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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    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1996

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    Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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    Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Trainspotting Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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    Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Jerry Maguire Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Scream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Happy Gilmore Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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    Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Primal Fear Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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    Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Space Jam Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

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    Sling Blade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Sling Blade Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

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    Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Mission: Impossible Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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    The Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    The Rock Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

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    Twister is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Twister Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

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    The Birdcage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    The Birdcage Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria

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    A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    A Time to Kill 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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    Ransom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Ransom Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo

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    When We Were Kings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1996

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    When We Were Kings George Foreman, B.B. King, Don King

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    Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Mars Attacks! Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Kingpin Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

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    The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1996

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    The English Patient Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth

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    Romeo + Juliet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1996

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    Romeo + Juliet Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd, Brian Dennehy

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    Jack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1996

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    Jack Jennifer Lopez, Robin Williams, Diane Lane

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    The Cable Guy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    The Cable Guy Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

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    From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1996

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    From Dusk till Dawn Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    Swingers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1996

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    Swingers Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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    Sleepers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1996

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    Sleepers Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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    The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    The Nutty Professor Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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    Fear is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Fear Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

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    Beavis and Butt-head Do Americ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Beavis and Butt-head Do America Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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    Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Black Sheep Julie Benz, Gary Busey, David Spade

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    The People vs. Larry Flynt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    The People vs. Larry Flynt Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

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    John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

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    Star Trek: First Contact is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Star Trek: First Contact Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Bottle Rocket is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Bottle Rocket Owen Wilson, James Caan, Leslie Mann

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    That Thing You Do! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    That Thing You Do! Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

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    The Frighteners is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


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

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    Courage Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Courage Under Fire Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington

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    Shine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Shine Geoffrey Rush, John Gielgud, Lynn Redgrave

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    Lone Star is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1996

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    Lone Star Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand

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    Multiplicity is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Multiplicity Julie Bowen, Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell

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    Waiting for Guffman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Waiting for Guffman David Cross, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara

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    John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

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    Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Mr. Holland's Opus Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1996

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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander

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    Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

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    Jingle All the Way is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    Jingle All the Way Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show, Phil Hartman

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    The Long Kiss Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1996


    The Long Kiss Goodnight Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

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    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson

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