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Top Movies of 1996

The best movies of 1996 are calculated by community movie ratings and members' "Top Movies List". The top films from the year 1996 are updated daily.


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Secrets & Lies
Secrets & Lies 3.03/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Mike Leigh
Actors: Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan, Brenda Blethyn
Plot: Adopted as a child, the now-grown up and successful Hortense thinks it is time to track down her birth mother. It leads to a the rather lonely, isolated working-class Cynthia - who does everything she can to deny the lineage even as it exposes secrets long buried.


Scream (1996)
Scream (1996) 2.83/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Horror/Mystery
MPAA rating: R
Director: Wes Craven
Actors: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox
Plot: A killer strikes a small town with fear, focusing on one young woman in particular. As the list of suspects grows, who to trust becomes a matter of life and death.


Happy Gilmore
Happy Gilmore 2.83/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Comedy
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Dennis Dugan
Actors: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Frances Bay
Plot: A short-tempered wannabe hockey player parlays his talent at driving a golf ball into the P.G.A. tour in order to save his grandma's house from forclosure.


Hamlet (1996)
Hamlet (1996) 2.96/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Richard Briers, Julie Christie
Plot: Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in an adaptation of Shakespeare's drama, using the original words as a son comes to avenge his father by murdering his uncle - who is now his step-father. Madness, plots, conspiracy and death will follow in turn.


Ninja Scroll ( Jbei ninpch )
Ninja Scroll ( Jbei ninpch ) 2.94/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Action
MPAA rating: R
Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Kevin Seymour
Actors: Richard Barnes, Dean Elliott, Richard Cansino
Plot: A traveling ninja for hire fights demons and their henchmen.


Underground (1996)
Underground (1996) 3.02/4 Add to movie list

Language: Serbian
Genre: Drama/Comedy
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Emir Kusturica
Actors: Miki Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic
Plot: A surreal tale about a Belgrade weapons manufacturing plant during WWII. While smuggling weapons to the resistance, a black marketeer fails to mention that the war has ended. Many years later the workers emerge from their "shelter" and convince themselves the war is still ongoing.


Sleepers (1996)
Sleepers (1996) 2.89/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Barry Levinson
Actors: Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Brad Pitt
Plot: A group of friends growing up in Hell's Kitchen commit a petty crime seriously injuring someone when they are sent to Juvenile detention which happens to mistreat young boys and they are forced to deal with it the rest of their lives.


Shine (1996)
Shine (1996) 2.94/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Biography/Drama
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Scott Hicks
Actors: Geoffrey Rush, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd
Plot: Based on the true story of Australian pianist David Helfgott, this delightful movie charts the early and traumatic early years. Telling the story in flashback we see David as he grows up and into a child prodigy while his father abuses him and his siblings with the memory of his childhood in Europe and the loss of his family in the concentration camps. David finally breaks away from his father and goes away to study overseas, he later suffers a breakdown and returns to Australia and a life in an institution. Many years later he is released and through several twists of fate (in reality even more unlikely than film portrays) he starts playing a piano in a bar before finally returning to the concert hall


Bottle Rocket (1996)
Bottle Rocket (1996) 2.90/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Adventure/Comedy
MPAA rating: R
Director: Wes Anderson
Actors: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd
Plot: Focusing on a trio of friends and their elaborate plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.


Big Night (1996)
Big Night (1996) 3.02/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
Actors: Marc Anthony, Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci
Plot: A pair of brothers try to keep their ailing Italian restaurant afloat - Primero is a gifted chef but finds it beneath him to create mediocre fare (the kind customers actually like to eat) while Secondo does his best to balance finances and keep things going. Their rival, Pascal has a highly successful place with tepid food but happy customers and offers them one big chance: a jazz musician friend to play for one night as a benefit. The brothers waste no time in planning the big night.

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