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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    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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    the people's #1 & most listed Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe, Colin Firth

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    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Liev Schreiber

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    Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Calista Flockhart

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Jim Caviezel

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    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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

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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alexa Vega

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    Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

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    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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    Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau

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    Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

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    Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

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    Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

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    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Paul Rudd

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, David Morse

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    Owen Wilson, James Caan, Leslie Mann

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

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    Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington

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    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

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    Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

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    David Cross, Christopher Guest, Parker Posey

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    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    B.B. King, George Foreman, Don King

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    Julie Benz, David Spade, Gary Busey

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    Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, James Rebhorn

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    John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

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    Julie Bowen, Andie MacDowell, Michael Keaton

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    Sean Connery, Dennis Quaid, Jason Isaacs

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    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Phil Mickelson

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

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    Rose McGowan, Kylie Minogue, Jack Black

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    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer

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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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