Best Action Movies of 1997

1.

The Fifth Element

6.3
7.7/10

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
Directed by: Luc Besson
Release date: 1997-05-02
2.

Men in Black

6.2
7.3/10

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
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Release date: 1997-07-02
3.

Face/Off

6.0
7.3/10

An antiterrorism agent goes under the knife to acquire the likeness of a terrorist and gather details about a bombing plot. When the terrorist escapes custody, he undergoes surgery to look like the agent so he can get close to the agent's family.

Starring: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon
Directed by: John Woo
Release date: 1997-06-27
4.

Starship Troopers

5.8
7.2/10

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
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Release date: 1997-11-07
5.

Con Air

5.7
6.9/10

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
Directed by: Simon West
Release date: 1997-06-01
6.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

5.6
6.6/10

Four years after Jurassic Park's genetically bred dinosaurs ran amok, multimillionaire John Hammond shocks chaos theorist Ian Malcolm by revealing that Hammond 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
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1997-05-23
7.

Air Force One

5.4
6.5/10

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
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Release date: 1997-07-25
8.

Tomorrow Never Dies

5.4
6.5/10

A deranged media mogul is staging international incidents to pit the world’s superpowers against each other. Now 007 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
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Release date: 1997-12-11
9.

Grosse Pointe Blank

5.3
7.3/10

Martin Blank is a freelance hitman who starts to develop a conscience, which causes him to botch a couple of routine assignments. On the advice of his secretary and his psychiatrist, he decides to attend his 10 year high school reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Starring: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack, Alan Arkin
Directed by: George Armitage
Release date: 1997-04-11
10.

Alien Resurrection

5.1
6.2/10

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
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Release date: 1997-11-12
11.

The Edge

5.0
6.9/10

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
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Release date: 1997-09-06
12.

Breakdown

5.0
6.9/10

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
Directed by: Jonathan Mostow
Release date: 1997-05-02
13.

Cop Land

5.0
6.9/10

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
Directed by: James Mangold
Release date: 1997-08-15
14.

Conspiracy Theory

4.9
6.7/10

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
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1997-08-08
15.

The Man Who Knew Too Little

4.8
6.7/10

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
Directed by: Jon Amiel
Release date: 1997-11-14
16.

Nothing to Lose

4.7
6.7/10
Nothing to Lose
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
Directed by: Steve Oedekerk
Release date: 1997-07-18
17.

The Jackal

4.7
6.4/10

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, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora, Richard Gere, J.K. Simmons
Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones
Release date: 1997-11-14
18.

Mad City

4.7
6.3/10
Mad City
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
Directed by: Costa-Gavras
Release date: 1997-11-07
19.

Smilla's Sense of Snow

4.6
6.4/10

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
Directed by: Bille August
Release date: 1997-02-28
20.

The Saint

4.6
6.2/10

A Russian Mafia boss who wants to create an oil crisis in Moscow—and seize power as a result—sends Simon Templar to England to steel the secret formula for cold fusion from U.S. scientist, Emma Russell.

Starring: Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija, Henry Goodman, Alun Armstrong
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Release date: 1997-04-03

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