Action The Best Action Movies of 1996  

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List of the best 1996 action movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These movies give you car crashes, explosions, gun fights and everything else you could hope for in a good action flick. These are all the action movies that defined the year 1996, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

Examples of movies on this list include Independence Day and From Dusk till Dawn. This isn't necessarily a list of all action movies from 1996, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

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Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

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Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, James Coburn

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Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Leslie Mann

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Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

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Steven Seagal, Alexa Vega, Brian Cox

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Billy Bob Thornton, Eric Stoltz, Dwight Yoakam

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Adam Sandler, James Caan, Monica Potter

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Elisabeth Shue, Kyle MacLachlan, Dermot Mulroney

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Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Brenneman

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Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

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Vijay, Vijayakumar, Manivannan

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore, James Remar

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Mai Tachihara, Daisuke Yamazaki, Ayana Inoue

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Shilpa Shetty, Vadivelu, Prabhu Deva

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Corey Haim, Dick Van Patten, Alan Thicke

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Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Geetha

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Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman, Whoopi Goldberg

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Tabu, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Srividya

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Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, Ron Perlman

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Kamal Haasan, Aruna Irani, Johnny Lever

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Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Hulk Hogan, Ray Charles, Nicollette Sheridan

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Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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Ajith Kumar, Dhamu, Swathi

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Jim Brown, Pam Grier, Paul Winfield

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Cameron Diaz, Courtney Love, Keanu Reeves

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Pat Morita, James Hong, Daniel Bernhardt

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Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Pam Grier

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Tokuma Nishioka, Kumiko Takeda, Keiji Matsuda

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Mohanlal, Amrish Puri, Sreenivasan

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Peter Weller, Jennifer Rubin, Roy Dupuis

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Nikki Fritz, Maria Ford, Kevin Williamson

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Adam Scott, Doug Bradley, Kenneth Tobey

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Diane Lane, Burt Reynolds, Jeff Goldblum

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Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Peter Dinklage

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Tom Berenger, Marc Anthony, Luis Guzmán

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kristy Swanson, Billy Zane Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Fred Ward, Michael Gross, Helen Shaver

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Dennis Quaid, Julie Christie, Jason Isaacs

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Pamela Anderson, Clint Howard, Tommy Lister

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge, David Hemblen

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Iggy Pop, Mia Kirshner, Thomas Jane