Temporal Top Ten – 2016

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Number of movies seen from this year – 196
Number of movies reviewed – 230 (including 34 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. Amateur Night
  14. American Honey
  15. Anthropoid
  16. Arrival
  17. Bad Moms
  18. Bandit, The
  19. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  Encore Review
  20. Batman: Bad Blood
  21. Batman: The Killing Joke
  22. The BFG
  23. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  24. The Birth of a Nation
  25. Blind Vaysha
  26. Blood Father
  27. Blue Jay
  28. Captain America: Civil War              Encore Review                  Encore Review 2
  29. Captain Fantastic
  30. Cell
  31. Certain Women
  32. Chronesthesia
  33. Churchill’s Secret
  34. Collateral Beauty
  35. Colossal
  36. Comedian, The
  37. The Congressman
  38. Criminal
  39. Date For Mad Mary, A
  40. Deadpool
  41. Deepwater Horizon
  42. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
  43. Denial
  44. Division, The: Agent Origins
  45. Doctor Strange                    Encore Review                     Encore Review 2
  46. Don’t Think Twice
  47. The Edge of Seventeen
  48. Elle
  49. Elvis & Nixon
  50. The Exception
  51. Extremis
  52. The Family
  53. Family Man, A
  54. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  55. Fastball
  56. Fences
  57. Fight For Space
  58. Finding Dory
  59. The Finest Hours
  60. Florence Foster Jenkins
  61. The Founder
  62. Free Fire
  63. Fundamentals of Caring, The
  64. Gary from Accounting
  65. Ghostbusters
  66. Girl on the Train, The
  67. Girl With All the Gifts, The
  68. Gleason
  69. Gold
  70. The Great Wall
  71. Greater
  72. Hacksaw Ridge  Encore Review  Encore Review 2  Encore Review 3
  73. Hail, Caesar!
  74. Hamilton’s America
  75. Handmaiden, The
  76. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
  77. Hell or High Water
  78. Heroes Don’t Come Home
  79. Hidden Figures
  80. Hired Gun
  81. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  82. I Am JFK Jr.
  83. I Am Not Your Negro
  84. Independence Day: Resurgence
  85. Indignation
  86. Inferno
  87. The Infiltrator
  88. Into the Inferno
  89. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  90. Jackie
  91. Jason Bourne                           Encore Review
  92. Jim: The James Foley Story
  93. Joe’s Violin
  94. The Jungle Book
  95. Justice League vs. Teen Titans
  96. Killing Reagan
  97. A Kind of Murder
  98. Kubo and the Two Strings
  99. Kung Fu Panda 3
  100. La La Land  Encore Review
  101. LBJ
  102. The Legend of Tarzan
  103. The Light Between Oceans
  104. Life, Animated
  105. Limehouse Golem, The
  106. Lion
  107. London Has Fallen      Encore Review
  108. Loving
  109. The Magnificent Seven
  110. Manchester by the Sea       Encore Review  Encore Review 2   Encore Review 3
  111. Maudie
  112. Me Before You
  113. Midnight Special
  114. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  115. Mike Nichols: An American Master
  116. Mine
  117. Miss Sloane
  118. Moana
  119. Money Monster
  120. A Monster Calls
  121. Moonlight     Encore Review
  122. Mother’s Day
  123. Mr. Church
  124. Munich ’72 and Beyond
  125. My Life as a Zucchini
  126. The Neon Demon
  127. Nerve
  128. The Nice Guys
  129. Nocturnal Animals
  130. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
  131. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
  132. Notes on Blindness
  133. O.J.: Made in America   Encore Review
  134. Office Christmas Party
  135. Operation Avalanche
  136. Passengers   Encore Review
  137. Patriots Day     Encore Review   Encore Review 2
  138. Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  139. Pearl
  140. People V. OJ Simpson, The: American Crime Story
  141. Pete’s Dragon
  142. The Phenom
  143. Piper
  144. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  145. The Purge: Election Year
  146. Race
  147. Race for the White House: Bill Clinton vs George H.W. Bush
  148. Race for the White House: George H.W. Bush vs Michael Dukakis
  149. Race for the White House: Jackson vs Adams
  150. Race for the White House: John F. Kennedy vs Richard Nixon
  151. Race for the White House: Lincoln Vs Douglas
  152. Race for the White House: Truman vs. Dewey
  153. Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues
  154. The Red Turtle
  155. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story   Encore Review   Encore Review  2  Encore Review 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  156. Sausage Party
  157. The Secret Life of Pets
  158. Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey
  159. The Siege of Jadotville
  160. Silence
  161. Sing
  162. Sing Street
  163. Slingshot Cops
  164. Snowden
  165. Special Correspondents
  166. Spirit of the Game
  167. Split Encore Review
  168. Star Trek Beyond  Encore Review Encore Review 2 Encore Review 3
  169. Storks
  170. Stranger Things
  171. Suicide Squad
  172. Sully
  173. Swiss Army Man
  174. The Take (Bastille Day)
  175. Their Finest
  176. Ticket, The
  177. Tickled
  178. Tower
  179. Train to Busan
  180. Triple 9
  181. Trolls
  182. Una
  183. United Kingdom, A
  184. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
  185. Warcraft
  186. We Make Movies
  187. Wedding Plan, The
  188. Weiner
  189. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  190. The White Helmets
  191. The Whole Truth
  192. X-Men: Apocalypse   Encore Review
  193. Year in Space, A
  194. Young Offenders, The
  195. Your Name
  196. 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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