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The Best Movies of 1997

Updated March 29, 2021 14.8k votes 1.0k voters 24.5k views137 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1997.

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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    Breakdown

    Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan
    Breakdown is a 1997 American thriller film, written and directed by Jonathan Mostow. The film...  more

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    Cube

    Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings
    Cube is a 1997 Canadian science fiction psychological horror film, directed and co-written by...  more

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    Cop Land

    Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro
    Cop Land is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by James Mangold, and starring...  more

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    Princess Mononoke

    Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson
    Princess Mononoke is a 1997 anime epic action historical fantasy film written and directed by...  more

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    The Edge

    Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins
    The Edge is a 1997 American survival drama film directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Anthony...  more
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    Kiss the Girls

    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd
    Kiss the Girls is a 1997 American psychological thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and...  more

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    Conspiracy Theory

    Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson
    Conspiracy Theory is a 1997 American action thriller film directed by Richard Donner. The...  more

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    Anastasia

    Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan
    Anastasia is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy drama film produced by Fox Animation...  more

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    Event Horizon

    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs
    Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was...  more

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    Perfect Blue

    Junko Iwao, Hideyuki Hori
    Perfect Blue is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller-horror film directed by...  more

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    My Best Friend's Wedding

    Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney
    My Best Friend's Wedding is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by P.J. Hogan. When...  more

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    The Full Monty

    Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson
    The Full Monty is a 1997 British comedy film directed by Peter Cattaneo, starring Robert...  more

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    I Know What You Did Last Summer

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar
    I Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1997 American slasher film based on the 1973 novel of the...  more

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    Vegas Vacation

    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley
    Vegas Vacation is a 1997 comedy film directed by Stephen Kessler. It is the fourth installment...  more

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    The Apostle

    Farrah Fawcett, Robert Duvall
    The Apostle is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Robert Duvall, who stars in...  more

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    Wag the Dog

    Kirsten Dunst, Robert De Niro
    Wag the Dog is a 1997 black comedy film produced and directed by Barry Levinson. The...  more

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    Chasing Amy

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
    Chasing Amy is a 1997 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith. The...  more

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    Amistad

    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey
    Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story...  more

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    Suicide Kings

    Christopher Walken, Denis Leary
    This film is a 1997 American action comedy film, starring Christopher Walken as a boss, Denis...  more
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    Life Is Beautiful

    Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz
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    Absolute Power

    Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman
    Absolute Power is a 1997 American political thriller film produced by, directed by, and...  more

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    Kundun

    Sonam Phuntsok, Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong
    Kundun is a 1997 epic biographical film written by Melissa Mathison and directed by Martin...  more

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    George of the Jungle

    Brendan Fraser, John Cleese
    George of the Jungle is a 1997 American live-action film adaptation of the cartoon of the same...  more

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    Nothing to Lose

    Kelly Preston, Tim Robbins
    Nothing to Lose is a 1997 comedy film starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins. The film was...  more

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    Good Burger

    Shaquille O'Neal, Carmen Electra
    Good Burger is a 1997 American comedy film directed by Brian Robbins and starring Kenan...  more

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