Best Thriller 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.

The Boondock Saints

6.2

With a God-inspired moral obligation to act against evil, twin brothers Conner and Murphy set out to rid Boston of criminals. However, rather than working within the system, these Irish Americans decide to take swift retribution into their own hands.

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery, David Della Rocco, David Ferry
Directed by: Troy Duffy
Release date: 1999-01-22
3.

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
4.

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
5.

The Talented Mr. Ripley

6.0

Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. Opportunity knocks in the form of a wealthy U.S. shipbuilder who hires Tom to travel to Italy to bring back his playboy son, Dickie. Ripley worms his way into the idyllic lives of Dickie and his girlfriend, plunging into a daring scheme of duplicity, lies and murder.

Starring: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Directed by: Anthony Minghella
Release date: 1999-12-25
6.

The Insider

5.7

Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand.

Starring: Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Bruce McGill
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 1999-10-28
7.

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
8.

Cruel Intentions

5.5

Slaking a thirst for dangerous games, Kathryn challenges her stepbrother, Sebastian, to deflower their headmaster's daughter before the summer ends. If he succeeds, the prize is the chance to bed Kathryn. But if he loses, Kathryn will claim his most prized possession.

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Louise Fletcher
Directed by: Roger Kumble
Release date: 1999-03-05
9.

Following

5.4

A struggling, unemployed young writer takes to following strangers around the streets of London, ostensibly to find inspiration for his new novel.

Starring: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan, Dick Bradsell
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 1999-04-02
10.

The World Is Not Enough

5.4

Greed, revenge, world dominance and high-tech terrorism – it's all in a day's work for Bond, who's on a mission to protect a beautiful oil heiress from a notorious terrorist. In a race against time that culminates in a dramatic submarine showdown, Bond works to defuse the international power struggle that has the world's oil supply hanging in the balance.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards, Robbie Coltrane
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 1999-11-17
11.

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
12.

Go

5.2

Told from three perspectives, a story of a bunch of young Californians trying to get some cash, do and deal some drugs, score money and sex in Las Vegas, and generally experience the rush of life.

Starring: Sarah Polley, Katie Holmes, Jay Mohr, Timothy Olyphant, William Fichtner
Directed by: Doug Liman
Release date: 1999-04-09
13.

Payback

5.2

With friends like these, who needs enemies? That's the question bad guy Porter is left asking after his wife and partner steal his heist money and leave him for dead -- or so they think. Five months and an endless reservoir of bitterness later, Porter's partners and the crooked cops on his tail learn how bad payback can be.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer, Bill Duke
Directed by: Brian Helgeland
Release date: 1999-02-05
14.

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
15.

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
16.

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
17.

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
18.

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
19.

eXistenZ

5.0

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe, Don McKellar
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1999-04-14
20.

Deep Blue Sea

4.8

On a remote former submarine refueling facility called Aquatica, a team of scientists are searching for a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Susan McAlester genetically engineers three Mako sharks, intending to increase their brain capacity so that they can harvest the tissue as a cure for Alzheimer's. Unfortunately, the increased brain capacity also makes the sharks smarter, faster, and more dangerous. Aquatica's financial backers are skeptical and nervous about the tests, and send a corporate executive to visit the facility.

Starring: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, LL Cool J, Michael Rapaport, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by: Renny Harlin
Release date: 1999-07-28

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