Top 20 Fan-Favorite Movies of 1996: A Nostalgic Cinematic Journey

Fasten your seatbelts, folks! We’re about to take a cinematic time machine back to 1996, a year that gifted us with an eclectic mix of unforgettable movies. From heart-stopping thrillers to tear-jerking dramas, and from laugh-out-loud comedies to groundbreaking sci-fi, ’96 had it all. It was a year when the silver screen was ablaze with iconic performances, unforgettable dialogues, and plots that kept us on the edge of our seats. So, grab your popcorn and prepare to embark on a nostalgic journey as we countdown the top 20 fan-favorite movies of 1996. Whether you’re a film buff looking to revisit some classics, or a curious newbie eager to explore the cinematic gems of yesteryears, this list is your golden ticket. Ready to rewind? Let’s roll!
Trainspotting

Trainspotting

Release Date: 1996-02-23

Genres: Drama, Crime

“Trainspotting” is a gripping 1996 film that follows the turbulent life of Mark Renton, a heroin addict, and his unpredictable group of friends. After attempting to clean up his act and move away, Mark’s past catches up with him, leading to a series of intense and dramatic events. With a stellar cast including Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle, this movie is a must-watch for its raw portrayal of addiction and the consequences that come with it.

Cast: Ewan McGregor (Mark “Rent Boy” Renton) , Ewen Bremner (Daniel “Spud” Murphy) , Jonny Lee Miller (Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson) , Kevin McKidd (Thomas “Tommy” MacKenzie) , Robert Carlyle (Francis “Franco” Begbie) , Kelly Macdonald (Diane Coulston) , Peter Mullan (Swanney “Mother Superior”) , James Cosmo (Mr. Renton) , Eileen Nicholas (Mrs. Renton) , Susan Vidler (Allison) , Pauline Lynch (Lizzy) , Shirley Henderson (Gail Houston) , Stuart McQuarrie (Gavin Temperley) , Irvine Welsh (Mikey Forrester) , Dale Winton (Game Show Host) , Keith Allen (Dealer) , Kevin Allen (Andreas) , Annie Louise Ross (Gail’s Mother) , Billy Riddoch (Gail’s Father) , Fiona Bell (Diane’s Mother) , Hugh Ross (Man) , Victor Eadie (Man) , Kate Donnelly (Woman) , Finlay Welsh (Sheriff) , Eddie Nestor (Estate Agent)

Directors: Danny Boyle

Writers: Irvine Welsh, John Hodge

Tags: london, england, scotland, based on novel or book, drug addiction, anti hero, drug dealer, nightclub, junkie, heroin, cold turkey, edinburgh, scotland, modern society, hallucination, friendship, monologue, surrealism, dark comedy, stealing, drug rehabilitation, drug dealing, drugs, cult film, schoolgirl, recovering addict, illegal drugs, social realism, drug culture, sex with a minor

Fargo

Fargo

Release Date: 1996-03-08

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

“Fargo” is a critically acclaimed movie from 1996 that made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year. It tells the story of Jerry, a desperate car salesman who hatches a plan to hire two thugs and kidnap his wife for a hefty ransom. However, things quickly spiral out of control as people start dying, and the determined and heavily pregnant Police Chief Marge is hot on their trail. With an impressive cast including Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi, this darkly comedic crime thriller is definitely worth a watch.

Cast: Frances McDormand (Marge Gunderson) , William H. Macy (Jerry Lundegaard) , Peter Stormare (Gaear Grimsrud) , Steve Buscemi (Carl Showalter) , John Carroll Lynch (Norm Gunderson) , Harve Presnell (Wade Gustafson) , Kristin Rudrüd (Jean Lundegaard) , Bruce Bohne (Lou) , Steve Reevis (Shep Proudfoot) , Stephen Park (Mike Yanagita) , Gary Houston (Irate Customer) , Sally Wingert (Irate Customer’s Wife) , Larissa Kokernot (Hooker #1) , Melissa Peterman (Hooker #2) , Tony Denman (Scotty Lundegaard) , Larry Brandenburg (Stan Grossman) , Kurt Schweickhardt (Car Salesman) , Michelle Hutchison (Escort) , Bain Boehlke (Mr. Mohra) , Warren Keith (Reilly Diefenbach (voice)) , Michelle LeDoux (Victim In Car) , Bruce Campbell (Soap Opera Actor on TV) , Sharon Anderson (Morning Show Hostess)

Directors: Joel Coen

Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Tags: cheating, ransom, minnesota, salesclerk, winter, kidnapping, unsociability, police, north dakota, murder, dark comedy, money, police officer, car dealership, woodchipper, false history, neo-noir, minneapolis

Primal Fear

Primal Fear

Release Date: 1996-03-06

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

“Primal Fear” is a gripping legal thriller from 1996 that stars Richard Gere, Laura Linney, and Edward Norton. Gere plays a confident lawyer who takes on the case of a young altar boy accused of a brutal murder. As the trial unfolds, shocking revelations emerge, including the possibility of a mysterious third person involved. With a stellar cast and a suspenseful plot, this movie is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of intense courtroom dramas.

Cast: Richard Gere (Martin Vail) , Laura Linney (Janet Venable) , Edward Norton (Aaron) , John Mahoney (Shaughnessy) , Alfre Woodard (Shoat) , Frances McDormand (Molly) , Terry O’Quinn (Yancy) , Andre Braugher (Goodman) , Steven Bauer (Pinero) , Joe Spano (Stenner) , Tony Plana (Martinez) , Stanley Anderson (Rushman) , Maura Tierney (Naomi) , Jon Seda (Alex) , Reg Rogers (Connerman) , Kenneth Tigar (Weil) , Brian Reddy (Woodside) , Christopher Carroll (M.C.) , Wendy Cutler (Lou) , Ron O.J. Parson (Turner) , Sigrid K. Zahner (Vail’s Secretary) , Dianne Burns (WLS Anchor) , Linda Yu (WLS Anchor) , Andy Shaw (WLS Location Reporter) , Mary Ann Childers (WBBM Anchor)

Directors: Gregory Hoblit

Writers: William Diehl, Steve Shagan, Ann Biderman

Tags: corruption, child abuse, chicago, illinois, based on novel or book, bishop, manipulation, court case, pornographic video, court, psychopath, lawyer, whodunit, psychiatrist, mental illness, murder trial, altar boy, legal drama, legal thriller

Sleepers

Sleepers

Release Date: 1996-10-18

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

“Sleepers” is a gripping 1996 movie that tells the story of two gangsters seeking revenge against a state jail worker who sexually abused them during their time at a youth prison. With an all-star cast including Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and Brad Pitt, this intense drama takes you through a sensational court hearing as the victims fight to charge their abuser for his crimes. Released on October 18, 1996, this film is a must-watch for those who enjoy powerful and thought-provoking stories.

Cast: Kevin Bacon (Sean Nokes) , Robert De Niro (Father Bobby) , Dustin Hoffman (Danny Snyder) , Jason Patric (Lorenzo ‘Shakes’ Carcaterra) , Brad Pitt (Michael Sullivan) , Brad Renfro (Young Michael Sullivan) , Minnie Driver (Carol Martinez) , Billy Crudup (Tommy Marcano) , Ron Eldard (John Reilly) , Vittorio Gassman (King Benny) , Terry Kinney (Ralph Ferguson) , Bruno Kirby (Shakes’ Father) , Frank Medrano (Fat Mancho) , Joe Perrino (Young Lorenzo ‘Shakes’ Carcaterra) , Geoffrey Wigdor (Young John Reilly) , Jonathan Tucker (Young Tommy Marcano) , Peter Appel (Boyfriend) , Joseph Attanasio (Male Juror (as Joe Attanasio)) , Gerry Becker (Forensics Expert) , Eugene Byrd (Rizzo) , Pasquale Cajano (Superintendent) , Robert W. Castle (Priest) , John Di Benedetto (Tony) , Jeffrey Donovan (Addison) , George Georgiadis (Hot Dog Vendor)

Directors: Barry Levinson

Writers: Barry Levinson, Lorenzo Carcaterra

Tags: child abuse, sadistic, sexual abuse, pastor, repayment, juvenile prison, court case, court, juvenile delinquent, child

Scream

Scream

Release Date: 1996-12-20

Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery

“Scream” is a thrilling horror movie released in 1996. Set a year after the murder of Sidney Prescott’s mother, the film follows Sidney and her friends as they are terrorized by a masked killer who uses scary movies as part of a deadly game. With a star-studded cast including David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and more, this suspenseful flick will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Cast: David Arquette (Dewey Riley) , Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott) , Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers) , Matthew Lillard (Stu Macher) , Rose McGowan (Tatum Riley) , Skeet Ulrich (Billy Loomis) , Jamie Kennedy (Randy Meeks) , W. Earl Brown (Kenny Brown) , Liev Schreiber (Cotton Weary) , Joseph Whipp (Sheriff Burke) , Drew Barrymore (Casey Becker) , Roger L. Jackson (Ghostface (voice)) , Kevin Patrick Walls (Steven Orth) , David Booth (Casey’s Father) , Carla Hatley (Casey’s Mother) , Lawrence Hecht (Neil Prescott) , Lois Saunders (Mrs. Tate) , Lisa Beach (TV Reporter #1) , Tony Kilbert (TV Reporter #2) , C.W. Morgan (Hank Loomis) , Frances Lee McCain (Mrs. Riley) , Troy Bishop (Expelled Teen #1) , Ryan Kennedy (Expelled Teen #2) , Leonora Scelfo (Cheerleader in Bathroom) , Nancy Anne Ridder (Girl in Bathroom)

Directors: Wes Craven

Writers: Kevin Williamson

Tags: riddle, killing, small town, halloween, high school, house party, serial killer, school, slasher, whodunit, killing spree, phone, tabloid, news reporter, self-referential, crime spree, halloween costume, young adult, teens

A Time to Kill

A Time to Kill

Release Date: 1996-07-24

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

“A Time to Kill” is a powerful legal drama released in 1996, starring an incredible ensemble cast including Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey. Set in the racially tense Deep South, the film follows a young lawyer who courageously defends a black man accused of killing two white men after they brutally assaulted his young daughter. This thought-provoking movie delves into themes of justice, racism, and the resilience of a father’s love, making it a must-watch from the best movies of 1996.

Cast: Matthew McConaughey (Jake Brigance) , Sandra Bullock (Ellen Roark) , Samuel L. Jackson (Carl Lee Hailey) , Kevin Spacey (Rufus Buckley) , Ashley Judd (Carla Brigance) , Donald Sutherland (Lucien Wilbanks) , Oliver Platt (Harry Rex Vonner) , Charles S. Dutton (Ozzie Walls) , Brenda Fricker (Ethel Twitty) , Kiefer Sutherland (Freddie Lee Cobb) , Patrick McGoohan (Judge Omar Noose) , Rae’Ven Larrymore Kelly (Tonya Hailey) , Tonea Stewart (Gwen Hailey) , John Diehl (Tim Nunley) , Chris Cooper (Dwayne Looney) , Nicky Katt (Billy Ray Cobb) , Doug Hutchison (Pete Willard) , Kurtwood Smith (Stump Sisson) , Tim Parati (Winston) , Beth Grant (Cora Mae Cobb) , Anthony Heald (Wilbert Rodeheaver) , M. Emmet Walsh (Willard Tyrell Bass (uncredited)) , Octavia Spencer (Roark’s Nurse) , Darrin Mitchell (Skip Hailey) , LaConte McGrew (Slim Hailey)

Directors: Joel Schumacher

Writers: Akiva Goldsman, John Grisham

Tags: ku klux klan, rape, mississippi river, jurors, blackmail, attempted murder, forgiveness, court, murder, lawyer, trial, courtroom, racial tension, racial issues, courtroom drama, legal thriller

Star Trek: First Contact

Star Trek: First Contact

“Star Trek: First Contact” is a thrilling sci-fi adventure released in 1996. It follows Captain Picard and his crew on the USS Enterprise E as they travel back in time to stop the Borg, a race of cyborgs, from altering Federation history and taking over the galaxy. With a stellar cast including Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, and Brent Spiner, this movie is a must-watch for any Star Trek fan.

Cast: Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) , Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker) , Brent Spiner (Lieutenant Commander Data) , LeVar Burton (Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge) , Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Commander Worf) , Gates McFadden (Commander Beverly Crusher) , Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi) , James Cromwell (Dr. Zefram Cochrane) , Alfre Woodard (Lily Sloane) , Alice Krige (Borg Queen) , Neal McDonough (Lieutenant Hawk) , Dwight Schultz (Lieutenant Barclay) , Cameron Oppenheimer (Ensign Kellogg) , Robert Picardo (Enterprise EMH) , Adam Scott (Defiant Con Officer) , Ray Uhler (Holodeck Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)) , Eric Steinberg (Porter) , Joey Anaya (Borg (uncredited)) , Don Stark (Nicky the nose) , Patti Yasutake (Nurse Ogawa) , Jack Shearer (Admiral Hayes) , Michael Horton (Security Officer) , Ethan Phillips (Holodock Nightclub Maitre d’ (uncredited)) , Majel Barrett (Computer (voice))

Directors: Jonathan Frakes

Writers: Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, Rick Berman

Tags: borg, enterprise-e, cyborg, montana, resistance, inventor, starship, repayment, obsession, spacecraft, teleportation, time travel, speed of light, business start-up, space opera, first contact, outer space, traumatized man

The English Patient

The English Patient

Release Date: 1996-11-14

Genres: Drama, Romance, War

“The English Patient” is a captivating movie set in the 1930s, following the journey of Count Almásy, a Hungarian map maker exploring the Sahara Desert. As World War II unfolds, Almásy finds himself entangled in a complex web of love, betrayal, and politics. With a star-studded cast including Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, and Willem Dafoe, this 1996 release is a must-watch for those seeking a gripping tale of adventure and romance.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes (Count László de Almásy) , Juliette Binoche (Hana) , Willem Dafoe (David Caravaggio) , Kristin Scott Thomas (Katharine Clifton) , Naveen Andrews (Sikh Kip) , Colin Firth (Geoffrey Clifton) , Julian Wadham (Madox) , Torri Higginson (Mary) , Jürgen Prochnow (Major Muller) , Kevin Whately (Sgt. Hardy) , Clive Merrison (Fenelon-Barnes) , Nino Castelnuovo (D’Agostino) , Hichem Rostom (Fouad) , Peter Rühring (Bermann) , Geordie Johnson (Oliver) , Liisa Repo-Martell (Jan) , Raymond Coulthard (Rupert Douglas) , Philip Whitchurch (Corporal Dade) , Jason Done (Kiss Me Soldier) , Roger Morlidge (Sergeant – Desert Train) , Simon Sherlock (Private – Desert Train) , Sebastian Schipper (Interrogation Room Soldier) , Fritz Eggert (Interrogation Room Soldier) , Sonia Mankaï (Arab Nurse) , Rim Turkhi (Aicha)

Directors: Anthony Minghella

Writers: Anthony Minghella, Michael Ondaatje

Tags: cairo, egypt, identity, amnesia, world war ii, burn, landmine, expedition, cave, sandstorm, cave painting, prisoner of war, map, mine clearer, hearing, desert scientist, intelligence, traitor, airplane, secret love, desert

The Rock

The Rock

Release Date: 1996-06-07

Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller

“The Rock” is a thrilling action movie from 1996 that follows a young FBI chemical weapons expert and a notorious Federal prisoner as they team up to stop General Francis X. Hummel from launching deadly chemical weapons into San Francisco from Alcatraz Island. Starring Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, and Ed Harris, this film is packed with intense moments and a gripping storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Released on June 7, 1996, it’s definitely a must-watch for action movie enthusiasts.

Cast: Nicolas Cage (Dr. Stanley Goodspeed) , Sean Connery (John Patrick Mason) , Ed Harris (Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel, USMC) , William Forsythe (Special Agent Ernest Paxton) , David Morse (Major Tom Baxter) , John Spencer (FBI Director James Womack) , Michael Biehn (Commander Charles Anderson) , Vanessa Marcil (Carla Pestalozzi) , Claire Forlani (Jade Angelou) , Tony Todd (Captain Darrow) , Gregory Sporleder (Captain Frye) , John C. McGinley (Marine Captain Hendrix) , Bokeem Woodbine (Sergeant Crisp) , Steve Harris (Private McCoy) , Greg Collins (Private Gamble) , Brendan Kelly (Private Cox) , Danny Nucci (Lieutenant Shephard) , Celeste Weaver (Stacy Richards) , Todd Louiso (Marvin Isherwood) , David Bowe (Dr. Ling) , Raquel Krelle (Agent Margie Wood) , Jim Maniaci (Private Scarpetti) , Billy Devlin (Navy Seals) , Jim Caviezel (Rear F-18 Pilot) , Ingo Neuhaus (Marine That Dies)

Directors: Michael Bay

Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh, David Weisberg, Douglas S. Cook, Mark Rosner

Tags: san francisco, california, terrorist, war veteran, fbi, mercenary, gas attack, alcatraz prison, prison escape, shootout, u.s. navy seal, terrorism, british spy, chemist, commando, hostage situation, tourist attraction, u.s. marine, military, island prison, tourists in peril, nerve gas, disillusioned, terrorism threat, chemical weapon, fbi agent, chemical warfare, navy seals

From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn

Release Date: 1996-01-19

Genres: Horror, Action, Thriller, Crime

“From Dusk Till Dawn” is a thrilling action-packed movie released in 1996. Starring George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, and Harvey Keitel, it follows the story of two brothers on the run after a bank robbery. Their escape to Mexico takes an unexpected turn when they find themselves trapped in a strip joint, fighting for their lives until dawn. With an all-star cast and a gripping plot, this movie is a must-watch for fans of intense and suspenseful films.

Cast: George Clooney (Seth Gecko) , Quentin Tarantino (Richard Gecko) , Harvey Keitel (Jacob Fuller) , Juliette Lewis (Kate Fuller) , Ernest Liu (Scott Fuller) , Salma Hayek Pinault (Santanico Pandemonium) , Cheech Marin (Border Guard/Chet Pussy/Carlos) , Danny Trejo (Razor Charlie) , Tom Savini (Sex Machine) , Fred Williamson (Frost) , Michael Parks (Texas Ranger) , Brenda Hillhouse (Hostage Gloria Hill) , John Saxon (FBI Agent) , Marc Lawrence (Motel Owner) , Kelly Preston (Newscaster Kelly Houge) , John Hawkes (Pete Bottoms / Liquor Store Clerk) , Tito Larriva (Titty Twister Guitarist & Vocalist) , Peter Atanasoff (Titty Twister Saxophonist) , Johnny Vatos Hernandez (Titty Twister Drummer) , Aimee Graham (Blonde Hostage) , Heidi McNeal (Red-headed Hostage) , Ernest M. Garcia (Big Emilio) , Gregory Nicotero (Sex Machine’s Buddy) , Cristos (Danny) , Mike Moroff (Manny)

Directors: Robert Rodriguez

Writers: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Kurtzman

Tags: dancing, sibling relationship, showdown, sheriff, bank robber, vampire, holy water, siege, stripper, priest, bank robbery, preacher, hostage situation, crucifix, recreational vehicle, mexican american border, female stripping, boa constrictor, loss of faith, foot fetish, killer on the run, barefoot

Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

Release Date: 1996-01-12

Genres: Comedy

“Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood” is a hilarious comedy released in 1996. The movie follows Ashtray, who moves to South Central L.A. to live with his father and grandmother. He quickly gets caught up in the antics of his gang-banging cousin Loc Dog, who carries a thermo-nuclear warhead for self-defense. With a star-studded cast including Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, and Vivica A. Fox, this film is sure to keep you laughing from start to finish.

Cast: Shawn Wayans (Ashtray) , Marlon Wayans (Loc Dog) , Tracey Cherelle Jones (Dashiki) , Chris Spencer (Preach) , Vivica A. Fox (Ashtray’s Mother) , Rappin’ Granny (Sister Williams) , Suli McCullough (Crazy Legs) , Bernie Mac (Officer Self Hatred) , Faizon Love (Rufus) , Keenen Ivory Wayans (Mailman) , Kim Wayans (Mrs. Johnson) , Helen Martin (Loc Dog’s Grandma) , Virginia Watson (Loc Dog’s Mom) , Darrel Heath (Toothpick) , Omar Epps (Malik) , Leonette Scott (Flashback Girl) , Yvette Wilson (Nurse) , Cynthia Madvig (Secretary) , Antonio Fargas (Old School)

Directors: Paris Barclay

Writers: Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Phil Beauman

Tags: date, slang, hip-hop, gangster, cousin, parody, hood, gang, social satire, racism

Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible

Release Date: 1996-05-22

Genres: Adventure, Action, Thriller

“Mission: Impossible” is a thrilling 1996 action film starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, the leader of a spy team. When their mission goes wrong and a mole is suspected within the CIA, Hunt becomes the prime suspect. Determined to clear his name, he embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover the real double agent and seek justice. With a star-studded cast including Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, and Jean Reno, this suspenseful flick will keep you on the edge of your seat. Released on May 22, 1996, it’s definitely a must-watch for action movie enthusiasts.

Cast: Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt) , Jon Voight (Jim Phelps) , Emmanuelle Béart (Claire Phelps) , Henry Czerny (Eugene Kittridge) , Jean Reno (Franz Krieger) , Ving Rhames (Luther Stickell) , Kristin Scott Thomas (Sarah Davies) , Vanessa Redgrave (Max Mitsopolis) , Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė (Hannah Williams) , Valentina Yakunina (Drunken Female IMF Agent) , Marek Vašut (Drunken Male IMF Agent) , Nathan Osgood (Kittridge Technician) , John McLaughlin (TV Interviewer) , Rolf Saxon (CIA Analyst William Donloe) , Karel Dobrý (Matthias) , Andreas Wisniewski (Max’s Companion) , David Shaeffer (Diplomat Rand Housman) , Rudolf Pechan (Mayor Brandl) , Gaston Šubert (Jaroslav Reid) , Ricco Ross (Denied Area Security Guard) , Mark Houghton (Denied Area Security Guard) , Bob Friend (Sky News Man) , Annabel Mullion (Flight Attendant) , Garrick Hagon (CNN Reporter) , Jiřina Třebická (Cleaning Woman)

Directors: Brian De Palma

Writers: David Koepp, Steven Zaillian, Robert Towne, Bruce Geller

Tags: paris, france, london, england, spy, cia, terrorist, secret identity, undercover, arms deal, headquarter, secret base, secret mission, prague, czech republic, embassy, secret agent, tgv, computer, mission, espionage, agent

Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire

Release Date: 1996-12-13

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

“Jerry Maguire” is a heartwarming sports drama released on December 13, 1996. Starring Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger, and Cuba Gooding Jr., the film follows the story of a sports agent who has a change of heart about his cutthroat profession. After losing his job and clients, he finds solace in representing an eccentric football player, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., and learns valuable lessons about loyalty, love, and the true meaning of success.

Cast: Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire) , Renée Zellweger (Dorothy Boyd) , Cuba Gooding Jr. (Rod Tidwell) , Kelly Preston (Avery Bishop) , Jerry O’Connell (Frank Cushman) , Jay Mohr (Bob Sugar) , Regina King (Marcee Tidwell) , Bonnie Hunt (Laurel Boyd) , Jonathan Lipnicki (Ray Boyd) , Todd Louiso (Chad the Nanny) , Mark Pellington (Bill Dooler) , Jeremy Suarez (Tyson Tidwell) , Jared Jussim (Dicky Fox) , Benjamin Kimball Smith (Keith Cushman) , Ingrid Beer (Anne-Louise) , Jann Wenner (Scully) , Nada Despotovich (Wendy) , Ali Wentworth (Bobbi Fallon) , Aries Spears (Tee Pee) , Kelly Coffield Park (Jan) , Alice Marie Crowe (Alice) , Larina Adamson (Women’s Group Member) , Winnie Holzman (Women’s Group Member) , Diana Jordan (Women’s Group Member) , Susan Norfleet (Women’s Group Member)

Directors: Cameron Crowe

Writers: Cameron Crowe

Tags: american football, stadium, career, sports, single mother, sports agent

The Frighteners

The Frighteners

Release Date: 1996-07-18

Genres: Horror, Comedy

“The Frighteners” is a thrilling supernatural comedy from 1996 that follows Frank Bannister, a former architect who now poses as an exorcist. He claims his abilities are a result of a tragic car accident that took his wife’s life. However, things take a dark turn when more people start dying in his small town. As Frank investigates the mysterious killings, he unexpectedly falls in love with the wife of one of the victims and has to deal with a quirky FBI agent. Starring Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, and a talented ensemble cast, this movie is a perfect blend of humor, romance, and spooky thrills.

Cast: Michael J. Fox (Frank Bannister) , Trini Alvarado (Lucy Lynskey) , Peter Dobson (Ray Lynskey) , John Astin (The Judge) , Jeffrey Combs (Milton Dammers) , Dee Wallace (Patricia Bradley) , Jake Busey (Johnny Bartlett) , Chi McBride (Cyrus) , Jim Fyfe (Stuart) , Troy Evans (Sheriff Perry) , Julianna McCarthy (Old Lady Bradley) , R. Lee Ermey (Hiles) , Elizabeth Hawthorne (Magda Rees-Jones) , Angela Bloomfield (Debra Bannister) , Desmond Kelly (Harry Sinclair) , Jonathan Blick (Steve Bayliss) , Todd Rippon (Deputy) , John Sumner (Deputy) , Michael Robinson (Deputy) , Jim McLarty (Deputy) , Anthony Ray Parker (Deputy) , Paul Yates (Deputy) , Melanie Lynskey (Deputy) , John Leigh (Bryce Campbell) , Nicola Cliff (Young Patricia)

Directors: Peter Jackson

Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh

Tags: mother, sheriff, judge, small town, fbi, architect, con man, poltergeist, funeral, widow, black humor, lovers, daughter, supernatural, hell, murder, serial killer, grim reaper, scam, reporter, doctor, car accident, investigator, widower, cult film, threat, psychotic, recluse, ghost, graveyard, multiple murder, army sergeant, haunted

Independence Day

Independence Day

“Independence Day” is an action-packed sci-fi film released in 1996. Starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum, it tells the story of a massive alien invasion on Earth. As the world faces destruction, the United States leads a daring mission to infiltrate the alien mothership and save humanity. Get ready for explosive battles, thrilling suspense, and a patriotic fight for independence in this must-watch movie from ’96.

Cast: Will Smith (Capt. Steven Hiller) , Bill Pullman (President Thomas J. Whitmore) , Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson) , Mary McDonnell (Marilyn Whitmore) , Judd Hirsch (Julius Levinson) , Robert Loggia (General William Grey) , Randy Quaid (Russell Casse) , Margaret Colin (Constance Spano) , James Rebhorn (Albert Nimzicki) , Harvey Fierstein (Marty Gilbert) , Adam Baldwin (Major Mitchell) , Brent Spiner (Dr. Brackish Okun) , James Duval (Miguel) , Vivica A. Fox (Jasmine Dubrow) , Lisa Jakub (Alicia) , Ross Bagley (Dylan) , Mae Whitman (Patricia Whitmore) , Bill Smitrovich (Captain Watson) , Kiersten Warren (Tiffany) , Harry Connick Jr. (Capt. Jimmy Wilder) , Giuseppe Andrews (Troy) , John Storey (Dr. Isaacs) , Frank Novak (Teddy) , Devon Gummersall (Philip) , Leland Orser (Techy / Med Asst #1)

Directors: Roland Emmerich

Writers: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin

Tags: showdown, spacecraft, patriotism, countdown, independence, invasion, ufo, extraterrestrial, alien, creature, battle, alien invasion, world domination, area 51, human vs alien, good versus evil

Romeo + Juliet

Romeo + Juliet

Release Date: 1996-11-01

Genres: Drama, Romance

“Romeo + Juliet” is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, set in the scorching Verona Beach suburb. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the iconic star-crossed lovers who defy their feuding families and secretly marry. With a contemporary visual style and Shakespearean dialogue intact, this 1996 film brings a fresh twist to a classic tale of love and tragedy.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (Romeo) , Claire Danes (Juliet) , Jesse Bradford (Balthasar) , Vondie Curtis-Hall (Captain Prince) , Brian Dennehy (Ted Montague) , John Leguizamo (Tybalt) , Miriam Margolyes (Nurse) , Harold Perrineau (Mercutio) , Christina Pickles (Caroline Montague) , Peter Postlethwaite (Father Laurence) , Paul Rudd (Dave Paris) , Paul Sorvino (Fulgencio Capulet) , Diane Venora (Gloria Capulet) , M. Emmet Walsh (Apothecary) , Edwina Moore (Anchorwoman) , Zak Orth (Gregory) , Jamie Kennedy (Sampson) , Dash Mihok (Benvolio) , Lupita Ochoa (Attractive Girl) , Gloria Silva (Nun) , Vincent Laresca (Abra) , Carlos Manzo (Petrucchio) , Carolyn Valero (Middle Aged Occupant) , Paco Morayta (Middle Aged Occupant) , Rodrigo Escandon (Kid With Toy Gun)

Directors: Baz Luhrmann

Writers: Baz Luhrmann, William Shakespeare, Craig Pearce

Tags: suicide, gang war, forbidden love, murder, based on play or musical, gun violence, star crossed lovers, shakespeare in modern dress, teenage romance, masquerade

The Craft

The Craft

Release Date: 1996-05-03

Genres: Horror, Drama, Fantasy

“The Craft” is a captivating 1996 movie that made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year. Starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Skeet Ulrich, Christine Taylor, Breckin Meyer, Nathaniel Marston, Cliff DeYoung, and Assumpta Serna, it tells the story of a new student at a Catholic school who befriends a group of teenage witches. Together, they use their powers to take on anyone who dares to cross their path, whether it’s teachers, rivals, or even meddlesome parents. Released on May 3, 1996, this movie is a must-watch for fans of supernatural thrillers.

Cast: Robin Tunney (Sarah Bailey) , Fairuza Balk (Nancy Downs) , Neve Campbell (Bonnie) , Rachel True (Rochelle) , Skeet Ulrich (Chris Hooker) , Christine Taylor (Laura Lizzie) , Breckin Meyer (Mitt) , Nathaniel Marston (Trey) , Cliff DeYoung (Mr. Bailey) , Assumpta Serna (Lirio) , Helen Shaver (Grace Downs) , Jeanine Jackson (Jenny) , Brenda Strong (Doctor) , Elizabeth Guber (Laura’s Friend) , Jennifer Greenhut (Laura’s Friend) , Arthur Senzy (Vagrant) , Endre Hules (Monsieur Thepot) , Mark Conlon (Swimming Coach) , Christine Louise Mills (Stewardess) , William Newman (Street Preacher) , Erin Tavin (Homeless Mother) , Rod Britt (Priest) , Brogan Roche (Insurance Man) , Rebecca McLaughlin (Biology Teacher) , Tony Genaro (Bus Driver)

Directors: Andrew Fleming

Writers: Andrew Fleming, Peter Filardi

Tags: witch, suicide attempt, puberty, magic, black magic, sorcery, female friendship, occult, hair loss, outsider, karma, newcomer, love spell

Ransom

Ransom

Release Date: 1996-11-08

Genres: Action, Thriller

“Ransom” is a thrilling 1996 movie starring Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, and Gary Sinise. When a wealthy man’s son is kidnapped, he initially works with the police, but then takes matters into his own hands with a unique approach against the criminals. With a talented cast and released on November 8, 1996, this film is definitely one of the best voted movies of that year.

Cast: Mel Gibson (Tom Mullen) , Rene Russo (Katherine Mullen) , Gary Sinise (Det. Jimmy Shaker) , Delroy Lindo (Agent Lonnie Hawkins) , Lili Taylor (Maris) , Brawley Nolte (Sean Mullen) , Liev Schreiber (Clark Barnes) , Donnie Wahlberg (Cubby Barnes) , Evan Handler (Miles Roberts) , Nancy Ticotin (Agent Kimba Welch) , Michael Gaston (Agent Jack Sickler) , Kevin Neil McCready (Agent Paul Rhodes) , José Zúñiga (David Torres) , Dan Hedaya (Jackie Brown) , Allen Bernstein (Bob Stone) , Paul Guilfoyle (Wallace) , Iraida Polanco (Fatima) , John Ortiz (Roberto) , A.J. Benza (Reporter Guest) , Peter Anthony Tambakis (Nelson) , Daniel May Wong (Agent Sam) , Donna Hanover (News Reporter) , Anton Evangelista (FBI Agent) , Joe Bacino (Cop #1) , Carl S. Redding (Cop #2)

Directors: Ron Howard

Writers: Richard Price, Alexander Ignon

Tags: loss of loved one, ransom, hostage, yellow press, fbi, baby-snatching, police corruption, terrorism, millionaire, child kidnapping, negotiator

The Long Kiss Goodnight

The Long Kiss Goodnight

Release Date: 1996-10-11

Genres: Crime, Action, Mystery, Thriller

“The Long Kiss Goodnight” is a thrilling action film released in 1996. Starring Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson, it tells the story of Samantha Caine, a seemingly ordinary suburban mom who discovers her forgotten past as a deadly secret agent after a head injury. With an all-star cast and a release date of October 11, 1996, this movie is a must-watch for fans of action-packed adventures with a twist of mystery.

Cast: Geena Davis (Samantha Caine / Charly Baltimore) , Samuel L. Jackson (Mitch Henessey) , Yvonne Zima (Caitlin Caine) , Craig Bierko (Timothy) , Tom Amandes (Hal) , Brian Cox (Dr. Nathan Waldman) , Patrick Malahide (Leland Perkins) , David Morse (Luke / Daedalus) , Joseph McKenna (One-Eyed Jack) , Melina Kanakaredes (Trin) , Dan Warry-Smith (Raymond) , Kristen Bone (Girl #1) , Jennifer Pisana (Girl #2) , Rex Linn (Man in Bed) , Alan North (Earl) , Edwin Hodge (Todd Henessey) , Bill MacDonald (Hostage Agent) , Gladys O’Connor (Alice) , Frank Moore (Surveillance Man) , G. D. Spradlin (President) , Graham McPherson (CIA Director) , Sharon Washington (Fran Henessey) , Judah Katz (Harry (Perkin’s Aide)) , Robert Thomas (Alley Agent) , John Stead (Deer Lick Sentry)

Directors: Renny Harlin

Writers: Shane Black

Tags: assassination, spy, martial arts, amnesia, hostage, new identity, strong woman, chase, dark comedy, teacher, escape, shootout, female protagonist, gunfight, terrorism, beautiful  woman, single mother, timebomb, candlelight vigil, rogue agent, christmas, ex-cia agent, action hero, christmas parade

Happy Gilmore

Happy Gilmore

Release Date: 1996-02-16

Genres: Comedy

“Happy Gilmore” is a hilarious sports comedy released in 1996. Starring Adam Sandler as the title character, the movie follows the story of a failed hockey player who discovers his talent for golf. Determined to save his grandmother’s house, Happy enters a PGA tournament, but his unconventional style and rivalry with Shooter McGavin make for a wild and entertaining ride. With an attractive tour publicist trying to help him, this film is a must-watch for some good laughs and heartwarming moments.

Cast: Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore) , Christopher McDonald (Shooter McGavin) , Julie Bowen (Virginia Venit) , Frances Bay (Grandma) , Carl Weathers (Chubbs) , Allen Covert (Otto) , Robert Smigel (IRS Agent) , Bob Barker (Bob Barker) , Richard Kiel (Mr. Larson) , Dennis Dugan (Doug Thompson) , Joe Flaherty (Jeering Fan) , Lee Trevino (Lee Trevino) , Kevin Nealon (Potter) , Verne Lundquist (Announcer) , Jared Van Snellenberg (Happy’s Waterbury Caddy) , Ken Camroux-Taylor (Coach) , Rich Elwood (Assistant Coach) , Nancy Hillis (Terry) , Helena Yea (Chinese Lady) , Will Sasso (Mover) , Dee Jay Jackson (Mover) , Ellie Harvie (Registrar) , Ian Boothby (Guy on Green) , Andrew Johnston (Crowd Guy – Waterbury) , Kim Restell (Crowd Girl – Waterbury)

Directors: Dennis Dugan

Writers: Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy

Tags: loss of loved one, golf, sports, taxes

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