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—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.

The Frighteners

5.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Once an architect, Frank Bannister now passes himself off as an exorcist of evil spirits. To bolster his facade, he claims his "special" gift is the result of a car accident that killed his wife. But what he does not count on is more people dying in the small town where he lives. As he tries to piece together the supernatural mystery of these killings, he falls in love with the wife of one of the victims and deals with a crazy FBI agent.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Jeffrey Combs, Jake Busey, Chi McBride, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin, Jim Fyfe, Troy Evans, Julianna McCarthy ..
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Release date: 1996-07-18
3.

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
4.

Space Jam

5.6
6.5/10 IMDB

Jokes fly as the Tune Squad takes on the Nerdlucks in a hardcourt game to decide if the Looney Tunes remain here... or become attractions at a far-off galactic off-ramp called Moron Mountain. The Nerdlucks have a monstrous secret weapon: they've stolen the skills of top NBA stars like Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing and become Monstars. But that's not all, folks. The Tune Squad’s secret weapon just happens to be the finest player in this or any other universe. He's outta this world. So's the fun.

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
5.

Happy Gilmore

5.6
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
6.

Beautiful Thing

5.5
7.6/10 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
7.

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
8.

Mars Attacks!

5.3
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

5.3
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.

Waiting for Guffman

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

Aspiring director Corky St. Clair and the marginally talented amateur cast of his hokey small-town musical production go overboard when they learn that Broadway theater agent Mort Guffman will be in attendance.

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

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