Best Movies of 1996

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Movies of 1996" contains films with the following parameters. Style: intense, realistic, interesting, clever, entertaining and suspense. Plot: dialogue, mentor, storytelling, runaway, catastrophe, redemption, brutality, chase, vengeance and violence. Genre: Drama, Comedy and Thriller. Country: USA, UK and France.
Best Movies of 1996
Best Movies of 1996
TOP Movies: Fargo (1996), The English Patient (1996), Independence Day (1996), Trainspotting (1996), Jerry Maguire (1996), Sling Blade (1996), Scream (1996), The Rock (1996), Primal Fear (1996), Mission: Impossible (1996), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), A Time to Kill (1996), Sleepers (1996), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Space Jam (1996), Twister (1996), Matilda (1996), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Bound (1996), Secrets & Lies (1996).

List of Best Movies

 8.1
 632K
Fargo (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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, interesting, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, dark humor, crime gone awry, snow, greed, police investigation, ransom, crime, murder, small town, policewoman, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
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: emotional, romantic, sentimental, erotic, captivating ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: tragic love, world war two, war, expedition, mysterious character, love story, stranded, beautiful scenery, loss of loved one, power of love, love and romance, adultery ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1942 ...
Place: italy, ethiopia, libya, sahara, cairo egypt ...
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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: exciting, suspenseful, semi serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: alien invasion, invasion, ufo, end of the world, evil alien, save the world, space and aliens, spacecraft, aliens, danger, pilot, alien encounter ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, bombay india, los angeles, new mexico, london ...
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 8.1
 646K
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, semi serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, heroin, surrealism, drug abuse, drug addiction, addiction, social misfits, dark humor, life is a bitch, counterculture, friendship, hallucination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london, england
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 7.3
 248K
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, feel good, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: career, starting over, football, friendship, workplace romance, introspection, boss and employee, single parent, greed, opposites attract, agent, layoff ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, cuba
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 8.0
 89K
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: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: murder, friendship, mentally challenged, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, crimes, parents and children, human nature, haunted by the past, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
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 7.3
 294K
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, twists and turns, scary, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: woman in danger, masked killer, serial killer, who done it, high school, psychopath, murder, small town, mystery, violent, heroine, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: california, usa
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 7.4
 319K
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: exciting, tense, serious, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: terrorism, alcatraz, fbi, crimes, marines, hostage, chases and races, mercenary, prison, escape, hostages, commander ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 7.7
 195K
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, neo noir, psychological ...
Plot: legal investigation, split personality, mental illness, courtroom drama, plot twist, lawyer, psychopath, hotshot lawyer, corruption, court, murder, bishop ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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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, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, cia, espionage, mission, chase, undercover, spy, secret service, double agent, betrayal, embassy, terrorist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: prague, paris france, united kingdom, virginia, langley virginia ...
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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: futuristic, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space travel, cyborgs, outer space, time travel, first contact, teleportation, sent to the past, space opera, space wars, evil alien, invasion, attack ...
Time: future, 21st century, 24th century
Place: montana
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 7.5
 138K
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, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, legal action, murder, justice, injustice, small town, rape, court, legal, trial, punishment ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
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 7.6
 200K
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, serious, harsh ...
Plot: child abuse, pedophilia, childhood, courtroom drama, prison rape, vengeance, pedophile, homosexual rape, haunted by the past, rape, crime, torture ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york yankees, manhattan new york city
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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, controversial, semi serious, witty, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pornography, porn magazine, courtroom drama, millionaire, aids, free love, porn, lawsuit, civil rights, legal, fighting the system, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 70s, 80s, 1950s
Place: kentucky, usa, beverly hills, cincinnati ohio, washington d.c. ...
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 6.4
 170K
Space Jam (1996)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, 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, feel good, entertaining, satirical, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: basketball, talking animals, adventure, cartoon cat, goofy hero, alien, disney, golf, imaginary, outer space, good versus evil, save the day ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1973, year 1993, 1990s ...
Place: north carolina, chicago illinois, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york, birmingham alabama
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 6.4
 182K
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: suspenseful, suspense, tense, exciting, scenic ...
Audience: teens, date night, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: catastrophe, natural disaster, tornado, storm, weatherman, divorce, disaster film, hurricane, twister, truck, forces of nature, escapades ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 1990s, 60s ...
Place: oklahoma
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 6.9
 134K
Matilda (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 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: humorous, feel good, touching, fairy tale, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens
Plot: school, telekinesis, eccentric family, young heroes, child abuse, adventure, supernatural ability, parents and children, little girl, teachers and students, mischievous children, child prodigy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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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: twists and turns, offbeat, scary, bloody, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vampire, brothers, hostage, plot twist, stripper, priest, crime gone awry, gory, crimes, sheriff, anti hero, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: mexico, texas, latin america, usa
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 7.3
 52K
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, tense, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, lesbian sex, lesbianism, ex convict, love affair, danger, mistress, seduction, crime, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 8.0
 39K
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, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: adoption, birth mother, secret, dysfunctional family, family secret, social worker, jealousy, working class, funeral, loneliness, bittersweet, loss of parent ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: london, england, europe
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, France
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: touching, humorous, colourful, feel good, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: disney, judge, church, french, notre dame cathedral, friendship, fall in love, clergy, festival, family, physical appearance, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 15th century, 18th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 7.1
 82K
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, feel good, light, entertaining, witty ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: crossdressing, cross dressing, senator, gay slur, farce, gay, politician, disorder, comedy of errors, gender, parents and children, conservative ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, miami, los angeles, united states ...
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 6.3
 214K
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, humorous, absurd, not serious, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ufo, mars, evil alien, alien invasion, space and aliens, flying saucer, save the world, alien encounter, outer space, congress, space travel, spacecraft ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., las vegas, usa, taj mahal, new york ...
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 7.0
 204K
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, humorous, feel good, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: golf, sport, underdog, ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions, against the odds, misfit, friends, championship, fish out of water, disorder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, new jersey
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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: humorous, parody, funny, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: split personality, mad scientist, experiment gone awry, fall in love, goofy hero, nothing goes right, alter ego, physical appearance, overweight man, inventions and discoveries, farce, sarcasm ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 7.4
 28K
Lone Star (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.
Style: twists and turns, tense, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: sheriff, murder, police investigation, haunted by the past, investigation, mystery, crimes, crime, law enforcement, couple relations, small town life, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas, usa, southern usa, mexico, new jersey ...
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 6.3
 34K
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: sentimental, serious, captivating, realistic, lyrical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: political unrest, rise to power, ambition, hopes, cinderella story, human spirit, charity, folk hero, rise to the top, love and romance, state affairs, leadership ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, italy, south america ...
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 7.2
 77K
Swingers (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the ...
Style: realistic, feel good, entertaining, sexy, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: actor, party, swinger, hollywood, starting over, friendship, friends, clubbing, buddies, machismo, comedian, self esteem ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, las vegas, usa, new york, wisconsin ...
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 6.7
 121K
Ransom (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: child abduction, ransom, kidnapping, millionaire, rescue, hostage, child in peril, reward, crimes, crime, tough heroes, forced into action ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: united states, usa, new jersey, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.0
 72K
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hair-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that ...
Style: humorous, witty, talky, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robbery, theft, heist, thief, crime, crimes, disorder, self discovery, nothing goes right, sibling relationship, buddies, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas, usa
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