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Movies: Popular Movies of 1996

Movies in chronological context: 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1996th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 996th year of the 2nd millennium, the 96th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1990s decade. 1996 was designated as: International Year for the Eradication of Poverty ()

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Independence Day(1996)

PG-13
| 2h 25min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
3.4/5 (with 2,936 votes)

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 counterattack that fails. On July 4, a plan is devised to gain access to the interior of the alien mothership in space, in order to plant a nuclear missile.

Trainspotting(1996)

1h 34min | Drama, Crime
4.0/5 (with 2,916 votes)

Mark 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.

Mission: Impossible(1996)

PG-13
| 1h 50min | Adventure, Action, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 2,540 votes)

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 now must ferret out the real double agent and, in the process, even the score.

Fargo(1996)

R
| 1h 38min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
4.0/5 (with 2,090 votes)

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 be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start dying. Enter Police Chief Marge, a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing - and extremely pregnant - investigator who'll stop at nothing to get her man. And if you think her small-time investigative skills will give the crooks a run for their ransom... you betcha!

From Dusk Till Dawn(1996)

R
| 1h 48min | Horror, Action, Thriller, Crime
3.5/5 (with 1,668 votes)

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 'from dusk till dawn' at the rendezvous point, which turns out to be a Hell of a strip joint.

Scream(1996)

R
| 1h 52min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 1,601 votes)

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.

Mars Attacks!(1996)

PG-13
| 1h 46min | Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
3.2/5 (with 1,590 votes)

'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 homage to science fiction films of the '50s and '60s.

Space Jam(1996)

PG
| 1h 28min | Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
3.4/5 (with 1,545 votes)

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.

Romeo + Juliet(1996)

PG-13
| 2h | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 1,460 votes)

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. Though the film is visually modern, the bard's dialogue remains.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame(1996)

G
| 1h 31min | Drama, Animation, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 1,460 votes)

When Quasimodo 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.

The Rock(1996)

R
| 2h 16min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 1,227 votes)

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 million in war reparations to be paid to the families of slain servicemen who died on covert operations. After their SEAL team is wiped out, Stanley and John deal with the soldiers on their own.

Matilda(1996)

PG
| 1h 38min | Comedy, Kids & Family, Fantasy
3.6/5 (with 1,127 votes)

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.

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101 Dalmatians(1996)

G
| 1h 43min | Comedy, Kids & Family
2.9/5 (with 930 votes)

The Live action adaptation of a Disney Classic. When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.

Jerry Maguire(1996)

R
| 2h 19min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 875 votes)

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 he's really doing. When he voices these doubts, he ends up losing his job and all of his clients, save Rod Tidwell, an egomaniacal football player.

Twister(1996)

PG-13
| 1h 53min | Action, Adventure, Drama
3.2/5 (with 860 votes)

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 three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornados.

The Nutty Professor(1996)

2.8/5 (with 848 votes)

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 win her heart. So, with one swig of his experimental fat-reducing serum, Sherman becomes 'Buddy Love', a fast-talking, pumped-up , plumped down Don Juan.

Sleepers(1996)

R
| 2h 27min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 771 votes)

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.

Happy Gilmore(1996)

PG-13
| 1h 32min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 697 votes)

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 money. Meanwhile, an attractive tour publicist tries to soften Happy's image.

Primal Fear(1996)

R
| 2h 9min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 690 votes)

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 have been a third person in the room. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime.

Jingle All the Way(1996)

PG
| 1h 29min | Kids & Family, Comedy
2.9/5 (with 649 votes)

Meet Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company is constantly busy at his job, and he also constantly disappoints his son, after he misses his son's karate exposition, his son tells Howard that he wants for Christmas is an action figure of his son's television hero, he tries hard to to make it up to him. Unfortunately for Howard, it is Christmas Eve, and every store is sold out of Turbo Man, now Howard must travel all over town and compete with everybody else to find a Turbo Man action figure.

The Cable Guy(1996)

1h 36min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
2.9/5 (with 593 votes)

When recently single Steven moves into his new apartment, cable guy Chip comes to hook him up—and doesn't let go. Initially, Chip is just overzealous in his desire to be Steven's pal, but when Steven tries to end the 'friendship', Chip shows his dark side. He begins stalking Steven, who's left to fend for himself because no one else can believe Chip's capable of such behaviour.

Aladdin and the King of Thieves(1996)

3.1/5 (with 567 votes)

Legendary secrets are revealed as Aladdin and his friends—Jasmine, Abu, Carpet and, of course, the always entertaining Genie—face all sorts of terrifying threats and make some exciting last-minute escapes pursuing the King Of Thieves and his villainous crew.

Directed by Tad Stones

DragonHeart(1996)

PG-13
| 1h 43min | Fantasy, Action, Adventure
3.3/5 (with 561 votes)

In an ancient time when majestic fire-breathers soared through the skies, a knight named Bowen comes face to face and heart to heart with the last dragon on Earth, Draco. Taking up arms to suppress a tyrant king, Bowen soon realizes his task will be harder than he'd imagined: If he kills the king, Draco will die as well.

The English Patient(1996)

R
| 2h 42min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.6/5 (with 536 votes)

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 love, betrayal, and politics.

A Time to Kill(1996)

R
| 2h 29min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 507 votes)

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.

Star Trek: First Contact(1996)

3.6/5 (with 500 votes)

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 changing Federation history and assimilating the galaxy.

Eraser(1996)

R
| 1h 55min | Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 481 votes)

U.S. Marshall John Kruger erases the identities of people enrolled in the Witness Protection Program. His current assignment is to protect Lee Cullen, who's uncovered evidence that the weapons manufacturer she works for has been selling to terrorist groups. When Kruger discovers that there's a corrupt agent within the program, he must guard his own life while trying to protect Lee's.

Ransom(1996)

R
| 2h 1min | Action, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 454 votes)

When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals.

The Craft(1996)

R
| 1h 41min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 396 votes)

A Catholic school newcomer falls in with a clique of teen witches who wield their powers against all who dare to cross them -- be they teachers, rivals or meddlesome parents.

Daylight(1996)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 389 votes)

A group of armed robbers fleeing the police head for the New Jersey Tunnel and run right into trucks transporting toxic waste. The spectacular explosion that follows results in both ends of the tunnel collapsing and the handful of people who survived the explosion are now in peril. Kit Latura is the only man with the skill and knowledge to lead the band of survivors out of the tunnel before the structure collapses.

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