Top 10 Movies of 2016

Well, another year is in the books. So before 2017 gets into full swing, lets look back at the best movies of 2016, in my opinion of course. Before we get started, make sure to check out this list’s opposite, the Top 10 Worst Movies of 2016.  Keep in mind, as always with lists like this, my original review and rating is only part of what goes into where each movie places.  The movie’s overall quality, entertainment value, how it holds up after more thought, its impact on me, and its rewatchability are all factors. I also haven’t seen every movie that came out, unfortunately. But you can check out my reviews for each movie I did see on this list by clicking on the title. Before we got to the Top 10, here are some honorable mentions that just missed the list:

The Jungle Book– I don’t really like the animated “classic” but love what they did with this live action remake.

The Magnificent Seven– This remake gets it right and turns out to be highly entertaining.

Don’t Breathe – A surprisingly fresh take in a tired horror genre.

13 Hours – Easily Michael Bay’s best movie.

10. The Conjuring 2

– It isn’t without its problems and has a bunch of clichés, but it scared the living crap out of me which is the whole idea of a horror movie right? Not as good as the first but a solid horror sequel nonetheless.

9. Hell or High Water

– A well directed and well acted modern western. The poor ending keeps it from being a lot higher.

8. The Nice Guys

– This is one that gets better the more I think about it.  It’s hilarious and deserves to be seen more than it was.

7. The Accountant

– This is quite possibly Ben Affleck’s best performance ever and the movie itself is very entertaining.

6. Deadpool

– I had no idea I would enjoy this movie as much as I did. It is extremely clever, funny, and action packed.

5. Deepwater Horizon

– The best disaster movie I’ve seen in a long time. Mark Wahlberg is fantastic and the story is well told.

4. Captain America: Civil War

– While I still have some trouble buying the foundation of the story, I can’t deny that this movie overall is just flat out great.

3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

– It may shock many of you that this is only number 3 due to my love of Star Wars, and this movie in particular. I’m on record saying I think this is probably better than The Force Awakens, which took the top spot on last year’s list. In fact, this is probably my favorite movie on this list in terms of how entertaining it is. But some other factors put the next 2 movies ahead of it.

2. The Revenant

– I went back and forth whether to include this one on this year’s list. It came out in a limited release in 2015 and obviously that’s when it won its awards. But it got its wide release in January and that’s when I saw it, giving me plenty of reasons to include it. It beats out Star Wars just because of how well made, acted, and directed this movie is.  That mixed with the fact that I thoroughly enjoy it and have watched it several times.

1. Arrival

– These top 3 shuffled a lot while I was creating this list. Each one spent some time at number one in my head. But this one is my final pick. Not only is it a fantastic movie, but it has had a pretty big lasting impact on me since I saw it. I can’t quite put my finger on what that is, whether it was things I had going on in my life at the time or what. But it’s rare a movie has this kind of impact and that’s why it deserves this spot on the list.

So that’s it for this year. Let me know your favorites or argue with mine in the comments.

Check out other best of the year lists: 2015, 2014