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

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    the people's #1 & most listed Anthony Minghella

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    Gregory Hoblit

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    ranked low on reranks Cameron Crowe

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ron Howard

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    ranked low on reranks Wes Craven

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    Danny Boyle

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    Mike Nichols

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    Billy Bob Thornton

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    Michael Bay

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    Roland Emmerich

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    Dennis Dugan

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Francis Ford Coppola

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    Jan de Bont

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    Brian Mulroney, Mike deSeve, Mike Judge

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    Tim Burton

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    MiloŇ° Forman

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    Joel Schumacher

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    Tom Shadyac

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    Ben Stiller

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    James Foley

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    Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

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    Baz Luhrmann

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    Renny Harlin

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    Tom Hanks

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    Edward Zwick

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    added by looksharp Barry Levinson

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    Doug Liman

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    Jonathan Frakes

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    Stuart Baird

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    Christopher Guest

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    new! & added by looksharp Tony Scott

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    Rob Reiner

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    Andrew Fleming

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    Wes Anderson

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    Penelope Spheeris

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    Ridley Scott

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    Leon Gast

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    Harold Ramis

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    Rob Cohen

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    John Woo

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    Robert Rodriguez

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    Stephen Hopkins

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    Ted Demme

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    Jason Bloom

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    Ron Shelton

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    Peter Jackson

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    added by looksharp Jon Turteltaub

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    added by looksharp Nora Ephron

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