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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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    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

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    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria

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    Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ammar Tafti, Moharram Zaynalzadeh

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    Kate Winslet, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal

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    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

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    George Foreman, B.B. King, Don King

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    Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo

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    Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth

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    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    Jennifer Lopez, Robin Williams, Diane Lane

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    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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    Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd, Brian Dennehy

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    Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

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    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

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    Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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    Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau filmography Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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    Julie Benz, Gary Busey, David Spade

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

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    John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

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    Owen Wilson, James Caan, Leslie Mann

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    Michael J. Fox, Peter Jackson, R. Lee Ermey

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    Julie Bowen, Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell

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    John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

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    Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington

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    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson

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    Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

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    Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeffrey Jones Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    David Cross, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara

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    Dennis Quaid, Julie Christie, Jason Isaacs

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    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

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    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer

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