Best Thriller Movies of 1998

1.

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
2.

Enemy of the State

5.9
7.3/10

A hotshot Washington criminal lawyer becomes the target of a rogue security executive videotaped in the act of murdering a congressman when the incriminating tape is surreptitiously slipped into his shopping bag by the videographer, who is fleeing the executive's assassins.

Starring: Will Smith, Regina King, Jon Voight, Gene Hackman, Lisa Bonet
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 1998-11-20
3.

Ronin

5.9
7.3/10

A briefcase with undisclosed contents – sought by Irish terrorists and the Russian mob – makes its way into criminals' hands. An Irish liaison assembles a squad of mercenaries, or 'ronin', and gives them the thorny task of recovering the case.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1998-09-25
4.

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
5.

Rush Hour

5.7
7.0/10

When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn't want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the sidelines, Lee and Carter form an unlikely partnership and investigate the case themselves.

Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung, Tom Wilkinson, Tzi Ma
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Release date: 1998-09-18
6.

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
7.

Lethal Weapon 4

5.5
6.6/10

In the combustible action franchise's final installment, maverick detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh square off against Asian mobster Wah Sing Ku, who's up to his neck in slave trading and counterfeit currency. With help from gumshoe Leo Getz and smart-aleck rookie cop Lee Butters, Riggs and Murtaugh aim to take down Ku and his gang.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Jet Li
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1998-07-10
8.

A Simple Plan

5.3
7.5/10

Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over $4 million in cash is discovered at the remote site of a downed small airplane. Their simple plan to retain the money while avoiding detection opens a Pandora's box when the fear of getting caught triggers panicked behavior and leads to virulent consequences.

Starring: Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda, Billy Bob Thornton, Brent Briscoe, Chelcie Ross
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 1998-12-11
9.

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
10.

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
11.

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
12.

Fallen

5.0
7.0/10

Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.

Starring: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz, James Gandolfini
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
Release date: 1998-01-16
13.

Suicide Kings

4.9
7.0/10

Charlie, a former mobster, is abducted by five privileged young men desperate to raise a $2 million ransom to save the sister of a friend. As Charlie plays mind games, however, his captors splinter -- each wondering whether one of their own had a hand in the crime.

Starring: Christopher Walken, Henry Thomas, Sean Patrick Flanery, Jeremy Sisto, Nina Siemaszko
Directed by: Peter O'Fallon
Release date: 1998-04-17
14.

U.S. Marshals

4.8
6.5/10

U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard is accompanying a plane load of convicts from Chicago to New York. The plane crashes spectacularly, and Mark Sheridan escapes. But when Diplomatic Security Agent John Royce is assigned to help Gerard recapture Sheridan, it becomes clear that Sheridan is more than just another murderer.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr., Joe Pantoliano, Daniel Roebuck
Directed by: Stuart Baird
Release date: 1998-03-06
15.

Apt Pupil

4.8
6.7/10

Neighborhood boy Todd Bowden discovers that an old man living on his block named Arthur Denker is nazi war criminal. Bowden confronts Denker and offers him a deal: Bowden will not go to the authorities if Denker tells him stories of the concentration camps in WWII...

Starring: Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, David Schwimmer, Bruce Davison, Ann Dowd
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Release date: 1998-10-23
16.

The Siege

4.7
6.3/10

The secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist from his Middle East homeland leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York. An FBI senior agent and his team attempt to locate and decommission the enemy cells, but must also deal with an Army General gone rogue and a female CIA agent of uncertain loyalties.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis, Tony Shalhoub, Sami Bouajila
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 1998-11-06
17.

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
18.

Very Bad Things

4.6
6.3/10

Kyle Fisher has one last night to celebrate life as a single man before marrying Laura, so he sets out to Vegas with four of his best buddies. But a drug and alcohol filled night on the town with a stripper who goes all the way, turns into a cold night in the desert with shovels when the stripper goes all the way into a body bag after dying in their bathroom. And that's just the first of the bodies to pile up before Kyle can walk down the aisle...

Starring: Christian Slater, Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau, Leland Orser, Jeremy Piven
Directed by: Peter Berg
Release date: 1998-09-11
19.

Mercury Rising

4.5
6.1/10

Renegade FBI agent Art Jeffries protects a nine-year-old autistic boy who has cracked the government's new "unbreakable" code.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes, Chi McBride, Kim Dickens
Directed by: Harold Becker
Release date: 1998-04-03
20.

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

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