Temporal Top Ten – 2016

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Number of movies seen from this year – 173
Number of movies reviewed – 194 (including 20 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 #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. 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
  26. Captain Fantastic
  27. Cell
  28. Certain Women
  29. Chronesthesia
  30. Collateral Beauty
  31. Colossal
  32. The Congressman
  33. Criminal
  34. Date For Mad Mary, A
  35. Deadpool
  36. Deepwater Horizon
  37. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
  38. Denial
  39. The Division: Agent Origins
  40. Doctor Strange  Encore Review
  41. Don’t Think Twice
  42. The Edge of Seventeen
  43. Elle
  44. Elvis & Nixon
  45. The Exception
  46. Extremis
  47. The Family
  48. Family Man, A
  49. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  50. Fastball
  51. Fences
  52. Fight For Space
  53. Finding Dory
  54. The Finest Hours
  55. Florence Foster Jenkins
  56. The Founder
  57. Free Fire
  58. Fundamentals of Caring, The
  59. Gary from Accounting
  60. Ghostbusters
  61. Girl on the Train, The
  62. Girl With All the Gifts, The
  63. Gleason
  64. Gold
  65. The Great Wall
  66. Greater
  67. Hacksaw Ridge       Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  68. Hail, Caesar!
  69. Handmaiden, The
  70. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
  71. Hell or High Water
  72. Heroes Don’t Come Home
  73. Hidden Figures
  74. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  75. I Am JFK Jr.
  76. I Am Not Your Negro
  77. Independence Day: Resurgence
  78. Indignation
  79. The Infiltrator
  80. Into the Inferno
  81. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  82. Jackie
  83. Jason Bourne                           Encore Review
  84. Jim: The James Foley Story
  85. Joe’s Violin
  86. The Jungle Book
  87. Justice League vs. Teen Titans
  88. Killing Reagan
  89. A Kind of Murder
  90. Kubo and the Two Strings
  91. Kung Fu Panda 3
  92. La La Land
  93. LBJ
  94. The Legend of Tarzan
  95. The Light Between Oceans
  96. Life, Animated
  97. Lion
  98. London Has Fallen
  99. Loving
  100. The Magnificent Seven
  101. Manchester by the Sea       Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  102. Maudie
  103. Me Before You
  104. Midnight Special
  105. Mine
  106. Miss Sloane
  107. Moana
  108. Money Monster
  109. A Monster Calls
  110. Moonlight
  111. Mother’s Day
  112. Mr. Church
  113. Munich ’72 and Beyond
  114. My Life as a Zucchini
  115. The Neon Demon
  116. Nerve
  117. The Nice Guys
  118. Nocturnal Animals
  119. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
  120. Notes on Blindness
  121. O.J.: Made in America
  122. Office Christmas Party
  123. Operation Avalanche
  124. Passengers   Encore Review
  125. Patriots Day     Encore Review
  126. Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  127. Pearl
  128. Pete’s Dragon
  129. The Phenom
  130. Piper
  131. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  132. The Purge: Election Year
  133. Race
  134. The Red Turtle
  135. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story   Encore Review   Encore Review  2  Encore Review 3 4 5 6 7 8
  136. Sausage Party
  137. The Secret Life of Pets
  138. Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey
  139. The Siege of Jadotville
  140. Silence
  141. Sing
  142. Sing Street
  143. Slingshot Cops
  144. Small Town Hero
  145. Snowden
  146. Split Encore Review
  147. Star Trek Beyond  Encore Review Encore Review 2
  148. Storks
  149. Stranger Things
  150. Suicide Squad
  151. Sully
  152. Swiss Army Man
  153. The Take (Bastille Day)
  154. Their Finest
  155. Tickled
  156. Tower
  157. Train to Busan
  158. Triple 9
  159. Trolls
  160. Una
  161. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
  162. Warcraft
  163. We Make Movies
  164. Wedding Plan, The
  165. Weiner
  166. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  167. The White Helmets
  168. The Whole Truth
  169. X-Men: Apocalypse
  170. A Year in Space
  171. Young Offenders, The
  172. Your Name
  173. 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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