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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
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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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#11 of 165 The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time #383 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Rogue One: A Star Wars S... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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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#403 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #27 of 153 The Best Science Fiction Action Moviesfeaturing All the References to Other Star Wars Films in Rogue One

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Captain America: Civil W... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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#404 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #444 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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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#419 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #42 of 165 The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time

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Moana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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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#36 of 589 The Best Animated Films Ever #45 of 116 Movies That Need Sequelsfeaturing 'Moana' Fan Theories That Might Just Be Right

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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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#249 of 348 The Best Movies Based On Books #87 of 156 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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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#1,200 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing The Most Satisfying Easter Eggs in Zootopialisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Fantastic Beasts and Whe... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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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#507 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing The Best Beasts In The 'Fantastic Beasts' Franchiselisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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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#236 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #739 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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10 Cloverfield Lane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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#470 of 796 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #6 of 20 Horror Movies That Don't Look Like Horror Moviesfeaturing 'Cloverfield' Theories To Read Up On Before Streaming 'The Cloverfield Paradox'

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Hacksaw Ridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
The Jungle Book
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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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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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#35 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timefeaturing Every Song in La La Land, Ranked by Singabilitylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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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#370 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #12 of 238 The Best Movies Based on True Stories

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Hell or High Water is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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) 17 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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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#86 of 589 The Best Animated Films Ever #936 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #79 of 116 Movies That Need Sequels

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Nocturnal Animals is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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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Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
Manchester by the Sea is a 2016 American drama film directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to ...more

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#169 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #40 of 145 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Sing Street is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
Sing Street
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Sing Street is a 2016 musical coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by John Carney. A boy starts a band to impress a girl in 1980s Ireland.
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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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Fences is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
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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Star Trek Beyond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
Star Trek Beyond is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, based on the series Star Trek, created by Gene ...more

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The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
2016
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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The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked
The Accountant is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Gavin O'Connor. The film follows a highly-functioning autistic small-town certified public accountant (Ben Affleck) who makes ...more