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The Movies of 1998: U.S. Releases
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Original Top Ten List

When I built this website in January 1998, as a junior in college, I retroactively posted Top 10 lists for the years 1995, 1996, and 1997. Attending university in a large city enabled enough filmgoing opportunities that, for the first time, I could offer appraisals that weren't based on embarrassingly small fractions of what got released in a given year. These original Top 10 lists were based on U.S. theatrical release dates.

1. Taste of Cherry Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. With Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolhossein Bagheri A
2. The Thin Red Line Dir. Terrence Malick. With Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Ben Chaplin A
3. Love and Death on Long Island Dir. Richard Kwietniowski. With John Hurt, Jason Priestley A–
4. Velvet Goldmine Dir. Todd Haynes. With Christian Bale, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Ewan McGregor A–
5. The Opposite of Sex Dir. Don Roos. With Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow A–
6. Psycho Dir. Gus Van Sant. With Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Viggo Mortensen, Julianne Moore A–
7. The Truman Show Dir. Peter Weir. With Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich B+
8. The Prince of Egypt Dirs. Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, and Simon Wells. Animated B+
9. Wild Man Blues Dir. Barbara Kopple. Documentary about Woody Allen and his jazz band B+
10. Saving Private Ryan Dir. Steven Spielberg. With Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore B+

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