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The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

Updated September 4, 2020 25.0k votes 1.7k voters 23.7k 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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    ActorsAuli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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

    Directed byTim MIller

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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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

    Directed byGareth Edwards

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    Hidden Figures

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

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

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    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    The Nice Guys

    ActorsMatt Bomer, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

    Directed byShane Black

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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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    Captain America: Civil War
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    The Jungle Book

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

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

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    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ActorsJohn Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

    Directed byDan Trachtenberg

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    Ghostbusters (2016)

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

    Directed byPaul Feig

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    The Witch

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

    Directed byDamiano Damiani

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    Hell or High Water

    ActorsBen Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham

    Directed byDavid Mackenzie

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    Hacksaw Ridge
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    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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    ActorsEddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    A Monster Calls

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

    Directed byJ. A. Bayona

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    Doctor Strange

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

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    Edge of Seventeen

    ActorsHailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick

    Directed byKelly Fremon Craig

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    Lights Out

    ActorsTeresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello

    Directed byDavid F. Sandberg

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    The Little Prince

    ActorsRachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges, Benicio del Toro, Mackenzie Foy

    Directed byMark Osborne

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