The Best Horror Movies of 1997  

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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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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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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Scream 2 is a 1997 American slasher film created and written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie ...more
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Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill
Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was written by Philip Eisner and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Laurence Fishburne and Sam ...more
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Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino, Norman Reedus
Mimic is an American 1997 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, based on a short story of the same name by Donald A. Wollheim. Del Toro was unhappy with the ...more
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Tony Todd, Verne Troyer, Robert Englund
Wishmaster is a 1997 American horror film directed by Robert Kurtzman. It was executive produced by Wes Craven, the only film of the Wishmaster series with his name attached. The plot of ...more
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Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves
The Devil's Advocate is a 1997 American mystery thriller film based on Andrew Neiderman's novel of the same name. It is directed by Taylor Hackford and stars Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, and ...more
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Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Patricia Arquette
Lost Highway is a 1997 French-American psychological thriller film written and directed by David Lynch. The film features the last film appearances of Richard Pryor, Jack Nance, and Robert ...more
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Julie Bowen, Julie Delpy, Tom Everett Scott
An American Werewolf in Paris is a 1997 comedy-horror film directed by Anthony Waller and starring Tom Everett Scott and Julie Delpy. The film was in development for 6 years and follows the ...more
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Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett
Cube is a 1997 Canadian science fiction psychological horror film, directed and co-written by Vincenzo Natali. The film was a successful product of the Canadian Film Centre's First Feature
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Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt, Penelope Ann Miller
The Relic is a 1997 science fiction/horror film directed by Peter Hyams and based on the best-selling novel Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The film stars Penelope Ann Miller, Tom ...more
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Christopher Lloyd, John Landis, Clive Barker
Quicksilver Highway is a 1997 horror film directed by Mick Garris. It is based on Clive Barker's short story "The Body Politic" and Stephen King's short story "Chattery ...more
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Miguel Ferrer, Dan Monahan, Michael H. Moss
The Night Flier is a 1997 horror film based on the short story of the same name which was written by Stephen King. It was directed by Mark Pavia and starred Miguel Ferrer and Julie Entwisle.
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Asylum Robert Patrick, Deborah Worthing
Asylum is a 1997 horror thriller film directed by James Seale and starring Robert Patrick, Malcolm McDowell, Sarah Douglas, Debra Wilson, Henry Gibson, and Jason Schombing. It premiered on HBO ...more
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Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche
I Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1997 American slasher film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. The film changes many aspects of the book, which was not a slasher novel. ...more
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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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Kirsten Dunst, Steve Guttenberg, Melora Hardin
Tower of Terror is a 1997 made-for-TV supernatural thriller directed by D. J. MacHale. It is based on the theme park attraction, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, at Disney's Hollywood Studios ...more
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Amy Smart, Christine Taylor, James Marsden
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Junko Iwao, Hideyuki Hori, Shin-ichiro Miki
Perfect Blue is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller-horror film directed by Satoshi Kon and written by Sadayuki Murai, based on the novel of the same name by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. The ...more
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Tim Barlow, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Paolo Rotondo
The Ugly is a 1997 New Zealand horror film, the first feature directed and written by Scott Reynolds. The film starred Paolo Rotondo, Rebecca Hobbs, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, and Roy Ward. The film ...more
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Kōji Yakusho, Ren Osugi, Masato Hagiwara
Cure is a 1997 Japanese thriller film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, starring Koji Yakusho, Masato Hagiwara, Tsuyoshi Ujiki and Anna Nakagawa.
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Javier Bardem, James Gandolfini, Rosie Perez
Perdita Durango, released as Dance with the Devil in the United States, is a 1997 Spanish crime-drama film directed by Álex de la Iglesia, based on Barry Gifford's novel 59° and ...more
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American Vampire Carmen Electra, Adam West, Sydney Lassick
American Vampire is a comedic horror film starring Carmen Electra, Adam West, Sidney Lassick and Trevor Lissauer. Produced in 1997, it was written by Rollin Jarrett and directed by Luis
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Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill, Monica Keena
Snow White: A Tale of Terror is a 1997 American fantasy and horror television film based on the "Snow White" fairy tale. Also known as Snow White in the Black Forest, it was directed ...more
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Jacqueline Lovell, Rhonda Griffin, Mel Johnson
Hideous! is a 1997 film released by Full Moon Features.
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Margot Kidder, Shelley Duvall, Gregory Smith
My Teacher Ate My Homework is a 1997 movie, the second film based on a Shadow Zone book.