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The Best Movies of 1997

Updated September 4, 2020 14.6k votes 979 voters 22.9k 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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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt... more on Wikipedia
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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A... more on Wikipedia

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    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry... more on Wikipedia
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    Austin Powers: International M is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

    Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell

    Released1997

    Directed byJay Roach

    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 American action comedy film and the... more on Wikipedia

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    The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Face/Off is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Face/Off

    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Face/Off is a 1997 American science fiction action thriller film directed by John Woo and... more on Wikipedia

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    Liar Liar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Liar Liar

    Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly

    Released1997

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    Liar Liar is a 1997 American comedy film written by Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur, directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Starship Troopers

    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

    Starship Troopers is a 1997 American military science fiction action film directed by Paul... more on Wikipedia

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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a 1997 American science fiction adventure directed by Steven... more on Wikipedia
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    Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Jackie Brown

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1997

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Jackie Brown is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is an... more on Wikipedia

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    Con Air is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Con Air

    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich

    Released1997

    Directed bySimon West

    Con Air is a 1997 American action film directed by Simon West and produced by Jerry... more on Wikipedia
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    The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Game is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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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 on Wikipedia

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    L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe

    Released1997

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same... more on Wikipedia

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    Donnie Brasco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Donnie Brasco

    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino

    Released1997

    Directed byMike Newell

    Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American film directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and... more on Wikipedia
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    Gattaca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Gattaca

    Uma Thurman, Jude Law

    Released1997

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

    Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It... more on Wikipedia

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    Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Boogie Nights

    Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

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    Contact is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Contact

    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Scream 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    Selena is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Selena

    Jennifer Lopez, Constance Marie

    Released1997

    Directed byGregory Nava

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    Hercules is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Hercules

    Danny DeVito, James Woods

    Released1997

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    Grosse Pointe Blank is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Grosse Pointe Blank

    Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack

    Released1997

    Directed byGeorge Armitage

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    Romy and Michele's High School is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1997
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    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Mirkin

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