Year 1999

by 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

86 Metascore

An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter

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

90 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher, Sukie Smith

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

84 Metascore

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt

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

80 Metascore

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.

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen | Stars: Sam Doumit, Martin Goldman, Harry Keitt, Randy Little

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

64 Metascore

A true story of politics and art in the 1930s U.S., focusing on a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.

Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Hank Azaria, Rubén Blades, Joan Cusack, John Cusack

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

78 Metascore

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 »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Torreton, Maria Pitarresi, Nadia Kaci, Véronique Ataly

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

74 Metascore

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 »

Director: Yang Zhang | Stars: Jiayi Du, Bing He, Wu Jiang, Ding Li

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

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Améris | Stars: Maud Forget, Lou Doillon, Robinson Stévenin, Maxime Mansion

Votes: 658

LM: 3.5 Stars

9. The Color of Paradise (1999)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Family

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Hossein Mahjoub, Mohsen Ramezani, Salameh Feyzi, Farahnaz Safari

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

71 Metascore

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.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen

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

70 Metascore

Two sisters become victims of the patriarchal, ultra-orthodox society.

Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Yaël Abecassis, Yoram Hattab, Meital Berdah, Uri Klauzner

Votes: 1,649 | Gross: $0.74M

LM: '3.5 Stars' H: '1 out of 4 Stars'

12. Spring Forward (1999)

R | 110 min | Drama

79 Metascore

An ex convict befriends an elderly coworker as they both try to find meaning in life and forgiveness for their past.

Director: Tom Gilroy | Stars: Campbell Scott, Ned Beatty, Liev Schreiber, Ian Hart

Votes: 1,302 | Gross: $0.10M

3.5 Stars

13. Marcel Proust's Time Regained (1999)

169 min | Drama, Romance, War

72 Metascore

A lush, elegant epic taking us on a time-swirling trip down the infinitely complex labyrinth that is Marcel Proust's memory lane.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, Vincent Perez, John Malkovich

Votes: 2,094 | Gross: $0.46M

3.5 Stars

14. Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography

78 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Fred A. Leuchter Jr., Robert Jan Van Pelt, David Irving, Caroline Leuchter

Votes: 5,165 | Gross: $0.50M

3 Stars

15. Beau travail (1999)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama, War

91 Metascore

This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Djibouti.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Richard Courcet

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

57 Metascore

Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Osheen Jones, Dario D'Ambrosi

Votes: 18,945 | Gross: $1.92M

3 Stars

17. Solas (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

75 Metascore

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 »

Director: Benito Zambrano | Stars: María Galiana, Ana Fernández, Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa, Antonio Dechent

Votes: 3,150 | Gross: $0.37M

3 Stars

18. Beyond the Mat (1999)

R | 102 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Barry W. Blaustein | Stars: Terry Funk, Mick Foley, Jake Roberts, Barry W. Blaustein

Votes: 7,507 | Gross: $2.05M

3 Stars

19. Edtv (1999)

PG-13 | 122 min | Comedy, Drama

48 Metascore

A video store clerk agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a television show.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Geoffrey Blake, Gail Boggs

Votes: 39,849 | Gross: $22.36M

3 Stars

20. The Iron Giant (1999)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

Votes: 158,567 | Gross: $23.16M

3 Stars

21. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, John Tormey, Cliff Gorman

Votes: 79,986 | Gross: $3.31M

3 Stars

22. Taboo (1999)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History, Thriller

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Ryûhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 6,698 | Gross: $0.05M

3 Stars

23. The Third Miracle (1999)

R | 119 min | Drama

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Sofia Polanska, Pavol Simon, Ivan Lukac, Patrik Minar

Votes: 3,027 | Gross: $0.74M

3 Stars

24. Music of the Heart (1999)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Music

54 Metascore

Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Meryl Streep, Cloris Leachman, Henry Dinhofer, Michael Angarano

Votes: 11,369 | Gross: $14.86M

3 Stars

25. Cookie's Fortune (1999)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell

Votes: 12,050 | Gross: $10.92M

3 Stars

26. A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

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 »

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Martin Arrowsmith, Dave Blant, Darren Campbell, Paddy Considine

Votes: 5,141 | Gross: $0.02M

3 Stars

27. Shiri (1999)

R | 125 min | Action, Thriller

50 Metascore

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.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Min-sik Choi, Yunjin Kim, Kang-ho Song

Votes: 7,577 | Gross: $0.10M

3 Stars

28. The End of the Affair (1999)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A desperate man tries to find out why his beloved left him years ago.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea, Heather-Jay Jones

Votes: 20,192 | Gross: $10.66M

3 Stars

29. The Tic Code (1998)

R | 91 min | Drama

64 Metascore

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 »

Director: Gary Winick | Stars: Chris Marquette, Polly Draper, Carol Kane, Desmond Robertson

Votes: 403 | Gross: $0.20M

3 Stars

30. One Day in September (1999)

R | 94 min | Documentary, History, Sport

82 Metascore

The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Michael Douglas, Ankie Spitzer, Jamal Al Gashey, Gerald Seymour

Votes: 5,415 | Gross: $0.16M

3 Stars

31. East Is East (1999)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

In early 1970s England, a Pakistani father finds the authority he has previously maintained challenged by his increasingly Anglicized children.

Director: Damien O'Donnell | Stars: Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Jordan Routledge, Archie Panjabi

Votes: 16,269 | Gross: $4.17M

3 Stars

32. Diamonds (1999)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Mystery

33 Metascore

Mystery about an ex-prizefighter who embarks on a journey to find 13 missing diamonds.

Director: John Asher | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd, Corbin Allred

Votes: 1,421 | Gross: $0.08M

3 Stars

33. Tea with Mussolini (1999)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, War

53 Metascore

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.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Cher

Votes: 10,427 | Gross: $14.35M

3 Stars

34. A Map of the World (1999)

R | 125 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A woman's life falls apart after she's blamed for an accident on her property.

Director: Scott Elliott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Julianne Moore, Dara Perlmutter, David Strathairn

Votes: 3,873 | Gross: $0.54M

3 Stars

35. Butterfly (1999)

R | 96 min | Drama

69 Metascore

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 »

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: Manuel Lozano, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Uxía Blanco, Gonzalo Uriarte

Votes: 7,511 | Gross: $2.09M

3 Stars

36. Deterrence (1999)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

50 Metascore

The President of the United States must deal with an international military crisis while confined to a Colorado diner during a freak snowstorm

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Kevin Pollak, Timothy Hutton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Clotilde Courau

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 »

Director: Michael Miner | Stars: Mary Stuart Masterson, Jena Malone, Karl Geary, Delroy Lindo

Votes: 547

3 Stars: a multileveled exploration of sisterly love and guilt.

38. Human Resources (1999)

TV-14 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

78 Metascore

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 »

Director: Laurent Cantet | Stars: Jalil Lespert, Jean-Claude Vallod, Chantal Barré, Véronique de Pandelaère

Votes: 2,400 | Gross: $0.12M

3 Stars

39. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Octavio Calderon

Votes: 15,469 | Gross: $7.00M

3 Stars

40. Judy Berlin (1999)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

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 »

Director: Eric Mendelsohn | Stars: Barbara Barrie, Bob Dishy, Edie Falco, Carlin Glynn

Votes: 964 | Gross: $0.47M

3 Stars

41. L'Humanité (1999)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

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.

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: Emmanuel Schotté, Séverine Caneele, Philippe Tullier, Ghislain Ghesquère

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.

42. The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

66 Metascore

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 »

Director: Chuck Workman | Stars: Johnny Depp, John Turturro, Dennis Hopper, Allen Ginsberg

Votes: 729 | Gross: $0.36M

3 Stars

43. Happy, Texas (1999)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

62 Metascore

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.

Director: Mark Illsley | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Steve Zahn, William H. Macy, Ally Walker

Votes: 9,290 | Gross: $1.94M

3 Stars

44. The War Zone (1999)

R | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.

Director: Tim Roth | Stars: Ray Winstone, Annabelle Apsion, Kate Ashfield, Lara Belmont

Votes: 9,112 | Gross: $0.25M

3 stars

45. American Pimp (1999)

R | 87 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

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 »

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: John S. Dickson, Antonio Fargas, Heidi Fleiss, L. Hammond

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

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Janet McTeer, Kimberly J. Brown, Jay O. Sanders, Gavin O'Connor

Votes: 3,124 | Gross: $1.28M

3 Stars

47. An Affair of Love (1999)

R | 80 min | Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A woman puts an ad in a magazine looking for a man to fulfill her fantasy of a stringless, anonymous pornographic affair.

Director: Frédéric Fonteyne | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Sergi López, Jacques Viala, Paul Pavel

Votes: 5,004 | Gross: $0.35M

3 Stars

48. Onegin (1999)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

6.9