When we look back to the ’90s, we’re reminded of all the great cinema that was being made – classic movies that still feel relevant today and the characters we still find ourselves relating to too. 1997 was a particularly great year for cinema, as some of the most innovative and groundbreaking films were released during this time. Directors and producers have pushed the boundaries in terms of storytelling, special effects and film editing, in addition to the rise of some of today’s most promising actors such as Oscar-winning actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
One of the greatest things about movies is that they have the ability to inspire us and give people hope. A great movie leaves an impression on us that will make us think about it long after we leave the cinema. Movies such as Titanic, good hunting, and As good as it gets just do that. Here are some of the best movies released in 1997 that prove what a great year it was for cinema.
9 Donnie Brasco
Al Pacino and Johnny Depp give great performances as they star in crime/drama Donnie Brasco. Both of these actors are legends and some of the most talented people in the business. they’ve gained such fame over the years that audiences will watch a movie just because it’s there. Director Mike Newell has done a brilliant job telling the story of an undercover FBI agent (Depp) who works his way into a relationship with a hitman (Pacino) in an attempt to get information about the New York mob families he infiltrated.
8 LA Confidential
LA Confidential is the story of three Los Angeles police officers, each with their own agenda, who come together to solve a murder that took place in the 1950s. Each of the characters’ individual pasts plays into how they solve cases and define the people they are. Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, James Cormwell and Danny DeVito star in the Curtis Hanson crime film. With a 99% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes and nine Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, it’s safe to say this movie was a massive hit. Of the nine Oscar nominations he received, LA Confidential won two in the categories of Best Supporting Actress (for Basinger) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
7 Jackie Brown
In 1997, iconic filmmaker and director Quentin Tarantino released his third film Jackie Brown with Pam Grier. Tarantino is definitely one of a kind in the film world, known for his stylistic choices, use of violence and comedy, and extended dialogue. Some say the director’s films are so unique that they exist in their own universe in which Tarantino can rewrite history. Grier gave a great performance in crime/drama, but despite the reception Jackie Brown was, it didn’t land any Oscar nominations, resulting in what some consider one of the biggest Oscar snubs in Best Actress category history.
5 As good as it gets
Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt play an angry writer with obsessive-compulsive disorder and a single mother working as a waitress at a local New York restaurant, respectively. These two characters, Melvin Udall (Nicholson) and Carol Connelly (Hunt), embark on an unlikely journey despite their rocky start. Nicholson and Hunt’s on-screen chemistry is fantastic, which helped them both win Oscars that year for Best Actor and Best Actress. As good as it gets is a great movie and a must see.
4 Liar Liar
The 1990s marked the height of the career of comedian and actor Jim Carrey. With the release of films such as The mask, batman forever, Man on the Moon, Stupid and even dumber, Ace Ventura, The Truman Show, and of course Liar Liar, Carrey consistently did a great job. The Tom Shadyac-directed comedy/adventure follows a successful lawyer who can only tell the truth for 24 hours on the day his career-changing case must be won.
3 Goodwill hunting
Matt Damon stars in and co-wrote the screenplay for the gorgeous drama/romance Goodwill hunting alongside fellow actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck. Everything about this film is remarkable: from the acting to the screenplay, through the direction and the soundtrack, it stands out as one of the best films of the 90s. Goodwill hunting was nominated for eight Oscars in 1998, eventually winning two, the first in the Best Supporting Actor category for Robin Williams’ career performance as therapist Sean Maguire, and the second for Best Original Screenplay which was the first Oscar for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
2 The full Monty
The full Monty is a great movie, but unique from the others on this list due to the fact that it’s one of the few comedies, at this point, to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination. The film follows two men desperate to make money to pay off missed child support payments and their idea of doing a male striptease. Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape and Tom Wilkinson star in this hilarious movie.
When you think of an epic film, you think of James Cameron Titanic. This jaw-dropping romance/drama is iconic and will forever go down as one of the most successful films ever made. The level of authenticity and precision that has gone into the making of Titanic is amazing, whether it’s making sure every detail of the ship was accurate or getting to the bottom of the ocean to capture footage of the wreckage. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet play ill-fated lovers Jack and Rose, two of their most iconic roles to date. Their performances propelled the two to stardom and are still referenced more than 20 years after the film’s release.
Cameron is an incredible filmmaker and broke new ground in the film world in terms of cinematography, special effects and film editing in Titanic. The film was nominated for 13 Oscars, winning ten, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.
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