The best of 1997

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1. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

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: 28,995 | Gross: $3.25M

2. Deconstructing Harry (1997)

R | 96 min | Comedy

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: 38,584 | Gross: $10.57M

3. Princess Mononoke (1997)

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

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: 270,802 | Gross: $2.38M

4. Fireworks (1997)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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: 23,530 | Gross: $0.23M

5. Contact (1997)

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

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: 224,855 | Gross: $100.92M

6. Chasing Amy (1997)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Ethan Suplee, Scott Mosier

Votes: 121,823 | Gross: $12.01M

7. Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)

R | 103 min | Drama, War

72 Metascore

Journalist Floyd from US, Michael Henderson from UK and their teams meet the beginning of Bosnian war in Sarajevo. During their reports they find an orphanage run by devoted Mrs. Savic near... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Stephen Dillane, Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Emira Nusevic

Votes: 6,339 | Gross: $0.34M

8. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

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: 111,792 | Gross: $3.80M

9. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 468,141 | Gross: $64.62M

10. The Apostle (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Drama

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: 12,225 | Gross: $20.73M

11. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

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

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: 507,694 | Gross: $57.60M

12. The Postman (1997)

R | 177 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

29 Metascore

A nameless drifter dons a postman's uniform and bag of mail as he begins a quest to inspire hope to the survivors living in post-apocalyptic America.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate, Olivia Williams

Votes: 61,651 | Gross: $17.63M

13. She's So Lovely (1997)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance

After being released from a psychiatric institution, a man tries to redeem himself in the eyes of his now-ex wife from the events that led up to his incarceration.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Sean Penn, Robin Wright, John Travolta, James Gandolfini

Votes: 7,452 | Gross: $7.22M

14. Destiny (1997)

135 min | Comedy, Drama, History

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, Mahmood Hemaidah, Layla Olwi

Votes: 2,120

15. Wag the Dog (1997)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 72,306 | Gross: $43.02M

16. Gadjo dilo (1997)

Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A man is looking for a singer he had heard on cassette. He finds much more.

Director: Tony Gatlif | Stars: Romain Duris, Rona Hartner, Izidor Serban, Ovidiu Balan

Votes: 6,721 | Gross: $0.67M

17. One Night Stand (1997)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

Los Angeles advertisement director Max visits his friend, artist Charlie, who was diagnosed with A.I.D.S. in New York City. There he meets Karen, they are attracted to each other and after ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Figgis | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Nastassja Kinski, Kyle MacLachlan, Ming-Na Wen

Votes: 6,027 | Gross: $2.62M

18. Open Your Eyes (1997)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

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: 57,510 | Gross: $0.37M

19. The Devil's Advocate (1997)

R | 144 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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: 287,845 | Gross: $60.98M

20. The Fifth Element (1997)

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

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: 382,334 | Gross: $63.54M

21. Affliction (1997)

R | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

79 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 13,008 | Gross: $6.30M

22. As Good as It Gets (1997)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 244,313 | Gross: $148.48M

23. Live Flesh (1997)

R | 103 min | Drama

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: 24,941 | Gross: $1.54M

24. Same Old Song (1997)

120 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

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: 3,525 | Gross: $0.03M

25. Red Corner (1997)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An American attorney on business in China is wrongfully arrested and put on trial for murder, with a female defense lawyer from the country the only key to proving his innocence.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Richard Gere, Bai Ling, Bradley Whitford, Byron Mann

Votes: 14,340 | Gross: $22.42M

26. The Boxer (1997)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

75 Metascore

Young Danny Flynn is released from prison after 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Daragh Donnelly, Frank Coughlan

Votes: 16,204 | Gross: $5.80M

27. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

57 Metascore

A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall

Votes: 33,963 | Gross: $25.08M

28. Starship Troopers (1997)

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

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: 241,320 | Gross: $54.81M

29. Wild Man Blues (1997)

PG | 105 min | Documentary, Music, Romance

Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple directs this documentary portrait of Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Woody Allen, seen traveling with friends and fellow musicians during their New... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Kopple | Stars: Woody Allen, Letty Aronson, Soon-Yi Previn, Dan Barrett

Votes: 2,000 | Gross: $0.43M

30. Alien: Resurrection (1997)

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

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: 198,635 | Gross: $47.75M

31. The Full Monty (1997)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.

Director: Peter Cattaneo | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, William Snape

Votes: 89,130 | Gross: $45.95M

32. U Turn (1997)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him, is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton

Votes: 44,940 | Gross: $6.63M

33. Absolute Power (1997)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney

Votes: 43,804 | Gross: $50.01M

34. The End of Violence (1997)

R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

Mike Max is a Hollywood producer who became powerful and rich thanks to brutal and bloody action films. His ignored wife Paige is close to leaving him. Suddenly Mike is kidnapped by two ... See full summary »

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Traci Lind, Rosalind Chao, Bill Pullman, Andie MacDowell

Votes: 4,370 | Gross: $0.28M

35. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 893,543 | Gross: $659.33M

36. Conspiracy Theory (1997)

R | 135 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart, Cylk Cozart

Votes: 83,701 | Gross: $75.98M

37. Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

71 Metascore

A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 450,702 | Gross: $250.69M

38. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

PG-13 | 136 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

55 Metascore

True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Mako

Votes: 107,019 | Gross: $37.96M

39. Das Schloß (1997 TV Movie)

123 min | Drama, Mystery

When a land surveyor arrives at a small snowy village, local authorities refuse to allow him to advance to the nearby castle. Increasingly complicated bureaucratic obstacles arise.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Susanne Lothar, Nikolaus Paryla, André Eisermann

Votes: 2,455

40. Addicted to Love (1997)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

49 Metascore

Maggie's and Sam's former partners are in love; she wants revenge and he wants his lost love back, so they work together to break up the happy couple.

Director: Griffin Dunne | Stars: Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, Kelly Preston, Tchéky Karyo

Votes: 21,354 | Gross: $34.66M

41. Kiss the Girls (1997)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 56,284 | Gross: $60.53M

42. Gattaca (1997)

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

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: 246,934 | Gross: $12.34M

43. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 713,605 | Gross: $138.43M

44. The Saint (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

50 Metascore

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.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija, Valeriy Nikolaev

Votes: 55,730 | Gross: $61.36M

45. The Blackout (1997)

R | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

37 Metascore

A debauched Hollywood movie actor tries to piece together one wild night in Miami years earlier which remains a drug-induced blur, and soon finds out that some questions about his past are best left unanswered.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Matthew Modine, Claudia Schiffer, Béatrice Dalle, Sarah Lassez

Votes: 2,036

46. Cube (1997)

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

61 Metascore

6 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: 181,219 | Gross: $0.50M

47. Afterglow (1997)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A handyman with marital problems meets a housewife with the same.

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jonny Lee Miller

Votes: 3,013 | Gross: $2.44M

48. Harrison's Flowers (2000)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance, War

49 Metascore

When a Newsweek photojournalist disappears in war-torn Yugoslavia, his wife travels to Europe to find him.

Director: Élie Chouraqui | Stars: Andie MacDowell, Scott Anton, Elias Koteas, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 5,685 | Gross: $1.84M

49. George of the Jungle (1997)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

A man raised in the jungle by apes falls in love with a wealthy American heiress.

Director: Sam Weisman | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church, Richard Roundtree

Votes: 62,262 | Gross: $105.26M

50. Bliss (1997)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance