Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1998. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1998. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1998 Sci-Fi Movies List
The Truman Show (1998)
PG | 1h 43min | 103min | 05 Jun 1998Score: 8.83/10
Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Tony Todd, Marc Macaulay, Sergio Kato, Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney
Synopsis: In this movie, Truman is a man whose life is a fake one... The place he lives is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, and all his friends and people around him, are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show. Truman thinks that he is an ordinary man with an ordinary life and has no idea about how he is exploited. Until one day... he finds out everything. Will he react?
Tagline: All the world's a stage...
R | 1h 36min | 96min | 31 Jan 1998Score: 8.5/10
Director: Hideo Nakata
Starring: Hiroyuki Sanada, Yûrei Yanagi, Yutaka Matsushige, Kiriko Shimizu, Kazuhiro Yokoyama
Synopsis: Reiko Asakawa is researching into a 'Cursed Video' interviewing teenagers about it. When her niece Tomoko dies of 'sudden heart failure' with an unnaturally horrified expression on her face, Reiko investigates. She finds out that some of Tomoko's friends, who had been on a holiday with Tomoko the week before, had died on exactly the same night at the exact same time in the exact same way. Reiko goes to the cabin where the teens had stayed and finds an 'unlabeled' video tape. Reiko watched the tape to discover to her horror it is in fact the 'cursed videotape'. Ex-Husband…
Tagline: Will scare the hell out of you!
Run Lola Run (1998)
R | 1h 21min | 81min | 18 Jun 1999Score: 8.23/10
Director: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Moritz Bleibtreu, Ludger Pistor, Franka Potente, Beate Finckh, J.P. Johannsen
Synopsis: Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. Lola has 20 min to raise this amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor event along Lola's run.
Tagline: The Pressure is Rising, The Adrenaline is Rushing, The Clock is Ticking
R | 1h 24min | 84min | 10 Jul 1998Score: 7.8/10
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Mark Margolis, Stanley B. Herman, Ajay Naidu, Abraham Aronofsky, Samia Shoaib
Synopsis: In NYC's Chinatown, recluse math genius Max (Sean Gullette) believes "everything can be understood in terms of numbers," and he looks for a pattern in the system as he suffers headaches, plays Go with former teacher Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis), and fools around with an advanced computer system he's built in his apartment. Both a Wall Street company and a Hasidic sect take an interest in his work, but he's distracted by blackout attacks, hallucinations, and paranoid delusions..
Tagline: There will be no order, only chaos
Dark City (1998)
R | 1h 40min | 100min | 27 Feb 1998Score: 7.45/10
Director: Alex Proyas
Starring: Bruce Spence, Kiefer Sutherland, David Wenham, William Hurt, Deobia Oparei
Synopsis: John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability to put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him.
Tagline: They built the city to see what makes us tick. Last night one of us went off.
The Faculty (1998)
R | 1h 44min | 104min | 25 Dec 1998Score: 6.68/10
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Elijah Wood, Rana Morrison, Famke Janssen, Jon Abrahams, Clea DuVall
Synopsis: A horror tale set in a High School where the students suspect the teaching staff of being aliens, who are intent on making the students their victims.
Tagline: Six students are about to find out their teachers really are from another planet.
The X Files (1998)
PG-13 | 2h 01min | 121min | 19 Jun 1998Score: 6.68/10
Director: Rob Bowman
Starring: Tom Woodruff Jr., Michael Shamus Wiles, Mitch Pileggi, Gary Grubbs, Jeffrey DeMunn
Synopsis: With problems appearing between FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, a dangerous conspiracy is starting to appear. A deadly virus, which appears to be of extraterrestrial origin has appeared, which could destroy all life on Earth. With the help of a paranoid doctor, Alvin Kurtzweil, Mulder and Scully must act fast in order to save everyone on the planet.
Tagline: Fight the Future
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
PG | 1h 43min | 103min | 11 Dec 1998Score: 6.1/10
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Michael Welch, Gregg Henry, Anthony Zerbe
Synopsis: While on a mission to observe the peaceful Ba'ku race, Lt. Commander Data suddenly behaves as if having to fear for his existence. The immortal Ba'ku, whose planet offers regenerative radiation and therefore incredible lifespans, live in harmony with nature and reject advanced technology. Their planet and their culture is secretly researched by the Federation associated with an alien race called the Son'a. But the Son'a intend to abduct the Ba'ku in order to take the planet for themselves and for the Starfleet officials who all would like to regenerate their bodies. But they did not think of the loyalty…
Tagline: The Battle For Paradise Has Begun
Rebirth of Mothra III (1998)
R | 1h 39min | 99min | 12 Dec 1998Score: 5.57/10
Director: Okihiro Yoneda
Starring: Miyuki Matsuda, Tsutomu Kitagawa, Kôichi Ueda, Shirô Namiki, Rik Thomas
Synopsis: A meteorite yields the three-headed dragon King Ghidorah on Earth, after Mothra's priestesses predicted that the King of Terror would return. The monster was said to be responsible for the death of the dinosaurs, and now, he is out to get all of Earth's children. While Mothra's powers are no match for the dragon, he is sent to the past, in the time of the dinosaurs, to battle a younger, and apparently less powerful, King Ghidorah.
Small Soldiers (1998)
PG-13 | 1h 48min | 108min | 10 Jul 1998Score: 5.45/10
Director: Joe Dante
Starring: Dick Miller, Rance Howard, Robert Picardo, Kevin Dunn, Christina Ricci
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Alan Abernathy, the son of a toy store owner, tries out some new action figures: The Commando Elite versus The Gorgonites. But three months ago, a toy company believes it is onto something when it employs the latest government military technology in a series of action figures, enabling them to talk. They underestimate the power of the special micro chips they've employed, however, as the two opposing sides of the toy line start thinking for themselves and engaging in real combat! The Commando Elite vow to wipe out the Gorgonites in a suburban neighborhood. Alan, his neighbor Christy Fimple,…
Tagline: Big Trouble Small Soldiers
Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998)
R | 1h 33min | 93min | 20 Jan 1998Score: 5.38/10
Director: Dean Alioto
Starring: Aaron Pearl, Suzanne Ristic, Rick Cramer, Benz Antoine, Gillian Barber
Synopsis: Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
PG-13 | 2h 14min | 134min | 13 Feb 1998Score: 5.14/10
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Liev Schreiber, Dustin Hoffman, Bernard Hocke, Sharon Stone
Synopsis: 1000 feet below the ocean, navy divers discover an object half-a-mile long. A crack team of scientists are deployed to the site in Deepsea Habitats. What they find boggles the mind as they discover a perfect metal sphere. What is the secret behind the sphere? Will they survive the mysterious 'manifestations'? Who or what is creating these? They may never live to find out.
Tagline: From the bestselling author of 'Jurassic Park' and 'The Lost World'
R | 1h 18min | 78minScore: 5.06/10
Director: William Kersten
Starring: Anastasia Woolverton, Hannah Nease, James Diederichsen, Patricia Mathews, George Randolph
Synopsis: Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
Tagline: Deviant. Psychotic. Demented.
Deep Impact (1998)
PG-13 | 2h 00min | 120min | 08 May 1998Score: 4.9/10
Director: Mimi Leder
Starring: Elijah Wood, Thomas Rosales Jr., Morgan Freeman, Dougray Scott, W. Earl Brown
Synopsis: Journalist Jenny Lerner is assigned to look into the background of Secretary Alan Rittenhouse who abruptly resigned from government citing his wife's ill health. She learns from his secretary that Rittenhouse was having an affair with someone named Ellie but when she confronts him, his strange reaction leads her to reconsider her story. In fact, a comet, discovered the previous year by high school student Leo Biederman and astronomer Dr. Marcus Wolf, is on a collision course with the Earth, an Extinction Level Event. A joint US-Russian team is sent to destroy the comet but should it fail, special measures…
Tagline: Heaven and Earth are about to collide.
PG-13 | 2h 31min | 151min | 01 Jul 1998Score: 4.87/10
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Udo Kier, Peter Stormare, Bruce Willis, William Fichtner, Mark Boone Junior
Synopsis: It is just another day at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a few astronauts were repairing a satellite until, out of nowhere, a series of asteroids came crashing into the shuttle, destroying it. These asteroids also decimated New York soon thereafter. Then, NASA discovered that there is an asteroid roughly the size of Texas heading towards the Earth, and when it does hit the Earth, the planet itself and all of its inhabitants will be obliterated, worse, the asteroid will hit the Earth in 18 days. Unfortunately, NASA's plans to destroy the asteroid are irrelevant. That is when…
Tagline: It's Closer Than You Think.
Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)
R | 1h 30min | 90minScore: 4.77/10
Director: Don Coscarelli
Starring: Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Bob Ivy
Synopsis: Taking off immediately where the last one ended, in this episode Mike travels across dimensions and time fleeing from the Tall Man, at the same time he tries to find the origins of his enemy, and what really happened the night that his brother died. Meanwhile, Reggie (accompanied by a beauty he picked up on the road) battles the spheres and the undead in a quest to find Mike before the Tall Man can complete his transformation.
Tagline: The sequel with balls!
R | 1h 38min | 98min | 30 Mar 1999Score: 4.66/10
Director: Brian Yuzna
Starring: Brad Dourif, Greg Bronson, Arnold Vosloo, Wilford Brimley, Don Calfa
Synopsis: An unsuspecting woman is impregnated by aliens who are experimenting on the human population.
Tagline: There Are Some Things In The Universe That We Can't Understand
Disturbing Behavior (1998)
R | 1h 24min | 84min | 24 Jul 1998Score: 4.5/10
Director: David Nutter
Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Garry Chalk, James Marsden, William Sadler, Jay Brazeau
Synopsis: After the suicide of the teenager Allen Clark, his family decides to move from Chicago to the quiet Cradle Bay Island seeking a peaceful life for the siblings Steve and Lindsay Clark. When Steve joins the local high-school, the outcast Gavin Strick befriends Steve and introduces his also rejected friend Rachel Wagner to the newcomer. Gavin exposes to Steve in the refectory the punks, the nerds and the different tribes of the school and he defends the weird theory that a sinister force changes the behavior of the annoyingly perfect "Blue Ribbons", a group of good students that wear identical…
Tagline: Perfection is every teenage student's co-pilot.
Deep Rising (1998)
R | 1h 46min | 106min | 30 Jan 1998Score: 4.45/10
Director: Stephen Sommers
Starring: Rana Morrison, Famke Janssen, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Flemyng, Clifton Powell
Synopsis: When a band of ruthless hijackers invade the world's most luxurious cruise ship, they're shocked to discover the passengers have mysteriously vanished! But that doesn't mean they are alone! Something terrifying is lurking just out of sight: a deadly force from the unexplored depths of the ocean that begins to snatch the horrified intruders one by one!
Tagline: This ain't no pleasure cruise
Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
R | 1h 30min | 90minScore: 4.3/10
Director: David DeCoteau
Starring: William Knight, Ariauna Albright, J.R. Bookwalter, Josh Green, Emily Harrison
Synopsis: Robert "Tank" begins to work for Dr. Magrew sculpting a puppet for the Doctor to bring to life using the work of Andre Toulon. Robert begins to fall in love with the Doctors daughter, Jane. Unbeknownst to Robert, the Doctor is trying to create a "perfect race" of puppet humans. Jane discovers a "matt puppet" which is from his first assistant. She comes back just in time to see her father, cut up by the puppets, has succeeded in putting a living human, Robert, into the puppet he carved.
Tagline: Four Years Ago, the Puppets of Andre Toulon Vanished Without a Trace. Now The Puppets have Found a New Home, And a New Puppet Master.
Bug Buster (1998)
R | 1h 33min | 93minScore: 4.2/10
Director: Lorenzo Doumani
Starring: Doug Jones, Meredith Salenger, Johnny Legend, Anne Lockhart, Katherine Heigl
Synopsis: A small lakeside resort community is beset by roaches. Big killer roaches that reproduce in dark moist places, and can grow to 10 feet long. The local sheriff may or may not be using them as part of his land-grab scheme. The locals eventually call in an over-the-top bug exterminator to relieve themselves of their problem.
Tagline: There's something creepy in the neighborhood...
Lost in Space (1998)
PG-13 | 2h 10min | 130min | 03 Apr 1998Score: 4/10
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Starring: Gary Oldman, Gary A. Hecker, Jared Harris, William Hurt, Heather Graham
Synopsis: In the year 2058, the Earth will soon be uninhabitable after the irreversible effects of pollution and global warming! Professor John Robinson, lead scientist of the Jupiter 2 Mission, will lead his family to the habitable planet Alpha Prime to prep it for colonization. The Jupiter 2 is equipped with a hyperdrive that allows faster-than-light travel, which will eventually be employed to evacuate the citizens of Earth. However hypergates must be constructed on Earth and Alpha Prime to provide stable points of departure and arrival. Dr. Zachary Smith is bribed by a terrorist organization to sabotage the mission, and ends…
Tagline: Danger Will Robinson!
Kraa! The Sea Monster (1998)
PG | 1h 09min | 69minScore: 3.97/10
Directors: Dave Parker, Aaron Osborne
Starring: Alison Lohman, John Paul Fedele, Jeff Rector, Candida Tolentino, Mark Hamilton
Synopsis: Lord Doom, evil master of Proyas, the Dark Planet, sends Kraa the Sea Monster to Earth as part of his plan to dominate the galaxy. To keep the meddling hands of the Planet Patrol out of his scheme, he incapacitates their nearby space station. Fortunately, the alien agent Mogyar is on hand to land on Earth to stop the giant sea-beast. Accidentally landing in New Jersey rather than Italy (where scientists could have helped Mogyar build a weapon to stop Kraa), Mogyar must overcome his stereotypical Italian accent and strange appearance in order to ally with nearby humans to save…
Watchers 4 (1998)
R | 1h 30min | 90minScore: 3.97/10
Director: John Carl Buechler
Starring: Kane Hodder, Larry Cedar, Stephen Macht, Mark Hamill, Lisa Wilcox
Synopsis: An extra-smart dog and detective team up to stop a DNA enhanced killer.
Tagline: Driven by instinct...destined for murder.
R | 1h 36min | 96min | 23 Jan 1998Score: 3.77/10
Director: Joe Chappelle
Starring: Liev Schreiber, Linnea Quigley, Nicky Katt, Judith Drake, Rose McGowan
Synopsis: Dr. Jennifer Pailey and her sister Lisa visit the a small town in the Rocky Mountains. The sisters find no one but a few corpses, then join Sheriff Bryce Hammond and his deputies, Flyte, a British academic, and the remains of an Army commando unit. Together they uncover a sub-terrainain life-form that absorbs its victims while gaining their knowledge. Making it extremely intelligent, and because of the victims perception of it, it believes itself to be the devil. Flyte suggests that the creature's body is almost identical chemically to crude oil, and could be killed by bacteria used to break…
Tagline: Fear Underground
R | 1h 39min | 99min | 23 Oct 1998Score: 3.6/10
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Kurt Russell, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee, Corbin Bleu, Michael Chiklis
Synopsis: In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most succesfull and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home...
Tagline: Left for dead on a remote planet for obsolete machines and people, a fallen hero has one last battle to fight
PG-13 | 2h 19min | 139min | 20 May 1998Score: 3.37/10
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Frank Welker, Glenn Morshower, Gary A. Hecker, Kevin Dunn, Kurt Carley
Synopsis: Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing eastward through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla then makes its way north, landing at Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city. Even with the combined forces of the U.S. military to fight the monster, will it be enough to save the people of New York?
Tagline: From the creators of Independence Day
New Rose Hotel (1998)
R | 1h 33min | 93min | 19 Mar 1999Score: 3.3/10
Director: Abel Ferrara
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Christopher Walken, Andrew Fiscella, Asia Argento, Phil Neilson
Synopsis: Maas and Hosaka are two large Corporations in the future world. They are fighting to get control over the best minds of the world. The best is Hiroshi and at the moment he is working for the Maas Corporation. Fox has accepted an offer to persuade Hiroshi to go over to the Hosaka Corporation. Sandii is a little Italian girl from Japan and she should be the way to get to Hiroshi. X is the man who should train Sandii to break Hiroshi's Heart. But if X falls in love with Sandii? And if the Hosaka Corporation breaks the agreement?…
Species II (1998)
R | 1h 33min | 93min | 10 Apr 1998Score: 3.29/10
Director: Peter Medak
Starring: Michael Madsen, Vincent Hammond, Marg Helgenberger, Page Dreher, Natasha Henstridge
Synopsis: Mykelti Williamson and Justin Lazard are a pair of astronauts who make the first successful manned mission to Mars. Lazard's character gets infected by an alien and slowly begins to mutate. When they get back to Earth all he has on his mind is to have sex with Henstridge!
Tagline: Terror in the Flesh
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