Best Comedy Movies of 1996

1.

Jerry Maguire

6.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Jerry Maguire used to be a typical sports agent: willing to do just about anything he could to get the biggest possible contracts for his clients, plus a nice commission for himself. Then, one day, he suddenly has second thoughts about what he's really doing. When he voices these doubts, he ends up losing his job and all of his clients, save Rod Tidwell, an egomaniacal football player.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Alison Armitage, Jonathan Lipnicki, Jerry O'Connell, Jay Mohr, Bonnie Hunt, Regina King ..
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Release date: 1996-12-13
2.

Matilda

5.7
6.9/10 IMDB

An extraordinarily intelligent young girl from a cruel and uncaring family discovers she possesses telekinetic powers and is sent off to a school headed by a tyrannical principal.

Starring: Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Embeth Davidtz, Rhea Perlman, Pam Ferris, Paul Reubens, Tracey Walter, Brian Levinson, Kiami Davael, Jimmy Karz ..
Directed by: Danny DeVito
Release date: 1996-08-02
3.

Space Jam

5.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Swackhammer, an evil alien theme park owner, needs a new attraction at Moron Mountain. When his gang, the Nerdlucks, heads to Earth to kidnap Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes, Bugs challenges them to a basketball game to determine their fate. The aliens agree, but they steal the powers of NBA basketball players, including Larry Bird and Charles Barkley -- so Bugs gets some help from superstar Michael Jordan.

Starring: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Billy West, Dee Bradley Baker, Theresa Randle, Danny DeVito, Brandon Hammond, Larry Bird, Bill Murray, Charles Barkley ..
Directed by: Joe Pytka
Release date: 1996-11-15
4.

Happy Gilmore

5.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Failed hockey player-turned-golf whiz Happy Gilmore -- whose unconventional approach and antics on the grass courts the ire of rival Shooter McGavin -- is determined to win a PGA tournament so he can save his granny's house with the prize money. Meanwhile, an attractive tour publicist tries to soften Happy's image.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Frances Bay, Allen Covert, Robert Smigel, Bob Barker, Richard Kiel, Dennis Dugan, Joe Flaherty ..
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Release date: 1996-02-16
5.

Beautiful Thing

5.5
7.5/10 IMDB

Set during a long, hot summer on the Thamesmead Estate in Southeast London, three teenagers edge towards adulthood.

Starring: Linda Henry, Glen Berry, Scott Neal, Tameka Empson, Ben Daniels, Meera Syal, Garry Cooper, Andrew Fraser, John Savage, Jeillo Edwards ..
Directed by: Hettie MacDonald
Release date: 1996-06-21
6.

Welcome to the Dollhouse

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

An unattractive 7th grader struggles to cope with suburban life as the middle child with inattentive parents and bullies at school.

Starring: Heather Matarazzo, Victoria Davis, Christina Brucato, Christina Vidal, Siri Howard, Brendan Sexton III, Daria Kalinina, Matthew Faber, Ken Leung, Josiah Trager ..
Directed by: Todd Solondz
Release date: 1996-05-24
7.

Waiting for Guffman

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

Corky St. Clair is a director, actor and dancer in Blaine, Missouri. When it comes time to celebrate Blaine's 150th anniversary, Corky resolves to bring down the house in Broadway style.

Starring: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Michael Hitchcock, Larry Miller, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Don Lake, David Cross ..
Directed by: Christopher Guest
Release date: 1996-08-21
8.

Mars Attacks!

5.2
6.3/10 IMDB

'We come in peace' is not what those green men from Mars mean when they invade our planet, armed with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor. This star studded cast must play victim to the alien’s fun and games in this comedy homage to science fiction films of the '50s and '60s.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones ..
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1996-12-12
9.

The Birdcage

5.2
7.1/10 IMDB

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancé's conservative moralistic parents.

Starring: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Calista Flockhart, Dan Futterman, Hank Azaria, Christine Baranski, Grant Heslov, Tom McGowan ..
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Release date: 1996-03-08
10.

Swingers

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

After 6 years together, Mike's girlfriend leaves him, so he travels to LA to be a star. Six months on, he's still not doing very well— so a few of his friends try to reconnect him to the social scene and hopefully help him forget his failed relationship.

Starring: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston, Patrick Van Horn, Alex Désert, Heather Graham, Deena Martin, Katherine Kendall, Brooke Langton, Blake Lindsley ..
Directed by: Doug Liman
Release date: 1996-10-18

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