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 Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe, Colin Firth

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    ranked low on reranks Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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    Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Liev Schreiber

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    ranked low on reranks Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Calista Flockhart

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Jim Caviezel

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jennifer Lopez, Robin Williams, Diane Lane

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    ranked low on reranks Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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    Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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    Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

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    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alexa Vega

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    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

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    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Paul Rudd

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    Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, David Morse

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    Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau

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    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

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    Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

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    David Cross, Christopher Guest, Parker Posey

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    added by looksharp Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

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    Owen Wilson, James Caan, Leslie Mann

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    new! & added by looksharp Robert De Niro, Jack Black, Benicio del Toro

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    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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    Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, James Rebhorn

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    Julie Bowen, Andie MacDowell, Michael Keaton

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    B.B. King, George Foreman, Don King

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    Sean Connery, Dennis Quaid, Jason Isaacs

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    Julie Benz, David Spade, Gary Busey

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    Natalie Portman, Uma Thurman, Rosie O'Donnell

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    added by looksharp John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Forest Whitaker

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    John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

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    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Phil Mickelson

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

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    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer

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    Rose McGowan, Kylie Minogue, Jack Black

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    Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeffrey Jones

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    added by looksharp John Travolta, Carla Gugino, Andie MacDowell

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