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List of the best 1997 action movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These movies give you car crashes, explosions, gun fights and everything else you could hope for in a good action flick. These are all the action movies that defined the year 1997, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

List is made up of a variety of movies, including Men in Black and The Fifth Element. This isn't necessarily a list of all action movies from 1997, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.

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Face/Off John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon Face/Off is a 1997 American science fiction action thriller film directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Travolta is an FBI agent and Cage is a terrorist, sworn enemies ...more

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Con Air Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi Con Air is a 1997 American action film directed by Simon West and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of The Rock. It stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich. The film borrows ...more

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The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set in the ...more

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Batman & Robin Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman Batman & Robin is a 1997 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the fourth and final installment of Warner Bros.' initial Batman film series. The film was ...more

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Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more

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The Jackal Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Jack Black The Jackal is a 1997 American spy action thriller film directed by Michael Caton-Jones, and starring Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, and Sidney Poitier. The film is a loose remake of the 1973 movie ...more

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a 1997 American science fiction adventure directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. The film was produced by ...more

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Air Force One Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe and directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is about a group of Russian terrorists that ...more

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Tomorrow Never Dies Pierce Brosnan, Teri Hatcher, Gerard Butler Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Tomorrow Never Dies is the eighteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the second to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, with the ...more

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Beverly Hills Ninja Chris Rock, Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan Beverly Hills Ninja is a 1997 American martial arts comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan, written by Mark Feldberg and Mitch Klebanoff. The film stars Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan, Robin ...more

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Volcano Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche Volcano is a 1997 disaster film directed by Mick Jackson and produced by Andrew Z. Davis, Neal H. Moritz and Lauren Shuler Donner. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Jerome ...more

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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 American action comedy film and the first installment of the Austin Powers series. It was directed by Jay Roach and written by Mike Myers, ...more

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Turbulence Ray Liotta, Brendan Gleeson, Lauren Holly Turbulence is a 1997 action thriller film directed by Robert Butler. It stars Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly and was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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Breakdown Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan, J. T. Walsh Breakdown is a 1997 American thriller film, written and directed by Jonathan Mostow. The film stars Kurt Russell, J. T. Walsh, and Kathleen Quinlan. The original music score was composed by ...more

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Speed 2: Cruise Control Sandra Bullock, Willem Dafoe, Tim Conway Speed 2: Cruise Control is a 1997 American action thriller film, and a sequel to Speed. The film was produced and directed by Jan de Bont, and written by Randall McCormick and Jeff Nathanson, ...more

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Double Team Dennis Rodman, Mickey Rourke, Jean-Claude Van Damme Double Team is a 1997 American action comedy film directed by Tsui Hark in his American directorial debut and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman and Mickey Rourke. Van Damme plays ...more

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Murder at 1600 Diane Lane, Wesley Snipes, Alan Alda Murder at 1600 is a 1997 action film starring Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Dennis Miller, Ronny Cox, Daniel Benzali, and Alan Alda. The 1600 in the title refers to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the ...more

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Conspiracy Theory Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Patrick Stewart Conspiracy Theory is a 1997 American action thriller film directed by Richard Donner. The original screenplay by Brian Helgeland centers on an eccentric taxi driver who believes many world ...more

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The Saint Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Roger Moore The Saint is a 1997 espionage thriller film, starring Val Kilmer in the title role, with Elisabeth Shue and Rade Šerbedžija, directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Jonathan Hensleigh and ...more

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Dante's Peak Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith Dante's Peak is a 1997 American epic disaster adventure film directed by Roger Donaldson, and starring Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Charles Hallahan, Elizabeth Hoffman, Jamie Renée ...more

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George of the Jungle Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann George of the Jungle is a 1997 American live-action film adaptation of the cartoon of the same name. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures with Mandeville Films and originally released ...more

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Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart Starship Troopers is a 1997 American military science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier, originally from an unrelated script called Bug Hunt at ...more

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Home Alone 3 Scarlett Johansson, Seth Smith, Marian Seldes Home Alone 3 is a 1997 American family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes. It is the third film in the Home Alone series and the first not to feature actor Macaulay Culkin, director ...more

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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Talisa Soto, Ray Park, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is a 1997 American martial arts action film directed by John R. Leonetti. Based on the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games, the film is the sequel to 1995's Mortal ...more

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Marlon Perez added Recoil Gary Daniels, Kelli McCarty, Richard Foronjy Recoil is a 1998 action/thriller film written by Richard Preston, Jr., produced by Richard Pepin and Joseph Merhi, directed by Art Camacho and starring Gary Daniels, Gregory A. McKinney, and ...more

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Alien: Resurrection Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman Alien: Resurrection is a 1997 American science fiction action horror film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and written by Joss Whedon. It is the fourth installment in the Alien film series, and ...more

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Spawn Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo, Melinda Clarke Spawn is a 1997 American supernatural superhero film loosely based on the comic book of the same name, by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics. Directed and co-written by Mark A.Z. ...more

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The Peacemaker Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Tamara Tunie Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Peacemaker is a 1997 American action/thriller film starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman and directed by Mimi Leder. It was the first film released by DreamWorks. While the story takes ...more

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The Game Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze The Game is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, and produced by Propaganda Films and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. It tells ...more

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The Edge Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Elle Macpherson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Edge is a 1997 American survival drama film directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin. Bart the Bear, a trained Kodiak Bear known for appearances in several ...more

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The Devil's Own Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Julia Stiles The Devil's Own is a 1997 American action thriller film starring Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Rubén Blades, Natascha McElhone, Julia Stiles and Treat Williams. It was the final film directed ...more

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Money Talks Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Chris Tucker Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Money Talks is a 1997 American action comedy film directed by Brett Ratner, starring Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen. This film is the first of four collaborations between Brett Ratner and Chris ...more

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The Postman Kevin Costner, Tom Petty, Mary Stuart Masterson The Postman is a 1997 American epic post-apocalyptic adventure film. It is directed by, produced by, and stars Kevin Costner, with the screenplay written by Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland, based ...more

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McHale's Navy Tim Curry, Debra Messing, Ernest Borgnine McHale's Navy is a 1997 military comedy film starring Tom Arnold. The movie is based on the 1962-1966 television series of the same name. Ernest Borgnine was the only member of the original ...more

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8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Joe Pesci, David Spade, Kristy Swanson 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag is a 1997 black comedy film starring Joe Pesci, Kristy Swanson and David Spade. It was the directorial debut of screenwriter Tom Schulman. In 1998 the film won the ...more

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Pocket Ninjas Gary Daniels, Robert Z'Dar, Mel Novak Pocket Ninjas is a 1994 action film starring Robert Z'Dar, Richard Rabago, and Gary Daniels. Based on a screenplay by Mark Williams, the film was directed by Donald G. Jackson, David Huey, and ...more

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Rosewood Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames Rosewood is a 1997 film directed by John Singleton. While based on historic events of the 1923 Rosewood massacre in Florida, when a white mob killed blacks and destroyed their town, the film ...more

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Nothing to Lose Kelly Preston, Tim Robbins, Martin Lawrence Nothing to Lose is a 1997 comedy film starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins. The film was directed by Steve Oedekerk who also wrote the film and made a cameo appearance as a lip-synching ...more

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G.I. Jane Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Jim Caviezel G.I. Jane is a 1997 American action film directed by Ridley Scott, produced by Largo Entertainment, Scott Free Productions and Caravan Pictures, distributed by Hollywood Pictures and starring ...more

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Steel Shaquille O'Neal, Judd Nelson, Ray J Steel is a 1997 American superhero action film based on the DC Comics character John Henry Irons, who first appeared in 1993 during the Reign of the Supermen! storyline in the Superman comic ...more

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Ullaasam Vikram, Ajith Kumar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Ullaasam is a 1997 Tamil action romance film directed and co-written by the duo JD-Jerry and produced by noted Hindi film actor Amitabh Bachchan. The film featured Ajith Kumar, Vikram and ...more

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Nightwatch Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Lauren Graham Nightwatch is a 1997 American horror-thriller film directed by Ole Bornedal, and starring Ewan McGregor, Patricia Arquette, Josh Brolin and Nick Nolte. It is a remake of the Danish film ...more

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Auzaar Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Paresh Rawal Auzaar is a 1997 Bollywood action thriller film directed by Sohail Khan and written by Anwar Khan. The film starred Salman Khan, Sanjay Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty. The film tells the story of two ...more

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Mr. Nice Guy Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick Mr. Nice Guy is a 1997 Hong Kong action film directed by Sammo Hung, who makes a cameo as an unfortunate cyclist. The film stars Jackie Chan and Richard Norton. The film was released in the Hong ...more

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Anaconda Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson Anaconda is a 1997 adventure-horror film, directed by Luis Llosa, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Kari Wuhrer and Jonathan Hyde. It centers on a film ...more

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Gang Related Tupac Shakur, James Earl Jones, Dennis Quaid Gang Related is a 1997 American crime thriller film written and directed by Jim Kouf starring James Belushi, Tupac Shakur, Dennis Quaid, Lela Rochon, David Paymer and James Earl Jones. The film ...more

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Metro Eddie Murphy, Michael Rapaport, Donal Logue Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Metro is a 1997 American action comedy thriller film which was directed by Thomas Carter, produced by Roger Birnbaum, and starring Eddie Murphy as Scott Roper, a hostage negotiator and inspector ...more

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Hoodlum Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne Hoodlum is a 1997 crime drama film written by Chris Brancato and directed by Bill Duke.

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Demolition University Corey Haim, Laraine Newman, Dick Van Patten Demolition University is a 1997 direct-to-video action film starring Corey Haim and Ami Dolenz. It is the sequel to 1996 film Demolition High.