The Best Movies of 1996 Films
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The Best Movies of 1996

List Criteria: Movies that were in theaters in 1996

A list of the best movies of 1996, from classics like Romeo & Juliet to dramas like Jerry Maguire. The '90s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 1996 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here.

As stated before, some of the best movies of the decade were released in 1996. Who could forget Fargo, Mission: Impossible with Tom Cruise, and of course, Scream starring Neve Campbell and David Arquette. And let's not forget about The Rock with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris.

The best movies of 1996 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the breakout performances featured in Swingers, or established stars like Mel Gibson in Ransom.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 1996. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 1996, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 1995. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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    the people's #1 & most listed Anthony Minghella

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    ranked low on reranks Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gregory Hoblit

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    Ron Howard

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    ranked low on reranks Cameron Crowe

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    Mike Nichols

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    Wes Craven

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    Danny Boyle

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    Billy Bob Thornton

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    Michael Bay

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Francis Ford Coppola

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    ranked low on reranks Roland Emmerich

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    Dennis Dugan

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    Brian Mulroney, Mike deSeve, Mike Judge

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    MiloŇ° Forman

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    Jan de Bont

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    Tim Burton

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    Ben Stiller

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    Tom Shadyac

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    Joel Schumacher

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    James Foley

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    Baz Luhrmann

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    Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

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    Renny Harlin

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    Doug Liman

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    Tom Hanks

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    Edward Zwick

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    Jonathan Frakes

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    Stuart Baird

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    Christopher Guest

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    Rob Reiner

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    Wes Anderson

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    new! & added by looksharp Tony Scott

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    Andrew Fleming

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    Ridley Scott

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    Harold Ramis

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    Leon Gast

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    Rob Cohen

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    Penelope Spheeris

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    Robert Rodriguez

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    Ted Demme

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    John Woo

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    Ron Shelton

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    Peter Jackson

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    Stephen Hopkins

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    Jason Bloom

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    Nicholas Hytner

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    added by looksharp Nora Ephron

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