Films of 1997: From Best to Worstby spencergrande6 | created - 05 Nov 2011 | updated - 18 Dec 2016 | Public
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2. Jackie Brown (1997)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.
Votes: 262,450 | Gross: $39.67M
3. Princess Mononoke (1997)
PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.
Votes: 259,806 | Gross: $2.38M
PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 195,900 | Gross: $53.88M
5. L.A. Confidential (1997)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 456,680 | Gross: $64.62M
8. Men in Black (1997)
PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.
Votes: 445,197 | Gross: $250.69M
9. Lost Highway (1997)
R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 109,687 | Gross: $3.80M
11. As Good as It Gets (1997)
PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.
Votes: 241,230 | Gross: $148.48M
12. The Ice Storm (1997)
R | 112 min | Drama
In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.
Votes: 48,993 | Gross: $7.84M
This is how you do Thanksgiving. This is a really good movie about a very specific time period in a very specific type of people's lives. Great actors, great acting, great pacing.
It's all about the selfish "me" generation of the 70's, neglecting their kids and swinging and cheating and me me me. I think. And also about what those kids learn from the mistakes of their parents. It's a generations movie and there's a Fantastic Four analogy that keeps happening. Something about saving the world while a kid is in danger but if any one person gets too much power they all suffer (Me, is the downfall of the family unit). A really good and involving film.
13. Scream 2 (1997)
R | 120 min | Horror, Mystery
Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins.
Votes: 135,335 | Gross: $101.36M
14. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 489,903 | Gross: $57.60M
15. Event Horizon (1997)
R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.
Votes: 132,939 | Gross: $26.67M
17. Contact (1997)
PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.
Votes: 221,600 | Gross: $100.92M
19. The Game (1997)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality.
Votes: 291,074 | Gross: $48.32M
20. The Fifth Element (1997)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 377,210 | Gross: $63.54M
21. Good Will Hunting (1997)
R | 126 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 693,725 | Gross: $138.43M
22. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda.
Votes: 310,955 | Gross: $229.09M
23. Mimic (1997)
R | 105 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 39,923 | Gross: $25.48M
24. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 159,858 | Gross: $125.33M
26. Uncle Sam (1996 Video)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror
Desert Storm vet who was killed in combat rises from the grave on July Fourth, to kill the unpatriotic citizens of his hometown, after some teens burn an American flag over his burial site.
27. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After a nasty accident, four friends begin to drift apart. One year later Julie James gets a anonymous message and then a slicker wearing, hook wielding killer begins to rip apart her life.
Votes: 114,960 | Gross: $72.59M
28. Anaconda (1997)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
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.
Votes: 81,042 | Gross: $65.89M
30. Hercules (1997)
G | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.
Votes: 163,756 | Gross: $99.05M
32. Alien: Resurrection (1997)
R | 109 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her battle against the aliens. Along with a crew of space pirates, Ripley must also prevent the deadly aliens from reaching Earth.
Votes: 194,752 | Gross: $47.75M
34. Jack Frost (1997 Video)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
After an accident that left murderer Jack Frost dead in genetic material the vengeful killer returns as a murderous snowman to exact his revenge on the man who sent him to be executed
35. Anastasia (1997)
G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.
Votes: 96,490 | Gross: $58.41M
36. Mr. Nice Guy (1997)
PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A Chinese chef accidentally gets involved with a news reporter who filmed a drug bust that went awry and is now being chased by gangs who are trying to get the video tape.
Votes: 21,756 | Gross: $12.67M
38. Wild America (1997)
PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Three brothers who are obsessed with animals are given permission from their parents to travel around America with a camera documenting wildlife.
Votes: 5,859 | Gross: $7.32M
39. Air Bud (1997)
PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his ... See full summary »
Votes: 14,154 | Gross: $24.63M
40. An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
An American man unwittingly gets involved with French werewolves who have developed a serum allowing them to transform at will.
Votes: 20,512 | Gross: $26.57M
41. The Edge (1997)
R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 60,284 | Gross: $27.78M
43. Dante's Peak (1997)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 68,460 | Gross: $67.13M
44. Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)
PG | 105 min | Comedy, Family
A man learns he has a thirteen-year-old son who was raised in the jungle and brings the boy to New York City, turning his life upside down in the process.
Votes: 19,764 | Gross: $59.93M
45. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! (1997 Video)
PG | 74 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
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. His wife Diane asks him to get rid of ... See full summary »
46. Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996 Video)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Our deadly leprechaun is in space to woo a beautiful princess who is impressed with his gold and desires to separate him from it.
47. Vegas Vacation (1997)
PG | 93 min | Comedy
In the fourth outing for the vacation franchise, the Griswolds have to survive Vegas fever when they go to Las Vegas for a fun family vacation.
Votes: 36,996 | Gross: $36.43M
49. Leave It to Beaver (1997)
PG | 84 min | Comedy, Family
The several misadventures and life-lessons learned by 8-year-old Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver in an entertaining and hilarious tale of a small-town Ohio family and the daily trials and tribunes of life.
Votes: 3,436 | Gross: $10.71M
50. The Saint (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
Simon Templar (The Saint), is a thief for hire, whose latest job to steal the secret process for cold fusion puts him at odds with a traitor bent on toppling the Russian government, as well as the woman who holds its secret.
Votes: 55,120 | Gross: $61.36M
52. The Sixth Man (1997)
PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Antoine and Kenny Tyler are NCAA college basketball players, and Antoine is the star of the team. Suddenly Antoine dies of a heart attack and Kenny has to fill his shoes as leader of the ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,802 | Gross: $14.71M
53. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997)
PG | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Family
The legendary Power Rangers must stop the evil space pirate Divatox from releasing the powerful Maligore from his volcanic imprisonment on the island of Muranthias, where only the kindly ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,256 | Gross: $8.11M
54. Home Alone 3 (1997)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Family
Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fends off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed.
Votes: 86,329 | Gross: $30.88M
55. The Relic (1997)
R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum.
Votes: 20,879 | Gross: $33.96M
56. Spice World (1997)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Music
World famous pop group the Spice Girls zip around London in their luxurious double decker tour bus having various adventures and performing for their fans.
Votes: 29,631 | Gross: $29.34M
58. Batman & Robin (1997)
PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.
Votes: 205,357 | Gross: $107.33M
59. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A group of martial arts warriors have only six days to save the Earth from an extra-dimensional invasion.
Votes: 39,441 | Gross: $35.93M