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.
If you are looking for more, be sure to check out this list of 2019 underrated movies.
- Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck private eye in 1977 Los Angeles. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a hired enforcer who hurts people for a living. Fate turns them into unlikely ...more
- 2Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by ...more
- Young Kubo's (Art Parkinson) peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and ...more
Manchester by the Sea
- Green Room is a 2015 American horror-thriller film written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier. It focuses on a punk band who find themselves attacked by neo-Nazi skinheads after witnessing a murder at a ...more
- 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.
- Industrious high school senior Vee Delmonico (Emma Roberts) is tired of living life on the sidelines. Pressured by her friends, Vee decides to join Nerve, a popular online game that challenges ...more
- On Sept. 11, 2012, Islamic militants attack the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith, an officer for the Foreign Service. Stationed less than ...more
- Cut from the Olympic ski team, British athlete Michael "Eddie" Edwards travels to Germany to test his skills at ski jumping. Fate leads him to Bronson Peary, a former ski jumper who now works as a ...more
- Being stranded on a deserted island leaves young Hank (Paul Dano) bored, lonely and without hope. As a rope hangs around his neck, Hank prepares to end it all, until he suddenly spots a man (Daniel ...more
- In a dystopian society, single people must find a mate within 45 days or be transformed into an animal of their choice.
- In 1985, a Dublin teenager (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) forms a rock 'n' roll band to win the heart of an aspiring model (Lucy Boynton).
- Childhood friends Conner (Andy Samberg), Owen (Jorma Taccone) and Lawrence (Akiva Schaffer) found fame and fortune after forming the hip-hop group the Style Boyz. Owen and Lawrence faded into the ...more
- Lee Gates is a Wall Street guru who picks hot stocks as host of the television show "Money Monster." Suddenly, during a live broadcast, disgruntled investor Kyle Budwell storms onto the set and takes ...more
- With help from her best friend's (Tyne Daly) granddaughter (Isabella Acres), a smitten woman (Sally Field) concocts schemes to get the attention of a younger co-worker (Max Greenfield) in her office.
- In the 19th century, a mysterious plague turns the English countryside into a war zone. No one is safe as the dead come back to life to terrorize the land. Fate leads Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James), a ...more
- 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
Tale of Tales
- Recently dumped by his girlfriend, slacker Rell (Jordan Peele) finds some happiness when a cute kitten winds up on his doorstep. After a heartless thief steals the cat, Rell recruits his cousin ...more
Love & Friendship
The Light Between Oceans
- Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David ...more