1996 Best Movies - By: W.R.

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1. Sleepers (1996)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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49 Metascore

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Over ten years later, they get their chance for revenge.

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

Votes: 164,951 | Gross: $49.10M

2. The Rock (1996)

R | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.4
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58 Metascore

A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer

Votes: 276,299 | Gross: $134.07M

3. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror

7.3
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52 Metascore

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

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

Votes: 239,670 | Gross: $25.75M

4. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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79 Metascore

A partially idealized and fictionalized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people.

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

Votes: 76,597 | Gross: $20.19M

5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

G | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family

6.9
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A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, Mary Kay Bergman, Corey Burton

Votes: 115,291 | Gross: $100.14M

6. Sik san (1996)

95 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

7.4
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The most renowned and feared chef in the world loses his title of God of Cookery because of his pompous attitude. Humbled, he sets out to reclaim his title.

Directors: Stephen Chow, Lik-Chi Lee | Stars: Stephen Chow, Karen Mok, Nancy Sit, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 6,775

7. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

PG-13 | 73 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.4
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Mike Nelson and his robot companions watch and give their comments about This Island Earth (1955).

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 16,471 | Gross: $1.01M

8. The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

R | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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A bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter begin a hunt for two lions after they start attacking local construction workers.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer, Tom Wilkinson, John Kani

Votes: 49,408 | Gross: $38.62M

9. Daylight (1996)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.8
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Disaster in a New York tunnel as explosions collapse both ends of it. One hero tries to help the people inside find their way to safety.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen, Dan Hedaya

Votes: 57,208 | Gross: $33.02M

10. The Frighteners (1996)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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After a tragic car accident kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin

Votes: 72,345 | Gross: $16.76M

11. Trainspotting (1996)

R | 94 min | Drama

8.2
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83 Metascore

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd

Votes: 537,494 | Gross: $16.50M

12. The Crow: City of Angels (1996)

R | 84 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

4.6
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The spirit of the Crow resurrects another man seeking revenge for the murder of his son.

Director: Tim Pope | Stars: Vincent Perez, Mia Kirshner, Richard Brooks, Iggy Pop

Votes: 16,848 | Gross: $17.88M

13. Tesis (1996)

R | 125 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez, Eduardo Noriega, Xabier Elorriaga

Votes: 30,511

14. Mission: Impossible (1996)

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

7.1
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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: 326,280 | Gross: $180.98M

15. Police Story 4: First Strike (1996)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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This installment of Chan's Police Story series has our hero trying to locate a missing nuclear warhead.

Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Jackie Chan, Jackson Lou, Annie Wu, Bill Tung

Votes: 16,198 | Gross: $15.32M

16. James and the Giant Peach (1996)

PG | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.7
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An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite, Simon Callow

Votes: 53,009 | Gross: $28.93M

17. Independence Day (1996)

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

7.0
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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: 464,938 | Gross: $306.17M

18. Hak hap (1996)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Jet Li, Ching Wan Lau, Karen Mok, Françoise Yip

Votes: 9,794 | Gross: $12.49M

19. Broken Arrow (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.0
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61 Metascore

Terrorists steal nuclear warheads from the U.S. military but don't count on a pilot and park ranger spoiling their plans.

Director: John Woo | Stars: John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo

Votes: 81,574 | Gross: $70.77M

20. Thinner (1996)

R | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror

5.7
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33 Metascore

An obese attorney is cursed by a gypsy to rapidly and uncontrollably lose weight.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney, Bethany Joy Lenz

Votes: 22,639 | Gross: $15.17M

21. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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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: 64,136 | Gross: $33.33M

22. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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71 Metascore

The Borg travel back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton

Votes: 103,900 | Gross: $92.00M

23. The Crucible (1996)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, History

6.8
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A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen

Votes: 31,086 | Gross: $7.34M

24. Kingpin (1996)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Sport

6.9
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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: 67,616 | Gross: $24.94M

25. Sling Blade (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama

8.0
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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: 77,263 | Gross: $24.48M

26. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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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: 146,735 | Gross: $56.12M

27. Escape from L.A. (1996)

R | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.7
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54 Metascore

Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach, Peter Fonda

Votes: 59,209 | Gross: $25.48M

28. Ransom (1996)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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60 Metascore

When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte

Votes: 105,300 | Gross: $136.49M

29. The Great White Hype (1996)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Sport

5.4
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When the champ's promoter, Reverend Sultan, decides something new is needed to boost the marketability of the boxing matches, he searches and finds the only man to ever beat the champ. The ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, Peter Berg

Votes: 7,664 | Gross: $7.87M

30. The Trigger Effect (1996)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

5.7
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A blackout leaves those affected to consider what is necessary, what is legal, and what is questionable, in order to survive in a predatory environment.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Elisabeth Shue, Dermot Mulroney, Richard T. Jones

Votes: 5,240 | Gross: $3.59M