Best Action Movies of 1997

1.

The Fifth Element

6.3
7.6/10 IMDB

In 2257, a taxi driver is unintentionally given the task of saving a young girl who is part of the key that will ensure the survival of humanity.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry, Brion James, Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr., Lee Evans, Charlie Creed-Miles ..
Directed by: Luc Besson
Release date: 1997-05-02
2.

Men in Black

6.2
7.3/10 IMDB

After a police chase with an otherworldly being, a New York City cop is recruited as an agent in a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth: the Men in Black. Agent Kay and new recruit Agent Jay find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Mike Nussbaum, Jon Gries, Sergio Calderón ..
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Release date: 1997-07-02
3.

Face/Off

6.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Sean Archer, a very tough, rugged FBI Agent. Who is still grieving for his dead son Michael. Archer believes that his son's killer is his sworn enemy, a very powerful criminal, Castor Troy. One day, Archer has finally cornered Castor, however, their fight has knocked out Troy cold. As Archer finally breathes easy over the capture of his enemy, he finds out that Troy has planted a bomb that will destroy the entire city of Los Angeles and all of its inhabitants. Unfortunately the only other person who knows its location is Castor's brother Pollux, and he refuses to talk. The solution, a special operation doctor that can cut off people's faces, and can place a person's face onto another person. Archer undergoes one of those surgeries to talk to Pollux. However, Castor Troy somehow regains consciousness and now wants revenge on Archer for taking his face. Not only is Troy ruining Archer's mission, but his personal life as well. Archer must stop Troy again. This time, it's personal.

Starring: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon, Dominique Swain, Nick Cassavetes, Harve Presnell, Colm Feore, John Carroll Lynch ..
Directed by: John Woo
Release date: 1997-06-27
4.

Starship Troopers

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Set in the future, the story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry. Rico's military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an arachnoid species known as "the Bugs".

Starring: Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Clancy Brown, Michael Ironside, Patrick Muldoon, Seth Gilliam, Rue McClanahan ..
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Release date: 1997-11-07
5.

Con Air

5.7
6.9/10 IMDB

When the government puts all its rotten criminal eggs in one airborne basket, it's asking for trouble. Before you can say, "Pass the barf bag," the crooks control the plane, led by creepy Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. Watching his every move is the just-released Cameron Poe, who'd rather reunite with his family.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Ving Rhames, Nick Chinlund, Steve Buscemi, Colm Meaney, Rachel Ticotin, Dave Chappelle, Mykelti Williamson ..
Directed by: Simon West
Release date: 1997-06-05
6.

Cop Land

5.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Freddy Heflin is the sheriff of a place everyone calls “Cop Land” — a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big city police officers he’s long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town’s peaceful facade. And when Freddy uncovers a massive, deadly conspiracy among these local residents, he is forced to take action and make a dangerous choice between protecting his idols and upholding the law.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Michael Rapaport, Annabella Sciorra, Peter Berg, Robert Patrick, Arthur J. Nascarella, John Spencer ..
Directed by: James Mangold
Release date: 1997-08-15
7.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

5.6
6.5/10 IMDB

Four years after Jurassic Park's genetically bred dinosaurs ran amok, multimillionaire John Hammond shocks chaos theorist Ian Malcolm by revealing that he has been breeding more beasties at a secret location. Malcolm, his paleontologist ladylove and a wildlife videographer join an expedition to document the lethal lizards' natural behavior in this action-packed thriller.

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Richard Attenborough, Vince Vaughn, Arliss Howard, Vanessa Lee Chester, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Steven Spielberg ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1997-05-23
8.

Conspiracy Theory

5.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart, Cylk Cozart, Steve Kahan, Terry Alexander, Alex McArthur, Rod McLachlan, Michael Potts, Jim Sterling ..
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1997-08-08
9.

Air Force One

5.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Russian terrorists conspire to hijack the aircraft with the president and his family on board. The commander in chief finds himself facing an impossible predicament: give in to the terrorists and sacrifice his family, or risk everything to uphold his principles - and the integrity of the nation.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Wendy Crewson, William H. Macy, Jürgen Prochnow, Oleg Taktarov, Liesel Matthews, Paul Guilfoyle, Xander Berkeley ..
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Release date: 1997-07-25
10.

Tomorrow Never Dies

5.4
6.5/10 IMDB

A deranged media mogul is staging international incidents to pit the world's superpowers against each other. Now James Bond must take on this evil mastermind in an adrenaline-charged battle to end his reign of terror and prevent global pandemonium.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher, Ricky Jay, Götz Otto, Joe Don Baker, Vincent Schiavelli, Judi Dench, Desmond Llewelyn ..
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Release date: 1997-12-11
11.

The Jackal

5.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Hired by a powerful member of the Russian mafia to avenge an FBI sting that left his brother dead, a psychopathic hitman known only as The Jackal proves an elusive target for the people charged with the task of bringing him down: a deputy FBI director, a Russian MVK Major, and a jailed IRA terrorist who can recognize him.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora, J.K. Simmons, Jack Black, Sophie Okonedo, Ravil Isyanov, Maggie Castle, Karen Kirschenbauer ..
Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones
Release date: 1997-11-14
12.

Grosse Pointe Blank

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

Martin Blank is a hitman for hire. When he starts to develop a conscience, he botches a couple of routine jobs. On the advice of his secretary and his psychiatrist, he decides to attend his ten-year high school reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Starring: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack, Alan Arkin, Hank Azaria, Jeremy Piven, Mitchell Ryan, David Barrett, Michael Cudlitz ..
Directed by: George Armitage
Release date: 1997-04-11
13.

G.I. Jane

5.2
6.0/10 IMDB

In response to political pressure from Senator Lillian DeHaven, the U.S. Navy begins a program that would allow for the eventual integration of women into its services. The program begins with a single trial candidate, Lieutenant Jordan O'Neil, who is chosen specifically for her femininity. O'Neil enters the grueling training program under the command of John James Urgayle, who unfairly pushes O'Neil until her determination wins his respect.

Starring: Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Bancroft, Jason Beghe, Daniel von Bargen, John Michael Higgins, Kevin Gage, David Warshofsky, David Vadim, Morris Chestnut ..
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 1997-08-19
14.

Alien Resurrection

5.1
6.2/10 IMDB

Two hundred years after Lt. Ripley died, a group of scientists clone her, hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the new Ripley is full of surprises … as are the new aliens. Ripley must team with a band of smugglers to keep the creatures from reaching Earth.

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Brad Dourif, Ron Perlman, Michael Wincott, Gary Dourdan, Dan Hedaya, Dominique Pinon, Leland Orser, Raymond Cruz ..
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Release date: 1997-11-12
15.

Breakdown

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

When his SUV breaks down on a remote Southwestern road, Jeff Taylor lets his wife, Amy, hitch a ride with a trucker to get help. When she doesn't return, Jeff fixes his SUV and tracks down the trucker -- who tells the police he's never seen Amy. Johnathan Mostow's tense thriller then follows Jeff's desperate search for his wife, which eventually uncovers a small town's murderous secret.

Starring: Kurt Russell, J. T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C. Gainey, Jack Noseworthy, Rex Linn, Ritch Brinkley, Moira Sinise, Kim Robillard, Thomas Kopache ..
Directed by: Jonathan Mostow
Release date: 1997-05-02
16.

Dante's Peak

5.0
6.0/10 IMDB

Volcanologist Harry Dalton comes to the sleepy town of Dante's Peak to investigate the recent rumblings of the dormant volcano the burg is named for. Before long, his worst fears are realized when a massive eruption hits, and immediately, Harry, the mayor and the townspeople find themselves fighting for their lives amid a catastrophic nightmare.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith, Jeremy Foley, Elizabeth Hoffman, Charles Hallahan, Grant Heslov, Kirk Trutner, Arabella Field, Tzi Ma ..
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
Release date: 1997-02-07
17.

The Edge

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

The plane carrying wealthy Charles Morse crashes down in the Alaskan wilderness. Together with the two other passengers, photographer Robert and assistant Stephen, Charles devises a plan to help them reach civilization. However, his biggest obstacle might not be the elements, or even the Kodiak bear stalking them -- it could be Robert, whom Charles suspects is having an affair with his wife and would not mind seeing him dead.

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Elle Macpherson, Harold Perrineau, L. Q. Jones, Kathleen Wilhoite, David Lindstedt, Mark Kiely, Eli Gabay, Larry Musser ..
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Release date: 1997-09-06
18.

Absolute Power

5.0
6.7/10 IMDB

A master thief coincidentally is robbing a house where a murder—in which the President of The United States is involved—occurs in front of his eyes. He is forced to run, while holding evidence that could convict the President.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Laura Linney, Judy Davis, Dennis Haysbert, Alison Eastwood, Melora Hardin, E.G. Marshall ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1997-02-14
19.

Nothing to Lose

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Advertising executive Nick Beame learns that his wife is sleeping with his employer. In a state of despair, he encounters a bumbling thief whose attempted carjacking goes awry when Nick takes him on an involuntary joyride. Soon the betrayed businessman and the incompetent crook strike up a partnership and develop a robbery-revenge scheme. But it turns out that some other criminals in the area don't appreciate the competition.

Starring: Tim Robbins, Martin Lawrence, John C. McGinley, Kelly Preston, Irma P. Hall, Giancarlo Esposito, Michael McKean, Rebecca Gayheart, Steve Oedekerk, Susan Barnes ..
Directed by: Steve Oedekerk
Release date: 1997-07-18
20.

The Man Who Knew Too Little

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

An American gets a ticket for an audience participation game in London, then gets involved in a case of mistaken identity. As an international plot unravels around him, he thinks it's all part of the act.

Starring: Bill Murray, Peter Gallagher, Joanne Whalley, Alfred Molina, Richard Wilson, Geraldine James, John Standing, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Woodeson, Simon Chandler ..
Directed by: Jon Amiel
Release date: 1997-11-14
21.

Volcano

4.7
5.5/10 IMDB

An earthquake shatters a peaceful Los Angeles morning and opens a fissure deep into the earth, causing lava to start bubbling up. As a volcano begins forming in the La Brea Tar Pits, the director of the city's emergency management service, working with a geologist, must then use every resource in the city to try and stop the volcano from consuming LA.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann, Don Cheadle, Joshua Fardon, Jacqueline Kim, Keith David, John Corbett, Michael Rispoli, John Carroll Lynch ..
Directed by: Mick Jackson
Release date: 1997-04-25
Best Action Movies of 1997 : Mad City
22.

Mad City

4.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A misguided museum guard who loses his job and then tries to get it back at gunpoint is thrown into the fierce world of ratings-driven TV gone mad.

Starring: John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, Mia Kirshner, Alan Alda, Robert Prosky, Blythe Danner, William Atherton, Ted Levine, Milton Davis Jr., Bill Nunn ..
Directed by: Costa-Gavras
Release date: 1997-11-07
23.

Smilla's Sense of Snow

4.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Smilla Jaspersen, half Danish, half Greenlander, attempts to understand the death of a small boy who falls from the roof of her apartment building. Suspecting wrongdoing, Smilla uncovers a trail of clues leading towards a secretive corporation that has made several mysterious expeditions to Greenland. Scenes from the film were shot in Copenhagen and western Greenland. The film was entered into the 47th Berlin International Film Festival, where director Bille August was nominated for the Golden Bear.

Starring: Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Harris, Jim Broadbent, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Loggia, Vanessa Redgrave, Bob Peck, David Hayman, Peter Capaldi ..
Directed by: Bille August
Release date: 1997-02-28
24.

The Saint

4.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Simon Templar (The Saint), is a thief for hire, whose latest job to steal the secret process for cold fusion puts him at odds with a traitor bent on toppling the Russian government, as well as the woman who holds its secret.

Starring: Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Šerbedžija, Henry Goodman, Alun Armstrong, Michael Byrne, Yevgeni Lazarev, Irina Apeksimova, Lev Prygunov, Charlotte Cornwell ..
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Release date: 1997-04-03
25.

The Postman

4.6
6.1/10 IMDB

In 2013 there are no highways, no I-ways, no dreams of a better tomorrow, only scattered survivors across what was once the Unites States. Into this apocalyptic wasteland comes an enigmatic drifter with a mule, a knack for Shakespeare and something yet undiscovered: the power to inspire hope.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Olivia Williams, Larenz Tate, Tom Petty, Giovanni Ribisi, James Russo, Daniel von Bargen, Scott Bairstow, Roberta Maxwell ..
Directed by: Kevin Costner
Release date: 1997-12-25
26.

Switchback

4.5
6.4/10 IMDB

FBI agent Dennis Quaid tries to catch a serial killer who kidnapped his son.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, R. Lee Ermey, Claudia Stedelin, Brent Hinkley, Jared Leto, Ian Nelson, Walton Goggins, Ted Levine, Louis Schaefer ..
Directed by: Jeb Stuart
Release date: 1997-10-31
27.

Nightwatch

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A law student, who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue, begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a series of murders.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Patricia Arquette, Nick Nolte, Josh Brolin, Lauren Graham, Brad Dourif, Alix Koromzay, Lonny Chapman, Robert LaSardo, John C. Reilly ..
Directed by: Ole Bornedal
Release date: 1997-01-31
28.

The Peacemaker

4.5
6.0/10 IMDB

When a train carrying atomic warheads mysteriously crashes in the former Soviet Union, a nuclear specialist discovers the accident is really part of a plot to cover up the theft of the weapons. Assigned to help her recover the missing bombs is a crack Special Forces Colonel.

Starring: George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Marcel Iure?, Goran Visnjic, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Tamara Tunie, Aleksandr Baluev, Rene Medvešek, Gary Werntz, Randall Batinkoff ..
Directed by: Mimi Leder
Release date: 1997-09-26
29.

Murder at 1600

4.4
6.1/10 IMDB

A secretary is found dead in a White House bathroom during an international crisis, and Detective Harlan Regis is in charge of the investigation. Despite resistance from the Secret Service, Regis partners with agent Nina Chance. As political tensions rise, they learn that the crime could be part of an elaborate cover-up. Framed as traitors, the pair, plus Regis' partner, break into the White House in order to expose the true culprit.

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Alan Alda, Daniel Benzali, Dennis Miller, Ronny Cox, Tate Donovan, Tom Wright, Harris Yulin, Nicholas Pryor ..
Directed by: Dwight H. Little
Release date: 1997-04-18
30.

Money Talks

4.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Sought by police and criminals, a small-time huckster makes a deal with a TV newsman for protection.

Starring: Chris Tucker, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Paul Sorvino, Elise Neal, Damian Chapa, Veronica Cartwright, Larry Hankin, Faizon Love, David Warner ..
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Release date: 1997-08-22
31.

Spawn

4.3
5.2/10 IMDB

After being murdered by corrupt colleagues in a covert government agency, Al Simmons makes a pact with the devil to be resurrected to see his beloved wife Wanda. In exchange for his return to Earth, Simmons agrees to lead Hell's Army in the destruction of mankind.

Starring: Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo, Theresa Randle, Nicol Williamson, D.B. Sweeney, Melinda Clarke, Miko Hughes, Sydni Beaudoin, Frank Welker ..
Directed by: Mark A.Z. Dippé
Release date: 1997-07-31
32.

Robinson Crusoe

4.2
5.9/10 IMDB

Robinson Crusoe flees Britain on a ship after killing his friend over the love of Mary. A fierce ocean storm wrecks his ship and leaves him stranded by himself on an uncharted island. Left to fend for himself, Crusoe seeks out a tentative survival on the island, until he meets Friday, a tribesman whom he saves from being sacrificed. Initially, Crusoe is thrilled to finally have a friend, but he has to defend himself against the tribe who uses the island to sacrifice tribesman to their gods. During time their relationship changes from master-slave to a mutual respected friendship despite their difference in culture and religion.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, James Frain, Polly Walker, Ian Hart, William Takaku, Damian Lewis ..
Directed by: Rod Hardy, George T. Miller
Release date: 1997-05-12
33.

The Borrowers

4.2
5.8/10 IMDB

The four-inch-tall Clock family secretly share a house with the normal-sized Lender family, "borrowing" such items as thread, safety pins, batteries and scraps of food. However, their peaceful co-existence is disturbed when evil lawyer Ocious P. Potter steals the will granting title to the house, which he plans to demolish in order to build apartments. The Lenders are forced to move, and the Clocks face the risk of being exposed to the normal-sized world.

Starring: John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Mark Williams, Celia Imrie, Tom Felton, Hugh Laurie, Bradley Pierce, Ruby Wax, Doon Mackichan, Alex Winter ..
Directed by: Peter Hewitt
Release date: 1997-12-05
34.

Metro

4.2
5.5/10 IMDB

Roper, a hostage negotiator catches a murderous bank robber after a blown heist. The bank robber escapes and immediately goes after the man who put him behind bars.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Kim Miyori, Art Evans, James Carpenter, Michael Rapaport, Donal Logue, Jeni Chua, Michael Wincott, Carmen Ejogo, Paul Ben-Victor ..
Directed by: Thomas Carter
Release date: 1997-01-16
35.

Todd McFarlane's Spawn

4.1
8.5/10 IMDB

Todd McFarlane's Spawn is an animated television series which aired on HBO from 1997 through 1999. It is also released on DVD as a film series. It is based on the Spawn comic series from Image Comics, and was nominated for and won an Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Animation Program (longer than one hour)

Starring: Keith David, Richard Dysart, Michael Nicolosi, Dominique Jennings, John Rafter Lee, Victor Love ..
Directed by: Eric Radomski
Release date: 1997-05-15
Best Action Movies of 1997 : Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods
36.

Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods

4.1
8.0/10 IMDB

An alien similar to Ra appears out of the Stargate, killing five soldiers and kidnapping another, a year after the original Stargate mission. A new team is assembled, including some old members, and they go in search of the missing soldier in order to find out how Ra could still be alive. Meanwhile, the alien Goa'uld kidnap Sha're and Skaara, implanting them with symbiotes and making them Goa'uld hosts.

Starring: Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Don S. Davis, Jay Acovone, Vaitiare Hirshon, Robert Wisden, Peter Williams, Brent Stait ..
Directed by: Mario Philip Azzopardi
Release date: 1997-07-27
37.

Fire Down Below

4.1
5.1/10 IMDB

When an EPA representative is murdered in a small Appalachian community, EPA undercover agent Jack Taggart is sent in—posing as a handyman working with a Christian relief agency—to determine what happened.

Starring: Steven Seagal, Marg Helgenberger, Stephen Lang, Brad Hunt, Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm, Harry Dean Stanton, Mark Collie, Richard Masur, Alex Harvey ..
Directed by: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Release date: 1997-09-05
Best Action Movies of 1997 : Sharpe's Waterloo
38.

Sharpe's Waterloo

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Based on the novel by Bernard Cornwell, "Sharpe's Waterloo" brings maverick British officer Lt. Col. Richard Sharpe to his last fight against the French, in June of 1815.

Starring: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Abigail Cruttenden, Cecile Paoli, Paul Bettany, Alexis Denisof, Hugh Fraser, John Tams, Jason Salkey ..
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 1997-05-27
39.

Excess Baggage

4.0
5.3/10 IMDB

A rich brat fakes her own kidnapping, but in the process ends up locked in the trunk of a car that gets stolen.

Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Benicio del Toro, Christopher Walken, Jack Thompson, Harry Connick Jr., Stacy Grant, Nicholas Turturro, Michael Bowen, Robert Wisden, Leland Orser ..
Directed by: Marco Brambilla
Release date: 1997-08-29
40.

Gang Related

4.0
6.4/10 IMDB

Two corrupt cops have a successful, seemingly perfect money making scheme- they sell drugs that they seize from dealers, kill the dealers, and blame the crimes on street gangs. Their scheme is going along smoothly until they kill an undercover DEA agent posing as a dealer, and then try to cover-up their crime.

Starring: Jim Belushi, Tupac Shakur, Lela Rochon, Dennis Quaid, James Earl Jones, Gary Cole, Terrence 'T.C.' Carson, Wendy Crewson, Kool Moe Dee, Reggie Miller ..
Directed by: Jim Kouf
Release date: 1997-10-08
41.

Beverly Hills Ninja

4.0
5.5/10 IMDB

Haru, an orphaned American who washes ashore in Japan and is mistaken for the great White Ninja of legend. Raised among the finest Ninjas, Haru grows strong and big - very big. With the grace of all Three Stooges rolled into one body, Haru is an embarrassment to his clan. But when a beautiful blonde pleads for his help, Haru is given one dangerous, disastrously funny chance to prove himself.

Starring: Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan, Robin Shou, Nathaniel Parker, Chris Rock, Soon-Tek Oh, Keith Cooke, François Chau, Dale Ishimoto, Daming Chen ..
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Release date: 1997-01-17
Best Action Movies of 1997 : Sharpe's Revenge
42.

Sharpe's Revenge

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Sharpe is framed as the thief who stole Napolean's gold, and he must clear his name to avoid execution. Meanwhile his wife Jane - urged on by a friend - makes some questionable choices.

Starring: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Abigail Cruttenden, Philip Whitchurch, Cecile Paoli, Féodor Atkine, James Laurenson, John Benfield, Alexis Denisof ..
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 1997-05-07
43.

Turbulence

3.9
4.9/10 IMDB

On a flight transporting dangerous convicts, murderer Ryan Weaver manages to break free and cause complete chaos throughout the plane. As various people on board fall victim to Weaver, it is ultimately down to flight attendant Teri Halloran to keep the aircraft from crashing, with on-ground support from an air traffic controller. While Halloran struggles to pilot the plane, Weaver continues to terrorize the surviving members of the crew.

Starring: Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly, Brendan Gleeson, Héctor Elizondo, Rachel Ticotin, Ben Cross, Catherine Hicks, Jeffrey DeMunn, John Finn, Heidi Kling ..
Directed by: Robert Butler
Release date: 1997-01-09
Best Action Movies of 1997 : Men with Guns
44.

Men with Guns

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Dr. Fuentes is a medical professor approaching his retirement and journeys to find old students, with sometimes disturbing results.

Starring: Federico Luppi, Damián Delgado, Dan Rivera González, Tania Cruz, Damián Alcázar, Mandy Patinkin, Kathryn Grody, Iguandili López, Nandi Luna Ramírez ..
Directed by: John Sayles
Release date: 1997-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1997 : Sharpe's Justice
45.

Sharpe's Justice

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Napoleon has been exiled to Elba, the English have returned from the wars, and Major Richard Sharpe finds himself in a sort of exile to lead a company of Yorkshire Yeomen. His duties include protecting mill owners from restless workers who are on the verge of strike or outright revolt. Meanwhile, Sharpe's faithless wife and her lover fall within range of Sharpe's wrath. Sharpe, with his two of his devoted Chosen Men nearby, must decide whether to continue to protect the mill owners or to take the side of their fiercely downtrodden workers.

Starring: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Abigail Cruttenden, Caroline Langrishe, Philip Glenister, John Tams, Alexis Denisof ..
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 1997-05-14
46.

Rosewood

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Spurred by a white woman's lie, vigilantes destroy a black Florida town and slay inhabitants in 1923.

Starring: Ving Rhames, Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean, Elise Neal, Michael Rooker, Robert Patrick, Esther Rolle, Catherine Kellner ..
Directed by: John Singleton
Release date: 1997-02-21
47.

Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves

3.7
4.9/10 IMDB

The joke's on absent-minded scientist Wayne Szalinski when his troublesome invention shrinks him, his brother and their wives so effectively that their children think they've completely disappeared. Of course, this gives the kids free rein to do anything they want, unaware that their parents are watching every move.

Starring: Rick Moranis, Eve Gordon, Bug Hall, Robin Bartlett, Stuart Pankin, Allison Mack, Jake Richardson, Mila Kunis, Erica Luttrell, JoJo Adams ..
Directed by: Dean Cundey
Release date: 1997-03-18
48.

Double Team

3.7
4.8/10 IMDB

He's a one-man arsenal... with enough voltage to rock the free world. They Don't Play by the Rules. You're either on their side...or in their way. America's top counter-terrorist usually works alone...this time he's got company.

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman, Mickey Rourke, Paul Freeman, Valéria Cavalli, Bruno Bilotta, Mario Opinato, Ottaviano Dell'Acqua, Angelo Ragusa, Ted Rusoff ..
Directed by: Tsui Hark
Release date: 1997-04-04
49.

Speed 2: Cruise Control

3.6
3.9/10 IMDB

A disgruntled former employee hijacks the Seabourn Legend cruise liner. Set on a fixed course, without any means of communication and at the mercy of the hijacker, it's up to the one cop on vacation, and his soon to be fiancé (hopefully) Annie, to regain control of it before it kills the passengers and causes an environmental disaster. Insurmountable and daunting tasks awaits them on their perilous journey throughout the ship trying to fend off the hijacker and save the passengers.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, Mike Hagerty, Colleen Camp, Joe Morton, Glenn Plummer, Bo Svenson, Kimmy Robertson ..
Directed by: Jan de Bont
Release date: 1997-06-13
50.

The Wrong Guy

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Nelson Hibbert expects to become the new president of Nagel Industries, but Mr. Nagel gives the promotion to another employee. When Nelson barges into Nagel's office to confront him, he finds Nagel's been murdered. Fearing that he will be implicated, Nelson decides to run from the law...despite the fact that the police already know the killer's identity.

Starring: Dave Foley, Jennifer Tilly, David Anthony Higgins, Colm Feore, Joe Flaherty, Steven Page, Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart, Boyd Banks, Dan Redican ..
Directed by: David Steinberg
Release date: 1997-08-01

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