1997

Film Decades: 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • 187 – starring Samuel L. Jackson – aka One Eighty Seven
  • Absolute Power – directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, with Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Judy Davis, Dennis Haysbert, Scott Glenn, E.G. Marshall
  • Addicted to Love, starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick
  • Airbag – (Spain)
  • Air Bud
  • Air Force One, starring Harrison Ford, Glenn Close, Gary Oldman
  • The Alarmist, starring David Arquette and Stanley Tucci
  • Albino Alligator, directed by Kevin Spacey, starring Matt Dillon, Gary Sinise, Viggo Mortensen
  • Alien Resurrection – directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, written by Joss Whedon, starring Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Dan Hedaya, J. E. Freeman, Brad Dourif, Michael Wincott
  • All Over Me
  • An American Werewolf in Paris, starring Tom Everett Scott
  • American Vampfire, starring Carmen Electra
  • Amistad – directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou
  • Anaconda, starring Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz, Jon Voight
  • Anastasia* – directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
  • Another Day in Paradise, starring Melanie Griffith, Natasha Gregson Wagner, James Woods
  • The Apostle, directed by and starring Robert Duvall, with Miranda Richardson, Farrah Fawcett
  • As Good as It Gets, directed by James L. Brooks, starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear – Golden Globe Award for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy)
  • The Assignment – directed by Christian Duguay, starring Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland and Ben Kingsley
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, directed by Jay Roach and starring Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Mimi Rogers, Michael York
  • Bang
  • Batman & Robin* – directed by Joel Schumacher, starring George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone
  • Bean, directed by Mel Smith, starring Rowan Atkinson – (UK)
  • Bent, starring Clive Owen – (UK)
  • Best Men, starring Dean Cain, Sean Patrick Flanery, Drew Barrymore, Fred Ward, Andy Dick
  • Beverly Hills Ninja, starring Chris Farley
  • Blackrock, starring Heath Ledger – (Australia)
  • Boogie Nights – directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle
  • Booty Call, starring Jamie Foxx
  • Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball
  • The Borrowers* – starring John Goodman
  • Le Bossu (The Hunchback), starring Daniel Auteuil – (France)
  • The Boxer – directed by Jim Sheridan, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley, & Kenneth Cranham
  • The Brave – directed by and starring Johnny Depp, with Marlon Brando, Marshall Bell, Frederic Forrest, & Elpidia Carrillo
  • Breakdown, starring Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan, J.T. Walsh
  • Brother (Brat) – (Russia)
  • Buddy* – starring Rene Russo
  • The Butcher Boy – directed by Neil Jordan – (Ireland)
  • Buud Yam – (Burkina Faso)
  • Campfire Tales
  • Career Girls, directed by Mike Leigh – (UK)
  • The Castle – (Australia)
  • Cats Don’t Dance, directed by Mark Dindal
  • Character (Karakter) – (Netherlands/Belgium) – Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Chasing Amy – directed by Kevin Smith, starring Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, & Jason Mewes
  • Children of Heaven (بچه‌های آسمان), directed by Majid Majidi – (Iran) – first Iranian film to be nominated for an Oscar
  • City of Industry – directed by John Irvin, starring Harvey Keitel, Stephen Dorff and Timothy
  • Clockwatchers, starring Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow
  • Commandments, starring Courteney Cox
  • Con Air – directed by Simon West, starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi
  • Conspiracy Theory – directed by Richard Donner, starring Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts
  • Contact – directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, James Woods, John Hurt
  • Cop Land – directed by James Mangold, starring Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro
  • Crayola Kids Adventures: Tales of Gulliver’s Travels
  • Cube – (Canada)
  • Dakan (Destiny) (Guinea)
  • Dangerous Ground, starring Ice Cube
  • Dante’s Peak, starring Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton
  • Deconstructing Harry – directed by and starring Woody Allen
  • Def Jam’s How to Be a Player
  • Defying Gravity
  • The Devil’s Advocate – starring Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino
  • The Devil’s Own, directed by Alan J. Pakula, starring Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt
  • Different Strokes, starring Dana Plato and Bentley Mitchum
  • Dogtown, starring Mary Stuart Masterson, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Jon Favreau
  • Donnie Brasco – directed by Mike Newell, starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp
  • Double Team, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Mickey Rourke
  • Dream with the Fishes – directed by Finn Taylor
  • The Edge – directed by Lee Tamahori, written by David Mamet, starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin
  • Ed Mort – (Brazil)
  • The Eel, directed by Shohei Imamura – (Japan) – Palme d’Or award
  • The End of Evangelion – (Japan)
  • Evangelion: Death and Rebirth – (Japan)
  • Event Horizon, starring Laurence Fishburne
  • Eve’s Bayou, starring Lynn Whitfield and Samuel L. Jackson
  • Excess Baggage, starring Alicia Silverstone and Benicio del Toro
  • Face, starring Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone – (UK)
  • Face/Off – directed by John Woo, starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage
  • Fathers’ Day* – directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, & Nastassja Kinski
  • FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue – straight to video
  • Fever Pitch, starring Colin Firth – (UK)
  • Fierce Creatures – starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin – (UK/US)
  • The Fifth Element** – directed by Luc Besson, starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker – (France)
  • Fire Down Below, starring Steven Seagal
  • …First Do No Harm – directed by Jim Abrams, starring Meryl Streep, Fred Ward – TV movie
  • First Time Felon, starring Omar Epps and Delroy Lindo
  • Floating, starring Norman Reedus
  • Flubber* – directed by Les Mayfield, starring Robin Williams, Christopher McDonald, Clancy Brown, voices by Jodi Benson
  • Fools Rush In, starring Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry
  • For Richer or Poorer, starring Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley
  • Free Willy 3: The Rescue, directed by Sam Pillsbury
  • The Full Monty, directed by Peter Cattaneo and starring Robert Carlyle – (UK)
  • Funny Games, directed by Michael Haneke – (Austria)
  • G.I. Jane – directed by Ridley Scott, starring Demi Moore and Anne Bancroft
  • The Game, directed by David Fincher, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn
  • Gang Related, starring James Belushi, Dennis Quaid, Tupac Shakur
  • Gattaca, starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law
  • George of the Jungle* – directed by Sam Weisman, starring Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church, Richard Roundtree, & John Cleese (voice)
  • Ghosts, a music short featuring Michael Jackson
  • Glam, starring William McNamara, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Tony Danza, Jon Cryer
  • Gone Fishin’* – starring Joe Pesci and Danny Glover
  • Good Burger* – starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell
  • Good Will Hunting – directed by Gus Van Sant, starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Minnie Driver, Ben Affleck, & Stellan Skarsgård
  • Goodbye America – (Philippines/US)
  • Gridlock’d, starring Tim Roth and Tupac Shakur
  • Grosse Pointe Blank – starring John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, & Joan Cusack
  • Hacks, starring Stephen Rea, Illeana Douglas, John Ritter
  • Hamam – (Italy/Spain/Turkey)
  • Hana-bi (Fireworks), directed by and starring Takeshi Kitano – (Japan) – Golden Lion award
  • Heaven’s Burning, starring Russell Crowe and Youki Kudoh – (Australia)
  • Henry Fool, directed by Hal Hartley – winner of Best Screenplay Cannes Film Festival
  • Hercules*
  • Highball – directed by Noah Baumbach (as Ernie Fusco), starring Justine Bateman, Baumbach, Peter Bogdanovich, Rae Dawn Chong, Chris Eigeman, Annabella Sciorra, Ally Sheedy, & Eric Stoltz
  • Hold You Tight, directed by Stanley Kwan – (Hong Kong)
  • Home Alone 3 – directed by Raja Gosnell, written by John Hughes, starring Alex D. Linz and Scarlett Johansson
  • Hoodlum, starring Laurence Fishburne
  • The Hound
  • The House of Yes – directed by Mark Waters, starring Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Geneviève Bujold, Freddie Prinze Jr., & Tori Spelling
  • Hugo Pool – directed by Robert Downey Sr., starring Alyssa Milano, Patrick Dempsey, Robert Downey Jr., Richard Lewis, Malcolm McDowell, Cathy Moriarty, & Sean Penn
  • Hurricane Streets
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe
  • The Ice Storm – directed by Ang Lee, starring Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire
  • In & Out – directed by Frank Oz, starring Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon, Bob Newhart
  • In the Company of Men – directed by Neil LaBute, starring Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy, and Stacy Edwards
  • Incognito, starring Jason Patric
  • Into Thin Air – TV movie
  • Inventing the Abbotts, starring Liv Tyler, Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup, Jennifer Connelly
  • The Jackal, starring Bruce Willis and Richard Gere
  • Jackie Brown – directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forester, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro
  • Jack Frost
  • Joey – (Australia)
  • Josh and the Big Wall!
  • Joyride, starring Tobey Maguire and Benicio Del Toro
  • Jungle 2 Jungle* – starring Tim Allen
  • Just Write, starring Jeremy Piven
  • Kini and Adams – (Burkina Faso)
  • Kiss or Kill – (Australia)
  • Kiss the Girls, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd
  • Kiss & Tell, starring Heather Graham and Rose McGowan
  • Kitchen Party – (Canada)
  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – (Germany)
  • Kull the Conqueror
  • Kundun – directed by Martin Scorsese
  • L.A. Confidential, directed by Curtis Hanson, starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell
  • Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!
  • The Last Time I Committed Suicide, starring Thomas Jane and Keanu Reeves
  • Lawn Dogs, starring Sam Rockwell
  • Leave It to Beaver, starring Christopher McDonald and Janine Turner
  • Lewis and Clark and George
  • Liar Liar* – starring Jim Carrey
  • Life is Beautiful – directed by and starring Roberto Benigni – (Italy) – Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
  • A Life Less Ordinary – directed by Danny Boyle, starring Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo, Ian Holm and Dan Hedaya – (UK/US)
  • Little Boy Blue, starring Ryan Phillippe and Nastassja Kinski
  • Little City, starring Jon Bon Jovi
  • Live Flesh – directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Javier Bardem – (Spain)
  • Lolita, starring Jeremy Irons
  • Lost Highway – directed by David Lynch, starring Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park* – directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Arliss Howard, Vince Vaughn, Vanessa Lee Chester, & Peter Stormare
  • Love and Death on Long Island – starring John Hurt – (Canada/UK)
  • Love Jones
  • Lovelife, starring Sherilyn Fenn and Carla Gugino
  • Ma vie en rose (My Life in Pink) – (Belgium) – Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Mad City, starring Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta
  • The Man Who Knew Too Little – directed by Jon Amiel, starring Bill Murray, Peter Gallagher, Joanne Whalley, Alfred Molina, & Richard Wilson
  • Masterminds, starring Patrick Stewart
  • The MatchMaker, starring Janeane Garofalo – (Ireland)
  • Meet Wally Sparks – directed by Peter Baldwin, starring Rodney Dangerfield, Debi Mazar, Michael Weatherly, Cindy Williams, Alan Rachins, Burt Reynolds, & David Ogden Stiers
  • Men in Black* – directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rip Torn, Linda Fiorentino
  • Metro, starring Eddie Murphy
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Kevin Spacey and John Cusack
  • Mimic – directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring Mira Sorvino
  • Money Talks, starring Chris Tucker
  • Mortal Kombat: Annihilation*
  • Most Wanted
  • Mouse Hunt – directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Christopher Walken
  • Mr. Magoo* – directed by Stanley Tong, starring Leslie Nielsen, Kelly Lynch, Matt Keeslar, Nick Chinlund, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ernie Hudson, Jennifer Garner, & Malcolm McDowell
  • Mrs Brown, starring Judi Dench and Billy Connolly – (UK)
  • Mrs. Dalloway, starring Vanessa Redgrave – (UK)
  • Murder at 1600, starring Wesley Snipes
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding, starring Julia Roberts
  • My Heart Is Mine Alone – (Germany)
  • Myself in the Distant Future – (North Korea)
  • Nevada, starring Amy Brenneman
  • The Night Flier, starring Miguel Ferrer
  • Night of the Demons 3
  • Nightwatch, starting Ewan McGregor, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte
  • Nil by Mouth, directed by Gary Oldman, starring Ray Winstone – (UK)
  • Nothing to Lose, starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins
  • Nowhere – directed by Gregg Araki
  • Office Killer, starring Molly Ringwald
  • The Old Lady and the Pigeons – (France)
  • One Night Stand directed by Mike Figgis, starring Wesley Snipes, Nastassja Kinski, Kyle MacLachlan, Ming-Na and Robert Downey Jr.
  • Orgazmo – directed by and starring Trey Parker, with Matt Stone, Dian Bachar
  • Ossos (Portugal)
  • Out to Sea* – starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon
  • Paws, starring Billy Connolly, Heath Ledger – (Australia)
  • The Peacekeeper, starring Dolph Lundgren, Montel Williams, Roy Scheider – (Canada)
  • The Peacemaker, starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman
  • Perdita Durango, starring Javier Bardem and Rosie Perez – (Spain)
  • The Perfect Circle (Savršeni krug), directed by Ademir Kenović – (Bosnia and Herzogovina)
  • Picture Perfect, starring Jennifer Aniston
  • Pippi Longstocking – (Sweden)
  • Playing God, starring David Duchovny
  • Plump Fiction
  • The Postman, directed by and starring Kevin Costner
  • Prefontaine, starring Jared Leto
  • Pressure Point (1997)
  • Pride Divide
  • Princess Mononoke** – directed by Hayao Miyazaki – Japan
  • Private Parts, starring Howard Stern
  • Quiet Days in Hollywood, starring Hilary Swank, Chad Lowe, Natasha Gregson Wagner – (Germany)
  • The Rainmaker – directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight
  • The Rage, starring Gary Busey, Lorenzo Lamas, Roy Scheider
  • Red Corner, starring Richard Gere
  • Regeneration, starring Jonathan Pryce – (UK)
  • The Relic, starring Penelope Ann Miller
  • Retroactive
  • A River Made to Drown In
  • RocketMan
  • Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, starring Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino
  • Rosewood – directed by John Singleton, starring Ving Rhames, Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean, Esther Rolle, & Michael Rooker
  • The Saint, starring Val Kilmer
  • Scream 2 – directed by Wes Craven, starring Neve Campbell
  • Selena, starring Jennifer Lopez
  • Seven Years in Tibet, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, starring Brad Pitt – (US/UK)
  • Shadow Conspiracy – directed by George P. Cosmatos, starring Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Linda Hamilton, Stephen Lang, Ben Gazzara, & Sam Waterston
  • She’s So Lovely, starring Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, John Travolta
  • Shooting Fish – (UK)
  • The Sixth Man, starring Marlon Wayans
  • Soul Food, starring Vanessa L. Williams and Vivica A. Fox
  • The Soong Sisters, starring Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh and Vivian Wu – (Hong Kong)
  • Space Marines
  • Spaceman
  • The Spanish Prisoner – directed by David Mamet, starring Campbell Scott and Steve Martin
  • Spawn, starring Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Frank Welker and Martin Sheen
  • Speed 2: Cruise Control, starring Sandra Bullock
  • Spice World, featuring The Spice Girls and Richard E. Grant – (UK/US)
  • Stag – starting Ben Gazzara, Andrew McCarthy, Taylor Dayne, Mario Van Peebles, Lawrence Leritz, William McNamara, John Henson, Kevin Dillon, and Jerry Stiller
  • Star Wars Trilogy (Special Edition)*
  • Starship Troopers, directed by Paul Verhoeven
  • Steel, starring Shaquille O’Neal
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Suicide Kings – starring Christopher Walken
  • Sunday
  • Super Speedway
  • The Sweet Hereafter – starring Ian Holm – (Canada)
  • Switchback, starring Danny Glover and Dennis Quaid
  • Taste of Cherry, directed by Abbas Kiarostami – (Iran) – Palme d’Or award
  • That Old Feeling – directed by Carl Reiner, starring Bette Midler and Dennis Farina
  • The Thief (vor) – (Russia)
  • This World, Then the Fireworks, starring Billy Zane and Gina Gershon
  • Time Under Fire
  • Titanic – directed by James Cameron, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Billy Zane – Academy and Golden Globe (drama) Awards for Best Picture
  • Tomorrow Never Dies * – starring Pierce Brosnan (as James Bond), Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher, Judi Dench – (UK)
  • Trojan War
  • Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie*
  • Turbulence, starring Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly
  • Two Girls and a Guy – directed by James Toback, starring Robert Downey Jr., Heather Graham, Natasha Gregson Wagner
  • U Turn – directed by Oliver Stone, starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte
  • Under the Lighthouse Dancing – (Australia)
  • Ulee’s Gold, starring Peter Fonda
  • Vegas Vacation, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo
  • Volcano, starring Tommy Lee Jones
  • Wag the Dog – directed by Barry Levinson, written Hilary Henkin and David Mamet, starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman
  • Waiting for Guffman, directed by and starring Christopher Guest, with Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Fred Willard, and Parker Posey
  • Warriors of Virtue* – (US/China)
  • Welcome to Sarajevo, starring Woody Harrelson
  • The Wiggles Movie – (Australia)
  • Wild America*
  • Wilde – directed by Brian Gilbert, starring Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle, Gemma Jones, Judy Parfitt, Michael Sheen, Zoë Wanamaker, & Tom Wilkinson – UK
  • The Wings of the Dove, starring Helena Bonham Carter – (UK/US)
  • Wishmaster
  • The Wrong Guy, starring Dave Foley – (Canada)
  • Year of the Dogs – (Australia)
  • Year of the Horse – directed by Jim Jarmusch– documentary about Neil Young
  • Zeus and Roxanne, starring Steve Guttenberg and Kathleen Quinlan