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Top Ten: 1996

Ranking the Decades
A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

A Moment of Innocence [Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996]:

A Summer's Tale [Éric Rohmer, 1996]:

Irma Vep [Olivier Assayas, 1996]:

Brigands-Chapter VII [Otar Iosseliani, 1996]:

Drifting Clouds [Aki Kaurismäki, 1996]:

Mission: Impossible [Brian De Palma, 1996]:

Don't Look Up (aka Ghost Actress) [Hideo Nakata, 1996]:

Karaoke / Cold Lazarus [Renny Rye, 1996]:

For Ever Mozart [Jean-Luc Godard, 1996]:

The Pillow Book [Peter Greenaway, 1996]:

Above, arranged in order of preference, my personal top-ten best films of the year (from what I've seen), accurate at the time of writing.


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