Feature Film, Released between 1997-01-01 and 1997-12-31, Rating Count at least 300 (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)



1. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

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

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: 610,916 | Gross: $57.60M

2. Across the Lake (1997)

102 min | Drama, Romance

8.5
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A true story about tragic love of the couple who found themselves at the different sides of the border in 1948.

Director: Antonio Mitrikeski | Stars: Agnieszka Wagner, Nikola Ristanovski, Marija Atanasovska, Ekrem Ahmeti

Votes: 390

3. Iruvar (1997)

140 min | Biography, Drama

8.5
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The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Gautami

Votes: 4,615

4. Hangor Nodi Grenade (1997)

113 min | Drama, War

8.4
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A tragic story of a mother who dedicates her only child for the sake of the freedom of the country during liberation war in 1971.

Director: Chashi Nazrul Islam | Stars: Sohel Rana, Aruna Biswas, Antora, Imran

Votes: 325

5. Guru (1997)

136 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.4
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Situations turn a man who believes in secularism into an extremist. He plots to bomb a monastery where the survivors of a riot take refuge.

Director: Rajiv Anchal | Stars: Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Madhupal, Kaveri

Votes: 2,576

6. 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: 334,795 | Gross: $2.38M

7. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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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: 844,529 | Gross: $138.43M

8. Children of Heaven (1997)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Family, Sport

8.3
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77 Metascore

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: 63,360 | Gross: $0.93M

9. Innocence (1997)

110 min | Drama

8.2
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Yusuf is released from prison after serving a ten-year sentence. He is scared of life outside as he goes to an address given to him by another prisoner.

Director: Zeki Demirkubuz | Stars: Güven Kiraç, Haluk Bilginer, Derya Alabora, Yalcin Cakmak

Votes: 14,956

10. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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90 Metascore

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.

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

Votes: 524,637 | Gross: $64.62M

11. Anondo Osru (1997)

138 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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Dewan Sharif is an influential person in village and whoever rise voice against him, he kills him. His elder brother left villages a long time ago and lives in town. He plans to occupy the ... See full summary »

Director: Shibli Sadique | Stars: Salman Shah, Shabnur, Kanchi, Humayun Faridi

Votes: 309

12. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)

TV-14 | 87 min | Animation, Action, Drama

8.1
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Concurrent theatrical ending of the TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995).

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yûko Miyamura, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 37,164

13. The Perfect Circle (1997)

110 min | Drama, War

8.1
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An alcoholic Bosnian poet sends his wife and daughter away from Sarajevo so they can avoid the troubles there. However, he is soon descended upon by a pair of orphaned brothers. The ... See full summary »

Director: Ademir Kenovic | Stars: Mustafa Nadarevic, Almedin Leleta, Almir Podgorica, Josip Pejakovic

Votes: 1,933

14. Aaram Thamburan (1997)

163 min | Action, Drama

8.0
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Jagannathan, a mafia don in Bombay moves to Kanimangalam village. He wins the love of the locals, but finds trouble with a feudal lord, Appan Thamburan, after he decided to resume a traditional festival banned by Appan.

Director: Shaji Kailas | Stars: Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Kuthiravattam Pappu, Narendra Prasad

Votes: 3,003

15. Annamayya (1997)

Not Rated | 150 min | Biography, History, Musical

8.0
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A cinematic version of the life of famous Indian saint-poet, Annamayya.

Director: K. Raghavendra Rao | Stars: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Suman, Bhanupriya, Mohan Babu

Votes: 1,677

16. Prime Suspects (1997)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Thriller

8.0
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A cold-blooded killer infiltrates the lives of two actors who refuse to return stolen money that the killer claims belongs to him. A classic, film noir feast for the millenium.

Director: James A. MacPherson | Stars: Judith Stout, David Gordon, Charles Merlis, Lance McGinnis

Votes: 376

17. Perfect Blue (1997)

R | 81 min | Animation, Crime, Mystery

8.0
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A pop singer gives up her career to become an actress, but she slowly goes insane when she starts being stalked by an obsessed fan and what seems to be a ghost of her past.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki Ôkura

Votes: 55,371 | Gross: $0.78M

18. Gypsy Magic (1997)

126 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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In a Macedonian gypsy village local man meets an Indian UNPROFOR physician whom he sees as solution to all his troubles.

Director: Stole Popov | Stars: Bekir Adnan, Ali Ahmed, Petre Arsovski, Saban Bajramovic

Votes: 464

19. Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Crime, Comedy

8.0
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Two terminally ill patients escape from a hospital, steal a car and rush towards the sea.

Director: Thomas Jahn | Stars: Til Schweiger, Jan Josef Liefers, Thierry van Werveke, Moritz Bleibtreu

Votes: 27,238 | Gross: $0.00M

20. Brother (1997)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.0
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An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Sergey Bodrov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko, Mariya Zhukova

Votes: 16,698

21. Outsider (I) (1997)

100 min | Drama

8.0
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A teenager, son of an army officer moves with his family to Ljubljana in the fall of 1979. In the new surroundings, he'll fall in love, make friends and discover the world of punk rock. The... See full summary »

Director: Andrej Kosak | Stars: Demeter Bitenc, Miranda Caharija, Nina Ivanic, Jure Ivanusic

Votes: 1,107

22. Palabi Kothae (1997)

158 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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A characterless office manager tries to take sexual benefits from his female colleagues and and those colleagues try to escape from him. The whole story has been shown here so comically by some Legendary Bangladeshi artists.

Director: Shahidul Islam Khokon | Stars: Humayun Faridi, Shabana, Suborna Mustafa, Champa

Votes: 307

23. Some Birds Can't Fly (1997)

90 min | Drama

7.9
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Doctors predicted to Vesna one more year. Very sick girl was taken by her grandfather to the mountains. However, in this true story, faith played with little Vesna.

Director: Petar Lalovic | Stars: Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Ivana Surdic, Neda Arneric, Miodrag Krivokapic

Votes: 831

24. Border (I) (1997)

R | 176 min | Action, Drama, History

7.9
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In 1971, along the border region of Longewala, a small battalion of Indian soldiers goes up against a large Pakistani strike force.

Director: J.P. Dutta | Stars: Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Jackie Shroff

Votes: 13,619

25. Boogie Nights (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama

7.9
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85 Metascore

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.

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

Votes: 235,578 | Gross: $26.40M

26. City of God (1997)

87 min | Drama

7.8
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A portrait of a couple, living in poverty and prostitution. Couple is joined by a second woman, and problems escalates.

Director: Víctor González | Stars: Mabel Dai, Gustavo Domínguez, Omar Fanucci, Gabriela Salas

Votes: 409

27. The Magnifying Lens (1997)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

7.8
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Vidyadharan (Mammootty) is in jail and while working finds a link/hole to the outside world. But his vision is distorted through the eye magnifying lens he uses to view because of his fateful past.

Director: A.K. Lohithadas | Stars: Mammootty, Sreelakshmi, Cherthala Lalitha, Sindhu

Votes: 340

28. Death on a Full Moon Day (1997)

74 min | Drama

7.8
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A great sinhala movie "drama", of a father( Mr.Joe Abewickrama), who refuses to believe in his son's death at war.

Director: Prasanna Vithanage | Stars: Joe Abeywickrama, Nayana Hettiarachchi, Kumara Karunananda, Mahendra Perera

Votes: 325

29. Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997)

103 min | Comedy

7.8
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A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôki Mitani | Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Kyôka Suzuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Keiko Toda

Votes: 1,520 | Gross: $0.01M

30. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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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: 1,029,081 | Gross: $659.33M

31. Fireworks (1997)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.8
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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: 27,211 | Gross: $0.23M

32. 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: 277,243 | Gross: $12.34M

33. The Game (1997)

R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

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: 339,141 | Gross: $48.32M

34. 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: 21,810 | Gross: $0.19M

35. The Dog of Flanders (1997)

G | 93 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.7
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A small poor boy lives with his caring grandfather in a small Flemish village in the 19th century Belgium, has a lovable pet dog, loves art and dreams of becoming a famous painter one day. Based on a famous Flemish novel.

Directors: Yoshio Kuroda, Doug Stone | Stars: Makoto Tsumura, Sakura Tange, Brady Bluhm, Brianne Brozey

Votes: 521

36. Cholera Street (1997)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.7
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A young car mechanic, while in the middle of an unlikely love affair, tries to protect the people in his poor neighborhood from a gangster who terrorizes the locals.

Director: Mustafa Altioklar | Stars: Okan Bayülgen, Müjde Ar, Savas Dinçel, Mustafa Ugurlu

Votes: 9,841

37. Open Your Eyes (1997)

R | 119 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.7
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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: 63,279 | Gross: $0.37M

38. The Thief (1997)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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A woman meets a man who isn't the right man for her - but she hasn't realised it yet...

Director: Pavel Chukhray | Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Yekaterina Rednikova, Mikhail Filipchuk, Dima Chigaryov

Votes: 4,884 | Gross: $1.13M

39. The Crazy Stranger (1997)

Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.7
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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: 7,397 | Gross: $0.67M

40. Taste of Cherry (1997)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

7.7
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80 Metascore

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: 22,632 | Gross: $0.31M

41. As Good as It Gets (1997)

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

7.7
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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: 271,321 | Gross: $148.48M

42. Character (1997)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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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: 10,341 | Gross: $0.71M

43. 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: 428,182 | Gross: $63.54M

44. Donnie Brasco (1997)

R | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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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: 274,281 | Gross: $41.91M

45. The Castle (1997)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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A working-class family from Melbourne, Australia fights city hall after being told they must vacate their beloved family home to allow for infrastructural expansion.

Director: Rob Sitch | Stars: Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Anthony Simcoe

Votes: 14,812 | Gross: $0.86M

46. Respect for Love (1997)

Not Rated | 165 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Jeevanandhan "Jeeva" (Vijay) is a very rich young man. Although his parents (Sivakumar and Srividhya) want him to settle down, he goes to another city to do his MBA and stays with friends. ... See full summary »

Director: Fazil | Stars: Joseph Vijay, Shalini, Charlie, Dhamu

Votes: 1,618

47. Three Men and a Leg (1997)

100 min | Comedy

7.6
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Three friends cross Italy by car in order to deliver their boss his dog and a wooden leg.

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

Votes: 7,829

48. Kiler (1997)

104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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An innocent cab driver Jurek Kiler is mistaken for a contract killer and imprisoned. Soon, he is sprung by a mob boss who needs "Killer" for a few more jobs.

Director: Juliusz Machulski | Stars: Cezary Pazura, Malgorzata Kozuchowska, Jerzy Stuhr, Janusz Rewinski

Votes: 5,921

49. Ma vie en rose (1997)

R | 88 min | Drama

7.6
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Ludovic is an innocent seven-year-old child who provokes horror in his community when he dresses in girls clothes and insists he's a girl.

Director: Alain Berliner | Stars: Georges Du Fresne, Michèle Laroque, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Hélène Vincent

Votes: 8,343 | Gross: $2.28M

50. 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: 63,501


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