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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    José Feliciano, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi

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    often listed
    Lucy Liu, Cuba Gooding Jr., Warren Moon

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    Will Smith, Harvey Fierstein, Jeff Goldblum

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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Torri Higginson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rene Russo, Delroy Lindo, Gary Sinise

    ) open buy at  
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    Courteney Cox, Linda Blair, Henry Winkler

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    Ed Harris, Nicolas Cage, Jim Caviezel

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    Richard Gere, Frances McDormand, Stanley Anderson

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    Bill Paxton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Zach Grenier

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    Lee Trevino, Bob Barker, Robert Smigel

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    Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski, Dianne Wiest

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    Robert Duvall, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Bob Thornton

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Bill Cosby, Fran Drescher, Diane Lane

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    Paul Winfield, Christina Applegate, Martin Short

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Jonathan Hadary, Oliver Platt

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    Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald

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    Paul Schneider, Lin Shaye, Bill Murray

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    Demi Moore, Robert Stack, Eric Bogosian

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    Jon Favreau filmography, Vince Vaughn, Eufemia Plimpton

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    Minnie Driver, Dash Mihok, Ruth Maleczech

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    James Coburn, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alexia Robinson

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    Chris Isaak, Charlize Theron, Liv Tyler

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    Vincent Schiavelli, Courtney Love, Miles Chapin

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    Chris Farley, David Spade, Gary Busey

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    Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, Todd Caldecott

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    Jack Black, Eric Roberts, Bob Odenkirk

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    George Clooney, Kelly Preston, Gregory Nicotero

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    Dash Mihok, Harold Perrineau, Miriam Margolyes

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    Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Helen Shaver

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    Alfre Woodard, Michael Zaslow, Ronald D. Moore

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    Brian Cox, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima

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    Emmanuelle Béart, Kristin Scott Thomas, Henry Czerny

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    Robert Musgrave, Luke Wilson, Dipak Pallana

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    Robert Duvall, David Gallagher, Forest Whitaker

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    Christian Slater, Delroy Lindo, Jack Thompson

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    Michael Keaton, Eugene Levy, Julie Bowen

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    Matt Damon, Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Moriarty

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    James Woods, Alec Baldwin, Alexa Vega

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    John Gielgud, Dennis Quaid, Jason Isaacs

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    Oliver Platt, J. T. Walsh, Halle Berry

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    Linda Kash, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy

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    Michael J. Fox, George Port, Billy Jackson

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    John Savage, Ċ½eljko Ivanek, Jordan Clarke

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    Benicio del Toro, Jack Black, Dan Butler

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    John Gielgud, Billy Crystal, Jack Lemmon

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Mary Pat Gleason, Bruce Davison

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    Bernard Hill, Emily Mortimer, Om Puri

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    George Foreman, George Plimpton, Don King

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    Mira Sorvino, Timothy Hutton, Annabeth Gish

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    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson

    ) open buy at  
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