Best Thriller Movies of 1996

1.

Fargo

6.5
8.1/10 IMDB

Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start dying. Enter Police Chief Marge, a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing - and extremely pregnant - investigator who'll stop at nothing to get her man. And if you think her small-time investigative skills will give the crooks a run for their ransom... you betcha!

Starring: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Kristin Rudrüd, Harve Presnell, Tony Denman, Gary Houston, John Carroll Lynch, Sally Wingert ..
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Release date: 1996-03-08
2.

Primal Fear

6.3
7.7/10 IMDB

An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a third person in the room. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime.

Starring: Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Frances McDormand, Terry O'Quinn, Andre Braugher, Steven Bauer, Joe Spano, Tony Plana ..
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
Release date: 1996-03-06
3.

Sleepers

6.2
7.6/10 IMDB

Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, Jason Patric, Ron Eldard, Billy Crudup, Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Vittorio Gassman, Joe Perrino ..
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Release date: 1996-10-18
4.

Star Trek: First Contact

6.1
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: 1996-11-22
5.

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: 1996-06-07
6.

A Time to Kill

6.0
7.5/10 IMDB

A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Oliver Platt, Charles S. Dutton, Brenda Fricker, Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland, Patrick McGoohan ..
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 1996-07-24
7.

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 Béart, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave, Emilio Estevez, Ingeborga Dapk?nait? ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1996-05-22
8.

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
9.

Ransom

5.6
6.7/10 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
10.

Bound

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

Corky, a tough female ex-convict working on an apartment renovation in a Chicago building, meets a couple living next door, Caesar, a paranoid mobster, and Violet, his seductive girlfriend, who is immediately attracted to her.

Starring: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan, Christopher Meloni, Richard C. Sarafian, Mary Mara, Susie Bright, Margaret Smith, Barry Kivel ..
Directed by: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Release date: 1996-09-13

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