Top 39 underrated crime movies from year 1997

01.
Steel
97 min | 1997 |
2.9 (11841 votes)
|
4.45 (57 reviews)

A scientist for the military turns himself into a cartoon-like superhero when a version of one of his own weapons is being used against enemies.

02.
Excess Baggage
101 min | 1997 |
5.3 (11793 votes)
|
6.81 (71 reviews)

A bratty teenager fakes her own kidnapping, but gets mistakenly kidnapped for real instead.

03.
The Assignment - Der Auftrag
115 min | 1997 |
6.9 (8138 votes)
|
8.37 (59 reviews)

An American naval officer is recruited for an operation to eliminate his lookalike, the infamous terrorist Carlos The Jackal.

04.
Breakdown
93 min | 1997 |
6.9 (51667 votes)
|
8.36 (224 reviews)

A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.

05.
Metro
117 min | 1997 |
5.5 (25977 votes)
|
6.95 (48 reviews)

A Hostage Negotiator teams up with a Sharpshooter to bring down a dangerous jewel thief.

06.
The Man Who Knew Too Little
94 min | 1997 |
6.7 (30092 votes)
|
8.12 (111 reviews)

Wallace Ritchie is mistaken for a spy and must stop a plot to assassinate international leaders at a banquet.

07.
Money Talks
97 min | 1997 |
6.2 (28013 votes)
|
7.53 (35 reviews)

Sought by police and criminals, a small-time huckster makes a deal with a TV newsman for protection.

08.
Character
122 min | 1997 |
7.7 (10347 votes)
|
9.01 (54 reviews)

Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs.

09.
Home Alone 3
102 min | 1997 |
4.5 (109498 votes)
|
5.79 (164 reviews)

Alex Pruitt, an 8-year-old boy living in Chicago, must fend off international spies who seek a top-secret computer chip in his toy car.

10.
Cop Land
105 min | 1997 |
6.9 (89307 votes)
|
8.12 (212 reviews)

The Sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community, populated by New York City police officers, slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.

11.
Dobermann
103 min | 1997 |
6.6 (15536 votes)
|
7.51 (72 reviews)

The charismatic criminal Dobermann, who got his first gun when he was christened, leads a gang of brutal robbers. After a complex and brutal bank robbery, they are being hunted by the Paris...

12.
Gridlock'd
91 min | 1997 |
7.0 (13348 votes)
|
7.91 (31 reviews)

After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, ...

13.
Fireworks
103 min | 1997 |
7.8 (27557 votes)
|
8.7 (105 reviews)

Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.

14.
Perdita Durango
129 min | 1997 |
6.3 (8022 votes)
|
7.18 (52 reviews)

A psychotic criminal couple kidnaps a random teenage couple. The woman rapes the male captive, and lets him watch his lover being raped by the man. They then plan to sacrifice the couple.

15.
Knockin' on Heaven's Door
87 min | 1997 |
8.0 (27585 votes)
|
8.83 (43 reviews)

Two terminally ill patients escape from a hospital, steal a car and rush towards the sea.

16.
Switchback
118 min | 1997 |
6.4 (12747 votes)
|
7.21 (78 reviews)

An FBI agent tries to catch a serial killer who kidnapped his son.

17.
Brother
99 min | 1997 |
8.0 (13234 votes)
|
8.8 (46 reviews)

An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia.

18.
Murder at 1600
107 min | 1997 |
6.1 (29497 votes)
|
6.86 (53 reviews)

A young woman is murdered in the White House. Homicide detective Regis (Wesley Snipes) investigates while Secret Service works against him. He's assigned agent Chance (Diane Lane). She eventually cooperates after a man's framed.

19.
Cure
111 min | 1997 |
7.4 (12523 votes)
|
8.16 (58 reviews)

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

20.
Perfect Blue
81 min | 1997 |
8.0 (63841 votes)
|
8.71 (202 reviews)

A pop singer gives up her career to become an actress, but she slowly goes insane when she starts being stalked by an obsessed fan and what seems to be a ghost of her past.

21.
Insomnia
96 min | 1997 |
7.3 (13164 votes)
|
7.99 (73 reviews)

In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting.

22.
Hoodlum
130 min | 1997 |
6.3 (10618 votes)
|
6.99 (43 reviews)

Black gangsters in 1930 Harlem fights Dutch Schultz who is trying to horn in on their numbers racket.

23.
A Life Less Ordinary
103 min | 1997 |
6.4 (34326 votes)
|
7.06 (131 reviews)

Upon being fired, a desperate guy kidnaps a daughter of his former boss. Two angels are sent to Earth to check if love is possible in this case.

24.
Mr. Nice Guy
88 min | 1997 |
6.2 (24759 votes)
|
6.86 (50 reviews)

A Chinese chef accidentally gets involved with a news reporter who filmed a drug bust that went awry, and is now being chased by gangs who are trying to get the video tape.

25.
Mad City
115 min | 1997 |
6.2 (17826 votes)
|
6.85 (59 reviews)

A disgruntled security guard holds a school trip group hostage, while a news reporter forms a bond with him.

26.
Con Air
115 min | 1997 |
6.9 (283311 votes)
|
7.54 (346 reviews)

Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.

27.
Jackie Brown
154 min | 1997 |
7.5 (326717 votes)
|
8.13 (484 reviews)

A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.

28.
L.A. Confidential
138 min | 1997 |
8.2 (547357 votes)
|
8.82 (632 reviews)

As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

29.
8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
95 min | 1997 |
5.4 (9713 votes)
|
5.99 (51 reviews)

A mob bagman finds that his luggage, containing the proof of his gang's latest hit, has been switched.

30.
The Rainmaker
135 min | 1997 |
7.2 (68523 votes)
|
7.78 (150 reviews)

An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent insurance company.

31.
Red Corner
122 min | 1997 |
6.3 (15591 votes)
|
6.84 (66 reviews)

An American attorney on business in China is wrongfully arrested and put on trial for murder, with a female defense lawyer from the country the only key to proving his innocence.

32.
Donnie Brasco
127 min | 1997 |
7.7 (288520 votes)
|
8.21 (279 reviews)

An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one.

33.
Face/Off
138 min | 1997 |
7.2 (357898 votes)
|
7.66 (543 reviews)

To foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes facial transplant surgery to assume the identity of the criminal mastermind who murdered his only son, but the criminal wakes up prematurely and seeks revenge.

34.
Smilla's Sense of Snow
121 min | 1997 |
6.4 (13752 votes)
|
6.83 (77 reviews)

A 6 y.o. Inuit boy runs off a snowy roof in Copenhagen and dies. Smilla, a half Inuit who lives in the building and knows the boy, looks into it. What makes an acrophobic boy run up on the roof? The clues take her to Greenland.

35.
Grosse Pointe Blank
107 min | 1997 |
7.3 (90435 votes)
|
7.68 (275 reviews)

Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.

36.
Gone Fishin'
94 min | 1997 |
4.9 (8994 votes)
|
5.15 (54 reviews)

Two fishing fanatics get in trouble when their fishing boat gets stolen while on a trip.

37.
Suicide Kings
106 min | 1997 |
6.9 (26437 votes)
|
7.08 (124 reviews)

A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure.

38.
Absolute Power
121 min | 1997 |
6.7 (51490 votes)
|
6.6 (131 reviews)

Career thief Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) witnesses a horrific crime involving U.S. President Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman).

39.
Kiss the Girls
115 min | 1997 |
6.6 (68906 votes)
|
6.48 (132 reviews)

Police hunting for a serial kidnapper are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time.

Top 6 overrated crime movies from year 1997

01.
Funny Games
108 min | 1997 |
7.6 (68228 votes)
|
5.98 (290 reviews)

Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.

02.
Speed 2: Cruise Control
121 min | 1997 |
3.9 (77977 votes)
|
2.98 (230 reviews)

A computer hacker breaks into the computer system of the Seabourn Legend cruise liner and sets it speeding on a collision course into a gigantic oil tanker.

03.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
155 min | 1997 |
6.6 (37763 votes)
|
5.93 (174 reviews)

A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.

04.
The Devil's Own
111 min | 1997 |
6.2 (62201 votes)
|
5.6 (114 reviews)

A police officer uncovers the real identity of his house-guest, an I.R.A. terrorist in hiding.

05.
The Jackal
124 min | 1997 |
6.4 (111303 votes)
|
5.96 (197 reviews)

An imprisoned I.R.A. fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job.

06.
U Turn
125 min | 1997 |
6.7 (50645 votes)
|
6.38 (171 reviews)

A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong does go wrong.