1996

Best to worst of all the movies I have seen so far from 1996
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1.
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
“ Danny Boyle's best film to date. This movie is just cool.
(My rating since you can't see it: 10 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
2.
Swingers (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
“ May be high for some people, but this has always been one of my all time favorites. Maybe I just relate to several of the characters in this movie. Another cool movie.
(10 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
3.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (139 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ Romance about a guy who loses everything and forced to rebuild. Excellent soundtrack as always coming from Crowe.
(8 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
4.
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
“ Typical Coen movie. Good mixture of humor and horror. Great cast too!
(8 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
5.
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
“ Fascinating murder mystery!!
(10 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
6.
The Birdcage (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Fun movie with excellent cast. Some hilarious scenes with Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman.
(8 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
7.
Sleepers (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ Great "sleeper" movie. A disturbing story but great cast and story.
(8 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
8.
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
“ Wes Anderson's first film. Flawed but a great start to a great career.
(8 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
9.
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.)
“ I understand why it would win best picture but I still felt it was overrated and long.
(7 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
10.
The Cable Guy (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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
“ Dark comedy w/ the man, Jim Carrey. Broderick does well as the annoyed "friend". One of my more favorites of Carrey.
(8 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
11.
Phenomenon (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis. (123 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ Feel good story about a guy with unexplainable powers.
(8 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
12.
Mission: Impossible (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
“ Entertaining remake of the TV series.
(7 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
13.
A Time to Kill (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, inciting a revolt by local racist groups. (149 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ "Yes they deserve to die, and I hope they burn in Hell!!" -Samuel L. Jackson. That's all you need to know.
(8 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
14.
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.)
“ Mmmhmm...
(7 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
15.
Scream (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Never really scared me, but apparently it did many others. Good, somewhat, realistic slasher movie and the beginning of multiple similar styled films to mimic the idea lasting multiple decades.
(7 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
16.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. (120 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ Fun twist on the Shakespeare classic.
(7 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
17.
Pusher (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord. (110 mins.)
“ The first of the cult trilogy. Still pretty raw, though.
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
18.
The Crucible (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
“ You know the story.
(7 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
19.
Courage Under Fire (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A U.S. Army officer, despondent about a deadly mistake he made, investigates a female chopper commander's worthiness for the Medal of Honor. (116 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ (6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
20.
White Squall (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Teenage boys discover discipline and camaraderie on an ill-fated sailing voyage. (129 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Not Scott's best.
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
21.
The Fan (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman. (116 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Good ol' Bobby D.
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
22.
Tin Cup (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his succesful rival's girlfriend. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
“ I'm a golfer and this movie annoyed me. Often overrated by others but hard not to like Costner.
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
23.
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people. (129 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Good movie, just a rough story.
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
24.
The Rock (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ I liked it as a kid, so Bruckheimer/Bay gets somewhat of a pass on this over-the-top (weird) action movie.
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
25.
Kingpin (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches. (113 mins.)
“ Unnecessary in some places but still some classic scenes.
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
26.
Multiplicity (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A man who never has enough time for the things he wants to do is offered the opportunity to have himself duplicated. (117 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ Gets a little stupid at the end, but Keaton is a lot of fun in this one.
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
27.
Independence Day (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
“ See The Rock (above).
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
28.
Happy Gilmore (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house. (92 mins.)
Director: Dennis Dugan
“ Never realized until now (11/2/2012) that the only two golf movies I somewhat enjoy came out in the same year. Classic lines in this rare somewhat decent Adam Sandler film.
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
29.
The Nutty Professor (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
“ The start of Murphy's steep plummet to terrible movies. (tear drop)
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
30.
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A woman suffering from amnesia begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again. (121 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
“ (6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
31.
Space Jam (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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. (88 mins.)
Director: Joe Pytka
“ Fun movie if you're a kid basketball lover like I was. Jordan's acting skills might be better than his baseball skills. That's still not saying much.
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
32.
That Thing You Do! (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager. (108 mins.)
Director: Tom Hanks
“ Didn't really do it for me. I would never buy the "hit" song. It is unbelievably annoying.
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
33.
The Craft (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Fleming
“ Cool fight scene at the end.
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
34.
Up Close & Personal (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An ambitious young woman, determined to build a career in TV journalism, gets good advice from her first boss, and they fall in love. (124 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
“ Not even close to Redford's best.
(6 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
35.
Twister (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
“ Tough to watch this one, being from Oklahoma. Lots of unbelievable "Hollywood" action in this one.
(5 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
36.
Fear (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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. (97 mins.)
Director: James Foley
“ Don't ever watch the roller coaster scene with your mother and grandmother like my friend did. :)
(5 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
37.
Black Sheep (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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. (87 mins.)
“ Same as Tommy Boy, but forgettable.
(5 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
38.
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The Muppets' twist on the classic tale. (99 mins.)
Director: Brian Henson
“ Had so many other better ones that blew this out of the water. No pun intended.
(5 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
39.
One Fine Day (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The lives of two strangers and their young children unexpectedly intersect on one hectic, stressful day in New York City. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
“ What people didn't know was the things to come from Clooney after this movie.
(5 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
40.
Broken Arrow (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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
“ Not very good.
(5 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
41.
Bulletproof (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Two criminals, Keats and Moses, end their friendship when Keats turns out to be an undercover cop. Years later the two are forced to work together when Keats is assigned to protect Moses as a witness. (84 mins.)
“ Don't really remember it.
(5 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
42.
Striptease (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
A stripper and single mother gets dragged into a dangerous situation after a congressman takes a fancy to her. (115 mins.)
Director: Andrew Bergman
“ Not a very good script to feel the need to expose your breasts. They were nice, just saying...
(4 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
43.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
“ I'm sure there are lots of people out there that enjoy this movie. I get it. I'm just not that entertained by unnecessary gore.
(4 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
44.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer. (91 mins.)
“ Bring on Pixar already!
(4 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
45.
DragonHeart (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The last dragon and a disillusioned dragonslaying knight must cooperate to stop an evil king who was given partial immortality. (103 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen
“ Another great example of why I don't understand why there are no good dragon movies?
(3 Stars) ” - jcrissup
 
46.
Jack (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
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. (113 mins.)
“ Robin Williams can be so bad.
(3 Stars) ” - jcrissup