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

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

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    ranked low on reranks Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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

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    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Calista Flockhart

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Jim Caviezel

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    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alexa Vega

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    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

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

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    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

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    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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    Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

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

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    Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

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    Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau

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    Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Paul Rudd

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    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, David Morse

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    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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    Julie Benz, David Spade, Gary Busey

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    Owen Wilson, James Caan, Leslie Mann

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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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    added by looksharp John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Forest Whitaker

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    Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

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    Julie Bowen, Andie MacDowell, Michael Keaton

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    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

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    Sean Connery, Dennis Quaid, Jason Isaacs

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    Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

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    David Cross, Christopher Guest, Parker Posey

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    Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, James Rebhorn

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

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

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    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Phil Mickelson

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    Rose McGowan, Kylie Minogue, Jack Black

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    B.B. King, George Foreman, Don King

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    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer

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    Kate Winslet, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal

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    Natalie Portman, Uma Thurman, Rosie O'Donnell

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