Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1997. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1997. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1997 Sci-Fi Movies List
R | 2h 18min | 138min | 27 Jun 1997Score: 8.23/10
Director: John Woo
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Thomas Rosales Jr., Thomas Jane, Colm Feore, CCH Pounder
Synopsis: Sean Archer, a very tough, rugged FBI Agent, is still grieving for his dead son Michael. Archer believes that his son's killer is his sworn enemy and a very powerful criminal, Castor Troy. One day, Archer has finally cornered Castor, however, their fight has knocked out Troy cold. As Archer finally breathes easy over the capture of his enemy, he finds out that Troy has planted a bomb that will destroy the entire city of Los Angeles and all of its inhabitants. Unfortunately the only other person who knows its location is Castor's brother Pollux, and he refuses to talk.…
Tagline: In order to catch him, he must become him.
Open Your Eyes (1997)
R | 1h 57min | 117min | 19 Dec 1997Score: 8.15/10
Directors: Alejandro Amenábar, Alejandro Amenábar
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Penélope Cruz, Javier Martín, Jaro, José Ángel Egido
Synopsis: A once handsome playboy, César finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth.
PG-13 | 1h 46min | 106min | 24 Oct 1997Score: 8/10
Director: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Elias Koteas, Ethan Hawke, Dean Norris, Tony Shalhoub, Xander Berkeley
Synopsis: In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an…
Tagline: The Prisoner. His Cell.
Men in Black (1997)
PG-13 | 1h 38min | 98min | 02 Jul 1997Score: 7.91/10
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Tony Shalhoub, Sean Whalen, Keith Campbell, Will Smith, Vincent D'Onofrio
Synopsis: Based off of the comic book. Unbeknownst to other people, there is a private agency code named MiB. This agency is some kind of extra terrestrial surveillance corporation. Then, one of the agency's finest men only going by the name "K" (Tommy Lee Jones) , is recruiting for a new addition to the agency. He has chosen James Edwards (Will Smith) of the N.Y.P.D. Then, one day, a flying saucer crashes into Earth. This was an alien a part of the "Bug" race. He takes the body of a farmer (Vincent D'Onofrio) and heads to New York. He is searching…
Tagline: Protecting the earth from the scum of the universe
R | 1h 30min | 90min | 11 Jul 1998Score: 7.4/10
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Starring: Julian Richings, David Hewlett, Wayne Robson, Nicky Guadagni, Nicole de Boer
Synopsis: Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned.
Tagline: The only way out lies within your own mind.
The Fifth Element (1997)
PG | 2h 06min | 126min | 09 May 1997Score: 6.78/10
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Ian Holm, Gary Oldman, Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Vin Diesel
Synopsis: In the twenty-third century, the universe is threatened by evil. The only hope for mankind is the Fifth Element, who comes to Earth every five thousand years to protect the humans with four stones of the four elements: fire, water, Earth and air. A Mondoshawan spacecraft is bringing The Fifth Element back to Earth but it is destroyed by the evil Mangalores. However, a team of scientists use the DNA of the remains of the Fifth Element to rebuild the perfect being called Leeloo. She escapes from the laboratory and stumbles upon the taxi driver and former elite commando Major…
Tagline: It Mu5t Be Found.
PG | 2h 30min | 150min | 11 Jul 1997Score: 6.76/10
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: John Hurt, William Fichtner, David Morse, Marc Macaulay, Jena Malone
Synopsis: Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway has long been interested in contact to faraway lands, a love fostered in her childhood by her father, Ted Arroway, who passed away when she was nine years old leaving her then orphaned. Her current work in monitoring for extraterrestrial life is based on that love and is in part an homage to her father. Ever since funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was pulled on her work, which is referred to some, including her NSF superior David Drumlin, as more science fiction than science, Ellie, with a few of her rogue scientist colleagues, have…
Tagline: Get ready to take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history.
Starship Troopers (1997)
R | 2h 09min | 129min | 07 Nov 1997Score: 6.2/10
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Michael Ironside, Greg Bronson, Dean Norris, Clancy Brown, R. Lee Ermey
Synopsis: In the distant future high school kids are encouraged to become citizens by joining the military. What they don't know is that they'll soon be engaged in a full scale war against a planet of alien insects. The fight is on to ensure the safety of humanity.
Tagline: Genocide doesn't compare to this.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)
R | 1h 30min | 90minScore: 6.19/10
Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki
Starring: Motomu Kiyokawa, Jason Lee, Dave Wittenberg, Megumi Hayashibara, Akira Ishida
Synopsis: After the defeat of the final Angel, Shinji Ikari falls into a deep depression. When SEELE orders the JSSDF to make a surprise attack on NERV's headquarters, Gendo Ikari retreats down into Terminal Dogma along with Rei Ayanami, where he begins to advance his own plans for the Human Instrumentality Project. Eventually, Shinji is pushed to the limits of his sanity as he is forced to decide the fate of humanity.
Tagline: Wouldn't it be nice if everyone would just die?
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
R | 1h 49min | 109min | 26 Nov 1997Score: 6/10
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Ron Perlman, Brad Dourif, Tom Woodruff Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder
Synopsis: The saga continues 200 years after Ripley sacrificed herself for the sake of humanity. Her erstwhile employers long gone, this time it is the military that resurrects the one-woman killing machine through genetic cloning to extract the alien from within her, but during the process her DNA is fused with the queen and then the aliens escape. Now Ripley must decide where her allegiance lies.
Tagline: It's been more than 200 years...The beginning has just started.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (1997)
R | 1h 41min | 101min | 15 Mar 1997Score: 5.92/10
Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Masayuki
Starring: Motomu Kiyokawa, Jason Lee, Dave Wittenberg, Kôichi Yamadera, Megumi Hayashibara
Synopsis: The Evangelion saga from TV is artfully recounted, with some additional scenes, in part one see: "Shin Seiki Evangelion" (1995) Part two starts immediately afterward, where the NERV organization has outlived its usefulness. The shadowy covenant of SEELE launches an all-out commando assault against the ill-defended headquarters. Asuka, semi-comatose, is placed in her EVA for safety, while Misato and company struggle to find Shinji and Rei before they're assasinated by SEELE's forces.
Tagline: Welcome to the Apocalypse
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
PG-13 | 2h 09min | 129min | 23 May 1997Score: 5.9/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Peter Stormare, Thomas Rosales Jr., Eli Roth, Julianne Moore, Henry Kingi
Synopsis: A research team is sent to an island miles away from the previous home of Jurassic Park, to document and photograph the now liberated dinosaurs. However, InGen the BioEngineering company has sent another larger team to the same island to catch, sedate, and transport some dinosaurs to San Diego where they will be used in a new Jurassic Park location. But life always finds a way. Will both teams return to the mainland with successful findings? Or will another tragedy occur?
Tagline: Based on the novel by Michael Crichton.
R | 1h 45min | 105min | 22 Aug 1997Score: 5.54/10
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Doug Jones, Julian Richings, Greg Bronson, Charles S. Dutton, Josh Brolin
Synopsis: A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing Manhattan children. In an effort to stop the epidemic an entomologist, Susan Tyler, creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form.
Tagline: For thousands of years, man has been evolution's greatest creation... until now.
Rebirth of Mothra II (1997)
R | 1h 40min | 100min | 13 Dec 1997Score: 5.29/10
Director: Kunio Miyoshi
Starring: Hajime Okayama, Atsushi Okuno, Mizuho Yoshida, Hikari Mitsushima, Megumi Kobayashi
Synopsis: Three kids join Mothra's priestesses on a journey to find the Lost Treasure of Nilai Kinai, an ancient lost "under-the-sea" civilization in hopes of preserving the Earth's declining environment. Pollution has unyielded the evil monster Dagahra, a monster seemingly too powerful for Mothra to vanquish. As a result, the environment's fate lies in the hands of the Lost Treasure.
Tagline: Mothra Takes to the Skies to Save the Planet!
Event Horizon (1997)
R | 1h 36min | 96min | 15 Aug 1997Score: 5.22/10
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee, Joely Richardson
Synopsis: In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the "Lewis and Clark" discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying.
Tagline: Infinite Space - Infinite Terror
Johnny 2.0 (1997)
R | 2h 00min | 120min | 12 Sep 1998Score: 5.11/10
Director: Neill Fearnley
Starring: Michael Ironside, Eugene Lipinski, Dan Duran, Michael Rhoades, Jeff Fahey
Synopsis: Awakening from a 15-year coma, scientist Johnny Dalton (Fahey) discovers that his life has been illusory and that he is merely a clone of the real Dr. Dalton. With the help of rebel leader Nikki Holland (Welch), Dalton sets out to find his maker in a futuristic society fraught with danger and secrecy.
R | 1h 33min | 93min | 09 Jul 1998Score: 4.83/10
Director: Tim Boxell
Starring: Norman Forsey, Pamela Gidley, Simon Bossell, Valeriy Nikolaev, Helen Moulder
Synopsis: A nature field researcher is investigating the strange extinction of small animals and insects in the area, which indicates that something is wrong. His suspicions are soon to be proven right when he meets May, who lives in a cabin in the forest nearby. May says that her house is infested by small creatures that she thinks are mice or rats. When the couple search the house further, they notice that they're not rodents or insects. They are fast evolving lizards that have the appetite for animals and humans, no matter what size their prey are...
Tagline: Where civilisation ends...the nightmare begins!
R | 2h 00min | 120minScore: 4.83/10
Director: Rene Daalder
Starring: Kenneth Welsh, Christian Tessier, Alice Krige, Kris Holden-Ried, Christopher Heyerdahl
Synopsis: In a future world where Earth's ozone layer has been completely destroyed, a brilliant but obsessed scientist, Hank Symes uses illegally obtained biological materials for an experiment that he hopes will save the world. In the course of his work, a terrible accident occurs, transforming him into a fantastic otherworldly lifeform and changing his house into a huge living entity which threatens all who enter.
Tagline: It'll Grow On You!
The Creeps (1997)
PG-13 | 1h 20min | 80min | 16 Dec 1997Score: 4.6/10
Director: Charles Band
Starring: Phil Fondacaro, Rhonda Griffin, J.W. Perra, Jon Simanton, Joe Smith
Synopsis: Mad scientist brings Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and Frankenstein's Monster to life... but there's a problem and they end up three feet tall.
Tagline: Undersized. Undead. And angry.
The Shadow Men (1997)
R | 1h 35min | 95minScore: 4.54/10
Director: Timothy Bond
Starring: Eric Roberts, Sherilyn Fenn, Dean Stockwell, Andrew Prine, Benjamin Brown
Synopsis: Happily married couple Bob and Dez Wilson and their 12-year old son Andy are being attacked by a blinding light when driving home from a daytrip. They awaken a couple of hours later, seemingly unscathed but soon driven mad by recurring nightmares. It soon appears that they have been abducted by aliens as proved by their sons handycam that had suddenly started running right after the incident. This mysterious fact is discovered by even more mysterious Men In Black who start nagging the family up to the point of threatening to kill them. Laughed at by the police the threesome…
Tagline: They know... what you know!!!
Mystery Monsters (1997)
PG | 1h 21min | 81minScore: 4.37/10
Director: Charles Band
Starring: Robert Craighead, Ashley Tesoro, Eileen Wesson, J.W. Perra, Tim Redwine
Synopsis: Tommy has just joined the cast of the top-rated kids' show, "Captain Mike's Mystery Monsters," and is anxious to find out just how the special effects crew gets the monsters to work. Imagine his surprise when he discovers they're not special effects at all! Adding to the situation, the monsters' original owner, evil Queen Mara, has returned to Earth to reclaim her property and take revenge on Captain Mike for stealing them.
R | 1h 35min | 95min | 29 Oct 1997Score: 4.26/10
Director: Chris Thomson
Starring: Roman Podhora, Jay Brazeau, Brendan Fletcher, Aidan Devine, Terence Kelly
Synopsis: A small town truck stop is taken over by driver-less trucks. Possibly caused by a toxic spill in the city. After the trucks cause numerous deaths, the remaining survivors (two teens, their fathers, and another lady citizen) are forced to escape the truck stop. They find it's very difficult to out-smart the trucks.
Tagline: U-Turn, U-Die!
The Relic (1997)
R | 1h 50min | 110min | 10 Jan 1997Score: 4.17/10
Director: Peter Hyams
Starring: Brian Steele, Gary A. Hecker, Dick Warlock, Aaron Lustig, Robert Lesser
Synopsis: A researcher at Chicago's Natural History Museum returns from South America with some crates containing his findings. When the crates arrive at the museum without the owner there appears to be very little inside. However, police discover gruesome murders on the cargo ship that brought the crates to the US and then another murder in the museum itself. Investigating the murders is Lt. Vincent D'Agosta who enlists the help of Dr. Margo Green at the museum - she has taken an interest in the contents of her colleague's crates. Unknown to both there is a large creature roaming the museum…
Tagline: There are secrets better left unknown, and treasures better left undiscovered. In 1995, a scientific expedition found something that turns myths into nightmares...something that gives shape to fear, and form to evil...something as powerful as it is deadly. They should never have sought it. They should never have touched it. And then, they did the unthinkable...THEY BROUGHT IT BACK.
Dark Planet (1997)
R | 1h 39min | 99minScore: 4.03/10
Director: Albert Magnoli
Starring: Michael York, Ed O'Ross, Phil Morris, Sal Landi, Harley Jane Kozak
Synopsis: Two sides, one known as the Alphas and the other the Rebels, struggle in a brutal war on Earth and in outer space. When a habitable planet is discovered in orbit around a star that is on the far side of a dangerous wormhole, the two sides mysteriously set aside their differences and send a joint mission to explore the planet. The mission of the starship Scylla is soon beset by political intrigue and treachery, jeopardizing not only the mission, but the lives of the entire crew.
R | 1h 30min | 90minScore: 3.74/10
Director: Paul Matthews
Starring: Todd Jensen, Clifton Lloyd Bryan, Paul Barker, Paul Moulton, Phil Bird
Synopsis: It's an invasion of the most personal and terrifying kind. When a meteorite crash lands onto a Boston college campus and an alien beast is released, only one man understands its mission to mate. From the depths of an all girls college, the grotesque monster stalks his prey in a cat-and-mouse chase until the final conflict where only one species can survive.
Tagline: It's Time To Prey
Batman and Robin (1997)
PG | 2h 05min | 125min | 20 Jun 1997Score: 2.5/10
Director: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Greg Bronson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Gough, Nicky Katt, Vivica A. Fox
Synopsis: Batman and Robin are back working side-by-side to stop the villains of Gotham City, but is there tension appearing between them, especially when one villainess who calls herself Poison Ivy can make anyone fall in love with her...literally. Along with Poison Ivy, the icy Mr. Freeze is freezing anything which gets in his way from achieving his goal.
Tagline: Strength. Courage. Honor. And loyalty. On June 20, it ALL comes together...
PG-13 | 1h 37min | 97min | 15 Aug 1997Score: 2/10
Director: Kenneth Johnson
Starring: Michael Shamus Wiles, Kevin Grevioux, Rutanya Alda, Tim DeZarn, Hill Harper
Synopsis: John Henry Irons designs weapons for the military. When his project to create weapons that harmlessly neutralize soldiers is sabotaged, he leaves in disgust. When he sees gangs are using his weapons on the street, he uses his brains and his Uncle Joe's junkyard know-how to fight back, becoming a real man of "steel."
Tagline: Heroes don't come any bigger.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
PG-13 | 1h 35min | 95min | 21 Nov 1997Score: 1.7/10
Director: John R. Leonetti
Starring: James Remar, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Musetta Vander, Ray Park, Brian Thompson
Synopsis: Mortal Kombat is an ancient tournament where the Earth Realm warriors battle against the forces of Outworld. Liu Kang and a few chosen fighters fought and defeated the powerful sorcerer Shang Tsung, their victory would preserve the peace on Earth for one more generation. Taking place now where the first movie left off, the Earth realm warriors live a short period of peace when evil forces from another dimension come to invade and wreak havoc on Earth. They are guided by the forces of Outworld leader, Shao Kahn and his generals such as: Motaro, Rain, Ermac, Sheeva and Sindel. Now…
Tagline: Nothing Will Ever Be The Same
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