The 10 Best Movies of 2016

It’s got to be one of the most fun parts of being a movie blogger, and a huge reason I set up my solo blog just before Christmas. I’m talking about compiling and sharing a Top 10 Movies of the year post. Once January rolls around I scour every blog I follow looking for these lists. comparing them with my own and adding new movies to my watch list. Of course, It’s only the start of 2017, and I haven’t seen nearly all of the 2016 releases yet, so this is more of a Top 10 Best Movies of 2016 ‘so far’ list.

It’s difficult living in the UK sometimes. No I don’t mean the need to constantly apologise (sorry) or being almost solely dependent on tea and biscuits, but we have to wait weeks, sometimes months for movie releases. That’s why you’ll find some huge hits like La La Land (12th Jan ’17 release here) missing from this list, and why you might be confused to see others like Room (15th Jan ’16 release) here.

Before I kick off, I’d like to join in the tradition of noting some honourable mentions, the movies I really enjoyed but weren’t quite good enough for my Top 10. They are: Doctor Strange, Ghostbusters (#hatersgonnahate), Captain American Civil War, Everybody Wants Some, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Midnight Special, Zootopia & Sing Street.

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#10 Nocturnal Animals

It’s been nearly 2 months since I watched Nocturnal Animals, and I still haven’t decided what I think that ending means. It’s the kind of movie I could have easily hated and waved off as being cold and empty, but I found it fascinating. There are a few scenes that are difficult to watch, and an extremely unwanted and unexpected jump scare, but it’s certainly worth a watch if you haven’t seen it already.

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#9 Room

You know, it makes me sound like a right weirdo, telling you all how much I enjoyedΒ a movie about a mother and son who were kidnapped and help captive in a tiny room for years, but it’s the performances that make Room such a lovable movie. Watch out world, because Jacob Tremblay is going to take the world by storm one day! If you’re planning on watching Room, grab some tissues beforehand, unless you’re a cold-hearted monster.

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#8 Tallulah

Sometimes it’s those quiet, less heard of movies that take you by surprise, and this was the case with Tallulah. A Netflix Original about a good person doing a bad thing, this movie tore my heart out, stomped on it a few times, and then stuck it back in my chest the wrong way. I don’t remember the last time I genuinely tried to reason with a movie character whilst watching a movie.

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#7 Bridget Jones’s Baby

Okay, who thought we’d get the return of Bridget Jones in 2016? Who actually had high hopes for it after the rather dull Edge of Reason, that I spent an hour researching to try to remember whether I’d ever even watched it? Maybe it was the fabulous company I had at the cinema, but I don’t remember the last time I laughed at a movie that it hurt!

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#6 Rogue One

Despite my initial confusion and slight disappointment at the amount of trailer footage that didn’t end up in the final copy, this was the movie that the hard core Star Wars fans deserved. I for one never expected Disney to get so dark. This movie earns it’s spot for ‘that corridor scene’ alone. *heavy breathing* No no, don’t panic, that’s just me, I forgot to breathe during the scene!

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#5 Deadpool

Let’s face it, after such an amazing marketing campaign (which doesn’t seem to ever end) Deadpool could have been a mediocre movie and we’d have been happy enough. After the character was butchered completely in X-Men Origins it could have been terrible, and yet instead we all got the movie we’d been waiting years for. Action packed and full to the brim of jokes you’d never want to explain to your Mum. I just hope the sequel will be just as good!

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#4 The Nice Guys

This time last year when I saw the trailer for The Nice Guys, I knew I would love it, and it didn’t disappoint at all. It’s perhaps the most criminally under-watched movie of 2016! Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe have so much chemistry on screen, it’s worth a watch for them alone, but there’s so much going on I think it’s one of those where every time you rewatch it, you spot something new.

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#3 Spotlight

The biggest ‘I told you so’ moment of my life was during the Academy Awards in 2016. Despite knowing next to nothing about the Oscars and the criteria for nominees and winners, I felt such a strong connection to Spotlight and not only was I rooting for it to win Best Picture, I genuinely thought it stood a good chance, and I was laughed away when I said it was so much better than The Revenant. Despite having the win ruined for me by the radio before I could watch the ceremony, I was still ecstatic!

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#2 Arrival

My top two spots have shifted around so much, if I wrote this post again in an hour it might have changed again! Arrival is such a beautiful movie. The time flew by as I got engrossed in watching Amy Adams’ character learn the language of the aliens who have landed on Earth, but the final twenty minutes when everything clicks into place is absolutely mind blowing, and it’s one of those moments I wish I could experience again for the first time.

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#1 Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Some movies make us laugh. Others make us cry. Some have visuals that leave us in awe. Others make us think about how we view others and the world we live in. Some have characters that we relate to, or aspire to be. Hunt for the Wilderpeople was all of things and more, and it came out of absolutely nowhere for me. I find it impossible to explain to others why I loved it so much, and yet all I want is to sit people down and force them to watch it! If it wasn’t for the blogging community I wouldn’t even know this movie existed, and that’s a scary thought!

In a couple of days I’m planning to post my Worst 10 Movies of 2016, and whilst I’m in a list making mood, I might make a few others too. I hope I have enough coloured pens, and sticky tabs. Who am I kidding, I have enough stationery to supply an entire school! For now though, I’d love to know – what was your favourite movie of 2016?

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37 thoughts on “The 10 Best Movies of 2016

  1. Heh, you’re not kidding about this being one of the funnest posts of the year to make. After all, there’s a reason I still go out of my way to post a best of list at the end of every year, even if I don’t blog nearly so much otherwise about movie anymore these days. πŸ˜›

    Interesting list you’ve got here, though. I didn’t get around to Tallulah, might need to get on that though! And awesome pick for #1. Really enjoyed the hell out of that one, and it’s still quite possibly the funniest movie I can recall seeing last year. Good stuff here, Allie. πŸ™‚

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  2. Fantastic list. So many on it made mine from this year and last year (crazy release schedules). Great to see the love for Arrival, Spotlight, Wilderpeople and a couple others. I almost watched Tallula last night. Now you have me excited!

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  4. It’s nice to see films from last year (for me) like Spotlight and Room on this list! They made my best last year too. I’m still waiting to do mine as there’s a handful of films I need to see, but so far I have Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Arrival, Nocturnal Animals and Tallulah on my list too!

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  5. God dammit with that Arrival love everywhere. It only played in cinemas 2 weeks here so I missed it and along with Jackie it’s actually one of the two movies that I look forward to in this Oscar season – everything else seems cliche, political or what is the big deal about Gosling and Stone dancing around?

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    • It’s sooooooo good! I really hope the hype doesn’t kill it for you though once you do get to see it.
      I have guiltily watched Crazy Stupid Love too many times, I’m absolutely dying whilst waiting for La La Land to come out here!! Sorry not sorry for that one ;D

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  6. I couldn’t agree more with your #1. Maybe my favorite movie of all-time, honestly. It simply does everything right (and it’s soooo f–king sweet and charming and adorable….and….aaaaaahhh). I love it.

    Great list! Many fantastic choices here (Bridget Jones!!!! Hahahahaaa)

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  7. great list! so glad Spotlight was so high. imho, it was better than arrival and not having seen wildreness, i cant comment.

    tallulah seems worth a look, tnx for the recommendation!

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  8. Great list you have here! I can sympathise – here in South-Africa we have the oddest release schedule too. I simply can’t wait for La La land!
    I loved Spotlight, though I think I saw that as a 2015 film (again with the scheduling). Deadpool was hilarious and a great film. I loved Bridget Jones’ baby!

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  9. Love it that Arrival and Hunt for the Wilderpeople got appreciated! Love them, too, so much.
    Some of the movies were in my 2015 list although I watched it in 2016. Same thing will likely to happen to my list in 2016.

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  10. Nice list! Okay – you have seen Nocturnal Animals. Can’t remember if you’re someone I discussed that with in my review or not – it’s one I so badly wanted to discuss with anyone & everyone who watched it! I love movies that make you think & have open endings like that. I saw most of these but missed out on The Nice Guys, Hunt For The Wilderpeople (wow – I should really get to that since it’s on Netflix), Bridget Jones (she annoys me too much. Lol), and Tallulah (which I’ve not heard of).

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    • Yes – I think I remember your post! I just love how the ending can be interpreted in so many different ways. Pleeeeeaaaaaase give The Nice Guys a go sometime, it absolutely tanked in the box office but it’s so damn funny!

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