Best Crime Movies of 1997


L.A. Confidential

8.2/10 IMDB

Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe, David Strathairn, Ron Rifkin, Matt McCoy, Paul Guilfoyle ..
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Release date: 1997-09-19

Donnie Brasco

7.7/10 IMDB

An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life at the expense of his regular one.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, Anne Heche, Zeljko Ivanek, Brian Tarantina, Rocco Sisto, Zach Grenier ..
Directed by: Mike Newell
Release date: 1997-02-27

Jackie Brown

7.5/10 IMDB

Jackie Brown is a flight attendant who gets caught in the middle of smuggling cash into the country for her gunrunner boss. When the cops try to use Jackie to get to her boss, she hatches a plan — with help from a bail bondsman — to keep the money for herself.

Starring: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert Forster, Michael Bowen, Chris Tucker, LisaGay Hamilton, Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr. ..
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 1997-12-25


7.3/10 IMDB

In order to foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity of a criminal mastermind. The plan turns sour when the criminal wakes up prematurely and seeks revenge.

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
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The Rainmaker

7.2/10 IMDB

When Rudy Baylor, a young attorney with no clients, goes to work for a seedy ambulance chaser, he wants to help the parents of a terminally ill boy in their suit against an insurance company. But to take on corporate America, Rudy and a scrappy paralegal must open their own law firm.

Starring: Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Claire Danes, Mary Kay Place, Dean Stockwell, Virginia Madsen, Mickey Rourke, Randy Travis, Roy Scheider ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1997-11-18

Con Air

6.9/10 IMDB

Newly-paroled former US Army ranger Cameron Poe is headed back to his wife, but must fly home aboard a prison transport flight dubbed "Jailbird" taking the “worst of the worst” prisoners, a group described as “pure predators”, to a new super-prison. Poe faces impossible odds when the transport plane is skyjacked mid-flight by the most vicious criminals in the country led by the mastermind — genius serial killer Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom, and backed by black militant Diamond Dog and psychopath Billy Bedlam.

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

Cop Land

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

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

7.0/10 IMDB

As a swingin' fashion photographer by day and a groovy British superagent by night, Austin Powers is the '60s' most shagadelic spy, baby! But can he stop megalomaniac Dr. Evil after the bald villain freezes himself and unthaws in the '90s? With the help of sexy sidekick Vanessa Kensington, he just might.

Starring: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers, Robert Wagner, Seth Green, Fabiana Udenio, Mindy Sterling, Paul Dillon, Charles Napier ..
Directed by: Jay Roach
Release date: 1997-05-02

Kiss the Girls

6.6/10 IMDB

Forensic psychologist Alex Cross travels to North Carolina and teams with escaped kidnap victim Kate McTiernan to hunt down "Casanova," a serial killer who abducts strong-willed women and forces them to submit to his demands. The trail leads to Los Angeles, where the duo discovers that the psychopath may not be working alone.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Alex McArthur, Tony Goldwyn, Jay O. Sanders, Bill Nunn, Brian Cox, Richard T. Jones, Roma Maffia ..
Directed by: Gary Fleder
Release date: 1997-09-29

The Jackal

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

The Spanish Prisoner

7.2/10 IMDB

An inventor of a secret process suddenly finds himself alone as both his friends and the corporation he works for turn against him.

Starring: Steve Martin, Campbell Scott, Ben Gazzara, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay, Felicity Huffman, David Pittu, J.J. Johnston, Ed O'Neill, Jack Wallace ..
Directed by: David Mamet
Release date: 1997-12-03

Hard Eight

7.1/10 IMDB

A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.

Starring: Philip Baker Hall, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. Reilly, Samuel L. Jackson, F. William Parker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Melora Walters, Robert Ridgely, Nathanael Cooper, Wynn White ..
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Release date: 1997-02-28

The Devil's Own

6.2/10 IMDB

Frankie McGuire, one of the IRA's deadliest assassins, draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O'Meara, a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie's real identity. Their surprising friendship, and Tom's growing suspicions, forces Frankie to choose between the promise of peace or a lifetime of murder.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Rubén Blades, Treat Williams, Natascha McElhone, Margaret Colin, Kelly Singer, Ashley Carin, Julia Stiles, Simon Jones ..
Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Release date: 1997-03-13


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

Absolute Power

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


6.9/10 IMDB

After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug dealers and the police.

Starring: Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, Thandiwe Newton, Charles Fleischer, Howard Hesseman, Vondie Curtis-Hall, John Sayles, Lucy Liu, Bokeem Woodbine, Kasi Lemmons ..
Directed by: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Release date: 1997-01-29

Nothing to Lose

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


6.6/10 IMDB

Solomon and Tummler are two teenagers killing time in Xenia, Ohio, a small town that has never recovered from the tornado that ravaged the community in the 1970s.

Starring: Jacob Reynolds, Nick Sutton, Linda Manz, Chloë Sevigny, Carisa Glucksman, Darby Dougherty, Jacob Sewell, Mark Gonzales, Daniel Martin, Harmony Korine ..
Directed by: Harmony Korine
Release date: 1997-10-17

The Man Who Knew Too Little

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

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

6.6/10 IMDB

A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.

Starring: John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jude Law, Alison Eastwood, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall, Paul Hipp, Lady Chablis, Kim Hunter, Geoffrey Lewis ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1997-11-21


6.3/10 IMDB

In 1934, the second most lucrative business in New York City was running 'the numbers'. When Madam Queen—the powerful woman who runs the scam in Harlem—is arrested, Ellsworth 'Bumpy' Johnson takes over the business and must resist an invasion from a merciless mobster.

Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams, Andy García, Cicely Tyson, Chi McBride, Clarence Williams III, Richard Bradford, William Atherton, Loretta Devine ..
Directed by: Bill Duke
Release date: 1997-08-27

Smilla's Sense of Snow

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

Red Corner

6.3/10 IMDB

An American attorney on business in China, ends up wrongfully on trial for murder and his only key to innocence is a female defense lawyer from the country.

Starring: Richard Gere, Bai Ling, Bradley Whitford, Byron Mann, Peter Donat, Robert Stanton, Tsai Chin, James Hong, Tzi Ma, Ulrich Matschoss ..
Directed by: Jon Avnet
Release date: 1997-10-30

Murder at 1600

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


5.6/10 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

Fire Down Below

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

The Assignment

6.8/10 IMDB

Jack Shaw has experienced the terror first-hand. He's a top CIA agent who's tracked international killer-for-hire Carlos "The Jackal" Sanchez for over twenty years and barely survived Carlos' devastating bombing of a Parisian cafe. Now, he finally gets a break when he discovers Carlos' dead ringer: American naval officer and dedicated family man Annibal Ramirez.

Starring: Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland, Ben Kingsley, Claudia Ferri, Céline Bonnier, Vlasta Vrana, Liliana Komorowska, Von Flores, Mitchell David Rothpan, Hryhoriy Hlady ..
Directed by: Christian Duguay
Release date: 1997-09-28

Gang Related

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

8 Heads in a Duffel Bag

5.4/10 IMDB

Mafia hitman Tommy Spinelli is flying to San Diego with a bag that holds eight severed heads, which he's bringing to his superiors to prove that some troublesome rival mobsters are permanently out of the picture. When his bag gets accidentally switched at the airport, Tommy must track down his duffel bag and the 8 heads it contains.

Starring: Joe Pesci, Kristy Swanson, George Hamilton, Dyan Cannon, Andy Comeau, David Spade, Ernestine Mercer, Anthony Mangano, Joe Basile, Frank Roman ..
Directed by: Tom Schulman
Release date: 1997-04-18


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, Hector Elizondo, Rachel Ticotin, Ben Cross, Catherine Hicks, Jeffrey DeMunn, John Finn, Heidi Kling ..
Directed by: Robert Butler
Release date: 1997-01-09

Bella Mafia

6.8/10 IMDB

Don Roberto Luciano turns informer for the biggest Mafia trial in history, but his family pays a terrible price.

Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Dennis Farina, Nastassja Kinski, Jennifer Tilly, James Marsden, Illeana Douglas, Gina Philips, Peter Bogdanovich, W. Earl Brown, Franco Nero ..
Directed by: David Greene
Release date: 1997-11-16

Dream with the Fishes

6.9/10 IMDB

A suicidal man who can't kill himself agrees to finance his terminally ill neighbor's bucket list of fantasies if, at the end, the neighbor will kill him.

Starring: David Arquette, Brad Hunt, Kathryn Erbe, Patrick McGaw, Cathy Moriarty, J.E. Freeman, Richmond Arquette ..
Directed by: Finn Taylor
Release date: 1997-01-16

Shooting Fish

6.6/10 IMDB

Two con artists hire an unwitting medical-school student (Kate Beckinsale) as a secretary for their latest scam.

Starring: Dan Futterman, Stuart Townsend, Kate Beckinsale, Rowena Cooper, Scott Charles, Antonia Corrigan, Myles Anderson, Jane Lapotaire, Harry Ditson, Jacob Macoby ..
Directed by: Stefan Schwartz
Release date: 1997-08-22

Running Time

6.8/10 IMDB

Carl, a career criminal, receives an early release from prison and immediately begins preparations for his next big heist.

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Jeremy Roberts, Anita Barone, William Stanford Davis, Gordon Jennison Noice ..
Directed by: Josh Becker
Release date: 1997-12-18
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Eye of God

7.3/10 IMDB

A small Oklahoma town is stripped of its innocence when one of its boys turns up mute and bloodied by the lakeside. Unable to tell his story, the local sheriff embarks on a quest to uncover the roots of a gruesome crime. He's led to Ainsley DuPree and her new husband, Jack, a man whose interest in family may very well outweigh his morals.

Starring: Nick Stahl, Chris Freihofer, Martha Plimpton, Hal Holbrook, Kevin Anderson, Mary Kay Place, Richard Jenkins, Woody Watson, Margo Martindale, Wally Welch ..
Directed by: Tim Blake Nelson
Release date: 1997-10-17
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6.5/10 IMDB

Forty-something Leon is an alcoholic, ex-special forces barely scraping by when he's hired by a mobster to protect his 16 year old daughter. Not only does Leon have to clean up his act, but also handle the romantic advances of his ward and the keen attention of his dangerous employers.

Starring: Bogus?aw Linda, Agnieszka W?odarczyk, Cezary Pazura, Marek Perepeczko, Stanis?aw Brudny, S?awomir Sulej, Dorota Maciejewska, Hans-Joachim Recknitz, Krzysztof Kumor, Stanis?aw Penksyk ..
Directed by: Maciej ?lesicki
Release date: 1997-05-23

Truth or Consequences, N.M.

6.3/10 IMDB

Raymond Lembecke is a con just out of prison after serving time for selling drugs for his mob boss Tony Vago. (Lembecke was innocent and took the rap for Vago.) Lembecke thinks Vago owes him big time so, when his former boss gets him a measly job in a warehouse, he decides on revenge and plans to steal a million dollars worth of drugs from him.

Starring: Vincent Gallo, Kiefer Sutherland, Max Perlich, Rod Steiger, John C. McGinley, Martin Sheen, Kevin Pollak, Mykelti Williamson, Kim Dickens, Grace Phillips ..
Directed by: Kiefer Sutherland
Release date: 1997-05-02

I Went Down

6.8/10 IMDB

Fresh out of prison, Git rescues a former best friend (now living with Git's girlfriend) from a beating at the hands of loan sharks. He's now in trouble with the mob boss, Tom French, who sends Git to Cork with another debtor, Bunny Kelly, to find a guy named Frank Grogan, and take him to a man with a friendly face at a shack across a bog. It's a tougher assignment than it seems: Git's a novice, Bunny's prone to rash acts, Frank doesn't want to be found (and once he's found, he has no money), and maybe Tom's planning to murder Frank, which puts Git in a moral dilemma. Then, there's the long-ago disappearance of Sonny Mulligan. What's a decent and stand-up lad to do?

Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Peter McDonald, Tony Doyle, Peter Caffrey, Antoine Byrne, David Wilmot, Michael McElhatton, Joe Gallagher, Johnny Murphy, Rachel Brady ..
Directed by: Paddy Breathnach
Release date: 1997-10-03


6.6/10 IMDB

Ray is an aging ex-socialist who has become a bankrobber after seeing the demise of socialism in 1980s Britain. Teaming up with a gang of other has-beenish crims, he commits one bank job too many. The gang dissolves in a murderous flurry of recriminations.

Starring: Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone, Steven Waddington, Lena Headey, Phil Davis, Damon Albarn, Gerry Conlon, Leon Black, David Boateng, Eddie Nestor ..
Directed by: Antonia Bird
Release date: 1997-09-26


6.5/10 IMDB

The gruesome death of a prostitute brings suspicion on one of her clients, James Wayland, a brilliant, self-destructive and epileptic heir to a textile fortune. So detectives Braxton and Kennesaw take Wayland in for questioning, thinking they can break the man. But despite his troubles, Wayland is a master of manipulation, and during the interrogation, he begins to turn the tables on the investigators, forcing them to reveal their own sinister sides.

Starring: Tim Roth, Michael Rooker, Renée Zellweger, Chris Penn, Rosanna Arquette, Ellen Burstyn, Karina Logue, Tamara Mercer, Michael Parks, Don Winston ..
Directed by: Jonas Pate, Josh Pate
Release date: 1997-08-31

City of Industry

6.1/10 IMDB

A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.

Starring: Harvey Keitel, Timothy Hutton, Stephen Dorff, Famke Janssen, Wade Dominguez, Michael Jai White, Lucy Liu, Reno Wilson, Dana Barron, Tamara Clatterbuck ..
Directed by: John Irvin
Release date: 1997-03-14


6.4/10 IMDB

Harry Donovan is an art forger who paints fake Rembrandt picture for $500,000. The girl he meets and gets into bed with in Paris, Marieke, turns out to be an arts expert Harry's clients are using to check the counterfeit picture he painted.

Starring: Jason Patric, Irène Jacob, Ian Richardson, Rod Steiger, Thomas Lockyer, Simon Chandler, Pip Torrens, Michael Cochrane, Togo Igawa, Joseph Blatchley ..
Directed by: John Badham
Release date: 1997-11-14
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Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder

6.2/10 IMDB

Based on a true story, this film recounts the story of Diane Zamora and David Graham, two high school sweethearts who swear to always be together, even as they enter separate military academies. But when David confesses he had an affair with a classmate, Diane has an ultimatum, leading the two into a murderous pact with severe repercussions.

Starring: Holly Marie Combs, David Lipper, Cassidy Rae, Dee Wallace, Gary Grubbs, Kurt Fuller, Joanna Canton, Chad Carlberg, Jack Landry, Karyn Beach ..
Directed by: Richard A. Colla
Release date: 1997-02-20

Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

7.1/10 IMDB

An acclaimed hijacking documentary that eerily foreshadowed 9/11. We meet the romantic skyjackers who fought their revolutions and won airtime on the passenger planes of the 1960s and '70s. By the 1990s, such characters were apparently no more, replaced on our TV screens by stories of anonymous bombs in suitcases. Director Johan Grimonprez investigates the politics behind this change, at the same time unwrapping our own complicity in the urge for ultimate disaster.

Directed by: Johan Grimonprez
Release date: 1997-01-01

Playing God

5.6/10 IMDB

Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed LA surgeon Dr Eugene Sands abandons his former life only to find himself crossing paths with Raymond Blossom, an infamous counterfeiter. Employed as a "gun-shot doctor" when Raymond's associates cannot risk visiting a hospital, Eugene is lured deep into the criminal world and becomes entangled with his boss's girlfriend.

Starring: David Duchovny, Timothy Hutton, Angelina Jolie, Michael Massee, Stacey Travis, Bob Jennings, Peter Stormare, John Hawkes, Tracey Walter, Andrew Tiernan ..
Directed by: Andy Wilson
Release date: 1997-10-17

Heaven's Burning

5.7/10 IMDB

In Sydney, the newly married Midori is honeymooning with her husband, Yukio. She does not love him and fakes her own kidnapping to escape the marriage. Her lover is supposed to meet her, but fails to appear. She goes to a bank to get some cash, only to become a hostage in an unfolding robbery, until the getaway driver, Colin, saves her from his fellow robbers. They hit the road together, with the cops, her husband and the robbers in pursuit.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Youki Kudoh, Kenji Isomura, Ray Barrett, Robert Mammone, Petru Gheorghiu, Anthony Phelan, Matthew Dyktynski, Colin Hay, Susan Prior ..
Directed by: Craig Lahiff
Release date: 1997-11-06


6.1/10 IMDB

A young man, Pat, visits the clan of gypsy-like grifters (Irish Travellers) in rural North Carolina from whom he is descended. He is at first rejected, but cousin Bokky takes him on as an apprentice. Pat learns the game while Bokky falls in love and desires a different life. Written by Jeff Hole

Starring: Bill Paxton, Julianna Margulies, James Gammon, Nikki DeLoach, Luke Askew, Danielle Keaton, Mark Wahlberg, Andrew Porter, Jean Speegle Howard, Rance Howard ..
Directed by: Jack Green
Release date: 1997-04-18

Hurricane Streets

6.3/10 IMDB

Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four close buddies who have a basement clubhouse; they shoplift and sell the wares to kids. One is moving toward selling drugs. Marcus wants to take a breather from the city and visit family in New Mexico. He also meets Melena, 14, a sweet kid who dreams of going to Alaska; her father is not just protective but angry and uncommunicative. The gang pressures Marcus to move up to burglary and car theft. He just wants to breathe open air. Can anything go right?

Starring: Brendan Sexton III, Antoine McLean, Mtume Gant, Carlo Alban, David Roland Frank, Heather Matarazzo, Adrian Grenier, Edie Falco, Isidra Vega, José Zúñiga ..
Directed by: Morgan J. Freeman
Release date: 1997-01-21

Cold Around the Heart

5.1/10 IMDB

A jewel thief moves towards a reunion of revenge with his lover, who pushed him out of their speeding getaway car.

Starring: David Caruso, Kelly Lynch, Stacey Dash, Chris Noth, John Spencer, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Richard Kind ..
Directed by: John Ridley
Release date: 1997-11-07
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No Child of Mine

7.4/10 IMDB

Thirteen-year-old Kerry is repeatedly sexually abused by several adults, including at one point her mother. Her father sets her up as a prostitute. Kerry finally calls Childline and is put in a safe house, where she tries to come to terms with what has been done to her. Based on a true story, with the names changed to protect the real Kerry's identity.

Starring: Brooke Kinsella, Colin Salmon, Billy Geraghty, Sharon Small, Ginny Holder, Geoffrey Church, Colin Wyatt, Darren Tighe ..
Directed by: Peter Kosminsky
Release date: 1997-02-25

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