Best Romance Movies of 1997

1.

Titanic

7.1
7.8/10

101-year-old Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story of her life aboard the Titanic, 84 years later. A young Rose boards the ship with her mother and fiancé. Meanwhile, Jack Dawson and Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets aboard the ship. Rose tells the whole story from Titanic's departure through to its death—on its first and last voyage—on April 15, 1912.

Starring: Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher
Directed by: James Cameron
Release date: 1997-11-18
2.

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
3.

Gattaca

6.3
7.8/10

In a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics, humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. Young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet is determined to infiltrate the GATTACA space program.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, Gore Vidal, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin
Directed by: Andrew Niccol
Release date: 1997-09-07
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.

Lolita

5.2
6.9/10

Urbane professor Humbert Humbert marries a New England widow to be near her nymphet daughter.

Starring: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella, Suzanne Shepherd
Directed by: Adrian Lyne
Release date: 1997-09-27
6.

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
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.

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
9.

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
10.

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
11.

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
12.

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
13.

Mrs Brown

4.4
7.3/10

Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but that relationship creates scandalous situation and is likely to lead to monarchy crisis.

Starring: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher, Gerard Butler
Directed by: John Madden
Release date: 1997-07-18
14.

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
15.

Inventing the Abbotts

4.1
6.4/10

In the 1950s, brothers Jacey and Doug Holt, who come from the poorer side of their sleepy Midwestern town, vie for the affections of the wealthy, lovely Abbott sisters. Lady-killer Jacey alternates between Eleanor and Alice, wanting simply to break the hearts of rich young women. But sensitive Doug has a real romance with Pamela, which Jacey and the Abbott patriarch, Lloyd, both frown upon.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, Billy Crudup, Joanna Going
Directed by: Pat O'Connor
Release date: 1997-04-04
16.

Love Jones

4.0
7.5/10

Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just "kicking it," they hang out with their friends, talking about love and sex. Then Nina tests the strength of Darius' feelings and sets a chain of romantic complications into motion.

Starring: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Bill Bellamy, Lisa Nicole Carson
Directed by: Theodore Witcher
Release date: 1997-03-14
17.

Niagara, Niagara

4.0
7.1/10

"Niagra, Niagra" begins quietly in a drugstore in Poughkeepsie, where Marcie, the film's disarming heroine, likes to shoplift. She literally crashes into Seth, a quiet outsider, also on a shoplifting spree. Marcie invites Seth to accompany her to Canada to find a black hairstyling head. They set off in Seth's beat-up station wagon, destined for a toy store in Toronto. While on the road, Marcie confides to Seth that she has Tourette's syndrome, necessitating a series of detours to liquor stories and pharmacies along the roads of upstate New York.

Starring: Robin Tunney, Henry Thomas, Michael Parks, Stephen Lang, John MacKay
Directed by: Bob Gosse
Release date: 1997-08-30
18.

Picture Perfect

4.0
5.5/10

A young advertising executive's life becomes increasingly complicated when, in order to impress her boss, she pretends to be engaged to a man she has just met.

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jay Mohr, Kevin Bacon, Olympia Dukakis, Illeana Douglas
Directed by: Glenn Gordon Caron
Release date: 1997-01-08
19.

The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain

3.8
5.8/10

The first wedding anniversary of Princess Odette and Prince Derek is distracted by field fires set by Knuckles. His master Clavius, wants to conquer the world, and he needs to capture a giant orb to do that. Clavius kidnaps Queen Uberta and Odette with Derek have to save her.

Starring: Michelle Nicastro, Douglas Sills, Steve Vinovich, Joseph Medrano, James Arrington
Directed by: Richard Rich
Release date: 1997-01-01
20.

Jane Eyre

3.8
7.1/10
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Bronte's classic novel is filmed yet again. The story of the Yorkshire orphan who becomes a governess to a young French girl and finds love with the brooding lord of the manor is given a standard romantic flare, but sparks do not seem to happen between the two leads in this version.
Starring: Samantha Morton, Ciarán Hinds, Gemma Jones, Deborah Findlay, Abigail Cruttenden
Directed by: Robert Young
Release date: 1997-03-09

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