The Best and Worst of 1997

The author’s considered best/worst in each category are listed in bold italics with an asterisk (*). The listed links will take you to more detailed reviews of each film.

The 10 Best Films

  1. Princess Mononoke
  2. The Well
  3. Cube
  4. Eve’s Bayou
  5. Funny Games
  6. Gattaca
  7. Open Your Eyes
  8. Photographing Fairies
  9. The Postman
  10. Perdita Durango

Worst Films

  1. Batman & Robin
  2. Club Vampire
  3. A Simple Wish
  4. Justice League of America
  5. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

Best Director

Kevin Costner – The Postman
Kasi Lemmons – Eve’s Bayou
Samantha Lang – The Well
David Lynch – Lost Highway (*)
Andrew Niccol – Gattaca
Nick Willing – Photographing Fairies

Best Original Screenplay

Cube (*)
Eve’s Bayou
Funny Games
Open Your Eyes

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Devil’s Advocate
Men in Black
Photographing Fairies
The Postman (*)
Smilla’s Sense of Snow

Best Actor

Javier Bardem – Perdita Durango (*)
Morgan Freeman – Kiss the Girls
Eric Mabius – Black Circle Boys
Mike Myers – Austin Powers International Man of Mystery
Eamonn Owens – The Butcher Boy
Bill Pullman – Lost Highway

Best Actress

Patricia Arquette – Lost Highway
Cameron Diaz – A Life Less Ordinary
Jodie Foster – Contact
Ashley Judd – Kiss the Girls
Julia Ormond – Smilla’s Sense of Snow (*)
Talia Shire – The Landlady

Best Supporting Actor

Arno Frisch – Funny Games (*)
John Hurt – Contact
Jude Law – Gattaca
Al Pacino – The Devil’s Advocate
Will Patton – The Postman

Best Supporting Actress

Kirstie Alley – Deconstructing Harry
Janeane Garofalo – Touch
Debbi Morgan – Eve’s Bayou (*)
Miranda Otto – The Well
Tamara Thunie – The Devil’s Advocate

Best Cinematography

The Devil’s Advocate
Fairy Tale: A True Story (*)
Lost Highway
Photographing Fairies
Snow White: A Tale of Terror

Best Music

Fairy Tale: A True Story
Princess Mononoke (*)
Snow White: A Tale of Terror

Best Special Effects

The Borrowers
Event Horizon
The Fifth Element
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Starship Troopers (*)

Best Makeup Effects

Alien: Resurrection
The Relic
Wishmaster (*)

Best Production Design

Alien: Resurrection
The Borrowers
Event Horizon
The Fifth Element (*)