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Best blockbuster of 1998: 'Saving Private Ryan' or 'Armageddon'?

"Saving Private Ryan" and "Armageddon" were the top grossing blockbusters of 1998, both domestically in the U.S. and at the global box office. While "Armageddon" opened to mixed reviews, the film's star power and catchy love ballad propelled the Michael Bay action flick to blockbuster status. But Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" was a critical darling and a box office draw, going on to win five Oscars—including Best DirectorWhich movie was the best blockbuster of 1998?

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It's the 20th anniversary of 1998—a year of iconic pop culture moments!—and we're facing-off the best music artists, songs, albums, movies, TV shows, sports moments, teams and pro athletes of 1998. The "Best of 1998" was chosen by a combination of popularity, impact, acclaim, rankings and/or amount sold. But ultimately, we want you to let us know who really won 1998 in each category.

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Below is the synopsis of "Saving Private Ryan," per IMDb.

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

"Saving Private Ryan" holds a fresh rating of 93 percent and audience score of 95 on Rotten Tomatoes. The war drama was also a mega-blockbuster, grossing over $481 million globally at the box office and became the top-grossing movie in the U.S. and the second highest-grossing movie worldwide.  

The critically praised and commercially successful smash won five Academy Awards and was nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Picture (it lost out in an upset to "Shakespeare in Love"). Check out a heart-wrenching (yet graphic) scene from the iconic film here.

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Below is the synopsis of "Armageddon," per IMDb.

After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.

While "Armageddon" holds a rotten rating of 38 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, moviegoers clearly loved the film (it holds a 73 percent fresh rating with audiences). The Michael Bay–helmed disaster flick became a mega-blockbuster, grossing over $553 million globally at the box office. The film was the second-highest grossing film in the U.S. back in 1998, and was the #1 movie worldwide

Regardless of what the critics, "Armageddon" is still regarded as one of the quintessential disaster blockbusters. It was also Ben Affleck's first major role after "Good Will Hunting," cementing his status as a Hollywood leading man for years to come. Check out an epic scene from the iconic film here.

FINAL RESULTS
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Best blockbuster of 1998: 'Saving Private Ryan' or 'Armageddon'?
A festive crown for the winner
#VotePrivateRyan
#VoteArmageddon