1999 Ranked Filmsby TimMacAusland | created - 15 Apr 2017 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public
The ranked list of 1999 films that I have seen so far.
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1. American Beauty (1999)
R | 122 min | Drama
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.
Votes: 1,002,017 | Gross: $130.10M
Introspective and populated with a plethora of interesting, layered characters, American Beauty's terrific, Alan Ball-scribed screenplay reinvents the family dynamic for the new millennium.
2. Toy Story 2 (1999)
G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends set out on a rescue mission to save Woody before he becomes a museum toy property with his roundup gang Jessie, Prospector, and Bullseye.
Votes: 484,956 | Gross: $245.85M
A follow-up that arguably improves upon its predecessor, both technically and narratively, Toy Story 2 accentuates just how good Pixar Animation is at mapping out natural character growth.
3. The Green Mile (1999)
R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Votes: 1,037,261 | Gross: $136.80M
One of the finest Stephen King adaptations to date, The Green Mile justifies every minute of its lengthy runtime with nothing but determination and a heartbreakingly vulnerable performance from Michael Clarke Duncan.
4. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
R | 81 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
When Cartman and his friends go see an R rated movie, they start cursing and their parents think that Canada is to blame.
Votes: 184,020 | Gross: $52.01M
Crass but with a tremendous sense of wit, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut hysterically one-ups the television series and is a surprisingly catchy musical to boot.
5. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 855,368 | Gross: $293.51M
Putting writer-director M. Night Shyamalan on the map, The Sixth Sense is an emotional and unnerving ghost story with plenty of pathos coming from the young Haley Joel Osment.
6. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,537,873 | Gross: $171.48M
Revolutionary in its visual effects and philosophical musings, The Matrix is as thrilling an action movie as one could ask for, courtesy of the Wachowski siblings.
7. 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: 159,389 | Gross: $23.16M
Possessing a colossal amount of heart, The Iron Giant proves effortlessly charming on its way to delivering potent themes on identity and heroism.
8. Fight Club (1999)
R | 139 min | Drama
An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Votes: 1,707,140 | Gross: $37.03M
Challenging both thematically and narratively, David Fincher’s Fight Club is a fast-paced critique of late-millennium masculinity and agency.
9. Tarzan (1999)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.
Votes: 186,387 | Gross: $171.09M
Closing out the Disney Renaissance in sturdy fashion, Tarzan is a robust interpretation of the classic character and offers some hearty music in the bargain.
10. The Cider House Rules (1999)
PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance
A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world.
Votes: 88,945 | Gross: $57.55M
The Cider House Rules may come off antiquated in its sentimentality, but with a slew of hearty performances it's more than apt in yanking at the heartstrings.
11. Election (1999)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.
Votes: 84,050 | Gross: $14.88M
With a perfectly pristine performance from Reese Witherspoon turning her into an overnight sensation, Alexander Payne’s Election is wryly funny satirical comedy whose sociological commentary proves thoroughly effective.
12. Fantasia 2000 (1999)
G | 75 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
An update of the original film with new interpretations of great works of classical music.
Votes: 32,618 | Gross: $60.66M
Fantasia 2000 doesn’t retain the same levels of animated majesty as its spiritual predecessor, but it’s nevertheless a welcome diversion from the norm for Disney.
13. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
Votes: 164,307 | Gross: $81.30M
An unnerving turn from Matt Damon exemplifying his versatility as an actor, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a twisted little game of obsession and deceit.
14. Following (1998)
R | 69 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.
Votes: 79,353 | Gross: $0.05M
It's not terribly ambitious, but Following displays enough narrative shrewdness and taut direction to make for a solid first feature for Christopher Nolan.
15. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
R | 159 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A New York City doctor embarks on a harrowing, night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife reveals a painful secret to him.
Votes: 276,552 | Gross: $55.69M
Though some may find Eyes Wide Shut a bit too abstract to be wholly satisfying, the film can't be denied its mesmerizing pace and masterful direction from maestro Stanley Kubrick.
16. The Hurricane (1999)
R | 146 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Votes: 87,076 | Gross: $50.67M
The story of The Hurricane doesn’t pull many punches, but a powerful performance from Denzel Washington matches the film’s tenacity and unwavering attitude.
17. Galaxy Quest (1999)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.
Votes: 139,171 | Gross: $71.58M
As hysterically subversive of sci-fi serials as one would hope, Galaxy Quest takes full advantage of its premise by way of a pitch perfect cast.
18. Notting Hill (1999)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.
Votes: 249,541 | Gross: $116.09M
Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts proving a well-matched romantic duo, Notting Hill isn’t profound in its themes of fame but the emotionality is certainly genuine.
19. Office Space (1999)
R | 89 min | Comedy
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
Votes: 229,414 | Gross: $10.82M
A satirical comedy that is content with eliciting consistent chuckles over astounding storytelling, Office Space is a perfectly rewatchable offering from the likes of Mike Judge.
20. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.
Votes: 309,483 | Gross: $101.07M
Sleepy Hollow seems more interested in spooks than narrative, but the spooks are indeed solid, as Tim Burton manages to bring Washington Irving’s gothic tale to horrific life.
21. American Pie (1999)
R | 95 min | Comedy
Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.
Votes: 356,458 | Gross: $102.56M
It could be said that American Pie is a bit flippant with its subject matter, but a terrific cast with its heart in the right place is more than enough to reinvigorate the teen genre.
22. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.
Votes: 273,900 | Gross: $38.18M
The teenage angle isn’t as novel as its Shakespearean roots, but 10 Things I Hate About You benefits largely from an endearing young cast.
23. Stuart Little (1999)
PG | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
The Little family adopt a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants rid of him.
Votes: 117,010 | Gross: $140.04M
Predictable and a tad light, Stuart Little and its charming presentation nevertheless prove that big things sometimes come in the smallest packages.
24. Princess Mononoke (1997)
PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.
Votes: 300,681 | Gross: $2.38M
Princess Mononoke’s ecological themes beget a somewhat monotonous tempo, but it remains too richly rendered to ignore.
25. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.
Votes: 218,898 | Gross: $140.54M
Dwarfed in comparison to its own ethos, The Blair Witch Project is a very low-concept found-footage horror pic that still manages to be an effective exercise in trepidation.
26. The Mummy (1999)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreck havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.
Votes: 370,729 | Gross: $155.25M
An homage to the era and zeitgeist from which the franchise was spawned, The Mummy is a fun if insubstantial swashbuckling adventure with plenty of thrills to be had.
27. The Red Violin (1998)
R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Mystery
A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.
Votes: 30,258 | Gross: $9.47M
An appropriately soulful musical score suffuses The Red Violin with the right levels of soulful mysticism, even if it aesthetically doesn't live up to its generational story arc.
28. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Dr. Evil is back and has invented a new time machine that allows him to go back to the 1960s and steal Austin Powers' mojo, inadvertently leaving him "shagless".
Votes: 206,129 | Gross: $206.04M
It’s not as fresh as the first, but Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me relying on the same comedic formula will be enough to satiate anyone looking for a good chuckle.
29. Big Daddy (1999)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama
A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.
Votes: 187,492 | Gross: $163.48M
There are flashes of Adam Sandler’s more immature tendencies in Big Daddy, but having its heart in the right place when it matters should sway audiences to his cause.
30. Varsity Blues (1999)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured.
Votes: 39,556 | Gross: $52.89M
Varsity Blues will be sure to entertain the average football movie buff, but by its conclusion the clichés have piled up on each other to the point of narrative suffocation.
31. Deep Blue Sea (1999)
R | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.
Votes: 116,804 | Gross: $73.65M
While it can still be appreciated as a brainless shark movie, Deep Blue Sea isn’t exactly armed to the teeth with effective thrills either.
32. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Two Jedi escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.
Votes: 663,398 | Gross: $474.54M
Though it has its moments, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace largely fails to capture the ethos of its preceding trilogy and is one of the greater letdowns in cinematic history.
33. House on Haunted Hill (1999)
R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.
Votes: 50,986 | Gross: $40.85M
Minus the stable atmospherics and wit of the original, House on Haunted Hill is as visually uninspired as it is narratively undisciplined.
34. Superstar (1999)
PG-13 | 81 min | Comedy, Romance
A nerdy Catholic schoolgirl, Mary Katherine Gallagher, dreams of superstardom.
Votes: 17,019 | Gross: $30.63M
Superstar has an endearing protagonist in Molly Shannon’s caricature, however what works in short segments seldom works at feature length.
G | 96 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Scientists genetically create a new Pokémon, Mewtwo, but the results are horrific and disastrous.
Votes: 37,057 | Gross: $85.74M
It’ll please undemanding fans of the anime, however Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back suffers from a poorly written script and contrived thematics.
36. Doug's 1st Movie (1999)
G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Doug and his pal Skeeter set's out to find the monster of Lucky Duck Lake. Though things get really out of hand when some one blurts out that the monster is real.
Votes: 2,781 | Gross: $19.42M
Head-scratchingly released theatrically, this feature film of the animated series is highly derivative and plain, as viewers will be hoping Doug’s 1st Movie will also be his last.
37. Inspector Gadget (1999)
PG | 78 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A security guard's dreams come true when he is selected to be transformed into a cybernetic police officer.
Votes: 42,547 | Gross: $97.40M
Proof that some cartoons just can’t be adapted for live-action faithfully, Inspector Gadget doesn’t have enough tools up its sleeve to correct its pandering tone and lowbrow humor.
38. The King and I (1999)
G | 87 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Traveling to the exotic kingdom of Siam, English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens soon discovers that her most difficult challenge is the stubborn, imperious King himself.
Votes: 3,508 | Gross: $11.96M
Trying to tweak the story’s medium to appeal to children, The King and I fails most miserably, resulting in one of the dullest animated offerings in recent memory.
39. The Haunting (1999)
PG-13 | 113 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past.
Votes: 67,552 | Gross: $91.41M
Relying on special effects rather than atmosphere to deliver the spooks, The Haunting is a narratively unwieldy horror update that fails the classic story.
40. My Favorite Martian (1999)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
A Martian lands on Earth and makes friends with a reporter.
Votes: 12,172 | Gross: $36.83M
Christopher Lloyd remains a comedy icon, but My Favorite Martian might be his weakest offering to date, a flailing adaptation of the sitcom that couldn’t elicit laughs to save its skin.