The Best Movies of 1996 Films

The Best Movies of 1996

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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.

List Criteria: Movies that were in theaters in 1996

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    Fargo

    Joel Coen, Ethan Coen More
    76
  2. 2
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    most listed
    Primal Fear

    Gregory Hoblit More
    74
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    Jerry Maguire

    Cameron Crowe More
    73
  4. 4
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    Jan de Bont More
    72
  5. 5
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    Down 3
    Wes Craven More
    72
  6. 6
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    The English Patient

    Anthony Minghella More
    71
  7. 7
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    often listed
    The Birdcage

    Mike Nichols More
    70
  8. 8
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    ranked high on reranks
    Happy Gilmore

    Dennis Dugan More
    67
  9. 9
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    Roland Emmerich More
    67
  10. 10
    Up 8
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    often listed
    Ransom

    Ron Howard More
    65
  11. 11
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    Tim Burton More
    64
  12. 12
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    often listed
    Jack

    Francis Ford Coppola More
    63
  13. 13
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    Michael Bay More
    62
  14. 14
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    ranked high on reranks
    Swingers

    Doug Liman More
    61
  15. 15
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    Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly More
    61
  16. 16
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    Penelope Spheeris More
    61
  17. 17
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    Mission: Impossible

    Brian De Palma More
    61
  18. 18
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    Danny Boyle More
    59
  19. 19
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    Ben Stiller More
    59
  20. 20
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    Baz Luhrmann More
    57
  21. 21
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    Joel Schumacher More
    57
  22. 22
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    Andrew Fleming More
    56
  23. 23
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    Brian Mulroney, Mike deSeve, Mike Judge More
    56
  24. 24
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    Tom Hanks More
    56
  25. 25
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    James Foley More
    55
  26. 26
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    MiloŇ° Forman More
    54
  27. 27
    Up 9
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    Tom Shadyac More
    54
  28. 28
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    Christopher Guest More
    53
  29. 29
    Up 4
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    Ted Demme More
    52
  30. 30
    Up 5
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    Renny Harlin More
    51
  31. 31
    Up 4
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    Ron Shelton More
    51
  32. 32
    Up 5
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    Harold Ramis More
    51
  33. 33
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    Wes Anderson More
    50
  34. 34
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    Rob Reiner More
    49
  35. 35
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    ranked high on reranks
    Basquiat

    Julian Schnabel More
    49
  36. 36
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    Peter Jackson More
    49
  37. 37
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    Rob Cohen More
    49
  38. 38
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    Jason Bloom More
    48
  39. 39
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    Ridley Scott More
    48
  40. 40
    Up 3
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    James Foley More
    48
  41. 41
    Up 4
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    Leon Gast More
    48
  42. 42
    Up 1
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    Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski More
    47
  43. 43
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    Paris Barclay More
    47
  44. 44
    Up 5
    Down 11
    Nicholas Hytner More
    47
  45. 45
    Up 7
    Down 5
    Billy Bob Thornton More
    46
  46. 46
    Up 1
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    Harold Becker More
    45
  47. 47
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    Robert Rodriguez More
    43
  48. 48
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    Mo Ogrodnik More
    43
  49. 49
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    Steven Baigelman More
    43
  50. 50
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    Edward Zwick More
    43
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