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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    Joel Coen, Ethan Coen More
    73
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    The English Patient

    Anthony Minghella More
    72
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    Jerry Maguire

    Cameron Crowe More
    70
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    Primal Fear

    Gregory Hoblit More
    69
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    Ron Howard More
    67
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    Sling Blade

    Billy Bob Thornton More
    63
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    Wes Craven More
    63
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    Danny Boyle More
    62
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    Mike Nichols More
    62
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    Michael Bay More
    61
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    Dennis Dugan More
    58
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    Roland Emmerich More
    58
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    Jack

    Francis Ford Coppola More
    58
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    Jan de Bont More
    57
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    Brian Mulroney, Mike deSeve, Mike Judge More
    55
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    Tim Burton More
    54
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    Tom Shadyac More
    54
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    MiloŇ° Forman More
    54
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    Joel Schumacher More
    53
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    Ben Stiller More
    52
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    James Foley More
    50
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    Baz Luhrmann More
    50
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    Renny Harlin More
    50
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    Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly More
    49
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    Tom Hanks More
    49
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    Edward Zwick More
    48
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    Doug Liman More
    48
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    Barry Levinson More
    47
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    Jonathan Frakes More
    47
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    Stuart Baird More
    47
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    Tony Scott More
    45
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    Rob Reiner More
    45
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    Christopher Guest More
    45
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    Andrew Fleming More
    45
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    Wes Anderson More
    43
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    Penelope Spheeris More
    42
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    Ridley Scott More
    42
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    Leon Gast More
    42
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    Harold Ramis More
    42
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    Rob Cohen More
    41
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    Robert Rodriguez More
    41
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    Stephen Hopkins More
    40
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    John Woo More
    40
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    Ted Demme More
    40
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    Jason Bloom More
    40
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    Ron Shelton More
    39
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    Jon Turteltaub More
    38
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    Nicholas Hytner More
    38
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    Peter Jackson More
    38
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    Mission: Impossible

    Brian De Palma More
    38
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