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The year 1997 in film involved many significant films, including the blockbuster success Titanic.

Highest-grossing films

The top ten films released in 1997 by worldwide gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1997[1]
Rank Title Studio Worldwide gross
1. Titanic Paramount Pictures / 20th Century Fox $1,843,201,268[2]
2. The Lost World: Jurassic Park Universal Pictures $618,638,999
3. Men in Black Columbia Pictures $589,390,539
4. Tomorrow Never Dies United Artists $333,011,068
5. Air Force One Columbia Pictures $315,156,409
6. As Good as It Gets TriStar Pictures $314,178,011
7. Liar Liar Universal Pictures $302,710,615
8. My Best Friend's Wedding TriStar Pictures $299,288,605
9. The Fifth Element Columbia Pictures $263,920,180
10. The Full Monty Fox Searchlight Pictures $257,850,122


Academy Awards

Golden Globe Awards

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Taste of Cherry (طعم گيلاس, Ta'm-e gilass), directed by Abbas Kiarostami, Iran / France
The Eel (うなぎ, Unagi), directed by Shohei Imamura, Japan

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Hana-bi (Fireworks), directed by Takeshi Kitano, Japan

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The People vs. Larry Flynt, directed by Miloš Forman, Canada / United States

Award ceremonies


Category/Organization 55th Golden Globe Awards
January 18, 1998
3rd Critics' Choice Awards
January 20, 1998
4th Screen Actors Guild Awards
March 8, 1998
70th Academy Awards
March 23, 1998
51st BAFTA Awards
April 18, 1998
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Titanic As Good as It Gets L.A. Confidential N/A Titanic The Full Monty
Best Director James Cameron
N/A James Cameron
Baz Luhrmann
Romeo + Juliet
Best Actor Peter Fonda
Ulee's Gold
Jack Nicholson
As Good as It Gets
Robert Carlyle
The Full Monty
Best Actress Judi Dench
Mrs. Brown
Helen Hunt
As Good as It Gets
Helena Bonham Carter
The Wings of the Dove
Helen Hunt
As Good as It Gets
Judi Dench
Mrs. Brown
Best Supporting Actor Burt Reynolds
Boogie Nights
Anthony Hopkins
Robin Williams
Good Will Hunting
Tom Wilkinson
The Full Monty
Best Supporting Actress Kim Basinger
L.A. Confidential
Joan Cusack
In & Out
Kim Basinger
L.A. Confidential
Gloria Stuart
Kim Basinger
L.A. Confidential
Sigourney Weaver
The Ice Storm
Best Screenplay, Adapted Good Will Hunting
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
L.A. Confidential
Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson
N/A L.A. Confidential
Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson
Romeo + Juliet
Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce
Best Screenplay, Original Good Will Hunting
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
N/A Good Will Hunting
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
Nil by Mouth
Gary Oldman
Best Original Score Titanic
James Horner
N/A N/A Titanic
James Horner
Romeo + Juliet
Nellee Hooper
Best Original Song "My Heart Will Go On"
N/A N/A "My Heart Will Go On"
Best Foreign Language Film My Life in Pink Shall We Dance? N/A Character Ridicule

1997 Wide-release movies


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
12 The Relic Paramount Pictures Peter Hyams (director); Amy Holden Jones, John Raffo, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver (screenplay); Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt, James Whitmore Sci-Fi, Horror Live Action
Turbulence Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Robert Butler (director); Jonathan Brett (screenplay); Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly, Héctor Elizondo, Rachel Ticotin, Catherine Hicks, Brendan Gleeson Action, Thriller Live Action
Jackie Chan's First Strike Golden Harvest Stanley Tong (director); Greg Mellott, Elliot Tong, Stanley Tong, Nick Tramontane (screenplay); Jackie Chan Martial Arts, Comedy Live Action
17 Beverly Hills Ninja TriStar Pictures Dennis Dugan (director); Mark Feldberg, Mitch Klebanoff (screenplay); Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan, Nathaniel Parker, Soon-Tek Oh, with Chris Rock, Robin Shou Action, Comedy Live Action
Metro Touchstone Pictures / Caravan Pictures Thomas Carter (director); Randy Feldman (screenplay); Eddie Murphy, Michael Wincott, Donal Logue, Michael Rapaport, Carmen Ejogo, Denis Arndt Action Live Action
24 Fierce Creatures Universal Pictures Fred Schepisi, Robert Young (director); John Cleese (screenplay); John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Robert Lindsay, Ronnie Corbett, Derek Griffiths, Maria Aitken Comedy Live Action
Zeus and Roxanne Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer George T. Miller (director); Tom Benedek (screenplay); Steve Guttenberg, Kathleen Quinlan, Miko Hughes, Arnold Vosloo Family Live Action
31 Star Wars (Special Edition) Lucasfilm / 20th Century Fox George Lucas (director/screenplay); Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Peter Cushing, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew Sci-Fi, Fantasy Live Action
Meet Wally Sparks Largo Entertainment / JVC Peter Baldwin (director); Harry Basil, Rodney Dangerfield (screenplay); Rodney Dangerfield, Debi Mazar, Michael Weatherly, Cindy Williams, Alan Rachins, Burt Reynolds, David Ogden Stiers Comedy Live Action
7 Dante's Peak Universal Pictures Roger Donaldson (director); Leslie Bohem (screenplay); Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Charles Hallahan, Elizabeth Hoffman, Jamie Renée Smith, Jeremy Foley, Grant Heslov Action, Adventure Thriller Live Action
14 Fools Rush In Columbia Pictures Andy Tennant (director); Katherine Reback, Joan Taylor (screenplay); Matthew Perry, Salma Hayek, Siobhan Fallon Hogan Romance, Comedy Live Action
Vegas Vacation Warner Bros. Stephen Kessler (director); Elisa Bell (screenplay); Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Ethan Embry, Marisol Nichols, Randy Quaid Comedy Live Action
21 The Empire Strikes Back (Special Edition) Lucasfilm / 20th Century Fox Irvin Kershner (director); Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay); Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz Sci-Fi, Fantasy Live Action
Rosewood Warner Bros. John Singleton (director); Gregory Poirier (screenplay); Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean, Esther Rolle, Elise Neal, Michael Rooker Drama Live Action
28 Booty Call Columbia Pictures Jeff Pollack (director); Takashi Bufford (screenplay); Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox, Tamala Jones, Art Malik Comedy Live Action
Donnie Brasco TriStar Pictures Mike Newell (director); Paul Attanasio (screenplay); Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, Zeljko Ivanek, Anne Heche Crime, Drama Live Action
7 Jungle 2 Jungle Walt Disney Pictures John Pasquin (director); Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon (screenplay); Tim Allen, Martin Short, Sam Huntington, Lolita Davidovich, David Ogden Stiers, JoBeth Williams Comedy Live Action
Private Parts Paramount Pictures Betty Thomas (director); Len Blum, Michael Kalesniko (screenplay); Howard Stern, Robin Quivers, Mary McCormack, Fred Norris, Paul Giamatti, Carol Alt, Allison Janney, Michael Murphy, Jenna Jameson Biography, Comedy Live Action
14 Return of the Jedi (Special Edition) Lucasfilm / 20th Century Fox Richard Marquand (director); Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas (screenplay); Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Ian McDiarmid, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz Sci-Fi, Fantasy Live Action
Love Jones New Line Cinema Theodore Witcher (director/screenplay); Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Bill Bellamy, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson Romance, Drama Live Action
21 Liar Liar Universal Pictures Tom Shadyac (director); Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur (screenplay); Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Jennifer Tilly, Swoosie Kurtz, Amanda Donohoe, Jason Bernard, Mitchell Ryan, Anne Haney, Justin Cooper, Cary Elwes Comedy Live Action
Selena Warner Bros. Gregory Nava (director/screenplay); Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Constance Marie, Jon Seda, Lupe Ontiveros Biography, Drama Live Action
28 The 6th Man Touchstone Pictures Randall Miller (director); Christopher Reed, Cynthia Carle (screenplay); Marlon Wayans, Kadeem Hardison, Michael Michele Sports, Comedy Live Action
B*A*P*S New Line Cinema Robert Townsend (director); Troy Beyer (screenplay); Halle Berry, Martin Landau Comedy Live Action
Cats Don't Dance Warner Bros. Mark Dindal (director); Roberts Gannaway, Cliff Ruby, Elana Lesser (screenplay); Scott Bakula, Jasmine Guy, Ashley Peldon, John Rhys-Davies, Kathy Najimy, Don Knotts Comedy, Musical Animation
The Devil's Own Columbia Pictures Alan J. Pakula (director); David Aaron Cohen, Vincent Patrick, Kevin Jarre (screenplay); Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin, Rubén Blades, Treat Williams, George Hearn Action, Thriller Live Action
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie 20th Century Fox Shuki Levy (director/screenplay), David Winning (director); Shuki Levy, Shell Danielson (screenplay); Johnny Yong Bosch, Nakia Burrise, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank, Austin St. John, Catherine Sutherland, Jason Narvy, Paul Schrier, Hilary Shepard, Amy Jo Johnson, Blake Foster Action, Adventure Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
4 Double Team Columbia Pictures Tsui Hark (director); Don Jakoby, Paul Mones (screenplay); Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman, Paul Freeman, Mickey Rourke Action Live Action
Chasing Amy Miramax Films Kevin Smith (director/screenplay); Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith Romance, Comedy Live Action
The Saint Paramount Pictures Phillip Noyce (director); Jonathan Hensleigh, Wesley Strick (screenplay); Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Šerbedžija Thriller Live Action
11 Anaconda Columbia Pictures Luis Llosa (director); Hans Bauer, Jim Cash, Jack Epps, Jr. (screenplay); Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Kari Wührer, Jonathan Hyde Adventure, Horror Live Action
Grosse Pointe Blank Hollywood Pictures George Armitage (director); Tom Jankiewicz, D. V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack (screenplay); John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd Comedy Live Action
18 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Orion Pictures Tom Schulman (director/screenplay); Joe Pesci, Andy Comeau, Kristy Swanson, George Hamilton, Dyan Cannon, David Spade, Todd Louiso Comedy Live Action
McHale's Navy Universal Pictures Bryan Spicer (director); Peter Crabbe, Andy Rose (screenplay); Tom Arnold, Dean Stockwell, David Alan Grier, Debra Messing, Tim Curry, Bruce Campbell, Danton Stone, French Stewart, Brian Haley, Tommy Chong, Henry Cho, Honorato Magaloni, Guillermo Ríos, Anthony Jesse Cruz, Ernest Borgnine Comedy Live Action
Murder at 1600 Warner Bros. Dwight H. Little (director); Wayne Beach, David Hodgin (screenplay); Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Dennis Miller, Daniel Benzali, Alan Alda Thriller Live Action
25 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Touchstone Pictures David Mirkin (director); Robin Schiff (screenplay); Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Camryn Manheim, Alan Cumming Comedy Live Action
Volcano 20th Century Fox Mick Jackson (director); Jerome Armstrong, Billy Ray (screenplay); Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann, Don Cheadle, Jacqueline Kim, Keith David Thriller Live Action
2 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery New Line Cinema Jay Roach (director); Mike Myers (screenplay); Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Seth Green, Mimi Rogers Action, Comedy Live Action
Breakdown Paramount Pictures Jonathan Mostow (director/screenplay); Sam Montgomery (screenplay); Kurt Russell, J. T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M. C. Gainey Thriller Live Action
Warriors of Virtue Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Ronny Yu (director); Michael Vickerman, Hugh Kelley (screenplay); Angus Macfadyen, Mario Yedidia, Marley Shelton, Chao-Li Chi, Doug Jones Fantasy Live Action
9 The Fifth Element Columbia Pictures Luc Besson (director/screenplay); Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay); Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich Sci-Fi Live Action
16 Night Falls on Manhattan Paramount Pictures Sidney Lumet (director); Sidney Lumet (screenplay); Andy García, Ian Holm, James Gandolfini, Lena Olin, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Leibman, Dominic Chianese Crime, Drama Live Action
23 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Universal Pictures Steven Spielberg (director); David Koepp (screenplay); Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Arliss Howard, Vince Vaughn, Vanessa Lee Chester Sci-Fi, Adventure Live Action
30 Gone Fishin' Hollywood Pictures Christopher Cain (director); J. J. Abrams, Jill Mazursky (screenplay); Joe Pesci, Danny Glover Comedy Live Action
6 Con Air Touchstone Pictures Simon West (director); Scott Rosenberg (screenplay); Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Colm Meaney, Mykelti Williamson, Rachel Ticotin, Monica Potter, Nick Chinlund Action, Thriller Live Action
13 Speed 2: Cruise Control 20th Century Fox Jan de Bont (director); Randall McCormick, Jeff Nathanson (screenplay); Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, Glenn Plummer Action Live Action
Ulee's Gold Orion Pictures Victor Nuñez (director); Victor Nuñez (screenplay); Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson, Tom Wood, Christine Dunford, Jessica Biel Drama Live Action
20 Batman & Robin Warner Bros. Joel Schumacher (director); Akiva Goldsman (screenplay); Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Elle Macpherson, Pat Hingle Action, Comedy Live Action
My Best Friend's Wedding TriStar Pictures P. J. Hogan (director); Ronald Bass (screenplay); Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, Philip Bosco Comedy Live Action
27 Hercules Walt Disney Pictures Ron Clements, John Musker (directors/screenplay); Barry Johnson (screenplay); Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, James Woods, Susan Egan, Rip Torn Fantasy, Comedy, Musical Animation
Face/Off Paramount Pictures / Touchstone Pictures John Woo (director); Mike Werb, Michael Colleary (screenplay); John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, Harve Presnell Action Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
2 Men in Black Columbia Pictures Barry Sonnenfeld (director); Ed Solomon (screenplay); Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub Action, Sci-Fi, Comedy Live Action
Wild America Warner Bros. William Dear (director); David Michael Wieger (screenplay); Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Devon Sawa, Scott Bairstow Adventure Live Action
9 4 Little Girls Home Box Office Spike Lee (director) Documentary Live Action
11 Contact Warner Bros. Robert Zemeckis (director); James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg (screenplay); Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, Tom Skerritt, William Fichtner, John Hurt, Angela Bassett, David Morse, Jake Busey Sci-Fi Live Action
18 George of the Jungle Walt Disney Pictures Sam Weisman (director); Dana Olsen, Audrey Wells (screenplay); Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church, Holland Taylor, John Bennett Perry, Richard Roundtree, John Cleese Comedy Live Action
Nothing to Lose Touchstone Pictures Steve Oedekerk (director/screenplay); Martin Lawrence, Tim Robbins, John C. McGinley, Giancarlo Esposito, Kelly Preston, Michael McKean, Rebecca Gayheart Comedy Live Action
25 Air Force One Columbia Pictures Wolfgang Petersen (director); Andrew W. Marlowe (screenplay); Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Dean Stockwell, Xander Berkeley, William H. Macy, Paul Guilfoyle Action, Thriller Live Action
Good Burger Paramount Pictures Brian Robbins (director); Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Abe Vigoda Comedy Live Action
1 Spawn New Line Cinema Mark A.Z. Dippé (director); Alan B. McElroy (screenplay); John Leguizamo, Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle, Nicol Williamson, D. B. Sweeney Action Live Action
Air Bud Walt Disney Pictures Charles Martin Smith (director); Paul Tamasy, Aaron Mendelsohn (screenplay); Michael Jeter, Kevin Zegers, Wendy Makkena, Bill Cobbs, Eric Christmas, Nicola Cavendish, Brendan Fletcher, Norman Browning, Stephen E. Miller Sports, Family Live Action
3 One Eight Seven Warner Bros. Kevin Reynolds (director); Scott Yagemann (screenplay); Samuel L. Jackson, John Heard, Kelly Rowan, Clifton Collins, Jr. Crime, Drama Live Action
8 Free Willy 3: The Rescue Warner Bros. Sam Pillsbury (director); John Mattson (screenplay); Jason James Richter, August Schellenberg, Annie Corley, Vincent Berry, Patrick Kilpatrick Family Live Action
13 The Full Monty Fox Searchlight Pictures Peter Cattaneo (director); Simon Beaufoy (screenplay); Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber, Hugo Speer Comedy, Drama Live Action
15 Cop Land Miramax Films James Mangold (director/screenplay); Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Michael Rapaport, Robert Patrick, Peter Berg, Annabella Sciorra, Cathy Moriarty Crime, Drama Live Action
Event Horizon Paramount Pictures Paul W. S. Anderson (director); Philip Eisner (screenplay); Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones, Jack Noseworthy, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy Live Action
Steel Warner Bros. Kenneth Johnson (director/screenplay); Shaquille O'Neal, Annabeth Gish, Judd Nelson, Richard Roundtree, Ray J Action Live Action
22 G.I. Jane Hollywood Pictures Ridley Scott (director); David Twohy, Danielle Alexandra (screenplay); Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Bancroft Action Live Action
Masterminds Columbia Pictures Roger Christian (director); Floyd Byars (screenplay); Patrick Stewart, Vincent Kartheiser, Brenda Fricker, Bradley Whitford, Matt Craven, Annabelle Gurwitch, Jon Abrahams, Katie Stuart Action, Comedy Live Action
Money Talks New Line Cinema Brett Ratner (director); Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow (screenplay); Chris Tucker, Charlie Sheen Comedy Live Action
Mimic Dimension Films / Miramax Films Guillermo del Toro (director/screenplay); Matthew Robbins (screenplay); Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Josh Brolin, Charles S. Dutton, Giancarlo Giannini, F. Murray Abraham Sci-Fi, Horror Live Action
Leave It to Beaver Universal Studios Andy Cadiff (director); Brian Levant, Lon Diamond (screenplay); Christopher McDonald, Janine Turner, Cameron Finley, Erik von Detten, Erika Christensen, Adam Zolotin Comedy Live Action
27 Hoodlum Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Bill Duke (director); Chris Brancato (screenplay); Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams, Andy García Drama, Period Live Action
29 Excess Baggage Columbia Pictures Marco Brambilla (director); Max D. Adams, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais (screenplay); Alicia Silverstone, Benicio del Toro, Christopher Walken Crime, Comedy Live Action
Kull the Conqueror Universal Studios John Nicolella (director); Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay); Kevin Sorbo, Tia Carrere, Thomas Ian Griffith, Litefoot, Roy Brocksmith, Harvey Fierstein, Karina Lombard Fantasy Live Action
5 Fire Down Below Warner Bros. Félix Enríquez Alcalá (director); Jeb Stuart, Phillip Morton (screenplay); Steven Seagal, Marg Helgenberger, Harry Dean Stanton, Stephen Lang, Brad Hunt, Levon Helm, Kris Kristofferson Action, Thriller Live Action
12 The Game PolyGram David Fincher (director); John Brancato, Michael Ferris (screenplay); Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, James Rebhorn, Carroll Baker Thriller Live Action
19 L.A. Confidential Warner Bros. Curtis Hanson (director/screenplay); Brian Helgeland (screenplay); Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell, Simon Baker Drama Live Action
Wishmaster Live Entertainment Robert Kurtzman (director); Peter Atkins (screenplay); Tammy Lauren, Andrew Divoff, Chris Lemmon, Wendy Benson, Tony Crane, Jenny O'Hara, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd Horror Live Action
26 The Edge 20th Century Fox Lee Tamahori (director); David Mamet (screenplay); Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Harold Perrineau, Elle Macpherson, L. Q. Jones, Bart the Bear Drama Live Action
Soul Food 20th Century Fox George Tillman, Jr. (director/screenplay); Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Brandon Hammond, Irma P. Hall Drama, Comedy Live Action
The Peacemaker DreamWorks Pictures Mimi Leder (director); Michael Schiffer (screenplay); George Clooney, Nicole Kidman Action, Thriller Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
3 Kiss the Girls Paramount Pictures Gary Fleder (director); David Klass (screenplay); Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes Crime, Thriller Live Action
U Turn Phoenix Pictures Oliver Stone (director/screenplay); John Ridley (screenplay); Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Lopez, Joaquin Phoenix, Powers Boothe, Billy Bob Thornton, Claire Danes, Jon Voight Crime Live Action
10 Seven Years in Tibet TriStar Pictures Jean-Jacques Annaud (director); Becky Johnston (screenplay); Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Mako, Danny Denzongpa, Victor Wong, Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk, Lhakpa Tsamchoe, Jetsun Pema Period, Drama Live Action
RocketMan Walt Disney Pictures Stuart Gillard (director); Oren Aviv, Craig Mazin, Greg Erb (screenplay); Harland Williams, Jessica Lundy, William Sadler, Jeffrey DeMunn, James Pickens, Jr., Beau Bridges Sci-Fi, Comedy Live Action
Most Wanted New Line Cinema David Hogan (director); Keenen Ivory Wayans (screenplay); Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jon Voight, Jill Hennessy, John Diehl, Robert Culp, Eric Roberts, Paul Sorvino, Tito Larriva Thriller Live Action
17 I Know What You Did Last Summer Columbia Pictures Jim Gillespie (director); Kevin Williamson (screenplay); Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Bridgette Wilson, Anne Heche Thriller Live Action
24 Gattaca Columbia Pictures Andrew Niccol (director, screenplay); Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman Sci-Fi Live Action
31 Red Corner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Jon Avnet (director); Robert King (screenplay); Richard Gere, Bai Ling, Bradley Whitford Thriller Live Action
Switchback Paramount Pictures Jeb Stuart (director/screenplay); Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, Jared Leto, Ted Levine, William Fichtner, R. Lee Ermey Thriller Live Action
7 Starship Troopers TriStar Pictures / Touchstone Pictures Paul Verhoeven (director); Edward Neumeier (screenplay); Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon, Clancy Brown, Michael Ironside Sci-Fi, Action Live Action
Bean Gramercy Pictures Mel Smith (director); Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis, Robin Driscoll (screenplay); Rowan Atkinson Comedy Live Action
Mad City Warner Bros. Costa Gavras (director); Tom Matthews (screenplay); Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Blythe Danner, Alan Alda Thriller Live Action
14 The Little Mermaid (re-issue) Disney John Musker, Ron Clements (director) Family, Musical Animation
The Jackal Universal Pictures Michael Caton-Jones (director); Chuck Pfarrer (screenplay); Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora Spy, Action, Thriller Live Action
The Man Who Knew Too Little Warner Bros. Jon Amiel (director); Robert Farrar, Howard Franklin (screenplay); Bill Murray, Peter Gallagher, Joanne Whalley, Alfred Molina, Richard Wilson, Geraldine James, John Standing, Anna Chancellor Comedy Live Action
21 Anastasia 20th Century Fox Don Bluth, Gary Goldman (director); Susan Gauthier, Bruce Graham, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, Eric Tuchman (screenplay); Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Christopher Lloyd, Hank Azaria, Bernadette Peters, Kirsten Dunst, Angela Lansbury Family, Musical, Mystery Animation
The Rainmaker Paramount Pictures Francis Ford Coppola (director/screenplay); Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Mary Kay Place, Mickey Rourke, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, Virginia Madsen, Dean Stockwell, Roy Scheider, Teresa Wright Drama Live Action
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation New Line Cinema John R. Leonetti (director); Brent V. Friedman, Bryce Zabel (screenplay); Robin Shou, Talisa Soto, Brian Thompson, Sandra Hess, Lynn "Red" Williams, Irina Pantaeva, James Remar Action, Fantasy Live Action
26 Alien: Resurrection 20th Century Fox Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director); Joss Whedon (screenplay); Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon, Gary Dourdan, Michael Wincott, Brad Dourif, Leland Orser, Dan Hedaya, J. E. Freeman, Kim Flowers, Raymond Cruz Sci-Fi, Thriller Live Action
Flubber Walt Disney Pictures Les Mayfield (director); John Hughes (screenplay); Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald, Ted Levine, Jodi Benson, Clancy Brown, Raymond J. Barry Comedy Live Action
5 Good Will Hunting Miramax Films Gus Van Sant (director); Ben Affleck, Matt Damon (screenplay); Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Minnie Driver, Stellan Skarsgård Drama Live Action
12 Scream 2 Dimension Films Wes Craven (director); Kevin Williamson (screenplay); David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Laurie Metcalf, Jerry O'Connell, Jada Pinkett, Liev Schreiber Thriller Live Action
Amistad DreamWorks Pictures Steven Spielberg (director); David Franzoni (screenplay); Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Nigel Hawthorne, Stellan Skarsgård, Harry Blackmun, Anna Paquin Period, Drama Live Action
Home Alone 3 20th Century Fox Raja Gosnell (director); John Hughes (screenplay); Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt, Lenny Von Dohlen, David Thornton, Haviland Morris, Marian Seldes, Kevin Kilmer, Seth Smith, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Curry, Baxter Harris Comedy Live Action
19 Titanic 20th Century Fox / Paramount Pictures James Cameron (director/screenplay); Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, Gloria Stuart, David Warner, Victor Garber, Bill Paxton, Eric Braeden, Ioan Gruffudd, Bernard Fox, Suzy Amis, Lewis Abernathy, Nicholas Cascone Period, Action, Drama, Romance Live Action
MouseHunt DreamWorks Pictures Gore Verbinski (director); Adam Rifkin (screenplay); Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Vicki Lewis, Maury Chaykin, Christopher Walken Comedy Live Action
Tomorrow Never Dies United Artists Pictures Roger Spottiswoode (director); Bruce Feirstein (screenplay); Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher, Judi Dench Action Live Action
25 As Good as It Gets TriStar Pictures James L. Brooks (director/screenplay); Mark Andrus (screenplay); Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Shirley Knight, Harold Ramis Drama, Comedy Live Action
Jackie Brown Miramax Films / A Band Apart Quentin Tarantino (director/screenplay); Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro Crime, Thriller, Comedy Live Action
The Postman Warner Bros. Kevin Costner (director); Eric Roth, Brian Helgeland (screenplay); Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate, Olivia Williams, James Russo, Tom Petty Drama, Adventure Live Action
Mr. Magoo Walt Disney Pictures Stanley Tong (director); Pat Proft, Tom Sherohman (screenplay); Leslie Nielsen, Kelly Lynch, Matt Keeslar, Nick Chinlund, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ernie Hudson Comedy Live Action
29 Young and Dangerous 4 Television Corporation of Singapore Andrew Lau (director); Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan Triad Live Action

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Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 Joan Rice 66 UK Actress The Horror of FrankensteinHis Majesty O'Keefe
4 Bill Lancaster 49 USA Screenwriter The ThingThe Bad News Bears
6 Catherine Scorsese 84 USA Actress GoodfellasThe Godfather Part III
9 Jesse White 80 USA Actor HarveyIt's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
10 Sheldon Leonard 89 USA Actor, Director, Producer It's a Wonderful LifeTo Have and Have Not
11 Jill Summers 86 UK Actress Agatha
13 Charlotte Holland 81 UK Actress Promise Her Anything
18 Diana Lewis 77 UK Actress Go WestIt's a Gift
19 Adriana Caselotti 80 USA Actress Snow White and the Seven DwarfsThe Wizard of Oz
19 James Dickey 73 USA Author, Screenwriter, Actor Deliverance
21 Tom Parker 87 USA Technical Advisor Jailhouse RockBlue Hawaii
21 Polly Ann Young 88 USA Actress The SheikMurders in the Rue Morgue
21 John Glyn-Jones 87 Morocco Actor, Producer, Director I'm All Right JackTwo-Way Stretch
23 Bill Zuckert 81 USA Actor Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveHang 'Em High
23 David Waller 76 UK Actor Lady JaneThe Secret Garden
27 Richard X. Slattery 71 USA Actor The Boston StranglerHerbie Rides Again
27 Bill Kennedy 88 USA Actor Now, VoyagerMr. Skeffington
31 Eve Lister 83 UK Actress Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetNo Limit
February 1 Marjorie Reynolds 79 USA Actress Gone with the WindHoliday Inn
4 Robert Clouse 68 USA Director Enter the DragonIronheart
8 Robert Ridgely 65 USA Actor PhiladelphiaBoogie Nights
11 Barry Evans 53 UK Actor Alfred the GreatHere We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
11 Don Porter 84 USA Actor The CandidateMame
12 James Cossins 63 UK Actor The Man with the Golden GunGandhi
16 Arthur Hewlett 89 UK Actor Man About the House
17 Max Brimmell 76 UK Actor X the UnknownThe Haunted Strangler
19 Frank Delfino 86 USA Actor Planet of the ApesWilly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
23 Oscar Lewenstein 80 UK Producer Tom JonesThe Bride Wore Black
25 Scott Forbes 76 UK Actor The Desert Fox: The Story of RommelOperation Pacific
26 David Doyle 67 USA Actor Capricorn OneThe Adventures of Pinocchio
26 Wende Wagner 55 USA Actress Rosemary's BabyGuns of the Magnificent Seven
March ?? John Hoesli 77 UK Act Director, Draughtsman The African QueenLifeforce
4 Carey Loftin 83 USA Stuntman, Actor The Deer HunterPatton
8 Alexander Salkind 75 Poland Producer SupermanThe Three Musketeers
9 Terry Nation 66 UK Screenwriter Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.Dr. Who and the Daleks
13 Ronald Fraser 66 UK Actor The Flight of the PhoenixThe Wild Geese
14 Fred Zinnemann 89 Austria Director, Producer From Here to EternityHigh Noon
15 Gail Davis 71 USA Actress Annie OakleyThe Far Frontier
16 Leda Gloria 84 Italy Actress Le Petit Monde de Don CamilloLe Retour de Don Camillo
29 Ellen Pollock 94 UK Actress PiccadillyHorror Hospital
April 2 Anthony Bushell 92 UK Actor A Night to RememberThe Battle of the River Plate
2 Tomoyuki Tanaka 86 Japan Producer The Godzilla series • Kagemusha
4 Mike Raven 72 UK Actor Lust for a VampireI, Monster
5 Allen Ginsberg 70 USA Poet, Actor ChappaquaRenaldo and Clara
14 Michael Stroka 58 USA Actor King RatHouse of Dark Shadows
15 Chris O'Neill 50 USA Actor Fools Rush InBlown Away
15 David Dockendorf 73 USA Sound Engineer ChinatownPlanet of the Apes
16 Roland Topor 59 France Writer, Actor The TenantFantastic Planet
20 Jean Louis 89 France Costume Designer The Caine MutinyA Star is Born
24 Pat Paulsen 69 Mexico Actor Night PatrolHarper Valley PTA
25 Brian May 62 Australia Composer Mad MaxFreddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
26 John Beal 87 USA Actor The FirmAmityville 3-D
26 Joey Faye 87 USA Actor Once Upon a Time in AmericaThe Front
26 Neil Robinson 61 USA Actress Samson and Delilah
27 Paul Lambert 74 USA Actor Planet of the ApesSpartacus
27 Gabriel Figueroa 90 Mexico Cinematographer Kelly's HeroesThe Exterminating Angel
28 Steve Conte 77 Italy Actor The Onion FieldThe Wild World of Batwoman
May 1 Bo Widerberg 66 Sweden Director, Screenwriter Raven's EndElvira Madigan
3 Hughie Green 77 UK Actor, Producer Hills of HomeTom Brown's School Days
4 Alvy Moore 75 USA Actor, Producer The War of the WorldsGentleman Prefer Blondes
5 Walter Gotell 73 UK Actor From Russia with LoveThe Spy Who Loved Me
6 Jorge Martínez de Hoyos 76 Mexico Actor, Screenwriter The Magnificent SevenCronos
9 Marco Ferreri 68 Italy Director, Screenwriter Dillinger Is DeadLa Grande Bouffe
10 Steve Holland 72 USA Actor The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
10 John P. Austin 90 USA Set Decorator Touch of EvilDiamonds Are Forever
11 Catherine McLeod 75 USA Actress The Thin Man Goes HomeThe Harvey Girls
11 Howard Morton 71 USA Actor The MechanicThe Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
14 Thelma Carpenter 75 USA Actress The WizThe Cotton Club
15 Bridgette Andersen 21 USA Actress NightmaresSavannah Smiles
16 Giuseppe De Santis 80 Italy Director, Screenwriter Bitter RiceAttack and Retreat
23 Frances E. Nealy 78 USA Actress GhostbustersWarGames
24 Edward Mulhare 74 Ireland Actor Out to SeaMegaforce
28 Sydney Guilaroff 89 USA Makeup Artist, Actor, Costume Executive The Wizard of OzNorth by Northwest
29 George Fenneman 77 USA Actor The Thing from Another WorldOcean's 11
June 14 Richard Jaeckel 70 USA Actor The Dirty DozenAirplane II: The Sequel
14 Marjorie Best 94 USA Costume Designer Rio BravoGiant
17 Maurice Rootes 80 UK Film Editor Jason and the ArgonautsFirst Men in the Moon
19 Olga Georges-Picot 57 France Actress The Day of the JackalLove and Death
22 Don Henderson 65 UK Actor Star Wars Episode IV: A New HopeBrazil
23 Rosina Lawrence 84 USA Actor Way Out WestThe Great Ziegfeld
24 Brian Keith 75 USA Actor The Parent TrapNevada Smith
26 George Bassman 83 USA Composer, Orchestrator The Wizard of OzGone with the Wind
28 Gary DeVore 69 USA Actress The Dogs of WarRaw Deal
29 William Hickey 69 USA Actor The Nightmare Before ChristmasPrizzi's Honor
July ? Rosamund Greenwood 90 UK Actress Village of the DamnedThe Witches
1 Robert Mitchum 79 USA Actor Cape FearThe Story of G.I. Joe
2 James Stewart 89 USA Actor It's a Wonderful LifeMr. Smith Goes to Washington
7 Royston Tickner 74 Actor The Keep
16 William Reynolds 87 USA Film Editor The GodfatherThe Sound of Music
17 Gene Warren 80 USA Visual Effects Artist True LiesBlack Sunday
23 David Warbeck 55 New Zealand Actor Wolfshead: The Legend of Robin HoodHunters of the Golden Cobra
24 Brian Glover 63 UK Actor Alien 3An American Werewolf in London
24 Bill Shine 85 UK Actor The Red ShoesAround the World in 80 Days
27 Isabel Dean 79 UK Actor Oh! What a Lovely WarThe Passionate Friends
28 Rosalie Crutchley 77 UK Actress, Soundtrack Four Weddings and a FuneralThe Haunting
August 2 William S. Burroughs 83 USA Author, Actor TwisterDrugstore Cowboy
4 Dick Bush 65 UK Cinematographer, Camera Operator TommyVictor Victoria
5 Don Steele 61 USA Actor GremlinsGrand Theft Auto
9 William Abney 76 UK Actor, Writer Curse of the Pink PantherThe City of the Dead
15 Glenn Corbett 74 USA Actor Fixed Bayonets!The Violent Years
18 Don Knight 64 UK Actor Swamp ThingThe Apple Dumpling Gang
18 Jeep Swenson 40 USA Actor Batman & RobinBulletproof
19 Cathleen Cordell 82 USA Actress MASHThe Return of the Living Dead
25 Camilla Spira 81 Germany Actor Die BuntkariertenMorgenrot
26 Frances Osborne 76 USA Actress EarthquakeMurder by Contract
27 Sally Blane 87 USA Actress I Am a Fugitive from a Chain GangThe Sheik
27 Brandon Tartikoff 48 USA Studio executive
27 Dick N. Lucas 77 USA Animator The Jungle BookOne Hundred and One Dalmatians
28 Eve Smith 91 USA Actress Romancing the StoneStar Trek IV: The Voyage Home
31 Dodi Fayed 42 Egypt Producer HookChariots of Fire
31 Will Hare 81 USA Actor Back to the FutureThe Rose
September 5 Ken Adam 71 Germany Production Designer Dr. StrangeloveGoldfinger'
5 Eddie Little Sky 71 USA Actor A Man Called HorsePaint Your Wagon
7 Elisabeth Brooks 46 USA Actress The HowlingFamily Plot
8 Helen Shaw 100 USA Actress Parenthood
9 Burgess Meredith 89 USA Actor RockyBatman
13 Georges Guétary 82 France Actor An American in Paris
13 Audrey Fildes 74 Canada Actress Kind Hearts and Coronets
16 Terence Cooper 64 Australia Actor No Way OutCasino Royale
17 Red Skelton 84 USA Actor, Comedian Ziegfeld FolliesMerton of the Movies
17 Brian Hall 59 UK Actor The Long Good FridayThe Land That Time Forgot
19 Jack May 75 UK Actor The Man Who Would Be KingThe Bounty
21 Maurice Kaufmann 70 UK Actor A Shot in the DarkThe Abominable Dr. Phibes
21 Jennifer Holt 76 UK Actress Pardon My SarongPrivate Buckaroo
26 Dorothy Kingsley 87 USA Screenwriter Angels in the OutfieldValley of the Dolls
26 Samuel W. Taylor 90 USA Writer FlubberThe Absent-Minded Professor
October 3 John Ashley 95 UK Actor, Producer Apocalypse NowHud
3 Jarl Kulle 70 Sweden Actor, Director, Writer Fanny and AlexanderBabette's Feast
5 Andrew Keir 71 UK Actor CleopatraRob Roy
5 Debbie Linden 36 UK Actress Eat the RichBloodbath at the House of Death
9 Arch Johnson 75 USA Actor The StingNiagara
10 Stella Bonheur 92 UK Actress The Roman Spring of Mrs. StoneIntent to Kill
12 John Denver 53 USA Singer, Actor Oh, God!Fire and Ice
13 Joyce Compton 90 USA Actress The Best Years of Our LivesMildred Pierce
14 Hy Averback 76 USA Director, Producer, Actor I Love You, Alice B. ToklasWhere Were You When the Lights Went Out?
16 Audra Lindley 79 USA Actress When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?The Relic
17 Ben Welden 96 USA Actor The Big SleepThe Roaring Twenties
18 Milt Neil 83 USA Animator FantasiaDumbo
18 Marshall Green 78 USA Production Manager, Second Unit Director SpartacusNight Passage
19 Arthur Ibbetson 75 UK Cinematographer Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryWhere Eagles Dare
20 Ron Tarr 60 UK Actor WillowA View to a Kill
24 Don Messick 71 USA Actor, Voice of Scooby-Doo Jetsons: The MovieThe Transformers: The Movie
24 Michael Balfour 79 UK Actor BatmanFahrenheit 451
30 Samuel Fuller 85 USA Director, Screenwriter The Big Red OneShock Corridor
November 6 William Watson 59 USA Actor In the Heat of the NightChato's Land
8 Michael Ward 88 UK Actor Frankenstein and the Monster from HellRevenge of the Pink Panther
11 William Alland 81 USA Producer, Actor Citizen KaneCreature from the Black Lagoon
12 Sándor Szabó 82 Hungary Actor Topaz
13 Dietrich Lohmann 54 Germany-USA Cinematographer Deep ImpactThe Peacemaker
15 David Toguri 64 Canada Miscellaneous, Actor Who Framed Roger RabbitThe Rocky Horror Picture Show
16 David K. Stewart 60  ?? Cinematographer Blade RunnerAlien 3
17 Wilfred Josephs 70 UK Composer, Orchestrator The Deadly BeesFrantic
17 Peter James 73 UK Set Decorator, Art Director LolitaThe Parent Trap
19 Alfred Roome 88 UK Editor Carry On... Up the KhyberCarry On Camping
21 Jack Purvis 60 UK Actor Star WarsThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi
22 Joanna Moore 63 USA Actress Follow That DreamWalk on the Wild Side
25 Charles Hallahan 54 USA Actor The ThingDante's Peak
30 Glyn Dearman 57 UK Actor ScroogeThe Flesh and the Fiends
December 2 Marge Kotlisky 70 USA Actress Sixteen CandlesMajor Dundee
4 Richard Vernon 72 UK Actor GoldfingerA Hard Day's Night
14 Stubby Kaye 79 USA Actor Who Framed Roger RabbitCat Ballou
16 Richard Warwick 52 UK Actor Romeo and JulietHamlet
17 Peter Taylor 75 Italy Editor, Assistant Editor The Bridge on the River KwaiSummertime
18 Chris Farley 33 USA Actor, Comedian Tommy BoyBeverly Hills Ninja
19 Michael Alldredge 56 USA Actor ScarfaceIron Eagle
20 Dawn Steel 51 USA Producer City of AngelsSister Act 2: Back in the Habit
21 Roger Barkley 61 USA Actor Amazon Women on the Moon
23 Stanley Cortez 89 USA Cinematographer ChinatownThe Night of the Hunter
24 Dee Dee Wood 89 USA Choreographer The Sound of MusicMary Poppins
24 Toshiro Mifune 77 Japan Actor, Producer Seven SamuraiRashomon
25 Denver Pyle 77 USA Actor Bonnie and ClydeMaverick
28 Bill Anderson 86 USA Production Manager Swiss Family RobinsonOld Yeller
31 Billie Dove 94 USA Actress The Black PirateBeyond the Rainbow

Film debuts


  1. ^ "1997 Worldwide Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Titanic (1997)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012.