Best Comedy Movies of 1997

1.

As Good as It Gets

6.3
7.7/10

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr., Skeet Ulrich
Directed by: James L. Brooks
Release date: 1997-12-19
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.

The Full Monty

5.3
7.2/10

Sheffield, England. Gaz, a jobless steelworker in need of quick cash persuades his mates to bare it all in a one-night-only strip show.

Starring: Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson
Directed by: Peter Cattaneo
Release date: 1997-08-13
4.

Grosse Pointe Blank

5.3
7.4/10

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
5.

Chasing Amy

5.2
7.3/10

Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything is going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, Jason Mewes
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Release date: 1997-04-04
6.

Private Parts

5.0
6.8/10

The auto-biographical story of Howard Stern, the radio-rebel who is now also a TV-personality, an author and a movie star.

Starring: Howard Stern, Mary McCormack, Kelly Bishop, Paul Giamatti, Leslie Bibb
Directed by: Betty Thomas
Release date: 1997-03-07
7.

My Best Friend's Wedding

4.8
6.3/10

When she receives word that her longtime platonic pal Michael O'Neal is getting married to debutante Kimberly Wallace, food critic Julianne Potter realizes her true feelings for Michael -- and sets out to sabotage the wedding.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, Philip Bosco
Directed by: P.J. Hogan
Release date: 1997-06-19
8.

The Man Who Knew Too Little

4.8
6.6/10

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
9.

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
10.

MouseHunt

4.7
6.4/10

Down-on-their luck brothers, Lars and Ernie Smuntz, aren't happy with the crumbling old mansion they inherit... until they discover the estate is worth millions. Before they can cash in, they have to rid the house of it's single, stubborn occupant: a tiny and tenacious mouse.

Starring: Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Vicki Lewis, Maury Chaykin, Eric Christmas
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Release date: 1997-12-19
11.

Fierce Creatures

4.6
6.4/10

Ex-policeman Rollo Lee is sent to run Marwood Zoo, the newly acquired business of a New Zealand tycoon. In order to meet high profit targets and keep the zoo open, Rollo enforces a new 'fierce creatures' policy, whereby only the most impressive and dangerous animals are allowed to remain in the zoo. However, the keepers are less enthusiastic about complying with these demands.

Starring: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Robert Lindsay
Directed by: Fred Schepisi, Robert Young
Release date: 1997-01-23
12.

George of the Jungle

4.6
5.5/10

After Baby George survives a plane crash in the jungle, he is rescued and then adopted by a wise ape. Years later, grown-up George saves a US noble woman, Ursula Stanhope while she is on a safari—and takes her to the jungle to live with him. While Ursula's lover continues his search for Ursula and the one who took her, George slowly learns the rules of human relationships.

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church, John Cleese, Richard Roundtree
Directed by: Sam Weisman
Release date: 1997-07-15
13.

A Life Less Ordinary

4.5
6.4/10

A couple of angels, O'Reilly and Jackson, are sent to Earth to make sure that their next supervised love-connection succeeds. They follow Celine, a spoiled rich girl who has just accidentally shot a suitor and, due to a misunderstanding, is kidnapped by janitor Robert. Although Celine quickly frees herself, she stays with Robert for thrills. O'Reilly and Jackson pursue, hoping to unite the prospective lovers.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo, Dan Hedaya
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Release date: 1997-10-24
14.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

4.5
6.2/10

Two not-too-bright party girls reinvent themselves for their high school reunion. Armed with a borrowed Jaguar, new clothes and the story of their success as the inventors of Post-It notes, Romy and Michele descend on their alma mater, but their façade crumbles quickly.

Starring: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming, Julia Campbell
Directed by: David Mirkin
Release date: 1997-04-25
15.

Flubber

4.5
5.2/10

Professor Phillip Brainard, an absent minded professor, works with his assistant Weebo, trying to create a substance that's a new source of energy and that will save Medfield College where his sweetheart Sara is the president. He has missed his wedding twice, and on the afternoon of his third wedding, Professor Brainard creates flubber, which allows objects to fly through the air.

Starring: Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald, Raymond J. Barry, Clancy Brown
Directed by: Les Mayfield
Release date: 1997-11-26
16.

Addicted to Love

4.5
6.1/10

Good-natured astronomer Sam is devastated when the love of his life, Linda, leaves him for a suave Frenchman named Anton. He therefore does what every other normal dumpee would do; go to New York and set up home in the abandoned building opposite his ex-girlfriend's apartment, intent on winning her back and waiting until she decides to leave her current lover.

Starring: Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, Kelly Preston, Tchéky Karyo, Maureen Stapleton
Directed by: Griffin Dunne
Release date: 1997-05-23
17.

In the Company of Men

4.4
7.2/10

Two business executives--one an avowed misogynist, the other recently emotionally wounded by his love interest--set out to exact revenge on the female gender by seeking out the most innocent, uncorrupted girl they can find and ruining her life.

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Stacy Edwards, Matt Malloy, Michael Martin, Mark Rector
Directed by: Neil LaBute
Release date: 1997-03-28
18.

Fools Rush In

4.4
6.1/10

Alex Whitman (Matthew Perry) is a designer from New York City who is sent to Las Vegas to supervise the construction of a nightclub that his firm has been hired to build. Alex is a straight-laced WASP-ish type who, while enjoying a night on the town, meets Isabel Fuentes (Salma Hayek), a free-spirited Mexican-American photographer. Alex and Isabel are overtaken by lust at first sight and end up sp

Starring: Matthew Perry, Salma Hayek, Jon Tenney, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Angelina Torres
Directed by: Andy Tennant
Release date: 1997-02-14
19.

Money Talks

4.4
6.2/10

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
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Release date: 1997-08-22
20.

Vegas Vacation

4.3
5.9/10

The Griswold family hits the road again for a typically ill-fated vacation, this time to the glitzy mecca of slots and showgirls—Las Vegas.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Ethan Embry, Marisol Nichols
Directed by: Stephen Kessler
Release date: 1997-02-13

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