Top 10 of 1996

1: 10/10
2-4: 9/10
5-7: 8/10
8-10: 7/10

Best Picture: Secrets & Lies
Best Director: Mike Leigh for Secrets & Lies
Best Actor: Billy Bob Thornton for Sling Blade
Best Actress: Brenda Blethyn for Secrets & Lies
Best Supp. Actor: Robert Carlyle for Trainspotting
Best Supp. Actress: Marianne Jean-Baptiste for Secrets & Lies
Original Screenplay: Secrets & Lies
Adapted Screenplay: Trainspotting
Best Editing: Trainspotting
Best Cinematography: Fargo
Best Score: Sling Blade
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1.
Secrets & Lies (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed. (136 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
2.
Trainspotting (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
3.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
4.
Sling Blade (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (135 mins.)
 
5.
Bottle Rocket (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
6.
Lone Star (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town. (135 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
7.
Big Night (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. (109 mins.)
 
8.
Hard Eight (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine. (102 mins.)
 
9.
Primal Fear (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep. (129 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
10.
The English Patient (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (162 mins.)