Top 10 Movies Of 2016

by Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 17 Jan 2016 | updated - 04 Sep 2017 | Public

These are my ten favourite films of 2016, from best (#1) to worst. Please note: I am basing this list on the UK theatrical release date of each film.

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1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

Political involvement in the Avengers' affairs causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 577,915 | Gross: $408.08M

Marvel's best film since 'Guardians', this is a layered story featuring fully fleshed out characters and some awesome superhero action; the fight scenes are intense and well-choreographed but the characters are what really pull you in - you understand everyone's point of view.

2. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

76 Metascore

After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

Director: Dan Trachtenberg | Stars: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., Douglas M. Griffin

Votes: 259,298 | Gross: $71.90M

A fantastic mystery thriller that just came out of nowhere, this masterfully done suspense flick keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout and is extremely original.

3. The Nice Guys (2016)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer

Votes: 238,977 | Gross: $36.26M

An under-seen gem from Shane Black, this buddy-cop 70s throw-back comedy is highly entertaining throughout. Funny dialogue that feels natural to the characters, a well-told mystery and some great realistic action makes this to one of the most enjoyable films of 2016.

4. Arrival (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 511,315 | Gross: $100.55M

One of the smartest, most nuanced science fiction films I've ever seen; this alien invasion thriller focuses on communication rather than violence and is amazingly compelling throughout.

5. Green Room (2015)

R | 95 min | Horror, Music, Thriller

79 Metascore

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 90,233 | Gross: $3.22M

An intense experience that feels nasty and gets under your skin; the story moves along at a brisk pace and includes some of the most realistically savage violence seen on the big screen this year.

6. Hell or High Water (II) (2016)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham

Votes: 175,426 | Gross: $26.86M

A thinking man's thriller mixed with family drama, this flick has one of the most rich and nuanced screenplays of the year. The characters are all masterfully painted and feel like real people, some of the best character work in the past year.

7. The Hateful Eight (2015)

R | 168 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins

Votes: 431,737 | Gross: $54.12M

Tarantino's best work since Pulp Fiction by far, this ominous chamber piece is slow-paced yet utterly captivating throughout; there are no traditional heroes and a pervasive tension builds throughout, ultimately keeping you on the edge-of-your-seat until it reaches it's explosively violent, cruel and oddly inevitable climax.

8. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Votes: 87,040 | Gross: $5.20M

A quirky, smaller comedy straight out of New Zealand that's funny and endearing in equal measure. Nothing in it is 'hollywood-ised', and the mix of character moments and absurd set-pieces works really well.

9. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 617,460 | Gross: $183.64M

Beautifully shot, perfectly acted and masterfully directed; this tale of survival hammers home the intensity of the situation, presenting the audience with wondrous long-takes that push the general feeling of isolation and the more up-close-and-personal gritty battles.

10. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Votes: 204,190 | Gross: $10.64M

A deep, layered thriller that really makes you think; this is certainly one of the best and most thought-provoking films of the year. Special mention goes to the flick's excellent simultaneously epic, intimate and melancholic soundtrack.

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