Best Movies of 1999

Editor: Piero Scaruffi
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The following list averages the opinions of my favorite critics plus mine.

Foreign movies show sometimes a year later, so if you can't find a title, check last year's ratings.

Special section: The 1999 Film Festivals

Best of Cannes:
Pedro Almodovar: Todo Sobre Mi Madre
Emir Kusturica: Black Cat White Cat
Eric Rohmer: Comte d'Automne
Best of Toronto:
Kevin Smith: Dogma
Kimberly Peirce: Boys Don't Cry
Harmony Korine: Julien Donkey Boy
Mike Leigh: Topsy Turvy
David Russell: Three Kings
Best of Venezia:
Abbas Kiarostami: The Wind Will Carry Us
Zhang Yimou: Not one less
Atom Egoyan: Felicia's Journey
David Lynch: The Straight Story
Best of New York:
Kevin Smith: Dogma
Spike Jonze: Being John Malkovich
Kimberly Peirce: Boys Don't Cry
Harmony Korine: Julien Donkey Boy
Atom Egoyan: Felicia's Journey

Ratings for the 1999 season

MUST SEE...:

8.0 Majid Majidi: Rang-e Khoda/ Color Of Paradise
7.9 Kevin Smith: Dogma
7.8 Spike Jonze: Being John Malkovich
7.8 Chang-dong Lee: Bakha Satang/ Peppermint Candy (1999)
7.7 Pedro Almodovar: Todo Sobre Mi Madre/ All About My Mother
7.5 Takeshi Miike: Deddo oa Araibu/ Dead or Alive
7.4 Sam Mendes: American Beauty
7.3 Veit Helmer: Tuvalu
7.2 David Fincher: Fight Club
7.2 Lee Myung-Se: Nowhere To Hide
7.2 Abbas Kiarostami: The Wind Will Carry Us
7.1 Istvan Szabo: Sunshine
7.1 Eric Mendelsohn: Judy Berlin
7.1 Alexander Sokurov: Moloch
7.1 Pen-ek Ratanaruang: 6ixtynin9
7.1 Takeshi Kitano: Kikujiro
7.1 Johnnie To: The Mission
7.0 Francois Ozon: Les Amants Criminels/ Criminal Lovers
7.0 Rolf Schubel: Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod/ Gloomy Sunday
7.0 Jim Jarmusch: Ghost Dog
7.0 Kimberly Peirce: Boys Don't Cry
7.0 Soren Kragh-Jacobsen: Mifune
7.0 Don McKellar: Last Night
7.0 Michael Mann: The Insider
7.0 Steven Soderbergh: The Limey
7.0 Harmony Korine: Julien Donkey Boy
7.0 Mike Leigh: Topsy Turvy
7.0 Zhang Yimou: Not One Less
7.0 Atom Egoyan: Felicia's Journey
7.0 John Sayles: Limbo
7.0 Lawrence Kasdan: Mumford
7.0 Chen: The Emperor And The Assassin
7.0 Harold Ramis: Analyze This
7.0 Mike Figgis: The Loss Of Sexual Innocence
7.0 Wachowski Brothers: Matrix
7.0 Peter Greenaway: 8 1/2 Women
7.0 Agnieszka Holland: The Third Miracle
7.0 Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne: Rosetta
7.0 Josef Rusnak: The Thirteenth Floor
SO SO...:

6.9 Paul Thomas Anderson: Magnolia
6.9 Dean Parisot: Galaxy Quest
6.9 Richard Shepard: Oxygen
6.9 Matthew Barney: Cremaster 2
6.9 Milos Forman: Man On The Moon
6.9 David Russell: Three Kings
6.9 Thomas Jahn: Knockin' On Heaven's Door
6.9 Spike Lee: Summer of Sam
6.9 Doug Liman: Go
6.9 Robert Altman: Cookie's Fortune
6.9 Erick Zonka: The Dreamlife of Angels
6.8 Oliver Stone: Any Given Sunday
6.8 Zhang Yang: Shower
6.8 James Mangold: Girl Interrupted
6.8 David Lynch: The Straight Story
6.8 Deepa Mehta: Earth
6.8 Don McKellar: Last Night
6.8 Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez: Blair Witch Project
6.8 John Turturro: Illuminata
6.8 Mark Pellington: Arlington Road
6.8 Gilles MacKinnon: Hideous Kinky
6.8 Larry Clark: Another Day In Paradise
6.8 Dariush Mehrjui: Leila
6.8 Alexander Payne: Election
6.8 David Cronenberg: Existenz
6.7 Norman Jewison: Hurricane
6.7 Tim Robbins: Cradle Will Rock
6.7 Tim Burton: Sleepy Hollow
6.7 Barry Levinson: Liberty Heights
6.7 Chris Smith: American Movie
6.7 Thom Fitzgerald: Beefcake
6.7 Andrew Fleming: Dick
6.7 Bernardo Bertolucci: Besieged
6.7 Barry Sonnenfeld: Wild Wild West
6.7 Mike Judge: Office Space
6.6 John Lasseter: Toy Story 2
6.6 Bruno Dumont: Humanite / Humanity (1999)
6.6 Frank Darabont: Green Mile
6.6 Adam Abraham: Man of the Century
6.6 Jose Luis Garci: The Grandfather
6.6 James Toback: Black and White
6.6 Malcom Lee: The Best Man
6.6 Steven Zaillian: A Civil Action
6.6 Nancy Savoca: The 24-hour Woman
6.6 Clint Eastwood: True Crime
6.6 Tony Goldwyn: A Walk On The Moon
Passable...:

6.5 David Mamet: Winslow Boy
6.5 Tim Roth: The War Zone
6.5 Martin Scorsese: Bringing Out The Dead
6.5 Abel Ferrara: New Rose Hotel
6.5 Marion Vernoux: Love Etc
6.5 Ron Howard: EDtv
6.5 Ted Demme: Life
6.5 Garry Marshall: The Other Sister
6.5 Guy Ritchie: Lock Stock And Two Smoking Umbrellas
6.5 Adam Bernstein: Six Ways To Sunday
6.5 Darren Stein: Jawbreaker
6.5 Clara Law: Floating Life
6.5 Tony Bui: Three Seasons
6.5 Ang Lee : Ride With The Devil
6.4 Lasse Hallstrom: The Cider House Rules
6.4 Jonathan Kaplan: Brokedown Palace
6.4 Werner Herzog: Mein Liebster Feind
6.4 Hugh Hudson: My Life So Far
6.4 Tod Williams: Adventures of Sebastian Cole
6.4 Neil Jordan: The End of the Affair
6.4 Neil Jordan: In Dreams
6.4 Anthony Minghella: The Talented Mr Ripley
6.3 Jane Campion: Holy Smoke
6.3 Michael Polish: Twin Falls Idaho
6.3 Isao Takahata: Hohokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun/ My Neighbors the Yamadas
6.3 Stanley KubrickEyes Wide Shut
6.3 Eric Mendelsohn: Judy Berlin
6.3 Rick Famuyiwa: The Wood
6.3 Avi Nesher: Taxman
6.2 Gavin O'Connor: Tumbleweeds
6.2 Raul Ruiz: Time Regained
6.2 Sydney Pollack: Random Hearts
6.2 Catherine Breillat: Romance
6.2 John McTiernan: The 13th Warrior
6.2 David Koepp: Stir Of Echoes
6.2 Renny Harlin: Deep Blue Sea
6.1 Woody Allen: Sweet and Lowdown
6.1 John McTiernan: The Thomas Crown Affair
6.1 Tony Cinciripini: Hell's Kitchen
6.1 Frank Grow: Love God
6.1 Cedric Kahn: L'Ennui
6.1 Kinka Usher: Mystery Men
6.1 Joel Schumaker: Eight Millimeter
6.1 Mike Barker: Best Laid Plans
6.0 Scott Hicks: Snow Falling On Cedars
6.0 Peter Hyams: End of Days
6.0 Wayne Wang: Anywhere But Here
6.0 David Riker: The City
6.0 Gregg Araki : Splendor
6.0 Rob Reiner : Story of Us
6.0 Rowan Woods: The Boys
6.0 Audrey Wells: Guinevere
6.0 Robinson Devor: The Woman Chaser
6.0 Claude Berri: Lucie Aubrac
6.0 Manoel De Oliveira: La Lettre
6.0 Yvan LeMoine: The Red Dwarf
6.0 Paul McGuigan: The Acid House
6.0 John Huckert: Hard
6.0 Morgan Freeman: Desert Blue
6.0 Takashi Miike: Audition
6.0 Hilary Brougher: The Sticky Fingers of Time
6.0 Joseph Vismaier: The Harmonists
6.0 James Foley: The Corruptor
6.0 Hugh Wilson: Blast From The Past
6.0 Joe Johnston: October Sky
6.0 Roger Michell: Notting Hill
6.0 Jon Amiel: Entrapment
6.0 Paul Quinn: This Is My Father
6.0 Peter Ho-Sun Chan: Love Letter
6.0 Amos Poe: Frogs For Snakes
6.0 David Moreton: Edge of 17
6.0 Julie Taymor: Titus
YUCK!...:

5.9 Rob Minkoff: Stuart Little
5.9 John Asher: Diamonds
5.9 Jimmy Smallhorne: 2 By 4
5.9 Louis Mourneau: Bats
5.9 Bray Bird: Iron Giant
5.9 David Kellogg: Inspector Gadget
5.9 Paul Weitz: American Pie
5.9 Frank Oz: Bowfinger
5.8 MIchael Apted: 42 Up
5.8 Kevin Williamson: Teaching Mrs Tingle
5.8 Gary Sinyor: The Bachelor
5.8 Phillip Noyce: Bone Collector
5.8 Scott Ziehl: Broken Vessels
5.8 Jim Fall: Trick
5.8 Hampton Fancher: Minus Man
5.8 James Rosenov: Crossing Fields
5.8 Jeff Pollack: Lost And Found
5.8 Ulu Grosbard: The Deep End Of The Ocean
5.7 Angelica Huston: Agnes Browne
5.7 Marc Levin: Whiteboys
5.7 Mark Illsley: Happy Texas
5.7 Bruce Wagner: I'm Losing You
5.7 Stephen Sommers: The Mummy
5.7 Franco Zeffirelli: Tea With Mussolini
5.7 Brian Robbins: Varsity Blues
5.6 Doug Block: Home Page
5.6 Michael Apted: The World Is Not Enough
5.6 Sam Raimi: For Love Of The Game
5.6 Alan Parker: Angela's Ashes
5.6 Wes Craven: Music Of The Heart
5.6 Night Shyamalan: Sixth Sense
5.6 Kelly Makin: Mickey Blue Eyes
5.6 Francois Girard: The Red Violin
5.6 Garry Marshall: Runaway Bride
5.6 Mike Newell: Pushing Tin
5.6 Robert Rodriguez: Faculty
5.6 Tom Shadyac: Patch Adams
5.6 John Bruno: Virus
5.6 Dan Ireland: The Velocity Of Gary
5.6 Anne Fontaine: Dry Cleaning
5.6 Robert Iscove: She's All That
5.6 Willard Carroll: Playing By Heart
5.5 Antonio Banderas: Crazy In Alabama
5.5 Craig Bolotin: Light It Up
5.5 Estep Nagy: The Broken Giant
5.5 Rose Troche: Bedrooms & Hallways
5.5 Udayan Prasad: My Son The Fanatic
5.5 Dennis Dugan: Big Daddy
5.5 Simon West: The General's Daughter
5.5 Alex De La Iglesia: The Day of The Beast
5.5 Oliver Parker: An Ideal Husband
5.5 Robert Meyer Burnett: Free Enterprise
5.5 Jan DeBont: The Haunting
5.5 George Lucas: Star Wars - Episode I
5.5 Michael Radford: B. Monkey
5.5 Mykes BerkowitzL 20 Dates
5.5 Risa Bramon Garcia: 200 CIgarettes
5.5 Ernest Dickerson: Blind Faith
5.5 Lynn Hershman Leeson: Conceiving Ada
5.5 Roger Kumble: Cruel Intentions
5.4 Martha Fiennes: Onegin
5.4 Patricia Rozema: Mansfield Park
5.4 Luc Besson: The Messenger
5.4 Michael Cristofer: Body Shots
5.4 Shundo Okawa: Nobody
5.4 Froncois Ozon: Sitcom
5.4 Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau: Jeanne And The Perfect Guy
5.4 Lance Mungia: Six String Samurai
GASP!...:

5.3 Giuseppe Tornatore: Legend of 1900
Scott Elliott: A Map Of the World
5.2 Tamara Hernandez: Men Cry Bullets
5.1 Frank Whaley: Joe The King
5.1 Bruce Beresford : Double Jeopardy
5.1 Jay Roach: Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me
5.0 Mike Figgis: Miss Julie
5.0 Waris Hussein: The Sixth Happiness
5.0 Bernd Eichinger : A Girl Called Rosemarie
5.0 Allison Anders & Kurt Voss: Sugar Town
5.0 Peter Kassovitz: Jakob The Liar
5.0 Philip Saville: Metroland
5.0 Raja Gosnell: Never Been Kissed
5.0 Gil Junger: Ten Things I Hate About You
5.0 Sam Miller: Among Giants
5.0 Bronwen Hughes: Forces of Nature
5.0 Katt Shea: The Rage - Carrie 2
5.0 Bobby Houston: Rock the Boat
5.0 P.J. Castellaneta: Relax It's Just Sex
4.9 Luis Galvao Teles: Elles
4.8 Art Jones: Going Nomad
4.8 Glen Goei : That's the Way I Like it
4.8 Tessa Blake: Five Wives Three Secretaries And Me
4.7 Bruce McCulloch: Superstar
4.7 Irwin Winkler: At First Sight
4.6 Andy Tennant: Anna And The King
4.5 Jeff Abugov: The Mating Habits Of the Earthbound Human
4.5 Adam Rifkin: Detroit Rock City
4.5 Rick Rosenthal: Just A Little Harmless Sex
4.5 Peter Duncan: A Little Bit of Soul
4.5 Steve Miner: Lake Placid
4.5 Jeannette Buck: Out of Season
4.5 John Keitel: Defying Gravity
4.5 Anne Wheeler: Better Than Chocolate
4.5 Jeff Franklin : Love Stinks
4.5 Rupert Wainwright: Stigmata
4.5 Jon Turteltaub: Instinct
4.5 Tanya Wexler: Finding North
4.5 Rand Ravich: The Astronaut's Wife
4.5 Michael Patrick Jann: Drop Dead Gorgeous
4.5 Albert Brooks: The Muse
4.5 Rob Sitch: The Castle
4.5 Daniel Lee: Black mask
4.5 John Sargent: Lesson Before Dying
4.5 Les Mayfield: Blue Streak
4.4 Mike Mitchell: Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo
4.4 Eric Weber: Suits
4.3 Sam Weisman: Out of Towners
4.3 Geroge Haas: Friends And Lovers
4.2 Chris Columbus: Bicentennial Man
4.1 Joel Schumaker: Flawless
4.1 Jay Roach: Mystery Alaska
4.0 David Evans : Ever Pitch
4.0 John Duigan: Molly
4.0 Damon Santostefano: Three To Tango
4.0 Peter and Bobby Farrelly : Outside Providence
4.0 Hugh Johnson: Chill Factor
4.0 John Schultz: Drive Me Crazy
4.0 Jake Scott: Plunkette And Macleane
4.0 Scott Silver: Mod Squad
3.4 Richard Wenk: Just The Ticket

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