Most Popular Feature Films/TV Series Released 1997-01-01 to 1997-12-31 With Country of Origin Italy


1. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.6
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59 Metascore

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.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 467,568 | Gross: $57.60M

2. 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: 55,499 | Gross: $0.37M

3. The Odyssey (1997– )

PG-13 | 176 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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This lavish small-screen adaptation of Homer's ancient epic--replete with Maltese and Turkish locations, state-of-the-art special effects, and many bronzed muscles gleaming with sweat--... See full summary »

Stars: Armand Assante, Greta Scacchi, Isabella Rossellini, Bernadette Peters

Votes: 11,394

4. The Night Flier (1997)

R | 94 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

6.0
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36 Metascore

A reporter is on the trail of a vampiric murderer who travels by plane.

Director: Mark Pavia | Stars: Miguel Ferrer, Julie Entwisle, Dan Monahan, Michael H. Moss

Votes: 7,667 | Gross: $0.09M

5. Same Old Song (1997)

120 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.4
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Odile is looking for a new, bigger apartment. Her younger sister Camille just completed her doctoral thesis has fallen in love with an estate agent who is responsible for Odile's apartment ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Pierre Arditi, Sabine Azéma, Jean-Pierre Bacri, André Dussollier

Votes: 3,437 | Gross: $0.03M

6. Nirvana (1997)

R | 113 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.1
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Jimi, a successful computer game designer, finds that his latest product has been infected by a virus which has given consciousness to the main character of the game, Solo. Tormented by the... See full summary »

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Diego Abatantuono, Sergio Rubini, Stefania Rocca

Votes: 5,472

7. Roseanna's Grave (1997)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

7.2
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Roseanna is dying of a heart condition, and all she wants is to be buried next to her daughter, in a cemetery that is getting full fast. The cemetery can't expand because Capestro, the man ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Weiland | Stars: Jean Reno, Mercedes Ruehl, Polly Walker, Mark Frankel

Votes: 2,931 | Gross: $0.07M

8. The Hyena (1997)

R | 91 min | Romance, Thriller

4.9
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An ex-model gets caught up in lust, murder and betrayal when a gun-wielding man pays her a visit.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Cinzia Roccaforte, David D'Ingeo, Anna Maria Petrova, Jason Saucier

Votes: 75

9. Steam: The Turkish Bath (1997)

94 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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Francesco and Marta are husband and wife running a small design company in Rome. When Francesco's long forgotten Aunt Anita dies in Istanbul, he travels there to look after the sale of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Alessandro Gassman, Francesca d'Aloja, Carlo Cecchi, Halil Ergün

Votes: 5,365 | Gross: $0.66M

10. The Wax Mask (1997)

Unrated | 98 min | Horror

5.7
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Paris, 1900: a couple are horribly murdered by a masked man with a metal claw who rips their hearts out. The sole survivor and witness to the massacre is a young girl. Twelve years later in... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Stivaletti | Stars: Robert Hossein, Romina Mondello, Riccardo Serventi Longhi, Gabriella Giorgelli

Votes: 1,365

11. Tre uomini e una gamba (1997)

100 min | Comedy

7.5
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Three friends cross Italy by car in order to deliver their boss his dog and a wooden leg.

Directors: Aldo, Giacomo, Giovanni, Massimo Venier | Stars: Aldo, Giovanni, Giacomo, Marina Massironi

Votes: 5,993

12. Le bossu (1997)

128 min | Drama, Adventure

7.0
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69 Metascore

The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates. The Count has kept secret the existence of the Duke's ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe de Broca | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Fabrice Luchini, Vincent Perez, Marie Gillain

Votes: 2,832 | Gross: $0.10M

13. Princess Sissi (1997– )

30 min | Animation, Adventure, Romance

7.1
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The smart and beautiful Sissi does everything to be with her beloved charming Prince Franz, but many people try to stop the couple from living happily ever after...

Stars: Terri Hawkes, Terrence Scammell, Jacob Tierney, Rick Jones

Votes: 426

14. Marquise (1997)

120 min | Drama, Comedy

6.0
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The rise and fall of a beauteous actress. She rises from an impoverished background to become a favorite of the Sun King, Louis XIV.

Director: Véra Belmont | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Bernard Giraudeau, Lambert Wilson, Patrick Timsit

Votes: 869 | Gross: $0.07M

15. Hardboiled Egg (1997)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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The story of Piero, from when he was a kid to fatherhood, over the background of the town of Livorno (Leghorn) Tuscany, where the director Virzì was born.

Director: Paolo Virzì | Stars: Edoardo Gabbriellini, Malcolm Lunghi, Regina Orioli, Alessio Fantozzi

Votes: 2,375

16. The Truce (1997)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

6.7
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Based on Primo Levi's autobiographical "The Reawakening".

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: John Turturro, Rade Serbedzija, Massimo Ghini, Stefano Dionisi

Votes: 1,377 | Gross: $0.07M

17. La buena estrella (1997)

110 min | Drama

7.3
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Rafael witnesses Marina - a woman with a glass eye - being attacked on the street by Daniel; her long-time acquaintance since the orphanage, where they were both raised as kids. He rescues ... See full summary »

Director: Ricardo Franco | Stars: Antonio Resines, Maribel Verdú, Jordi Mollà, Elvira Mínguez

Votes: 1,326

18. As You Want Me (1997)

100 min | Drama, Comedy

5.8
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Pasquale is a policeman in Roma. During a roundup he meets Desideria. He/she is a transsexual, living together with other two trans , Gaia and Gioia. But overall Desideria is an old friend ... See full summary »

Director: Carmine Amoroso | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci, Francesco Casale

Votes: 183

19. Artemisia (1997)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth, when she was guided and protected by her father, the painter ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Merlet | Stars: Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Luca Zingaretti

Votes: 1,813 | Gross: $0.38M

20. The Chambermaid on the Titanic (1997)

101 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Horty, a French foundry worker, wins a contest and is sent to see the sailing of the Titanic. In England, Marie, saying she is a chambermaid on the Titanic and cannot get a room, asks to ... See full summary »

Director: Bigas Luna | Stars: Olivier Martinez, Romane Bohringer, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Didier Bezace

Votes: 1,165 | Gross: $0.24M

21. Noi siamo angeli (1997– )

90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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Bob (Bud Spencer) and Joe (Philip Michael Thomas) are two tender hearted inmates imprisoned in a maximum security prison in Latin America. They constantly try to escape to no avail, but the... See full summary »

Stars: Bud Spencer, Philip Michael Thomas, Renato Scarpa, Alfie Wise

Votes: 321

22. Cyberflic (1997)

90 min | Comedy, Crime

5.0
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A detective duo hunts a criminal organization, which is using an unknown liquid explosive material.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Terence Hill, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Jay Amor, Ted Bartsch

Votes: 266

23. Epsilon (1997)

PG-13 | 92 min | Sci-Fi, Drama

5.8
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In this sci-fi adventure a gorgeous alien woman is sent to Earth by mistake from the planet Epsilon. Landing in the Australian outback she meets a surveyor and they cross the continent ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: Ullie Birve, Syd Brisbane, Alethea McGrath, Chloe Ferguson

Votes: 470

24. Diabolik (1997–1998)

23 min | Animation, Adventure

7.3
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Italy's master thief and his sidekick Eva are brought to life in this internationally produced animated series from Saban/Fox Kids. A huge hit in Europe.

Stars: Albert Augier, Mathieu Buscatto, Marie-Christine Darah, Pierre-François Pistorio

Votes: 186

25. Linda e il brigadiere (1997– )

Comedy

6.8
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Stars: Nino Manfredi, Michael Reale, Pierluigi Cuomo, Gianluca Guidi

Votes: 56

26. A spasso nel tempo - L'avventura continua (1997)

95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

3.9
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The back-in-time misadventures of Walter and Ascanio are not finished! The defective time travel machine will bring them from prehistory 'till space, in a funny and light-hearted trip across the time.

Director: Carlo Vanzina | Stars: Massimo Boldi, Christian De Sica, Marco Messeri, Mariangela D'Abbraccio

Votes: 384

27. The Best Man (1997)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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Incredibly, the bride at the altar falls in love with the best man on first sight, and even though he makes efforts to avoid her infatuation with him, she is determined to annul her ... See full summary »

Director: Pupi Avati | Stars: Diego Abatantuono, Inés Sastre, Dario Cantarelli, Cinzia Mascoli

Votes: 355 | Gross: $0.09M

28. We All Fall Down (1997)

98 min | Comedy

7.3
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Walter is 20. He hasn't got a job, a girlfriend or any clear convictions. He rejects conventional values, notably his father's submissive acceptance of a life working in a factory as well ... See full summary »

Director: Davide Ferrario | Stars: Valerio Mastandrea, Caterina Caselli, Benedetta Mazzini, Gianluca Gobbi

Votes: 553

29. Soft Air (1997)

86 min | Drama, Thriller

1.5
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A group of young men from the upper-middle class in modern-day Italy, bored from the activities of everyday life, participate to a simulated-war "Wargame" match played with Soft-Air gun ... See full summary »

Director: Claudio Masin | Stars: Massimo Franchi, Alessandro Mistichelli, Manuel Oliverio, Massimiliano Delgado

Votes: 127

30. Fuochi d'artificio (1997)

100 min | Comedy, Romance

5.9
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Ottone is a shopkeeper in a pet-shop. During a trip to the Maldives, he tells a psychoanalyst his history with women. Mara had left him for a butcher; Barbara, his best friend, betrays her ... See full summary »

Director: Leonardo Pieraccioni | Stars: Leonardo Pieraccioni, Vanessa Lorenzo, Massimo Ceccherini, Barbara Enrichi

Votes: 1,006

31. The Prince of Homburg (1997)

89 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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The Prince of Homburg, disobeys orders and leads a cavalry charge in battle against the Swedes, which leads to victory. He is court martialled however for disobeying orders and sentenced to... See full summary »

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Andrea Di Stefano, Barbora Bobulova, Toni Bertorelli, Anita Laurenzi

Votes: 284

32. Marianna Ucrìa (1997)

108 min | Drama, History

6.1
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Sicily 18th century, Marianna Ucria is a 12-year-old deaf-mute from an aristocratic family of Palermo. Aged 13, she is married to a middle-aged uncle, Duca Pietro. She is repulsed by him, ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Faenza | Stars: Emmanuelle Laborit, Bernard Giraudeau, Laura Morante, Philippe Noiret

Votes: 139

33. Le iene (1997– )

Comedy, Music, News

7.5
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Stars: Jacopo Morini, Luca Bizzarri, Paolo Kessisoglu, Raoul Bova

Votes: 119

34. Stressati (1997)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8
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Director: Mauro Cappelloni | Stars: Gianmarco Tognazzi, Eliana Miglio, Daniele Liotti, Barbara Livi

Votes: 42

35. Soleil (1997)

104 min | Drama

5.6
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Algiers, 1940. MAMAN TITINE has lived alone with her five children ever since her husband JOSEPH, a Jewish post office employee, set off for Paris with forged papers to find work. Maman ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Hanin | Stars: Sophia Loren, Philippe Noiret, Marianne Sägebrecht, Roger Hanin

Votes: 102

36. Gli inaffidabili (1997)

95 min | Comedy

3.9
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Director: Jerry Calà | Stars: Jerry Calà, Serena Grandi, Anna Kanakis, Leo Gullotta

Votes: 68

37. Uomo d'acqua dolce (1997)

90 min

6.4
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Antonio and Beatrice are a married couple and she's pregnant. One night she feels like eating artichokes under oil and he hurries to the supermarket to buy them. Unfortunately he's hit on ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Albanese | Stars: Antonio Albanese, Valeria Milillo, Antonio Petrocelli, Sara Anticoli

Votes: 414

38. Once We Were Strangers (1997)

96 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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Antonio is a seductive, charismatic Sicilian living illegally in New York. He wanders from job to job, lives as a squatter and enjoys a carefree romantic tryst with a wealthy art dealer. ... See full summary »

Director: Emanuele Crialese | Stars: Vincenzo Amato, Jessica Whitney Gould, Anjalee Deshpande, Ajay Naidu

Votes: 214

39. Banzai (1997)

83 min | Comedy

3.6
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Business man Sergio Colombo is on his way to Canada to close a million dollar business deal but ends up in the wrong airplane which takes him to Bangkok and Tokyo where he get involved in a series of awkward situations.

Director: Carlo Vanzina | Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Giada Albanese, Stefano Antonucci, John Armstead

Votes: 172

40. Ljuba - Corpo e anima (1997)

105 min | Action

3.3
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Director: Bruno Mattei | Stars: Christine Dowell, Antonio Zequila, Valter Travor, Francesco Valenti

Votes: 15

41. Killer per caso (1997)

110 min | Comedy

4.7
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Italian immigrant Joe is hired by mobster Vince to kill a witness before he can testify against him. Joe dresses up as a policeman to be able to get close to his victim, but he's mistaken ... See full summary »

Director: Ezio Greggio | Stars: Ezio Greggio, Jessica Lundy, Rudy De Luca, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 177

42. Il viaggio della sposa (1997)

102 min | Comedy

6.8
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On September 2nd, 1636, Porzia Maria Colonna leaves the Atri Convent. She has to reach her betrothed and she is escorted as the hazards are many. In fact, after a bandit assault, the ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Rubini | Stars: Sergio Rubini, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Carlo Mucari, Franco Javarone

Votes: 194

43. Panarea (1997)

100 min | Comedy

2.5
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Fra il gruppo delle isole Eolie vi è la piccola Panarea in cui si svolge il film per la durata di un fine settimana. Si intrecciano diverse storie tra cui prendono risalto quella di Enrico ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Moccia | Stars: Alessia Merz, Andrea Livio, Alessandro Mascali, Massimo Bulla

Votes: 275

44. Il sindaco (1997)

3.4
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Director: Ugo Fabrizio Giordani | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Anna Bonaiuto, Lino Troisi, Gerolamo Alchieri

Votes: 48

45. Pocahontas: Princess of the American Indians (1997– )

Animation

8.4
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Stars: Teresa Pascarelli, Francis Pardeilhan, Gregory Snegoff, Marco Balzarotti

Votes: 7

46. Camere da letto (1997)

100 min

3.9
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Director: Simona Izzo | Stars: Diego Abatantuono, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Ricky Tognazzi, Simona Izzo

Votes: 48

47. Fratelli coltelli (1997)

95 min | Comedy

3.7
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Guelfo Guelfi is a prince who wants to have a good life, but instead lives with his mother in a secluded way. One day an old princess dies after a bad fall and Guelfo does not mourn too ... See full summary »

Director: Maurizio Ponzi | Stars: Emilio Solfrizzi, Fabio Canino, Simona Ventura, Antonio Stornaiolo

Votes: 54

48. Il tocco - La sfida (1997)

107 min | Action, Crime, Sport

5.6
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Director: Enrico Coletti | Stars: Franco Nero, Ruth Gabriel, Imanol Arias, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 27

49. The Colors of the Devil (1997)

90 min | Drama, Thriller

5.2
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A young talented painter dreams of glory. A man promises it in exchange for his talent and his soul.

Director: Alain Jessua | Stars: Ruggero Raimondi, Wadeck Stanczak, Isabelle Pasco, Bettina Giovannini

Votes: 32

50. Facciamo fiesta (1997)

96 min | Comedy

5.0
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Director: Angelo Longoni | Stars: Alessandro Gassman, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Lorena Forteza, Blas Roca-Rey

Votes: 52