Temporal Top Ten – 2016

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Number of movies seen from this year – 201
Number of movies reviewed – 236 (including 35 Encore Reviews)


Well, I figured that at the half way point of 2017, it’s about time to finally declare my updated list of favorite movies from 2016.

Once again, I want to emphasis that this list is based on my own personal favorites from the year 2016 and I know that there will be many people who will disagree with me, a favorite movie for me is one that I will plan to see again and again.

In February, I declared my top ten, but now that I have seen a lot more films from 2016, I feel even more confident to add this year to my list of Temporal Top Ten Lists.

I’m actually glad that I waited a bit because there are 2 movies that have cracked my top ten that I only had the pleasure to see over the last few months (plus one of them, I rewatched this week which solidified its spot here).

Enjoy my list and let the debates begin!

Updated 1 Aug 2018 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now my #1 film for the year after managing to crawl to the top from the #3 spot just a year ago.


Honorable Mentions: 

Honorable Mention #4 – Hidden Figures

Honorable Mention #3 – Captain America: Civil War


 Honorable Mention #2 – Star Trek Beyond

Honorable Mention #1 – Lion

10. All the Way

9. Sing Street

8. Passengers

7. Patriot’s Day

6. Tower

5. Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

4. Hacksaw Ridge

3. O.J.: Made in America

2. Manchester By the Sea

1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  1. 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared, The
  2. 11.22.63
  3. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  4. 13th
  5. 20th Century Women
  6. 4.1 Miles
  7. The 5th Wave
  8. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  9. The Accountant
  10. All the Way
  11. Allied
  12. Alone in Berlin
  13. Amanda Knox
  14. Amateur Night
  15. American Honey
  16. Anthropoid
  17. Arrival
  18. Bad Batch, The
  19. Bad Moms
  20. Bandit, The
  21. Barry
  22. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  Encore Review
  23. Batman: Bad Blood
  24. Batman: The Killing Joke
  25. The BFG
  26. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  27. The Birth of a Nation
  28. Blind Vaysha
  29. Blood Father
  30. Blue Jay
  31. Captain America: Civil War              Encore Review                  Encore Review 2
  32. Captain Fantastic
  33. Cell
  34. Certain Women
  35. Chronesthesia
  36. Churchill’s Secret
  37. Collateral Beauty
  38. Colossal
  39. Comedian, The
  40. The Congressman
  41. Criminal
  42. Date For Mad Mary, A
  43. Deadpool
  44. Deepwater Horizon
  45. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
  46. Denial
  47. Division, The: Agent Origins
  48. Doctor Strange                    Encore Review                     Encore Review 2
  49. Don’t Think Twice
  50. The Edge of Seventeen
  51. Elle
  52. Elvis & Nixon
  53. The Exception
  54. Extremis
  55. The Family
  56. Family Man, A
  57. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  58. Fastball
  59. Fences
  60. Fight For Space
  61. Finding Dory
  62. The Finest Hours
  63. Florence Foster Jenkins
  64. The Founder
  65. Free Fire
  66. Fundamentals of Caring, The
  67. Gary from Accounting
  68. Ghostbusters
  69. Girl on the Train, The
  70. Girl With All the Gifts, The
  71. Gleason
  72. Gold
  73. The Great Wall
  74. Greater
  75. Hacksaw Ridge  Encore Review  Encore Review 2  Encore Review 3
  76. Hail, Caesar!
  77. Hamilton’s America
  78. Handmaiden, The
  79. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
  80. Hell or High Water
  81. Heroes Don’t Come Home
  82. Hidden Figures
  83. Hired Gun
  84. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  85. I Am JFK Jr.
  86. I Am Not Your Negro
  87. Independence Day: Resurgence
  88. Indignation
  89. Inferno
  90. The Infiltrator
  91. Into the Inferno
  92. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  93. Jackie
  94. Jason Bourne                           Encore Review
  95. Jim: The James Foley Story
  96. Joe’s Violin
  97. The Jungle Book
  98. Justice League vs. Teen Titans
  99. Killing Reagan
  100. A Kind of Murder
  101. Kubo and the Two Strings
  102. Kung Fu Panda 3
  103. La La Land  Encore Review
  104. Late Bloomer, The
  105. LBJ
  106. The Legend of Tarzan
  107. The Light Between Oceans
  108. Life, Animated
  109. Limehouse Golem, The
  110. Lion
  111. London Has Fallen      Encore Review
  112. Loving
  113. The Magnificent Seven
  114. Manchester by the Sea       Encore Review  Encore Review 2   Encore Review 3
  115. Maudie
  116. Me Before You
  117. Midnight Special
  118. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  119. Mike Nichols: An American Master
  120. Mine
  121. Miss Sloane
  122. Moana
  123. Money Monster
  124. A Monster Calls
  125. Moonlight     Encore Review
  126. Mother’s Day
  127. Mr. Church
  128. Munich ’72 and Beyond
  129. My Life as a Zucchini
  130. The Neon Demon
  131. Nerve
  132. The Nice Guys
  133. Nocturnal Animals
  134. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
  135. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
  136. Notes on Blindness
  137. O.J.: Made in America   Encore Review
  138. Office Christmas Party
  139. Operation Avalanche
  140. Passengers   Encore Review   Encore Review 2
  141. Patriots Day     Encore Review   Encore Review 2
  142. Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  143. Pearl
  144. People V. OJ Simpson, The: American Crime Story
  145. Pete’s Dragon
  146. The Phenom
  147. Piper
  148. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  149. The Purge: Election Year
  150. Race
  151. Race for the White House: Bill Clinton vs George H.W. Bush
  152. Race for the White House: George H.W. Bush vs Michael Dukakis
  153. Race for the White House: Jackson vs Adams
  154. Race for the White House: John F. Kennedy vs Richard Nixon
  155. Race for the White House: Lincoln Vs Douglas
  156. Race for the White House: Truman vs. Dewey
  157. Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues
  158. The Red Turtle
  159. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story   Encore Review   Encore Review  2  Encore Review 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  160. Sausage Party
  161. The Secret Life of Pets
  162. Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey
  163. Shallows, The
  164. The Siege of Jadotville
  165. Silence
  166. Sing
  167. Sing Street
  168. Slingshot Cops
  169. Snowden
  170. Special Correspondents
  171. Spirit of the Game
  172. Split Encore Review
  173. Star Trek Beyond  Encore Review Encore Review 2 Encore Review 3
  174. Storks
  175. Stranger Things
  176. Suicide Squad
  177. Sully
  178. Swiss Army Man
  179. The Take (Bastille Day)
  180. Their Finest
  181. Ticket, The
  182. Tickled
  183. Tower
  184. Train to Busan
  185. Triple 9
  186. Trolls
  187. Una
  188. United Kingdom, A
  189. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
  190. Warcraft
  191. We Make Movies
  192. Wedding Plan, The
  193. Weiner
  194. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  195. The White Helmets
  196. The Whole Truth
  197. X-Men: Apocalypse   Encore Review
  198. Year in Space, A
  199. Young Offenders, The
  200. Your Name
  201. Zootopia


10 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 2016

  1. Way too late to get into this now. But I will revisit the list later and get back to you. (FYI – you’re mixing some TV movies and miniseries into the group. For me – a movie is a film released and seen on a movie screen in a theater, NOT on HBO or a TV channel) More to follow

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    • for me, its anything that i’ve seen during the year doesn’t matter if its a tv movie or miniseries. That how I do this! 🙂 at least u cant complain that I havent watched enough movies this year 🙂


  2. Helluva list – the alphabetical one of movies seen. And we’ve already discussed the mix of theatrical films with made for Tv ones and minseries etc. I tend to segregate more, but to each his own. As to your actual Top 10 and Honorable Mentions – we’d have some crossover there. OJ was a documentary – but also made my Top 10 for 2016. A few others (in your 15) wouldn’t have made my Top 25. “All The Way” began as a stage play (and won the Tony Award – I saw it twice on Broadway) and was then adapted for HBO (and Emmy nominated) by it’s author (and a buddy of mine) Robert Schenkkan – who would be thrilled that it made your list at #10, along with “Hacksaw Ridge” at #3, because he wrote both. Nicer career for some. Superlative year for him. Neither Sing Street nor Passengers would’ve topped any of my lists. Never heard of or seen Tower. Batman v. Superman – didn’t even like it. All The Way – for me – wouldn’t qualify. Lion would be high on my Top 10. Saw Patriot’s Day early in ’17, but it was excellent – along with Deepwater Horizon – both directed by Peter berg, both starring Mark Wahlberg. I saw 102 movies last year – in a movie theater…

    My Top 20 for 2016 (in chronological order that I saw them in the theater): Deadpool, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Eye in the Sky, Jungle Book, The Green Room, The Nice Guys, Me Before You, Captain Fantastic, The Shallows, HELL OR HIGH WATER (my #1 for the year), The Light Between Oceans, Deepwater Horizon, A Man Called Ove, Moonlight, Arrival, Loving, Miss Sloane, Lion, Jackie and Hidden Figures.

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    • Wow. I’m super impressed that u saw 102 films in the theater… wow! Mibe would be like 10 😉 u have sone solid films in ur top ten too imho. Really enjoyed Miss Sloane but parts felt too contrieved besides Chastain being amazing in it. Ive seen 18 of ur 20 and agree that they r mostly very good films but I think jackie and moonlight r extremely overrated. I kniw im in the minority but I liked the idea or moonlight but felt that the second and third segments just aren’t as strong as the first. I think more people liked what it was ‘trying’ to say more than the way it was presented to us. Its oscar win was a triumph but not necessarily a deserving one IMHO. Havent yet seen the shallows and 10 cloverfield lane which makes a lot of sense since im not a fan of horror.. 😉 im shocked to keatn tgat Hacksaw and ATW r written by the same screenwriter. Very impressive. tnx for stopping by and taking the time to comment Michael. Its appreciated!


  3. Still haven’t seen some of these, but all your honorable mentions were in my top twelve, with La La Land at #1, of course. Certainly agree with Rogue One and Hacksaw Ridge, but I’m really confounded that Batman v Superman made it so high. Even after that silly Martha twist? Don’t forget about Eddie the Eagle. I suspect that’s one you’d enjoy.

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