13/07/2016 15:14 BST | Updated 13/07/2016 15:14 BST

20-Year-Old Blockbusters: 'Independence Day' And The Other Biggest Box Office Earners Of 1996

It was a good year for Tom Cruise at the box office.

We don’t want to make you feel old, but... all of these films are celebrating their 20th anniversary. 

Can you remember what enticed you out to the cinema - that windowless place you used to go for popcorn in 1996 B.N. (Before Netflix)?

We know it was the era of ‘Independence Day’, courtesy of this year’s big-budget sequel, but what else was going on? Tom Cruise was at the peak of his powers, which makes it all the more impressive that he’s still churning out the hits, unlike some of the equally familiar names on this list...

What was your favourite? 


  • 1. Independence Day
    Box office booty: $817million
  • 2. Twister
    Box office: $494 million
  • 3. Mission Impossible
    Box office: $457 million
  • 4. The Rock
    Box office: $335 million
  • 5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    Box office: $325 million
  • 6. 101 Dalmatians
    Box office: $320 million
  • 7. Ransom
    Box office: $309 million
  • 8. The Nutty Professor
    Box office: $273.9 million
  • 9. Jerry Maguire
    Box office: $273.5 million
  • 10. Eraser
    Box office: $242 million