Overstreet’s Favorite Films: 1999

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.

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. The Insider
  2. Toy Story 2
  3. The Iron Giant
  4. Magnolia
  5. The Dreamlife of Angels
  6. Rosetta
  7. Three Kings
  8. Being John Malkovich
  9. Eyes Wide Shut
  10. Limbo
  11. Mansfield Park
  12. The Limey
  13. The Straight Story
  14. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  15. Topsy Turvy
  16. eXistenZ
  17. The Sixth Sense
  18. Ride With The Devil
  19. Galaxy Quest
  20. Cradle Will Rock
  21. Man on the Moon
  22. The Matrix
  23. After Life*
  24. Run Lola Run*
  25. Fight Club
  • Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Star Wars, Episode One – The Phantom Menace
  • Titus
  • Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Summer of Sam
  • Sweet and Lowdown
  • 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
Attack the Gas Station (Sang-Jin Kim)
Audition (Takashi Miike)
Bad Company
Beautiful People
Breakfast of Champions (Alan Rudolph)
Charisma (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Clouds of May
Crazy in Alabama
Dick (Andrew Fleming)
East Is East
Every Day Here (Frazer Bradshaw)
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
Human Resources (Laurent Cantet)
Human Traffic
Idle Running (Janez Burger)
It All Starts Today
Joe the King
Journey to the Sun (Yesim Ustaoglu)
Julien Donkey-Boy
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
M/other (Nobuhiro Suwa)
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)
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)
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)
Tuvalu (Veit Helmer)
Two Women
Tydzien z zycia mezczyzny
Wojaczek (Lech Majewski)
Wonderland (Michael Winterbottom)
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