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The Best Movies of 1997

Updated September 4, 2020 14.9k votes 1.0k voters 24.1k views141 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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  • Titanic1
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Good Will Hunting2
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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  • Men in Black3
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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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  • The Fifth Element4
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    The Fifth Element

    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

    Released1997

    Directed byLuc Besson

    The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and...  more

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  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery5
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    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

    Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell

    Released1997

    Directed byJay Roach

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  • Liar Liar6
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    Liar Liar

    Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly

    Released1997

    Directed byTom Shadyac

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  • As Good as It Gets7
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    As Good as It Gets

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

    Released1997

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and...  more

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  • Face/Off8
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    Face/Off

    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Woo

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  • Starship Troopers9
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    Starship Troopers

    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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  • The Devil's Advocate10
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    The Devil's Advocate

    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino

    Released1997

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    The Devil's Advocate is a 1997 American mystery thriller film based on Andrew Neiderman's...  more

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  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park11
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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Jackie Brown12
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    Jackie Brown

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1997

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • The Game13
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    The Game

    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Fincher, Pedro Coutinho

    The Game is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, starring Michael...  more

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  • Donnie Brasco14
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    Donnie Brasco

    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino

    Released1997

    Directed byMike Newell

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  • Con Air15
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    Con Air

    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich

    Released1997

    Directed bySimon West

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  • L.A. Confidential16
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    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe

    Released1997

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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  • Gattaca17
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    Gattaca

    Uma Thurman, Jude Law

    Released1997

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

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  • Boogie Nights18
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    Boogie Nights

    Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

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  • Contact19
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    Contact

    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Air Force One20
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    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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  • Selena21
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    Selena

    Jennifer Lopez, Constance Marie

    Released1997

    Directed byGregory Nava

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  • Scream 222
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    Scream 2

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox

    Released1997

    Directed byWes Craven

    Scream 2 is a 1997 American slasher film created and written by Kevin Williamson and directed...  more

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  • Grosse Pointe Blank23
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    Grosse Pointe Blank

    Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack

    Released1997

    Directed byGeorge Armitage

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  • Breakdown24
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    Breakdown

    Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan

    Released1997

    Directed byJonathan Mostow

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  • Hercules25
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    Hercules

    Danny DeVito, James Woods

    Released1997

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature...  more

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