Temporal Top Ten – 1997

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