Best Films of 1996

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1. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror

48 Metascore

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino

Votes: 272,266 | Gross: $25.75M

2. Bed of Roses (1996)

PG | 87 min | Drama, Romance

Romantic drama about a young career girl who is swept off her feet by a shy florist, who fell in love with her after one glimpse through a shadowy window.

Director: Michael Goldenberg | Stars: Christian Slater, Mary Stuart Masterson, Pamela Adlon, Josh Brolin

Votes: 7,643 | Gross: $19.03M

3. Black Sheep (1996)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy

A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job is to make sure the candidate's well-meaning but incompetent brother doesn't ruin the election.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Chris Farley, David Spade, Tim Matheson, Christine Ebersole

Votes: 34,954 | Gross: $32.38M

4. City Hall (1996)

R | 111 min | Drama, Thriller

The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aiello

Votes: 18,866 | Gross: $20.20M

5. The Birdcage (1996)

R | 117 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 75,280 | Gross: $124.06M

6. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 580,419 | Gross: $24.61M

7. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 170,946 | Gross: $56.12M

8. The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

64 Metascore

A successful veternarian & radio show host with low self-esteem asks her model friend to impersonate her when a handsome man wants to see her.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Uma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Chaplin, Jamie Foxx

Votes: 24,295 | Gross: $34.07M

9. Twister (I) (1996)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

68 Metascore

Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz

Votes: 166,203 | Gross: $241.72M

10. Mission: Impossible (1996)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

59 Metascore

An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny

Votes: 368,929 | Gross: $180.98M

11. The Cable Guy (1996)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

A lonely and mentally disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black

Votes: 145,172 | Gross: $60.24M

12. Independence Day (1996)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell

Votes: 507,591 | Gross: $306.17M

13. Phenomenon (1996)

PG | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

41 Metascore

An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall

Votes: 72,273 | Gross: $104.64M

14. A Time to Kill (1996)

R | 149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 123,221 | Gross: $108.77M

15. Kingpin (1996)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Sport

43 Metascore

A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Bill Murray, Vanessa Angel

Votes: 73,669 | Gross: $24.94M

16. Chain Reaction (1996)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Two researchers in a green alternative energy project are put on the run when they are framed for murder and treason.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward

Votes: 46,330 | Gross: $20.55M

17. Tin Cup (1996)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

A washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his successful rival's girlfriend.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin

Votes: 44,125 | Gross: $53.85M

18. Feeling Minnesota (1996)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

30 Metascore

An ex-convict and his bumbling crook brother fight for the same woman.

Director: Steven Baigelman | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Vincent D'Onofrio, Cameron Diaz, Delroy Lindo

Votes: 10,181 | Gross: $3.10M

19. That Thing You Do! (1996)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A local Pennsylvania band scores a one hit wonder in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as they can, with lots of help from its manager.

Director: Tom Hanks | Stars: Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron, Tom Everett Scott

Votes: 58,922 | Gross: $25.81M

20. Bound (1996)

R | 109 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

61 Metascore

Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan

Votes: 48,254 | Gross: $3.80M

21. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

44 Metascore

A woman suffering from amnesia begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima, Craig Bierko

Votes: 69,718 | Gross: $33.33M

22. Sleepers (1996)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Thirteen years later, an unexpected random encounter with a former guard gives them a chance for revenge.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric

Votes: 179,332 | Gross: $49.10M

23. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 200,801 | Gross: $46.35M

24. Sling Blade (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter

Votes: 83,773 | Gross: $24.48M

25. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Votes: 228,854 | Gross: $153.95M

26. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 270,690 | Gross: $103.05M

27. My Fellow Americans (1996)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy

49 Metascore

Two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, join forces to expose the current, corrupt President at the risk of their lives.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard

Votes: 13,652 | Gross: $22.29M

28. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History

A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen

Votes: 9,685 | Gross: $13.05M

29. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 130 min | Biography, Drama

79 Metascore

The story of a controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson

Votes: 84,433 | Gross: $20.19M

30. The Evening Star (1996)

PG-13 | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Continuing the story of Aurora Greenway in her latter years. After the death of her daughter, Aurora struggled to keep her family together, but has one grandson in jail, a rebellious ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Harling | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Bill Paxton, Juliette Lewis, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 3,985 | Gross: $12.77M



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