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The Best Horror Movies of 1997

Updated September 24, 2019 1.3k votes 111 voters 2.9k views102 items

List of the best 1997 horror movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. All types of scary movies are represented below, including thrillers, slashers, gore, psychological horror films and more. These are all the horror 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 contains movies like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1997, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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    An American Werewolf in Paris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    An American Werewolf in Paris

    Julie Bowen, Julie Delpy

    Released1997

    Directed byAnthony Waller

    An American Werewolf in Paris is a 1997 comedy-horror film directed by Anthony Waller and... more on Wikipedia

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    Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Event Horizon

    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Scream 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Scream 2

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox

    Released1997

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • 4
    The Night Flier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    The Night Flier

    Miguel Ferrer, Dan Monahan

    Released1997

    Directed byMark Pavia

    The Night Flier is a 1997 horror film based on the short story of the same name which was... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Cube is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Cube

    Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings

    Released1997

    Directed byVincenzo Natali

    Cube is a 1997 Canadian science fiction psychological horror film, directed and co-written by... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Mimic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Mimic

    Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino

    Released1997

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Mimic is an American 1997 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by Guillermo del... more on Wikipedia

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    American Vampire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    American Vampire

    Carmen Electra, Adam West

    Released1997

    Directed byLuis Esteban

    American Vampire is a comedic horror film starring Carmen Electra, Adam West, Sidney Lassick... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 8
    Nightwatch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Nightwatch

    Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte

    Released1997

    Directed byOle Bornedal

    Nightwatch is a 1997 American horror-thriller film directed by Ole Bornedal, and starring Ewan... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Wishmaster is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Wishmaster

    Tony Todd, Verne Troyer

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Kurtzman

    Wishmaster is a 1997 American horror film directed by Robert Kurtzman. It was executive... more on Wikipedia

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    The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror 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 Relic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    The Relic

    Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt

    Released1997

    Directed byPeter Hyams

    The Relic is a 1997 science fiction/horror film directed by Peter Hyams and based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    I Know What You Did Last Summe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    I Know What You Did Last Summer

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1997

    Directed byJim Gillespie

    I Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1997 American slasher film based on the 1973 novel of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Perfect Blue is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Perfect Blue

    Junko Iwao, Hideyuki Hori

    Released1997

    Directed bySatoshi Kon

    Perfect Blue is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller-horror film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Tower of Terror is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Tower of Terror

    Kirsten Dunst, Steve Guttenberg

    Released1997

    Directed byD. J. MacHale

    Tower of Terror is a 1997 made-for-TV supernatural thriller directed by D. J. MacHale. It is... more on Wikipedia

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    Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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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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    Campfire Tales is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Campfire Tales

    Amy Smart, Christine Taylor

    Released1997

    Directed byMartin Kunert, Matt Cooper

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  • 17
    Hideous! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Hideous!

    Jacqueline Lovell, Rhonda Griffin

    Released1997

    Directed byCharles Band

    Hideous! is a 1997 film released by Full Moon Features.
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    Quicksilver Highway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Quicksilver Highway

    Christopher Lloyd, John Landis

    Released1997

    Directed byMick Garris

    Quicksilver Highway is a 1997 horror film directed by Mick Garris. It is based on Clive... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    My Teacher Ate My Homework is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    My Teacher Ate My Homework

    Margot Kidder, Shelley Duvall

    Released1997

    Directed byStephen Williams

    My Teacher Ate My Homework is a 1997 movie, the second film based on a Shadow Zone book.amazon_watch buy button
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    The Ugly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    The Ugly

    Tim Barlow, Jennifer Ward-Lealand

    Released1997

    Directed byScott Reynolds

    The Ugly is a 1997 New Zealand horror film, the first feature directed and written by Scott... more on Wikipedia

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    Asylum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Asylum

    Robert Patrick, Deborah Worthing

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Seale

    Asylum is a 1997 horror thriller film directed by James Seale and starring Robert Patrick,... more on Wikipedia
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    Vampire Journals is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Vampire Journals

    Jonathon Morris, Starr Andreeff

    Released1997

    Directed byTed Nicolaou

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    Kiss the Girls Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Kiss the Girls Goodbye

    Frankie Ray, Robert Ryder

    Released1997

    Directed byLee Karaim

    Kiss the Girls Goodbye is a 1997 horror film written and directed by Lee Karaim.amazon_watch buy button
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    Blood Sisters of Lesbian Sin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Blood Sisters of Lesbian Sin

    Lara Daans, Justin Gorence

    Released1997

    Directed byGreg Griffin

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  • 25
    Lost Highway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1997
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    Lost Highway

    Richard Pryor, Gary Busey

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Lost Highway is a 1997 French-American psychological thriller film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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