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The Best Action Movies of 1996 

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Updated September 23, 2019 436 votes 39 voters 2.1k views 50 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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Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

Released: 1996

Directed by: Michael Bay

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Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

Released: 1996

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jan de Bont

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Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Brenneman

Released: 1996

Directed by: Rob Cohen

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, James Coburn

Released: 1996

Directed by: Chuck Russell

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John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Woo

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Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jonathan Frakes

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Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

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Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Pam Grier

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stuart Baird

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Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

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Adam Sandler, James Caan, Monica Potter

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

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Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 1996

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

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Dennis Quaid, Julie Christie, Jason Isaacs

Released: 1996

Directed by: Rob Cohen

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Hulk Hogan, Ray Charles, Nicollette Sheridan

Released: 1996

Directed by: Rick Friedberg

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Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Leslie Mann

Released: 1996

Directed by: Walter Hill

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Tom Berenger, Marc Anthony, Luis Guzmán

Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert Mandel

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore, James Remar

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jean-Claude Van Damme

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Elisabeth Shue, Kyle MacLachlan, Dermot Mulroney

Released: 1996

Directed by: David Koepp

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Fred Ward, Michael Gross, Helen Shaver

Released: 1996

Directed by: S. S. Wilson, Andy Wilson

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Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves

Released: 1996

Directed by: Andrew Davis

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Peter Weller, Jennifer Rubin, Roy Dupuis

Released: 1995

Directed by: Christian Duguay

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