Temporal Top Ten – 2016

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Number of movies seen from this year – 139
Number of movies reviewed – 147 (including 8 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!


Honorable Mentions: 

Honorable Mention #5 – Hidden Figures

Honorable Mention #4 – Captain America: Civil War

 Honorable Mention #3 – La La Land

 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. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

3. Hacksaw Ridge

2. O.J.: Made in America

  1. Manchester By the Sea
  1. 11. 22.63
  2. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  3. 13th
  4. 20th Century Women
  5. 4.1 Miles
  6. The 5th Wave
  7. The Accountant
  8. All the Way
  9. Allied
  10. Amanda Knox
  11. Anthropoid
  12. Arrival
  13. Bad Moms
  14. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  Encore Review
  15. Batman: Bad Blood
  16. Batman: The Killing Joke
  17. The BFG
  18. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  19. The Birth of a Nation
  20. Blind Vaysha
  21. Blood Father
  22. Captain America: Civil War
  23. Captain Fantastic
  24. Collateral Beauty
  25. The Congressman
  26. Criminal
  27. Deadpool
  28. Deepwater Horizon
  29. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
  30. Denial
  31. The Division: Agent Origins
  32. Doctor Strange
  33. Don’t Think Twice
  34. The Edge of Seventeen
  35. Elle
  36. Elvis & Nixon
  37. The Exception
  38. Extremis
  39. The Family
  40. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  41. Fastball
  42. Fences
  43. Finding Dory
  44. The Finest Hours
  45. Florence Foster Jenkins
  46. The Founder
  47. Gary from Accounting
  48. Ghostbusters
  49. Gold
  50. The Great Wall
  51. Greater
  52. Hacksaw Ridge       Encore Review
  53. Hail, Caesar!
  54. Hell or High Water
  55. Heroes Don’t Come Home
  56. Hidden Figures
  57. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  58. I Am JFK Jr.
  59. I Am Not Your Negro
  60. Independence Day: Resurgence
  61. Indignation
  62. The Infiltrator
  63. Into the Inferno
  64. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  65. Jackie
  66. Jason Bourne  Encore Review
  67. Jim: The James Foley Story
  68. Joe’s Violin
  69. The Jungle Book
  70. Justice League vs. Teen Titans
  71. Killing Reagan
  72. A Kind of Murder
  73. Kubo and the Two Strings
  74. La La Land
  75. The Legend of Tarzan
  76. The Light Between Oceans
  77. Life, Animated
  78. Lion
  79. London Has Fallen
  80. Loving
  81. The Magnificent Seven
  82. Manchester by the Sea       Encore Review
  83. Me Before You
  84. Midnight Special
  85. Miss Sloane
  86. Moana
  87. A Monster Calls
  88. Moonlight
  89. Mother’s Day
  90. Mr. Church
  91. The Neon Demon
  92. Nerve
  93. The Nice Guys
  94. Nocturnal Animals
  95. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
  96. Notes on Blindness
  97. O.J.: Made in America
  98. Office Christmas Party
  99. Passengers
  100. Patriots Day     Encore Review
  101. Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  102. Pearl
  103. Pete’s Dragon
  104. The Phenom
  105. Piper
  106. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  107. The Purge: Election Year
  108. Race
  109. The Red Turtle
  110. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story   Encore Review   Encore Review  2
  111. Sausage Party
  112. The Secret Life of Pets
  113. Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey
  114. The Siege of Jadotville
  115. Silence
  116. Sing Street
  117. Split
  118. Star Trek Beyond  Encore Review
  119. Storks
  120. Stranger Things
  121. Suicide Squad
  122. Sully
  123. Swiss Army Man
  124. The Take (Bastille Day)
  125. Tower
  126. Train to Busan
  127. Triple 9
  128. Trolls
  129. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
  130. Vigilante
  131. Warcraft
  132. We Make Movies
  133. Weiner
  134. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  135. The White Helmets
  136. The Whole Truth
  137. X-Men: Apocalypse
  138. Zootopia



9 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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