my shortlist of 1997

my ultimate list of movies from 1997 that i watched or planning to watch classified by numbers of votes by imdb users
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1.
Titanic (1997)
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A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
2.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
3.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
4.
Face/Off (1997)
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In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a ruthless terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same criminal impersonates the cop. (138 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
5.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
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A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
6.
Boogie Nights (1997)
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The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (155 mins.)
 
7.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
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As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
8.
The Fifth Element (1997)
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In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay. (126 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
9.
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
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When a woman's long-time friend reveals he's engaged, she realizes she loves him herself and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding. (105 mins.)
Director: P.J. Hogan
 
10.
Con Air (1997)
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Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control. (115 mins.)
Director: Simon West
 
11.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A 1960s hipster secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place. (94 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
 
12.
Donnie Brasco (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one. (127 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
13.
Men in Black (1997)
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A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth. (98 mins.)
 
14.
Contact (1997)
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Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
15.
The Jackal (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An imprisoned IRA fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job. (124 mins.)
 
16.
Liar Liar (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A fast track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after the lawyer turns his son down for the last time. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
 
17.
Nightwatch (1997)
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A law student, who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue, begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a series of murders. (101 mins.)
Director: Ole Bornedal
 
18.
Jackie Brown (1997)
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A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life. (154 mins.)
 
19.
Gattaca (1997)
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A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
 
20.
Starship Troopers (1997)
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Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival. (129 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
21.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
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A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda. (129 mins.)
 
22.
The Edge (1997)
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An intellectual billionaire and two lesser men struggle to band together and survive after getting stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with a blood-thirsty Kodiak Bear hunting them down. (117 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
 
23.
Chasing Amy (1997)
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Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's gay. (113 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
 
24.
Anaconda (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A "National Geographic" film crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter, who takes them along on his quest to capture the world's largest - and deadliest - snake. (89 mins.)
Director: Luis Llosa
 
25.
U Turn (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him, is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. (125 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
26.
Air Force One (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he - an ex-soldier - works from hiding to defeat them. (124 mins.)
 
27.
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Two centuries after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the aliens. (109 mins.)
 
28.
Nothing to Lose (1997)
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Nick Beam's life couldn't get any worse. He discovers he has been living a lie and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown... (98 mins.)
Director: Steve Oedekerk
 
29.
The Devil's Advocate (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job to work in New York City for a high-end law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date. (144 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
30.
The Full Monty (1997)
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Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity. (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Cattaneo
 
31.
Lolita (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter. (137 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
32.
One Eight Seven (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After surviving a brutal attack (Instrument used was a board with nails in it) by a student, teacher Trevor Garfield moves from New York to Los Angeles. (119 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
33.
Scream 2 (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins. (120 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
34.
Bean (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The bumbling Mr. Bean travels to America when he is given the responsibility of bringing a highly valuable painting to a Los Angeles museum. (89 mins.)
Director: Mel Smith
 
35.
Didier (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Jean-Pierre, a frazzled sport agent, has better things to do than to look after his friend's labrador Didier. An amazing discovery will lead him off on an amazing adventure. (105 mins.)
Director: Alain Chabat
 
36.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Four teens are in great danger one year after their car hits a stranger whose body they dump in the sea. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Gillespie
 
37.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
James Bond heads to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage. (119 mins.)
 
38.
Le pari (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Deux beaux-frères, Didier et Bernard se lancent un défi: chacun ne doit pas fumer pendant quatorze jours... (100 mins.)
 
39.
Volcano (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A volcano erupts in downtown L.A., threatening to destroy the city. (104 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
 
40.
The Devil's Own (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A police officer uncovers the real identity of his house-guest, an I.R.A. terrorist in hiding. (111 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
41.
La vérité si je mens! (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The sentimental and comedic adventures of Eddie, a non-Jew trying to pass as Jewish though totally ignorant of Jewish traditions, as he works in a Jewish community. (100 mins.)
Director: Thomas Gilou
 
42.
The Game (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Nicholas Van Orton is a very wealthy San Francisco banker, but he is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone... (129 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
43.
Dante's Peak (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside town recently named the second most desirable place to live in America and discovers that the long dormant volcano, Dante's Peak, may wake up at any moment. (108 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
44.
Double Team (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Counter-terrorist Jack Quinn misses his target, Stavros, on the eve of his final mission. From there... (93 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
45.
George of the Jungle (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A man raised in the jungle by apes falls in love with a wealthy American heiress. (92 mins.)
Director: Sam Weisman
 
46.
Murder at 1600 (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A 25 year old female White House staffer, Carla Town, is murdered in the White House. D.C. homicide detective Regis is assigned to investigate... (107 mins.)
Director: Dwight Little
 
47.
Batman & Robin (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City. (125 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
48.
Money Talks (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Sought by police and criminals, a small-time huckster makes a deal with a TV newsman for protection. (97 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
49.
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Wayne Szalinzki a wacky, absent-minded inventor, is back again but only this time he decides to use his infamous shrink machine just one more time... (74 mins.)
Director: Dean Cundey
 
51.
Dobermann (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The charismatic criminal Dobermann, who got his first gun when he was christened, leads a gang of brutal robbers... (103 mins.)
Director: Jan Kounen
 
52.
Tout doit disparaître (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Philippe Muyl
 
53.
An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
An American man unwittingly gets involved with French werewolves who have developed a serum allowing them to transform at will. (105 mins.)
Director: Anthony Waller
 
54.
Home Alone 3 (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fend off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed. (102 mins.)
Director: Raja Gosnell
 
55.
Same Old Song (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Odile is looking for a new, bigger apartment. Her younger sister Camille just completed her doctoral... (120 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
56.
Cube (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps. (90 mins.)
Director: Vincenzo Natali
 
57.
Event Horizon (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board. (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
 
58.
Lost Highway (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. (134 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
59.
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet. (136 mins.)
 
60.
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time. (107 mins.)
Director: George Armitage
 
61.
Conspiracy Theory (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
62.
Cop Land (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community populated by New York City policemen slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption. (104 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
63.
Wag the Dog (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal. (97 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
64.
The Postman (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A nameless drifter dons a postman's uniform and bag of mail as he begins a quest to inspire hope to the survivors living in post-apocalyptic America. (177 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
 
65.
Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
A computer hacker breaks into the computer system of the Seabourn Legend cruise liner and sets it speeding on a collision course into a gigantic oil tanker. (121 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
 
66.
Amistad (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
About a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt. (155 mins.)
 
67.
G.I. Jane (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail. (125 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
68.
The Rainmaker (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent Insurance company. (135 mins.)
 
69.
The Peacemaker (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A US Army colonel and a civilian woman supervising him must track down stolen Russian nuclear weapons before they're used by terrorists. (124 mins.)
Director: Mimi Leder
 
70.
The Saint (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Simon Templar has no real family, no real home and Simon Templar isn't even his real name. Yet Simon Templar... (116 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
71.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends. (155 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
72.
Mimic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind. (105 mins.)
 
73.
Absolute Power (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President. (121 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
74.
A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Ewan McGregor stars as a cleaning man in L.A. who takes his boss' daughter hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot... (103 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
75.
Fools Rush In (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
After a one night stand with Alex, Isabel realizes that she is pregnant and they decide to get married. However, along with the marriage comes compromise of one's own cultural traditions. (109 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
 
76.
Addicted to Love (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Maggie's and Sam's former partners are in love; she wants revenge and he wants his lost love back, so they work together to break up the happy couple. (100 mins.)
Director: Griffin Dunne
 
77.
Mad City (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A disgruntled security guard holds a school trip group hostage, while a news reporter forms a bond with him. (115 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
78.
On Guard (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates... (128 mins.)