Top 10 Films of 1997

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1. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance

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: 781,435 | Gross: $138.43M

2. Amistad (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama, History

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: 66,757 | Gross: $44.18M

3. Wishmaster (1997)

R | 90 min | Fantasy, Horror

A demonic djinn attempts to grant its owner three wishes, which will allow him to summon his brethren to Earth.

Director: Robert Kurtzman | Stars: Tammy Lauren, Andrew Divoff, Robert Englund, Chris Lemmon

Votes: 18,233 | Gross: $15.72M

4. Chinese Box (1997)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Li Gong, Maggie Cheung, Michael Hui

Votes: 2,992 | Gross: $2.20M

5. Men in Black (1997)

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

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: 484,249 | Gross: $250.69M

6. Starship Troopers (1997)

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

51 Metascore

Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey

Votes: 253,413 | Gross: $54.81M

7. The Devil's Own (1997)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

53 Metascore

A police officer uncovers the real identity of his house-guest, an I.R.A. terrorist in hiding.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin, Rubén Blades

Votes: 54,445 | Gross: $42.87M

8. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

A 1960s secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 209,591 | Gross: $53.88M

9. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 499,749 | Gross: $64.62M

10. 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: 257,648 | Gross: $148.48M

11. Road to Nhill (1997)

95 min | Comedy

One of three cars carrying lady bowls players is overdue. Unsure about which car, who the occupants might have been, or what might have happened to them, the locals embark on a chaotic ... See full summary »

Director: Sue Brooks | Stars: Tony Barry, Vikki Blanche, Paul Chubb, Lynette Curran

Votes: 176

12. Eye of God (1997)

R | 84 min | Crime, Drama

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: 1,103

13. Cure (1997)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

70 Metascore

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa

Votes: 8,920 | Gross: $0.09M

14. Kiss or Kill (1997)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After a robbery scam that goes bad, lovers Nikki and Al take off into the Australian outback, pursued by the police and a malevolent footballer named Zipper Doyle, and meet a number of offbeat characters.

Director: Bill Bennett | Stars: Matt Day, Frances O'Connor, Tiffany Peters, Julie Wood

Votes: 1,253 | Gross: $0.73M

15. In the Company of Men (1997)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Neil LaBute | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy, Stacy Edwards, Michael Martin

Votes: 12,601 | Gross: $2.86M

16. The Mirror (1997)

95 min | Drama

When a young girl becomes lost in the hustle and bustle of Tehran, her journey turns into a dazzling exercise on the nature of film itself. In this ingenious and daringly original feature, ... See full summary »

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Mina Mohammad Khani, Aida Mohammadkhani, Kazem Mojdehi, Naser Omuni

Votes: 2,211 | Gross: $0.04M

17. Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A newly elected District Attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Olin, Ian Holm

Votes: 5,946 | Gross: $9.88M

18. One Eight Seven (1997)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

15 months after being stabbed 9 times by a student at work as a high school teacher in NYC, Mr. Garfield is working in LA as a substitute teacher come full-time. He refuses to be a victim anymore.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, John Heard, Kelly Rowan, Clifton Collins Jr.

Votes: 20,747 | Gross: $5.72M

19. The Rainmaker (1997)

PG-13 | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent insurance company.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight

Votes: 56,654 | Gross: $45.86M

20. 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: 15,273 | Gross: $22.42M

21. Men with Guns (II) (1997)

R | 127 min | Adventure, Drama

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: 2,507 | Gross: $0.74M

22. The Castle (1997)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 13,960 | Gross: $0.86M

23. I Went Down (1997)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

Fresh out of prison, Git rescues a former best friend (now living with Git's girlfriend) from a beating at the hands of loan sharks. He's now in trouble with the mob boss, Tom French, who ... See full summary »

Director: Paddy Breathnach | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Peter McDonald, Antoine Byrne, David Wilmot

Votes: 1,884 | Gross: $0.41M

24. Private Parts (1997)

R | 109 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

The autobiographical story of Howard Stern, the radio rebel who is now also a TV personality, an author and a movie star.

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: Howard Stern, Mary McCormack, Robin Quivers, Fred Norris

Votes: 32,491 | Gross: $41.20M

25. The Wax Mask (1997)

Unrated | 98 min | Horror

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: 1,553

26. The Locusts (1997)

R | 124 min | Drama

A drifter enters a small town looking for employment. While working at the local cattle ranch, he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Kitty and becomes involved in a deadly yet erotic love triangle.

Director: John Patrick Kelley | Stars: Kate Capshaw, Jeremy Davies, Vince Vaughn, Ashley Judd

Votes: 1,592 | Gross: $0.01M

27. 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: 40,158 | Gross: $10.69M

28. Nevada (1997)

R | 108 min | Drama

Chrysty walks through the desert carrying nothing and heading nowhere. She enters a very small town called Silver City. The local community of woman is intrigued by the sudden arrival of an... See full summary »

Director: Gary Tieche | Stars: Amy Brenneman, Ben Browder, James Wilder, Keith Anthony Bennett

Votes: 315

29. A Brother's Kiss (1997)

R | 92 min | Drama

Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to ... See full summary »

Director: Seth Zvi Rosenfeld | Stars: Nick Chinlund, Michael Raynor, Justin Pierce, Joshua Danowsky

Votes: 313

30. The Planet of Junior Brown (1997)

R | 91 min | Drama

This is the story of an extremely obese, rather immature, yet very bright and talented young man, and of his world and the people in it... mostly homeless young adults... who refer to their... See full summary »

Director: Clement Virgo | Stars: Martin Villafana, Lynn Whitfield, Rainbow Francks, Clark Johnson

Votes: 236

31. The Thief (1997)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama

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: 4,566 | Gross: $1.13M

32. Courting Courtney (1997)

83 min | Comedy

Filmmaker Nick has decided to make a documentary about his best friend Courtney's love life. Courtney, a schoolteacher, has had a two-year on and off relationship with a guy who can't ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Tarantino | Stars: Mike Andrews, Eliza Coyle, Adam Eastwood, John Ennis

Votes: 143

33. Full Alert (1997)

98 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Police Inspector Pao is trying to catch Mak Kwan, a gang member who is first arrested, but then escapes from the prison. By chance, Pao realizes that the target of Kwan's gang is the H.K. ... See full summary »

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Francis Ng, Amanda Lee, Jack Kao

Votes: 885

34. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

A 1960s secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 209,591 | Gross: $53.88M

35. 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: 46,918 | Gross: $6.63M

36. 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: 14,019 | Gross: $6.30M

37. 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: 3,139 | Gross: $2.44M

38. Deceiver (1997)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A hooker is found cut in two. 2 cops give polygraph tests to the only suspect, James, an unstable genius. After some time, the roles change.

Directors: Jonas Pate, Josh Pate | Stars: Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Michael Rooker, Renée Zellweger

Votes: 5,710 | Gross: $0.57M

39. The Odd One Dies (1997)

89 min | Crime, Drama

The secret world of contract killing comes to focus in the dark, comical tale of Hong Kong's triad. A lowlife gangster is offered a huge fee to commit a murder. He accepts, but there's a ... See full summary »

Director: Tat-Chi Yau | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Carman Lee, Woo-min Byeon, Chi-Shing Chiu

Votes: 485

40. Roseanna's Grave (1997)

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

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: 3,108 | Gross: $0.07M

41. Telling Lies in America (1997)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Music

65 Metascore

A loner befriends a local celebrity, Billy Magic, but he soon begins to tell lies in order to maintain the friendship and the newfound status.

Director: Guy Ferland | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Brad Renfro, Maximilian Schell, Calista Flockhart

Votes: 2,024 | Gross: $0.25M

42. Digging to China (1997)

PG | 98 min | Drama

10-year-old Harriet dreams of leaving her home, where she doesn't feel she's needed by her mother and sister Gwen. When her mother dies in a car accident, she really starts to make plans ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Hutton | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Bacon, Mary Stuart Masterson, Marian Seldes

Votes: 2,388 | Gross: $0.03M

43. Destination Anywhere (1997 Video)

45 min | Drama

"Destination Anywhere" is a contemporary film noir set on the streets of a gritty, yet colorful Manhattan neighborhood. Jon Bon Jovi stars as Jon, a man on the run from his home, his ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Pellington | Stars: Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Moore, Annabella Sciorra, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 419

44. Rosewood (1997)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, History

71 Metascore

A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African-American community.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill

Votes: 6,993 | Gross: $13.10M

45. The Game (1997)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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: 319,348 | Gross: $48.32M

46. Gravesend (1997)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama

Four young men spend their Saturday night trying to come up with the money to cover up the accidental death of a family member. As the night grows old, the tensions between the four rise and the situation becomes all the more desperate.

Director: Salvatore Stabile | Stars: Thomas Brandise, Tom Malloy, Michael Parducci, Tony Tucci

Votes: 278

47. 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.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Maria Mathiesen, Gisken Armand

Votes: 12,139 | Gross: $0.22M

48. Bliss (1997)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

A newly married happy couple visits a sex therapist to determine why the wife can't achieve an orgasm with her husband. This causes a horrific suppressed memory to emerge and she becomes more and more distant.

Director: Lance Young | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Terence Stamp, Sheryl Lee, Casey Siemaszko

Votes: 1,934 | Gross: $0.21M

49. Clockwatchers (1997)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama