Best of 2016

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1. 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: 87,181 | Gross: $5.20M

2. Stranger Things (2016– )

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.

Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour

Votes: 588,012

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: 239,275 | Gross: $36.26M

4. Deadpool (2016)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein

Votes: 817,097 | Gross: $363.07M

5. Train to Busan (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Su-an Kim

Votes: 108,483 | Gross: $2.13M

6. Abortion: Stories Women Tell (2016)

TV-14 | 92 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

This documentary gives women a voice in the choices they've had to make regarding their pregnancies.

Director: Tracy Droz Tragos

Votes: 167

7. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: The Lying Detective (2017)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock goes up against the powerful and seemingly unassailable Culverton Smith - a man with a very dark secret indeed.

Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 22,736

8. Split (IX) (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

Votes: 355,312 | Gross: $138.29M

9. Swiss Army Man (2016)

R | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

Directors: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert | Stars: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero

Votes: 91,356 | Gross: $4.21M

10. Son of Zorn (2016–2017)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Animation and live action collide when a cartoon Barbarian dad leaves his war-torn village to re-connect with his moody, non-animated teenage son in suburbia.

Stars: Cheryl Hines, Johnny Pemberton, Tim Meadows, Artemis Pebdani

Votes: 3,838

11. Shin Godzilla (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Ren Osugi

Votes: 17,418 | Gross: $1.91M

12. Kedi (2016)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.

Director: Ceyda Torun | Stars: Yaman Barlas, Sari, Arzu Göl, Kemal Suncu

Votes: 10,870 | Gross: $2.83M

13. Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

32 Metascore

As an Orc horde invades the planet Azeroth using a magic portal, a few human heroes and dissenting Orcs must attempt to stop the true evil behind this war.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper

Votes: 225,018 | Gross: $47.37M

14. Vikingane (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Viking life at the close of the 8th century.

Stars: Kåre Conradi, Nils Jørgen Kaalstad, Silje Torp, Trond Fausa

Votes: 8,093

15. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 95 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

An intimate portrait of actress Debbie Reynolds and her relationship with her beloved children, Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher.

Directors: Alexis Bloom, Fisher Stevens | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, Todd Fisher, Catherine Hickland

Votes: 2,877

16. The Scandalous Lady W (2015 TV Movie)

87 min | Drama, History, Romance

An eighteenth century drama details the scandalous life of Lady Seymour Worsley.

Director: Sheree Folkson | Stars: Natalie Dormer, Shaun Evans, Aneurin Barnard, Craig Parkinson

Votes: 2,240

17. The Good Place (2016– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Four people and their otherworldly frienemy struggle in the afterlife to define what it means to be good.

Stars: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil

Votes: 60,046

18. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 170,460 | Gross: $169.61M

19. Snowden (2016)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto

Votes: 118,687 | Gross: $21.59M

20. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Music

68 Metascore

When it becomes clear that his solo album is a failure, a former boy band member does everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status.

Directors: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone | Stars: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 47,031 | Gross: $9.39M

21. Tallulah (2016)

111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Manhattan housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.

Director: Sian Heder | Stars: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Evan Jonigkeit

Votes: 15,015

22. Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016)

105 min | Documentary, Biography, History

71 Metascore

In the spring of 1981 Irish Republican Bobby Sands' 66-day hunger strike brought the attention of the world to his cause. Drawing on an Irish Republican tradition of martyrdom, Sands' ... See full summary »

Director: Brendan Byrne | Stars: Gerry Adams, Mario Biaggi, Seán Donlon, Martin McCann

Votes: 434

23. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

84 Metascore

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

Director: Travis Knight | Stars: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 105,212 | Gross: $48.02M

24. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (2016–2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Holistic detective Dirk Gently investigates cases involving the supernatural.

Stars: Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks, Jade Eshete

Votes: 34,813

25. Colossal (2016)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

70 Metascore

Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 50,567 | Gross: $3.02M

26. Love & Friendship (2016)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.

Director: Whit Stillman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell

Votes: 21,114 | Gross: $14.01M

27. The Young Offenders (2016)

83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Two teenage boys cycle 160km on stolen bikes pursued by police to find a missing bale of cocaine worth 7 million euro. Set around the real event of Ireland's biggest cocaine seizure in 2007 of 440 million euro.

Director: Peter Foott | Stars: Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Hilary Rose, Dominic MacHale

Votes: 8,610

28. Elle (I) (2016)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

Votes: 54,430

29. The Girl on the Train (2016)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

48 Metascore

A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux

Votes: 150,286 | Gross: $75.40M

30. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

PG-13 | 132 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler

Votes: 363,846 | Gross: $234.04M

31. Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, History

70 Metascore

Writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs fights to save historic New York City during the ruthless redevelopment era of urban planner Robert Moses in the 1960s.

Director: Matt Tyrnauer | Stars: Thomas Campanella, Vincent D'Onofrio, Mindy Fullilove, Alexander Garvin

Votes: 399 | Gross: $0.31M

32. Strangled (2016)

121 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

True story of a serial killer in 1950-60s Hungary.

Director: Árpád Sopsits | Stars: Károly Hajduk, Gábor Jászberényi, Zsolt Anger, Péter Bárnai

Votes: 4,581

33. Hail, Caesar! (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio's stars in line.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 111,076 | Gross: $30.08M

34. The Unknown Girl (2016)

Unrated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

A female doctor gets obsessed with the case of a dead woman after learning that the woman had died shortly after having rung her door for help.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minnella

Votes: 6,059 | Gross: $0.15M

35. Flowers (2016– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Dark comedy about the eccentric members of the Flowers family. Maurice and Deborah are barely together but yet to divorce. They live with Maurice's batty mother and their maladjusted twin children.

Stars: Sophia Di Martino, Olivia Colman, Julian Barratt, Daniel Rigby

Votes: 2,916

36. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, Marko Realmonte, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 13,721 | Gross: $0.61M

37. American Honey (2016)

R | 163 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi

Votes: 31,396 | Gross: $0.66M

38. Houdini and Doyle (2016)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

At the turn of the 20th century the Metropolitan Police were overwhelmed with bizarre cases so they turned to outsiders including Houdini and Doyle, who collaborated with New Scotland Yard on some unsolved and inexplicable crimes.

Stars: Michael Weston, Stephen Mangan, Rebecca Liddiard, Emily Carey

Votes: 2,462

39. Paula (I) (2016)

123 min | Biography, Drama

The life and career of the breakthrough German painter, Paula Modersohn-Becker.

Director: Christian Schwochow | Stars: Carla Juri, Albrecht Schuch, Roxane Duran, Joel Basman

Votes: 553

40. Mindhorn (2016)

TV-MA | 89 min | Comedy

70 Metascore

A has-been actor best known for playing the title character in the 1980s detective series "Mindhorn" must work with the police when a serial killer says that he will only speak with Detective Mindhorn, whom he believes to be a real person.

Director: Sean Foley | Stars: Julian Barratt, Simon Farnaby, Essie Davis, Steve Coogan

Votes: 9,160

41. Denial (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama

63 Metascore

Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott

Votes: 16,499 | Gross: $4.07M

42. Adult Life Skills (2016)

TV-MA | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

49 Metascore

Anna is stuck: she's approaching 30, living like a hermit in her mum's garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever bothered. She spends her days making videos using her thumbs as ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Tunnard | Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Brett Goldstein, Rachael Deering

Votes: 2,358

43. The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.

Director: Kelly Fremon Craig | Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick

Votes: 87,046 | Gross: $14.26M

44. My Scientology Movie (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology.

Director: John Dower | Stars: Louis Theroux, Tom Cruise, Marty Rathbun, Paz de la Huerta

Votes: 10,861 | Gross: $0.02M

45. Chelsea Does (2016– )

TV-MA | 70 min | Documentary

Comedienne and writer Chelsea Handler discusses the topics of marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs.

Stars: Chelsea Handler, Steven David, Mary McCormack, Irving Azoff

Votes: 2,146



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