Most Popular Feature Films Released 1996-01-01 to 1996-12-31


1. Matilda (1996)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.8
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Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 99,364 | Gross: $33.08M

2. 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: 535,661 | Gross: $16.50M

3. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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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: 505,195 | Gross: $24.61M

4. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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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: 181,535 | Gross: $46.35M

5. 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: 238,890 | Gross: $25.75M

6. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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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: 241,247 | Gross: $103.05M

7. The Craft (1996)

R | 101 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.3
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A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True

Votes: 62,983 | Gross: $24.88M

8. 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: 464,070 | Gross: $306.17M

9. A Time to Kill (1996)

R | 149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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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 10-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: 109,873 | Gross: $108.77M

10. Space Jam (1996)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.3
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59 Metascore

In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.

Director: Joe Pytka | Stars: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Manner Washington

Votes: 125,851 | Gross: $90.46M

11. 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: 164,607 | Gross: $49.10M

12. 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: 275,745 | Gross: $134.07M

13. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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87 Metascore

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 153,683 | Gross: $78.65M

14. Striptease (1996)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

4.3
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A stripper and single mother gets dragged into a dangerous situation after a congressman takes a fancy to her.

Director: Andrew Bergman | Stars: Demi Moore, Burt Reynolds, Armand Assante, Ving Rhames

Votes: 37,067 | Gross: $33.11M

15. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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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: 205,701 | Gross: $153.95M

16. Jingle All the Way (1996)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family

5.5
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A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas, however, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson

Votes: 74,839 | Gross: $60.57M

17. Hamlet (1996)

PG-13 | 242 min | Drama

7.8
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet

Votes: 32,280 | Gross: $4.41M

18. 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: 146,257 | Gross: $56.12M

19. Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.3
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52 Metascore

Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Annette Bening

Votes: 184,540 | Gross: $37.77M

20. That Thing You Do! (1996)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.9
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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: 53,708 | Gross: $25.81M

21. 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: 325,467 | Gross: $180.98M

22. The Birdcage (1996)

R | 117 min | Comedy

7.0
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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: 66,969 | Gross: $124.06M

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: 30,972 | Gross: $7.34M

24. Happy Gilmore (1996)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport

7.0
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31 Metascore

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Frances Bay

Votes: 167,850 | Gross: $38.62M

25. Fear (1996)

R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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51 Metascore

When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Amy Brenneman

Votes: 34,271 | Gross: $20.75M

26. Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

6.6
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"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood" is a parody of several U.S. films about being in the 'Hood', for instance "Boyz n the Hood", "South Central", "... See full summary »

Director: Paris Barclay | Stars: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Tracey Cherelle Jones

Votes: 41,131 | Gross: $20.11M

27. Twister (1996)

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

6.3
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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: 153,213 | Gross: $241.72M

28. Crash (1996)

NC-17 | 100 min | Drama

6.4
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47 Metascore

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 44,969 | Gross: $2.04M

29. 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: 114,842 | Gross: $100.14M

30. 101 Dalmatians (1996)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

5.7
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49 Metascore

A woman kidnaps puppies to kill them for their fur, but various animals then gang up against her and get their revenge in slapstick fashion.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright

Votes: 82,733 | Gross: $136.19M

31. The Arrival (1996)

PG-13 | 115 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.3
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56 Metascore

Zane, an astronomer, discovers intelligent alien life. But the aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will do anything to stop Zane from learning it.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff, Shane

Votes: 27,872 | Gross: $14.05M

32. 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: 67,446 | Gross: $24.94M

33. 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: Joe Mantegna, Robert John Burke, Lucinda Jenney, Bethany Joy Lenz

Votes: 22,558 | Gross: $15.17M

34. 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: 77,100 | Gross: $24.48M

35. Bound (1996)

R | 108 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

7.4
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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: 43,866 | Gross: $3.80M

36. Down Periscope (1996)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy

6.0
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39 Metascore

Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days. With a crew that consists only of weird guys (and a gal), he's ... See full summary »

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 18,153 | Gross: $25.79M

37. 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: 103,685 | Gross: $92.00M

38. 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: 72,197 | Gross: $16.76M

39. 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: 52,893 | Gross: $28.93M

40. Swingers (1996)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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71 Metascore

Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Jon Favreau, Ron Livingston

Votes: 67,551 | Gross: $4.51M

41. DragonHeart (1996)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.4
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The last dragon and a disillusioned dragonslaying knight must cooperate to stop an evil king who was given partial immortality.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Sean Connery, Dina Meyer, Pete Postlethwaite

Votes: 82,450 | Gross: $51.37M

42. The First Wives Club (1996)

PG | 103 min | Comedy

6.2
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58 Metascore

Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women.

Director: Hugh Wilson | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith

Votes: 34,980 | Gross: $105.49M

43. Eraser (1996)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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56 Metascore

A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams, James Caan, James Coburn

Votes: 90,531 | Gross: $101.30M

44. Courage Under Fire (1996)

R | 116 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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77 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer, despondent about a deadly mistake he made, investigates a female chopper commander's worthiness for the Medal of Honor.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Moriarty

Votes: 43,402 | Gross: $59.03M

45. Tin Cup (1996)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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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 succesful rival's girlfriend.

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

Votes: 40,279 | Gross: $53.85M

46. The Cable Guy (1996)

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

6.1
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A lonely and 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: 131,469 | Gross: $60.24M

47. Stealing Beauty (1996)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.6
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60 Metascore

After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her ... See full summary »

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Liv Tyler, Carlo Cecchi, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 21,902 | Gross: $4.57M

48. Beautiful Girls (1996)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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64 Metascore

A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Noah Emmerich, Annabeth Gish

Votes: 27,965 | Gross: $10.60M

49. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

PG-13 | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.4
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After being rescued and brought to an island, a man discovers that its inhabitants are experimental animals being turned into strange-looking humans, all of it the work of a visionary doctor.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Richard Stanley | Stars: David Thewlis, Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 27,686 | Gross: $27.66M

50. Kazaam (1996)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

2.8
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24 Metascore

A troubled kid inadvertently releases a genie, who must grant him any three wishes he requests.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Shaquille O'Neal, Francis Capra, Ally Walker, James Acheson

Votes: 20,427 | Gross: $18.88M