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1. 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: 205,309 | Gross: $26.40M

2. 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: 456,322 | Gross: $64.62M

3. The Fifth Element (1997)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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52 Metascore

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.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm

Votes: 376,930 | Gross: $63.54M

4. Gattaca (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.8
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64 Metascore

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal

Votes: 242,607 | Gross: $12.34M

5. Starship Troopers (1997)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.2
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51 Metascore

Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey

Votes: 238,206 | Gross: $54.81M

6. The Devil's Advocate (1997)

R | 144 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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60 Metascore

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.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 283,459 | Gross: $60.98M

7. 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: 259,455 | Gross: $2.38M

8. 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: 262,203 | Gross: $39.67M

9. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.5
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59 Metascore

A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 310,663 | Gross: $229.09M

10. Donnie Brasco (1997)

R | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 242,643 | Gross: $41.91M

11. Alien: Resurrection (1997)

R | 109 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.2
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman

Votes: 194,576 | Gross: $47.75M

12. The Game (1997)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn

Votes: 290,790 | Gross: $48.32M

13. Lolita (1997)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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46 Metascore

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella

Votes: 42,462 | Gross: $1.40M

14. Contact (1997)

PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.4
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62 Metascore

Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

Votes: 221,396 | Gross: $100.92M

15. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.3
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61 Metascore

Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 178,166 | Gross: $0.50M

16. Kiss the Girls (1997)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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46 Metascore

Police hunting for a serial kidnapper are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Alex McArthur

Votes: 55,323 | Gross: $60.53M

17. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

R | 92 min | Comedy

6.2
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59 Metascore

Two dim-witted, inseparable friends hit the road for their ten-year high school reunion and concoct an elaborate lie about their lives in order to impress their classmates.

Director: David Mirkin | Stars: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming

Votes: 36,487 | Gross: $29.21M

18. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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52 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 109,583 | Gross: $3.80M

19. Anaconda (1997)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

4.7
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37 Metascore

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.

Director: Luis Llosa | Stars: Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz, Ice Cube

Votes: 80,965 | Gross: $65.89M

20. Open Your Eyes (1997)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.8
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A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martínez

Votes: 56,694 | Gross: $0.37M

21. Mimic (1997)

R | 105 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.9
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55 Metascore

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.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin, Giancarlo Giannini

Votes: 39,883 | Gross: $25.48M

22. Funny Games (1997)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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69 Metascore

Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering

Votes: 50,505

23. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.4
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: George Armitage | Stars: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack

Votes: 78,374 | Gross: $28.01M

24. Cop Land (1997)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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64 Metascore

The Sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community, populated by New York City police officers, slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro

Votes: 74,966 | Gross: $44.89M

25. Live Flesh (1997)

R | 103 min | Drama

7.4
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69 Metascore

After leaving jail, Víctor is still in love with Elena, but she's married to the former cop -now basketball player- who became paralysed by a shot from Víctor's gun...

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Liberto Rabal, Francesca Neri, Javier Bardem, Ángela Molina

Votes: 24,596 | Gross: $1.54M

26. 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: 28,626 | Gross: $3.25M

27. Deconstructing Harry (1997)

R | 96 min | Comedy

7.4
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61 Metascore

Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephanie Roth Haberle

Votes: 38,142 | Gross: $10.57M

28. The Wings of the Dove (1997)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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73 Metascore

An impoverished woman who has been forced to choose between a privileged life with her wealthy aunt and her journalist lover, befriends an American heiress. When she discovers the heiress is attracted to her own lover and is dying, she sees a chance to have both the privileged life she cannot give up and the lover she cannot live without.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Alex Jennings, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 9,379 | Gross: $13.72M

29. Nightwatch (1997)

R | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.2
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40 Metascore

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.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Anais Evans, Erich Anderson

Votes: 17,155 | Gross: $1.20M

30. Two Girls and a Guy (1997)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

5.6
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66 Metascore

Two girls, Carla and Lou meet on the street outside a loft waiting for their boyfriends. In a short time, they find out that they're waiting for the same guy - young actor Blake, who said ... See full summary »

Director: James Toback | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Heather Graham, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Angel David

Votes: 6,283 | Gross: $1.95M

31. Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)

R | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.3
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In this dark take on the fairy tale, the growing hatred of a noblewoman, secretly a practitioner of the dark arts, for her stepdaughter, and the witch's horrifying attempts to kill her.

Director: Michael Cohn | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill, Gil Bellows, Taryn Davis

Votes: 8,738

32. Heaven's Burning (1997)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.8
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After a botched bank job, a gang takes hostage a Japanese girl on the run from an arranged marriage, and escapes. Their wheel man saves the girl from them and the two go on the run with cops, the gang and her psycho husband on their tail.

Director: Craig Lahiff | Stars: Russell Crowe, Yûki Kudô, Kenji Isomura, Ray Barrett

Votes: 1,666

33. The Spanish Prisoner (1997)

PG | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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70 Metascore

An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Steve Martin, Ben Gazzara, Campbell Scott, Ricky Jay

Votes: 19,612 | Gross: $10.20M

34. 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

35. Insomnia (1997)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Maria Mathiesen, Gisken Armand

Votes: 11,214 | Gross: $0.22M

36. Washington Square (1997)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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Catherine Sloper has found the man of her dreams in Morris Townsend, but her plans to marry him are strongly opposed by her father, who believes Townsend is only interested in his daughter ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney, Maggie Smith, Ben Chaplin

Votes: 2,868 | Gross: $1.71M

37. All Over Me (1997)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Claude and Ellen are best friends who live in a not-so-nice area of New York. They're involved in the subculture of 90s youth, complete with drugs, live music, and homophobia. All is ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Sichel | Stars: Alison Folland, Tara Subkoff, Cole Hauser, Wilson Cruz

Votes: 2,898 | Gross: $0.15M

38. Fireworks (1997)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 23,118 | Gross: $0.23M

39. Mr. Jealousy (1997)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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61 Metascore

Lester is an occasional substitute teacher and he's very jealous. He is jealous about the last boyfriend of Lester's slightly wacky current partner Ramona - arrogant best-selling author ... See full summary »

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra, Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott

Votes: 1,635 | Gross: $0.29M

40. Clockwatchers (1997)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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The relationship between four female temps all working for the same credit company is threatened with the arrival of a new hire, who lands a permanent position one of the women was vying for.

Director: Jill Sprecher | Stars: Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach

Votes: 4,192 | Gross: $0.44M

41. Office Killer (1997)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

4.9
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A mousy office worker accidentally kills one of her coworkers, then proceeds to bump off a few others.

Director: Cindy Sherman | Stars: Carol Kane, Molly Ringwald, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Barbara Sukowa

Votes: 1,647 | Gross: $0.04M

42. The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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58 Metascore

An ambitious debut for writer/director Bart Freundlich charting the unrest with a family who gather together for thanks giving.

Director: Bart Freundlich | Stars: Julianne Moore, Roy Scheider, Noah Wyle, Randee Allen

Votes: 2,238 | Gross: $0.46M

43. Highball (1997)

R | 110 min | Drama, Comedy

6.2
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A newly married couple try to build their social life.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Justine Bateman, Noah Baumbach, Peter Bogdanovich, Andrea Bowen

Votes: 585

44. Star Maps (1997)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

5.9
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Carlos wants to be an actor. But his father, Pepe, wants him to work in the family business, that is, male prostitution. Carlos decides that he will be one of his father's boys until he can... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Arteta | Stars: Douglas Spain, Efrain Figueroa, Kandeyce Jorden, Martha Velez

Votes: 895 | Gross: $0.59M

45. Niagara, Niagara (1997)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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An outsider and a young woman plagued by Tourette's syndrome meet and together journey to Canada.

Director: Bob Gosse | Stars: Robin Tunney, Henry Thomas, Michael Parks, Stephen Lang

Votes: 1,415 | Gross: $0.17M

46. First Love, Last Rites (1997)

R | 94 min | Drama, Romance

5.5
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Joey and Sissel are two misfits spending most of their time together talking or having sex. Gradually and slowly their relationships are becoming boring for them.

Director: Jesse Peretz | Stars: Natasha Gregson Wagner, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert John Burke, Jeannetta Arnette

Votes: 304 | Gross: $0.04M

47. Switchback (1997)

R | 118 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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An FBI agent tries to catch a serial killer who kidnapped his son.

Director: Jeb Stuart | Stars: Danny Glover, Dennis Quaid, Claudia Stedelin, Ian Nelson

Votes: 10,743 | Gross: $6.48M