TheManInBlack's Top Films of 1997

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1. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama

8.3
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70 Metascore

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 685,608 | Gross: $138.43M

2. Lolita (1997)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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46 Metascore

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella

Votes: 42,099 | Gross: $1.40M

3. The Devil's Advocate (1997)

R | 144 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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60 Metascore

An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job to work in New York City for a high-end law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 281,847 | Gross: $60.98M

4. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.6
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59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 483,793 | Gross: $57.60M

5. Boogie Nights (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama

7.9
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85 Metascore

The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 203,880 | Gross: $26.40M

6. Jackie Brown (1997)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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64 Metascore

A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda

Votes: 260,405 | Gross: $39.67M

7. Donnie Brasco (1997)

R | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 241,409 | Gross: $41.91M

8. The Game (1997)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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61 Metascore

After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn

Votes: 288,695 | Gross: $48.32M

9. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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52 Metascore

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 108,844 | Gross: $3.80M

10. Event Horizon (1997)

R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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35 Metascore

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson

Votes: 132,097 | Gross: $26.67M

11. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.3
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61 Metascore

Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 177,154 | Gross: $0.50M

12. The Rainmaker (1997)

PG-13 | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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72 Metascore

An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent insurance company.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight

Votes: 50,610 | Gross: $45.86M

13. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.4
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76 Metascore

Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.

Director: George Armitage | Stars: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack

Votes: 78,124 | Gross: $28.01M

14. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.6
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90 Metascore

A bus crash in a small town brings a lawyer to the town to defend the families, but he discovers that everything is not what it seems.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Caerthan Banks, Tom McCamus

Votes: 28,487 | Gross: $3.25M

15. Cop Land (1997)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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64 Metascore

The Sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community, populated by New York City police officers, slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro

Votes: 74,549 | Gross: $44.89M

16. The Edge (1997)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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An intellectual billionaire and two lesser men struggle to band together and survive after getting stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with a blood-thirsty Kodiak Bear hunting them down.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Elle Macpherson, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 59,942 | Gross: $27.78M

17. U Turn (1997)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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54 Metascore

A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him, is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton

Votes: 44,366 | Gross: $6.63M

18. Absolute Power (1997)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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52 Metascore

A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney

Votes: 42,814 | Gross: $50.01M

19. Wag the Dog (1997)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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73 Metascore

Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Denis Leary

Votes: 71,231 | Gross: $43.02M

20. Gridlock'd (1997)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, ... See full summary »

Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall | Stars: Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, Thandie Newton, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 12,635 | Gross: $5.48M

21. The Ice Storm (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny

Votes: 48,801 | Gross: $7.84M

22. 12 Angry Men (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 117 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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Twelve men must decide the fate of one when one juror objects to the jury's decision.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott, Hume Cronyn, Ossie Davis

Votes: 11,297

23. Deconstructing Harry (1997)

R | 96 min | Comedy

7.4
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61 Metascore

Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephanie Roth Haberle

Votes: 37,960 | Gross: $10.57M

24. Affliction (1997)

R | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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79 Metascore

A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintergrate.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn, Brigid Tierney

Votes: 12,732 | Gross: $6.30M

25. Hoodlum (1997)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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50 Metascore

Black gangsters in 1930 Harlem fights Dutch Schultz who is trying to horn in on their numbers racket.

Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams, Andy Garcia

Votes: 9,023 | Gross: $23.46M

26. She's So Lovely (1997)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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Maureen is pregnant and her husband Eddie is missing. Nervous, Maureen shares a couple of drinks with neighbor Kiefer, who tries to rape her and then beats her. When Eddie returns and finds... See full summary »

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Sean Penn, Robin Wright, John Travolta, James Gandolfini

Votes: 7,371 | Gross: $7.22M