Best Mystery Movies of 1999

1.

The Sixth Sense

6.7

A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts of dead people.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Haley Joel Osment, Donnie Wahlberg
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Release date: 1999-08-06
2.

Eyes Wide Shut

6.1

After Dr. Bill Hartford's wife, Alice, admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. He discovers an underground sexual group and attends one of their meetings -- and quickly discovers that he is in over his head.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Madison Eginton, Jackie Sawiris, Sydney Pollack
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1999-07-16
3.

Sleepy Hollow

6.0

New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. But the locals believe the culprit to be none other than the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Ian McDiarmid, Christina Ricci, Casper Van Dien, Michael Gough
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1999-11-18
4.

The Bone Collector

5.6

Rookie cop, Amelia Donaghy reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme – formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed as a result of a spinal injury – to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed 'The Bone Collector'. The murderer's special signature is to leave tantalizing clues based on the grim remains of his crimes.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker, Michael McGlone
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Release date: 1999-11-04
5.

The Ninth Gate

5.4

An all-expenses-paid international search for a rare copy of the book, 'The Nine Gates of the Shadow Kingdom' brings an unscrupulous book dealer deep into a world of murder, double-dealing and satanic worship.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner, Barbara Jefford
Directed by: Roman Polański
Release date: 1999-08-25
6.

The Blair Witch Project

5.3

In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary. A year later their footage was found.

Starring: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffith, Jim King
Directed by: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
Release date: 1999-07-14
7.

Arlington Road

5.1

Threats from sinister foreign nationals aren't the only thing to fear. Bedraggled college professor Michael Faraday has been vexed (and increasingly paranoid) since his wife's accidental death in a botched FBI operation. But all that takes a backseat when a seemingly all-American couple set up house next door.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis, Robert Gossett
Directed by: Mark Pellington
Release date: 1999-03-19
8.

The Thirteenth Floor

5.1

Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in his computer generated parallel world that's just like the 30's with seemingly real people with real emotions.

Starring: Craig Bierko, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Gretchen Mol, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dennis Haysbert
Directed by: Josef Rusnak
Release date: 1999-04-16
9.

The Limey

5.1

The Limey follows Wilson, a tough English ex-con who travels to Los Angeles to avenge his daughter's death. Upon arrival, Wilson goes to task battling Valentine and an army of L.A.'s toughest criminals, hoping to find clues and piece together what happened. After surviving a near-death beating, getting thrown from a building and being chased down a dangerous mountain road, the Englishman decides to dole out some bodily harm of his own.

Starring: Terence Stamp, Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzmán, Barry Newman, Joe Dallesandro
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 1999-05-15
10.

Stir of Echoes

5.0

After being hypnotized by his sister in law, Tom Witzky begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.

Starring: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas, Kevin Dunn, Conor O'Farrell
Directed by: David Koepp
Release date: 1999-09-10
11.

Mulholland Dr.

5.0
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Starring: Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Ann Miller, Robert Forster
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 1999-01-01
12.

Instinct

4.8

In a prison for the criminally insane, deranged anthropologist Ethan Powell is set to be examined by a bright young psychiatrist, Theo Caulder. Driven by ambition and a hunger for the truth, Caulder will eventually risk everything -- even put his very life on the line -- in a harrowing attempt to understand the bizarre actions of this madman.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Donald Sutherland, Maura Tierney, George Dzundza
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Release date: 1999-06-04
13.

Double Jeopardy

4.8

A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, Bruce Greenwood, Annabeth Gish, Benjamin Weir
Directed by: Bruce Beresford
Release date: 1999-09-24
14.

Entrapment

4.8

Two thieves, who travel in elegant circles, try to outsmart each other and, in the process, end up falling in love.

Starring: Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Will Patton, Maury Chaykin, Ving Rhames
Directed by: Jon Amiel
Release date: 1999-04-29
15.

The General's Daughter

4.7

When the body of Army Capt. Elizabeth Campbell is found on a Georgia military base, two investigators, Warrant Officers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill, are ordered to solve her murder. What they uncover is anything but clear-cut. Unseemly details emerge about Campbell's life, leading to allegations of a possible military coverup of her death and the involvement of her father, Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell.

Starring: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Leslie Stefanson
Directed by: Simon West
Release date: 1999-06-18
16.

8MM

4.7

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, he relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town PI.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Chris Bauer, Anthony Heald
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 1999-02-26
17.

End of Days

4.4

On December 28th, 1999, the citizens of New York City are getting ready for the turn of the millennium. However, the Devil decides to crash the party by coming to the city, inhabiting a man's body, and searching for his chosen bride, a 20-year-old woman named Christine York. The world will end, and the only hope lies within an atheist called Jericho Cane.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Pollak, Robin Tunney, CCH Pounder
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1999-11-24
18.

The Deep End of the Ocean

4.1

Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn Mitchard's best-selling novel (an Oprah book club selection), the movie effectively presents the troubling dynamics that exist between family members who've suffered such an unsettling loss.

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Treat Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Jackson, Cory Buck
Directed by: Ulu Grosbard
Release date: 1999-03-12
19.

House on Haunted Hill

4.1

A remake of the 1959 film of the same name. A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs, Peter Gallagher, Chris Kattan
Directed by: William Malone
Release date: 1999-10-29
20.

The Haunting

3.9

Dr. David Marrow invites Nell Vance, and Theo and Luke Sanderson to the eerie and isolated Hill House to be subjects for a sleep disorder study. The unfortunate guests discover that Marrow is far more interested in the sinister mansion itself – and they soon see the true nature of its horror.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lili Taylor, Bruce Dern
Directed by: Jan de Bont
Release date: 1999-07-23

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