package. Armed with his six-string in one hand and his sword in the other, Buddy is on his way to Vegas to succeed Elvis as King. Along the way, he saves an orphan who decides to tag along.

Starring: Jeffrey Falcon, Justin McGuire, Kim De Angelo, Stephane Gauger, Clifford Hugo
Directed by: Lance Mungia
Release date: 1998-09-18
19.

Species II

3.4
4.4/10

Having just returned from a mission to Mars, Commander Ross isn't exactly himself. He's slowly becoming a terrifying alien entity with one goal -- to procreate with human women! When countless women suffer gruesome deaths after bearing half-alien offspring, scientist Laura Baker and hired assassin Press Lennox use Eve, a more tempered alien clone, to find Ross and his brood. Before long Eve escapes to mate with Ross.

Starring: Michael Madsen, Natasha Henstridge, Marg Helgenberger, Mykelti Williamson, George Dzundza
Directed by: Peter Medak
Release date: 1998-04-10
20.

The X-Files: Fight the Future

3.3
8.4/10
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

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