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The Best Films of 1996

Written by Christopher Beaubien • April 16, 2008 • Start the Discussion!

Fargo (dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)
Shine (dir. Scott Hicks)
Breaking the Waves (dir. Lars von Trier)
The People vs. Larry Flint (dir. Miloš Forman)
Welcome to the Dollhouse (dir. Todd Solondz)
Secrets and Lies (dir. Mike Leigh)
Sydney (aka Hard Eight) (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
Bound (dir. Andy and Larry Wachowski)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (dir. Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise)
Sling Blade (dir. Billy Bob Thornton)
Big Night (dir. Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott)
Freeway (dir. Matthew Bright)
The English Patient (dir. Anthony Minghella)
Lone Star (dir. John Sayles)
Hamlet (dir. Kenneth Branagh)
La Promesse (dir. Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
Matilda (dir. Danny DeVito)
The Pillow Book (dir. Peter Greenaway)
The Frighteners (dir. Peter Jackson)
Walking and Talking (dir. Nicole Holofcener)
The Arrival (dir. David Twohy)
Bottle Rocket (dir. Wes Anderson)
Looking for Richard (dir. Al Pacino)
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
(dir. Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky)
Ridicule (dir. Patrice Leconte)
Courage Under Fire (dir. Edward Zwick)
Kissed (dir. Lynne Stopkewich)
Fear (dir. James Foley)
The Portrait of a Lady (dir. Jane Campion)
Primal Fear (dir. Gregory Hoblit)
Deep Crimson (dir. Arturo Ripstein)
Trainspotting (dir. Danny Boyle)
Sleepers (dir. Barry Levinson)
Jerry Maguire (dir. Cameron Crowe)
The Truth About Cats & Dogs (dir. Michael Lehmann)
James and the Giant Peach (dir. Henry Selick)
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (dir. Mike Judge)
Flirting with Disaster (dir. David O. Russell)
Citizen Ruth (dir. Alexander Payne)
Blood and Wine (dir. Bob Rafelson)
Mars Attacks! (dir. Tim Burton)
The Rock (dir. Michael Bay)
Kingpin (dir. Bobby and Peter Farrelly)
Mission: Impossible (dir. Brian De Palma)
That Thing You Do! (dir. Tom Hanks)
The Craft (dir. Andrew Fleming)
Eraser (dir. Chuck Russell)
The Birdcage (dir. Mike Nichols)
Fly Away Home (dir. Carroll Ballard)
Steven Soderbergh’s Schizopolis (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
Mother (dir. Albert Brooks)
The Cable Guy (dir. Ben Stiller)
Long Kiss Goodnight (dir. Renny Harlin)

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