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The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016

Updated July 17, 2019 2.3k votes 375 voters 9.6k views32 items

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.

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    Swiss Army Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Swiss Army Man

    Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe

    Directed byDan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

    Swiss Army Man is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Dan Kwan and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Green Room is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Green Room

    Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots

    Released2015

    Directed byJeremy Saulnier

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    Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Manchester by the Sea

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    Kubo and the Two Strings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Kubo and the Two Strings

    Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara

    Released2016

    Directed byTravis Knight

    Kubo and the Two Strings is a 2016 American 3D stop-motion action fantasy film directed and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    The Nice Guys

    Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling

    Released2016

    Directed byShane Black

    The Nice Guys is a 2016 American neo-noir action comedy film directed by Shane Black. Set in... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Nerve is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Nerve

    Emma Roberts, Dave Franco

    Directed byHenry Joost

    Nerve is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, based on... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Hunt for the Wilderpeople is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Sam Neill, Rhys Darby

    Released2016

    Directed byTaika Waititi

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Lobster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    The Lobster

    Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz

    Released2015

    Directed byYorgos Lanthimos

    The Lobster is a 2015 science fiction romantic comedy-drama film directed by Greek director... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers  is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber

    Released2016

    Directed byMichael Bay

    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (a.k.a. 13 Hours) is a 2016 American biographical... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Lion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Lion

    Dev Patel, Rooney Mara

    Directed byGarth Davis

    Lion is a 2016 Australian-American-British drama film directed by Garth Davis and written by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Sing Street is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Sing Street

    Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor

    Released2016

    Directed byJohn Carney

    Sing Street is a 2016 musical coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by John Carney. A boy... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Captain Fantastic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Captain Fantastic

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    Pride and Prejudice and Zombie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    Lena Headey, Matt Smith

    Directed byBurr Steers

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    Keanu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Keanu

    Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key

    Released2016

    Directed byPeter Atencio

    Keanu is a 2016 American buddy action comedy film directed by Peter Atencio. When the adorable... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Money Monster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Money Monster

    George Clooney, Julia Roberts

    Released2016

    Directed byJodie Foster

    Money Monster is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Jodie Foster. Financial TV host Lee... more on Wikipedia
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    Voyage of Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Voyage of Time

    Jamal Cavil, Maisha Diatta
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    13th is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    13th

    Cory Booker, Melina Abdullah
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    Eddie the Eagle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Eddie the Eagle

    Rupert Grint

    Released2011

    Eddie the Eagle is a 2011 sports comedy film written by Sean Macaulay.amazon_watch buy button
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    Love & Friendship is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Love & Friendship

    Kate Beckinsale, Morfydd Clark
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    Tale of Tales is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Tale of Tales

    Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel
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    The Light Between Oceans is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    The Light Between Oceans

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    Queen of Katwe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Queen of Katwe

    Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo

    Directed byMira Nair

    Queen of Katwe is a 2016 American biographical sports drama film directed by Mira Nair. A...amazon_watch buy button
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    Don't Think Twice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Don't Think Twice

    Mike Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs
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    Blue Jay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    Blue Jay

    Mark Duplass, Sarah Paulson
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    The Good Neighbor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies No One Saw in 2016
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    The Good Neighbor

    James Caan, Logan Miller

    ReleasedMarch 13, 2016

    Directed byKasra Farahani

    The Good Neighbor is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Kasra Farahani. Ethan (Logan... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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