Temporal Top Ten – 1997

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Number of movies seen from this year – 131
Number of movies reviewed – 95 (including 12 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. Afterglow
  6. Air Force One
  7. Albino Alligator
  8. Alien: Resurrection
  9. Amistad
  10. Anaconda
  11. Anastasia
  12. The Apostle
  13. As Good as It Gets
  14. The Assignment
  15. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
  16. Batman & Robin
  17. Bean
  18. Bent
  19. Beverly Hills Ninja
  20. The Big One
  21. Boogie Nights
  22. Breakdown
  23. Buffalo Soldiers
  24. The Castle
  25. Chasing Amy
  26. City of Industry
  27. Con Air
  28. Conspiracy Theory
  29. Contact
  30. Cop Land  Encore Review
  31. Dante’s Peak
  32. Deconstructing Harry
  33. The Devil’s Advocate
  34. The Devil’s Own
  35. Donnie Brasco
  36. The Edge
  37. Event Horizon
  38. Eve’s Bayou
  39. Face/Off   Encore Review
  40. Fathers’ Day
  41. Fever Pitch
  42. Fierce Creatures
  43. The Fifth Element
  44. Fire Down Below
  45. Flubber
  46. Fools Rush In
  47. For Richer or Poorer
  48. The Full Monty
  49. G.I. Jane
  50. The Game
  51. Gattaca
  52. George of the Jungle
  53. George Wallace
  54. Gone Fishin’
  55. Good Will Hunting
  56. Grosse Pointe Blank
  57. Hercules
  58. Highball
  59. Hoodlum
  60. The Ice Storm
  61. In & Out
  62. In The Line of Fire: Blaze of Glory
  63. The Island on Bird Street
  64. The Jackal
  65. Jack Frost
  66. Jackie Brown
  67. Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way
  68. Jungle 2 Jungle
  69. Kiss the Girls
  70. L.A. Confidential    Encore Review
  71. Leave It to Beaver
  72. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  73. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
  74. Liar Liar
  75. Life is Beautiful
  76. A Life Less Ordinary
  77. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  78. Mad City
  79. The Man Who Knew Too Little
  80. Men in Black
  81. Metro
  82. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  83. Mimic
  84. MouseHunt
  85. Mr. Magoo
  86. Mrs. Brown
  87. Murder at 1600
  88. My Best Friend’s Wedding
  89. Night Falls on Manhattan
  90. Nothing to Lose
  91. One Eight Seven
  92. One Night Stand
  93. Orgazmo
  94. The Peacemaker
  95. Perfect Blue
  96. Picture Perfect
  97. The Postman
  98. Princess Mononoke
  99. Private Parts
  100. Quicksilver Highway
  101. The Rainmaker  Encore Review
  102. Rommel: The Last Knight
  103. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
  104. Rosewood
  105. The Saint
  106. Scream 2
  107. She’s So Lovely
  108. Shining, The
  109. The Spanish Prisoner
  110. Spawn
  111. Speed 2: Cruise Control
  112. Spice World
  113. Starship Troopers
  114. Steel
  115. The Sweet Hereafter
  116. Switchback
  117. Thurgood Marshall: Justice For All
  118. Til There Was You
  119. Titanic      Encore Review  Encore Review 2   Encore Review 3  4   5   6  7 8
  120. Tomorrow Never Dies
  121. Trial and Error
  122. Trucks
  123. Turbulence
  124. U Turn
  125. Ulee’s Gold
  126. Vegas Vacation
  127. Visas and Virtue
  128. Volcano
  129. Wag the Dog
  130. Welcome to Sarajevo
  131. 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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