Temporal Top Ten – 1997

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Number of movies seen from this year – 121
Number of movies reviewed – 61 (including 4 Encore Reviews)


1997 was another excellent year for movies.

I had a lot of trouble choosing between my #1 and #2 picks because I really like both movies so much. They are quite different thematically but each brings their A Game for their particular genre. Essentially they are interchangeable and I can make a case for either of them claiming the top spot, but in order to take on an endeavor like this, I need to sometimes make hard decisions and the love story in #1 is what clinched it.

My #3 has an all star cast all playing their parts excellently giving us a great mystery within a mystery.

#4 is a top notch action thriller that features an actor portraying the most popular cinematic character with his current job position.

#5 is an amazing story that takes place in Europe during WWII.

#6 is a romcom that was pretty good with some great dialogue and characters with idiosyncrasies that seem both extreme and necessary at the same time.

#7 is a moving apocalyptic film with a strong message of hope.

#8 is an excellent legal drama written by an award winning author who has had many of his books adapted to the screen. This is one of his best adaptations.

To finish up the list slots 9 and 10 (George Wallace) are diverse historical dramas that have a lot more in common than one would initially presume.

Update 11 Jul 2017 – After rewatching George Wallace, I don’t believe that it is truly worthy of being among the top ten, so it has been subsequently dropped from the list completely has now been added to the list moving all subsequent entries down accordingly.  Upon re-evaluation, I have added 12 Angry Men to the #3 slot, moving everything else down one slot.

Update 31 Jan 2018 – Starship Troopers now is added to the list at #7 subsequently moving everything else down one slot

My Top Ten


Honorable Mention – Amistadrainmaker

10. The Rainmakerpostman

9. The Postmanas good as it gets

8. As Good as It Gets
7. Starship Troopers

life6. Life is Beautiful

air force one5. Air Force Onecopland4. Cop Land3. 12 Angry Men
la confidential

2. L.A. Confidentialtitanic

1. Titanic

Here’s a complete list of movies that I’ve seen from 1997

  1. 12 Angry Men
  2. Absolute Power
  3. Addicted to Love
  4. Affliction
  5. Air Force One
  6. Albino Alligator
  7. Alien: Resurrection
  8. Amistad
  9. Anastasia
  10. The Apostle
  11. As Good as It Gets
  12. The Assignment
  13. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
  14. Batman & Robin
  15. Bean
  16. Bent
  17. Beverly Hills Ninja
  18. Boogie Nights
  19. Breakdown
  20. Buffalo Soldiers
  21. The Castle
  22. Chasing Amy
  23. City of Industry
  24. Con Air
  25. Conspiracy Theory
  26. Contact
  27. Cop Land
  28. Dante’s Peak
  29. Deconstructing Harry
  30. The Devil’s Advocate
  31. The Devil’s Own
  32. Donnie Brasco
  33. The Edge
  34. Event Horizon
  35. Eve’s Bayou
  36. Face/Off
  37. Fathers’ Day
  38. Fierce Creatures
  39. The Fifth Element
  40. Fire Down Below
  41. Flubber
  42. Fools Rush In
  43. For Richer or Poorer
  44. The Full Monty
  45. G.I. Jane
  46. The Game
  47. Gattaca
  48. George of the Jungle
  49. George Wallace
  50. Gone Fishin’
  51. Good Will Hunting
  52. Grosse Pointe Blank
  53. Hercules
  54. Highball
  55. Hoodlum
  56. The Ice Storm
  57. In & Out
  58. In The Line of Fire: Blaze of Glory
  59. The Jackal
  60. Jackie Brown
  61. Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way
  62. Jungle 2 Jungle
  63. Kiss the Girls
  64. L.A. Confidential
  65. Leave It to Beaver
  66. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  67. Liar Liar
  68. Life is Beautiful
  69. A Life Less Ordinary
  70. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  71. Mad City
  72. The Man Who Knew Too Little
  73. Men in Black
  74. Metro
  75. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  76. Mimic
  77. MouseHunt
  78. Mr. Magoo
  79. Mrs. Brown
  80. Murder at 1600
  81. My Best Friend’s Wedding
  82. Night Falls on Manhattan
  83. Nothing to Lose
  84. 187
  85. One Night Stand
  86. Orgazmo
  87. The Peacemaker
  88. Perfect Blue
  89. Picture Perfect
  90. The Postman
  91. Princess Mononoke
  92. Private Parts
  93. Quicksilver Highway
  94. The Rainmaker
  95. Rommel: The Last Knight
  96. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
  97. Rosewood
  98. The Saint
  99. Scream 2
  100. She’s So Lovely
  101. Shining, The
  102. The Spanish Prisoner
  103. Spawn
  104. Speed 2: Cruise Control
  105. Spice World
  106. Starship Troopers
  107. Steel
  108. The Sweet Hereafter
  109. Switchback
  110. Thurgood Marshall: Justice For All
  111. Til There Was You
  112. Titanic      Encore Review  Encore Review 2   Encore Review 3  Encore Review 4
  113. Tomorrow Never Dies
  114. Trucks
  115. Turbulence
  116. U Turn
  117. Vegas Vacation
  118. Visas and Virtue
  119. Volcano
  120. Wag the Dog
  121. Welcome to Sarajevo
  122. The Wings of the Dove



18 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 1997

  1. Great choices and some surprising ones. Love #2, 4, & 5, but where is Men in Black?
    I haven’t heard good things about 3 and 7 so I’ll have to see those and make up my own mind.


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    • Completely understand that. I loved it but I always have a few major reservations about certain scenes and aspects that always bother me which slightly lowered it for me


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