Temporal Top Ten – 2016

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Number of movies seen from this year – 178
Number of movies reviewed – 213 (including 31 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. 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. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  8. The Accountant
  9. All the Way
  10. Allied
  11. Alone in Berlin
  12. Amanda Knox
  13. Anthropoid
  14. Arrival
  15. Bad Moms
  16. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  Encore Review
  17. Batman: Bad Blood
  18. Batman: The Killing Joke
  19. The BFG
  20. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  21. The Birth of a Nation
  22. Blind Vaysha
  23. Blood Father
  24. Blue Jay
  25. Captain America: Civil War              Encore Review                  Encore Review 2
  26. Captain Fantastic
  27. Cell
  28. Certain Women
  29. Chronesthesia
  30. Collateral Beauty
  31. Colossal
  32. Comedian, The
  33. The Congressman
  34. Criminal
  35. Date For Mad Mary, A
  36. Deadpool
  37. Deepwater Horizon
  38. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
  39. Denial
  40. The Division: Agent Origins
  41. Doctor Strange                    Encore Review                     Encore Review 2
  42. Don’t Think Twice
  43. The Edge of Seventeen
  44. Elle
  45. Elvis & Nixon
  46. The Exception
  47. Extremis
  48. The Family
  49. Family Man, A
  50. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  51. Fastball
  52. Fences
  53. Fight For Space
  54. Finding Dory
  55. The Finest Hours
  56. Florence Foster Jenkins
  57. The Founder
  58. Free Fire
  59. Fundamentals of Caring, The
  60. Gary from Accounting
  61. Ghostbusters
  62. Girl on the Train, The
  63. Girl With All the Gifts, The
  64. Gleason
  65. Gold
  66. The Great Wall
  67. Greater
  68. Hacksaw Ridge       Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  69. Hail, Caesar!
  70. Handmaiden, The
  71. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
  72. Hell or High Water
  73. Heroes Don’t Come Home
  74. Hidden Figures
  75. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  76. I Am JFK Jr.
  77. I Am Not Your Negro
  78. Independence Day: Resurgence
  79. Indignation
  80. Inferno
  81. The Infiltrator
  82. Into the Inferno
  83. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  84. Jackie
  85. Jason Bourne                           Encore Review
  86. Jim: The James Foley Story
  87. Joe’s Violin
  88. The Jungle Book
  89. Justice League vs. Teen Titans
  90. Killing Reagan
  91. A Kind of Murder
  92. Kubo and the Two Strings
  93. Kung Fu Panda 3
  94. La La Land  Encore Review
  95. LBJ
  96. The Legend of Tarzan
  97. The Light Between Oceans
  98. Life, Animated
  99. Lion
  100. London Has Fallen      Encore Review
  101. Loving
  102. The Magnificent Seven
  103. Manchester by the Sea       Encore Review  Encore Review 2   Encore Review 3
  104. Maudie
  105. Me Before You
  106. Midnight Special
  107. Mine
  108. Miss Sloane
  109. Moana
  110. Money Monster
  111. A Monster Calls
  112. Moonlight     Encore Review
  113. Mother’s Day
  114. Mr. Church
  115. Munich ’72 and Beyond
  116. My Life as a Zucchini
  117. The Neon Demon
  118. Nerve
  119. The Nice Guys
  120. Nocturnal Animals
  121. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
  122. Notes on Blindness
  123. O.J.: Made in America
  124. Office Christmas Party
  125. Operation Avalanche
  126. Passengers   Encore Review
  127. Patriots Day     Encore Review   Encore Review 2
  128. Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  129. Pearl
  130. Pete’s Dragon
  131. The Phenom
  132. Piper
  133. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  134. The Purge: Election Year
  135. Race
  136. Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues
  137. The Red Turtle
  138. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story   Encore Review   Encore Review  2  Encore Review 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  139. Sausage Party
  140. The Secret Life of Pets
  141. Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey
  142. The Siege of Jadotville
  143. Silence
  144. Sing
  145. Sing Street
  146. Slingshot Cops
  147. Small Town Hero
  148. Snowden
  149. Spirit of the Game
  150. Split Encore Review
  151. Star Trek Beyond  Encore Review Encore Review 2 Encore Review 3
  152. Storks
  153. Stranger Things
  154. Suicide Squad
  155. Sully
  156. Swiss Army Man
  157. The Take (Bastille Day)
  158. Their Finest
  159. Ticket, The
  160. Tickled
  161. Tower
  162. Train to Busan
  163. Triple 9
  164. Trolls
  165. Una
  166. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
  167. Warcraft
  168. We Make Movies
  169. Wedding Plan, The
  170. Weiner
  171. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  172. The White Helmets
  173. The Whole Truth
  174. X-Men: Apocalypse   Encore Review
  175. A Year in Space
  176. Young Offenders, The
  177. Your Name
  178. 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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