The Best Movies of 1996

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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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    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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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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    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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    Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

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    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

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    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

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    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria

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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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    Kate Winslet, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal

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    Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ammar Tafti, Moharram Zaynalzadeh

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    Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo

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    George Foreman, B.B. King, Don King

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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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    Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth

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    Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

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    Jennifer Lopez, Robin Williams, Diane Lane

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd, Brian Dennehy

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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    Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

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    Julie Benz, Gary Busey, David Spade

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    Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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    Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

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    John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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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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    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

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    Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington

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    Geoffrey Rush, John Gielgud, Lynn Redgrave

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    Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand

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    Julie Bowen, Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell

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    David Cross, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara

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    John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show, Phil Hartman

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    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

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    Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander

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    Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

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    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson

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