My Best Films of 1997

by g_monte | created - 21 Jul 2011 | updated - 26 Dec 2016 | Public

Out of 379 films seen. All rated 8/10 or higher.

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1. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.6
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90 Metascore

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.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Caerthan Banks, Tom McCamus

Votes: 28,618 | Gross: $3.25M

2. Taste of Cherry (1997)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

7.7
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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.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari, Safar Ali Moradi

Votes: 17,024 | Gross: $0.31M

3. Jackie Brown (1997)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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64 Metascore

A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda

Votes: 262,129 | Gross: $39.67M

4. Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997)

Not Rated | 165 min | Documentary, History

8.0
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A reassessment of the tragedy at Waco that left 76 members of the Branch Davidian religious sect dead.

Director: William Gazecki | Stars: Dan Gifford, Clive Doyle, Jack Harwell, Joseph Penno

Votes: 2,753

5. 4 Little Girls (1997)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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89 Metascore

A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Maxine McNair, Walter Cronkite, Chris McNair, Fred Lee Shuttlesworth

Votes: 2,277 | Gross: $0.13M

6. Public Housing (1997)

200 min | Documentary

8.0
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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.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 163

7. Boogie Nights (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama

7.9
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85 Metascore

The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 205,240 | Gross: $26.40M

8. 2/dyuo (1997)

90 min | Drama

6.7
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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.

Director: Nobuhiro Suwa | Stars: Eri Yu, Miyuki Yamamoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Makiko Watanabe

Votes: 88

9. Tren de sombras (1997)

88 min | Drama

7.5
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A silent homage to the origins of cinema, recreating the apparent disappearance of a French photographer in the 1920s. Experimental.

Director: José Luis Guerín | Stars: Jessica Andrieu, Anne Céline Auche, Juliette Gautier, Marc Montserrat

Votes: 412

10. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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90 Metascore

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.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Votes: 456,218 | Gross: $64.62M

11. Affliction (1997)

R | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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79 Metascore

A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintergrate.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn, Brigid Tierney

Votes: 12,805 | Gross: $6.30M

12. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick

Votes: 4,903

13. The Apostle (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Drama

7.2
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83 Metascore

After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio.

Director: Robert Duvall | Stars: Robert Duvall, Todd Allen, Paul Bagget, Lenore Banks

Votes: 12,120 | Gross: $20.73M

14. He liu (1997)

115 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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55 Metascore

A young man develops severe neck pain after swimming in a polluted river; his dysfunctional parents are unable to provide any relief for him or themselves.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Tien Miao, Kang-sheng Lee, Yi-Ching Lu, Ann Hui

Votes: 2,097

15. Chile, the Obstinate Memory (1997)

59 min | Documentary

8.0
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After decades of fascist rule in Chile, Patricio Guzman returns to his country to screen his documentary, Battle of Chile, which until the time of the filming was banned by authorities. His... See full summary »

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Patricio Guzmán, Vincent Davy, Hortensia Allende, José Balmes

Votes: 239

16. Buud Yam (1997)

97 min | Drama, History

7.0
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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. When Pughneere - his adopted sister - becomes ill, ... See full summary »

Director: Gaston Kaboré | Stars: Colette Kaboré, Joséphine Kaboré, Mariama Ly, Amssatou Maïga

Votes: 143

17. Destiny (1997)

135 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.3
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The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgements are ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Nour El-Sherif, Hani Salama, Laila Eloui, Mahmood Hemaidah

Votes: 2,084

18. In the Company of Men (1997)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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81 Metascore

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.

Director: Neil LaBute | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy, Stacy Edwards, Michael Martin

Votes: 12,071 | Gross: $2.86M

19. Mother and Son (1997)

73 min | Drama

7.6
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A slow and poignant story of love and patience told via a dying mother nursed by her devoted son. The simple narrative is a thread woven among the deeply spiritual images of the countryside... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Aleksei Ananishnov, Gudrun Geyer

Votes: 3,166

20. Happy Together (1997)

96 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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69 Metascore

A couple take a trip to Argentina but both men find their lives drifting apart in opposite directions.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Chen Chang, Gregory Dayton

Votes: 17,302 | Gross: $0.19M

21. Comingled Containers (1997)

5 min | Short

6.6
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An experimental short film by Stan Brakhage focusing on flashing light and photographic images.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 621

22. Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997)

91 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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Manoel is aging film director who travels with the film crew through Portugal in search of the origins of Afonso, a famous French actor whose father emigrated from Portugal to France and in... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Yves Gautier, Leonor Silveira, Diogo Dória

Votes: 592

23. From Today Until Tomorrow (1997)

Not Rated | 62 min | Music, Comedy

7.1
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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. The husband has been charmed by the ... See full summary »

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Richard Salter, Christine Whittlesey, Annabelle Hahn, Claudia Barainsky

Votes: 113

24. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 259,334 | Gross: $2.38M

25. The Ice Storm (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny

Votes: 48,965 | Gross: $7.84M

26. Men with Guns (II) (1997)

R | 127 min | Adventure, Drama

7.6
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Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Federico Luppi, Damián Delgado, Dan Rivera González, Tania Cruz

Votes: 2,435 | Gross: $0.74M

27. Children of Heaven (1997)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Family

8.4
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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.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Mohammad Amir Naji, Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi, Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi

Votes: 39,521 | Gross: $0.93M

28. The House (1997)

120 min | Drama

7.1
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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.

Director: Sharunas Bartas | Stars: Francisco Nascimento, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Alex Descas, Leos Carax

Votes: 376

29. Love and Death on Long Island (1997)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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80 Metascore

Giles De'Ath is a widower who doesn't like anything modern. He goes to movies and falls in love with film star Ronnie Bostock. He then investigates everything about the movie and Ronnie. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Kwietniowski | Stars: John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Fiona Loewi, Sheila Hancock

Votes: 3,546 | Gross: $2.54M

30. The Tango Lesson (1997)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.8
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65 Metascore

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". She visits Buenos Aires and learns more from ... See full summary »

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Sally Potter, Pablo Verón, Morgane Maugran, Géraldine Maillet

Votes: 1,982 | Gross: $1.30M

31. Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | 109 min | Drama

7.3
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78 Metascore

After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 7,417 | Gross: $14.82M

32. Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.6
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Documentary about writer and performance artist Bob Flanagan who died at 43 of cystic fibrosis. His life was indicated by pain from the beginning and he started to develop sadomasochistic ... See full summary »

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Bob Flanagan, Sheree Rose, Kathe Burkhart, Kirby Dick

Votes: 1,404 | Gross: $0.12M

33. Karakter (1997)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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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.

Director: Mike van Diem | Stars: Pavlik Jansen op de Haar, Jan Decleir, Fedja van Huêt, Betty Schuurman

Votes: 9,592 | Gross: $0.71M

34. Ossos (1997)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

7.0
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The first film in Pedro Costa's transformative trilogy about Fontainhas, an impoverished quarter of Lisbon, Ossos is a tale of young lives torn apart by desperation. After a suicidal ... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Vanda Duarte, Nuno Vaz, Mariya Lipkina, Isabel Ruth

Votes: 1,106

35. Cinéma, de notre temps (1988– )
Episode: HHH - Un portrait de Hou Hsiao-Hsien (1997)

91 min | Documentary

7.6
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Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Kuo-Fu Chen, T'ien-wen Chu, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, She Kao

Votes: 120

36. The Bloody Olive (1997)

12 min | Crime, Short, Comedy

7.9
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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. Sam tells Werner that he knows Werner has stolen money at work. Werner murders... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Bal | Stars: Veerle van Overloop, Frank Focketyn, Gene Bervoets, Guy Dermul

Votes: 472