Entertainment The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016  

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Compelling indie comedies, artistic dramas, and candid documentaries comprise the most obscure films of 2016. The best 2016 sleeper hits received critical acclaim despite only being available in a handful of small theaters. These limited release gems now get the attention they deserve on this list of the best little known movies of 2016, which features everything from The Lobster to Kubo and the Two Strings to Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

What films will you find on this list of the top underrated 2016 movies? Hello, My Name is Doris is a lesser known title that is well worth the watch. Directed by Michael Showalter, this charming independent film features Sally Field as the title character. Unrequited love, lasting friendships, and personal confidence are at the heart of this quirky tale. Don't Think Twice is another great independent film that few people saw. Musician Nick Cave's heartbreaking documentary One More Time with Feeling was passed over by most movie-goers in 2016. Other good films featured on this top obscure films of 2016 list include Tale of Tales, High-Rise, and Maggie's Plan.

Which sleeper hits were your favorites this year? Give the best movies a thumbs up and please add any good underrated films that are missing.

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Kubo and the Two Strings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey
Kubo and the Two Strings is a 2016 American 3D stop-motion action fantasy film directed and produced by Travis Knight. The film revolves around Kubo, a young boy who wields a magical shamisen ...more

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The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe
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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Nerve is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade
Nerve is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan. The film stars Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, and Juliette ...more

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Green Room is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Anton Yelchin

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Sam Neill, Rhys Darby, Cohen Holloway
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi, based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale

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Swiss Army Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Swiss Army Man is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. Hank (Paul Dano) is a man who is attempting suicide after being lost on an island, when ...more

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stop... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a 2016 American mockumentary comedy film directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone and written, produced by and starring Andy Samberg, Schaffer and ...more

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The Lobster is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden
The Lobster is a 2015 science fiction romantic comedy-drama film directed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos in his English-language debut. Its script was awarded the ARTE International Prize ...more

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RobertDowney added Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
Lion is a 2016 Australian-American-British drama film directed by Garth Davis and written by Luke Davies, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. Brierley (Dev Patel), ...more

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Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
jemcat added Manchester by the Sea

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RobertDowney added Captain Fantastic

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Sing Street is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
-1452400219305 added Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy

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Eddie the Eagle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
RobertDowney added Rupert Grint
Eddie the Eagle is a 2011 sports comedy film written by Sean Macaulay.

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Hello, My Name Is Doris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs
Hello, My Name Is Doris is a 2016 US romantic comedy-drama film directed by Michael Showalter. A woman (Sally Field) in her 60s tries to act on her attraction to a younger co-worker (Max

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Keanu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Tiffany Haddish
Keanu is a 2016 American action comedy film directed by Peter Atencio. The film stars Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key as cousins searching for a kitten who was stolen from a drug dealre. The ...more

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombie... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Charles Dance
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an upcoming American horror comedy romance film directed by Burr Steers and co-written with David O. Russell, based on the 2009 novel of same name by Seth ...more

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13th is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
13th Cory Booker, Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander

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RobertDowney added The Light Between Oceans

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Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis
Masterminds is a 2016 American comedy film based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina. Directed by Jared Hess, the film stars Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason ...more

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Love & Friendship is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Love & Friendship Kate Beckinsale, Morfydd Clark, Tom Bennett

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Tale of Tales is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Tale of Tales Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones

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Queen of Katwe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Queen of Katwe is a 2016 American biographical sports drama film directed by Mira Nair. A Ugandan girl (Madina Nalwanga) sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of

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Don't Think Twice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Don't Think Twice Mike Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci

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Blue Jay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
Blue Jay Mark Duplass, Sarah Paulson, Clu Gulager