Temporal Top Ten – 2016

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Number of movies seen from this year – 200
Number of movies reviewed – 235 (including 35 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. 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared, The
  2. 11.22.63
  3. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  4. 13th
  5. 20th Century Women
  6. 4.1 Miles
  7. The 5th Wave
  8. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  9. The Accountant
  10. All the Way
  11. Allied
  12. Alone in Berlin
  13. Amanda Knox
  14. Amateur Night
  15. American Honey
  16. Anthropoid
  17. Arrival
  18. Bad Batch, The
  19. Bad Moms
  20. Bandit, The
  21. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  Encore Review
  22. Batman: Bad Blood
  23. Batman: The Killing Joke
  24. The BFG
  25. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  26. The Birth of a Nation
  27. Blind Vaysha
  28. Blood Father
  29. Blue Jay
  30. Captain America: Civil War              Encore Review                  Encore Review 2
  31. Captain Fantastic
  32. Cell
  33. Certain Women
  34. Chronesthesia
  35. Churchill’s Secret
  36. Collateral Beauty
  37. Colossal
  38. Comedian, The
  39. The Congressman
  40. Criminal
  41. Date For Mad Mary, A
  42. Deadpool
  43. Deepwater Horizon
  44. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
  45. Denial
  46. Division, The: Agent Origins
  47. Doctor Strange                    Encore Review                     Encore Review 2
  48. Don’t Think Twice
  49. The Edge of Seventeen
  50. Elle
  51. Elvis & Nixon
  52. The Exception
  53. Extremis
  54. The Family
  55. Family Man, A
  56. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  57. Fastball
  58. Fences
  59. Fight For Space
  60. Finding Dory
  61. The Finest Hours
  62. Florence Foster Jenkins
  63. The Founder
  64. Free Fire
  65. Fundamentals of Caring, The
  66. Gary from Accounting
  67. Ghostbusters
  68. Girl on the Train, The
  69. Girl With All the Gifts, The
  70. Gleason
  71. Gold
  72. The Great Wall
  73. Greater
  74. Hacksaw Ridge  Encore Review  Encore Review 2  Encore Review 3
  75. Hail, Caesar!
  76. Hamilton’s America
  77. Handmaiden, The
  78. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
  79. Hell or High Water
  80. Heroes Don’t Come Home
  81. Hidden Figures
  82. Hired Gun
  83. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  84. I Am JFK Jr.
  85. I Am Not Your Negro
  86. Independence Day: Resurgence
  87. Indignation
  88. Inferno
  89. The Infiltrator
  90. Into the Inferno
  91. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  92. Jackie
  93. Jason Bourne                           Encore Review
  94. Jim: The James Foley Story
  95. Joe’s Violin
  96. The Jungle Book
  97. Justice League vs. Teen Titans
  98. Killing Reagan
  99. A Kind of Murder
  100. Kubo and the Two Strings
  101. Kung Fu Panda 3
  102. La La Land  Encore Review
  103. Late Bloomer, The
  104. LBJ
  105. The Legend of Tarzan
  106. The Light Between Oceans
  107. Life, Animated
  108. Limehouse Golem, The
  109. Lion
  110. London Has Fallen      Encore Review
  111. Loving
  112. The Magnificent Seven
  113. Manchester by the Sea       Encore Review  Encore Review 2   Encore Review 3
  114. Maudie
  115. Me Before You
  116. Midnight Special
  117. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  118. Mike Nichols: An American Master
  119. Mine
  120. Miss Sloane
  121. Moana
  122. Money Monster
  123. A Monster Calls
  124. Moonlight     Encore Review
  125. Mother’s Day
  126. Mr. Church
  127. Munich ’72 and Beyond
  128. My Life as a Zucchini
  129. The Neon Demon
  130. Nerve
  131. The Nice Guys
  132. Nocturnal Animals
  133. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
  134. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
  135. Notes on Blindness
  136. O.J.: Made in America   Encore Review
  137. Office Christmas Party
  138. Operation Avalanche
  139. Passengers   Encore Review   Encore Review 2
  140. Patriots Day     Encore Review   Encore Review 2
  141. Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  142. Pearl
  143. People V. OJ Simpson, The: American Crime Story
  144. Pete’s Dragon
  145. The Phenom
  146. Piper
  147. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  148. The Purge: Election Year
  149. Race
  150. Race for the White House: Bill Clinton vs George H.W. Bush
  151. Race for the White House: George H.W. Bush vs Michael Dukakis
  152. Race for the White House: Jackson vs Adams
  153. Race for the White House: John F. Kennedy vs Richard Nixon
  154. Race for the White House: Lincoln Vs Douglas
  155. Race for the White House: Truman vs. Dewey
  156. Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues
  157. The Red Turtle
  158. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story   Encore Review   Encore Review  2  Encore Review 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  159. Sausage Party
  160. The Secret Life of Pets
  161. Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey
  162. Shallows, The
  163. The Siege of Jadotville
  164. Silence
  165. Sing
  166. Sing Street
  167. Slingshot Cops
  168. Snowden
  169. Special Correspondents
  170. Spirit of the Game
  171. Split Encore Review
  172. Star Trek Beyond  Encore Review Encore Review 2 Encore Review 3
  173. Storks
  174. Stranger Things
  175. Suicide Squad
  176. Sully
  177. Swiss Army Man
  178. The Take (Bastille Day)
  179. Their Finest
  180. Ticket, The
  181. Tickled
  182. Tower
  183. Train to Busan
  184. Triple 9
  185. Trolls
  186. Una
  187. United Kingdom, A
  188. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
  189. Warcraft
  190. We Make Movies
  191. Wedding Plan, The
  192. Weiner
  193. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  194. The White Helmets
  195. The Whole Truth
  196. X-Men: Apocalypse   Encore Review
  197. Year in Space, A
  198. Young Offenders, The
  199. Your Name
  200. 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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