1999: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 1999.

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

1999

 

  1. The Insider
  2. Toy Story 2
  3. The Iron Giant
  4. Magnolia
  5. Rosetta
  6. The Wind Will Carry Us
  7. Beau Travail*
  8. The Virgin Suicides
  9. Three Kings
  10. Being John Malkovich
  11. Eyes Wide Shut
  12. Limbo
  13. Mansfield Park
  14. The Limey
  15. The Straight Story
  16. The Color of Paradise*
  17. Topsy Turvy
  18. eXistenZ
  19. The Sixth Sense
  20. Rushmore
  21. Ride With The Devil
  22. Galaxy Quest
  23. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai*
  24. Cradle Will Rock
  25. Man on the Moon
  • Fight Club
  • The Big Kahuna
  • Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Star Wars, Episode One – The Phantom Menace
  • The Matrix
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Titus
  • Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Summer of Sam
  • Sweet and Lowdown
  • Girl on the Bridge*
  • The Winslow Boy
  • South Park: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • October Sky
  • Office Space
  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • Dogma
  • Cookie’s Fortune
  • Shower
  • Boys Don’t Cry
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The Thomas Crown Affair
  • Bringing Out the Dead
  • American Beauty (review)
  • Holy Smoke!
  • Guinevere
  • Notting Hill
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 1999
10 Things I Hate About You (Gil Junger)
6ixty9 (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang)
A domani
A Map of the World
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Run for Money (Reha Erdem)
A Walk on the Moon
Aimée & Jaguar
All About My Mother
American Movie
An Affair of Love
An Ideal Husband
Angela’s Ashes
Appassionate
Attack the Gas Station (Sang-Jin Kim)
Audition (Takashi Miike)
Bad Company
Beautiful People
Bowfinger
Breakfast of Champions (Alan Rudolph)
Butterfly
Charisma (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Clouds of May
Crazy in Alabama
Dick (Andrew Fleming)
East Is East
East-West
Election
Every Day Here (Frazer Bradshaw)
Fantasia/2000
Farewell, Home Sweet Home (Otar Iosseliani)
Felicia’s Journey
Flowers From Another World (Iciar Bollain)
Forever Mine (Paul Schrader)
Genghis Blues
Gloomy Sunday
God’s Wedding (João César Monteiro)
Gregory’s Two Girls (Bill Forsyth)
Haut Les Coeurs! (Solveig Anspach)
Herod’s Law
Himalaya
Human Resources (Laurent Cantet)
Human Traffic
Humanité
Idle Running (Janez Burger)
It All Starts Today
Joe the King
Journey to the Sun (Yesim Ustaoglu)
Julien Donkey-Boy
Kadosh
Kahapon, may dalawang bata
Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano)
La maladie de Sachs (Michel Deville)
La Puce (Emmanuelle Bercot)
Le Vent de la nuit
Leila (Dariush Mehrjui)
Les Enfants du Marais
L’Humanite (Bruno Dumont)
Liberty Heights
Lies
M/other (Nobuhiro Suwa)
Mal
Mifune (Søren Kragh-Jacobsen)
Moloch (Aleksandr Sokurov)
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
My Best Fiend
My Voyage to Italy
New Waterford Girl
Night Wind (Philippe Garrel)
Nordrand
Not One Less
On the Ropes
One More Day (Babak Payami)
Pas de scandale
Petits Freres (Jacques Doillon)
Pola X (Leos Carax)
Ratcatcher (Lynn Ramsay)
Return of the Idiot (Sasa Gedeon)
Rien à faire
Romance (Catherine Breillat)
Selma, Lord, Selma (Charles Burnett)
Set Me Free
Seventeen Years
Sicilia (Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet)
Silvia Prieto (Martin Rejtman)
Sisa (Mario O’Hara)*
Skin of Man, Heart of Beast (Helene Angel)
Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire
Solomon and Gaenor
Spring Forward
Stir of Echoes (David Koepp)
Sunshine
Taal
Taboo (Nagisa Oshima)
The 13th Warrior (John McTiernan)
The City
The Cup
The Emperor and the Assassin (Chen Kaige)
The Five Senses
The Hurricane
The Lady of the House (Rituparno Ghosh)
The Letter (Manoel de Oliveira)
The Loss of Sexual Innocence
The Minus Man (Hampton Fancher)
The Mission (Johnny To)
The Ninth Gate (Roman Polanski)
The Third Page (Zeki Demirkubuz)
The Venice Project
The War Zone
The World Is Not Enough
Three Seasons
Time Regained (Raul Ruiz)
True Crime (Clint Eastwood)
Tumbleweeds
Tuvalu
Tuvalu (Veit Helmer)
Two Women
Tydzien z zycia mezczyzny
Wojaczek (Lech Majewski)
Wonderland (Michael Winterbottom)
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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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