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The Best Action Movies of 1996

Updated September 23, 2019 597 votes 39 voters 2.2k views50 items

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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  • 1
    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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

    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1996

    Directed byJan de Bont

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    The Ghost and the Darkness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    The Ghost and the Darkness

    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas

    Released1996

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

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    The Substitute is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    The Substitute

    Tom Berenger, Marc Anthony

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Mandel

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    Spy Hard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    Spy Hard

    Hulk Hogan, Ray Charles

    Released1996

    Directed byRick Friedberg

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    The Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    The Rock

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    Mars Attacks!

    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson

    Released1996

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 8
    Chain Reaction is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    Chain Reaction

    Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz

    Released1996

    Directed byAndrew Davis

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    The Trigger Effect is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    The Trigger Effect

    Elisabeth Shue, Kyle MacLachlan

    Released1996

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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  • 10
    The Quest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    The Quest

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore

    Released1996

    Directed byJean-Claude Van Damme

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    Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    Mission: Impossible

    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight

    Released1996

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan

    Released1996

    Directed byChuck Russell

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

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kristy Swanson

    Released1996

    Directed bySimon Wincer

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    Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    Broken Arrow

    John Travolta, Christian Slater

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Woo

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    Maximum Risk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    Maximum Risk

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge

    Released1996

    Directed byRingo Lam

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    The Long Kiss Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    The Long Kiss Goodnight

    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis

    Released1996

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    Escape from L.A. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    Escape from L.A.

    Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

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    The Crow: City of Angels is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    The Crow: City of Angels

    Iggy Pop, Mia Kirshner

    Released1996

    Directed byTim Pope

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  • 20
    Daylight is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    Daylight

    Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen

    Released1996

    Directed byRob Cohen

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    Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    Set It Off

    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre

    Released1996

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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    The Glimmer Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    The Glimmer Man

    Steven Seagal, Alexa Vega

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Gray

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

    Kamal Haasan, Aruna Irani

    Released1996

    Directed byS. Shankar

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    Bulletproof is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    Bulletproof

    Adam Sandler, James Caan

    Released1996

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

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    Screamers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies of 1996
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    Screamers

    Peter Weller, Jennifer Rubin

    Released1995

    Directed byChristian Duguay

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