1997 Drama Movies

 (1997)

Titanic

  • 88%
  • PG-13
  • 194 min
  • Drama

Titanic is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic, the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era -- the ship of dreams -- which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912. In 3D at select locations.

 (1997)

Lolita

  • 67%
  • R
  • 137 min
  • Drama

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

 (1997)

Boogie Nights

  • 92%
  • R
  • 155 min
  • Drama

A dark comedy following the rise and fall of Eddie Adams, a handsome, uneducated teenager who works in the kitchen of a popular San Fernando Valley nightclub. Back at home, Eddie has to face the oppressive company of a passive father and a domineering mother who keeps reminding him he's stupid and a failure. But when he's spotted at the club by Jack Horner, a successful porn producer, Eddie is instantly lured to a promising career in the adult entertainment industry.

 (1997)

Good Will Hunting

  • 97%
  • R
  • 126 min
  • Drama

Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is twenty years old, and already stands out in his rough, working-class neighborhood in South Boston. He's never been to college, except to scrub floors as a janitor at MIT. Yet he can summon obscure historical references from a photographic memory, and almost instantly solve math problems that frustrate Nobel Prize winning professors. The one thing this remarkably bright, impossibly angry young man can't do - after his latest bar fight - is talk his way out of a pending jail sentence. His only hope is Sean McGuire (Robin Williams), a college professor-turned-therapist with an admiration for Will's emotional struggles, and a keen understanding of what it's like to fight your way through life.

 (1997)

The Game

  • 71%
  • R
  • 128 min
  • Drama

Nicholas Van Orton is a very wealthy San Francisco banker, but he is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone. In the year of his 48th birthday (the age his father committed suicide) his brother Conrad, who has gone long ago and surrendered to addictions of all kinds, suddenly returns and gives Nicholas a card giving him entry to unusual entertainment provided by something called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Giving up to curiosity, Nicholas visits CRS and all kinds of weird and bad things start to happen to him.

 (1997)

Life is Beautiful

    • PG-13
    • 116 min
    • Comedy

    A Chaplinesque fable about the power of imagination set against the stark reality of World War II Europe. Life is Beautiful (La Vita E Bella) combines satire, physical comedy, social commentary and a touch of the surreal into a uniquely moving story of love.

     (1997)

    L.A. Confidential

    • 99%
    • R
    • 138 min
    • Crime

    In a time when it seems that every other movie makes some claim to being a film noir, L.A. Confidential is the real thing--a gritty, sordid tale of sex, scandal, betrayal, and corruption of all sorts (police, political, press--and, of course, very personal) in 1940s Hollywood. The Oscar-winning screenplay is actually based on several titles in James Ellroy's series of chronological thriller novels (including the title volume, The Big Nowhere, and White Jazz)--a compelling blend of L.A. history and pulp fiction that has earned it comparisons to the greatest of all Technicolor noir films, Chinatown. Kim Basinger richly deserved her Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a conflicted femme fatale; unfortunately, her male costars are so uniformly fine that they may have canceled each other out with the Academy voters: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, and James Cromwell play LAPD officers of varying stripes. Pearce's character is a particularly intriguing study in Hollywood amorality and ambition, a strait-laced "hero" (and son of a departmental legend) whose career goals outweigh all other moral, ethical, and legal considerations. If he's a good guy, it's only because he sees it as the quickest route to a promotion.

     (1997)

    The Devil's Advocate

    • 66%
    • R
    • 144 min
    • Drama

    Kevin Lomax is a success in the courtroom and out of it, a young Florida defense attorney who's never lost a case. Lomax enjoys a happy marriage with his sexy young wife, Mary Ann, and even has a good relationship with his straitlaced, churchgoing mother. In fact, things seem just about perfect for Kevin - nearly Heaven on Earth. But not exactly.

    After winning a most distasteful victory for his client, a convicted child-molester, Lomax is invited to join a prestigous New York law firm and live a life of power and luxury. But as Lomax tastes the power of being a wealthy New York attorney, something in him changes. Winning is no longer just a goal - it becomes an obsession. When his wife starts having frightening experiences she can't explain and his world starts spinning ever-faster out of control, Lomax realizes his existence in Heaven on Earth has ended. Now he's stepping into Hell. And standing at the gates to welcome him is The Devil, himself.

     (1997)

    Jackie Brown

    • 87%
    • R
    • 154 min
    • Crime

    Jackie (Pam Grier) supplements her meager income as a stewardess by smuggling cash into the U.S. for gunnrunner Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) - until the day an ATF agent (Michael Keaton) and an LA cop (Michael Bowman) bust her at the airport. The cops pressure her to help them bring down Ordell, threatening prison if she refuses.

    With a sympathetic bailbondsman (Robert Forster), Jackie arrives at a bold, almost foolhardy plan to play off these opposing forces against each other. Matters are complicated by Ordell's confederates, Louis Gara (Robert De Niro) and Melanie Ralston (Bridget Fonda) who have agendas of their own. By appearing to cooperate with both sides, Jackie attempts to outfox them both and walk away with a half million dollar payday.

     (1997)

    Gattaca

    • 82%
    • PG-13
    • 106 min
    • Drama

    The futuristic thriller Gattaca invites audiences to enter an alternate future in which "designer people" forged in test tubes rule society and genetics determine a person's future. In this world, a person with the right genetic stuff can do anything; but a person with even a slight defect or even potential for a defect is a prisoner of his own biological cells.

    The film stars Ethan Hawke as Vincent Freeman, a young man determined to break out of his imperfect genetic destiny and see his dreams of traveling into space come true.