The Best Year In Film: 1999 vs 1984


My favorite movie of all time is “Fight Club,” which, by the way, was released in 1999. Alan, on the other hand, loves the movie “The Night of the Comet”, released in 1984. Which bring us to our question…

Why does Alan like weird movies?  Ha-ha! No, really our question today is…

“What’s the Best Year in Film?”

1999 did bring us “Fight Club,” but that was only the tip of the iceberg. Every genre had an instant classic born that year! Let’s run down the list of hits:

COMEDY: Office Space, Dogma, Toy Story 2, American Pie, Billy Madison

HORRO:  The Blair Witch Project

DRAMA: American Beauty, Magnolia, Man on the Moon, Green Mile, Eyes Wide Shut, Boys Don’t Cry, The Hurricane

ACTION: The Boondock Saints, Payback, The Mummy

WAR: Saving Private Ryan, Three Kings

SUSPENSE: The Sixth Sense, 8MM

ROMANCE: Sleepy Hollow, The Thomas Crown Affair, Cruel Intentions

SCI-FI: The Matrix, Galaxy Quest, Star Wars Episode I (meh…)

Other greats that didn’t rock the box office yet were still amazing: Ravenous, Pushing Tin, October Sky, The Cider House Rules, Being John Malkovich and many, many more!

1999 has many classics already and more to be seen as classic as more and more time goes by (I think the labeling of “classic” is official when you hit 500 showings on TBS/TNT). I think the integrity of movies have tapered off since ’99. I know I sound old, but it’s true! And speaking of old…tell me what rocked about the Reagan years Alan?


Ya know…that IS a pretty strong list of flicks ya got there in ’99 Frank. Can’t say I can argue with a lot of them (even though “Pushing Tin” is Cusack’s WORST film and “8MM” was just plain awful). A few of them rank pretty high on MY all-time favorites list also but for shear popcorn entertainment, I’m taking 1984…and let me count the ways…

COMEDY was HUGE in 1984 with: Night Of The Comet (zombies are funny!), This Is Spinal Tap, Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, Splash, Bachelor Party, 16 Candles, Johnny Dangerously, Police Academy, Revenge Of The Nerds, Top Secret! and The Lonely Guy

HORROR: Night Of The Comet (zombies who eat people and cats!), Nightmare On Elm Street, Children Of The Corn and Gremlins.

DRAMA: The Natural, Amadeus, Purple Rain, Repo Man, Blame It On The Night, 2010, The Cotton Club, Places In The Heart, The Pope Of Greenwich Village, Night Of The Comet (Hey! There were ZOMBIES! If that ain’t drama, I don’t know what is?!?!).

ACTION: The Terminator, Romancing The Stone, Night Of The Comet (they fired guns…and there were zombies chasing people…)

WAR: Red Dawn and Night Of The Comet (the cheerleaders were at war…with ZOMBIES!)

SUSPENSE: Dreamscape and Night Of The Comet (EVERYONE WAS TURNED TO RED DUST?!?! Veeeeery suspenseful…).

ROMANCE: Against All Odds and Night Of The Comet (At the end, they got married. ‘Nuff said)

SCI FI: The Last Starfighter, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Starman and Night Of The Comet (it was the comet’s fault. Comets are from outer space. Sci-Fi happens in outer space. It counts.)

And I’m even ADDING a category… 

DANCE: Footloose, Beat Street, Breakin’, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, Breakdance & Night Of The Comet (remember the scene where they were dancing around to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”? Yeah…I’m counting it…)

Also you had The Karate Kid, The Neverending Story, Firestarter, Stop Making Sense (the greatest concert film EVER!) and Bolero (the best non-porn film ever with Bo Derek runnin’ around naked the whole time!). The only true downside to 1984 was “Rhinestone.” Whoever thought Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton in a movie would be a good idea is probably cleaning garbage dumpsters right now.

So as you can plainly see…1984 trumps 1999…but not by much. And to those of you who argue that 1939 was the greatest year in movie history? Well…you’re senile and I bet you don’t remember those flicks anyway. Clearly…Gremlins trumps Gone With the Wind! It’s shorter in length and those pesky critters would STOMP on Clark Gable…and so would Tyler Durden.


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