Best Movies of 2016

The Top Ten

1 Captain America: Civil War Captain America: Civil War Product Image

It was very good, but it's not the BEST movie of the year. Popularity and personal preference get in the way of whether something is actually GOOD, or just exciting or entertaining for another reason. It was REALLY good, but it isn't better than all other movies on this list.

How should I put it this way? It's basically an awesome superhero movie of 2016. Disney and Marvel made a 3rd Captain America movie after 2014's Winter Soldier. This time, it marks the beginning of phase 3 for the MCU franchise which leads to many other superheroes in their own films. The Avengers became divided into two teams: hand themselves over to the government or resist. Amazingly, Iron Man and Captain America lead their own team members into a combination of a bunch of action figures fighting each other which is child's play. So many shocking revelations have happened when Iron Man had a disturbing past and it all went down to Bucky Barnes who was held responsible. Spoiler alert: mad scientist assigned Steve Rogers' friend to kill Tony Stark's parents. So many battles have happened between the Avengers against enemies who threaten to destroy. It nearly shook the Avengers when too many innocent victims died and now the government blames them. Aside from all the superhero drama, ...more

I liked this movie better than Endgame which I found it to be way overrated.

Okay for 15 year old kids. A " best " movie should be a movie best for everybody. For adults this movie was like all the other " superheroes " movies. Action with a poor story. Entertainment for action does not mean " best movie ".

I'm 15 and this wasn't my favorite movie of the year, however it was a great summer blockbuster.

2 Deadpool Deadpool Product Image

I really liked that they did the character some real justice compared to Wolverine Origins, but, being a Marvel film, they could've done a bit more with the plot instead of a simple revenge story. The movie was also shorter than I thought it would be and only had a couple major action sequences that were average quality compared to Civil War. It felt like an incomplete Deadpool experience.

It was made my Fox (yeah I know, it's kinda weird to think of this film being made by the same people who have the rights to the Fantastic Four movies).

Ignore for people that think this movie is non sense because that is the deadpool movie all about and that why it is very cool and unique superheroes movie but I like day of future past more

This deserves the number 1 spot, not that overrated Civil War. Deadpool actually makes us laugh

I wanted to love this movie, and I did.

3 Zootopia Zootopia Product Image

Wow, it surprised me with how good it was! Not only does it have a unique, intriguing, and deep story that keeps it interesting even for the adults, the visuals are incredibly impressive. I was genuinely surprised by how wonderful it was!

The ice-cream shop had me in aw and the sloth scene had me out of breath haha. It has some really cute and good voice acting paired with some extremely good animation. (mostly props and cities)

It delivers an extremely helpful message to those of the younger audience. Be whatever you want to be no matter who brings you down and you might just do something great in your life, if not, it will be a wild ride. Favourite movie of 2016 and favourite animated Disney movie.

Lemme begin with I did not want to see this movie. The trailers made it out to be a generic, paint by numbers, forgetful film that would have been forgotten in a month. I only saw it because it was a Tuesday( 5$ movie tickets) and my whole family went. I was shocked by how good it was. Rarely have I been so immersed in a movie, void of any thoughts of home, personal plans, or anything other than what is going on in the movie. It has some of the best character development I've seen in a while and holds as one of the strongest animated movies to date.

It's much better than you would expect. But it is in my opinion one the best Disney movies ever.

4 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Product Image

This movie was better than I expected! It starts a little slow but gets super exciting the last third of the movie. I actually enjoyed it more than the Force Awakens. *claps* Man! I love how Star Wars just keeps getting better.

Why are people putting movies on the list that haven't even come out yet? Can they at least wait until they come out and then add them to the list?

Remember the opening crawl to the original Star Wars? Well this is the opening crawl as a movie. That may not sound amazing, but combine that with epic action scenes and awesome visuals, and you have the first ever great prequel to Star Wars.

This movie was way overhyped anyone could tell you that it was just a cash cow. None of the characters are relevant and interesting. I get it's supposed to be there only to answer how they got the plans but we already know what happens basically. Completely unnecessary movie

5 Finding Dory Finding Dory Product Image

I don't know if it's nostalgia that makes this film top-notch in people's eyes, but once I saw the film in theaters, I found it as a good example of a film that's overrated to the maximum. It's not a bad movie, but I've been going to the theater to see Pixar films ever since they first started and I have to say that Finding Dory is one of their lower quality releases and is absolutely nothing compared to the masterpiece released last year known as Inside Out. To be honest, I think Pixar really rushed this one. Like I said, it's not a bad film at all, but I was expecting a whole lot better and I don't think Finding Nemo really needed a sequel. It's a wonderful film and was fine the way it was.

It was good because of its social commentary on mental illness - epicness2099

I grew up with Finding Nemo. I've watched it at least 20 times, and it's one of my favorite movies ever. So naturally, I went into Finding Dory with huge expectations. It didn't disappoint. The movie has the heart and wit that made the the original such a classic. There's flat out hilarious scenes, emotional scenes, and tons of well-written and well-acted dialogue to keep you completely invested along the way. Also, this is quite possibly the most beautiful movie that I have ever seen. You can truly get lost in the beautiful imagery that this movie has to offer. This movie left me completely satisfied. I left the theatre with a smile that lasted until I woke up the next morning. This is one of the greatest films that Pixar has ever made and one of the greatest sequels ever in my opinion. It'll be very interesting to see whether Zootopia or Finding Dory will take home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Only time will tell.

I voted for Zootopia, but this is a close second(I adore animated movies.) I grew up with Finding Nemo, it was my first Disney film. I was very excited when I found out about Finding Dory! The animation was so gorgeous, I personally think the best animation Disney has done. The characters are all likeable, and has all the charm of the original. I've seen it 3 times in the theater so far, and if you like finding Nemo you HAVE to see this

Okay, so I agree that the movie was mostly fueled off of nostalgia, and it fell into the dreaded pitfalls every sequel suffers, but quality and enjoyment are two very different things. I loved this movie even despite its many flaws.

6 La La Land La La Land Product Image

By far the best movie I've seen in years. It doesn't try to be edgy to attract more adult audiences, it just is what it is. Honestly, I think this is what Hollywood has been needing. A simple movie that showcases great acting, great story, and great music. I feel like that alone makes it more powerful than most other movies that try to make an "artistic" or "political" statement.

This movie is very, very good. I am not a fan of musicals at all but I really enjoyed this one. It blurs the lines of fantasy and reality perfectly to give a deep profound feeling to the audience. The meaning and depth of this film is perfect and it is a must watch.

I get everyone's voting for superhero movies, but if you want an original, beautiful, heartbreaking film that will actually have an effect on cinema for this generation and beyond you'd watch this.

This was my second favorite movie of the year (behind only Arrival) and one of my absolute favorites of all time (in my top 5), but to say that superhero movies won't have an effect on cinema beyond this generation is utterly false. - WinterWolverine

How often are musicals made nowadays? How often are they made without animation or without kids as the target market? La La Land is easily one of the years best films and I expect it to sweep the music categories at the Oscars and be nominated for Best Picture.

7 Kubo and the Two Strings Kubo and the Two Strings Product Image

First off: Not a movie for young kids. Definitely a darker, more mature animated movie compared to Zootopia or Moana or Trolls. It has beautiful animation and storytelling, an excellent cast of wonderfully portrayed characters, and one of the best scores I have ever heard for an animated movie. 10/10 Best movie I've seen in a very long time!

Excellent storytelling, soundtrack, and masterful animation. Everything an animated film should have. It deserves an Oscar but of course any movie Disney churns out is gonna steal it. I still can't be mad if Zootopia wins one, though.

A very strong, beautiful and mature movie which is as timely as ''Zootopia''. It calls us to embrace our flawed world, and search for all the beauty in it and not concentrate on it's negativity. It calls us to stay strong and positive during such harsh times. Beside the movie's messages, it is a highly emotional, occasionally funny, gorgeously animated masterpiece which you'd never get tired of.

I think this should be HIGHER. It doesn't even look like Stop-Motion (which it is) and the visuals are too good to be described.

8 The Jungle Book The Jungle Book Product Image

This was very underrated, but GOD it's good. The voice acting was awesome, the visuals were very good, and it has scary moments for adults and cute animals for kids

Great visual effect keep the good thing about original great voice casting especially Idis Elba I rank it best visual effect since avatar and I think this movie can be good rival to avatar for visual effect it is very cool

I actually like this movie. Even though it wasn't very entertaining for many people since it's just a "remake", Walt Disney (the company) put some effort into this. So the people who criticized this movie didn't realize it was just a remake.

Loved it, bringing the classic tale back. (they shouldn't have changed it so much though, gives me fear about The Lion King live action film by the same director)

9 Hacksaw Ridge Hacksaw Ridge Product Image

I went into this movie with high expectations. I saw the trailer, was impressed, realized it would be directed by Mel Gibson, who is a phenomenal director in my opinion. This movie managed to surpass even my high expectations. I had half expected this to be more of a religious movie, like his Passion of the Christ, but this movie, while it has religious undertones, is not just a movie for Christians and religious individuals; it is a movie for everyone to see - a true spectacle. It has the most realistic depiction of war I have ever seen. In fact, I would argue that this depiction surpasses that of Saving Private Ryan, the Pacific, and even Band of Brothers. Whether this movie is better than the before-mentioned movies is up for debate, it is a masterpiece. I am surprise this movie didn't get a larger audience. It's a shame, but I suppose that's to be expected from a director who messed up. Some people just don't want to see a Mel Gibson movie, and that's unfortunate. I don't care ...more

It just goes it show that the best movie of the year doesn't always have to be a huge blockbuster

Best War Film since Saving Private Ryan

Eh, I didn't like this. I had high expectations for this one and I didn't enjoy it as much as I could. It has got enough suspense but the plot was a bit boring. But overall, okay, I guess. 5/10

10 Doctor Strange Doctor Strange Product Image

Not better than Civil War, but VERY close. I feel like, as funny as this movie was, it just had more humor than it needed, and plenty of jokes just didn't hit. I loved the visuals, however, and the action was excellent. I also loved the characters, it had me in excitement the whole time. (I almost fell down leaving the theater)

Great origin move just like Iron Man 1 and Ant-man, but they could've done a lot more with Rachael McAdams, since she is a pretty talented actress.

Only wished that Rachel McAdams had a bigger part in this movie.

Vote for it guys! to get at least into top ten of 2016.. it was intriguing, chilling and dark yet so funny and humorous! Visual effects are literally some of the best I've seen in a long time in a action movie! Benedict completely owned the titular character! Climax could've been a lil better but on the whole it was 10/10.

The Contenders

11 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Product Image

Are you kidding'? "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" should be at least in top 10. This movie was best movie of the year for me. We haven't heard the voice of Hedwig's tone for 5 years, but then this movie released..

I am a Harry Potter fangirl, and even have the Fantastic Beasts book that lists all of the creatures, so this was one of my most anticipated films of 2016. I got to see it a few days after my birthday in January (so the theater was almost empty, which was nice), and while not the very best Harry Potter film, I think it's the most fun I've ever had watching one. I liked seeing how magic works in America, because it was quite a bit different. The visuals, as to be expected, were phenomenal. All of the creatures are great, both in design and actions. Newt has easily become one of my favorite characters in the franchise. While it's probably not the best film from 2016, I do think it's the one I had the most fun watching.

Greatly enjoyed this movie, and I'm not even a Harry Potter fan. It was very clever and witty, and I found myself laughing out loud VERY often. Along with that there's the intense and dark story and epic action scenes mixed with wonderful visual effects that had me just loving this movie.

It's the best Harry Potter Movie of all time! It had no legacy of a book to live up to, which didn't leave me disappointed and sad (Looking at you Harry Potter Movies. You made Ron a buffoon. You WILL PAY), and we saw to see some great effects coupled with a sense of humor and explore a new era of the wizarding world, and a new country. Brilliant, which is what I expected from Rowling as a screenwriter.

12 Moana Moana Product Image

Disney has done it again! This movie is masterpiece! The animation is jaw dropping, the musical numbers brought me to tears, and the characters are all great and very unique. Moana is a very welcome addition to the Disney Princess

Moana is easily the best animated feature of 2017

This movie was amazing to say the least. It made me feel so many things and I was crying a lot even though it was not that sad. It just really touched a nerve for me. I would recommend this movie a hundred times to anyone.

It at least deserves to be above Secret Life of Pets

13 Suicide Squad Suicide Squad Product Image

The development of this film was all over the place. From only having six weeks to write the script to having to establish an entire ensemble of new characters from the ground up, the end product of this film was just a mess. The editing was done so amateurishly, it really showed. Character development for all the characters was thrown out the window and don't even get me started with Leto's Joker. The marketing and tabloid stories about the characterization of his Joker were overhyped to death and yet we only see him in the film for only a fraction of the running time? HE'S SECOND BILLING ON THE CAST! It just comes to show you that you can't rely on star power alone to save a film.

Can Someone Help Me Make This Movie Exit The Top 10 Please?

It's now thirteenth but that's still way too high! I enjoyed it a little, but it's not a top 20 movie at all...

Jack Nicholson' s Joker sucked big time. Jared Leto is way better.

David Ayer just took a big fat stanky poop on DC. They literally crammed 50 characters into one movie without developing any of them. Viola Davis was one of the weirdest villains in history, and not because she is a bad actor, but because this movie is so poorly written and directed. The trailer was so hype and great but the movie (which included less of the joker than all of the trailers combined! ) was a major disappointment. Will Smith and Margot Robbie were amazing as always, but they were trapped in one of the worst movies of the 21st century. P.S: what does this movie have against helicopters. They destroyed like 100 helicopters throughout the plot...like seriously man!

14 Kung Fu Panda 3 Kung Fu Panda 3 Product Image

It's the weakest of the series, so far, but does that mean it was a bad movie? Nope. This movie was good.

I watched it last night at the cinemas.It was funny and it had a happy ending. To those who haven't seen this movie yet, you should probably see it.

At the beginning it was so-so, but once you get to the middle and end the plot gets way better and it was heart warming, funny, epic, adorable, and over all a very great movie to watch.

I still haven't seen the first two, but I've heard enough good things about them that I WANT to see them.

15 Arrival Arrival Product Image

It really struck me in the heart and stayed with me for days. I didn't expect that at all. I thought I was watching an ordinary alien movie, yet it was from it. I realized that after I sat down with my popcorn, all pumped up as though I was about to watch Independence Day... before starting to cry like 2 minutes in. Glorious... lol Just to show how well made the movie is to accomplish that when you don't even know the characters yet.
You have this small side-story in the movie, and then you have this big reveal that changes the whole perspective of the movie. You realize that what you thought was the side-story is actually the whole point of the movie, all that truly matters in the end. The music and cinematography is gorgeous. I was in tears by the end. But is was beautiful. Denis did a fantastic job with this movie.

Great but overrated

With this movie, if you think it's overrated, than you don't think it's great, but if your really think it's great, than you shouldn't think it's overrated - WinterWolverine

1 of the best things about it is that it's really refreshing to finally see another movie where the aliens don't come down to earth looking for a fight

The only movie that actually made you THINK

16 Moonlight Moonlight Product Image

Lol this is by far the worst top 10 of 2016 list. I've lost all faith in humanity. THIS is a masterpiece, and the best movie of 2016 in my opinion and one of the best movies of all time.

I was caught by surprise how deep this film was. Not only was it good, but shows a dark reality to identity and how you display yourself in this messed up world.

If you wanna go best movie of the year by quality this is the one but if you wanna go box office that is a different list

Whoever didn't vote for Moonlight clearly didn't watch it...

17 Manchester by the Sea Manchester by the Sea Product Image

Lemme clear this up: I voted so I could comment. This movie is terrible and depressing.

Let's think about this: A man loses his family. He gets another chance to redeem himself. By the end of the movie, he's throwing up his hands and saying "I can't do this." I mean, WHAT!?

See, use logic. This movie -- before it got 97% on Rotten Tomatoes (And I still think that Amazon hired a company to do that) -- Had 0%. And yes, people voted and commented.

So really. Why would ANYONE want to watch this movie. Like this comment if YOU agree.

Every year, there's always a few Best Picture nominees that confuse me as to why they were chosen. It seems every year as well there's a movie that I don't just think didn't deserve the nomination, but is also straight up bad! This movie was that for me this year... - WinterWolverine

Makes me wonder about society, when a beautifully crafted, brilliantly acted, incredibly emotional movie like this gets ranked below Independence Day resurgence

Just watch it. Beautiful movie. This and Moonlight were the two best movies of the year hands down.

So according to this site, suicide squad is better than this

18 X-Men: Apocalypse X-Men: Apocalypse Product Image

Not the best Superhero film (although better than the messy and disappointing Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad but Civil War is a mile better) and it is underwhelming compared to First Class and Days Of Future Past but for christ sake's it's nowhere near as bad or mediocre as a lot of critics are making out to be. Yeah I know opinion is an opinion, but for a guy like me who watches movie with a critical eye I actually really dug the living hell out of that movie. It's not just another X-Men film with good performances, fun action sequences and cool characters. But it's also a film which has interesting characters that I can get behind them, resonant themes and an entertaining villain (yeah he is cliched in regards of motivation but it's established throughout the movie why he wants to destroy the world and NOT because he's that big and powerful). Criminally underrated.

Apocalypse is one of the strongest villains ever. I don't how X-Men members will defeat him without WOLVERINE. They need Wolverine, where is Logan in this movie?

I really want to see this. Apocalypse just looks incredibly OP. I'm really interested in how the good guys are gonna win this one

Oh my gosh I can't wait for this movie to come out!

19 Hell or High Water Hell or High Water Product Image

WHAT?! This was a great movie that depicted what it is to be an American living through poverty. How is a disappointing kids movie (Sloppy life of pets) higher than this?

Greatest movie of the year!

I agree with the other complaining comment, disney produces an endless amount of movies where animals speak, insert random pc plotline, movie ends with typical goodending. It's not even art, it's just profit

This film captured my attention right from the first frame,the bros Tanner and Toby Howard, are believable in their portrayal of down on their luck bros the character actors standout
from the usual stoic performances given by character actors,three come to mind instantly so be on lookout for (1) 🤠 the old cowboy 🤠 in the 2nd bank robbery (2) the T-Bone waitress Margaret Bowmann (3) Katy Mixon -waitress got a $ 200 tip;all good & funny
The cinematographer,Giles Nuttgens,painted a harsh beauty of the times that are changing in rural America families are being pushed from their farms & ranches by greedy banks as are the bros Howard and they rob banks owned by the bank who screwed over their mom mortgage & tries to steal the land that has Texas Tea under it...oil

20 The Angry Birds Movie The Angry Birds Movie Product Image

All movies based on video games are terrible

You think THIS is worse? I had to go see Ratchet and Clank with my 5-year-old cousin. NOT funny. It was 1 hour and 33 minutes in the theater. When it came to Netflix, HE STARTED PUTTING OVER AND OVER AGAIN!

That sucks but Ratchet and Clank is probably not as bad as what my mom said that movie Storks was (she was forced to see because of my 10 year old stepsister wanting to see it).

It actually turned out to be just ok. But it still wasn't a good movie.

Ugg, it's going to be terrible!

21 10 Cloverfield Lane 10 Cloverfield Lane Product Image

This film is a tense thriller with impressive direction and fantastic performances. It is easily my favorite film of the first 3 months of 2016. The only problem is the what finale, which is a little tough to get behind, but it is otherwise a masterpiece

Who cares if it has little to no connection with the first Cloverfield, it's a pretty damn good movie! Fantastic acting, amazing dialogue, and a masterclass of tension which would make Alfred Hitchcock feel uneasy. The finale is, as many think, a little out of place, but nevertheless it is my favourite film of the year so far.

There's a twist around every other corner, to the point where I can't even relax during the comedy relief!

Intense, interesting, and a good plot twist. Only complaint was the strange ending.

22 The Nice Guys The Nice Guys Product Image

Should Be Top 10. Amazing Chemistry Between Crowe And Gosling, And Very Funny Script

Perfect. So much fun. I can watch this movie over and over! I absolutely love this film!

Has a vibe similar to Pulp Fiction. Deserves much more recognition. Watch it.

Nice Guys is the best funniest movie of all time

23 Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Product Image

This movie was so frustratingly bad. It was a dull, incohesive, overblown mess. The visuals looked kind of good, for a time, until it became so excessive that it hurt my eyes to look at. Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor was terrible and annoying. Doomsday looked like the cave troll from Fellowship of the Ring. There were way too many subplots in this movie and none of them were handled very well. And no, I didn't expect a "colorful and fun" Marvel-ish movie, I just expected it to be good. But it tried so hard to be dark and serious whithout having the faintest idea of what dark and serious done right actually is. Nolan's Batman trilogy was awesome and guess what, it wasn't a stupid CGI orgy like this was. Seriously does Zack Snyder not care about anything besides putting as many explosions and shockwaves and destroyed buildings in his movie as possible? Warner Bros. needs to fire the hell out of him and replace him with someone who actually knows how to make a well-constructed, ...more

Christian bale should've played batman cause he was amazing and ben affleck sucked

What? Why is it on here? 3 hours of boring crap

Terrible storyline. Snyder you should learn from Todd Philips on how to make an actual great dark movie. This movie was waste of time with no real purpose.

I love Zack Snyder. 300 is one of my favourite movies. But I didn't like BvS. Man of Steel is far better.

24 Deepwater Horizon Deepwater Horizon Product Image

This was a well done movie. It presented the events of the disaster without demonizing the oil-industry.

There were a few light moments at first with the oil drill crew members. The rest of the environmental disaster film seen was depressing, brutal, and sickening.

Heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. It encourages the power of the soul and the power of love. Beautiful story with very talented actors.

25 Alice Through the Looking Glass Alice Through the Looking Glass Product Image

At least this movie is entertaining which is more than what I can say for some of the movies ahead of this (Moonlight is nothing more than a black man's Brokeback Mountain while Suicide Squad is just awful)

Finally- people who actually liked this movie other than me! I love the CGI effects in this movie, a little bit too much at times, but wow is it inventive. The vibrance is very deserving from the dark movie we got from the first movie, and Mia (Alice) gives a damn well good job in this movie. She carries this movie easily. Johnny Depp admittedly can get annoying at times, and the whole tart thing is kind of a let down, but to see how a small lie can grow into a giant problem is amazing. The rusting of the world as well is one of the best sequences in the movie as well.

Why does everyone hate this movie so much!?!? It was overshadowed by Finding Dory and Zootopia, but that doesn't make it bad. The CGI was brilliant and really vibrant, it looks like they actually put in a ton of effort. Everyone did fantastic job with acting, the story was easy to follow and really fun! I recommend it

It's a lot better than people are giving it credit for.

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