Year 1999by Uwontlikemyopinion | created - 01 Mar 2017 | updated - 08 Aug 2017 | Public
A watch list for the year 1999 with quotes from Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, Time Out Film Guide, and Halliwell's Film Guide.
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1. The Straight Story (1999)
G | 112 min | Biography, Drama
An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.
Votes: 75,184 | Gross: $6.20M
LM: '3.5 Stars' TO: 'Farnsworth's easy, twinkle eyed charm is a winner all the way, but it's finally the film's deceptive simplicity and unabashed warmth that make it one of [David] Lynch's most artistically and emotionally satisfying movies.' H: '3 out of 4 Stars'
2. Topsy-Turvy (1999)
R | 154 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.
Votes: 11,128 | Gross: $6.20M
LM: '3.5 Stars' TO: 'That said, Leigh's cast are beyond compare, and the whole bighearted, splendidly droll celebration of the entertainer's lot surely stands among British cinema's one-of-a-kind treasures.' H: '3 out of 4 Stars'
3. American Movie (1999)
R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy
Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.
Votes: 15,804 | Gross: $1.16M
LM: 3.5 Stars: Funny and revealing, but director Smith is never condescending toward his subject's dreams and desire for acknowledgment
4. On the Ropes (1999)
94 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport
The story of three young boxers and their coach who is determined to guide them in a positive direction in and out of the ring.
Votes: 353 | Gross: $0.05M
LM: '3.5 Stars: Rich, Real, often heartbreaking . . . a must-see.'
5. Cradle Will Rock (1999)
R | 132 min | Drama
A true story of politics and art in the 1930s U.S., focusing on a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.
Votes: 8,542 | Gross: $2.90M
LM: '3.5 Stars' TO: 'Musical is perhaps too long and (inevitably) theatrical for its own good, but it makes a very decent stab at evoking the social, political and artistic fervour of mid-'30s New York. . . . Robbins elicits some very affecting performances from his expertly cast ensemble, so that the final, short-lived triumph authentically stirring.' H: '2 out of 4 stars'
6. It All Starts Today (1999)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama
Daniel is schoolmaster of a kindergarten in a small French town. The local economy, which depended entirely on coal production, has been mired in a depression ever since the mines were ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,215 | Gross: $0.01M
LM: '3.5 Stars' H: '2 out of 4 Stars'
7. Shower (1999)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama
Shenzhen businessman, Da Ming, goes home to Beijing when he thinks his father has died. He finds his father hard at work at the family's bathhouse (the false message was a ruse of Da's ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,743 | Gross: $1.15M
LM: '3.5 Stars' TO: 'The characters, twists, and sub-plots are all straight out of soap opera, but Zhang marshalls them with enough skill to make the whole a credible reflection of modernisation and loss in present-day China.' H: '1 out of 4 Stars'
8. Bad Company (1999)
98 min | Drama, Romance
Delphine is a sweet innocent young girl, her new best friend pulls her into a world where she falls in love with a local pretty boy. Working her hardest to make him love her drags her into prostitution.
LM: 3.5 Stars
9. The Color of Paradise (1999)
PG | 90 min | Drama, Family
The story of Mohammed, a blind Iranian boy and his father, Hashem, who is always oscillating between accepting his son as he is and abandoning him, as he represents a burden for him, after the loss of his wife.
Votes: 14,257 | Gross: $1.81M
LM: '3.5 Stars' H: '1 out of 4 Stars'
10. October Sky (1999)
PG | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Family
The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.
Votes: 76,070 | Gross: $32.48M
LM: '3.5 Stars' TO: 'Such plainspeaking sincerity might be mistaken for mere slush, but the TV movie subject matter is infused with genuine feeling for the value of learning as a passport to freedom, and an authentic regard for the honest graft of working men.' H: No Stars
11. Kadosh (1999)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
Two sisters become victims of the patriarchal, ultra-orthodox society.
Votes: 1,649 | Gross: $0.74M
LM: '3.5 Stars' H: '1 out of 4 Stars'
12. Spring Forward (1999)
R | 110 min | Drama
An ex convict befriends an elderly coworker as they both try to find meaning in life and forgiveness for their past.
Votes: 1,302 | Gross: $0.10M
13. Marcel Proust's Time Regained (1999)
169 min | Drama, Romance, War
A lush, elegant epic taking us on a time-swirling trip down the infinitely complex labyrinth that is Marcel Proust's memory lane.
Votes: 2,094 | Gross: $0.46M
PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography
A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.
Votes: 5,165 | Gross: $0.50M
15. Beau travail (1999)
Unrated | 92 min | Drama, War
This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Djibouti.
Votes: 7,131 | Gross: $0.25M
3 Stars: Loose adaptation of Melville's Billy Budd . . . Denis [the director] expertly captures the boring existence of the legionnaires and says something profound and deeply personal about the politics of male camaraderie.
16. Titus (1999)
R | 162 min | Drama, History, Thriller
Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.
Votes: 18,945 | Gross: $1.92M
17. Solas (1999)
R | 101 min | Drama
Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,150 | Gross: $0.37M
18. Beyond the Mat (1999)
R | 102 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
A heartfelt documentary focusing on the day-to-day lives of professional wrestlers, some on the rise, some on the wane, and others fighting for their lives.
Votes: 7,507 | Gross: $2.05M
19. Edtv (1999)
PG-13 | 122 min | Comedy, Drama
A video store clerk agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a television show.
Votes: 39,849 | Gross: $22.36M
20. The Iron Giant (1999)
PG | 86 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
Votes: 158,567 | Gross: $23.16M
21. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.
Votes: 79,986 | Gross: $3.31M
22. Taboo (1999)
Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History, Thriller
The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad.
Votes: 6,698 | Gross: $0.05M
23. The Third Miracle (1999)
R | 119 min | Drama
The Vatican sends a priest to verify some miracles, performed by a woman who has been nominated for sainthood. During his investigation, the priest, who is experiencing a crisis of faith, re-discovers his own purpose in life.
Votes: 3,027 | Gross: $0.74M
24. Music of the Heart (1999)
PG | 124 min | Drama, Music
Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.
Votes: 11,369 | Gross: $14.86M
25. Cookie's Fortune (1999)
PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama
Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.
Votes: 12,050 | Gross: $10.92M
26. A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
Two twelve-year-old boys, Romeo and Gavin, undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when Morell, a naive but eccentric and dangerous stranger, comes between them. Morell ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,141 | Gross: $0.02M
27. Shiri (1999)
R | 125 min | Action, Thriller
South Korean agents Ryu and Lee are tracking a female assassin from North Korea who has mysteriously disappeared. With new killings and the theft of a deadly bomb, time is running out to catch her.
Votes: 7,577 | Gross: $0.10M
28. The End of the Affair (1999)
R | 102 min | Drama, Romance
A desperate man tries to find out why his beloved left him years ago.
Votes: 20,192 | Gross: $10.66M
29. The Tic Code (1998)
R | 91 min | Drama
A 10 year old gifted boy wants to be a jazz pianist much to the chagrin of his more classical oriented piano instructor. With his mother's help, he is an underage regular at a local ... See full summary »
Votes: 403 | Gross: $0.20M
30. One Day in September (1999)
R | 94 min | Documentary, History, Sport
The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.
Votes: 5,415 | Gross: $0.16M
31. East Is East (1999)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama
In early 1970s England, a Pakistani father finds the authority he has previously maintained challenged by his increasingly Anglicized children.
Votes: 16,269 | Gross: $4.17M
32. Diamonds (1999)
PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Mystery
Mystery about an ex-prizefighter who embarks on a journey to find 13 missing diamonds.
Votes: 1,421 | Gross: $0.08M
33. Tea with Mussolini (1999)
PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, War
An orphaned Italian boy is raised among a circle of British and American women living in Mussolini's Italy before and during the Second World War.
Votes: 10,427 | Gross: $14.35M
34. A Map of the World (1999)
R | 125 min | Drama
A woman's life falls apart after she's blamed for an accident on her property.
Votes: 3,873 | Gross: $0.54M
35. Butterfly (1999)
R | 96 min | Drama
For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,511 | Gross: $2.09M
36. Deterrence (1999)
R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller
The President of the United States must deal with an international military crisis while confined to a Colorado diner during a freak snowstorm
Votes: 2,462 | Gross: $0.14M
3 Stars: Contrived, but exciting
37. The Book of Stars (1999)
111 min | Drama
After their parents' untimely death in a car accident, Penny struggles to take care of her younger sister Mary, who suffers from an incurable disease. A precocious former poet, Penny has ... See full summary »
3 Stars: a multileveled exploration of sisterly love and guilt.
38. Human Resources (1999)
TV-14 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
The 35-hour work week has all of France in its thrall. This film turns it into a feature about economic and familial politics. Frank, a business school graduate, returns to his provincial ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,400 | Gross: $0.12M
39. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
G | 105 min | Documentary, Music
Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.
Votes: 15,469 | Gross: $7.00M
40. Judy Berlin (1999)
93 min | Comedy, Drama
A lonely, but talented teacher enjoys a flirtation with her married principal, who returns her affections but is hampered by his high-strung wife. He is also hampered by a deadbeat son, who... See full summary »
Votes: 964 | Gross: $0.47M
41. L'Humanité (1999)
Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, Mystery
When an 11-year-old girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions--because of the death of his own family in some kind of accident--investigates the crime, which turns out to ask more questions than it answers.
Votes: 3,542 | Gross: $0.11M
3 Stars: Slow, but never boring, and more a character study than a mystery or crime drama; a potent portrait of loneliness and depravity in a quietly ugly world.
88 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic ... See full summary »
Votes: 729 | Gross: $0.36M
43. Happy, Texas (1999)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
3 prisoners escape. 2 end up in Happy, Texas, where they're mistaken for a gay couple expected there to help with the small girls beauty pageant. As the 2 are paid $1000, they decide to stay until the heat is gone.
Votes: 9,290 | Gross: $1.94M
44. The War Zone (1999)
R | 98 min | Drama, Thriller
An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
Votes: 9,112 | Gross: $0.25M
45. American Pimp (1999)
R | 87 min | Documentary
Street pimps, all of them African-American, discuss their lives and work: getting started, being flamboyant, pimping in various U.S. cities, bringing a woman into their group, taking a ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,088 | Gross: $0.29M
3 Stars: The Hughes Brothers. Makes witty use of classic blaxploitation movie images of pimps to juxtapose fantasy with cold, hard reality.
46. Tumbleweeds (1999)
PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Comedy
A woman and her daughter have been constantly moving from town to town for years, but their newest home might be different from all the others.
Votes: 3,124 | Gross: $1.28M
47. An Affair of Love (1999)
R | 80 min | Drama, Romance
A woman puts an ad in a magazine looking for a man to fulfill her fantasy of a stringless, anonymous pornographic affair.
Votes: 5,004 | Gross: $0.35M
48. Onegin (1999)
R | 106 min | Drama, Romance