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.

11. Men in Black

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 2.8 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Action/Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Rip Torn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub
Plot: A street-wise cop finds himself recruited into the Men in Black - a secret organization that keeps tabs on all the aliens living on Earth.

12. The Sweet Hereafter

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Atom Egoyan
Actors: Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Caerthan Banks, Tom McCamus, Gabrielle Rose, Alberta Watson
Plot: Set in a small northern village, a story which focuses on how one community plunges into tragedy when its school bus crashes into a lake, claiming the lives of more than a dozen of the town's children.

13. Waiting for Guffman

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Christopher Guest
Actors: Deborah Theaker, Michael Hitchcock, Scott Williamson, Larry Miller, Christopher Guest, Fred Willard
Plot: The small town of Blain, Missouri is about to celebrate it's 150th birthday. Local drama teacher, Corky St. Clair, writes an original musical for the town's celebration. When a Broadway critic accepts Corky's invitation to attending the performance, Corky and cast go overboard and decide that their show is already a shoe-in for Broadway.

14. Jackie Brown

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Michael Keaton, Chris Tucker
Plot: An arms dealer, a flight attendant, a bale bondsman, and a couple of cops are all after drugs, guns, love, betrayal, and honesty.

15. 4 Little Girls

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary/Historical
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Spike Lee
Actors: Maxine McNair, Chris McNair, Helen Pegues, Queen Nunn, Arthur Hanes Jr., Carole C. Smitherman
Plot: This is about the fatal bombing of a Birmingham church on a Sunday morning in September, 1963 that killed four innocent little girls, ages 11 to 14.

16. Amistad

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Pete Postlethwaite
Plot: 1839 - the slave ship Amistad is on its way from Cuba to the U.S. when there is an uprising led by a former African tribal leader. Landing in America, instead of freedom, they are once again captured and bound - but an abolitionist lawyer takes their case - arguing they are not slaves, but free citizens from another country. The outcome will not be decided until it reaches the Supreme Court, where John Quincy Adams presides.

17. Happy Together ( Chun gwong cha sit )

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: Mandarin
Genre: Drama/Romance
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Actors: Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Chen Chang, Gregory Dayton
Plot: Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina via Hong Kong on holiday but their relationship his a rocky stretch and the two men part. While Yiu-Fai finds success and maybe even a new relationship, Po-Wing's life spirals ever downward.

18. Hard Eight

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Actors: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, F. William Parker, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Plot: A tale of love, revenge and redemption, set against the seedy casinos of Reno, Nevada.

19. The Ice Storm

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Ang Lee
Actors: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Henry Czerny, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood
Plot: Change is coming to a 1973 suburban Connecticut neighborhood. Drugs, alcohol and casual sex begin to affect the lives of several middle-class familites.

20. Grosse Point Blank

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: George Armitage
Actors: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack, Hank Azaria
Plot: Martin Blank is a hit man with some unresolved emotional problems. Blank gets invited to his high school reunion, which he has no intention of attending until he gets hired for a job back in Grosse Point. When he gets back he has to deal with the girl he left on prom night, as well as, his hit.

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