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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.
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92 41
Fargo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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2
68 53
Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Jerry Maguire Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

3
70 45
Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Trainspotting Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

4
47 51
Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Primal Fear Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

5
92 46
Scream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

6
67 52
Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Happy Gilmore Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

7
60 53
Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Space Jam Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

8
93 52
Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

9
37 74
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The English Patient Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth

10
45 50
Ransom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Ransom Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo

11
21 29
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Hamlet Kate Winslet, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal

12
60 38
The Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Rock Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

13
24 37
When We Were Kings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
When We Were Kings George Foreman, B.B. King, Don King

14
45 38
Sling Blade is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Sling Blade Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

15
62 36
Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Mission: Impossible Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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16
41 40
A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
A Time to Kill Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

17
66 40
Twister is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Twister Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

18
47 45
The Birdcage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Birdcage Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria

19
31 59
Jack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Jack Jennifer Lopez, Robin Williams, Diane Lane

20
49 46
Romeo + Juliet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Romeo + Juliet Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd, Brian Dennehy

21
57 51
Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Mars Attacks! Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

22
28 44
Swingers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Swingers Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau filmography

23
11 20
A Moment of Innocence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
mirna-sanders added A Moment of Innocence Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ammar Tafti, Moharram Zaynalzadeh

24
47 41
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Kingpin Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

25
42 35
From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
From Dusk till Dawn Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

26
46 52
The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Nutty Professor Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

27
40 48
The Cable Guy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Cable Guy Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

28
38 42
Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Black Sheep Julie Benz, Gary Busey, David Spade

29
31 25
Sleepers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
looksharp added Sleepers Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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30
43 34
Fear is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Fear Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

31
40 45
The People vs. Larry Flynt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The People vs. Larry Flynt Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

32
52 33
The Craft is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Craft Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

33
40 54
Beavis and Butt-head Do Americ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Beavis and Butt-head Do America Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

34
14 42
Bottle Rocket is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Bottle Rocket Owen Wilson, James Caan, Leslie Mann

35
34 37
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

36
17 31
Courage Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Courage Under Fire Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington

37
31 36
Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Broken Arrow John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

38
22 38
Multiplicity is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Multiplicity Julie Bowen, Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell

39
31 40
That Thing You Do! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
That Thing You Do! Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

40
24 33
Phenomenon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
looksharp added Phenomenon John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

41
22 38
The Long Kiss Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Long Kiss Goodnight Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

42
20 38
Tin Cup is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Tin Cup Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson

43
40 29
101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
101 Dalmatians Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

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44
19 32
Ghosts of Mississippi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Ghosts of Mississippi Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

45
19 23
Jingle All the Way is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Jingle All the Way Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show, Phil Hartman

46
38 34
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander

47
13 41
Waiting for Guffman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Waiting for Guffman David Cross, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara

48
13 18
Shine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
Shine Geoffrey Rush, John Gielgud, Lynn Redgrave

49
30 31
The Frighteners is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Frighteners Michael J. Fox, Peter Jackson, R. Lee Ermey

50
23 43
The Crucible is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1996
The Crucible Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeffrey Jones