Best Action Movies of 1996

1.

The Rock

6.0
7.4/10 IMDB

FBI chemical warfare expert Stanley Goodspeed is sent on an urgent mission with a former British spy, John Patrick Mason, to stop Gen. Francis X. Hummel from launching chemical weapons on Alcatraz Island into San Francisco. Gen. Hummel demands $100 million in war reparations to be paid to the families of slain servicemen who died on covert operations. After their SEAL team is wiped out, Stanley and John deal with the soldiers on their own.

Starring: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer, David Morse, William Forsythe, Michael Biehn, Vanessa Marcil, John C. McGinley, Bokeem Woodbine ..
Directed by: Michael Bay
Release date: 1996-06-06
2.

Independence Day

6.0
7.0/10 IMDB

On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated counterattack that fails. On July 4, a plan is devised to gain access to the interior of the alien mothership in space, in order to plant a nuclear missile.

Starring: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, Margaret Colin, Vivica A. Fox, James Rebhorn ..
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Release date: 1996-06-25
3.

Mission: Impossible

5.9
7.1/10 IMDB

When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he's surprised to learn that he's the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt now must ferret out the real double agent and, in the process, even the score.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Henry Czerny, Emmanuelle BĂ©art, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave, Emilio Estevez, Ingeborga Dapk?nait? ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1996-05-22
4.

From Dusk Till Dawn

5.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Seth Gecko and his younger brother Richard are on the run after a bloody bank robbery in Texas. They escape across the border into Mexico and will be home-free the next morning, when they pay off the local kingpin. They just have to survive 'from dusk till dawn' at the rendezvous point, which turns out to be a Hell of a strip joint.

Starring: George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Ernest Liu, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Tom Savini, Fred Williamson ..
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Release date: 1996-01-19
5.

DragonHeart

5.4
6.5/10 IMDB

In an ancient time when majestic fire-breathers soared through the skies, a knight named Bowen comes face to face and heart to heart with the last dragon on Earth, Draco. Taking up arms to suppress a tyrant king, Bowen soon realizes his task will be harder than he'd imagined: If he kills the king, Draco will die as well.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Dina Meyer, Julie Christie, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Lee Oakes, Brian Thompson, Jason Isaacs ..
Directed by: Rob Cohen
Release date: 1996-05-31
6.

Star Trek: First Contact

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

The Borg, a relentless race of cyborgs, are on a direct course for Earth. Violating orders to stay away from the battle, Captain Picard and the crew of the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise E pursue the Borg back in time to prevent the invaders from changing Federation history and assimilating the galaxy.

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard, Alice Krige ..
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Release date: 1996-11-21
7.

Twister

5.4
6.4/10 IMDB

TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornados.

Starring: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lois Smith, Alan Ruck, Sean Whalen, Scott Thomson, Todd Field ..
Directed by: Jan de Bont
Release date: 1996-05-10
8.

Ransom

5.0
6.6/10 IMDB

When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo, Rene Russo, Lili Taylor, Brawley Nolte, Liev Schreiber, Donnie Wahlberg, Evan Handler, Nancy Ticotin ..
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 1996-11-08
9.

The Long Kiss Goodnight

5.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Samantha Caine, suburban homemaker, is the ideal mom to her 8 year old daughter Caitlin. She lives in Honesdale, PA, has a job teaching school and makes the best Rice Krispie treats in town. But when she receives a bump on her head, she begins to remember small parts of her previous life as a lethal, top-secret agent.

Starring: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima, Craig Bierko, Brian Cox, David Morse, Melina Kanakaredes, Tom Amandes, Patrick Malahide, Joseph McKenna ..
Directed by: Renny Harlin
Release date: 1996-10-11
10.

Muppet Treasure Island

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

After telling the story of Flint's last journey to young Jim Hawkins, Billy Bones has a heart attack and dies just as Jim and his friends are attacked by pirates. The gang escapes into the town where they hire out a boat and crew to find the hidden treasure, which was revealed by Bones before he died. On their voyage across the seas, they soon find out that not everyone on board can be trusted.

Starring: Tim Curry, Kevin Bishop, Jennifer Saunders, Billy Connolly, Dave Goelz, Frank Oz, Steve Whitmire, David Nicholls, Frederick Warder, Harry Jones ..
Directed by: Brian Henson
Release date: 1996-02-16

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