1991: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 1991.

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


  1. The Double Life of Veronique
  2. The Fisher King
  3. Barton Fink
  4. Delicatessen
  5. The Silence of the Lambs
  6. Raise the Red Lantern
  7. Flirting
  8. 35 Up
  9. Close to Eden
  10. Beauty and the Beast
  11. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  12. Until the End of the World
  13. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse
  14. La Belle Noiseuse
  15. My Own Private Idaho
  16. JFK
  17. The Commitments
  18. Grand Canyon
  19. L.A. Story
  20. The Adjuster
  21. Proof
  22. The Doors
  23. The Addams Family
  24. Fried Green Tomatoes
  25. Impromptu
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 1991
A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang)
A Little Stiff (Greg Watkins and Caveh Zahedi)
A Woman’s Tale (Paul Cox)
Blood Ties (Jim McBride)
Boyz N the Hood
Bright Angel (Michael Fields)
Cheb (Rachid Bouchereb)
City of Hope (John Sayles)
Close My Eyes (Stephen Poliakoff)
Danzon (María Novaro)
Days of Being Wild
Defending Your Life (Albert Brooks)
Edward II (Derek Jarman)
Fly High Run Far (Im Kwon-taek)
And Life Goes On… (Abbas Kiarostami)
Garden of Scorpions (Oleg Kovalov)
Germany Year 90 Nine Zero (Jean-Luc Godard)
Highway 61 (Bruce McDonald)
Highway Patrolman (Alex Cox)
Into the Woods
J’ entends plus la guitare (Philippe Garrel)
Jacquot de Nantes (Agnes Varda)
Jungle Fever (Spike Lee)
La vie des morts (Arnaud Desplechin)
Let Him Have It (Peter Medak)
Lovers (Vicente Aranda)
Madame Bovary (Claude Chabrol)
Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg)
Night and Day (Chantal Akerman)
Once Upon a Time in China (Tsui Hark)
Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata)
Paris Awakens (Olivier Assayas)
Paris Trout (Stephen Gyllenhaal)
Rhapsody in August (Akira Kurosawa)
Riff-Raff (Ken Loach)
Rush (Lili Fini Zanuck)
Sale comme une ange (Catherine Breillat)
Side/Walk/Shuttle (Ernie Gehr)
The Man in the Moon (Robert Mulligan)
The Stranger (Satyajit Ray)
Three Days (Sharunas Bartas)
Tous les matins du monde
Truly Madly Deeply (Anthony Minghella)
Vacas (Julio Medem)
Van Gogh (Maurice Pialat)
What About Bob? (Frank Oz)
Youngsters (Tsai Ming-liang)
Zentropa (Lars Von Trier)
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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.