Temporal Top Ten – 1997

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Number of movies seen from this year – 130
Number of movies reviewed – 88 (including 9 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
  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 Jackal
  64. Jack Frost
  65. Jackie Brown
  66. Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way
  67. Jungle 2 Jungle
  68. Kiss the Girls
  69. L.A. Confidential
  70. Leave It to Beaver
  71. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  72. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
  73. Liar Liar
  74. Life is Beautiful
  75. A Life Less Ordinary
  76. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  77. Mad City
  78. The Man Who Knew Too Little
  79. Men in Black
  80. Metro
  81. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  82. Mimic
  83. MouseHunt
  84. Mr. Magoo
  85. Mrs. Brown
  86. Murder at 1600
  87. My Best Friend’s Wedding
  88. Night Falls on Manhattan
  89. Nothing to Lose
  90. One Eight Seven
  91. One Night Stand
  92. Orgazmo
  93. The Peacemaker
  94. Perfect Blue
  95. Picture Perfect
  96. The Postman
  97. Princess Mononoke
  98. Private Parts
  99. Quicksilver Highway
  100. The Rainmaker  Encore Review
  101. Rommel: The Last Knight
  102. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
  103. Rosewood
  104. The Saint
  105. Scream 2
  106. She’s So Lovely
  107. Shining, The
  108. The Spanish Prisoner
  109. Spawn
  110. Speed 2: Cruise Control
  111. Spice World
  112. Starship Troopers
  113. Steel
  114. The Sweet Hereafter
  115. Switchback
  116. Thurgood Marshall: Justice For All
  117. Til There Was You
  118. Titanic      Encore Review  Encore Review 2   Encore Review 3  4   5   6  7
  119. Tomorrow Never Dies
  120. Trial and Error
  121. Trucks
  122. Turbulence
  123. U Turn
  124. Ulee’s Gold
  125. Vegas Vacation
  126. Visas and Virtue
  127. Volcano
  128. Wag the Dog
  129. Welcome to Sarajevo
  130. 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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