It's an impressive group of films, so make sure you check this list carefully and see as many of them as you can. There are a few obscure films on this list that are well worth seeking out.
So, here are the best videos of 1998:
Three Los Angeles police officers search for redemption in this poker-hot crime drama where hookers are cut to look like movie stars and someone is muscling the mobsters out of town.
This award-winning documentary uses archival footage and personal accounts to recount the displacement of European Jews after World War II. It synthesises a people's need for a homeland as well as the resistance and racism they encountered. Highly recommended.
James Camerons epic is both a visual spectacle and a great love story. The tragedy of the shipwreck underscores the doomed lovers fates. While not ground breaking, the traditional script is true to the era and told on a grand scale.
A patient and rewarding film that divulges life's labours and pleasures. Relationships between a mother and daughter, schoolboys, a young couple and elderly friends provide a tender and sometimes-painful reflection on the human need for independence and companionship.
Our amnesiac hero is pursued by aliens and a host of others in a neo-noir city. This apocalyptic tale of alien abduction, telekinesis, murder and love is an entertaining and fantastic journey from the director of The Crow. Sensational effects.
Tragic yet humorous story of a boy whose mental health spirals downward as his parents' lives disintegrate. This wonderful film is compelling and strangely entertaining, with credit due to author Patrick McCabe, director Neil Jordan and young star Eamonn Owens.
Oscar-winning documentary director Barbara Kopple takes us into the private life of Woody Allen, the comedian, auteur, musician, brother, son, husband and neurotic in this must-see for Allen fans. He proves to be a competent traditional Dixieland clarinettist.
Written and directed by David Mamet, this is a classic mystery with clever twists and deceptive red herrings. Simple hero Joe Ross falls blindly into a treacherous scam of murder, money and illusion, where he doesn't know who to trust.
The journey of a lawyer to a small town in shock after a horrific bus crash. His purpose is to convince the townspeople to file a class action lawsuit. This exploration of painful emotions has brains, heart and a soul.
Anastasia hooks up with two con-artists on a journey to Paris. The delightfully evil Rasputin is out to murder the young Russian princess. Fox gives Disney a run for its money with fantastic animation and exciting action. Highly recommended.
Seminal director Martin Scorsese is our guide on this literate and passionate journey through American cinema. The 'talking heads' approach is static, but Scorsese's fine narration and intriguing choices of film make this a must-see for students of film.
Powerful and disturbing story of the horrors of Sarajevo in the early 1990s, honestly portrayed through a combination of dramatic film and news footage. Theres barely a false note in this powerful indictment of terrible war crimes and international neglect.
Gina and her officious husband accompany her aunt's corpse to Havana for a funeral. Along the way, relationships ignite and falter. Romantic, funny and politically savvy; inspiring and potent in its simplicity. From the makers of Strawberry and Chocolate.
Once the embodiment of Norway, Hamsun was the infamous traitor who publicly supported Nazi Germany. Although impeded by a lengthy narrative, this sympathetic profile of an inflexible will is tender and bitter. A prime performance by Max Von Sydow.
A low-key story of upper middle class American family life in the 1970s. Kevin Kline and Joan Allen star in this exploration of hypocrisy, loneliness and the struggle for greater meaning. An intelligent, powerful and worthwhile film.
Can young tormented math genius Will Hunting be taught to believe in himself and his gift before he self-destructs? An intelligent, plausible and likeable drama with a fine ear for dialogue and a series of strong performances.
A young aristocratic wannabe (Helena Bonham Carter) in Edwardian England hatches a plot to have her penniless lover woo a terminally ill American heiress. This adaptation of the Henry James novel is richly textured, well acted and deeply moving.
A fascinating glimpse into both the political machine and the sordid life of Clinton-esque Governor Jack Stanton as he campaigns for his party's 1992 presidential nomination. John Travolta is at his charismatic best as the compelling but tragically flawed politician.
A challenging and powerful film about the terrible realities of poverty, revolutionary conflict and how easy it can be to hide from the truth. It's not easy to sit through, but John Sayles' latest is well worth watching.
The story of African mutineers as they fight inhuman conditions aboard a slave ship, then must later battle for their freedom in American courts. The scenes aboard ship are much more dramatic than the courtroom scenes that conclude the film.
A beautiful, heartbreaking, spectacular film telling the story of Tibet's Dalai Lama from age two through his 1959 exile China took over his country. Martin Scorsese has done a fabulous job of putting the pieces together into a compelling film.
This fast-paced psychological thriller features a tight plot, believable script and effective performances by Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow. It's a successful remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder that proves jealousy, greed and lust are timeless.
A tale of some of lifes more fragile and desperate citizens, Shes So Lovely is not your typical love story. Despite the fact that its often hard to figure out who to pull for, this is a terrific film.
A story of inner city hopelessness, as young criminals progress from petty thievery to more serious trouble. In their midst a romance blossoms, but it too seems doomed. A tragic and compelling film with bang-on performances by its young cast.
Robert Redford directs and stars in this effective blend of humanist and naturalist filmmaking. A family enlists a 'horse whisperer' to help heal their injured daughter, her horse, and the whole family. Beautiful cinematography overwhelms the love story.