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The year 1999 in film involved some significant events and was arguably the most successful year for films released in the 1990s. Several new feature films, including Star Wars Episode I, The Sixth Sense, The Green Mile, new sequel Toy Story 2, first of The Matrix, Disney's animated Tarzan, Magnolia, The Iron Giant, Fight Club, The Mummy, and the highly acclaimed American Beauty, were released.

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was awarded to All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre), directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Spain/France. (For more about films in foreign languages, check sources in those languages.)

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Top grossing films

Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 1999; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing films for calendar year. The top ten films of 1999 as of January 26, 2006 (U.S. and Canada), January 26, 2006 (UK) and January 26, 2006 (Australia) are as follows:

1999 Rank Title Studio Worldwide Gross U.S/Canada Gross U.K. Gross Australia Gross
1. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 20th Century Fox $924,317,558 $431,088,301 £50,734,924 $38,828,310
2. The Sixth Sense Hollywood Pictures $672,806,292 $293,506,292 £25,407,279 $29,298,667
3. Toy Story 2 Disney/Pixar $485,015,179 $245,852,179 £43,294,228 $20,131,422
4. The Matrix Warner Bros. $460,379,930 $171,479,930 £25,918,842 $23,160,219
5. Tarzan Disney $448,191,819 $171,091,819 £17,694,331 $11,399,994
6. The Mummy Universal $415,933,406 $155,385,488 £17,362,781 $18,107,396
7. Notting Hill Universal $363,889,678 $116,089,678 £30,403,825 $20,831,399
8. The World Is Not Enough MGM $361,832,400 $126,943,684 £28,367,515 $14,168,737
9. American Beauty DreamWorks $356,296,601 $130,096,601 £21,261,601 $19,016,237
10. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me New Line $312,016,858 $206,040,086 £25,635,589 $22,380,168


As of December 9, 2008, forty films released in 1999 have grossed more than $100 million, reaching blockbuster status. Six films have grossed more than $400 million, reaching "international blockbuster motion picture" status. One film (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace) has grossed more than $900 million, making it the 9th highest grossing film in history. And it was the first time that over five films released in one year reached IBMP status (Only 4 films released in 1990 made IBMP status).

For a complete list of 1999's top-grossing films, follow these links:

Awards

Category/Organization 57th Golden Globe Awards
January 23, 2000
53rd BAFTA Awards
April 9, 2000
72nd Academy Awards
March 26, 2000
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film American Beauty Toy Story 2 American Beauty American Beauty
Best Director Sam Mendes
American Beauty
Pedro Almodóvar
All About My Mother
Sam Mendes
American Beauty
Best Actor Denzel Washington
The Hurricane
Jim Carrey
Man on the Moon
Kevin Spacey
American Beauty
Kevin Spacey
American Beauty
Best Actress Hilary Swank
Boys Don't Cry
Janet McTeer
Tumbleweeds
Annette Bening
American Beauty
Hilary Swank
Boys Don't Cry
Best Supporting Actor Tom Cruise
Magnolia
Jude Law
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Michael Caine
The Cider House Rules
Best Supporting Actress Angelina Jolie
Girl, Interrupted
Maggie Smith
Tea with Mussolini
Angelina Jolie
Girl, Interrupted
Best Screenplay, Adapted American Beauty
Alan Ball
The End of the Affair
Neil Jordan
The Cider House Rules
John Irving
Best Screenplay, Original Being John Malkovich
Charlie Kaufman
American Beauty
Alan Ball
Best Score The Legend of 1900
Ennio Morricone
American Beauty
Thomas Newman
The Red Violin
John Corigliano
Best Foreign Language Film All About My Mother All About My Mother All About My Mother

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Rosetta, directed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, France / Belgium

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao), directed by Zhang Yimou, China

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The Thin Red Line, directed by Terrence Malick, Canada / U.S.A.

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‡ Films that achieved wide-release status after initial release Films with this symbol (*) indicate ranking #1 at the box office. The number of stars indicates the number of weeks at #1.
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1 L The Arrangement Illusion Entertainment Dir., Michael Ironside
Nice Guys Sleep Alone HBO Films Dir., Stu Pollard; Sean O' Bryan, Vanessa Marcil, Morgan Fairchild
15 W In Dreams DreamWorks Dir., Neil Jordan; Annette Bening, Katie Sagona, Aidan Quinn, Robert Downey, Jr., Paul Guilfoyle
Varsity Blues** Paramount Pictures Dir., Brian Robbins; James Van Der Beek, Amy Smart, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester, Scott Caan, Ali Larter
Virus Universal Pictures Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, Cliff Curtis
29 W She's All That* Miramax Films Dir., Robert Iscove; Freddie Prinze, Jr., Rachel Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Anna Paquin, Kieran Culkin, Usher, Li'l Kim, Tim Matheson, Dulé Hill
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26 W 8mm* Columbia Pictures Dir., Joel Schumacher; Nicolas Cage, joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Norman Reedus, Peter Stormare, Anthony Heald, Chris Bauer, Myra Carter
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12 W Baby Geniuses TriStar Pictures Dir., Bob Clark; Kathleen Turner, Peter MacNicol, Kim Cattrall, Christopher Lloyd, Dom DeLusie, Ruby Dee, Kyle Howard
19 W Forces of Nature** DreamWorks Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck, Maura Tierney, Steve Zahn, Blythe Danner, Ronny Cox, Richard Schiff
The King and I Warner Bros. Pictures Miranda Richardson, Martin Vidnovic, Ian Richardson, Darrell Hammond
31 W 10 Things I Hate About You Touchstone Pictures Dir., Gil Junger; Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholtz, Larry Miller
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Births

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Date Name Age Notes
January 15 Betty Box 83 film producer
February 20 Gene Siskel 53 film critic, Siskel and Ebert'
February 24 Derek Nimmo 68 actor, All Gas and Gaiters'
March 5 Richard Kiley 73 actor
March 7 Stanley Kubrick 70 film director
March 13 Garson Kanin 86 writer/director
March 22 David Strickland 29 actor
April 4 Faith Domergue 74 actress
April 14 Ellen Corby 87 actress, Grandma Walton in the "The Waltons"
April 21 Buddy Rogers 94 actor, husband of Mary Pickford
April 28 Rory Calhoun 76 actor
May 2 Oliver Reed 61 actor
May 8 Dirk Bogarde 78 actor/author
May 21 Vanessa Brown 71 actress
June 11 DeForest Kelley 79 actor, best known for "Star Trek"
June 29 Allan Carr 62 movie producer
July 1 Edward Dmytryk 90 film director
July 1 Sylvia Sidney 88 actress
July 2 Mario Puzo 78 writer/author, "The Godfather"
August 4 Victor Mature 86 actor
September 9 Ruth Roman 76 actress
September 14 Charles Crichton 89 film director
September 22 George C. Scott 71 Academy Award-winning actor
November 3 Ian Bannen 71 actor
December 3 Madeline Kahn 57 actress
December 17 Rex Allen 78 cowboy actor, singer
December 18 Robert Bresson 98 film director
December 19 Desmond Llewelyn 85 actor, 'Q" in James Bond films
December 23 Lois Hamilton 56 actress, artist, model
December 28 Clayton Moore 85 actor

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