Best Science Fiction 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.

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.

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! As mind-controlling parasites rapidly begin spreading from the faculty to the students' bodies, it's ultimately up to the few who are left – an unlikely collection of loners, leaders, nerds and jocks – to save the world from alien domination.

Starring: Jordana Brewster, Elijah Wood, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Release date: 1998-12-25
5.

Godzilla

4.7
5.3/10

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
6.

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
7.

Small Soldiers

4.5
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.

Deep Rising

4.4
6.0/10

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
9.

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
10.

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
11.

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
12.

Babylon 5: Thirdspace

3.6
6.9/10
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
13.

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
14.

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
15.

Species II

3.3
4.4/10
Species II
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
16.

Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County

3.3
6.4/10
Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County
After a mysterious blackout, a son goes out to investigate and captures footage of actual aliens. When the aliens follow he and his brothers back to their home all hell breaks lose.
Starring: Benz Antoine, Kristian Ayre, Gillian Barber, Michael Buie, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Directed by: Dean Alioto
Release date: 1998-01-20
17.

The Avengers

3.1
3.7/10

British Ministry agent John Steed, under direction from "Mother", investigates a diabolical plot by arch-villain Sir August de Wynter to rule the world with his weather control machine. Steed investigates the beautiful Doctor Mrs. Emma Peel, the only suspect, but simultaneously falls for her and joins forces with her to combat Sir August.

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Patrick Macnee, Jim Broadbent
Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Release date: 1998-08-13
18.

Brave New World

3.1
5.3/10
Brave New World
In a futuristic totalitarian society, people have no control of their lives or their destiny.
Starring: Leonard Nimoy, Peter Gallagher, Tim Guinee, Rya Kihlstedt, Sally Kirkland
Directed by: Leslie Libman, Larry Williams
Release date: 1998-04-19
19.

Curtain Call

3.0
5.8/10
Curtain Call
A bachelor afraid of marriage angers his long-time girlfriend by buying a splendid townhouse just for himself, only to find it haunted by the ghosts of a famous theatrical couple, who teach him about love and commitment. The film was later re-released under the title "It All Came True". It was to be Peter Yates' last film made for cinema, although in most markets it went directly to TV or home entertainment.
Starring: James Spader, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Sam Shepard, Marcia Gay Harden
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1998-12-05
20.

Star Kid

2.9
5.4/10

Shy seventh-grader Spencer Griffith's life changes when the meteor falls into local junkyard and he finds a Cybersuit - the wise and strong robot from another galaxy. Spencer puts Cybersuit on and becomes a different kind of guy

Starring: Joseph Mazzello, Richard Gilliland, Corinne Bohrer, Alex Daniels, Joey Simmrin
Directed by: Manny Coto
Release date: 1998-01-16

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