Best Movies of 1996

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Best Movies of 1996
Best Movies of 1996
TOP Movies: Phenomenon (1996), Fargo (1996), The English Patient (1996), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Independence Day (1996), Trainspotting (1996), Jerry Maguire (1996), Scream (1996), Sling Blade (1996), Primal Fear (1996), The Rock (1996), Mission: Impossible (1996), A Time to Kill (1996), Sleepers (1996), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Matilda (1996), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Twister (1996), Space Jam (1996).
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List of Best Movies

Phenomenon (1996)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, light, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick, kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: genius, superhuman powers, terminal illness, supernatural ability, miraculous event, telekinesis, small town, love, goodhearted, brain tumor, romance, supernatural ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa
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Fargo (1996)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to ...
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: snow, kidnapping, dark humor, small town, police investigation, ransom, crime gone awry, police, greed, murder, psychopath, crimes ...
Time: 80s, year 1987, 20th century
Place: minnesota, north dakota, usa, minneapolis minnesota
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The English Patient (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the 1930s, Count Almásy is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of ...
Style: romantic, emotional, erotic, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: world war two, tragic love, love story, war, adultery, beautiful scenery, betrayal, mysterious character, love, stranded, desert, nurse ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, year 1944, 1930s, 50s ...
Place: sahara, egypt, cairo egypt, africa, italy ...
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The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sir Robert Beaumont is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer John Henry Patterson to right the ship, Beaumont expects results. Everything seems great until the crew discovers the mutilated corpse of the project's ...
Style: exciting, suspense, tense, suspenseful, scenic ...
Plot: dangerous animal, survival, jungle, adventure, lion, animal attack, adventurer, obsessive quest, hunting, heroes, greed, courage ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: africa, kenya, london
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Independence Day (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated ...
Style: suspense, exciting, futuristic, tense, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: alien invasion, space and aliens, invasion, evil alien, ufo, alien, save the world, end of the world, alien encounter, first contact, outer space, extraterrestrial ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, washington d.c., usa, big ben london, los angeles ...
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Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 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.
Style: disturbing, psychedelic, captivating, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug addiction, drug abuse, existentialism, life is a bitch, drugs, social misfits, crimes, counterculture, surrealism, dark humor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, england, london
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Jerry Maguire (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Jerry Maguire used to be a typical sports agent: willing to do just about anything he could to get the biggest possible contracts for his clients, plus a nice commission for himself. Then, one day, he suddenly has second thoughts about what ...
Style: motivational, realistic, inspirational, feel good, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: starting over, football, career, love story, american football, friendship, greed, workplace romance, agent, introspection, boss and employee, single mother ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, cuba
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Scream (1996)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the 'rules' of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.
Style: slasher, scary, twists and turns, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, date night
Plot: serial killer, high school, murder, masked killer, teenager, small town, woman in danger, psychopath, teenage life, who done it, halloween, violence ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: neo noir, sincere, bleak, touching, emotional ...
Plot: small town, friendship, murder, redemption, mental institution, crimes, disability, coming of age, mentally challenged, death threat, father figure, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
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Primal Fear (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, twists and turns, psychological, neo noir ...
Plot: lawyer, mental illness, legal investigation, court, split personality, murder, courtroom drama, corruption, courtroom, psychopath, hotshot lawyer, court case ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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The Rock (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: FBI chemical warfare expert Stanley Goodspeed is sent on an urgent mission with a former British spy, John Patrick Mason, to stop Gen. Francis X. Hummel from launching chemical weapons on Alcatraz Island into San Francisco. Gen. Hummel demands $100 ...
Style: suspense, twists and turns, tense, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: terrorism, alcatraz, prison, hostage, lone hero, crimes, marines, adventure, disney, military, mercenary, bio weapon ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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Mission: Impossible (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he's surprised to learn that he's the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt ...
Style: twists and turns, suspense, suspenseful, exciting, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cia, secret agents, spy, chase, mission, secret service, undercover, murder, betrayal, heist, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: prague, virginia, paris france, usa, shanghai ...
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A Time to Kill (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
Style: thought provoking, sincere, suspense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, lawyer, court, murder, justice, small town, rape, courtroom, revenge, legal, legal action ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, sadistic, suspenseful, harsh, serious ...
Plot: child abuse, childhood, vengeance, rape, pedophilia, courtroom drama, lawyer, prison rape, pedophile, sexual abuse, homosexual rape, haunted by the past ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york yankees
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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The Borg, a relentless race of cyborgs, are on a direct course for Earth. Violating orders to stay away from the battle, Captain Picard and the crew of the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise E pursue the Borg back in time to prevent the invaders from ...
Style: epic, cerebral, exciting, futuristic, saga ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: cyborgs, space travel, time travel, first contact, star trek, outer space, robot, alien, evil alien, sent to the past, apocalypse, nuclear missile ...
Time: future, 24th century, 21st century
Place: montana
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When Quasi defies the evil Frollo and ventures out to the Festival of Fools, the cruel crowd jeers him. Rescued by fellow outcast the gypsy Esmeralda, Quasi soon finds himself battling to save the people and the city he loves.
Style: colourful, light, humorous, touching, romantic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, preschoolers
Plot: disney, notre dame cathedral, church, gypsy, french, judge, cruelty, unfulfilled love, clergy, fall in love, cathedral, music ...
Time: 15th century, 18th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Matilda (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An extraordinarily intelligent young girl from a cruel and uncaring family discovers she possesses telekinetic powers and is sent off to a school headed by a tyrannical principal.
Style: fairy tale, feel good, humorous, touching, psychological ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: school, mischievous children, adventure, supernatural ability, young heroes, parents and children, children, telekinesis, adoption, teachers and students, child prodigy, eccentric family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his girlie magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for ...
Style: sexual, factual, semi serious, captivating, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, legal, free love, drug addiction, porn, rebellion, fighting the system, courtroom, court, aids, love ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 70s, 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, cincinnati ohio, washington d.c., ohio ...
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Twister (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the ...
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, exciting, apocalyptic ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: disaster, natural disaster, catastrophe, tornado, hurricane, survival, weatherman, twister, divorce, storm, truck, peril ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 60s, year 1969
Place: oklahoma
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Space Jam (1996)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: 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.
Style: humorous, entertaining, light, satirical, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, teens
Plot: basketball, alien, adventure, talking animals, disney, golf, transformation, bugs bunny, underdog, sport, coyote, amusement park ...
Time: year 1973, year 1995, year 1993, 90s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, chicago illinois, madison square garden manhattan new york city, birmingham alabama, north carolina
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From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Seth Gecko and his younger brother Richard are on the run after a bloody bank robbery in Texas. They escape across the border into Mexico and will be home-free the next morning, when they pay off the local kingpin. They just have to survive ...
Style: scary, twists and turns, sexy, bloody, macabre ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vampire, stripper, hostage, brothers, priest, crimes, strip club, crime gone awry, foot fetish, violent, supernatural, monster ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mexico, texas, austin texas, latin america, usa
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Happy Gilmore (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Failed hockey player-turned-golf whiz Happy Gilmore -- whose unconventional approach and antics on the grass courts the ire of rival Shooter McGavin -- is determined to win a PGA tournament so he can save his granny's house with the prize ...
Style: funny, feel good, humorous, twists and turns, buddy movie ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night, teens
Plot: golf, sport, rivalry, underdog, eccentricity, sarcasm, ambition, dumb, stupidity, against the odds, contests and competitions, fish out of water ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1996
Place: new jersey, usa, plymouth
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The Birdcage (1996)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: 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 fiancé's right-wing moralistic parents.
Style: humorous, funny, entertaining, light, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: gay, cross dressing, lgbt, farce, senator, gender, female impersonator, gay slur, wedding, politician, lgbtq, transvestism ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa, miami, los angeles, miami beach ...
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Secrets & Lies (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A middle-aged London factory worker is shocked when the mixed-race daughter she gave up at birth decides to track her down. At first she denies she is her mother. All family members become emotional, as everyone's secrets are exposed.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sincere, feminist film ...
Plot: adoption, birth mother, dysfunctional family, family secret, bittersweet, loneliness, working class, parenthood, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship, birthday party, infertility ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: london, england, europe
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Mars Attacks! (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 'We come in peace' is not what those green men from Mars mean when they invade our planet, armed with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor. This star studded cast must play victim to the alien’s fun and games in this comedy ...
Style: parody, absurd, humorous, stylized, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alien invasion, mars, ufo, alien, space and aliens, evil alien, flying saucer, outer space, save the world, disaster, alien encounter, space travel ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., las vegas, usa, big ben london, taj mahal ...
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The Nutty Professor (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Eddie Murphy stars as shy Dr. Sherman Klump, a kind, brilliant, 'calorifically challenged' genetic professor. When beautiful Carla Purty joins the university faculty, Sherman grows desperate to whittle his 400-pound frame down to size and ...
Style: funny, humorous, parody, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: split personality, alter ego, overweight, experiment gone awry, farce, sarcasm, family, love, mad scientist, physical appearance, goofy hero, nothing goes right ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1996
Place: usa
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Bound (1996)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: 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.
Style: sexy, neo noir, suspense, erotic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, lesbianism, lesbian sex, ex convict, mafia, stolen money, heist, femme fatale, lesbian lover, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In director Baz Luhrmann's contemporary take on William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, the Montagues and Capulets have moved their ongoing feud to the sweltering suburb of Verona Beach, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love and secretly wed. ...
Style: romantic, stylized, atmospheric, tense, suspense ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, tragic love, romance, teen romance, star crossed lovers, shakespeare, love story, young lovers, young love, suicide, love, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, paris france, usa
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Evita (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-movie Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president and dictator Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.
Style: intense, lyrical, emotional, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: politics, dancing, rise to power, political unrest, female protagonist, redemption, ambition, cinderella story, hopes, charity, love and romance, state affairs ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 50s, 20th century, year 1944 ...
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, italy, spain ...
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Thesis (1996)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 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...
Style: psychological, disturbing, scary, suspenseful, cerebral ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, voyeurism, mystery, investigation, videotaping, loser, research, torture, hospital, violence, dark and stormy night ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: spain, madrid
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