Temporal Top Ten – 1996


top ten

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


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