Temporal Top Ten – 1997

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Number of movies seen from this year – 135
Number of movies reviewed – 105 (including 14 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   Encore Review
  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. Critical Care
  32. Dante’s Peak
  33. Deconstructing Harry
  34. The Devil’s Advocate
  35. The Devil’s Own
  36. Don King: Only in America
  37. Donnie Brasco
  38. The Edge
  39. Event Horizon
  40. Eve’s Bayou
  41. Face/Off   Encore Review
  42. Fathers’ Day
  43. Fever Pitch
  44. Fierce Creatures
  45. The Fifth Element
  46. Fire Down Below
  47. Flubber
  48. Fools Rush In
  49. For Richer or Poorer
  50. The Full Monty
  51. G.I. Jane
  52. The Game
  53. Gattaca
  54. George of the Jungle
  55. George Wallace
  56. Gone Fishin’
  57. Good Will Hunting
  58. Grosse Pointe Blank
  59. Hercules
  60. Highball
  61. Hoodlum
  62. The Ice Storm
  63. In & Out
  64. In The Line of Fire: Blaze of Glory
  65. The Island on Bird Street
  66. The Jackal
  67. Jack Frost
  68. Jackie Brown
  69. Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way
  70. Jungle 2 Jungle
  71. Kiss the Girls
  72. L.A. Confidential    Encore Review
  73. Leave It to Beaver
  74. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  75. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
  76. Liar Liar
  77. Life is Beautiful
  78. A Life Less Ordinary
  79. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  80. Mad City
  81. The Man Who Knew Too Little
  82. Men in Black
  83. Metro
  84. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  85. Mimic
  86. MouseHunt
  87. Mr. Magoo
  88. Mrs. Brown
  89. Murder at 1600
  90. My Best Friend’s Wedding
  91. Night Falls on Manhattan
  92. Nothing to Lose
  93. One Eight Seven
  94. One Night Stand
  95. Orgazmo
  96. The Peacemaker
  97. Perfect Blue
  98. Picture Perfect
  99. The Postman
  100. Princess Mononoke
  101. Private Parts
  102. Quicksilver Highway
  103. The Rainmaker  Encore Review
  104. Red Corner
  105. Rommel: The Last Knight
  106. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
  107. Rosewood
  108. The Saint
  109. Scream 2
  110. Seven Years in Tibet
  111. She’s So Lovely
  112. Shining, The
  113. The Spanish Prisoner
  114. Spawn
  115. Speed 2: Cruise Control
  116. Spice World
  117. Starship Troopers
  118. Steel
  119. The Sweet Hereafter
  120. Switchback
  121. Thurgood Marshall: Justice For All
  122. Til There Was You
  123. Titanic      Encore Review  Encore Review 2   Encore Review 3  4   5   6  7 8 9
  124. Tomorrow Never Dies
  125. Trial and Error
  126. Trucks
  127. Turbulence
  128. U Turn
  129. Ulee’s Gold
  130. Vegas Vacation
  131. Visas and Virtue
  132. Volcano
  133. Wag the Dog
  134. Welcome to Sarajevo
  135. 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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