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The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked 

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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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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
2016

Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Karan Soni, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin

Directed by: Tim MIller

Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Tim Miller, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being given mutant abilities with a scarred physical appearance, Wade Wilson (Ryan ...more

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Moana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
2016

Actors: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. With the help of a demigod (Dwayne Johnson), Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the ...more

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Rogue One: A Star Wars S... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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Actors: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, + more

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

This film is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter (Felicity Jones) of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to take the plans.

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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

Actors: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, based on the short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang. It stars Amy ...more

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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
2016

Actors: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, + more

Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. A rabbit police officer (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a red fox con artist (Jason Bateman) form an ...more

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Captain America: Civil W... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

Actors: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, + more

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics character. Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a ...more

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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
2016

Actors: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, + more

Directed by: Theodore Melfi

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of a team of female African-American ...more

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The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
2016

Actors: Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

Directed by: Shane Black

The Nice Guys is a 2016 American neo-noir action comedy film directed by Shane Black. Set in 1977 Los Angeles, the film focuses on a private eye and a tough enforcer who team up to investigate ...more

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Hacksaw Ridge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

Actors: Andrew Garfield, Hugo Weaving, Richard Pyros, Jacob Warner, Milo Gibson

Directed by: Mel Gibson

Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 American biographical war film directed by Mel Gibson, based on the 2004 documentary The Conscientious Objector. WWII American combat medic and Christian pacifist Desmond ...more
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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
2016

Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, + more

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the Marvel Comics character. After a career-ending car collision, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...more

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10 Cloverfield Lane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

Actors: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg

10 Cloverfield Lane is a 2016 American science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Dan Trachtenberg. The film was developed from a script titled The Cellar, but under production by ...more

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
The Jungle Book

Actors: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, + more

Directed by: Jon Favreau

The Jungle Book is a 2016 fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Jon Favreau. Based on Rudyard Kipling's eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney's 1967 animated film ...more

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Fantastic Beasts and Whe... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler

Directed by: David Yates

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 fantasy film directed by David Yates, based on the 2001 book by J. K. Rowling. The adventures of writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New ...more

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Hell or High Water is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

Actors: Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham

Directed by: David Mackenzie

Hell or High Water is a 2016 American neo-western heist-crime film directed by David Mackenzie. The film follows two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who carry out a series of bank robberies ...more
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Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
2016

Actors: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, + more

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Andrew Stanton, and a sequel to Finding Nemo. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory (Ellen ...more

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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
2016

Actors: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, Ashton Sanders

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play. A chronicle of the childhood, ...more

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Fences is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

Actors: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, + more

Directed by: Denzel Washington

Fences is 2016 American drama film written by August Wilson and directed by Denzel Washington in his directorial debut, based on his play of the same name. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, a former ...more
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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
2016

Actors: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, and Rosemarie DeWitt. The plot ...more

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Batman v Superman: Dawn ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
2016

Actors: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, + more

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics characters. Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman ...more

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A Monster Calls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
2016

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson

Directed by: J. A. Bayona

A Monster Calls is a 2016 dark fantasy drama film directed by J. A. Bayona, based on the novel by Patrick Ness. A boy (Lewis MacDougall) seeks the help of a tree monster (Liam Neeson) to cope ...more
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The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
2016

Actors: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick

Directed by: Kelly Fremon Craig

The Edge of Seventeen (originally titled Besties) is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed and written by Kelly Fremon Craig. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Hayden ...more
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Nocturnal Animals is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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Actors: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, + more

Directed by: Tom Ford

Nocturnal Animals is a 2016 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Tom Ford, based on the 1993 novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright. A divorced art gallery owner (Amy Adams) ...more
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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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Actors: Richard Johnson, Gian Maria Volonté, Ivan Rassimov, Rosanna Schiaffino, Ester Carloni, + more

Directed by: Damiano Damiani

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Sully is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

Actors: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Valerie Mahaffey, Delphi Harrington, Mike O'Malley, + more

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Sully (also known as Sully: Miracle on the Hudson) is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty ...more

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The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

Actors: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

The Magnificent Seven is a 2016 American western action film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk. It is a reimagination of the 1960 western film of the same ...more

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