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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    the people's #1 &most listed
    The English Patient

    Anthony Minghella More
    74
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    Fargo

    Joel Coen, Ethan Coen More
    74
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    Gregory Hoblit More
    73
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    Ron Howard More
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    Jerry Maguire

    Cameron Crowe More
    65
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    Jan de Bont More
    64
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    Mike Nichols More
    63
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    Dennis Dugan More
    61
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    Jack

    Francis Ford Coppola More
    61
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    Roland Emmerich More
    58
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    Wes Craven More
    58
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    Billy Bob Thornton More
    57
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    Tim Burton More
    57
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    Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly More
    56
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    Tom Shadyac More
    56
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    Danny Boyle More
    56
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    Michael Bay More
    56
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    Ben Stiller More
    54
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    MiloŇ° Forman More
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    Christopher Guest More
    53
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    Brian Mulroney, Mike deSeve, Mike Judge More
    51
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    Baz Luhrmann More
    51
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    Tom Hanks More
    50
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    Doug Liman More
    49
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    Brian De Palma More
    49
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    Joel Schumacher More
    49
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    Jonathan Frakes More
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    Ron Shelton More
    48
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    Andrew Fleming More
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    Renny Harlin More
    46
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    James Foley More
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    Kenneth Branagh More
    46
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    Wes Anderson More
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    Leon Gast More
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    Ridley Scott More
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    Harold Ramis More
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    Penelope Spheeris More
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    Rob Cohen More
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    Edward Zwick More
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    Stuart Baird More
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    Stephen Hopkins More
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    Ted Demme More
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    Jason Bloom More
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    Rob Reiner More
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    Nicholas Hytner More
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    Peter Jackson More
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    Simon Wincer More
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    James Foley More
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    Paris Barclay More
    36
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    Joe Pytka More
    35
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