My Best Films of 1997

Out of 379 films seen. All rated 8/10 or higher.
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1.
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
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A bus crash in a small town brings a lawyer to the town to defend the families, but he discovers that everything is not what it seems. (112 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
2.
Taste of Cherry (1997)
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An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide. (95 mins.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997 Documentary)
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This controversial documentary about the stand-off between an unorthodox Christian group - the Branch Davidians... (136 mins.)
Director: William Gazecki
 
5.
4 Little Girls (1997 Documentary)
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A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement. (102 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
6.
Public Housing (1997 Documentary)
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Renowned documentarian Frederick Wiseman takes an intimate and nuanced look at the Ida B. Wells housing project in the south side of Chicago, Illinois. (200 mins.)
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
2/Duo (1997)
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Yu, an employee at a clothing boutique, lives with Kei, an out-of-work actor who lives off of her. When one day he asks her to get married, the balance of their relationship seems to be irremediably disturbed. (90 mins.)
Director: Nobuhiro Suwa
 
9.
Train of Shadows (1997)
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A silent homage to the origins of cinema, recreating the apparent disappearance of a French photographer in the 1920s. Experimental. (88 mins.)
 
10.
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
 
11.
Affliction (1997)
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A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintergrate. (114 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
12.
Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997 Documentary)
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German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera. (80 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
13.
The Apostle (1997)
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After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Duvall
 
14.
The River (1997)
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In Taiwan, Xiao-kang, a young man in his early 20s, lives with his parents in near silence. He is plagued by severe neck pain... (115 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
 
15.
Chile, the Obstinate Memory (1997 Documentary)
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After decades of fascist rule in Chile, Patricio Guzman returns to his country to screen his documentary... (59 mins.)
 
16.
Buud Yam (1997)
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In an early 19th century African village, Wend Kuuni - a young man, lives with his adopted family after his mother was killed as a witch... (97 mins.)
Director: Gaston Kaboré
 
17.
Destiny (1997)
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The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher... (135 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
18.
In the Company of Men (1997)
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Two business executives--one an avowed misogynist, the other recently emotionally wounded by his love interest--set out to exact revenge on the female gender by seeking out the most innocent, uncorrupted girl they can find and ruining her life. (97 mins.)
Director: Neil Labute
 
19.
Mother and Son (1997)
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A slow and poignant story of love and patience told via a dying mother nursed by her devoted son. The... (73 mins.)
 
20.
Happy Together (1997)
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Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift... (96 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
21.
Commingled Containers (1997 Short Film)
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An experimental short film by Stan Brakhage focusing on flashing light and photographic images. (5 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
22.
Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997)
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Manoel is aging film director who travels with the film crew through Portugal in search of the origins of Afonso... (95 mins.)
 
23.
From Today Until Tomorrow (1997)
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It is late at night and a married couple has just returned home from a party, where they met a former school friend of the wife and a famous singer... (62 mins.)
 
24.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
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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. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
25.
The Ice Storm (1997)
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In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut , 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control. (112 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
26.
Men with Guns (1997)
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Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children... (127 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
27.
Children of Heaven (1997)
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After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair. (89 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
28.
The House (1997)
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A ramshackle mansion in the woods: individuals of all type, age and condition eat, roam or rest inside. But always in strict silence. (120 mins.)
Director: Sharunas Bartas
 
29.
Love and Death on Long Island (1997)
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Giles De'Ath is a widower who doesn't like anything modern. He goes to movies and falls in love with film star... (93 mins.)
 
30.
The Tango Lesson (1997)
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On a trip to Paris Sally meets Pablo, a tango dancer. He starts teaching her to dance then she returns to London to work on some "projects"... (100 mins.)
Director: Sally Potter
 
31.
Eve's Bayou (1997)
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The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz... (109 mins.)
Director: Kasi Lemmons
 
32.
Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997 Documentary)
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Documentary about writer and performance artist Bob Flanagan who died at 43 of cystic fibrosis. His... (90 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
33.
Character (1997)
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Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs. (122 mins.)
Director: Mike van Diem
 
34.
Ossos (1997)
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The first film in Pedro Costa's transformative trilogy about Fontainhas, an impoverished quarter of Lisbon... (94 mins.)
Director: Pedro Costa
 
36.
The Bloody Olive (1997 Short Film)
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Mylene and Werner are going to make their flat up for Christmas. Then Sam comes with a bottle of Veuve Cliqot... (12 mins.)
Director: Vincent Bal