So now on to our last in the 20 movies from 20 years ago. Still feeling old? Well, wait until you read the rest of the list! So without further ado, let’s get on with the list of 20 movies with our final 10.

Starship Troopers

One of my favourite movies from 1997 and one that was sadly followed by very weak sequels that did pale in comparison to the original, well excpet for the CGI movie, which I loved. Set in the future, the story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry. Rico’s military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an arachnoid species known as “the Bugs”.


I always found this a bit of a strange, but enjoyable, movie. GATTACA is a science fiction drama about a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics where humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. The young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet he is determined to infiltrate the GATTACA space program.

Life Is Beautiful

A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.

Lost Highway

A tormented jazz musician finds himself lost in an enigmatic story involving murder, surveillance, gangsters, doppelgangers, and an impossible transformation inside a prison cell. The movie starred Bill Pullman (Independence Day) and Patricia Arquette.


Nobody does a classic tale like Disney! Bestowed with superhuman strength, a young mortal named Hercules sets out to prove himself a hero in the eyes of his father, the great god Zeus. Along with his friends Pegasus, a flying horse, and Phil, a personal trainer, Hercules is tricked by the hilarious, hotheaded villain Hades, who’s plotting to take over Mount Olympus! With the vocal talents of Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, James Woods and Bob Goldthwait the movie is another Disney classic that is still fun to watch today.

Face Off

This was my first introduction to director John Woo, starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, the movie tells the tale of an antiterrorism agent goes under the knife to acquire the likeness of a terrorist and gather details about a bombing plot. When the terrorist escapes custody, he undergoes surgery to look like the agent so he can get close to the agent’s family.

Batman & Robin

What’s that? Another actor playing Batman and he is joined by Robin to fight Mr Freeze played by Arnold Schwarzenegger! Along with crime-fighting partner Robin and new recruit Batgirl, Batman battles the dual threat of frosty genius Mr. Freeze and homicidal horticulturist Poison Ivy. Freeze plans to put Gotham City on ice, while Ivy tries to drive a wedge between the dynamic duo.


Contact is a science fiction film about an encounter with alien intelligence. Based on the novel by Carl Sagan the film starred Jodie Foster as the one chosen scientist who must make some difficult decisions between her beliefs, the truth, and reality. This is a thought provoking movie, if somewhat confusing at times, but it is worth seeing.

Perfect Blue

Mima Kirigoe is a singer who leaves her trio to become an actress, a career move that angers her fans, who prefer to see her as the pop idol. Plagued by self-doubt and tormented by humiliating compromises, she begins to be stalked, in her waking and sleeping moments, by an alter ego who claims to be “the real Mima”, until she collapses into madness as her coworkers are brutally slain around her.

Austin Powers Internation Man of Mystery

As a swingin’ fashion photographer by day and a groovy British superagent by night, Austin Powers (Mike Myers) is the ‘60s’ most shagadelic spy, baby! But can he stop megalomaniac Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) after the bald villain freezes himself and unthaws in the ’90s? With the help of sexy sidekick Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley), he just might.

So there you have it folks, yes I know there are so many more films released in 1997. So what movies were your favourites?


Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
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