THE 1996 AWESOME COUNT DOWN!!!!

by sedr25 | created - 22 May 2012 | updated - 22 May 2012 | Public

From the best to the worst of 1996.

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1. Mission: Impossible (1996)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.1
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59 Metascore

An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny

Votes: 327,972 | Gross: $180.98M

Loved it

2. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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71 Metascore

The Borg travel 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.

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton

Votes: 104,422 | Gross: $92.00M

Loved it

3. Matilda (1996)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.8
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Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 100,814 | Gross: $33.08M

Loved it

4. Happy Gilmore (1996)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport

7.0
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31 Metascore

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Frances Bay

Votes: 169,112 | Gross: $38.62M

Loved it

5. Harriet the Spy (1996)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.0
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Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. But when Harriet's friends find her secret notebook the tables are turned on her. Can she win her friends back and still keep on going with the spy business?

Director: Bronwen Hughes | Stars: Michelle Trachtenberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Gregory Smith, Vanessa Chester

Votes: 8,564 | Gross: $26.54M

Loved it

6. Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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This installment of Chan's Police Story series has our hero trying to locate a missing nuclear warhead.

Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Jackie Chan, Jackson Lou, Annie Wu, Bill Tung

Votes: 16,328 | Gross: $15.32M

Loved it

7. Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

G | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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64 Metascore

The Muppets' twist on the classic tale.

Directors: Brian Henson, David Lane | Stars: Tim Curry, Billy Connolly, Jennifer Saunders, Kevin Bishop

Votes: 17,657 | Gross: $33.61M

Loved it

8. First Kid (1996)

PG | 101 min | Family, Comedy

5.2
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A former boxer turned Secret Service agent is assigned to protect the President's son, who seems determined to make life difficult for his new protector.

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Sinbad, Brock Pierce, Blake Boyd, Timothy Busfield

Votes: 8,373 | Gross: $26.46M

Loved it

9. James and the Giant Peach (1996)

PG | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.7
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An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite, Simon Callow

Votes: 53,210 | Gross: $28.93M

Loved it

10. 101 Dalmatians (1996)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

5.7
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49 Metascore

A woman kidnaps puppies to kill them for their fur, but various animals then gang up against her and get their revenge in slapstick fashion.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright

Votes: 83,951 | Gross: $136.19M

Liked it

11. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

G | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family

6.9
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A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, Mary Kay Bergman, Corey Burton

Votes: 116,088 | Gross: $100.14M

Liked it

12. Twister (1996)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz

Votes: 154,043 | Gross: $241.72M

Liked it

13. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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77 Metascore

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 agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Votes: 207,328 | Gross: $153.95M

Liked it

14. One Fine Day (1996)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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The lives of two strangers and their young children unexpectedly intersect on one hectic, stressful day in New York City.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney, Mae Whitman, Alex D. Linz

Votes: 38,567 | Gross: $46.15M

Liked it

15. Black Sheep (1996)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy

6.2
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A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job is to make sure the candidate's well-meaning but incompetent brother doesn't ruin the election.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Chris Farley, David Spade, Tim Matheson, Christine Ebersole

Votes: 31,943 | Gross: $32.38M

Liked it

16. Multiplicity (1996)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

6.0
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A man who never has enough time for the things he wants to do is offered the opportunity to have himself duplicated.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Zack Duhame, Katie Schlossberg

Votes: 26,476 | Gross: $20.10M

Liked it

17. Jingle All the Way (1996)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family

5.5
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A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas, however, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson

Votes: 77,608 | Gross: $60.57M

Liked it

18. D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)

PG | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

5.3
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The unruly team of hockey misfits grows up a bit and receives scholarships to a prestigious prep school, where they take on the snotty varsity team.

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Jeffrey Nordling, David Selby, Heidi Kling

Votes: 20,831 | Gross: $22.94M

Liked it

19. A Very Brady Sequel (1996)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

5.6
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The Bradys receive a surprise visit when a man claiming to be Carol's long-lost first husband shows up at their residence, the family question his motives.

Director: Arlene Sanford | Stars: Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Tim Matheson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Votes: 8,817 | Gross: $21.40M

Liked it

20. DragonHeart (1996)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.4
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The last dragon and a disillusioned dragonslaying knight must cooperate to stop an evil king who was given partial immortality.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Sean Connery, Dina Meyer, Pete Postlethwaite

Votes: 82,899 | Gross: $51.37M

Liked it

21. Eddie (1996)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Sport

5.1
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Eddie is a New York limo driver and a fanatical follower of the New York Knicks professional basketball team. The team is struggling with a mediocre record when, in mid-season, "Wild Bill" ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Langella, Dennis Farina, Richard Jenkins

Votes: 7,652 | Gross: $31.36M

Liked it

22. Jack (1996)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.8
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31 Metascore

Because of an unusual aging disorder that has aged him four times faster than a normal human being, a boy enters the fifth grade for the first time with the appearance of a 40 year old man.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Brian Kerwin, Jennifer Lopez

Votes: 49,935 | Gross: $58.62M

It's Okay

23. The Cable Guy (1996)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

6.1
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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.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black

Votes: 132,595 | Gross: $60.24M

It's Okay

24. The Nutty Professor (1996)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

5.6
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62 Metascore

Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn, Larry Miller

Votes: 94,230 | Gross: $128.81M

It's Okay

25. The Preacher's Wife (1996)

PG | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.5
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Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. On top of all ... See full summary »

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance, Gregory Hines

Votes: 9,545 | Gross: $48.10M

It's Okay

26. The Phantom (1996)

PG | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

4.9
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The Phantom, descendent of a line of African superheroes, travels to New York City to thwart a wealthy criminal genius from obtaining three magic skulls which would give him the secret to ultimate power.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Billy Zane, Kristy Swanson, Treat Williams, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 29,174 | Gross: $17.30M

It's Okay

27. Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)

G | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.9
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Shadow, Sassy, and Chance have to find their way home after they become stranded at the San Francisco International Airport as their owners fly to Canada on vacation.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Ralph Waite, Al Michaels

Votes: 11,674 | Gross: $49.14M

It's Okay

28. Independence Day (1996)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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59 Metascore

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.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell

Votes: 467,129 | Gross: $306.17M

It's Okay

29. The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996)

G | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

5.3
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One of puppet-maker Geppetto's creations comes magically to life. This puppet, Pinocchio, has one major desire and that is to become a real boy someday. In order to accomplish this goal he ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Martin Landau, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Geneviève Bujold, Udo Kier

Votes: 4,485 | Gross: $15.09M

It's Okay

30. All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)

G | 82 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

5.5
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Charlie and Itchy return to Earth to find Gabriel's Horn, but along the way meet up with a young boy named David, who ran away from home.

Directors: Larry Leker, Paul Sabella | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Sheena Easton, Dom DeLuise, Bebe Neuwirth

Votes: 4,586 | Gross: $8.62M

It's Okay

31. Space Jam (1996)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.3
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59 Metascore

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.

Director: Joe Pytka | Stars: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Manner Washington

Votes: 127,723 | Gross: $90.46M

It's Okay

32. Kazaam (1996)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

2.8
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24 Metascore

A troubled kid inadvertently releases a genie, who must grant him any three wishes he requests.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Shaquille O'Neal, Francis Capra, Ally Walker, James Acheson

Votes: 20,502 | Gross: $18.88M

It's Okay

33. Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.3
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52 Metascore

Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Annette Bening

Votes: 185,989 | Gross: $37.77M

Hated it

34. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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60 Metascore

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 183,078 | Gross: $46.35M

Hated it

35. The Craft (1996)

R | 101 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.3
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A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True

Votes: 63,504 | Gross: $24.88M

Hated it

36. Fear (1996)

R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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51 Metascore

When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Amy Brenneman

Votes: 34,575 | Gross: $20.75M

Hated it