1997 Drama Movies

 (1997)

Chasing Amy

  • 88%
  • R
  • 113 min
  • Comedy

In 'Chasing Amy', life-long best friends Holden McNeil (BEN AFFLECK) and Banky Edwards (JASON LEE) are enjoying success as the creators of the cult hit comic book 'Bluntman and Chronic.' When they meet fellow comic book artist Alyssa Jones (JOEY LAUREN ADAMS), Holden's desire for the beautiful charmer is immediate. Alyssa, however, has set her romantic sights elsewhere and yet decides, nevertheless, to pursue a friendship with Holden. This presents Holden with a dilemma: Feeling the way he does, can he merely be friends with this woman? Banky, who knows Holden best, doesn't think so.

As the friendship deepens, so do Holden's affections for Alyssa. And cautiously, yet effortlessly, so do Alyssa's for him. With their relationship struggling to define itself, Banky grows more and more frustrated at the notion of losing his best friend to emotional adulthood.

 (1997)

Children of Heaven

    • 89 min
    • Drama

    Triumphant prizewinner at many prestigious film festivals, this uplifitng, crowd-pleasing story of family and love was also nominated for an Academy Award(R) as Best Foreign Language Film!

     (1997)

    U-Turn

    • 59%
    • R
    • 125 min
    • Crime

    Miles from nowhere, speeding down the open road, Bobby Cooper's (Sean Penn) feeling good. And why shouldn't he be? On a path beaten by thousands of small time gamblers before him, Bobby's on his way to pay offal debt in Las Vegas. Russian gangsters had Bobby behind the eight ball. All that's behind him now that he's flushed with green. But just like life, when you think you've got it made, something happens. It's hard to believe where a busted radiator hose will get you.

     (1997)

    Kiss the Girls

    • 30%
    • R
    • 115 min
    • Crime

    Forensic detective and best-selling crime author Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) is cool and professional about his work, passionate and protective about his family. When his niece Naomi (Gina Ravera) turns up missing from her college campus in North Carolina, Cross knows he must apply his formidable investigative skills to search for her.

    Arriving in Durham, Cross learns a special Task Force Office is already operating and that Naomi isn't the only victim. Seven other girls are missing and two bodies have been found, with a note left at the second murder scene signed "Casanova." Cross then meets Dr. Kate McTiernan (Ashley Judd), who escaped from an encounter with the suspect and may be the only person able to identify "Casanova" -- his size, his voice, the way he moves. Cross reluctantly accepts her assistance, realizing it's personal for her as well. Following a trail of clues which leads from the Deep South to the West Coast and back, they race against time to find Cross' niece and the chilling truth behind her disappearance.

     (1997)

    Private Parts

    • 80%
    • NONE
    • 109 min
    • Biography

    "Private Parts" offers an uncensored, honest look at the life of Howard Stern -- from his troubled childhood to his triumph as the "King of All Media." Comic and irreverent, Stern shares his heartbreak, angst and headaches of his unique metamorphosis from pathetic and despised geek to pathetic and despised American pop celebrity.

     (1997)

    Volcano

    • 44%
    • PG-13
    • 104 min
    • Action

    Los Angeles, the city which has become almost a byword for disaster, is about to experience its most cataclysmic event ever, one that will ultimately test its ability to survive. A vent in the earth's crust has unleashed an incredible force of nature. The literally earth-shattering product: an erupting VOLCANO ... and ground zero is L.A.'s famed La Brea Tar Pits. An unprepared Los Angeles is facing its worst nightmare as an endless stream of fiery, deadly lava insidiously creeps across traffic-choked streets while wreaking havoc below ground in the labyrinth of manmade and natural tunnels.

     (1997)

    The Devil's Own

    • 29%
    • R
    • 107 min
    • Crime

    No one could ever have predicted that Tom O'Meara (Harrison Ford) and Frankie McGuire aka Rory Devaney (Brad Pitt) would come to know one another. The New York City cop and the Irish terrorist have nothing but their heritage in common. But when Devaney arrives in the US on a terrorist mission, he takes on the perfect false identity, hiding in plain sight as an innocent young man seeking refuge from his country's troubles. O'Meara, a man with a large heart, agrees to open his family home to this supposed stranger in need, without knowing anything about his past.

    Two countries, two men, two opposite ways of trying to do the right thing. Yet their fates will be fused together when their very different methods of seeking peace and justice wind up on a violent collision course with one another.

     (1997)

    Wag the Dog

    • 85%
    • R
    • 97 min
    • Comedy

    After being caught in a scandalous situation days before the election, the president does not seem to have much of a chance of being re-elected. One of his advisors (DeNiro) contacts a top Hollywood producer (Hoffman) in order to manufacture a war in Albania that the president can heroically end, all through mass media.

     (1997)

    The Ice Storm

    • 83%
    • R
    • 112 min
    • Drama

    In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad.

     (1997)

    Fools Rush In

    • 33%
    • PG-13
    • 109 min
    • Comedy

    Alex Whitman (Matthew Perry) is a straight-laced corporate type from Manhattan. Isabel Fuentes (Salma Hayek) is a fiery Mexican-American who believes in the power of destiny. Neither gave a thought to where a single night of passion would lead, but the whims of chance had other ideas. When they meet three months late, she's pregnant and they decide to get married. It's a long way from Manhattan to Las Vegas, but Alex is beginning to think it was worth the trip. Fools Rush In tells the funny, romantic story of fated lovers trying their luck at the world's oldest game: love.