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20 Movies Turning 20 Years Old In 2016

Let's get ready to celebrate.

2016 has only just begun, yet there's already so much to look forward to in the film world. For starters, this year will definitely be known as the Year of the Superhero, with a whopping seven MCU and DC films premiering. Plus, Pixar is finally (finally) giving us the long-awaited sequel "Finding Dory." Oh, and don't forget about the Disney film "Moana," which stars a young Hawaiian native.

But, as we anxiously wait for 2016's biggest blockbusters and indie gems to debut, let's take a look back at several films turning the big 2-0 this year. Apparently, 1996 was a damn good year for cinema.

  1. "Dunston Checks In," January 12, 1996
    20th Century Fox

    Two years after Eric Lloyd warmed your cold heart in "The Santa Clause," he traded Kris Kringle for a different kind of holly jolly costar — an orangutan.

  2. "From Dusk Till Dawn," January 19, 1996
    Buena Vista Pictures

    The Robert Rodriguez-directed vampire film treated us to a tattooed George Clooney, Salma Hayek dancing with a snake and Quentin Tarantino drinking off of a foot.

  3. "Happy Gilmore," February 16, 1996
    Universal Pictures

    Premiering a year after "Billy Madison," the Adam Sandler comedy did the impossible: got young people to willingly watch golf for an hour and a half. Plus, that fight scene with Bob Barker was one for the film history books. "The price is wrong, bitch!"

  4. "Muppet Treasure Island," February 16, 1996
    Buena Vista Pictures

    Giving Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure story a fresh look, Kermit and Co. searched for buried treasure with the help of Jim Hawkins (Kevin Bishop). Of course, they had to battle Long John Silver (Tim Curry) because who's ever found treasure without having to fight over it with someone else first?

  5. "Fargo," April 5, 1996
    Gramercy Pictures

    This movie that inspired the hit FX series of the same name was an early Coen Brothers film, jam-packed with distinctive accents, murder, snow and Steve Buscemi.

  6. "James And The Giant Peach," April 12, 1996
    Buena Vista Pictures

    If you're reading this right now, that means the rhino in the sky never got you, but too bad the same can't be said for James Trotter's parents. Based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book, the film was a blend of live-action and stop-motion animation, and it managed to make humongous bugs not look creepy.

  7. "The Craft," May 3, 1996
    Columbia Pictures

    Before there was "American Horror Story: Coven," there was this priceless gem. Four girls used magic and spells against people who pissed them off. It's the perfect teenage angst movie.

  8. "Mission: Impossible," May 22, 1996
    Paramount Pictures

    This quintessential spy film starred a young Tom Cruise who had to clear his name after being framed for his team's murder.

  9. Buena Vista Pictures

    This Disney film seems to get put on the back burner, which is a real shame. Based on Victor Hugo's novel, Disney drastically changed the ending of the book to suit a G-rated audience. Also, gargoyle statues talked.

  10. "The Nutty Professor," June 28, 1996
    Universal Pictures

    This Eddie Murphy star vehicle was a remake of the 1963 film of the same name. We were introduced to the Klumps — who were mostly played by Murphy in multiple roles — and it made us feel better about our own strange family. Plus, this was the film you can blame your failed friendship on because your pal wouldn't stop shouting "Hercules, Hercules!" every five seconds.

  11. "Independence Day," July 3, 1996
    20th Century Fox

    A good ol' alien invasion film, this sci-fi classic starred Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, aka the Dream Team. Seriously, what more could you ever want in life?

  12. "Harriet the Spy," July 10, 1996
    Paramount Pictures

    A fun movie with a strong-willed heroine made the art of sleuthing seem like a sensible career for '90s kids. It also taught us a valuable lesson: If you think mean things about people, DON'T EVER WRITE THEM DOWN IN A NOTEBOOK.

  13. "Matilda," August 2, 1996
    TriStar Pictures

    Mara Wilson melted hearts as the title character in this Roald Dahl adaptation. Her spunky and kind-hearted nature was entertaining to watch — almost as amusing watching Danny DeVito getting a hat glued to his head.

  14. "Trainspotting," August 9, 1996
    Miramax Films

    Considered one of the best British films ever, the movie explored the drug scene and how truly difficult it was to get clean in the face of temptation. Hello, BB Jonny Lee Miller.

  15. "Romeo + Juliet," November 1, 1996
    20th Century Fox

    If '90s girls weren't already swooning for pretty boy Leonardo DiCaprio before this film, they sure were after seeing it. William Shakespeare's famous tragedy got a (then) modern update while keeping the OG dialogue.

  16. "Space Jam," November 15, 1996
    Warner Bros.

    The Looney Tunes/Michael Jordan film was all kinds of amazeballs. It's strange to think it's been 20 years since we first met Lola Bunny, but not nearly as strange as the sexualization of a cartoon rabbit in a kids movie.

  17. "Jingle All The Way," November 22, 1996
    20th Century Fox

    Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad and Jake "Don't-Call-Me-Anakin" Lloyd, the Christmas movie accurately captured what it was like to want the hottest toy of the holiday season. "IT'S TURBO TIME!"

  18. "101 Dalmatians," November 27, 1996
    Buena Vista Pictures

    Puppies, villainy, Hugh Laurie, oh my! This live-action adaptation of the 1961 Disney film was super cute and the reason every kid in 1996 asked Santa Claus for a dalmatian for Christmas.

  19. "Jerry Maguire," December 13, 1996
    TriStar Pictures

    Tom Cruise starred in this award-winning film, but who cares about him? BB Jonathan Lipnicki was the true star of the movie. Without him, we'd never know how much the human head weighs!

  20. "Scream," December 20, 1996
    Dimension Films

    As the film that revamped the horror genre and turned it into something truly worth screaming for, this film spawned three successful sequels and MTV's own TV series. Just remember, when someone asks, "What's your favorite scary movie?," hang up immediately.