1997 Ranked Filmsby TimMacAusland | created - 15 Apr 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
The ranked list of 1997 films that I have seen so far.
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1. Titanic (1997)
PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Votes: 994,262 | Gross: $659.33M
Colossal in size both literally and figuratively, Titanic is a groundbreaking romantic disaster film that perfectly encapsulates the talents of James Cameron.
2. 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: 805,000 | Gross: $138.43M
With a Matt Damon-Ben Affleck screenplay that's universally relatable and potent, Good Will Hunting makes a case for itself as one of the most inspiring character dramas to date.
3. 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: 508,629 | Gross: $64.62M
Arguably perfecting the neo-noir formula, L.A. Confidential capitalizes on a terrific sense of tone to weave a multilayered tale of deception and corruption in the City of Angels.
4. 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: 262,417 | Gross: $148.48M
Thoroughly humorous and personable without underplaying the potent characterizations driving the emotion, As Good as It Gets has a terrific leading trio rounding it out in the best way possible.
5. Boogie Nights (1997)
R | 155 min | Drama
The story of a young man's adventures in the California pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Votes: 227,065 | Gross: $26.40M
Energized by a dynamite script and direction from Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights owns both sides of the comedic-dramatic coin with the help of perfectly cast actors.
6. 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: 128,408 | Gross: $12.01M
Populated by interesting, realistic characters, Chasing Amy boasts more seamlessly scripted dialogue from writer-director Kevin Smith.
7. Scream 2 (1997)
R | 120 min | Horror, Mystery
Two years after the first series of murders, as Sydney acclimates to college life, someone donning the Ghostface costume begins a new string of killings.
Votes: 149,826 | Gross: $101.36M
A slasher sequel that's surprisingly worthy of its innovative predecessor, Scream 2 ups the ante by doubling down on dynamic characters surrounded by danger and intrigue.
8. Hercules (1997)
G | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The son of Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.
Votes: 192,297 | Gross: $99.05M
While not the finest effort to come out of the Disney Renaissance, Hercules nevertheless does well to lean into its mythological angle as it tells a classic zero-to-hero narrative.
9. Liar Liar (1997)
PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy
A fast-track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after he disappoints his son for the last time.
Votes: 268,870 | Gross: $181.41M
Featuring a Jim Carrey at his energetic best, Liar Liar may have a simple setup but more than executes on its way to delivering a comedy that has something for just about everyone.
10. Anastasia (1997)
G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.
Votes: 106,382 | Gross: $58.41M
Though it could be considered off-brand Disney, Anastasia nevertheless backs up its revisionist history with a slew of memorable songs.
11. Face/Off (1997)
R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In order to foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity of a criminal mastermind, who murdered his only son. The plan turns sour when the criminal wakes up prematurely and seeks revenge.
Votes: 336,017 | Gross: $112.23M
With John Woo at his most delightfully unrestrained, Face/Off relies on the zany antics of John Travolta and Nicolas Cage to ham up its absurd premise to entertaining effect.
12. 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: 494,566 | Gross: $250.69M
Appropriately weird and quirky, Men in Black thrives off the comedic chemistry between Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
13. 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: 415,754 | Gross: $63.54M
The Fifth Element can be unrestrained at times, but thanks to Luc Besson’s visual flair it works as an offbeat space epic.
14. Jackie Brown (1997)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.
Votes: 299,474 | Gross: $39.67M
Jackie Brown is able to pull off its intricate story of deception with more richly drawn Quentin Tarantino characters, even if it feels a bit inert compared to his other films.
15. The Game (1997)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 326,365 | Gross: $48.32M
The execution of its intriguing premise proves rather convoluted, though The Game is largely saved from the taut direction of David Fincher and its unflinching intensity.
16. 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: 268,991 | Gross: $12.34M
Gattaca doesn’t always have the wherewithal to capitalize on its premise, but some weighty speculative fiction is more than enough to make it unique.
17. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 213,117 | Gross: $53.88M
Introducing one of Mike Myers's most iconic characters, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a witty and groovy sendup of the spy genre.
18. Contact (1997)
PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster), after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.
Votes: 242,514 | Gross: $100.92M
Bloated and not quite as intellectual as it thinks it is, Contact still benefits from a determined Jodie Foster and a potent sense of cosmic wonder.
19. Schizopolis (1996)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
Fletcher Munson, the lethargic employee of a pseudo-religious self help company, and his doppelganger, the friendly but dull dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek.
Votes: 4,992 | Gross: $0.01M
Bizarre and comedically arresting, Schizopolis more than lives up to its kooky title and should interest fans of Steven Soderberg, even if casual viewers need not apply.
20. Good Burger (1997)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family
Two dim-witted teenagers are forced to save the fast food restaurant they work at from going out of business, despite a new-and-improved burger joint opening across the street that want to be the "Top Dog" in the fast food industry.
Votes: 24,861 | Gross: $23.69M
Overly energetic and rife with idiot humor, Good Burger is also strangely in on the joke, rendering this amiable kids comedy largely enjoyable.
21. Mousehunt (1997)
PG | 98 min | Comedy
Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.
Votes: 49,081 | Gross: $61.92M
Mousehunt will retain the attention of little ones, though it ultimately falls into the trap of relying solely on slapstick to do so.
22. Air Bud (1997)
PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
An unexpected player joins the school basketball team - a circus dog who escaped from a cruel master.
Votes: 15,717 | Gross: $24.63M
An easy free throw, Air Bud will appeal to the dog-lover demographic but refuses to flesh itself out beyond its simple setup.
23. George of the Jungle (1997)
PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A man raised in the jungle by apes falls in love with a wealthy American heiress.
Votes: 67,884 | Gross: $105.26M
Enthusiastic but unable to transcend its own camp, George of the Jungle swings in and out of the viewer’s consciousness with little consequence.
24. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.
Votes: 359,361 | Gross: $229.09M
A fairly underwhelming follow-up without being totally devoid of thrills, The Lost World: Jurassic Park still proves unable to recreate the same kind of dino magic.
25. Starship Troopers (1997)
R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs.
Votes: 257,334 | Gross: $54.81M
Stuck somewhere in between satire and seriousness, Starship Troopers has all the Paul Verhoeven camp audiences are accustomed to but none of the discipline.
26. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond sets out to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the U.K in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage.
Votes: 173,529 | Gross: $125.33M
Competent but largely forgettable, Tomorrow Never Dies lacks the sociopolitical shrewdness it needs to support not only the themes but the plot.
27. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery
Four young friends bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.
Votes: 127,478 | Gross: $72.59M
Derivative though not wholly devoid of thrills, I Know What You Did Last Summer and its quartet of young stars prove inadequate in engrossing the viewer in this particular campfire story.
28. Volcano (1997)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
A volcano erupts in downtown Los Angeles, threatening to destroy the city.
Votes: 69,409 | Gross: $49.32M
While keeping a steady stream of perilous tension, Volcano's hackneyed approach to the disaster movie formula loses steam before long.
29. Anaconda (1997)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
A "National Geographic" film crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter, who forces them along on his quest to capture the world's largest - and deadliest - snake.
Votes: 90,775 | Gross: $65.89M
A creature-feature with a serpentine twist, Anaconda loses its grip on the kind of climactic tension it needs before long.
30. Kiss the Girls (1997)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Police hunting for a serial kidnapper are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time.
Votes: 61,721 | Gross: $60.53M
This Morgan Freeman-led police procedural benefits from some potent atmosphere, but Kiss the Girls falters narratively when it comes time for revelations.
31. Bean (1997)
PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
The bumbling Mr. Bean travels to America when he is given the responsibility of bringing a highly valuable painting to a Los Angeles museum.
Votes: 92,791 | Gross: $45.32M
There's no denying Rowan Atkinson's dedication to the title character, however Bean's filmic transition from sitcom shenanigans remains bumbling at best.
32. Alien: Resurrection (1997)
R | 109 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone. Along with a crew of space pirates, she must again battle the deadly aliens and stop them from reaching Earth.
Votes: 218,644 | Gross: $47.75M
Alien: Resurrection wants to give Sigourney Weaver one last satisfying ride, though it unfortunately wraps up this era of the franchise in disappointing fashion.
33. Dante's Peak (1997)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside town recently named the second most desirable place to live in America, and discovers that the long dormant volcano, Dante's Peak, may wake up at any moment.
Votes: 76,842 | Gross: $67.13M
All buildup but with little genuine eruption, Dante's Peak won't give disaster movie junkies the kind of disaster they're looking for.
34. Flubber (1997)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
An absent-minded professor discovers "flubber," a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.
Votes: 80,802 | Gross: $92.98M
As amoebic and flimsy as its title creature, Flubber may have Robin Williams but it can’t help but ooze incompetence.
35. Home Alone 3 (1997)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Family
Alex Pruitt, an 8-year-old boy living in Chicago, must fend off international spies who seek a top-secret computer chip in his toy car.
Votes: 99,928 | Gross: $30.88M
Without the franchise’s brightest stars, Home Alone 3 tries to inherent the same spirit of its predecessors but ends up shooting itself in the foot instead.
36. Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)
PG | 105 min | Comedy, Family
A man learns he has a thirteen-year-old son who was raised in the jungle and brings the boy to New York City, turning his life upside down in the process.
Votes: 21,901 | Gross: $59.93M
Unable to conjure the kind of comedic returns as Tim Allen’s other successes, Jungle 2 Jungle is an Americanized remake that should have spared the expenses.
37. Batman & Robin (1997)
PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.
Votes: 225,099 | Gross: $107.33M
Utterly devoid of the dark gravitas that founded the franchise, Batman & Robin trades mysticism and intrigue for campy, neon antics.
38. Vegas Vacation (1997)
PG | 93 min | Comedy
In the fourth outing for the vacation franchise, the Griswolds have to survive Vegas fever when they go to Las Vegas for a fun family vacation.
Votes: 42,352 | Gross: $36.43M
A hollow shell of what the franchise used to be, Vegas Vacation doubles down on delivering another memorable trip but loses big time.
39. Mr. Magoo (1997)
PG | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
The myopic millionaire defeats jewel smugglers in his usual bumbling manner.
Votes: 13,755 | Gross: $21.38M
Borderline offensive and unable to decipher how Leslie Nielsen works best, Mr. Magoo is proof that some animated adaptations are better left unseen.
40. An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
An American man unwittingly gets involved with French werewolves who have developed a serum allowing them to transform at will.
Votes: 22,309 | Gross: $26.57M
Wholly unworthy to even be considered a sequel, where the original film used camp to spice up the proceedings, An American Werewolf in Paris just becomes a sloppy mess.
41. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A group of martial arts warriors have only six days to save the Earth from an extra-dimensional invasion.
Votes: 44,467 | Gross: $35.93M
Somehow leaps and bounds worse than the first film, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation has some of the worst dialogue and fight sequences ever put to screen.