Best Movies of 2016

List by john Last updated April 04, 2017

2016 was a great year for movies, especially fantasy and horror flicks. So here is my list of the best movies of 2016 chosen for critical acclaim and what I thought of them myself. There are loads to choose from so this list will probably grow.


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La La Land (2016)

Comedy Music Romance
Here's to the fools who dream.

Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

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Vote count 3,000 Vote avg 78 Release date 2016-11-29

one of the very best 2016 movies about an aspiring actress.


Moonlight (2016)

This is the story of a lifetime

The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

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Vote count 1,118 Vote avg 73 Release date 2016-09-10

A heartbreaking story about a man trying to find himself as he faces many different situations.


Arrival (2016)

Drama Science Fiction
Why are they here?

Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

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Vote count 4,151 Vote avg 70 Release date 2016-11-10
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Easily one of the best sci-fi movies of the 2016. Arrival is about an alien species visiting Earth. The film follows Dr. Louise Banks who is handed the task of decoding theur alien language which turns out to be spoken in the 4th dimension. A space themed movie like nothing else before it.


Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Science Fiction Action
Divided We Fall

Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.

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Vote count 6,776 Vote avg 70 Release date 2016-04-27


The Witch (2015)

Mystery Horror
Evil takes many forms.

New England in the 1630s: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood.

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Vote count 1,103 Vote avg 61 Release date 2015-03-24


10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Horror Science Fiction Drama
Monsters come in many forms.

Waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he's saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable.

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Vote count 1,921 Vote avg 68 Release date 2016-03-10

A movie set almost entirely underground in a bunker after a mysterious force killed all humans on the surface. Directed by JJ Adrams, this movie certainly has a similar feel to the masterpiece TV series lost.


Train to Busan (2016)

Action Horror Thriller
Life-or-death survival begins

Martial law is declared when a mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. Those on an express train to Busan, a city that has successfully fended off the viral outbreak, must fight for their own survival…

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Vote count 545 Vote avg 76 Release date 2016-07-20

Hundreds of Zombies on a train in Korea, what could one not possibly like?


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Drama Action Science Fiction
A Rebellion Built on Hope

A rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring a new hope to the galaxy.

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Vote count 3,754 Vote avg 73 Release date 2016-12-14


Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

The human side of the digital revolution.

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

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Vote count 62 Vote avg 64 Release date 2016-03-04


Sully (2016)

Drama History
The Untold Story Behind The Miracle on the Hudson

On 15 January 2009, the world witnessed the 'Miracle on the Hudson' when Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and career.

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Vote count 1,493 Vote avg 69 Release date 2016-09-07


Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Drama History War
When the order came to retreat. One man stayed.

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Vote count 2,144 Vote avg 76 Release date 2016-10-07

This is certainly worthy of being of 2016's best films for it's depiction of the heroic efforts made by US Army Medic Desmond T. Doss during the Battle of Okinawa in World war 2.


Don't Breathe (2016)

Crime Horror Thriller
This house looked like an easy target, until they found out what was inside.

A group of teens break into a blind man's home thinking they'll get away with the perfect crime. They're wrong.

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Vote count 1,270 Vote avg 67 Release date 2016-08-25


Manchester by the Sea (2016)


After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.

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Vote count 1,010 Vote avg 74 Release date 2016-11-18


Hush (2016)

Horror Thriller
Silence can be killer

A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home.

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Vote count 571 Vote avg 68 Release date 2016-03-12


The Jungle Book (2016)

Adventure Drama Fantasy
Man is forbidden!

After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo.

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Vote count 2,289 Vote avg 67 Release date 2016-04-07


Deadpool (2016)

Action Adventure Comedy
Witness the beginning of a happy ending

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Vote count 10,427 Vote avg 74 Release date 2016-02-09
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Passengers (2016)

Adventure Drama Romance
There is a reason they woke up

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.

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Vote count 2,547 Vote avg 66 Release date 2016-12-21


Inferno (2016)

Action Crime Mystery
His greatest challenge. Humanity's last hope.

After waking up in a hospital with amnesia, professor Robert Langdon and a doctor must race against time to foil a deadly global plot.

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Vote count 1,641 Vote avg 57 Release date 2016-10-13


The Conjuring 2 (2016)

The next true story from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren

Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

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Vote count 1,410 Vote avg 68 Release date 2016-05-13


The Accountant (2016)

Crime Thriller Drama
Calculate your choices.

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.

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Vote count 1,567 Vote avg 68 Release date 2016-10-14


The Shallows (2016)

Horror Drama Thriller
What was once in the deep is now in the shallows.

An injured surfer stranded on a buoy needs to get back to shore, but the great white shark stalking her might have other ideas.

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Vote count 1,145 Vote avg 62 Release date 2016-06-24


Deepwater Horizon (2016)

Thriller Drama Action
When faced with our darkest hour, hope is not a tactic

A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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Vote count 1,075 Vote avg 64 Release date 2016-09-29


Snowden (2016)

Drama Thriller
The only safe place is on the run.

CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.

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Vote count 922 Vote avg 70 Release date 2016-09-15


Lights Out (2016)

Horror Thriller

When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged.

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Vote count 757 Vote avg 62 Release date 2016-07-21


Lion (2016)

The search begins

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

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Vote count 909 Vote avg 79 Release date 2016-11-24


Colonia (2016)

Drama Romance History
There is no turning back

A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.

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Vote count 375 Vote avg 73 Release date 2016-02-18


Piper (2016)

Family Animation

A mother bird tries to teach her little one how to find food by herself. In the process, she encounters a traumatic experience that she must overcome in order to survive.

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Vote count 360 Vote avg 82 Release date 2016-06-16


Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Drama Thriller
When you love someone you can't just throw it away.

Susan Morrow receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband – a man she left 20 years earlier – asking for her opinion of his writing. As she reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a mathematics professor whose family vacation turns violent.

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Vote count 1,244 Vote avg 71 Release date 2016-11-04


Hell or High Water (2016)

Western Crime Drama
Blood always follows money.

A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's farm in West Texas.

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Vote count 913 Vote avg 72 Release date 2016-08-12


The Infiltrator (2016)

Crime Drama Thriller
The true story of one man against the biggest drug cartel in history.

A U.S Customs official uncovers a massive money laundering scheme involving Pablo Escobar.

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Vote count 466 Vote avg 66 Release date 2016-07-13


The Founder (2016)

Drama History
Risk taker. Rule breaker. Game changer.

The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

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Vote count 353 Vote avg 71 Release date 2016-11-24


I Am Bolt (2016)


Fully authorized, access-all-areas feature doc on the hugely charismatic and globally adored Usain Bolt – officially the fastest man alive. With never-before-seen archive footage of his youth in Jamaica, through to original footage that will be captured at his fourth and final Olympic Games in Rio, where he will compete for the gold in both the 100 and 200 metres races, for a third straight Games before his retirement in 2017. I AM BOLT will reveal the man and define the legacy of this incredible athlete.

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Vote count 16 Vote avg 69 Release date 2016-11-28



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