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Top Films by Year (1996-1999)

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

1996

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Fargo* Joel Coen 67
2 Trainspotting Danny Boyle 142
3 Jerry Maguire* Cameron Crowe 372
4 The English Patient* Anthony Minghella 387
5 Secrets & Lies* Mike Leigh 408
6 Breaking the Waves Lars von Trier 440
7 When We Were Kings Leon Gast 479
8 Scream Wes Craven 527
9 Romeo + Juliet Baz Luhrmann 610
10 Independence Day Roland Emmerich 676
11 Lone Star John Sayles 705
12 Crash David Cronenberg 734
13 Waiting for Guffman Christopher Guest 824
14 Swingers Doug Liman 886
15 Kingpin Bobby and Peter Farrelly 994
16 Sling Blade Billy Bob Thornton 1010
17 Happy Gilmore Dennis Dugan 1051
18 Tin Cup Ron Shelton 1095
19 Bound Lana and Lily Wachowski 1140
20 Bottle Rocket Wes Anderson 1235
21 Big Night Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci 1398
22 Flirting with Disaster David O. Russell 1461
23 The Rock Michael Bay 1464
24 Mission: Impossible Brian De Palma 1471
25 Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky 1530
26 From Dusk Till Dawn Robert Rodriguez 1541
27 The People vs. Larry Flynt Milos Forman 1653
28 Shine* Scott Hicks 1715
29 The Birdcage Mike Nichols 1716
30 Irma Vep Olivier Assayas 1741
31 Star Trek: First Contact Jonathan Frakes 1772
32 Primal Fear Gregory Hoblit 1793
33 Kolya Jan Sverák 1938
34 Mars Attacks! Tim Burton 1983
35 Hamlet Kenneth Branagh 2003
36 La Promesse Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne 2036
37 Fly Away Home Carroll Ballard 2250
38 Citizen Ruth Alexander Payne 2262
39 Evita Alan Parker 2295
40 Everyone Says I Love You Woody Allen 2299
41 Twister Jan de Bont 2323
42 Beautiful Thing Hettie MacDonald 2330
43 Grace of My Heart Allison Anders 2378
44 Hard Eight Paul Thomas Anderson 2423

1997

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 L.A. Confidential* Curtis Hanson 122
2 Titanic** James Cameron 126
3 Life Is Beautiful* Roberto Benigni 274
4 Boogie Nights Paul Thomas Anderson 284
5 Princess Mononoke Hayao Miyazaki 326
6 Good Will Hunting* Gus Van Sant 517
7 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Jay Roach 567
8 Starship Troopers Paul Verhoeven 616
9 The Fifth Element Luc Besson 626
10 The Sweet Hereafter Atom Egoyan 688
11 A Taste of Cherry Abbas Kiarostami 753
12 The Full Monty* Peter Cattaneo 771
13 Jackie Brown Quentin Tarantino 826
14 Gattaca Andrew Niccol 874
15 Men in Black Barry Sonnenfeld 879
16 Lost Highway David Lynch 894
17 Donnie Brasco Mike Newell 917
18 Face/Off John Woo 946
19 Fireworks Takeshi Kitano 980
20 As Good as It Gets* James L. Brooks 986
21 Grosse Pointe Blank George Armitage 1021
22 Contact Robert Zemeckis 1022
23 Happy Together Kar-Wai Wong 1063
24 Funny Games Michael Haneke 1145
25 Chasing Amy Kevin Smith 1171
26 The Ice Storm Ang Lee 1244
27 In the Company of Men Neil LaBute 1316
28 Mother and Son Aleksandr Sokurov 1339
29 My Best Friend's Wedding P.J. Hogan 1432
30 Open Your Eyes Alejandro Amenábar 1481
31 The Game David Fincher 1506
32 Cube Vincenzo Natali 1552
33 Fast, Cheap & Out of Control Errol Morris 1616
34 Alien: Resurrection Jean-Pierre Jeunet 1687
35 Perfect Blue Satoshi Kon 1690
36 Gummo Harmony Korine 1795
37 Wag the Dog Barry Levinson 1812
38 Con Air Simon West 1858
39 Children of Heaven Majid Majidi 1959
40 End of Evangelion Hideaki Anno and Kazuya Tsurumaki 2070
41 Air Force One Wolfgang Petersen 2161
42 Little Dieter Needs to Fly Werner Herzog 2375
43 Scream 2 Wes Craven 2391

1998

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Saving Private Ryan* Steven Spielberg 91
2 The Big Lebowski Joel Coen 105
3 Rushmore Wes Anderson 287
4 The Truman Show Peter Weir 344
5 The Thin Red Line* Terrence Malick 378
6 Shakespeare in Love** John Madden 407
7 There's Something about Mary Bobby and Peter Farrelly 457
8 The Celebration Thomas Vinterberg 502
9 Run Lola Run Tom Tykwer 514
10 American History X Tony Kaye 600
11 Central Station Walter Salles 630
12 Out of Sight Steven Soderbergh 670
13 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Guy Ritchie 713
14 Happiness Todd Solondz 747
15 Ring Hideo Nakata 774
16 Dark City Alex Proyas 788
17 Pi Darren Aronofsky 796
18 Elizabeth* Shekhar Kapur 1088
19 Pleasantville Gary Ross 1106
20 The Wedding Singer Frank Coraci 1212
21 Buffalo '66 Vincent Gallo 1217
22 After Life Hirokazu Koreeda 1250
23 A Bug's Life John Lasseter 1279
24 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Terry Gilliam 1365
25 42: Forty Two Up Michael Apted 1376
26 You've Got Mail Nora Ephron 1436
27 Armageddon Michael Bay 1446
28 The Idiots Lars von Trier 1472
29 Show Me Love Lukas Moodysson 1533
30 Gods and Monsters Bill Condon 1611
31 The Dinner Game Francis Veber 1622
32 Ronin John Frankenheimer 1667
33 Velvet Goldmine Todd Haynes 1837
34 Blade Stephen Norrington 1878
35 Mulan Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook 1882
36 A Simple Plan Sam Raimi 1923
37 The Opposite of Sex Don Roos 1929
38 He Got Game Spike Lee 1947
39 Wild Things John McNaughton 2041
40 Without Limits Robert Towne 2187
41 Enemy of the State Tony Scott 2261
42 Croupier Mike Hodges 2341
43 Bulworth Warren Beatty 2363
44 I Stand Alone Gaspar Noé 2369
45 The Lovers of the Arctic Circle Julio Medem 2415
46 Eternity and a Day Theodoros Angelopoulos 2427

1999

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Matrix Lana and Lily Wachowski 39
2 Fight Club David Fincher 68
3 American Beauty** Sam Mendes 113
4 The Sixth Sense* M. Night Shyamalan 188
5 The Blair Witch Project Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez 207
6 Magnolia Paul Thomas Anderson 217
7 Being John Malkovich Spike Jonze 255
8 Toy Story 2 John Lasseter 297
9 All about My Mother Pedro Almodóvar 305
10 The Iron Giant Brad Bird 331
11 South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut Trey Parker 381
12 Election Alexander Payne 421
13 The Audition Takashi Miike 504
14 The Green Mile* Frank Darabont 580
15 Office Space Mike Judge 619
16 Beau travail Claire Denis 627
17 Three Kings David O. Russell 722
18 Eyes Wide Shut Stanley Kubrick 757
19 The Insider* Michael Mann 764
20 The Straight Story David Lynch 805
21 American Pie Paul Weitz 833
22 Topsy-Turvy Mike Leigh 846
23 The Talented Mr. Ripley Anthony Minghella 903
24 American Movie Chris Smith 1004
25 Notting Hill Roger Michell 1014
26 Boys Don't Cry Kimberly Peirce 1083
27 Galaxy Quest Dean Parisot 1087
28 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Jim Jarmusch 1150
29 10 Things I Hate about You Gil Junger 1177
30 The Wind Will Carry Us Abbas Kiarostami 1237
31 The Virgin Suicides Sofia Coppola 1261
32 Ratcatcher Lynne Ramsay 1303
33 Buena Vista Social Club Wim Wenders 1394
34 Any Given Sunday Oliver Stone 1414
35 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace George Lucas 1423
36 Rosetta Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne 1429
37 The Limey Steven Soderbergh 1475
38 Cruel Intentions Roger Kumble 1633
39 The Hurricane Norman Jewison 1638
40 October Sky Joe Johnston 1746
41 Tarzan Kevin Lima and Chris Buck 1842
42 Girl, Interrupted James Mangold 1952
43 The Boondock Saints Troy Duffy 2011
44 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Jay Roach 2099
45 The Mummy Stephen Sommers 2104
46 One Day in September Kevin Macdonald 2158
47 Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton 2266
48 eXistenZ David Cronenberg 2281
49 Dogma Kevin Smith 2315

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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