Best films, 1996

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1.
Fargo (1996)
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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
 
2.
Crash (1996)
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After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife. (100 mins.)
 
3.
A Moment of Innocence (1996)
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A semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf's experience as a teenager when, as a 17-year-old, he stabbed a policeman at a protest rally. Two decades later, he tracks down the policeman he injured in an attempt to make amends. (78 mins.)
 
4.
Breaking the Waves (1996)
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Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another. (159 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
5.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996 Documentary)
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence. (150 mins.)
 
6.
Irma Vep (1996)
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A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set. (99 mins.)
Director: Olivier Assayas
 
7.
A Summer's Tale (1996)
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A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him... (113 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
8.
Lone Star (1996)
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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
 
9.
La Promesse (1996)
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Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit illegal aliens. When one of the aliens is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders. (90 mins.)
 
10.
Secrets & Lies (1996)
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A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a lower-class white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed. (136 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
11.
Looking for Richard (1996 Documentary)
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Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III." (112 mins.)
Director: Al Pacino
 
12.
Kingpin (1996)
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A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches. (113 mins.)
 
13.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
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Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. (120 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
14.
Hard Eight (1996)
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Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine. (102 mins.)
 
15.
When We Were Kings (1996 Documentary)
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A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali. (88 mins.)
Director: Leon Gast
 
16.
Waiting for Guffman (1996)
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An aspiring director and the marginally talented amateur cast of a hokey small-town Missouri musical production go overboard when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in attendance. (84 mins.)
 
17.
Amsterdam Global Village (1996 Documentary)
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(245 mins.)
 
18.
The Daytrippers (1996)
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When a happily married woman discovers a love letter written by her husband to an unknown party, she enlists her dysfunctional family to discover the truth. (87 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
 
19.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
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Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
 
20.
Trainspotting (1996)
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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
 
21.
The Dress (1996)
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The Dress is a tale filled with sex, violence, comedy and drama as it follows the life of a dress. Conceived under a cloud of frustration and despair... (103 mins.)
 
22.
Pusher (1996)
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A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord. (110 mins.)
 
23.
Tromeo and Juliet (1996)
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Tromeo, a filmmaker, falls in love with Juliet, the daughter of a former partner who tried to steal his business from him. (107 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Kaufman
 
24.
Primal Fear (1996)
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An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep. (129 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
25.
Drifting Clouds (1996)
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The recession hits a couple in Helsinki. (96 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
26.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
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When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him. (139 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
27.
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
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A New York girl sets her father up with a beautiful woman in a troubled marriage while her stepsister gets engaged. (101 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
28.
Scream (1996)
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Sidney, attempting to cope with her mother's mysterious murder, and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by an unknown killer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
29.
Bottle Rocket (1996)
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Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
30.
Big Night (1996)
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A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. (109 mins.)
 
31.
Gray's Anatomy (1996)
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After doctors inform him that an eye affliction will require risky surgery, monologist Spalding Gray recounts his various pursuits for alternative medicine to avoid the doctor's scalpel. (80 mins.)
 
32.
A Time to Kill (1996)
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A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the K.K.K. (149 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
33.
Microcosmos (1996 Documentary)
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A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds. (80 mins.)
 
34.
Bound (1996)
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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. (108 mins.)
 
35.
Swingers (1996)
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Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene. (96 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
 
36.
The Crucible (1996)
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A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials. (124 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
 
37.
Twister (1996)
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Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes. (113 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
 
38.
Genre (1996 Short Film)
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A hapless cartoon character is dragged through a spectrum of cinematic situations by his frustrated animator. (5 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
39.
The Rock (1996)
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A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco. (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
40.
Mission: Impossible (1996)
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An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization. (110 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
41.
Broken Arrow (1996)
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Terrorists steal nuclear warheads from the U.S. military but don't count on a pilot and park ranger spoiling their plans. (108 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
42.
Freeway (1996)
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A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile. (102 mins.)
Director: Matthew Bright
 
43.
The Cable Guy (1996)
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A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences. (96 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
 
44.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
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The Borg go back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed. (111 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Frakes
 
45.
Sling Blade (1996)
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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.)
 
46.
Police Story 4: First Strike (1996)
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This installment of Chan's Police Story series has our hero trying to locate a missing nuclear warhead. (107 mins.)
Director: Stanley Tong
 
47.
Happy Gilmore (1996)
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A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house. (92 mins.)
Director: Dennis Dugan
 
48.
Independence Day (1996)
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The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
49.
Mars Attacks! (1996)
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Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor. (106 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
50.
Sleepers (1996)
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After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized; over 10 years later, they get their chance for revenge. (147 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
51.
Fly Away Home (1996)
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A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air. (107 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
52.
Cremaster 1 (1996 Short Film)
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(40 mins.)
Director: Matthew Barney
 
53.
The English Patient (1996)
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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.)
 
54.
Prelude 1 (1996 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
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