Temporal Top Ten – 1996


top ten

Number of movies seen from this year – 130
Number of movies reviewed – 104  (including 11 Encore Reviews)

1996 was yet another very prolific movie year for me.  I saw a lot of these films in the theater and making the choices for the top 10 wasn’t easy at all.

My #1 was actually a simple choice for me because it is, IMHO, one of the very best crime dramas ever made and the Coen Brothers did an amazing job with the storyline.

#2 is probably a movie that most of you have never heard of, but it’s a great “friendship” movie with excellent music and an amazingly likeable A-List cast.

#3 is the eventual Oscar Best Picture winner and despite it being a long epic love story, it really is great.  I loved the characters, the storyline and above all else, the chemistry between the characters.

#4 is an amazing movie about life’s ups and downs and how we should utilize every moment as best as we can. Also has one of the best movie catch phrases ever . 🙂

#5 is Kenneth Branagh’s superb 4 hour version of a Shakespearean Classic  that really proved his ability as an actor and director.  It’s unfortunate that he doesn’t do projects like this anymore.. 😦

#6 is one of the best movies from the long running sci-fi franchise

#7 is a movie that blew me away when I saw it in the theater and despite it’s numerous plot holes and lots of silliness is still a guilty pleasure of mine

#8 is a great movie that I only came across last summer. It tells a great story of how a family tries to deal with psychological problems upon their son’s return from Vietnam.

#9. is another guilty pleasure of mine which was a very moving film that helped highlight Robin Williams’ dramatic talent in a role perfect for him.

and finally #10 is one of the (very) few horror movies that I have enjoyed.  The sequels it produced made things even more convoluted and confusing, but the original on its own does a wonderful job.

Updated 1 Jan 2020 – Hamlet has moved up a slot to #4 moving all subsequent films down


My Top Tenscream

10. Screamjack

9. Jackwar at home

8. The War at HomeID4

7. Independence DaystFC

6. Star Trek: First ContactJM

5. Jerry Maguire  hamlet
4. Hamlet
english patient

3. The English Patientbeautiful girls

2. Beautiful Girlsfargo

1. Fargo

Here’s a complete list of movies that I’ve seen from 1996

  1. 2 Days in the Valley
  2. 101 Dalmatians
  3. The Arrival
  4. Bad Moon
  5. Beautiful Girls   Encore Review
  6. Bed of Roses
  7. Big Night
  8. The Birdcage
  9. Bottle Rocket
  10. Bound
  11. Breaking the Waves
  12. Broken Arrow
  13. Bulletproof
  14. The Cable Guy
  15. Carpool
  16. Chain Reaction
  17. The Chamber
  18. City Hall
  19. Courage Under Fire
  20. The Crucible
  21. Daylight
  22. Daytrippers, The
  23. Dear Diary
  24. Diabolique
  25. Down Periscope
  26. Dragonheart
  27. Ed
  28. Eddie
  29. Eisenhower: Supreme Commander in Chief
  30. Emma
  31. The English Patient       Encore Review
  32. Eraser
  33. Evita
  34. Executive Decision
  35. Extreme Measures
  36. Eye for an Eye
  37. The Fan
  38. Fargo              Encore Review         Encore Review 2
  39. Fear
  40. Feeling Minnesota
  41. The First Wives Club
  42. Fled
  43. Flirting with Disaster
  44. Fly Away Home
  45. From Dusk Till Dawn
  46. The Funeral
  47. The Ghost and the Darkness
  48. Ghosts of Mississippi
  49. Glimmer Man, The
  50. Gotti
  51. Grace of My Heart
  52. Hamlet                        Encore Review
  53. Happy Gilmore
  54. Hard Eight
  55. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  56. If These Walls Could Talk
  57. I’m Not Rappaport
  58. In Love and War
  59. Independence Day  Encore Review   Encore Review 2
  60. The Island of Dr. Moreau
  61. It’s My Party
  62. Jack
  63. Jerry Maguire  Encore Review
  64. Jingle All the Way
  65. Joe’s Apartment
  66. The Juror
  67. Kingpin
  68. Larger than Life
  69. Last Man Standing
  70. Late Shift, The
  71. Lone Star
  72. The Long Kiss Goodnight   Encore Review
  73. Mars Attacks
  74. Marvin’s Room
  75. Mary Reilly
  76. Michael
  77. Michael Collins
  78. The Mirror Has Two Faces
  79. Mission: Impossible
  80. Mother
  81. Mulholland Falls
  82. Multiplicity
  83. Muppet Treasure Island
  84. My Fellow Americans
  85. North Star
  86. The Nutty Professor
  87. One Fine Day   Encore Review
  88. The Pallbearer
  89. The People vs. Larry Flynt
  90. The Phantom
  91. Phenomenon
  92. The Portrait of a Lady
  93. The Preacher’s Wife
  94. Primal Fear
  95. The Quest
  96. Ransom
  97. The Rock
  98. Romeo + Juliet
  99. Scream
  100. Secrets & Lies
  101. Sgt. Bilko
  102. She’s the One
  103. Shine
  104. Sleepers
  105. Sling Blade
  106. Space Jam
  107. The Spitfire Grill
  108. Spy Hard
  109. Star Trek: First Contact Encore Review
  110. Stealing Beauty
  111. Striptease
  112. The Substitute
  113. Swingers
  114. That Thing You Do!
  115. Thinner
  116. A Time to Kill
  117. Tin Cup
  118. To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
  119. Trainspotting
  120. Trees Lounge
  121. The Truth About Cats & Dogs
  122. Twelfth Night: Or What You Will
  123. Twister
  124. Two If By Sea
  125. Two Much
  126. Up Close & Personal
  127. A Very Brady Sequel
  128. The War at Home
  129. When We Were Kings
  130. White Squall


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