Overstreet’s Favorite Films: 1998

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 1998.

In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.

Red = Treasures
Purple = Favorites
Blue = Achievements
Gray = Decent/Noteworthy
Green = Unseen or Undecided
* = This film was discovered after the year in question and added in a list revision.



  1. Out of Sight
  2. The Thin Red Line
  3. The Last Days of Disco
  4. The Truman Show
  5. The Celebration
  6. Henry Fool
  7. Dark City
  8. Saving Private Ryan
  9. The Big Lebowski
  10. Rushmore
  11. Kiki’s Delivery Service
  12. Autumn Tale
  13. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  14. Shakespeare In Love
  15. The General
  16. The Prince of Egypt
  17. Antz
  18. Babe: Pig In The City
  19. A Bug’s Life
  20. Men With Guns
  21. Insomnia
  22. Happiness
  23. The Butcher Boy
  24. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  25. 42 Up
  • Smoke Signals
  • Ever After
  • Central Station
  • Elizabeth
  • Ronin
  • The Book of Life
  • Pi
  • Mulan
  • Enemy of the State
  • Gods And Monsters
  • A Simple Plan
  • Hilary and Jackie
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 2008
A Civil Action (Steve Zaillian)
A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (James Ivory)
Aberdeen (Kathy Fehl and Ian Teal)
Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy
American History X
Another Day in Paradise (Larry Clark)
Apt Pupil (Bryan Singer)
Autumn Tale
Beloved (Jonathan Demme)
Besieged (Bernardo Bertolucci)
Black Cat, White Cat (Emir Kusturica)
Black Dog
Bloody Angels
Buffalo ’66 (Vincent Gallo)
Cabaret Balkan
Christmas in August (Hur Jin-ho)
Circle’s Short Circuit
Claire Dolan
Class Trip
Confession (Alexandr Sokurov)
Dance Me to My Song
Dancing at Lughnasa
Divine (Arturo Ripstein)
Divorce Iranian Style
Down in the Delta
Dr. Akagi (Shohei Imamura)
Eternity and a Day
Eyes of the Spider (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Ferocious Saint Lord of Gobi
Fiona (Amos Kollek)
Frat House
God Said, ‘Ha!’
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
He Got Game (Spike Lee)
High Art
Histoire(s) du cinéma
Histoire(s) du Cinema (Jean-Luc Godard)
Honeymoon (Dan Sallitt)
I Giardini dell’Eden
I Piccoli maestri
I Stand Alone (Gaspar Noe)
Inquietude (Manoel de Oliveira)
Khrustalyov, My Car! (Otar Iosseliani)
Kirikou and the Sorceress (Michel Ocelot)
Knock Off (Tsui Hark)
La Nube
L’Albero delle pere
L’Arrière Pays (Jacques Nolot)
Last Night (Don McKellar)
L’ennui (Cedric Kahn)
License to Live (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Living Out Loud
Love Is the Devil
Lovers of the Arctic Circle
Mr. Zhao (Lu Yue)
My Name Is Joe
New Rose Hotel (Abel Ferrara)
Next Stop Wonderland (Brad Anderson)

Of Freaks and Men
One True Thing
Outskirts (Petr Lutsik)
Paul Taylor: Dancemaker
Pecker (John Waters)
Place Vendôme
Radiation (Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley)
Return to Paradise (Joseph Ruben)
Ringu (Hideo Nakata)
Samurai Fiction (Hiroyuki Nakano)
Serpent’s Path (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Show Me Love (Lukas Moodysson)
Sliding Doors
Slums of Beverly Hills (Tamara Jenkins)
Snake Eyes (Brian De Palma)
Still Crazy
Such a Long Journey
Surrender Dorothy
Tango (Carlos Saura)
Terminus paradis
The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf)
The Boys
The Cremaster Cycle
The Dinner Game
The Emperor and the Assassin (Chen Kaige)
The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison
The Flight of the Bee (Jamshed Usmonov and Biong Hun Min)
The Grandfather
The Hole (Tsai Ming-liang)
The Idiots (Lars Von Trier)
The Impostors (Stanley Tucci)
The Interview
The Land Girls (David Leland)
The Last Days
The Longest Summer (Fruit Chan)
The Newton Boys (Richard Linklater)
The Polish Bride
The Power of Kangwon Province (Hong Sang-soo)Praise (John Curran)
The Red Violin
The School of Flesh (Benoit Jacquot)
The Silence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
The Way We Laughed
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (Patrice Chéreau)
Three Businessmen (Alex Cox)
Under the Sun
Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes)
Voleur de vie
Waking Ned Devine
West Beirut
Woman on a Tin Roof (Mario O’Hara)*
Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl
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