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The Best Action Movies of 1997

Updated November 13, 2019 767 votes 59 voters 2.8k views51 items

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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  • Con Air1
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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
  • Spawn2
    14
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    Spawn

    Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo

    Released1997

    Directed byMark A.Z. Dippé

    Spawn is a 1997 American supernatural superhero film loosely based on the comic book of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Face/Off3
    16
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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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  • Air Force One4
    13
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    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Fifth Element5
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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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  • Men in Black6
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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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  • Turbulence7
    9
    5

    Turbulence

    Ray Liotta, Brendan Gleeson

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Butler

    Turbulence is a 1997 action thriller film directed by Robert Butler. It stars Ray Liotta and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Double Team8
    9
    6

    Double Team

    Dennis Rodman, Mickey Rourke

    Released1997

    Directed byTsui Hark

    Double Team is a 1997 American action comedy film directed by Tsui Hark in his American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Murder at 16009
    10
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    Murder at 1600

    Diane Lane, Wesley Snipes

    Released1997

    Directed byDwight H. Little

    This film is a 1997 action film starring Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Dennis Miller, Ronny Cox,... more on Wikipedia
  • Batman & Robin10
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    Batman & Robin

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney

    Released1997

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Batman & Robin is a 1997 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. It... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mr. Nice Guy11
    9
    7

    Mr. Nice Guy

    Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

    Released1997

    Directed bySammo Hung

    Mr. Nice Guy is a 1997 Hong Kong action film directed by Sammo Hung, who makes a cameo as an... more on Wikipedia
  • Breakdown12
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    6

    Breakdown

    Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan

    Released1997

    Directed byJonathan Mostow

    Breakdown is a 1997 American thriller film, written and directed by Jonathan Mostow. The film... more on Wikipedia

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  • Starship Troopers13
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    9

    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 Park14
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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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  • Tomorrow Never Dies15
    11
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    Tomorrow Never Dies

    Pierce Brosnan, Teri Hatcher

    Released1997

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

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  • Anaconda16
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    Anaconda

    Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube

    Released1997

    Directed byLuis Llosa

    Anaconda is a 1997 adventure-horror film, directed by Luis Llosa, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Peacemaker17
    6
    6

    The Peacemaker

    Nicole Kidman, George Clooney

    Released1997

    Directed byMimi Leder

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  • The Saint18
    10
    12

    The Saint

    Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue

    Released1997

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    The Saint is a 1997 espionage thriller film, starring Val Kilmer in the title role, with... more on Wikipedia
  • Home Alone 319
    9
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    Home Alone 3

    Scarlett Johansson, Seth Smith

    Released1997

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Home Alone 3 is a 1997 American family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes. It is... more on Wikipedia

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  • Volcano20
    7
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    Volcano

    Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle

    Released1997

    Directed byMick Jackson

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  • Nothing to Lose21
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    Nothing to Lose

    Kelly Preston, Tim Robbins

    Released1997

    Directed bySteve Oedekerk

    Nothing to Lose is a 1997 comedy film starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins. The film was... more on Wikipedia

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  • Speed 2: Cruise Control22
    5
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    Speed 2: Cruise Control

    Sandra Bullock, Willem Dafoe

    Released1997

    Directed byJan de Bont

    Speed 2: Cruise Control is a 1997 American action thriller film, and a sequel to Speed. The... more on Wikipedia

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  • George of the Jungle23
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    George of the Jungle

    Brendan Fraser, John Cleese

    Released1997

    Directed bySam Weisman

    George of the Jungle is a 1997 American live-action film adaptation of the cartoon of the same... more on Wikipedia
  • Alien: Resurrection24
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    Alien: Resurrection

    Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1997

    Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet

    Alien: Resurrection is a 1997 American science fiction action horror film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery25
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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