Feature Film, Released between 1997-01-01 and 1997-12-31, Rating Count at least 300, English (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: 535,854 | Gross: $57.60M

2. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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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: 484,209 | Gross: $64.62M

3. 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: 747,174 | Gross: $138.43M

4. Little Ghost (1997)

G | 90 min | Family, Fantasy

8.0
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While on location in a spooky Romanian villa with his Hollywood big-shot mom and her dorky boyfriend, twelve-year-old Kevin befriends a Renaissance-era girl ghost who helps him cause unrest on the set.

Director: Linda Shayne | Stars: Kristina Wayborn, Jim Fitzpatrick, Sally Kirkland, Laura Bruneau

Votes: 1,922

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

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Crime, Comedy

8.0
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Two young men, Martin and Rudi, both suffering from terminal cancer, get to know each other in a hospital room. They drown their desperation in Tequila and decide to take one last trip to ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 24,289 | Gross: $0.00M

6. 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: 13,579

7. 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, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna

Votes: 11,597

8. 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 California pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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

Votes: 216,426 | Gross: $26.40M

9. Magass (1997)

75 min | Comedy

7.8
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Director: Daryush Shokof | Stars: Sarab Borhanian, Carina Teutenberg, Suthinee Michalke, Quing Li

Votes: 336

10. 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: 931,184 | Gross: $659.33M

11. Karakter (1997)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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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: 9,868 | Gross: $0.71M

12. 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: 255,236 | Gross: $12.34M

13. 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: 308,590 | Gross: $48.32M

14. 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: 251,739 | Gross: $41.91M

15. 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: 249,712 | Gross: $148.48M

16. 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: 394,703 | Gross: $63.54M

17. 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: 13,549 | Gross: $0.86M

18. Knoflíkári (1997)

102 min | Comedy

7.6
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Twist of fate and the twists of mind of the characters (mostly couples) combine in just the right twinkled absurd way in the interweaving episodes of this comedy. Each of the characters ... See full summary »

Director: Petr Zelenka | Stars: Pavel Zajicek, Jan Haubert, Seisuke Tsukahara, Motohiro Hosoya

Votes: 1,548

19. 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: 29,689 | Gross: $3.25M

20. Men with Guns (II) (1997)

R | 127 min | Adventure, Drama

7.6
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Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Federico Luppi, Damián Delgado, Dan Rivera González, Tania Cruz

Votes: 2,483 | Gross: $0.74M

21. Lawn Dogs (1997)

R | 101 min | Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kathleen Quinlan, Mischa Barton, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 6,950 | Gross: $0.11M

22. 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: 116,047 | Gross: $3.80M

23. Virasat (1997)

Not Rated | 165 min | Drama, Family, Musical

7.5
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After completing his studies in London, England, Shakti Thakur returns home to India in a small town where his family resides. Accompanying him is his leggy girlfriend, Anita, who he is in ... See full summary »

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Pooja Batra, Milind Gunaji

Votes: 2,216

24. Posutoman burusu (1997)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Action

7.5
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A postman is mistaken for a dangerous criminal by the police.

Director: SABU | Stars: Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Keisuke Horibe, Ren Osugi, Kyôko Tôyama

Votes: 1,489

25. Love Jones (1997)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Mosley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just "... See full summary »

Director: Theodore Witcher | Stars: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

Votes: 3,336 | Gross: $12.51M

26. 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: 275,208 | Gross: $39.67M

27. The Ice Storm (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny

Votes: 50,313 | Gross: $7.84M

28. 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 at a high-end New York City 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: 296,422 | Gross: $60.98M

29. Eye of God (1997)

R | 84 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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We see two stories told over four time lines, which wind down to a devastating ground zero collision, as we watch a double tragedy unfold in a small Oklahoma town. The two stories are told ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Blake Nelson | Stars: Mary Kay Place, Nick Stahl, Chris Freihofer, Woody Watson

Votes: 1,088

30. Zi shu (1997)

117 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Foon escapes an arranged marriage by walking the road of a Ji Sor. After an affair with Shing, she becomes pregnant. An attempted abortion nearly costs Foon her life. Wan, the young owner ... See full summary »

Director: Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung | Stars: Carina Lau, Charlie Yeung, Ah-Lei Gua, Theresa Lee

Votes: 442

31. Meitantei Conan: Tokei-jikake no matenrou (1997)

94 min | Animation, Adventure, Crime

7.4
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The detective genius Conan must solve a series of bombings or his true love will die!

Director: Kenji Kodama | Stars: Minami Takayama, Kappei Yamaguchi, Wakana Yamazaki, Akira Kamiya

Votes: 1,736

32. Four Days in September (1997)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, History

7.4
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Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Luiz Fernando Guimarães

Votes: 4,104 | Gross: $0.31M

33. Nil by Mouth (1997)

R | 128 min | Drama

7.4
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A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working class family has his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.

Director: Gary Oldman | Stars: Ray Winstone, Kathy Burke, Charlie Creed-Miles, Laila Morse

Votes: 7,855

34. 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: 81,167 | Gross: $28.01M

35. 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: 39,425 | Gross: $10.57M

36. 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: 231,580 | Gross: $100.92M

37. Cube (1997)

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

7.3
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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: 186,881 | Gross: $0.50M

38. Henry Fool (1997)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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68 Metascore

Socially inept garbage man Simon is befriended by Henry Fool, a witty roguish, but talentless novelist. Henry opens a magical world of literature to Simon who turns his hand to writing the ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Hartley | Stars: Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey, Maria Porter

Votes: 6,491 | Gross: $1.34M

39. 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: 20,244 | Gross: $10.20M

40. Men in Black (1997)

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

7.3
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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: 465,718 | Gross: $250.69M

41. Hercules (1997)

G | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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74 Metascore

The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, James Woods, Josh Keaton

Votes: 176,799 | Gross: $99.05M

42. Mrs Brown (1997)

PG | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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71 Metascore

When Queen Victoria's husband dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher

Votes: 12,343 | Gross: $9.22M

43. Firelight (1997)

R | 103 min | Romance, Drama

7.3
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In 1838, lovely governess Elisabeth agrees to bear a child of anonymous English landowner, and he will in return pay her father's debt. At birth she, as agreed, gives up the child. Seven ... See full summary »

Director: William Nicholson | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane, Dominique Belcourt, Kevin Anderson

Votes: 3,804 | Gross: $0.78M

44. Face/Off (1997)

R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

7.3
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82 Metascore

In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.

Director: John Woo | Stars: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 320,251 | Gross: $112.23M

45. Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | 109 min | Drama

7.3
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78 Metascore

After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 7,654 | Gross: $14.82M

46. The Education of Little Tree (1997)

PG | 112 min | Drama

7.3
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Little Tree is an 8-year-old Cherokee boy, who, during the time of the depression, loses his parents and starts to live with his Indian grandma and grandpa and learn the wisdom of the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Friedenberg | Stars: James Cromwell, Joseph Ashton, Tantoo Cardinal, Mika Boorem

Votes: 1,416 | Gross: $0.12M

47. Chasing Amy (1997)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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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: 123,922 | Gross: $12.01M

48. Bent (1997)

NC-17 | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.3
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Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny he is gay, and gets a yellow label (the one for Jews) instead of pink (the one for gays).... See full summary »

Director: Sean Mathias | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Mick Jagger, Brian Webber

Votes: 7,076 | Gross: $0.37M

49. Amistad (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama, History

7.3
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63 Metascore

In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 64,927 | Gross: $44.18M

50. The South End (1997)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Director: Riccardo DiLoreto | Stars: George Katt, Linda Shing, Carmine Giovinazzo, Steve Brobston

Votes: 498


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