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List Rules Original movies released in theatres in 1997 ONLY. No Star Wars re-releases should be on here etc

A list of the best movies of 1997, from blockbusters like Men in Black to film noirs like L.A. Confidential. The '90s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 1997 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here.

As stated before, some of the best movies of the decade were released in 1997. Who could forget Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon and Robin Williams, Face/Off with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, and of course, Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. And let's not forget about Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery with Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley.

The best movies of 1997 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the breakout performances featured in Chasing Amy, or established stars like Johnny Depp and Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 1997. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 1997, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 1996. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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81 40
L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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99 54
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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71 34
Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Boogie Nights Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham

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66 43
As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
As Good as It Gets Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

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54 52
The Full Monty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
The Full Monty Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy

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68 60
The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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73 44
Austin Powers: International M... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher

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56 58
Donnie Brasco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Donnie Brasco Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti

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73 46
Liar Liar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Liar Liar Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Krista Allen

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48 50
Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel

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43 39
Princess Mononoke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Princess Mononoke Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Jada Pinkett Smith

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82 52
Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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59 56
Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Air Force One Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

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51 39
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Jackie Brown Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino

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56 46
The Game is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
The Game Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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53 53
The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
The Devil's Advocate Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

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26 24
Perfect Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
SlayerScott86 added Perfect Blue Junko Iwao, Hideyuki Hori, Shin-ichiro Miki

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30 24
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Hercules Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

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64 41
Con Air is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Con Air Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi

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42 41
Contact is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Contact Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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57 40
Face/Off is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Face/Off John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon

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34 19
Selena is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Selena Jennifer Lopez, Constance Marie, Edward James Olmos

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36 46
Amistad is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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48 44
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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36 55
Tomorrow Never Dies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Tomorrow Never Dies Pierce Brosnan, Teri Hatcher, Gerard Butler

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44 62
I Know What You Did Last Summe... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
I Know What You Did Last Summer Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

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35 52
Conspiracy Theory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Conspiracy Theory Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Patrick Stewart

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32 33
Gattaca is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Gattaca Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke

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38 45
Chasing Amy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Chasing Amy Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Smith

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29 46
The Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
The Rainmaker Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke

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35 37
Cop Land is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Cop Land Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry

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29 31
The Edge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
The Edge Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Elle Macpherson

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56 43
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

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32 39
Wag the Dog is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Wag the Dog Kirsten Dunst, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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9 15
Maborosi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
alba-loerenz added Maborosi Tadanobu Asano, Makiko Esumi, Akira Emoto

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17 10
Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Dimos Dicoudis added Anastasia Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer

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Breakdown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Dimos Dicoudis added Breakdown Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan, J. T. Walsh

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31 42
My Best Friend's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
My Best Friend's Wedding Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti

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15 32
Kundun is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
looksharp added Kundun Sonam Phuntsok, Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong

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36 50
Dante's Peak is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Dante's Peak Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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27 32
The Ice Storm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
The Ice Storm Katie Holmes, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver

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28 30
Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
wiabux added Kiss the Girls Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari

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15 12
Flubber is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Dimos Dicoudis added Flubber Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Wil Wheaton

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35 41
Scream 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Scream 2 Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

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22 42
Grosse Pointe Blank is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Grosse Pointe Blank Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack, Hank Azaria

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18 42
Seven Years in Tibet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Seven Years in Tibet Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, B. D. Wong

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10 13
Air Bud is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Dimos Dicoudis added Air Bud Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

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31 37
Romy and Michele's High School... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Mira Sorvino

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19 42
In & Out is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
In & Out Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close, Tom Selleck