The year was 1998 – yes, 1998, was a long time ago – and there were a lot of movies hitting theaters that seem as if they came out just yesterday. The fact that it’s been 20 years since it was 1998 is crazy on its own, but when you see the movies that were in theaters two decades ago, you’ll be amazed.
Prepare to feel old as you remember 15 movies that are turning 20 years old this year. It’s insane, wild, and pretty ridiculous when you think about so many of these classic films. There are romantic comedies, dramas, and animated movies that really did come out many moons ago, and they are still among our list of top movies. 20 years is nothing for these titles, and yet, we are having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that it’s been this long since these films were playing at the local cinema.
Scroll through our list below of 15 titles that will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2018 and get ready to rewind your VHS tapes and watch them once again.
Remember when the Spice Girls actually made a movie? We sure do! It was January 23, 1998, and it was such a different time. The Spice Girls played themselves as they were traveling on tour all over London in a Union Jack bus and shenanigans ensued. In Spice World, there was a slumber party, complete with colorful robes, dance sequences, and a creepy photographer following their every move. If you haven’t seen it, you need to ASAP, it will spice up your life, trust us.
The Wedding Singer
The Wedding Singer was when moviegoers first discovered that Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore were the cutest movie couple – or at least one of them. The rom-com (which came out on February 13, 1998) centered on a wedding singer named Robbie (Sandler) and Julia (Barrymore), who is a waitress, as the two are navigating through their engagements to other people. Their lives eventually cross paths and eventually gives life to the sweetest proclamation of love we’ve ever seen on an airplane – complete with a Billy Idol cameo.
The Truman Show
After all these years, we’re still not sure how to feel about The Truman Show. When the movie came out on June 5, 1998, it was strange, and 20 years later it’s still a weird one. The film is about a seemingly normal man named Truman (played by Jim Carrey), who eventually realizes that his life is a TV show, and everyone around him are actors. It’s so spooky, and yet we can’t stop watching it.
Mulan is one of the best female-driven Disney movies of all times, and we can’t believe it’s already been 20 years since we first saw it. When Mulan hit theaters on June 19, 1998, it changed the face of your typical Disney female. Mulan wasn’t a princess, she was just a daughter trying to save her dad from having to fight in the Chinese army by becoming a soldier… and eventually saving China. It’s so good.
Where do we even start with this movie? Armageddon changed the action-movie realm on July 1, 1998, with its story about a misfit team recruited by NASA to stop an asteroid from hitting Earth with only a month to do so. It stars Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton and more for one very dramatic and high-intensity drama film.
There’s Something About Mary
Cameron Diaz has been in a lot of movies throughout her career, but her role as Mary in There’s Something About Mary (which premiered on July 15, 1998) is probably one of her most memorable characters to date. Throughout the movie Mary has a series of suitors, all of which are obsessed with her, and despite all of their awkward encounters with the beauty, she never stops being nice, and it makes us love her character more.
Saving Private Ryan
On July 24, 1998 the movie world was changed for the better when Saving Private Ryan premiered in theaters. The five-time Oscar-winning film stars Tom Hanks and Matt Damon and takes place following the Normandy landings during World War II. It tells the story of a group of U.S. soldiers who go behind enemy lines to get back a paratrooper whose brothers were already killed in action. It’s a stunning and intense film that has always been one of the best.
The Parent Trap
In 1961, the original version of The Parent Trap was released, but for many ’90s girls, their version starred Lindsay Lohan and it was perfect. On July 29, 1998, The Parent Trap remake was released and Lohan nailed it as the identical twins of Annie and Hallie who were separated at birth but later met at summer camp, and we don’t know about you, but we will never stop loving this movie.
Witches are cool, duh! Well, if you listen to Marnie or her grandmother Agatha in Halloweentown then witches are most definitely cool. This Disney Channel Original Movie is a Halloween classic, and the fact that it first came out on October 17, 1998 is so wild. It seems like the story of a teen witch discovering her powers with the help of her grandmother in the town of Halloweentown came out yesterday, even though there have been numerous movies to follow since then. The original however is one of a kind.
Who doesn’t remember this hilarious Adam Sandler comedy? The Waterboy followed the story of Bobby Boucher (Sandler), who was a waterboy for a college team, but eventually makes his way onto the actual football team based on his tackling ability. It’s brilliant, and came out on November 6, 1998.
The Rugrats Movie
A baby’s gotta do, what a baby’s gotta do! If you’re a fan of The Rugrats than you probably remember the November 20, 1998 release of The Rugrats Movie. It took the TV series to the next level by bringing everyone’s favorite babies into a forest where they get lost, ride in a Reptar-mobile and of course ban together to find their parents.
A Bug’s Life
A Bug’s Life is a pretty underrated Disney and Pixar film, even though it was nominated for an Oscar. It first hit theaters on November 25, 1998, and as you might’ve guessed, is all about bugs. It follows Flik (an ant) as he creates a “warrior” army of misfit bugs (who are actually circus bugs) to fight the evil grasshopper aptly named Hopper.
Shakespeare in Love
On December 11, 1998, the world met a young William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) and the muse who changed his life forever. The tale shows what happened when Shakespeare fell in love with Viola De Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) and as a result was inspired to write one of his most famous plays.
You’ve Got Mail
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are a match made in rom-com heaven, and You’ve Got Mail is one of their best collaborations ever. When this romantic comedy hit theaters on December 18, 1998, it instantly made falling in love through AIM (aka the Internet) seem like the perfect way to find true love. Plus, the phrase “you’ve got mail” has never been dreamier.
If you’re looking for a movie that will both pull at your heart strings and make you laugh than Patch Adams is your new favorite film. The movie, which was released on December 25, 1998, is a true story of a man named Hunter “Patch” Adam, who was played by Robin Williams. He became a doctor and decided to combine humor and love to help his patients and it’s a beyond moving story that will definitely make you cry.
20 years later, we are still fans of these movies, and even though time has flown by, these movies haven’t gone out of style.
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