A ton of groundbreaking films were released that year, including Fight Club, The Matrix, American Beauty, Run Lola Run, Go, Boys Don't Cry, and The Sixth Sense. Pirnia supports her theory by saying, "What all these films have in common is the craftsmanship of fresh, talented directors who left traditional filmmaking behind to tinker with newfangled narratives and effects." Comparing the top-grossing movies of 1999 with those from this year — which includes the Captain America, X-Men, and Spider-Man franchises — also yields some interesting findings. "We seem to have run out of original ideas," she writes. "On the list of top-grossing 1999 films in the U.S., there isn't a single superhero film, and most of the films are from original scripts, not established source material."
Head over to Esquire for more ruminations on that pivotal year in film. And, we're dying to know: Do you agree with this stance or should a different year hold the top spot?