Best Movies of 2016

One of my favorite things to do at the end of each year is to look back at all the movies I watched and pick out my favorites. I had a lot of high hopes going into 2016 with a new Batman being introduced, the Marvel cinematic universe going to war, and the first spin off Star Wars movie. Now keep in mind while I have seen a lot of movies this year there is still a lot I haven’t. Also, these may not be the most well done movies, or the most artistic, but these are the movies that entertained me the most and stayed with me after seeing them. Now enough introductions, here they are!

(Check out my 2015, 2014, and 2013 best movies list)

10. Zootopia


Directed by: Bryon howard & Rich Moore

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate

Disney animation has been on a hot streak lately with their animated movies but 2016 may be on their best year yet. This movie was so much fun. It created a unique and interesting world and delivered a great mystery story that kept me guessing through out the whole movie. It also has some themes are that incredibly relevant to our times and important to be talking about.

9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


Directed by: David Yates

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, Dan Folger, Colin Farrell

This movie brought back me back to the wizarding world in such a fun way. Along with that it delivered a deeply emotional adventure story. The creatures were fun, the story interesting, and once again JK Rowlings created characters that you actually care about. 

8. Eye in the Sky


Directed by: Gavin Hood

Starring: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman

A tragic film about the the politics of modern warfare. This movie does such a brilliant job at making you feel and understand all the complexities that come with war. Also, Alan Rickman is absolutely fantastic in one of his final roles.

7. The Hunt for The Wilderpeople


Directed by: Taika Waititi

Starring: Sam Niell, Julian Dennison

One of the most outrageously funny and also heartfelt films I saw all year! This charming movie did not get enough attention when it was in theaters but it’s now on Hulu so check it out. The New Zealand cinematography is stunning through out as well. 

6.  La La Land

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Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling 

A wonderful call back to musicals of the golden age, but it’s also a profound and modern romantic comedy about chasing your dreams that I think almost everyone can relate to. It’s also got a controversial ending that I thought was incredibly satisfying.

5. Moana


Directed by: Ron Clements & John Musker

Starring: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson

This is movie has my vote for best musical and animated film of 2016! I had a big smile on my face through out the entire thing. I loved the animation, music, story, and themes of self acceptance.

4. Hacksaw Ridge


Directed by: Mel Gibson

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn 

The story of Desmond Doss and his conviction to only save lives and not take them during WW2 is incredibly powerful and motivating. His story is told beautifully in this film. It does a wonderful job at showing the horrors of war but also how one man’s convictions can motivate and inspire others.

3. Captain America Civil War

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Directed by: Anthony and Joe Russo

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downy Jr., Scarlett Johanson 

This is the best film in the marvel cinematic universe. It’s has all the fun and charm of most Marvel movies but it also adds another level of intense action and drama. While this movie is definitely an entertaining blockbuster (the airport scene alone is incredible) it also has a resonating story about what can happen when we can’t learn compromise and understand those who are different opinions and values than us.

2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Directed by: Gareth Edwards 

Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk

After three viewing so far Rogue One just keeps getting better and better. The story of the rebels stealing the death star plans is one of excitement, courage, redemption, sacrifice, and hope. In my book this is probably 3rd favorite Star Wars movie!

1. Arrival


Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker 

No other movie challenged me, made think, and made me feel quite like Arrival did this year. This is one of those movies that I still find myself thinking and talking about today. The themes of the importance of language, unity, and trust couldn’t have come at a better time. This was my favorite movie of 2016!

Honorable Mentions: 10 Cloverfield Lane, Hell or High Water, Dr. Strange, The Legend of Tarzan, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (This movie has a lot of problems for sure but it’s also one of the most ambitious superhero films ever made)

So what are some of your favorite movies of 2016? Do you agree or disagree with my picks? Anything I still need to see?

And Just for fun, here are the movies I look forward to most in 2017!

10. Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales

I know a lot of people don’t like the sequels in this series, but I really enjoy them and I look forward to another adventure with Jack Sparrow.

9. Spider-man Homecoming

Tom Holland knocked it out of the park in Civil War as Spider-man so I can’t wait to see him in first solo adventure.

8. Justice League

While the DC films are getting mixed results at best I still have a lot of anticipation and excitement to see Batman, Superman, Wonder Women, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg on the big screen together.

7. War for the Planet of the Apes

The first two films (especially the second) were fantastic and I can’t wait to see how they finish off this trilogy. 

6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

The first guardians was one of my favorite movies of 2014 and with the the same cast and director back I can’t wait to see where they take this series.

5. Thor Ragnorok

This is my most anticipated Marvel movie of 2017. It has Thor teaming up with the Hulk and the director of The Hunt for the Wilderpeople. What’s not to be excited about?

4. Wonder Woman

The first solo female superhero film is very long over due but I can’t wait for this movie. Gal Gadot was fantastic in her small role in Batman v Superman and the WW1 setting looks very intriguing.

3. Logan

Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for almost 17 years and this year will be the last time he suits up for the role. With this being his last time playing the character I can’t help but be excited.

2. Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan returns for a WW2 thriller that looks absolutely spectacular.

1. Star Wars Episode 8

Was there any question to what movie I’m looking forward to most in 2017? I can’t wait to see what new adventures lie in store for Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren, and to finally see the return of Luke Skywalker!

What movies are you looking forward to most in 2017?


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