47th Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear and Silver Bear competitors (1997)

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1. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

79 Metascore

The story of a controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson

Votes: 83,944 | Gross: $20.19M

2. The Crucible (1996)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, History

A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen

Votes: 33,705 | Gross: $7.34M

3. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 169,037 | Gross: $78.65M

4. Get on the Bus (1996)

R | 120 min | Drama, History

A disparate group of African-American men travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Ossie Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Andre Braugher, Richard Belzer

Votes: 4,685 | Gross: $5.73M

5. Genealogies of a Crime (1997)

103 min | Crime, Drama

At her son's funeral, Solange, a lawyer famous for losing hopeless cases, agrees to defend René, her son's age, accused of murdering his wealthy aunt, Jeanne, who's part of the ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, Melvil Poupaud, Andrzej Seweryn

Votes: 750 | Gross: $0.08M

6. The River (1997)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

A young man develops severe neck pain after swimming in a polluted river; his dysfunctional parents are unable to provide any relief for him or themselves.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Tien Miao, Kang-sheng Lee, Yi-Ching Lu, Ann Hui

Votes: 2,403

7. In Love and War (1996)

PG-13 | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A bitter love story between a talented writer and a gentle nurse.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Chris O'Donnell, Mackenzie Astin, Margot Steinberg

Votes: 7,816 | Gross: $14.48M

8. The Island on Bird Street (1997)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, War

Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through ... See full summary »

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen | Stars: Patrick Bergin, Jordan Kiziuk, Jack Warden, James Bolam

Votes: 1,251

9. Life is All You Get (1997)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

After he loses his job, his father, and his girlfriend, Jan's life is a shambles. Then suddenly he meets freakish street musician Vera, and a bittersweet romance unfolds...

Director: Wolfgang Becker | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Christiane Paul, Ricky Tomlinson, Hristina Papamihou

Votes: 1,684

10. Under Western Eyes (1996)

95 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

The winner of the 1995 Jerusalem Film Festival, this political thriller centers on a young hero who returns to Israel from Berlin to ostensibly attend the funeral of his father, a convicted... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pitchhadze | Stars: Giora Asaulov, Fitcho Ben-Zur, Carmel Betto, Pavel Citronal

Votes: 43

11. Lucie Aubrac (1997)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, War

61 Metascore

A love story or a tale of the resistance, this poignant movie tells both the haunting story of a French resistance cell in Lyon but also the love of Lucie Aubrac for her husband, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Carole Bouquet, Daniel Auteuil, Patrice Chéreau, Eric Boucher

Votes: 1,116 | Gross: $0.46M

12. Surveillance (1997)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

Two employee of security section of a shipyard help the police to keep watch on a murder suspect.

Directors: Jianxin Huang, Yazhou Yang | Stars: Gong Feng, Shan Jiang, Rujun Teng, Jia-yi Zhang

Votes: 76

13. Four Days in September (1997)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, History

Brazillian urban guerrilla fighters kidnap the American Ambassador. Now, the diplomat's life hangs in the balance - helplessly caught between a government unwilling to cooperate - and his fear of the captors themselves.

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Luiz Fernando Guimarães

Votes: 4,285 | Gross: $0.31M

14. Panna Nikt (1996)

98 min | Drama

A devout Catholic peasant girl is corrupted by two new friends when her family moves to the city. An allegory of traditional Polish values under threat from materialism and decadence in the post-Communist era.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Anna Wielgucka, Anna Mucha, Anna Powierza, Stanislawa Celinska

Votes: 371

15. Port Djema (1997)

95 min | Drama

Because he wants to keep a promise made to his friend, the physician Antoine Barasse, murdered in Port Djema, former territory of the French Empire in East Africa, Pierre Feldman, surgeon, ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Heumann | Stars: Jean-Yves Dubois, Nathalie Boutefeu, Christophe Odent, Edouard Montoute

Votes: 86 | Gross: $0.00M

16. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 199,555 | Gross: $46.35M

17. Rosewood (1997)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, History

71 Metascore

A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African-American community.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill

Votes: 7,030 | Gross: $13.10M

18. Viva Erotica (1996)

99 min | Comedy, Drama

A struggling director is offered the opportunity to direct a Cat-III film to revive his career. Torn between artistic integrity and financial troubles, he also has to deal with his jealous girlfriend and keep his gangster financiers happy.

Director: Tung-Shing Yee | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Karen Mok, Qi Shu, Ching Wan Lau

Votes: 583

19. Secrets of the Heart (1997)

105 min | Drama

Javi and his friend Carlos snoop around an old house on the way home from school. According to his brother Juan this is a haunted house and one can hear the voices of the dead. Later he is ... See full summary »

Director: Montxo Armendáriz | Stars: Carmelo Gómez, Charo López, Silvia Munt, Vicky Peña

Votes: 1,638

20. Moonlight Serenade (1997)

110 min | Drama

Opens with a journalist reporting on the 1997 Kobe earthquake, as he remembers a trip made as a young boy. Then, he and family took a boat trip from Awaji to Beppu in order to bury the ... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Kyôzô Nagatsuka, Hideyuki Kasahara, Jun Toba, Shima Iwashita

Votes: 83

21. Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

45 Metascore

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.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Julia Ormond, Ona Fletcher, Agga Olsen, Patrick Field

Votes: 13,125 | Gross: $2.22M

22. Comanche Territory (1997)

88 min | Drama, War

Spanish TV reporters covering the War in Bosnia. Based on true experience.

Director: Gerardo Herrero | Stars: Imanol Arias, Carmelo Gómez, Cecilia Dopazo, Mirta Zecevic

Votes: 333

23. Three Stories (1997)

105 min | Comedy, Crime

A man goes to see his former schoolmate working at a boiler house and persuades him to burn in the furnace the corpse of his communal flat neighbor whom he has just murdered after a quarrel... See full summary »

Director: Kira Muratova | Stars: Sergey Makovetskiy, Leonid Kushnir, Zhan Daniel, Renata Litvinova

Votes: 612

24. Twin Town (1997)

Unrated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

Twin Town opens with wide sweeping shots of seaside Swansea; to be the place of action for the next one and a half hours. The serene setting with miles upon miles of old semi-detached ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Allen | Stars: Llyr Ifans, Rhys Ifans, Dorien Thomas, Dougray Scott

Votes: 5,347 | Gross: $0.07M

25. Kitchen (1997)

124 min | Drama, Romance

Laid-back hairdresser Louie (Jordan Chan) and his kind-hearted transgender mother (Lau Kar Ying) take in the bereaved, deeply depressed but beautiful Aggie (Yasuko Tomita) to give her new ... See full summary »

Director: Ho Yim | Stars: Jordan Chan, Yasuko Tomita, Kar-Ying Law, Karen Mok

Votes: 202



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