Top Movies of 1997


The top movies of 1997 list is calculated by community movie ratings and members' "Top Movies List". Lists are updated daily.

1. Good Will Hunting

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Gus Van Sant
Actors: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Casey Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Williams
Plot: A young custodian at MIT is blessed with a gift for mathematics when his therapist tries to harness his gift to help his career for the rest of his life.

2. L.A. Confidential

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Mystery/Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Curtis Hanson
Actors: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, David Strathairn, Danny DeVito
Plot: A rookie "do good" cop investigates murders and corruption in LA, while other cops do the same, trying to figure out the shooter and the corruption.

3. Princess Mononoke ( Mononoke-hime )

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Action
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors: Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gillian Anderson
Plot: A prince leaves his country to find a cure for a disease that was passed onto him by a possessed boar god. He goes east to find a cure and put a stop to what is angering the gods of the forest.

4. Titanic

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Romance/Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: James Cameron
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart
Plot: The maiden voyage of the Titanic sets the stage for a love affair between a young socialite and a poor artist.

5. Boogie Nights

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Actors: Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, Julianne Moore, Heather Graham, Burt Reynolds, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Plot: A young man has a gift, his gift gets him praises. He uses his gift to get into the porn industry in the 70's. This is the story of him and his gift.

6. The Fifth Element

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Luc Besson
Actors: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry
Plot: Every 5000 years, the fifth element must stop Evil from destroying the earth. In the future it's up to a cab driver, a monk, a popular personaily and a strange woman to save the human race.

7. The Game

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
MPAA Rating: R
Director: David Fincher
Actors: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn, Carroll Baker, James Rebhorn, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Plot: A man who has everything is given an odd gift by his spoiled brother - a game that is supposed to involve his life. But, when real bullets start flying he suspects it is more than just a game

8. Gattaca

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Sci-Fi/Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Andrew Niccol
Actors: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Xander Berkeley, Elias Koteas, Alan Arkin
Plot: In the not so distant future genetics is everything. The world is separated into the genetic elites and the degenerates. A degenerate leaves his old life behind to achieve what he has dreamed of no matter what the cost.

9. Donnie Brasco

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Mike Newell
Actors: Al Pacino, Michael Madsen, Johnny Depp, James Russo, Anne Heche, Robert Miano
Plot: An under cover agent infiltrates into the life of the mafia men when he realizes that the mob is not so bad after all and begins to think he belongs in the life of the bad and not the good.

10. As Good as it Gets

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: James L. Brooks
Actors: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding Jr., Greg Kinnear, Jill the Dog, Skeet Ulrich
Plot: A germaphobe, a waitress and a gay man all share a relationship that turns from hate to friendship through comedic relief.

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