The 1997 Premiere of Men in Black
It’s hard to believe but it’s been 20 years since Men in Black hit theaters on July 2, 1997. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, the sci-fi action comedy starred Will Smith (pictured here, with his family) and Tommy Lee Jones as secret agents tasked with overseeing the extraterrestrial lifeforms living on Earth while hiding in plain sight from human beings. The film became an instant hit, becoming the year’s third highest-grossing film with over $589 million worldwide. In addition to winning an Oscar for Best Makeup (it also scored two nods for Best Art Direction and Best Original Score), the film generated two more sequels, both of which starred Smith and Jones. In honor of the movie’s double-decade anniversary, see photos from its red carpet premiere, ahead.