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The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

Updated September 4, 2020 25.2k votes 1.7k voters 24.1k views136 items

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.

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    2016

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

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    Directed byTim MIller

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    Directed byGareth Edwards

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

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

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • Arrival6
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    ActorsAmy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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  • Zootopia9
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    ActorsGinnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence

    Directed byByron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

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  • Moonlight11
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    ActorsMahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, Ashton Sanders

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  • 10 Cloverfield Lane13

    ActorsJohn Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

    Directed byDan Trachtenberg

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    2016

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

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  • Hacksaw Ridge15
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    ActorsAndrew Garfield, Hugo Weaving, Richard Pyros, Jacob Warner, Milo Gibson

    Directed byMel Gibson

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    ActorsBen Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham

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  • Fences18
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    2016

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

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    ActorsEddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler

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