Down 62 this week

Mission: Impossible (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  22 May 1996 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 280,607 users   Metascore: 59/100
Reviews: 369 user | 149 critic | 29 from Metacritic.com

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



(television series), (story), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A secret agent is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera".

Director: John Woo
Stars: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fianceé in response .

Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name.

Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly
Action | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins
Jack Reacher (2012)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Stars: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins
Valkyrie (2008)
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten
Collateral (2004)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.

Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina
Men in Black (1997)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extra terrestrial interactions on planet earth.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino
Spider-Man (2002)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe


Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Phelps (as Emmanuelle Beart)
Sarah Davies (as Kristin Scott-Thomas)
Valentina Yakunina ...
Nathan Osgood ...
John McLaughlin ...
Karel Dobrý ...


Based on the hit T.V. series. Jim Phelps was sent to Prague for a mission to prevent the theft of classified material. His wife Claire and his trusted partner Ethan Hunt were members of Phelps' team. Unfortunately, something went horribly wrong and the mission failed, leaving Ethan Hunt the lone survivor. After he reported the failed mission, Kettridge the head of the agency suspects Ethan of being the culprit for the failed mission. Now, Ethan uses unorthodox methods (Which includes the aid of an arms dealer going by the name "Max") to try to find who set him up and to clear his name. Written by John Wiggins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Expect the Impossible

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





| |

Release Date:

22 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mission Impossible  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£11,040,340 (UK) (19 July 1996)


$180,965,237 (USA) (22 November 1996)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


There were rumours that Tom Cruise and Brian De Palma did not get along and they were fuelled by the director excusing himself at the last moment from scheduled media interviews before the film's theatrical release. See more »


Noise from air conditioners which are supposedly covering Hunt's presence is usually 25-31 dB, which is about three times softer than a whisper. See more »


Ethan Hunt: The disk Job sold you is worthless. Bait. Part of an internal mole hunt.
Max: And how would you know? Are you another company man?
Max: Like Job?
Max: We're asking about you
Ethan Hunt: I'm NOC, Was. Now, disavowed.
Max: Why, may I ask?
Ethan Hunt: That's the question I want to ask Job.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits contain several plot points from the movie. See more »


Referenced in Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) See more »


The Plot
By Lalo Schifrin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Confusing, But Still Fun To Watch
29 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's another film I watched when it came out and then later when the DVD was released and enjoyed both viewings, despite the fact I got "lost" several times. It's about time for another look because it's well-worth it and who knows....maybe I'll finally figure it out!

If you get a little confused trying to follow the plot, don't feel stupid. This isn't an easy story to follow but it gets high marks for keeping it interesting despite that problem.

The interesting characters, good cinematography, fun James Bond-like gadgets, just the right amount of action scenes and one very memorable heist scene with Tom Cruise dangling from a wire all make this an enjoyable two hours of entertainment. That scene with Cruise trying to break into this vault-like room remains as the one of the better tension-filled scenes I've ever witnessed on the big screen.

The final action scene with the speeding train and helicopter also is very memorable. John Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Henry Czerny and Jean Reno make it a fun cast to watch, too. Note: stick with this film and forget the sequel. Despite the confusion, this film is still fun to view.

69 of 101 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Terrible acting and story-telling gerhajdu
Still the best MI movie of the series harryster
Snore Fest FanboyDestroyer
How smoking was Max in this movie? Neelchim_Edsue
Tell My Why This Movie Is Bad tylrmcgill
Danny Elfman score heisenberg83
Discuss Mission: Impossible (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page