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The Top 20 Films of 1997

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 24, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 24, 2009 |

As is our custom on Friday mornings, here’s another glimpse into the past. This week: The top 20 films of the year 1997. And you can already see that the kinds of movies that made scads of money were significantly different than in 1987. Big action movies had already begun to supplant adult dramas and comedies at the box office. And 1997 was a particularly successful year for it — the most successful movie of all time in terms of box office opened that year. I remember the day well. December 19. I remember it because, appropriately, it was the date of my first, ill-fated, and very brief marriage (in Arkansas, it’s customary to get one marriage out of your system before doing it for real). Tomorrow Never Dies also opened on that day — the first Pierce Brosnan Bond film. I was late to my wedding because of Tomorrow Never Dies. I probably should’ve seen the three-hour Titanic and missed the wedding all together. And then I saw Good Hill Hunting, two days after Christmas. On my first trip to NYC.

Ancient history. Anyway, here are those top 20 — I’ve seen them all but Hercules. How about you?

1. Titanic $600,788,188
2. Men in Black $250,690,539
3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park $229,086,679
4. Liar Liar $181,410,615
5. Air Force One $172,956,409
6. As Good as It Gets $148,478,011
7. Good Will Hunting $138,433,435
8. Star Wars (Special Edition) $138,257,865
9. My Best Friend’s Wedding $127,120,029
10. Tomorrow Never Dies $125,304,276
11. Face/Off $112,276,146
12. Batman and Robin $107,325,195
13. George of the Jungle $105,263,257
14. Scream 2 $101,363,301
15. Con Air $101,117,573
16. Contact $100,920,329
17. Hercules $99,112,101
18. Flubber $92,977,226
19. Conspiracy Theory $75,982,834
20. I Know What You Did Last Summer $72,586,134

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.