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1996 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In home video
In television

The year 1996 involved many significant films. The major releases this year included Scream, Independence Day, Fargo, Trainspotting, The Rock, The English Patient, Twister, Mars Attacks!, Jerry Maguire and a version of Evita starring Madonna.


  • Highest-grossing films 1
  • Events 2
    • Award ceremonies 2.1
  • Awards 3
  • 1996 Wide-released movies 4
    • January–March 4.1
    • April–June 4.2
    • July–September 4.3
    • October–December 4.4
  • Notable films released in 1996 5
    • A-D 5.1
    • E-K 5.2
    • L-Q 5.3
    • R-Z 5.4
  • Births 6
  • Notable deaths 7
  • Film debuts 8
  • References 9

Highest-grossing films

The top ten films released in 1996 by worldwide gross are as follows:
Highest-grossing films of 1996[1]
Rank Title Studio Worldwide gross
1. Independence Day 20th Century Fox $817,400,891
2. Twister Warner Bros. / Universal Pictures $494,471,524
3. Mission: Impossible Paramount Pictures $457,696,359
4. The Rock Hollywood Pictures $335,062,621
5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame Walt Disney Pictures $325,338,851
6. 101 Dalmatians Walt Disney Pictures $320,689,294
7. Ransom Touchstone Pictures / Imagine Entertainment $309,492,681
8. The Nutty Professor Universal Pictures $273,961,019
9. Jerry Maguire TriStar Pictures $273,552,592
10. Eraser Warner Bros. $242,295,562


  • Mid-July - Production begins on Titanic.
  • 20 September - 75-year-old English actor Sir Dirk Bogarde suffers a severe stroke. He continued to need a wheelchair until his death in 1999.

Award ceremonies


Category/Organization 54th Golden Globe Awards
January 19, 1997
2nd Critics' Choice Awards
January 20, 1997
3rd Screen Actors Guild Awards
February 27, 1997
69th Academy Awards
March 24, 1997
50th BAFTA Awards
April 29, 1997
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film The English Patient Evita Fargo N/A The English Patient
Best Director Miloš Forman
The People vs. Larry Flynt
Anthony Minghella
The English Patient
N/A Anthony Minghella
The English Patient
Joel and Ethan Coen
Best Actor Geoffrey Rush
Tom Cruise
Jerry Maguire
Geoffrey Rush
Best Actress Brenda Blethyn
Secrets & Lies
Frances McDormand
Brenda Blethyn
Secrets & Lies
Best Supporting Actor Edward Norton
Primal Fear
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Jerry Maguire
Paul Scofield
The Crucible
Best Supporting Actress Lauren Bacall
The Mirror Has Two Faces
Joan Allen
The Crucible
Lauren Bacall
The Mirror Has Two Faces
Juliette Binoche
The English Patient
Best Screenplay, Adapted Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
The People vs. Larry Flynt
Anthony Minghella
The English Patient
N/A Billy Bob Thornton
Sling Blade
Anthony Minghella
The English Patient
Best Screenplay, Original N/A Joel and Ethan Coen
Mike Leigh
Secrets & Lies
Best Original Score The English Patient
Gabriel Yared
N/A N/A The English Patient
Gabriel Yared
Best Original Song "You Must Love Me"
N/A N/A "You Must Love Me"
Best Foreign Language Film Kolya Ridicule N/A Kolya Ridicule

1996 Wide-released movies


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
12 Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Miramax Films Paris Barclay (director); Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Phil Beauman (screenplay); Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Vivica A. Fox, Lahmard Tate, Helen Martin, Chris Spencer, Suli McCullough, Tracey Cherelle Jones Comedy Live Action
Eye for an Eye Paramount Pictures John Schlesinger (director); Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa (screenplay); Sally Field, Kiefer Sutherland, Ed Harris, Beverly D'Angelo, Joe Mantegna Crime, Thriller Live Action
Dunston Checks In 20th Century Fox Ken Kwapis (director); John Hopkins, Bruce Graham (screenplay); Jason Alexander, Eric Lloyd, Faye Dunaway, Rupert Everett, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, Graham Sack Comedy Live Action
Bio-Dome Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Jason Bloom (director); Adam Leff, Mitchell Peck, Jason Blumenthal (screenplay); Pauly Shore, Stephen Baldwin, William Atherton, Joey Adams, Rose McGowan, Kylie Minogue Comedy Live Action
Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace New Line Cinema Farhad Mann (director/screenplay); Patrick Bergin, Matt Frewer, Austin O'Brien Sci-Fi Live Action
19 From Dusk Till Dawn Dimension Films Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis Crime, Horror Live Action
26 Bed of Roses New Line Cinema Michael Goldenberg (director/screenplay); Mary Stuart Masterson, Christian Slater Romance Live Action
Big Bully Warner Bros. Steve Miner (director); Mark Steven Johnson (screenplay); Rick Moranis, Tom Arnold, Carol Kane, Don Knotts Comedy, Drama Live Action
2 Black Sheep Paramount Pictures Penelope Spheeris (director); Fred Wolf (screenplay); Chris Farley, David Spade, Gary Busey, Tim Matheson Comedy Live Action
The Juror Columbia Pictures Brian Gibson (director); Irwin Winkler (screenplay); Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin, James Gandolfini, Anne Heche, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Romance, Thriller Live Action
White Squall Hollywood Pictures Ridley Scott (director); Todd Robinson (screenplay); Jeff Bridges, John Savage, Ryan Phillippe, Scott Wolf, Balthazar Getty, Jeremy Sisto, Jason Marsden, Eric Michael Cole Drama Live Action
9 Broken Arrow 20th Century Fox John Woo (director); Graham Yost (screenplay); John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo, Bob Gunton, Frank Whaley, Howie Long Action Live Action
Beautiful Girls Miramax Films Ted Demme (director); Scott Rosenberg (screenplay); Matt Dillon, Lauren Holly, Timothy Hutton, Rosie O'Donnell, Martha Plimpton, Natalie Portman, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, Uma Thurman Drama Live Action
16 City Hall Columbia Pictures Harold Becker (director); Kenneth Lipper, Paul Schrader, Nicholas Pileggi, Bo Goldman (screenplay); Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aiello, Richard Schiff, David Paymer, Martin Landau, Tony Franciosa Thriller Live Action
Happy Gilmore Universal Studios Dennis Dugan (director); Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler (screenplay); Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Carl Weathers, Frances Bay, Joe Flaherty, Bob Barker Comedy, Sports Live Action
Mr. Wrong Touchstone Pictures Nick Castle (director); Chris Matheson, Kerry Ehrin, Craig Munson (screenplay); Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Pullman, Joan Cusack, Dean Stockwell, Joan Plowright Romance, Comedy Live Action
Muppet Treasure Island Walt Disney Pictures, Jim Henson Productions Brian Henson (director); Jerry Juhl, James V. Hart, Kirk R. Thatcher (screenplay); Tim Curry, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, Kevin Clash, Frank Oz Comedy, Adventure, Musical Live Action
23 Mary Reilly TriStar Pictures Michael Gambon, Glenn Close Horror Live Action
Before and After Hollywood Pictures Barbet Schroeder (director); Ted Tally (screenplay); Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong, Julia Weldon, Alfred Molina Drama Live Action
Unforgettable Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer John Dahl (director); Ray Liotta, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Coyote, Christopher McDonald, Kim Cattrall Thriller Live Action
1 Down Periscope 20th Century Fox David S. Ward (director); Hugh Wilson, Andrew Kurtzman, Eliot Wald (screenplay); Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider, Harry Dean Stanton, Bruce Dern, Rip Torn Comedy Live Action
Up Close & Personal Touchstone Pictures / Cinergi Pictures Jon Avnet (director); John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion (screenplay); Robert Redford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stockard Channing, Joe Mantegna, Kate Nelligan Romance, Drama Live Action
8 The Birdcage United Artists Mike Nichols (director); Elaine May (screenplay); Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Dianne Wiest, Calista Flockhart, Dan Futterman, Hank Azaria Comedy Live Action
Fargo Gramercy Pictures The Coen Brothers (director/screenplay); Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell, Peter Stormare Crime Live Action
15 Ed Universal Studios Bill Couturié (director); David M. Evans (screenplay); Matt LeBlanc, Jack Warden, James Caviezel, Jayne Brook Sports, Comedy Live Action
Executive Decision Warner Bros. Stuart Baird (director); Jim Thomas, John Thomas (screenplay); Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Joe Morton, David Suchet Action Live Action
Two Much Touchstone Pictures Fernando Trueba (director/screenplay); David Trueba (screenplay); Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Danny Aiello, Joan Cusack, Eli Wallach Romance, Comedy Live Action
22 Diabolique Warner Bros. Don Roos (screenplay); Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani, Chazz Palminteri, Kathy Bates, Spalding Gray, Shirley Knight, Allen Garfield, Adam Hann-Byrd, Donal Logue Thriller Live Action
Flirting with Disaster Miramax Films Alan Alda, Lily Tomlin Comedy Live Action
29 Sgt. Bilko Universal Studios Jonathan Lynn (director); Nat Hiken, Andy Breckman (screenplay); Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman Comedy Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
5 Primal Fear Paramount Pictures Gregory Hoblit (director); Steve Shagan, Ann Biderman (screenplay); Richard Gere, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton Crime Live Action
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate New Line Cinema Martin Lawrence (director/screenplay); Bentley Kyle Evans, Kenny Buford, Kim Bass (screenplay); Martin Lawrence, Lynn Whitfield Comedy, Romance Live Action
12 Fear Universal Studios James Foley (director); Christopher Crowe (screenplay); Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Alyssa Milano, Amy Brenneman Thriller Live Action
James and the Giant Peach Walt Disney Pictures Henry Selick (director); Steven Bloom, Karey Kirkpatrick, Jonathan Roberts (screenplay); Paul Terry, Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Jane Leeves, Miriam Margolyes, David Thewlis, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite Fantasy, Adventure, Musical Live Action/ Animation
19 Celtic Pride Hollywood Pictures Tom DeCerchio (director); Judd Apatow (screenplay); Damon Wayans, Daniel Stern, Dan Aykroyd, Larry Bird Comedy Live Action
Mrs. Winterbourne TriStar Pictures Richard Benjamin (director); Phoef Sutton, Lisa-Maria Radano (screenplay); Shirley MacLaine, Ricki Lake, Brendan Fraser Romance, Comedy, Drama Live Action
The Substitute Orion Pictures Robert Mandel (director); Roy Frumkes, Rocco Simonelli (screenplay); Tom Berenger, Ernie Hudson, Diane Venora, Glenn Plummer, Cliff DeYoung, Marc Anthony, Richard Brooks, Raymond Cruz, Luis Guzmán, William Forsythe Action, Crime, Thriller Live Action
26 Mulholland Falls Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Lee Tamahori (director); Pete Dexter (screenplay); Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Jennifer Connelly, Treat Williams, Andrew McCarthy, John Malkovich, Bruce Dern Crime, Thriller Live Action
The Truth About Cats & Dogs 20th Century Fox Michael Lehmann (director); Audrey Wells (screenplay); Janeane Garofalo, Uma Thurman, Ben Chaplin, Jamie Foxx Romance, Comedy Live Action
Sunset Park TriStar Pictures Steve Gomer (director); Seth Zvi Rosenfeld, Kathleen McGhee-Anderson (screenplay); Rhea Perlman, Fredro Starr Sports Live Action
The Quest Universal Studios Jean-Claude Van Damme (director); Steven Klein, Paul Mones (screenplay); Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore, James Remar, Janet Gunn Martial Arts Live Action
3 Barb Wire Gramercy Pictures David Hogan (director); Chuck Pfarrer, Ilene Chaiken (screenplay); Pamela Anderson, Temuera Morrison, Victoria Rowell, Jack Noseworthy, Xander Berkeley, Udo Kier, Steve Railsback Action Live Action
The Craft Columbia Pictures Andrew Fleming (director/screenplay); Peter Filardi (screenplay); Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Skeet Ulrich Fantasy Live Action
The Great White Hype 20th Century Fox Reginald Hudlin (director); Tony Hendra, Ron Shelton (screenplay); Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, Corbin Bernsen, Peter Berg, Jon Lovitz, Salli Richardson, Jamie Foxx, Cheech Marin, John Rhys-Davies Sports Live Action
Last Dance Touchstone Pictures Bruce Beresford (director); Steven Haft, Ron Koslow (screenplay); Sharon Stone, Rob Morrow, Randy Quaid, Peter Gallagher Drama Live Action
The Pallbearer Miramax Films Matt Reeves (director/screenplay); Jason Katims (screenplay); David Schwimmer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette, Michael Vartan, Michael Rapaport, Barbara Hershey Romance, Comedy Live Action
10 Twister Warner Bros. / Universal Studios Jan de Bont (director); Michael Crichton, Anne-Marie Martin (screenplay); Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Jami Gertz, Cary Elwes Action Live Action
17 Flipper Universal Studios Alan Shapiro (director); Ricou Browning, Jack Cowden (screenplay); Paul Hogan, Elijah Wood Adventure Live Action
Heaven's Prisoners New Line Cinema Phil Joanou (director); Harley Peyton, Scott Frank (screenplay); Alec Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Mary Stuart Masterson, Teri Hatcher, Eric Roberts, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Joe Viterelli, Badja Djola, Hawthorne James Drama Live Action
24 Mission: Impossible Paramount Pictures Brian De Palma (director); David Koepp, Robert Towne (screenplay); Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave, Emilio Estevez Action, Sci-Fi Live Action
Spy Hard Hollywood Pictures Rick Friedberg (director); Dick Chudnow, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer (screenplay); Leslie Nielsen, Nicollette Sheridan, Andy Griffith, Charles Durning, Marcia Gay Harden Comedy, Spoof Live Action
31 The Arrival Orion Pictures David Twohy (director/screenplay); Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff, Ron Silver, Teri Polo Sci-Fi Live Action
Dragonheart Universal Studios Rob Cohen (director); Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay); Dennis Quaid, Sean Connery, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Dina Meyer, Jason Isaacs, Brian Thompson, Julie Christie Fantasy, Adventure Live Action
Eddie Hollywood Pictures Steve Rash (director); Jon Connoly, David Loucka, Eric Champnella, Keith Mitchell, Steve Zacharias, Jeff Buhai (screenplay); Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Langella, Dennis Farina Comedy Live Action
7 The Phantom Paramount Pictures Simon Wincer (director); Jeffrey Boam (screenplay); Billy Zane, Treat Williams, Kristy Swanson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, James Remar, Patrick McGoohan Action Live Action
The Rock Hollywood Pictures Michael Bay (director); David Weisberg, Douglas S. Cook, Mark Rosner (screenplay); Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer, William Forsythe, David Morse, Michael Biehn, Gregory Sporleder, Tony Todd, Vanessa Marcil Action Live Action
14 The Cable Guy Columbia Pictures Diane Baker Comedy Live Action
Moll Flanders Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Stockard Channing, John Lynch, Jeremy Brett Drama Live Action
21 Eraser Warner Bros. Chuck Russell (director); Tony Puryear, Walon Green (screenplay); Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, Vanessa L. Williams, James Coburn, Robert Pastorelli Action Live Action
Lone Star Sony Pictures Classics John Sayles (director); John Sayles (screenplay); Ron Canada, Chris Cooper, Clifton James, Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand, Joe Morton, Elizabeth Peña Mystery Live Action
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Walt Disney Pictures Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise (director); Tab Murphy, Irene Mecchi, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, Jonathan Roberts (screenplay); Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay, Kevin Kline, Paul Kandel, Jason Alexander, Charles Kimbrough, Mary Wickes, David Ogden Stiers Musical, Drama Animation
28 The Nutty Professor Universal Studios Tom Shadyac (director/screenplay); David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein, Steve Oedekerk (screenplay); Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn, Dave Chappelle Comedy Live Action
Striptease Columbia Pictures Andrew Bergman (director/screenplay); Demi Moore, Armand Assante, Ving Rhames, Robert Patrick, Burt Reynolds Comedy Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
3 Independence Day 20th Century Fox Roland Emmerich (director/screenplay); Dean Devlin (screenplay); Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Margaret Colin, Vivica A. Fox, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, James Rebhorn, Harry Connick, Jr. Action Live Action
5 Phenomenon Touchstone Pictures Jon Turteltaub (director); Gerald Di Pego (screenplay); John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall Fantasy, Drama Live Action
12 Courage Under Fire 20th Century Fox Edward Zwick (director); Patrick Sheane Duncan (screenplay); Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips, Matt Damon, Scott Glenn, Michael Moriarty, Bronson Pinchot, Seth Gilliam Drama Live Action
Harriet the Spy Paramount Pictures Bronwen Hughes (director); Douglas Petrie, Theresa Rebeck (screenplay); Michelle Trachtenberg, Gregory Smith, Rosie O'Donnell, Vanessa Lee Chester Comedy Live Action
19 Fled Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Kevin Hooks (director); Preston A. Whitmore II (screenplay); Laurence Fishburne, Stephen Baldwin, Will Patton, Robert John Burke, Salma Hayek Action Live Action
The Frighteners Universal Studios Peter Jackson (director/screenplay); Fran Walsh (screenplay); Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin, Dee Wallace Stone, Jeffrey Combs, Jake Busey Comedy, Horror Live Action
Kazaam Touchstone Pictures Paul M. Glaser (director/screenplay); Christian Ford, Roger Soffer (screenplay); Shaquille O'Neal, Francis Capra, Ally Walker, James Acheson Comedy, Fantasy Live Action
Multiplicity Columbia Pictures Harold Ramis (director/screenplay); Chris Miller, Mary Hale, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel (screenplay); Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Eugene Levy, Harris Yulin Comedy Live Action
26 A Time to Kill Warner Bros. Joel Schumacher (director); Akiva Goldsman (screenplay); Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Ashley Judd, Donald Sutherland, Oliver Platt, Kiefer Sutherland, Charles S. Dutton, Chris Cooper, Patrick McGoohan, Brenda Fricker Thriller Live Action
Kingpin Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Peter Farrelly, Robert Farrelly (director); Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan (screenplay); Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Bill Murray, Vanessa Angel, Chris Elliott Comedy Live Action
Joe's Apartment Warner Bros. / MTV Films John Payson (director/screenplay); Jerry O'Connell, Megan Ward Comedy, Musical Live Action
The Adventures of Pinocchio New Line Cinema Steve Barron (director/screenplay); Sherry Mills, Tom Benedek, Barry Berman (screenplay); Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Martin Landau, Genevieve Bujold, Udo Kier, Bebe Neuwirth, Rob Schneider, Corey Carrier, David Doyle (voice) Fantasy Live Action
2 Chain Reaction 20th Century Fox Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward, Kevin Dunn, Brian Cox Thriller Live Action
Matilda TriStar Pictures Danny DeVito (director); Nicholas Kazan, Robin Swicord (screenplay); Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Pam Ferris Comedy, Fantasy Live Action
Phat Beach Doug Ellin (director); Ben Morris, Brian E. O'Neal, Cleveland O'Neal III, Doug Ellin (screenplay); Jermaine Hopkins, Coolio, Brian Hooks Comedy Live Action
9 Escape from L.A. Paramount Pictures Cliff Robertson, Michelle Forbes Sci-Fi, Action Live Action
Jack Hollywood Pictures Francis Ford Coppola (director); James DeMonaco, Gary Nadeau (screenplay); Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Jennifer Lopez, Bill Cosby, Fran Drescher, Brian Kerwin Comedy, Drama Live Action
Basquiat Miramax Films Julian Schnabel (director/screenplay); Lech J. Majewski, John Bowe (screenplay); Jeffrey Wright, David Bowie, Benicio del Toro, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Michael Wincott, Courtney Love, Claire Forlani, Parker Posey Biography, Drama Live Action
14 House Arrest Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Harry Winer (director); Michael Hitchcock (screenplay); Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Pollak, Jennifer Tilly, Christopher McDonald, Wallace Shawn, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kyle Howard, Ray Walston Comedy Live Action
16 The Fan TriStar Pictures Tony Scott (director); Phoef Sutton (screenplay); Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Benicio del Toro, John Leguizamo, Patti D'Arbanville, Ellen Barkin Thriller Live Action
Tin Cup Warner Bros. Ron Shelton (director/screenplay); John Norville (screenplay); Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin Romance, Comedy Live Action
Alaska Columbia Pictures Fraser Clarke Heston (director); Andy Burg, Scott Myers (screenplay); Thora Birch, Vincent Kartheiser, Dirk Benedict, Charlton Heston, Gordon Tootoosis Adventure, Family Live Action
Bordello of Blood Universal Studios Gilbert Adler (director/screenplay); A. L. Katz (screenplay); Dennis Miller, Erika Eleniak, Angie Everhart, Chris Sarandon, Corey Feldman, Aubrey Morris, Phil Fondacaro, John Kassir Comedy, Horror Live Action
23 The Island of Dr. Moreau New Line Cinema John Frankenheimer (director); Richard Stanley, Ron Hutchinson (screenplay); Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk Sci-Fi, Horror Live Action
Solo Triumph Films Norberto Barba (director); David L. Corley (screenplay); Mario Van Peebles, Barry Corbin, William Sadler, Adrien Brody, Demián Bichir Sci-Fi, Action Live Action
A Very Brady Sequel Paramount Pictures Arlene Sanford (director); Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan (screenplay); Shelley Long, Gary Cole Comedy Live Action
Carpool Warner Bros. Arthur Hiller (director); Mark Christopher, Don Rhymer (screenplay); David Paymer, Tom Arnold, Rhea Perlman, Rachael Leigh Cook, Rod Steiger Comedy Live Action
30 First Kid Walt Disney Pictures David M. Evans (director); Tim Kelleher (screenplay); Sinbad, Brock Pierce, Zachery Ty Bryan, James Naughton Comedy Live Action
The Stupids New Line Cinema John Landis (director); Brent Forrester (screenplay); Tom Arnold, Jessica Lundy, Bug Hall, Alex McKenna, Mark Metcalf, Bob Keeshan, Christopher Lee Adventure, Comedy Live Action
The Crow: City of Angels Miramax Films/Dimension Films Tim Pope (director); David S. Goyer (screenplay); Vincent Pérez, Mia Kirshner, Richard Brooks, Iggy Pop, Thuy Trang, Thomas Jane, Ian Dury Action Live Action
6 Bogus Warner Bros. Norman Jewison (director); Alvin Sargent (screenplay); Whoopi Goldberg, Gérard Depardieu, Haley Joel Osment Fantasy Live Action
Bulletproof Universal Studios Ernest R. Dickerson (director); Joe Gayton, Lewis Colick (screenplay); Damon Wayans, Adam Sandler, James Caan, Kristen Wilson, James Farentino Action, Comedy Live Action
13 Maximum Risk Columbia Pictures Ringo Lam (director); Larry Ferguson (screenplay); Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge, Jean-Hugues Anglade Action Live Action
Fly Away Home Columbia Pictures Carroll Ballard (director); Bill Lishman, Robert Rodat, Vince McKewin (screenplay); Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney, Holter Graham, Jeremy Ratchford Family, Drama Live Action
Feeling Minnesota Fine Line Features Steven Baigelman (director/screenplay); Keanu Reeves, Cameron Diaz, Vincent D'Onofrio, Delroy Lindo, Dan Aykroyd, Courtney Love, Tuesday Weld Romance, Comedy Live Action
The Rich Man's Wife Hollywood Pictures Amy Holden Jones (director/screenplay); Halle Berry, Peter Greene, Clive Owen, Christopher McDonald Thriller Live Action
20 The First Wives Club Paramount Pictures Hugh Wilson (director); Robert Harling, Paul Rudnick (screenplay); Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, Victor Garber, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dan Hedaya, Marcia Gay Harden, Stephen Collins, Elizabeth Berkley, Stockard Channing, Maggie Smith Comedy Live Action
Last Man Standing New Line Cinema Walter Hill (director); Walter Hill (screenplay); Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Bruce Dern Period, Action Live Action
27 2 Days in the Valley Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer John Herzfeld (director/screenplay); Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Teri Hatcher, Glenne Headly, Marsha Mason, Paul Mazursky, James Spader, Eric Stoltz, Charlize Theron Crime Live Action
Extreme Measures Columbia Pictures Michael Apted (director); Tony Gilroy (screenplay); Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Morse, Paul Guilfoyle, Debra Monk, J. K. Simmons Thriller Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
4 That Thing You Do! 20th Century Fox Tom Hanks (director/screenplay); Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Johnathon Schaech, Steve Zahn, Ethan Embry, Tom Hanks Musical, Comedy Live Action
The Glimmer Man Warner Bros. John Gray (director); Kevin Brodbin (screenplay); Steven Seagal, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Bob Gunton, Brian Cox, Michelle Johnson Action Live Action
Bound Gramercy Pictures Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski (director/screenplay); Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano, Christopher Meloni Crime, Thriller Live Action
11 The Ghost and the Darkness Paramount Pictures Stephen Hopkins (director); William Goldman (screenplay); Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer, John Kani, Bernard Hill, Tom Wilkinson, Brian McCardie, Emily Mortimer Adventure, Horror Live Action
The Long Kiss Goodnight New Line Cinema Renny Harlin (director); Shane Black (screenplay); Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Malahide, Craig Bierko, Brian Cox Action, Thriller Live Action
The Chamber Universal Studios James Foley (director); William Goldman, Chris Reese (screenplay); Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Lela Rochon, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, Shannon Griffith, David Marshall Grant Drama, Thriller Live Action
Michael Collins Warner Bros. Neil Jordan (director/screenplay); Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman, Julia Roberts, Brendan Gleeson Biography Live Action
16 Get on the Bus Columbia Pictures Spike Lee (director); Ossie Davis, Isaiah Washington, Andre Braugher, Charles S. Dutton, Roger Guenveur Smith, Bernie Mac Drama Live Action
18 Sleepers Warner Bros. Barry Levinson (director/screenplay); Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Vittorio Gassman, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Patric, Brad Pitt, Brad Renfro, Minnie Driver, Terry Kinney Drama Live Action
25 The Associate Hollywood Pictures Donald Petrie (director); Nick Thiel (screenplay); Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth Comedy Live Action
High School High TriStar Pictures Hart Bochner (director); David Zucker, Robert LoCash, Pat Proft (screenplay); Jon Lovitz, Tia Carrere, Mekhi Phifer, Malinda Williams, Brian Hooks, Natasha Gregson Wagner, John Neville, Louise Fletcher Comedy Live Action
Thinner Paramount Pictures Tom Holland (director/screenplay); Michael McDowell (screenplay); Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney, Michael Constantine, Kari Wuhrer, Bethany Joy Lenz Horror Live Action
1 Romeo + Juliet 20th Century Fox Baz Luhrmann (director/screenplay); Craig Pearce (screenplay); Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Vondie Curtis Hall, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, Diane Venora, Miriam Margolyes, Paul Rudd, Jesse Bradford, Harold Perrineau, Dash Mihok, Christina Pickles Romance, Drama Live Action
Dear God Paramount Pictures Garry Marshall (director); Warren Leight, Ed Kaplan (screenplay); Greg Kinnear, Laurie Metcalf, Maria Pitillo, Tim Conway, Héctor Elizondo, Jon Seda, Roscoe Lee Browne Comedy Live Action
Larger Than Life United Artists Howard Franklin (director); Roy Blount, Jr. (screenplay); Bill Murray, Jeremy Piven, Janeane Garofalo, Pat Hingle, Linda Fiorentino, Matthew McConaughey Comedy Live Action
Bad Moon Warner Bros. Eric Red (director/screenplay); Michael Paré, Mariel Hemingway, Mason Gamble Horror Live Action
8 Ransom Touchstone Pictures Ron Howard (director); Richard Price, Alexander Ignon (screenplay); Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo, Liev Schreiber Crime, Thriller Live Action
10 Set It Off New Line Cinema F. Gary Gray (director); Takashi Bufford, Kate Lanier (screenplay); Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise, John C. McGinley, Blair Underwood Crime Live Action
15 Space Jam Warner Bros. Joe Pytka (director); Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick, Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod (screenplay); Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Danny DeVito Comedy, Sports Live Action/ Animation
The Mirror Has Two Faces TriStar Pictures Mimi Rogers, Pierce Brosnan, Brenda Vaccaro Romance, Comedy, Drama Live Action
The English Patient Miramax Films Anthony Minghella (director/screenplay); Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe Drama, Period Live Action
22 Jingle All the Way 20th Century Fox Brian Levant (director); Randy Kornfield (screenplay); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Robert Conrad, Jake Lloyd, James Belushi Comedy Live Action
Star Trek: First Contact Paramount Pictures Jonathan Frakes (director); Brannon Braga, Ronald D. Moore (screenplay); Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Alfre Woodard, James Cromwell, Alice Krige Sci-Fi Live Action
27 101 Dalmatians Walt Disney Pictures Stephen Herek (director); John Hughes (screenplay); Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright Comedy Live Action
Sling Blade Miramax Films Billy Bob Thornton (director/screenplay); Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J. T. Walsh, John Ritter, Lucas Black, Robert Duvall Drama Live Action
6 Daylight Universal Studios Rob Cohen (director); Leslie Bohem (screenplay); Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen, Dan Hedaya, Jay O. Sanders, Karen Young, Claire Bloom, Danielle Harris, Barry Newman, Stan Shaw Action, Drama Live Action
13 Jerry Maguire TriStar Pictures Cameron Crowe (director/screenplay); Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O'Connell, Jay Mohr, Regina King, Bonnie Hunt Sports, Comedy, Drama Live Action
Mars Attacks! Warner Bros. Tim Burton (director); Jonathan Gems (screenplay); Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Tom Jones, Natalie Portman, Lukas Haas, Rod Steiger, Jim Brown, Joe Don Baker, Paul Winfield, Pam Grier, Christina Applegate, Sylvia Sidney Sci-Fi, Comedy, Spoof Live Action
The Preacher's Wife Touchstone Pictures Penny Marshall (director); Robert E. Sherwood, Nat Mauldin, Allan Scott (screenplay); Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance, Gregory Hines, Jenifer Lewis, Loretta Devine Family Live Action
20 Scream Dimension Films Wes Craven (director); Kevin Williamson (screenplay); David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, Drew Barrymore Thriller Live Action
Beavis and Butt-head Do America Paramount Pictures Mike Judge (director/screenplay); Yvette Kaplan (director); Joe Stillman (screenplay); Mike Judge, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Robert Stack, Cloris Leachman Comedy, Adventure Animation
One Fine Day 20th Century Fox Alex D. Linz, Mae Whitman Romance, Comedy Live Action
My Fellow Americans Warner Bros. Warner Bros. (director); Jack Kaplan, Richard Chapman, Peter Tolan (screenplay); Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard, Wilford Brimley, Bradley Whitford, Sela Ward, Lauren Bacall Comedy Live Action
Ghosts of Mississippi Columbia Pictures Rob Reiner (director); Lewis Colick (screenplay); Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods Drama Live Action
25 The Evening Star Paramount Pictures Mackenzie Astin, Scott Wolf, Ben Johnson, Donald Moffat, Marion Ross Drama Live Action
Michael New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Nora Ephron (director/screenplay); Delia Ephron, Peter Dexter (screenplay); John Travolta, Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins, Robert Pastorelli, Jean Stapleton Fantasy Live Action
The People vs. Larry Flynt Columbia Pictures Miloš Forman (director); Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski (screenplay); Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton Biography, Drama Live Action
27 Evita Hollywood Pictures Alan Parker (director/screenplay); Oliver Stone (screenplay); Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail Musical, Drama Live Action

Notable films released in 1996

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Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 Virgil W. Vogel 76 USA Director, Film Editor
7 William H. Clothier 92 USA Cinematographer
10 Al Silvani 85 USA Actor
13 Mark Herron 67 USA Actor
17 Harry Robertson 63 UK Composer
19 Don Simpson 52 USA Producer
19 Gerry Mulligan 68 USA Soundtrack, Composer
21 William Larsen 68 USA Actor
30 Guy Doleman 72 USA Actor
February 2 Gene Kelly 83 USA Actor, Director
2 Aline Towne 76 USA Actress
2 Shamus Culhane 87 USA Animator
3 Audrey Meadows 73 USA Actress That Touch of Mink
6 Patsy Smart 77 UK Actress
13 Martin Balsam 76 USA Actor
13 Scott Beach 65 USA Actor
15 Tommy Rettig 54 USA Actor
15 McLean Stevenson 68 USA Actor
16 Roger Bowen 63 USA Actor
17 Evelyn Laye 95 UK Actress Theatre of Death
19 Brenda Bruce 77 UK Actress
25 Haing S. Ngor 55 Cambodia Actor
March 2 Lyle Talbot 94 USA Actor
4 Whit Bissell 86 USA Actor
6 Simon Cadell 45 UK Actor
9 George Burns 100 USA Actor
10 Ross Hunter 75 USA Producer
11 Vince Edwards 67 USA Actor
13 Lucio Fulci 68 Italy Director, Actor
13 Krzysztof Kieślowski 55 Poland Director
16 Charlie Barnett 41 USA Actor, comedian
17 René Clément 82 Monaco Director, Writer, Second Unit Director
28 Barbara McLean 92 USA Film Editor
April 5 Norman Rockett 84 USA Set Decorator
6 Greer Garson 91 UK Actress
8 Ben Johnson 77 USA Actor
16 Lucille Bremer 79 USA Actress
18 Bernard Edwards 43 Japan Soundtrack, Music Orchestrated
21 Luigi Pistilli 66 Italy Actor
24 Preston Lockwood 83 UK Actor
25 Saul Bass 75 USA Art Designer
26 Stirling Silliphant 78 USA Screenwriter
27 Joan Sterndale-Bennett 82 UK Actress
May 3 Jack Weston 71 USA Actor
19 Margaret Rawlings 89 Japan Actress
20 Jon Pertwee 76 UK Actor
23 Patrick Cargill 77 UK Actor
29 Jennings Lang 81 USA Producer
29 Jeremy Sinden 45 UK Actor
30 Natividad Vacío 83 USA Actor
June 1 Michael Fox 75 USA Actor
2 John Alton 94 Hungary Cinematographer
3 Peter Glenville 82 USA Director
5 Vito Scotti 78 USA Actor
6 Marc de Jonge 47 France Actor
7 Percy Edwards 88 UK Actor
7 Max Factor, Jr. 91 USA Makeup Artist
7 Saul David 74 USA Producer
10 Jo Van Fleet 81 USA Actress
16 Mel Allen 83 USA Actor
23 Pasqualino De Santis 69 Italy Cinematographer
27 Albert R. Broccoli 87 USA Producer
July 1 Steve Tesich 53 Yugoslavia Screenwriter
8 Irene Prador 84 Germany Actress
8 Francesco Molinari-Pradelli 85 Italy Soundtrack, Actor
9 Christopher Casson 84 Ireland Actor
10 Paul King 69 USA Screenwriter, Producer Operation Petticoat
13 Pandro S. Berman 91 USA Producer
15 Dana Hill 32 USA Actress
20 Randy Stuart 71 USA Actress
21 Wolfe Morris 71 UK Actor
21 Luana Anders 58 USA Actress
21 Herb Edelman 62 USA Actor
24 Virginia Christine 76 USA Actress
29 Hilary Pritchard 53 UK Actress The Thief and the Cobbler
30 Anthony Peck 49 USA Actor
30 Claudette Colbert 92 France Actress
August 3 Guido Alberti 86 Italy Actor
11 Charles McGregor 73 USA Actor
14 Bob Hannah 57 USA Actor
15 Joe Seneca 77 USA Actor
16 Miles Goodman 46 USA Composer
26 Clair Weeks 84 USA Animator
September 4 Victor Aaron 39 ?? Actor
7 Bibi Besch 56 Austria Actress
7 Joseph F. Biroc 93 USA Cinematographer
9 Ruggero Mastroianni 66 Italy Film Editor
10 Joanne Dru 74 USA Actress
11 Brenda Forbes 87 USA Actress
13 Tupac Shakur 25 USA Singer, Actor
14 Juliet Prowse 59 USA Actress
16 Gene Nelson 76 USA Actor, Director
18 Ulrich Beiger 78 Germany Actor The Great Escape
20 Ken Steadman 27 USA Actor I Like to Play Games
22 Dorothy Lamour 81 USA Actress
30 George Zuckerman 80 USA Screenwriter
October 4 Stephen J. Friedman 59 USA Producer
8 William Prince 83 UK Actor
9 Harvey Vernon 69 USA Actor
13 Beryl Reid 77 UK Actress
16 Jason Bernard 58 USA Actor
27 Harry Woolman 87 USA TV Stuntman
30 John Young 80 UK Actor
31 Marcel Carné 90 France Director
November 12 Peter Leeds 79 USA Actor
22 Mark Lenard 72 USA Actor
23 George Nicholas 85 USA Animator
26 Michael Bentine 74 UK Actor, Screenwriter
29 Jordan Cronenweth 61 USA Cinematographer
December 8 Howard E. Rollins, Jr. 46 USA Actor
8 Paulene Myers 83 USA Actress
8 Douglas Webb 74 UK Camera Operator
9 Diana Morgan 86 UK Actress, Screenwriter
11 William Rushton 59 UK Actor, Writer
12 Larry Gates 81 USA Actor
19 Ronald Howard 78 UK Actor
19 Marcello Mastroianni 72 Italy Actor
20 Carl Sagan 62 USA Author, Screenwriter Contact
23 Ronnie Scott 69 UK Actor, Composer Stolen Face
28 Edward Carfagno 67 USA Art Director
30 Lew Ayres 88 USA Actor, Director
30 Jack Nance 53 USA Actor
31 Wesley Addy 83 USA Actor

Film debuts


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