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The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

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List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 2016.

Hilarious comedies, thrilling superhero adventures, and engaging dramas comprise the very best films of 2016. The best 2016 films received critical acclaim and brought in millions of dollars at the box office. This is a list of the best greatest movies of 2016 featuring everything from Arrival to 10 Cloverfield Lane to Deadpool.

What films will you find on this list of the top movies of 2016? Perhaps you would vote Manchester by the Sea to the very top. Tragedy is examined from all angles in this excellent drama starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, both of whom have already entered the Oscars discussion. The intimate drama Moonlight is another one of the very best movies to come out in 2016. Marvel continued to bring in fans with its 2016 release Captain America: Civil War. And at the very end of the year, the sparkling musical La La Land won over audiences with its timeless singing and dancing. Other good films featured on this best 2016 movies list include Finding Dory, The Nice Guys, and Kubo and the Two Strings.

What was your favorite movie of the year? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any good 2016 movies that are missing. Want to see recent releases? Check out The Best Movies of 2020 list.

  • Moana1



    ActorsAuli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • Deadpool2

    ActorsRyan Reynolds, Karan Soni, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin

    Directed byTim MIller

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story3

    ActorsFelicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen

    Directed byGareth Edwards

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  • Hidden Figures4

    ActorsTaraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice5

    ActorsBen Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • Arrival6

    ActorsAmy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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  • The Nice Guys7

    ActorsMatt Bomer, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

    Directed byShane Black

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  • Sing8


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  • Zootopia9

    ActorsGinnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence

    Directed byByron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

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  • Captain America: Civil War10
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  • Moonlight11

    ActorsMahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, Ashton Sanders

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

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  • The Jungle Book12

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  • 10 Cloverfield Lane13

    ActorsJohn Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

    Directed byDan Trachtenberg

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  • Ghostbusters (2016)14

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    ActorsMelissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth

    Directed byPaul Feig

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  • Hacksaw Ridge15

    ActorsAndrew Garfield, Hugo Weaving, Richard Pyros, Jacob Warner, Milo Gibson

    Directed byMel Gibson

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  • The Witch16

    ActorsRichard Johnson, Gian Maria Volonté, Ivan Rassimov, Rosanna Schiaffino, Ester Carloni

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  • Hell or High Water17

    ActorsBen Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham

    Directed byDavid Mackenzie

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  • Fences18



    ActorsDenzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby

    Directed byDenzel Washington

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  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them19

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    ActorsEddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler

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  • Doctor Strange20

    ActorsBenedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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  • A Monster Calls21

    ActorsSigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson

    Directed byJ. A. Bayona

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  • Lights Out22

    ActorsTeresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello

    Directed byDavid F. Sandberg

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  • Lion23



    ActorsDev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar, Abhishek Bharate

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  • Edge of Seventeen24

    ActorsHailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick

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    ActorsRachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges

    Directed byMark Osborne

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