Best Films Of 1997by TheAnimalMother | created - 17 Mar 2014 | updated - 5 days ago | Public
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1. As Good as It Gets (1997)
PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.
Votes: 291,619 | Gross: $148.48M
2. Boogie Nights (1997)
R | 155 min | Drama
Back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, an idealistic porn producer aspires to elevate his craft to an art when he discovers a hot young talent.
Votes: 255,525 | Gross: $26.40M
3. The Ice Storm (1997)
R | 112 min | Drama
In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle-class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.
Votes: 55,499 | Gross: $7.84M
4. Kundun (1997)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.
Votes: 27,692 | Gross: $5.53M
5. Donnie Brasco (1997)
R | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one.
Votes: 295,982 | Gross: $41.91M
6. Contact (1997)
PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.
Votes: 267,530 | Gross: $100.92M
7. Deconstructing Harry (1997)
R | 96 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 44,304 | Gross: $10.69M
8. Cube (1997)
R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Six complete strangers with widely varying personalities are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.
Votes: 224,130 | Gross: $0.50M
9. Jackie Brown (1997)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A flight attendant with a criminal past gets nabbed by the FBI for smuggling. Under pressure to become an informant against the drug dealer she works for, she must find a way to secure her future without getting killed.
Votes: 337,201 | Gross: $39.67M
10. Habitat (1997)
R | 120 min | Sci-Fi
In a future world where Earth's ozone layer has been completely destroyed, a brilliant but obsessed scientist, Hank Symes uses illegally obtained biological materials for an experiment that... See full summary »
4.9 out of 10? Only 825 people have rated this film on here so far. These voters mostly of the absent-minded sort, or worse I dare to assume. 8.5/10
11. Good Will Hunting (1997)
R | 126 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 921,716 | Gross: $138.43M
13. Event Horizon (1997)
R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.
Votes: 171,703 | Gross: $26.67M
14. Gattaca (1997)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.
Votes: 294,258 | Gross: $12.34M
15. Face/Off (1997)
R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
To foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes facial transplant surgery to assume the identity of the criminal mastermind who murdered his only son, but the criminal wakes up prematurely and seeks revenge.
Votes: 365,495 | Gross: $112.23M
16. The Devil's Advocate (1997)
R | 144 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
An exceptionally-adept Florida lawyer is offered a job at a high-end New York City law firm with a high-end boss--the biggest opportunity of his career to date.
Votes: 355,363 | Gross: $60.98M
17. Chasing Amy (1997)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 136,243 | Gross: $12.02M
18. The Rainmaker (1997)
PG-13 | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent insurance company.
Votes: 70,982 | Gross: $45.86M
19. The Full Monty (1997)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama
Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.
Votes: 104,245 | Gross: $45.95M
20. The Fifth Element (1997)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 457,395 | Gross: $63.54M
21. Little Boy Blue (1997)
R | 105 min | Drama
19 y.o. Jimmy' s dad is a vicious, impotent Vietnam vet, who forces his wife and son to have incest. He has a secret he'll kill to keep. Jimmy won't abandon his two kid brothers by leaving.
A severely underrated and underseen film. If you don't mind your mystery films being a little disturbing, this film is one you should see.
22. In the Company of Men (1997)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 13,549 | Gross: $2.86M
23. Insomnia (1997)
Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 14,031 | Gross: $0.22M
24. Wag the Dog (1997)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 82,349 | Gross: $43.02M
25. Men in Black (1997)
PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.
Votes: 546,412 | Gross: $250.69M
26. G.I. Jane (1997)
R | 125 min | Action, Drama, War
A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.
Votes: 78,959 | Gross: $48.17M
Demi Moore is actually pretty good in a few films, but certainly never better than in this one. She actually makes this based on a true story film feel quite believable; Which for a Hollywood film is pretty unusual in itself. I honestly think that Ridley Scott is a little overrated as a director generally, but to me this is one of his more underappreciated films really. It's not a great film, but it's definitely quite good. 7/10
27. Private Parts (1997)
R | 109 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
The autobiographical story of Howard Stern, the radio rebel who is now also a TV personality, an author and a movie star.
Votes: 36,477 | Gross: $41.20M
28. The Game (1997)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After a wealthy San Francisco banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down as he begins to question if it might really be a concealed conspiracy to destroy him.
Votes: 377,424 | Gross: $48.32M
29. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
PG-13 | 136 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 139,297 | Gross: $37.96M
30. L.A. Confidential (1997)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
Votes: 563,525 | Gross: $64.62M
31. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy
A world-class playboy and part-time secret agent from the 1960s emerges after thirty years in a cryogenic state to battle with his nemesis Dr. Evil.
Votes: 233,513 | Gross: $53.88M
32. Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
R | 110 min | Drama, Romance
Two working class brothers court three wealthy and beautiful sisters in a small Illinois town.
Votes: 12,573 | Gross: $5.94M
I think I truly sorta fell in love with Jennifer Connelly in the 90's...but then again, who didn't?
33. Cop Land (1997)
R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 91,605 | Gross: $44.89M
34. Prefontaine (1997)
PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner who lived in Oregon and died young.
Votes: 7,222 | Gross: $0.53M
35. Sara (1997)
Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Leon, the 40-year-old former soldier who is an alcoholic now, gets a job as a bodyguard. His duty is to take care of one of the Mafia leader's daughters. His problems begin when he falls in love with the 16-year-old girl.
36. Lawn Dogs (1997)
R | 101 min | Drama
When Devon, a 10-year-old girl, forges a friendship with Trent, a 21-year-old outsider who mows the neighborhood lawns, things suddenly get very complicated and private.
Votes: 7,995 | Gross: $0.11M
37. U Turn (1997)
R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 51,418 | Gross: $6.63M
38. Bella Mafia (1997 TV Movie)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama
Starting in Palermo, Italy, 1977 - The ups and downs of a mafia family opposed to drug trade until the men are murdered and the widows take over.
40. Two Girls and a Guy (1997)
R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama
2 girls wait outside a young actor's door and find out he's had them both as "only" girlfriend the last 10 months. They wait inside after breaking in. When Blake comes home he just can't stop lying but they stay.
Votes: 8,359 | Gross: $1.95M
While the film itself really isn't that good, Robert Downey Jr. is phenomenal. The movie is worth its share of praise simply on the merit of his performance alone.
41. The Devil's Own (1997)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A police officer uncovers the real identity of his house-guest, an I.R.A. terrorist in hiding.
Votes: 63,813 | Gross: $42.87M
42. The Big One (1997)
PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime
On his book tour, Michael Moore exposes more wrongdoing by greedy big businesses and callous politicians around America.
Votes: 7,905 | Gross: $0.72M
43. Absolute Power (1997)
R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Votes: 53,628 | Gross: $50.01M
44. Dangerous Ground (1997)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Vusi Madlazi returns to the South African village he left as a young boy (he was organizing against apartheid and left in fear of his life) to bury his father. He meets up with his brother ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,915 | Gross: $5.08M
Far less than 2000 people have rated this film on here so far. I don't know, I kind of enjoy this film. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and just tells a pretty decent story with some heart and a good bit of fun. I like Ice Cube, because really he's just a pretty genuine guy (all his kidding aside.), and Hurley was a total knockout back then. 7/10
45. The Boxer (1997)
R | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Sport