Temporal Top Ten – 1997

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