1997 Drama Movies

 (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.

 (1997)

The Rainmaker

  • 82%
  • PG-13
  • 135 min
  • Crime

Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon) is an idealistic young law school graduate who aspires to be a "rainmaker." When he can't get his first shot with a great law firm, he finds employment doing grunt work and chasing ambulances for a sleazy character named Bruiser Stone (Mickey Rourke).

Rudy latches onto a case that will shake the system to its foundation, exposing a multimillion-dollar insurance scam by taking on a powerful and corrupt company that has systematically made fortunes off the backs of poor and working-class people.

 (1997)

As Good As It Gets

  • 86%
  • PG-13
  • 139 min
  • Comedy

Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is the most dysfunctional of men, an acid-tongued romance novelist who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Never one to avoid confrontations, he takes pride in his ability to affront, repulse, offend and wound. His targets are random; his aim reckless. Leave an elevator in which he stands; cross a street on which he walks. He is to be avoided at all costs, but some victims just cannot escape.

As part of Melvin's unwavering daily schedule, he consumes an artery-hardening breakfast of bacon, sausages and eggs at a local cafe. The only waitress willing to stand up to his sarcastic tirades is Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt), a single mother struggling to raise her chronically asthmatic son.

Simon Nye (Greg Kinnear) has the distinct misfortune of living across the hall from Melvin in their West Village apartment building in downtown Manhattan. A talented contemporary artist, Simon is a current darling of the New York art world, reason enough to draw Melvin's verbal fire. His gay lifestyle is thus only further grist for the novelist's malicious mill.

These three New Yorkers - none of whom appears to have a chance in hell at finding real happiness - discover their fates intertwined because of the fourth complicated character in the piece, an ugly, tiny dog named Verdell.

 (1997)

Lost Highway

  • 59%
  • R
  • 134 min
  • Drama

A mesmerizing meditation on the mysterious nature of identity, Lost Highway is the latest film by David Lynch, creator of such modern masterworks as The Elephant Man. The film expands the horizons of the medium, taking its audience on a journey through the unknown and the unknowable. Radical, even for a Lynch film, Lost Highway is not only about the human psyche, it actually seems to take place inside it.

 (1997)

Anastasia

  • 85%
  • G
  • 94 min
  • Animation

A magical mix of action, adventure, comedy, romance and music, ANASTASIA is a spectacular, full-length animated motion picture about the lost Russian princess, the fabled last surviving member of the Romanov family, and her incredible journey to find her identity. During her one-of-a-kind adventure, Anastasia and her companions must battle the evil sorcerer Rasputin, his sidekick Bartok the bat, and a band of ghostly minions - all of whom will stop at nothing to complete Rasputin's curse against her family.

 (1997)

Donnie Brasco

  • 87%
  • NONE
  • 127 min
  • Biography

FBI agent, gangster, husband, father -- how many identities can one man assume, how many families can one man be tied to, before they split him completely apart? This moral dilemma drives the true story of FBI undercover agent Joe Pistone, AKA Donnie Brasco, who in the 1970's infiltrated the mob in what was to become one of the most successful mole operations ever. But it was a mission that exacted a devastating personal price on the man. Pulled into an unexpected and revealing friendship with the criminal he was supposed to be destroying, Donnie Brasco almost destroyed himself.

 (1997)

The Edge

  • 60%
  • R
  • 117 min
  • Adventure

Thidden tensions between two men -- one an intellectual billionaire (Anthony Hopkins), the other a hotshot fashion photographer (Alec Baldwin) -- are gradually unleashed when they engage in a desperate struggle for survival after their plane crashes in the hostile Alaskan wilderness. One man eventually learns that the greatest danger comes not from Nature, but from fear, treachery and, possibly, murder.

 (1997)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • 48%
  • R
  • 155 min
  • Crime

John Kelso (John Cusack) is a young writer from New York who has been sent to Savannah to cover a very prestigious Christmas party, given each year by Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey), one of Savannah's most prominent and colorful citizens. Kelso's assignment seems straightforward -- simply immerse himself in Savannah's gracious Southern atmosphere and describe the party preparations and Jim Williams' exclusive guest list and the event festivities. Unfortunately, things don't quite work out that way.

In a sequence of events set in motion following his courtly Christmas party, Jim Williams is arrested for murder. Claiming self-defense, Williams has shot and killed his live-in lover, Billy Hanson (Jude Law), who, it seems, had a history of irrational, often violent behavior. Over the coming months, Savannah provides the stage for a morality play generated by Williams and reflected through some of the city's more eccentric inhabitants. The situation becomes increasingly entangled, as gossip and Savannah's unique approach to social disorder and problem-solving leave their stamp on events.

 (1997)

G.I. Jane

  • 55%
  • R
  • 125 min
  • Action

Navy Intelligence officer Lt. Jordan O'Neil (Demi Moore) sets a historic precedent when she is recruited as a test case to be the first woman allowed to train for the Navy Seals. Selected for her courage, skills, and level headedness, O'Neil is determined to succeed in the most demanding, most merciless and most honored fighting force in the world. Under the relentless command of Master Chief John Urgayle (Viggo Mortensen), O'Neil is put through weeks of physical and emotional hell, and is not expected to succeed. Indeed, military and high ranking government officials are counting on her to fail.