Temporal Top Ten – 2016

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Number of movies seen from this year – 181
Number of movies reviewed – 217 (including 32 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. American Honey
  14. Anthropoid
  15. Arrival
  16. Bad Moms
  17. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  Encore Review
  18. Batman: Bad Blood
  19. Batman: The Killing Joke
  20. The BFG
  21. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  22. The Birth of a Nation
  23. Blind Vaysha
  24. Blood Father
  25. Blue Jay
  26. Captain America: Civil War              Encore Review                  Encore Review 2
  27. Captain Fantastic
  28. Cell
  29. Certain Women
  30. Chronesthesia
  31. Collateral Beauty
  32. Colossal
  33. Comedian, The
  34. The Congressman
  35. Criminal
  36. Date For Mad Mary, A
  37. Deadpool
  38. Deepwater Horizon
  39. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
  40. Denial
  41. The Division: Agent Origins
  42. Doctor Strange                    Encore Review                     Encore Review 2
  43. Don’t Think Twice
  44. The Edge of Seventeen
  45. Elle
  46. Elvis & Nixon
  47. The Exception
  48. Extremis
  49. The Family
  50. Family Man, A
  51. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  52. Fastball
  53. Fences
  54. Fight For Space
  55. Finding Dory
  56. The Finest Hours
  57. Florence Foster Jenkins
  58. The Founder
  59. Free Fire
  60. Fundamentals of Caring, The
  61. Gary from Accounting
  62. Ghostbusters
  63. Girl on the Train, The
  64. Girl With All the Gifts, The
  65. Gleason
  66. Gold
  67. The Great Wall
  68. Greater
  69. Hacksaw Ridge       Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  70. Hail, Caesar!
  71. Hamilton’s America
  72. Handmaiden, The
  73. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
  74. Hell or High Water
  75. Heroes Don’t Come Home
  76. Hidden Figures
  77. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  78. I Am JFK Jr.
  79. I Am Not Your Negro
  80. Independence Day: Resurgence
  81. Indignation
  82. Inferno
  83. The Infiltrator
  84. Into the Inferno
  85. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  86. Jackie
  87. Jason Bourne                           Encore Review
  88. Jim: The James Foley Story
  89. Joe’s Violin
  90. The Jungle Book
  91. Justice League vs. Teen Titans
  92. Killing Reagan
  93. A Kind of Murder
  94. Kubo and the Two Strings
  95. Kung Fu Panda 3
  96. La La Land  Encore Review
  97. LBJ
  98. The Legend of Tarzan
  99. The Light Between Oceans
  100. Life, Animated
  101. Limehouse Golem, The
  102. Lion
  103. London Has Fallen      Encore Review
  104. Loving
  105. The Magnificent Seven
  106. Manchester by the Sea       Encore Review  Encore Review 2   Encore Review 3
  107. Maudie
  108. Me Before You
  109. Midnight Special
  110. Mine
  111. Miss Sloane
  112. Moana
  113. Money Monster
  114. A Monster Calls
  115. Moonlight     Encore Review
  116. Mother’s Day
  117. Mr. Church
  118. Munich ’72 and Beyond
  119. My Life as a Zucchini
  120. The Neon Demon
  121. Nerve
  122. The Nice Guys
  123. Nocturnal Animals
  124. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
  125. Notes on Blindness
  126. O.J.: Made in America
  127. Office Christmas Party
  128. Operation Avalanche
  129. Passengers   Encore Review
  130. Patriots Day     Encore Review   Encore Review 2
  131. Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  132. Pearl
  133. Pete’s Dragon
  134. The Phenom
  135. Piper
  136. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  137. The Purge: Election Year
  138. Race
  139. Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues
  140. The Red Turtle
  141. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story   Encore Review   Encore Review  2  Encore Review 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  142. Sausage Party
  143. The Secret Life of Pets
  144. Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey
  145. The Siege of Jadotville
  146. Silence
  147. Sing
  148. Sing Street
  149. Slingshot Cops
  150. Small Town Hero
  151. Snowden
  152. Spirit of the Game
  153. Split Encore Review
  154. Star Trek Beyond  Encore Review Encore Review 2 Encore Review 3
  155. Storks
  156. Stranger Things
  157. Suicide Squad
  158. Sully
  159. Swiss Army Man
  160. The Take (Bastille Day)
  161. Their Finest
  162. Ticket, The
  163. Tickled
  164. Tower
  165. Train to Busan
  166. Triple 9
  167. Trolls
  168. Una
  169. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
  170. Warcraft
  171. We Make Movies
  172. Wedding Plan, The
  173. Weiner
  174. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  175. The White Helmets
  176. The Whole Truth
  177. X-Men: Apocalypse   Encore Review
  178. A Year in Space
  179. Young Offenders, The
  180. Your Name
  181. 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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