15 Brilliant Movies That Turn 20 In 2018

And 15 fascinating facts you never knew about them.

Great movies from 1998.

The 90s was a simpler time.

There were no smartphones, the internet was still in its infancy and Nicolas Cage still read the scripts to his prospective movies before agreeing to star in them.

In fact, the late 90s was a great time for movie lovers, with any number of future classics arriving in the year 1998 alone.

And with many of these much-loved films about to turn 20 years, loaded thought it was high time someone revisited some of these forgotten gems, two decades on.

Here are 15 of our favourites along with a little bit of trivia alongside each entry.



Bruce Willis in Armageddon.

Armageddon star Ben Affleck once quizzed director Michael Bay during filming: “Wouldn’t it be easier for NASA to train astronauts how to drill rather than training drillers to be astronauts?” Bay told Affleck to shut the f**k up.




Jason Schwartzman in Rushmore.

Rushmore represents Jason Schwartzman’s first film role. Bill Murray actually disliked Schwartzman when they began work on the film but eventually warmed to the actor.


There’s Something About Mary

There's Something About Mary.

Studio bosses were reluctant to hand Ben Stiller the starring role in There’s Something About Mary. The Farrelly Brothers decided to then offer up Owen Wilson in his place. Wilson was a complete unknown at the time and the studio were even more reluctant to let him star so gave the green light for Stiller to take on the role.


Saving Private Ryan

Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan.

Saving Private Ryan’s iconic Omaha Beach scene cost 11 million dollars to shoot. As many as 1,000 extras were used, many of whom came from the Irish Army Reserve. Around 20 to 30 of the extras used were also amputees who were handed prosthetic limbs to simulate the real life effect of soldiers having their arms and legs blown off.


The Truman Show

Jim Carrey in The Truman Show.

Jim Carrey and Ed Harris never met during filming on The Truman Show while people on set were forbidden from uttering any of the catchphrases from Carrey’s previous movies.



Wesley Snipes as Blade.

Wesley Snipes had originally been in talks to play another Marvel hero, The Black Panter, prior to landing the role of Blade. He beat competition from Denzel Washington and Laurence Fishburne to land the part.


Wild Things

Denise Richards and Neve Campbell in Wild Things.

Neve Campbell, Denise Richards and Matt Dillon got slightly drunk on tequila to help calm their nerves ahead of the film’s memorable three-way sex scene. The movie features Richards’ one and only nude scene in a feature film.


The Faculty

Josh Hartnett in The Faculty.

The Faculty was originally titled The Feelers. Gillian Anderson turned down a role in the movie while Jessica Alba also auditioned but ultimately missed out. Famke Janssen, who features prominently in the movie, recently admitted to having never seen the film.


American History X

Ed Norton in American History X.

Edward Norton actually turned down a part in Saving Private Ryan to do American History X. He and co-star Edward Furlong shaved their heads especially for the film. Norton also gained around 30 pounds of muscle for his part. The film featured 214 uses of the f-word.


The Wedding Singer

Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer.

The part of Glenn Gulia, Drew Barrymore’s sleazy fiancé, was actually written with Jim Carrey in mind. He declined to appear in the film though. The late Carrie Fisher did uncredited work on the script for the movie along with Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler.


Out Of Sight

Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney in Out Of Sight.

Catherine Keener and Sandra Bullock were both in contention for the part of Karen Sisco before Jennifer Lopez won the role after screen testing for the part. George Clooney claims to have only got four pages into the screenplay for the film before agreeing to appear.


Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

Johnny Depp in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.

Benicio Del Toro gained around 40 pounds to play the part of Dr. Gonzo. He was able to gain the weight quickly by eating multiple donuts every day. Hunter S. Thompson loved Johnny Depp’s performance, with the pair striking up a strong friendship as a result of the movie.


Rush Hour

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour.

Martin Lawrence was the original choice for the role of Carter while Eddie Murphy turned down the movie to do Holy Man. Chris Tucker ended up improvising the majority of his lines. Jackie Chan was nearly killed during filming on the scene where he is nearly crushed by several metal boxes. The boxes slammed together around a quarter of a second after his head was clear.


The Big Lebowski

Jeff Bridges and John Goodman in The Big Lebowski.

In the original script for The Big Lebowski, it was revealed that The Dude was the heir to the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube. The idea was ultimately dropped from the movie. The Dude says “man” 147 times in the movie at a rate of 1.5 times a minute.


Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels

A still from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels represents the film debuts of both Vinnie Jones and Jason Statham. The movie is dedicated to Lenny McLean, the famous London bare knuckle boxer turned actor who plays Barry the Baptist in the movie. He died of cancer almost exactly a month after the film was released.

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