1997 Ranked Films

by 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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jada Pinkett Smith

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

74 Metascore

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.

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

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

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Amanda Donohoe, Jennifer Tilly

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

61 Metascore

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.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman | Stars: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Kelsey Grammer

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

82 Metascore

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.

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

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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

62 Metascore

Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster), 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: 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

44 Metascore

Fletcher Munson, the lethargic employee of a pseudo-religious self help company, and his doppelganger, the friendly but dull dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Steven Soderbergh, Miles Hardy, Scott Allen, Betsy Brantley

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

41 Metascore

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.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Sinbad, Abe Vigoda

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

54 Metascore

Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Vicki Lewis, Maury Chaykin

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.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Michael Jeter, Kevin Zegers, Wendy Makkena, Bill Cobbs

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

53 Metascore

A man raised in the jungle by apes falls in love with a wealthy American heiress.

Director: Sam Weisman | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church, Richard Roundtree

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

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn

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

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: 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

52 Metascore

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.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher

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

52 Metascore

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.

Director: Jim Gillespie | Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche, Ryan Phillippe

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

55 Metascore

A volcano erupts in downtown Los Angeles, threatening to destroy the city.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann, Don Cheadle

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

37 Metascore

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.

Director: Luis Llosa | Stars: Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz, Ice Cube

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

46 Metascore

Police hunting for a serial kidnapper are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Alex McArthur

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

52 Metascore

The bumbling Mr. Bean travels to America when he is given the responsibility of bringing a highly valuable painting to a Los Angeles museum.

Director: Mel Smith | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, John Mills, Pamela Reed

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

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman

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

43 Metascore

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.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith, Jeremy Foley

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

37 Metascore

An absent-minded professor discovers "flubber," a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald, Ted Levine

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.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt, Lenny von Dohlen

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

42 Metascore

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.

Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Tim Allen, Martin Short, JoBeth Williams, Lolita Davidovich

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

28 Metascore

Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman

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

20 Metascore

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.

Director: Stephen Kessler | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Ethan Embry

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

18 Metascore

The myopic millionaire defeats jewel smugglers in his usual bumbling manner.

Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Kelly Lynch, Matt Keeslar, Nick Chinlund

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

31 Metascore

An American man unwittingly gets involved with French werewolves who have developed a serum allowing them to transform at will.

Director: Anthony Waller | Stars: Tom Everett Scott, Julie Delpy, Vince Vieluf, Phil Buckman

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

11 Metascore

A group of martial arts warriors have only six days to save the Earth from an extra-dimensional invasion.

Director: John R. Leonetti | Stars: Robin Shou, Talisa Soto, James Remar, Sandra Hess

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.

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