Overstreet’s Favorite Films: 1993

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 1993.

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

Red = Treasures
Purple = Favorites
Blue = Achievements
Gray = Decent/Noteworthy
Green = Unseen or Undecided
* = This film was discovered after the year in question and added in a list revision.


  1. Three Colors: Blue
  2. My Neighbor Totoro*
  3. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  5. Naked
  6. The Piano
  7. In the Name of the Father
  8. Fearless
  9. The Remains of the Day
  10. Schindler’s List
  11. Grave of the Fireflies*
  12. Ruby in Paradise
  13. The Fugitive
  14. King of the Hill
  15. Short Cuts
  16. Mad Dog and Glory
  17. The Age of Innocence
  18. Jurassic Park
  19. Farewell, My Concubine
  20. The Secret Garden
  21. Groundhog Day
  22. Faraway So Close!
  23. True Romance
  24. The Thing Called Love
  25. Map of the Human Heart
  26. The Snapper
  27. The Joy Luck Club
  • Menace II Society
  • The Scent of Green Papaya
  • Searching for Bobby Fischer
  • The Wedding Banquet
  • Carlito’s Way
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • The Joy Luck Club
  • Tombstone
  • A Bronx Tale
  • The Sandlot
  • Kalifornia
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery
  • Shadowlands
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 1993
Abraham’s Valley (Manoel de Oliveira)
Arizona Dream (Emir Kusturica)
Bad Behaviour (Les Blair)
Bad Boy Bubby
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Being Human (Bill Forsyth)
Bhaji on the Beach (Gurinder Chadha)
Blue (Derek Jarman)
Body Snatchers (Abel Ferrara)
Calendar (Atom Egoyan)
Caro diario (Nanni Moretti)
Clean, Shaven (Lodge Kerrigan)
Dazed and Confused
D’Est (Chantal Akerman)
Diary of a Maniac (Marco Ferreri)
Dottie Gets Spanked (Todd Haynes)
Flight of the Innocent
Geronimo: An American Legend (Walter Hill)
Green Snake (Tsui Hark)
Helas pour moi (Jean-Luc Godard)
Household Saints (Nancy Savoca)
La Naissance de l’amour
La scorta
Latcho Drom (Tony Gatlif)
Les histoires d’amour finissent mal… en général (Anne Fontaine)
M. Butterfly (David Cronenberg)
Moving (Shinji Somai)
My Favorite Season (Andre Techine)
Raining Stones (Ken Loach)
Rebels of a Neon God (Tsai Ming-liang)
Smoking/No Smoking (Alain Resnais)
Son of the Shark
Sonatine (Takeshi Kitano)
Stalingrad (Joseph Vilsmaier)
Strange Weather (Peggy Ahwesh)
Suture (Scott McGehee and David Siegel)
Tai Chi Master (Yuen Woo-ping)
The Ballad of Little Jo (Maggie Greenwald)
The Beginning and the End (Arturo Ripstein)
The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
The Boys of St. Vincent
The Cement Garden
The Days (Wang Xiaoshuai)
The Last Bolshevik (Chris Marker)
The Music of Chance (Philip Haas)
The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
The Tree, the Mayor, and the Mediatheque (Eric Rohmer)
The Wrong Man (Jim McBride)
The Young Werther (Jacques Doillon)
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (François Girard)
Time Indefinite
When Pigs Fly (Sara Driver)
Whispering Pages
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