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Top Ten: 1997

Ranking the Decades
A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

The Butcher Boy [Neil Jordan, 1997]:

Tren de sombras (Train of Shadows) [José Luis Guerín, 1997]:

Robinson in Space [Patrick Keiller, 1997]:

The Tango Lesson [Sally Potter, 1997]:

Hana-bi (Fireworks)[Takeshi Kitano, 1997]:

Happy Together [Wong Kar-Wai, 1997]:

Labyrinth of Dreams [Gakuryu Ishii (formerly Sogo Ishii), 1997]:

A Casa (The House) [Sharunas Bartas, 1997]:

The Hips of J.W. [João César Monteiro, 1997]:

Taste of Cherry [Abbas Kiarostami, 1997]:

Above, arranged in order of preference, my personal top-ten best films of the year (from what I've seen), accurate at the time of writing.


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