ALL FILMS IN OSCAR 1997 (RANKED)

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1.
Fargo (1996)
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Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ 10/10 ” - dr-mutallimov
 
2.
Sleepers (1996)
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After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized; over 10 years later, they get their chance for revenge. (147 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ 9/10 ” - dr-mutallimov
 
3.
Daylight (1996)
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Disaster in a New York tunnel as explosions collapse both ends of it. One hero tries to help the people inside find their way to safety. (114 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen
“ 8/10 ” - dr-mutallimov
 
4.
Independence Day (1996)
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The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ 8/10 ” - dr-mutallimov
 
5.
The Nutty Professor (1996)
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Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
“ 7/10 ” - dr-mutallimov
 
6.
The English Patient (1996)
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At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. (162 mins.)
 
7.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
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When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him. (139 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
8.
Secrets & Lies (1996)
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A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed. (136 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
9.
Shine (1996)
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Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim. (105 mins.)
Director: Scott Hicks
 
10.
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
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A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people. (129 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
11.
Sling Blade (1996)
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Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town. (135 mins.)
 
12.
Breaking the Waves (1996)
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Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another. (159 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
13.
Marvin's Room (1996)
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A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow. (98 mins.)
Director: Jerry Zaks
 
14.
Primal Fear (1996)
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An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep. (129 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
15.
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
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A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader. (130 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
16.
The Crucible (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials. (124 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
 
17.
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
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Rose and Gregory, both Columbia University professors meet when Rose's sister answers Gregory's "personals" ad... (126 mins.)
 
18.
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
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An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare. (144 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
19.
Lone Star (1996)
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When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town. (135 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
20.
Hamlet (1996)
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing. (242 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
21.
Trainspotting (1996)
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Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
22.
Evita (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina. (135 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
23.
Fly Away Home (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air. (107 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
24.
Michael Collins (1996)
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Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War. (133 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
25.
The Birdcage (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
26.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. (120 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
27.
Angels and Insects (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In the 1800s a naturalist marries into a family of British country gentry. (116 mins.)
Director: Philip Haas
 
28.
Emma (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. (120 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
 
29.
The Rock (1996)
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A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco. (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
30.
Twister (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes. (113 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
 
31.
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter begin a hunt for two lions after they start attacking local construction workers. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
 
32.
Eraser (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons. (115 mins.)
Director: Charles Russell
 
33.
DragonHeart (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The last dragon and a disillusioned dragonslaying knight must cooperate to stop an evil king who was given partial immortality. (103 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen
 
34.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
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The Borg travel back in time intended on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed. (111 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Frakes
 
35.
Up Close & Personal (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An ambitious young woman, determined to build a career in TV journalism, gets good advice from her first boss, and they fall in love. (124 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
 
36.
One Fine Day (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The lives of two strangers and their young children unexpectedly intersect on one hectic, stressful day in New York City. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
 
37.
That Thing You Do! (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager. (108 mins.)
Director: Tom Hanks
 
38.
The First Wives Club (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women. (103 mins.)
Director: Hugh Wilson
 
39.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer. (91 mins.)
 
40.
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City. (79 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
41.
The Preacher's Wife (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to... (123 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
42.
Kolya (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man... (105 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
 
43.
Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son. (99 mins.)
Director: Sergey Bodrov
 
44.
A Chef in Love (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of Pascal Ichak, a larger-than-life French traveller, bon vivant, and chef, who falls in love... (100 mins.)
Director: Nana Djordjadze
 
45.
The Other Side of Sunday (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The Other Side of Sunday, Also known in Norwegian as "Sndags Engler", is a movie that criticizes the small... (103 mins.)
Director: Berit Nesheim
 
46.
Ridicule (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles. (102 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
47.
Quest (1996 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A being made of sand wakes up in the desert. It finds a bottle near him, but it's empty. The noise of dropping water can be heard not far away... (12 mins.)
 
48.
Canhead (1996 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A clay man encounters a sweet blue clay dog, only to lose track of him during a protracted battle with a huge metal creature... (8 mins.)
Director: Timothy Hittle
 
49.
La Salla (1996 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A tale of a man who has everything he needs in his one little room, and the disasters that befall him... (8 mins.)
Director: Richard Condie
 
50.
Wat's Pig (1996 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two princes are separated at birth and reunited only after a crisis grips the country. (11 mins.)
Director: Peter Lord
 
51.
Dear Diary (1996 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(38 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
 
52.
De tripas, corazón (1996 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The coming-of-age story of young milkboy Martín (García Bernal). While his friends Jesús (Altomaro)... (16 mins.)
Director: Antonio Urrutia
 
53.
Ernst & lyset (1996 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The businessman Ernst has just landed in the airport and is on his way home to his wife. Its raining... (12 mins.)
 
54.
Linked (1996 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Antonio and Concha, a couple who are constantly fighting about money, win the Christmas Lottery first prize... (24 mins.)
 
55.
Senza parole (1996 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
 
56.
Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Portrait of writer Mark O'Brien, who contracted polio as a child and spent much of his life in an iron lung. (35 mins.)
Director: Jessica Yu
 
57.
Cosmic Voyage (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Where do we fit in with the universe? This film seeks to explore our place among the ever-expanding universe. (36 mins.)
Director: Bayley Silleck
 
58.
An Essay on Matisse (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(57 mins.)
Director: Perry Wolff
 
59.
Special Effects: Anything Can Happen (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An IMAX production that explores the ground-breaking special effects portrayed in Hollywood films from... (40 mins.)
Director: Ben Burtt
 
60.
The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(34 mins.)
Director: Paul Seydor
 
61.
When We Were Kings (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali. (88 mins.)
Director: Leon Gast
 
62.
The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The childhood, adolescence, and incredible adult years of Al Hirshfeld, celebrated creator of thousands of line drawings of famous people... (86 mins.)
 
63.
Mandela (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Follows Nelson Mandela, from his early protests against racial discrimination, to his election as South Africa's first Democratically elected leader. (118 mins.)
 
64.
Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
65.
Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The profile of controversial journalist George Seldes and a piercing examination of America's news media... (90 mins.)
Director: Rick Goldsmith