Best movies from 1999, ranked!

The Ringer is doing full blown coverage of the movies that came out during 1999, which was an incredible year of filmic delights. They ranked the Top 50 movies from the year (Part I here and Part II here), which of course prompted me to re-rank them because I never fail to get sucked into these kinds of lists.

Here’s my version of the Top 10 movies from 1999 in roughly the order I’d rank them.

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Office Space
  • The Matrix
  • Three Kings
  • Notting Hill
  • Election
  • Fight Club
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • American Beauty 

The amazing thing is that because the year is jam-stocked with classics, it’s really easy to flip around this list any which way. I know people, for example, who think that Fight Club is just about their favorite movie of all time. I feel that way about The Talented Mr. Ripley — it’s a movie I can wax on about to annoying extents. I read the novel it was based on recently, by the way. It’s pretty good, but one of those relatively rare occasions where the movie’s better, in my view.

And here’s my Honorable Mention list, which is a pretty incredible stack of movies in its own right:

  • October Sky
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Dogma
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut     
  • Being John Malkovich
  • The Sixth Sense
  • American Pie
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Magnolia  

Speaking of looking into the past for pop cultural antiquities, I was stunned when I read this tweet:

  • Just got done speaking to a journalism class at American University and the subject of GOODFELLAS came up and I asked how many students had seen it. Literally only one sophomore raised her hand. I couldn’t believe it and dedicated a not-insignificant, loud amount of time to… chastising these college kids for being abominable people and ordered them to watch the movie after they left class as homework, and they could like rent it or stream it on HBO Go today.

A day or two later, I heard mention on a podcast that a classroom full of film students, at New York University no less, has never heard of Raising Arizona.

This post originally appeared in what had originally been called The Eric Berlin E-mail Newsletter. To get a weekly blast of pop culture, digital media, and politics that helps make sense of an increasingly frazzled world, sign on up for The Berlin Files here.

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