A database of movie ratings since 1997. Includes film reviews, lists, and polls by Ian Cavalier.

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Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).


    1997 Releases

    Search returned all films from 1997 out of 1603 total rated films.
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  1. Movie DetailsFast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) 10  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    A documentary about an elderly topiary gardener, a retired lion tamer and a robotics designer.
  2. Movie DetailsLost Highway (1997) 10  HorrorMind-blowingWith Sex/NudityI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    David Lynch's brilliant cinematic Möbius strip of paranoia, adultery, murder, and Freudian psychology.
  3. Movie DetailsSweet Hereafter, The (1997) 10  
    Poignant tale about the redemption of a small town after a tragic school bus accident.

  4. EXCELLENT
  5. Movie DetailsApostle, The (1997) 9  
    Robert Duvall stars as a Texas preacher who changes his name and flees to Louisiana.
  6. Movie DetailsAs Good as It Gets (1997) 9  Comedy
    Come on in, and try not to ruin everything by being you. Jack Nicholson stars.
  7. Movie DetailsContact (1997) 9  Sci-FiI own on DVD
    Jodie Foster stars in this Carl Sagan story about the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life.
  8. Movie DetailsGattaca (1997) 9  Sci-Fi
    In a sterile, genetically-enhanced world, Ethan Hawke was born naturally, with dreams of space travel.
  9. Movie DetailsIce Storm, The (1997) 9  
    An ice storm hits 1973 suburban Connecticut as middle-class families shatter social taboos through experimentation.
  10. Movie DetailsIn the Company of Men (1997) 9  
    Two businessmen decide to find, romance, and dump a vulnerable woman in this black comedy.
  11. Movie DetailsL.A. Confidential (1997) 9  ConspiracyWith Sex/Nudity
    A film of police corruption, tabloid journalism and Hollywood sleaze, set in 1950s Los Angeles.
  12. Movie DetailsLive Flesh (1997) 9  With Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    Javier Bardem seeks revenge against the people he feels were responsible for his imprisonment.
  13. Movie DetailsPrincess Mononoke (1997) 9  AnimationFantasy
    Miyazaki presents a mythological tale of civilization encroaching on the beast gods of the forest.
  14. Movie DetailsPromesse, La (1997) 9  Obscure/Rare
    A gritty, thoughtful portrayal of the illegal immigrant situation in Belgium by the Dardenne Brothers.
  15. Movie DetailsTitanic (1997) 9  With Sex/NudityAcademy Awards Winner for Best Picture
    Romantic tale of a rich girl and poor boy who meet on the 'unsinkable' ship.

  16. VERY GOOD
  17. Movie Details12 Angry Men (1997) 8  TV Shows
    Excellent made-for-TV remake of the 1957 classic, starring George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon.
  18. Movie DetailsBoogie Nights (1997) 8  With Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    About the Los Angeles pornography industry of the 1970s and 1980s. Heather Graham is Rollergirl.
  19. Movie DetailsChasing Amy (1997) 8  Comedy
    Two friends find success as creators of a hit comic book. Then they meet her.
  20. Movie DetailsDeconstructing Harry (1997) 8  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Between air conditioning and the Pope, I choose air conditioning. A Woody Allen movie.
  21. Movie DetailsGood Will Hunting (1997) 8  
    Troubled MIT janitor Matt Damon is a gifted mathematician. Can he turn his life around?
  22. Movie DetailsGummo (1997) 8  With Sex/Nudity
    A disturbing, plotless tale of freakshow characters living in tornado-ravaged poverty, by Harmony Korine.
  23. Movie DetailsKundun (1997) 8  Documentary/True
    Martin Scorsese directs the true story of Tibet's 14th Dalai Lama, from childhood to exile.
  24. Movie DetailsMen in Black (1997) 8  ComedySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones must save the world from an intergalactic terrorist.
  25. Movie DetailsWag the Dog (1997) 8  ComedyConspiracy
    Before elections, a Washington spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war.

  26. GOOD
  27. Movie DetailsAddicted to Love (1997) 7  Comedy
    Black comedy about jilted lovers starring Meg Ryan as a tough revenge-seeking motorcyclist.
  28. Movie DetailsAlien: Resurrection (1997) 7  HorrorSci-Fi
    Part four of the series, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Stars Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder.
  29. Movie DetailsAmistad (1997) 7  Documentary/True
    A somber, mushy American courtroom drama about the mutiny aboard an African slaveship in 1839.
  30. Movie DetailsAustin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) 7  ComedyMusical/Music
    Sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads! Throw me a bone here!
  31. Movie DetailsBreakdown (1997) 7  Conspiracy
    Kurt Russell searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the desert.
  32. Movie DetailsConspiracy Theory (1997) 7  Conspiracy
    Paranoid Mel Gibson collects 'The Catcher in the Rye' books and Julia Roberts likes horsies.
  33. Movie DetailsFairyTale: A True Story (1997) 7  FantasyObscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Two young girls in 1917 take a photograph, believed to confirm the existence of fairies.
  34. Movie DetailsFifth Element, The (1997) 7  Sci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    New York cab driver Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich star in this futuristic action film.
  35. Movie DetailsFull Monty, The (1997) 7  Comedy
    Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. Anti-fat-bastard cream there is not.
  36. Movie DetailsGame, The (1997) 7  Conspiracy
    Wealthy financier Michael Douglas gets involved in a live-action game without rules. A puzzle thriller.
  37. Movie DetailsGrosse Pointe Blank (1997) 7  Comedy
    Professional assassin John Cusack attends his ten-year high school reunion party. Also starring Minnie Driver.
  38. Movie DetailsHercules (1997) 7  AnimationComedyMusical/Music
    Disney movie about the son of Zeus who becomes a hero to reclaim his immortality.
  39. Movie DetailsLiar Liar (1997) 7  ComedyFantasy
    His disappointed son's birthday wish renders lawyer Jim Carrey incapable of lying for 24 hours.
  40. Movie DetailsLife Less Ordinary, A (1997) 7  ComedyFantasy
    Cleaning man Ewan McGregor takes Cameron Diaz hostage after being fired. Heaven offers romantic help.
  41. Movie DetailsMimic (1997) 7  HorrorSci-Fi
    Mutant cockroaches evolve into creatures able to mimic and destroy their predators. Stars Mira Sorvino.
  42. Movie DetailsRainmaker, The (1997) 7  
    Young lawyer Matt Damon and Danny DeVito star in another freakin' adapted John Grisham novel.
  43. Movie DetailsSeven Years in Tibet (1997) 7  Documentary/True
    Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber, becomes friends with the Dalai Lama. A true story.
  44. Movie DetailsSuicide Kings (1997) 7  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Ex-mob boss Christopher Walken is kidnapped by four young men attempting to pay a ransom.
  45. Movie DetailsU Turn (1997) 7  With Sex/Nudity
    Drifter Sean Penn becomes entangled with femme fatale Jennifer Lopez after his car breaks down.
  46. Movie DetailsWaiting for Guffman (1997) 7  ComedyMusical/Music
    Christopher Guest plays a flamboyant off-Broadway director trying to bring some showbiz to small-town Missouri.
  47. Movie DetailsWild Man Blues (1997) 7  Musical/MusicObscure/RareDocumentary/True
    A documentary about Woody Allen's life as he tours with his New Orleans jazz band.

  48. FAIR
  49. Movie DetailsAbsolute Power (1997) 6  Conspiracy
    Career thief Clint Eastwood witnesses a horrific crime involving ruthless U.S. President Gene Hackman.
  50. Movie DetailsAir Force One (1997) 6  
    When Russian neo-nationalists hijack Air Force One, President Harrison Ford chooses between family and country.
  51. Movie DetailsBreast Men (1997) 6  ComedyObscure/RareWith Sex/NudityTV Shows
    HBO movie follows two doctors who invented silicone breast implants through time. David Schwimmer stars.
  52. Movie DetailsCop Land (1997) 6  Conspiracy
    Sheriff Sylvester Stallone uncovers a massive, deadly conspiracy. Will he cross the crooked cops?
  53. Movie DetailsDevil's Advocate, The (1997) 6  With Sex/Nudity
    Hotshot lawyer Keanu Reeves learns that his new boss, Al Pacino, is the Devil himself.
  54. Movie DetailsDevil's Own, The (1997) 6  
    New York cop Harrison Ford discovers that houseguest Brad Pitt is an IRA terrorist.
  55. Movie DetailsEdge, The (1997) 6  
    Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin are stranded, dangerously unequipped, after their plane crashes in Alaska.
  56. Movie DetailsFace/Off (1997) 6  Sci-Fi
    Undercover agent John Travolta and terrorist Nicolas Cage assume each other's identities by exchanging faces.
  57. Movie DetailsG.I. Jane (1997) 6  
    Demi Moore gets a crewcut and perseveres through rigorous Navy SEALS training, flotation devices intact.
  58. Movie DetailsInventing the Abbotts (1997) 6  With Sex/Nudity
    A tale of class division and forbidden love set in the 1950s, starring Liv Tyler.
  59. Movie DetailsMad City (1997) 6  
    Museum guard John Travolta takes hostages. TV newsman Dustin Hoffman leads the sensational media frenzy.
  60. Movie DetailsMarie from the Bay of Angels (1997) 6  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Nubile teenager Vahina Giocante spends her holidays on the French Riviera, picking up American sailors.
  61. Movie DetailsMy Best Friend's Wedding (1997) 6  Comedy
    A lame wedding-based romantic comedy, with musical numbers, starring Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz.
  62. Movie DetailsNothing to Lose (1997) 6  Comedy
    Tim Robbins kidnaps would-be carjacker Martin Lawrence and schemes to repair his miserable life.
  63. Movie DetailsPeacemaker, The (1997) 6  Conspiracy
    George Clooney and Nicole Kidman investigate a nuclear explosion in Russia, unraveling a terrorist conspiracy.
  64. Movie DetailsRomy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) 6  Comedy
    Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow create fabrications of their lives at their high school reunion.
  65. Movie DetailsTomorrow Never Dies (1997) 6  
    Pierce Brosnan is James Bond. This time Michelle Yeoh and Teri Hatcher are Bond girls.

  66. ADEQUATE
  67. Movie DetailsExcess Baggage (1997) 5  Comedy
    Alicia Silverstone fakes her own car-trunk kidnapping in order to attract her wealthy father's attention.
  68. Movie DetailsKiss the Girls (1997) 5  
    The first of many mediocre Ashley Judd crime thrillers. This one also stars Morgan Freeman.
  69. Movie DetailsMetro (1997) 5  Comedy
    Hostage negotiator Eddie Murphy is targeted by an escaped bank robber he once helped imprison.
  70. Movie DetailsMurder at 1600 (1997) 5  Conspiracy
    Washington homicide cop Wesley Snipes and agent Diane Lane investigate murder inside the White House.
  71. Movie DetailsPicture Perfect (1997) 5  Comedy
    Successful career woman Jennifer Aniston has an incomplete personal life. What makes the perfect mate?
  72. Movie DetailsPlaying God (1997) 5  Obscure/Rare
    Famed surgeon David Duchovny is stripped of his medical license and becomes a criminal doctor.
  73. Movie DetailsScream 2 (1997) 5  Horror
    A copycat killer begins acting out a real-life sequel. Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox scream!
  74. Movie DetailsStarship Troopers (1997) 5  Sci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Future humans battle giant alien bugs in a fight for survival, with nude co-ed showers.

  75. FROM BAD TO WORSE
  76. Movie DetailsAmerican Werewolf in Paris, An (1997) CRAP  ComedyHorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    At the Eiffel Tower an American tourist meets Julie Delpy, who possesses a werewolf serum.
  77. Movie DetailsAnaconda (1997) CRAP  Horror
    Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube. In the Amazon. With a giant CGI snake. Good times.
  78. Movie DetailsBatman & Robin (1997) CRAP  ComedyFantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Batman George Clooney, Uma Thurman and Alicia Silverstone starred in this contrived, colossal waste.
  79. Movie DetailsBeverly Hills Ninja (1997) CRAP  Comedy
    Goofy and clumsy Chris Farley was raised by a clan of Ninja warriors.
  80. Movie DetailsCon Air (1997) CRAP  
    Can Nicolas Cage save a hijacked transport plane? Connect the mind-numbing dots between Bruckheimer pyrotechnics.
  81. Movie DetailsEvent Horizon (1997) CRAP  HorrorSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    In 2047, Laurence Fishburne captains a questionable crew of astronauts prone to hallucinations and death.
  82. Movie DetailsFlubber (1997) CRAP  ComedyFantasy
    This remake stars absent-minded professor Robin Williams who creates a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.
  83. Movie DetailsFools Rush In (1997) CRAP  Comedy
    A formulaic romantic comedy Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek. Salma deserved a better costar.
  84. Movie DetailsHome Alone 3 (1997) CRAP  Comedy
    Macaulay Culkin wasn't in this masterful piece of work, but a young Scarlett Johansson was.
  85. Movie DetailsI Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) CRAP  Horror
    Stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. It's craptastic slasher fun!
  86. Movie DetailsMortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) CRAP  Fantasy
    Bridgette Wilson was a much better Sonya Blade. The dialogue was likely written by monkeys.
  87. Movie DetailsPoison Ivy 3: The New Seduction (1997) CRAP  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Simplistic thriller starring sinister seductress Jaime Pressly. Gratuitous nudity and irrational vengeance.
  88. Movie DetailsSpawn (1997) CRAP  FantasyHorrorComic Book/Superhero
    A killed mercenary returns to walk the Earth after making deal with the devil.
  89. Movie DetailsSpeed 2: Cruise Control (1997) CRAP  
    Who would have thought Sandra Bullock would miss Keanu Reeves so much.
  90. Movie DetailsSpice World (1997) CRAP  ComedyFantasyMusical/Music
    This plotless gibberish about the Spice Girls phenomenon is not bad enough to be good.
  91. Movie DetailsVegas Vacation (1997) CRAP  ComedySport
    This completely uninspired slapstick sequel sends Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo to Las Vegas.


  92. Statistical ratings distribution of these 85 films (5.3% of total rated films):
    With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
    (especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
    Average rating for these 85 films: 6.2.

    10:3.5%

    9:12.9%

    8:10.6%

    7:24.7%

    6:20%

    5:9.4%

    CRAP:18.8%



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