90s The Best Movies of 1996

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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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Jerry Maguire Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Trainspotting Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Happy Gilmore Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Space Jam Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

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Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Primal Fear Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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Twister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Twister Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

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Sling Blade is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Sling Blade Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Mission: Impossible Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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The Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Rock Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Hamlet Kate Winslet, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal

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The Birdcage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Birdcage Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria

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Ransom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Ransom Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo

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Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Mars Attacks! Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
A Time to Kill Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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When We Were Kings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
When We Were Kings George Foreman, B.B. King, Don King

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Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Kingpin Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The English Patient Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth

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A Moment of Innocence is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
A Moment of Innocence Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ammar Tafti, Moharram Zaynalzadeh

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The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Nutty Professor Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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Jack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Jack Jennifer Lopez, Robin Williams, Diane Lane

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From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
From Dusk till Dawn Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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The Cable Guy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Cable Guy Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

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Romeo + Juliet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Romeo + Juliet Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd, Brian Dennehy

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The Craft is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Craft Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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Swingers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Swingers Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau filmography

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Sleepers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Sleepers Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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Fear is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Fear Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

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Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Black Sheep Julie Benz, Gary Busey, David Spade

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The People vs. Larry Flynt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The People vs. Larry Flynt Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

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Beavis and Butt-head Do Americ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Beavis and Butt-head Do America Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander

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Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Broken Arrow John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

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Star Trek: First Contact is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Star Trek: First Contact Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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Jingle All the Way is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Jingle All the Way Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show, Phil Hartman

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Phenomenon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Phenomenon John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

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That Thing You Do! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
That Thing You Do! Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

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James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
James and the Giant Peach Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley

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Multiplicity is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Multiplicity Julie Bowen, Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell

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The Frighteners is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Frighteners Michael J. Fox, Peter Jackson, R. Lee Ermey

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Bottle Rocket is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Bottle Rocket Owen Wilson, James Caan, Leslie Mann

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Shine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Shine Geoffrey Rush, John Gielgud, Lynn Redgrave

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The Crucible is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Crucible Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeffrey Jones

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Courage Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Courage Under Fire Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington

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Lone Star is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Lone Star Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand

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Waiting for Guffman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Waiting for Guffman David Cross, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara

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Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Mr. Holland's Opus Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Matilda Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens