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10 films you won't believe turn 20 this year


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1997 was a big year in the film industry; here are some of the timeless classics that remain just as iconic as ever today.

1) Titantic

We all know how this one goes...a young Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet star in the fictional remake of the RMS Titanic sinking. James Cameron's Titanic was a box office hit, becoming the first ever film to gross over $1,000,000,000, and remaining the highest grossing of all time until the same director topped it with Avatar in 2009. 

2) Men in Black

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones star as the witty, extra- terrestrial fighting duo in the first of the Men in Black instalments. The film became the 3rd highest grossing film of the year, and was so loved by audiences that a second and third Men in Black were released in 2002 and 2012 respectively. 

3) Tomorrow Never Dies

The eighteenth of the James Bond series features Pierce Brosnan as the 007 agent. Agent Bond attempts to stop media tycoon Elliot Carver, played by Jonathan Pryce, initiating world war three. 


4) Liar Liar

The lovable Jim Carrey takes on the role of untrustworthy lawyer Fletcher Reede in Tom Shadyac's 1997 comedy hit. Reede's son makes a birthday wish that his dad can't lie to him, and when that wish comes true Carrey's character finds himself in a difficult situation. Carrey was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in Comedy as a result, and the film is the second of three collaborations between the actor and Shadyac. 


5) Good Will Hunting

Matt Damon is the undiscovered genius janitor who is confronted with not only solving challenging mathmatical problems, but also opening up about his past and the death of his wife. Robin Williams also features in the film which was a financial success, and met with critical acclaim. In 2014, the film was listed in The Hollywood Reporter's 100 Favourite Films list, and is often ranked as one of the best movies of all time. 


6) Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

The first installment of the spoof James Bond films was a big hit at box office, and was so successful that two more Austin Powers films were produced in the early 2000s. Mike Myers plays the crude, sexually frustrated spy attempting to defeat his arch nemesis Dr. Evil. Myers is reported to have repeatedly mentioned the possibility of a fourth in the series.

7) Flubber 

Although Flubber received fairly poor reviews from critics and audiences, it is nothing short of a childhood classic. Robin Williams's dorky scientist character creates a green gooey substance that wreaks havoc on the neighbourhood in this hour and a half long fun feature.


8) Batman & Robin

It's hard to believe a Batman film with the all star cast of George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman would be the lowest grossing in the series of all time. After such negative reviews, Warner Bros cancelled the pre-planned sequal, and instead revitalized the Batman films in 2005 with Batman Begins

9) The Full Monty

Probably one of the most iconic British comedies to come out of the 1990s, proudly claiming the highest grossing film in the UK until it was topped by Titanic. The film tells the story of six unemployed men in Sheffield hilariously deciding to start a strip- tease act for money. The Full Monty was such a success that it was recreated as a stage musical in 2013, and is still in theatres today. 

10) The Borrowers

Another fun childhood favourite, The Borrowers is a British- American production in which a family of miniscule people coexist amongst humans and often 'borrow' their possessions, hence the nickname. The microscopic humans attempt to stop a shady lawyer in his attempts to seize the house in which they live. In 1998 it was nominated for a BAFTA award, but sadly just fell short to Nil by Mouth


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