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Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016

Updated October 13, 2018 383 votes 11 voters

With the summer movie season behind us, it's time to look at the final few months of 2016 and the handful of movies that will arriving in theaters. Obviously there will be a number of award season contenders hitting theaters along with a Star Wars spinoff, a Harry Potter universe spinoff, and a new Disney animated film.

Stars ranging from Denzel Washington, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Mark Wahlberg to Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, and Dwayne Johnson will all be a part of the final months of 2016 movies. We'll also get movies starring Tom Cruise, Jessica Chastain, and who could forget the next Marvel movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Doctor Strange!

Which movies are you looking forward to watching to close out 2016? Vote below and share the list with friends. And while you're at it, vote for your favorite movie from this summer (search Best Movies of Summer 2016)!

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  • 1
    In a Valley of Violence is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    In a Valley of Violence

    John Travolta, Karen Gillan

    Released2015

    Directed byTi West

    Ethan Hawke, Karen Gillian, John Travolta

  • 2
    Snowden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    Snowden

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley

    Released2016

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley

  • 3
    Moana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    Moana

    Dwayne Johnson, Auli'i Cravalho

  • 4
    Loving is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    Loving

    Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton; Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols

  • 5
    The Birth of a Nation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    2

    The Birth of a Nation

    Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Gabrielle Union, Jackie Earle Haley

  • 6
    The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    The Magnificent Seven

    Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt

  • 7
    Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    2

    Doctor Strange

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Released2016

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor

  • 8
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to  is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
    9
    2

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Yates

    Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller

  • 9
    La La Land is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    2

    La La Land

    Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

    Released2016

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

    Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling

  • 10
    Shin Godzilla (Godzilla Resurg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    2

    Shin Godzilla (Godzilla Resurgence)

    Satomi Ishihara, Hiroki Hasegawa

  • 11
    American Honey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    4

    American Honey

    Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2016

    Directed byAndrea Arnold

    Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, Sasha Lane

  • 12
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
    9
    4

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna

    Released2016

    Directed byGareth Edwards

    Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen, Forrest Whitaker, Diego Luna

  • 13
    Queen of Katwe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    4

    Queen of Katwe

    Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo

    Directed byMira Nair

    Lupita N'yongo, David Oyelowo

  • 14
    Storks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    4

    Storks

    Andy Samberg, Katie Crown

    Released2016

    Directed byNicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland

    Andy Samburg, Jennifer Aniston, Kelsey Grammar, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele

  • 15
    A Monster Calls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    4

    A Monster Calls

    Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones

    Released2016

    Directed byJ. A. Bayona

    Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones

  • 16
    Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    4

    Masterminds

    Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Suedikis, Zack Galafinakais 

  • 17
    Max Steel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    Max Steel

    Maria Bello, Andy Garcia

    Released2016

    Directed byStewart Hendler

    Ben Winchell, Josh Brener, Maria Bello 

  • 18
    The Dressmaker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
    6
    2

    The Dressmaker

    Joan Plowright, Billie Whitelaw

    Released1988

    Directed byJim O'Brien

    Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth

  • 19
    Trolls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    Trolls

    Anna Kendrick, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2015

    Directed byAnand Tucker, Mike Mitchell

    Voices of: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, James Cordon, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Russell Brand

  • 20
    Bleed for This is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
    2
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    Bleed for This

    Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart

    Released2016

    Directed byBen Younger

    Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal

  • 21
    Assassin's Creed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    Assassin's Creed

    Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard

    Released2016

    Directed byJustin Kurzel

    Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons

  • 22
    Wild Oats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    Wild Oats

    Demi Moore, Jessica Lange

    Released2014

    Directed byAndy Tennant

    Jessica Lane, Demi Moore, Shirley MacLaine

  • 23
    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Wal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart

    Released2016

    Directed byAng Lee

    Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker; Directed by Ang Lee

  • 24
    Miss Hokusai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
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    Miss Hokusai

    Kumiko Asô, Gaku Hamada

    Released2015

    Directed byKeiichi Hara

    Kumiko Aso, Gaku Hamada, Kengo Kora

  • 25
    American Pastoral is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Most Anticipated Movies to Close Out 2016
    2
    2

    American Pastoral

    Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly

    Released2016

    Directed byEwan McGregor

    Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, David Strathairn; Directed by Ewan McGregor

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