Top 10 Films of 1996

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1. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

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

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: 111,803 | Gross: $92.00M

2. The Associate (1996)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy

A comedy about making it on Wall Street. Prejudices are hard to break and Laurel Ayres quickly learns that in order for people to take her seriously she has to work for an older white man or be one.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Eli Wallach, Tim Daly

Votes: 7,120 | Gross: $12.77M

3. A Time to Kill (1996)

R | 149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 121,469 | Gross: $108.77M

4. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History

A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen

Votes: 9,617 | Gross: $13.05M

5. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 168,231 | Gross: $78.65M

6. Bullet (1996)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Butch "Bullet" Stein, a Jewish junkie from the mean streets of Brooklyn, is paroled after eight years in prison. Butch rips off a runner for local drug dealer, Tank, and is soon right back ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Frank Senger, Adrien Brody, John Enos III

Votes: 7,406

7. It's My Party (1996)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

"You won't leave me, will you?" Nick asks Brandon shortly after revealing to him the results of his last blood test for HIV. "I don't want to die alone." In spite of Brandon's protestations... See full summary »

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Eric Roberts, Gregory Harrison, Margaret Cho, Bruce Davison

Votes: 2,614 | Gross: $0.62M

8. Thieves (1996)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan's body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Laurence Côte, Benoît Magimel

Votes: 1,866 | Gross: $0.94M

9. Goodbye, South, Goodbye (1996)

116 min | Crime, Drama

A glimpse at the lives of two petty criminals in Taipei.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Jieh-Wen King, Kuei-Ying Hsu, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Jack Kao

Votes: 1,381

10. She's the One (1996)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The love lives of two brothers, Mickey and Francis, interconnect as Francis cheats on his wife with Mickey's ex-girlfriend, while Mickey impulsively marries a stranger.

Director: Edward Burns | Stars: Edward Burns, Jennifer Aniston, John Mahoney, Michael McGlone

Votes: 15,642 | Gross: $9.45M

11. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

PG-13 | 73 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

Mike Nelson and his robot companions watch and give their comments about This Island Earth (1955).

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 17,248 | Gross: $1.01M

12. The Cold Light of Day (1996)

101 min | Drama, Thriller

A troubled detective befriends a single woman and her daughter with the intention of using them as bait for a serial killer.

Director: Rudolf van den Berg | Stars: Richard E. Grant, Lynsey Baxter, Perdita Weeks, Simon Cadell

Votes: 675

13. The War at Home (1996)

R | 123 min | Drama

Haunted by his experiences in the Vietnam War, a young man returns home and has trouble adjusting back to civilian life, his family and his stern father.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen, Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Votes: 2,166 | Gross: $0.04M

14. The Spitfire Grill (1996)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire ... See full summary »

Director: Lee David Zlotoff | Stars: Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Will Patton

Votes: 5,132 | Gross: $12.64M

15. Follow Me Home (1996)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama

Three muralists (one Chicano, one Black, one American Indian) and the socially-maladjusted cousin of the Chicano muralist set off on a road trip with the intent of painting their images on ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bratt | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Jesse Borrego, Salma Hayek, Calvin Levels

Votes: 149

16. The Destiny of Marty Fine (1996)

85 min | Drama

When an ex-boxer witnesses a Mob hit the gangster forces him to commit a murder in order to save his own life.

Director: Michael Hacker | Stars: Alan Gelfant, James Le Gros, Catherine Keener, Michael Ironside

Votes: 49

17. Nothing Personal (1995)

R | 86 min | Drama

A raw depiction of the Belfast 'troubles' as savage tribal warfare. Set shortly after the 1975 cease fire, the film focuses on the tribulations of Kenny, Protestant leader of a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan | Stars: Ian Hart, John Lynch, James Frain, Michael Gambon

Votes: 450

18. Lone Star (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang

Votes: 26,480 | Gross: $13.27M

19. The Leading Man (1996)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Successful playwright Felix Webb has a new play, 'The Hit Man', in rehearsal. Directed by his old friend Humphrey, it is already being hailed as a masterpiece; but Felix can't enjoy his ... See full summary »

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Jon Bon Jovi, Anna Galiena, Lambert Wilson, Thandie Newton

Votes: 1,370

20. A Couch in New York (1996)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

A psychoanalyst in NYC exchanges apartment with a woman in Paris. When his patients show up, they talk to her and then pay. He returns early to NYC and becomes a patient.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Juliette Binoche, William Hurt, Stephanie Buttle, Barbara Garrick

Votes: 1,718

21. Caught (1996)

R | 110 min | Drama, Thriller

Joe and Betty run a fish market and have sunk into a comfortable, if somewhat boring life. Enter the drifter Nick, who takes a job in the store and a place in their home. He proceeds to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Maria Conchita Alonso, Arie Verveen, Bitty Schram

Votes: 1,093 | Gross: $0.32M

22. West New York (1996)

86 min | Crime, Drama

An ex-cop supervises the destruction of corporate bonds redeemed by a New Jersey bank. He plans to steal small amounts of the paper from each shipment without raising suspicion and have a ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Gallo | Stars: Frank Vincent, Gian DiDonna, Gloria Darpino, Brian McCormack

Votes: 69

23. Trojan Eddie (1996)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The story of Eddie, a small town ex-con, who discovers he has talent for selling anything and everything. Eddie sees a way to rise above the low life by setting up on his own. What he ... See full summary »

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Stephen Rea, Richard Harris, Stuart Townsend, Aislín McGuckin

Votes: 254

24. The Victims (1996)

94 min | Crime, Thriller

Paris, 1996. Parisian editor Pierre Duval has an affair with Claire, wife of wealthy architect Bernard Jaillac. The latter has to supervise a large-scale operation in Morocco, he asks ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Grandperret | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Jacques Dutronc, Florence Thomassin, Karin Viard

Votes: 69

25. The Whole Wide World (1996)

PG | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard. He's a successful writer - of the pulp stories of 'Conan ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Ireland | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Renée Zellweger, Ann Wedgeworth, Harve Presnell

Votes: 3,228 | Gross: $0.14M

26. Guy (1996)

R | 94 min | Drama

A young woman with a camera follows a man around to make a documentary about him, something he is not very happy with.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Hope Davis, Kimber Riddle, Diane Salinger

Votes: 513

27. Good Luck (1996)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

Hines plays a former dental student, Bern Lemley, who had to quit school just before finals because of a car accident that left him in a wheelchair. D'Onofrio plays a former pro football ... See full summary »

Director: Richard LaBrie | Stars: Gregory Hines, Vincent D'Onofrio, James Earl Jones, Max Gail

Votes: 481 | Gross: $0.04M

28. The Winner (1996)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

When it is discovered that a man is having luck in the casinos in Las Vegas, people start attempting to take his money.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Rebecca De Mornay, Vincent D'Onofrio, Richard Edson, Saverio Guerra

Votes: 691 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Driven (1996)

103 min | Drama

A group of sleep deprived cab drivers in Los Angeles are changed forever by the arrival of mysterious new cabbie and the events of one incredible week.

Director: Michael Shoob | Stars: Metin Bereketli, Xander Berkeley, Joseph Culp, Diane DiLascio

Votes: 63

30. The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)

Not Rated | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

42 Metascore

A young policewoman slowly goes insane while tracking down an elusive serial rapist/killer through Italy when she herself becomes a victim of the brutal man's obsession.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi, Luigi Diberti

Votes: 6,948

31. The Spitfire Grill (1996)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire ... See full summary »

Director: Lee David Zlotoff | Stars: Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Will Patton

Votes: 5,132 | Gross: $12.64M

32. Grace of My Heart (1996)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break... See full summary »

Director: Allison Anders | Stars: Illeana Douglas, John Turturro, Sissy Boyd, Christina Pickles

Votes: 3,401 | Gross: $0.62M

33. Swingers (1996)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Jon Favreau, Ron Livingston

Votes: 71,951 | Gross: $4.51M

34. Walking and Talking (1996)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Just as Amelia thinks she's over her anxiety and insecurity, her best friend announces her engagement, bringing her anxiety and insecurity right back.

Director: Nicole Holofcener | Stars: Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Amy Braverman, Miranda Rhyne

Votes: 2,926 | Gross: $1.28M

35. Mother Night (1996)

R | 114 min | Drama, Romance, War

An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war.

Director: Keith Gordon | Stars: Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, Anthony J. Robinow, Michael McGill

Votes: 4,705 | Gross: $0.39M

36. The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, Martin Donovan

Votes: 10,205 | Gross: $3.69M

37. Stella Does Tricks (1996)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

A young Glaswegian prostitute in London tries to start a new life.

Director: Coky Giedroyc | Stars: Kelly Macdonald, James Bolam, Hans Matheson, Ewan Stewart

Votes: 575 | Gross: $0.00M

38. Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996)

PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Chronicles the life of Dorothy Day who dedicated herself in service to her socialist beliefs and her adopted faith of Catholicism. The movement she created continues to thrive to this day, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ray Rhodes | Stars: Moira Kelly, Martin Sheen, Lenny von Dohlen, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 388 | Gross: $0.71M

39. Joe's So Mean to Josephine (1996)

89 min | Drama, Crime, Romance

A man and woman meet and find out they have trouble with their relationship.

Director: Peter Wellington | Stars: Eric Thal, Sarah Polley, Don McKellar, Waneta Storms

Votes: 275



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