It’s a new year, and a new year means new movies! But before we look forward to all the new and exciting films to be released in 2017 I want to count down my top 50 films of 2016. 2016 wasn’t the best year for big blockbuster films as many of them were slammed by critics, there were also some highly disappointing films this year like The Legend Of Tarzan, Batman V Superman, Dirty Grandpa and Independence Day: Resurgence just to mention a few. However despite those films there were actually some really good films released this year. Unfortunately films like Moonlight, La La Land and Manchester By The Sea, the top Oscar contenders won’t be on this list as they will be released in the U.K in 2017, anyway get ready here are my top 50 films of 2016!
50. X-Men Apocalypse
X-Men Apocalypse wasn’t as good as I anticipated, it had a lot of flaws especially with it’s villain but it was still a decent superhero film. It was nice seeing other mutants like Jean Grey, Nightcrawler and Cyclops who we haven’t seen in X-Men First Class or X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Once again Quicksilver stole the show with another amazing and well shot scene. X-men Apocalypse just made the list and ranks at 50.
49. Central Intelligence
Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are two charismatic people i’ve been waiting to see on screen together for a while, so I was excited to watch Central Intelligence. Central Intelligence is a decent and funny comedy film, which is elevated by its charming leads. If it wasn’t for Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, I don’t think this film would have been as good.
48. Money Monster
Money Monster is a thrilling film with a strong cast, it had a good concept but the execution wasn’t so great and at times the film became implausible. Even with these problems, for me it was still a decent thriller and some moments were very tense.
47. The Siege Of Jadotville
Based on a true story, The Siege Of Jadotville is an engaging action-packed movie, with well-shot, gripping battle scenes. It’s a part of history i’ve never learnt about before so it was interesting to watch. The battle scenes alone in this film make it worth your time, they are tense, exciting and keep you on the edge on seat, therefore The Siege Of Jadotville earns it spot at 47.
46. Pete’s Dragon
Pete’s Dragon is a delightful, light-hearted and fast-paced remake, what I like about this film is how sweet it is, and that it can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. The characters were good, but i felt like the film wasn’t anything special, overall it was a decent remake and better than most remakes and sequels which were released in 2016.
45. Kung Fu Panda 3
Kung Fu Panda 3 turned out to be a decent sequel, we finally get to meet Po’s real father and the rest of his family, it was nice seeing our favourite Kung Fu animals back in action for the third installment in the Kung Fu Panda triology. Even though it wasn’t as good as the two previous films, it was still a lot of fun.
Allied didn’t maximise it’s potential and wasn’t as good as i thought it would be, however it was still a solid film although predictable. Could have done with more action, but the romance side was pretty good, Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard worked well together. The costumes in allied were gorgeous and it was a visually stunning film with a nice score. Which earns it a spot at number 44 on this list.
Snowden was interesting to watch, seeing what the government was doing behind people’s back was pretty mind-blowing. It was interesting to understand why Snowden did what he did and how he pulled it off. However I think Snowden could have been better, it was safe, and the direction wasn’t so good. But despite those problems, Joseph Gordon-Levitt gave a solid lead performance and Snowden manages to land the number 43 spot on this list.
Nerve is an entertaining, thrilling and energetic, teen-friendly movie. It is successful at capturing the dangers of the internet and manages to get its message across while still being fun and exciting, however it does have a few problems with cliched characters and is let down by it’s ending. Despite those problems it still makes this top 50 films of 2016 list.
41. The Fundamentals Of Caring
The fundamentals of caring is a funny and heart-warming film with a simple story but interesting characters and an unique sense of humour which carries the film. It’s not anything special, but I enjoyed it and it ranks at number 41.
40. The Shallows
The Shallows is a solid shark attack film with decent thrills, I liked it and found it enjoyable but wasn’t so impressed by it. It’s a well crafted film with good direction where Blake Lively gives a strong performance as Nancy. Which is why it ranks at 40 on this list.
Goat isn’t an easy watch and it’s not for everyone, but i thought it was a strong film that touches on topics that really make you think. Goat is well filmed and is shot in a way that will leave an impression, it goes all out and makes you feel for the pledges. Ben Schnetzer’s performance really stood out for me in this film. I think Goat is a solid, underrated indie film which shows how fraternities can sometimes go too far.
38. Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad ranks at 38 on this list, I know Suicide Squad was disappointing for many, however i had fun watching it, the cast was great and had solid chemistry. The performances were good, especially from Margot Robbie, Will Smith and surprisingly Jai Courtney. It was nice seeing these dc characters on screen, even though the film had many problems, i was able to look past those problems and enjoy suicide squad.
37. The Neon Demon
Watching The Neon Demon was for sure an amazing experience, it’s a visually stunning film with an amazing score, probably one of my favourite scores of 2016. Elle Fanning shines in this film as Jesse an aspiring model, even though the film had some flaws, I still enjoyed it, the story was different, had interesting dialogue and a shocking ending.
36. King Cobra
King Cobra turned a dark, horrible crime story into a feature film with a light touch, the film takes a look at the gay porn industry and two rival production companies. King Cobra has a lot of dark humour, sex scenes and interesting characters who were portrayed well by a talented cast.
35. Everybody Wants Some !!
2016 has had some good coming of age films and Everybody Wants Some!! is one of them. Richard Linklater adds another solid coming of age movie to his filmography. Everybody Wants Some!! is just a chill and easy to watch film which is why I like it. The dialogue in this film is smart, funny and sometimes quirky, the film is packed with many intriguing characters.The cast of Everybody Wants Some!! was very talented and i’m excited to see Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman, Glen Powell and Zoey Deutch in future projects.
34. Bad Moms
Bad Moms is a comedy I didn’t expect to find funny, but I actually ended up laughing a lot, the film had a great cast which they used to their advantage. It has some crude and adult humour but also underneath there is candid message about being mum and how difficult it is. Bad Moms turned out to be an enjoyable female comedy.
33. The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven surprised me, I thought it was going to be another lousy remake, but I was wrong it was actually a decent action film. The Magnificent Seven had a great cast no doubt, everyone shined in their role, Denzel Washington in particular. What I really enjoyed about the film was the final battle scene, it was well-shot, fast-paced and highly entertaining.
32. Café Society
Not many romance films were released in 2016, but Cafe Society was one of my favourite, it’s a sweet film, with charming characters and delightful dialogue. The costumes were lovely and visually it was pleasant to look at, Jesse Einsenberg and Kristen Stewart in their third film together, once again prove that they have good chemistry. I liked Cafe society, it’s a sweet, romantic, appealing romance film which ranks at 32 on this list.
31. Train To Busan
Train To Busan is now probably one of my favourite zombie film, with so many zombie films out there, I think Train To Busan is one of the most memorable and entertaining zombie film. This film was such a fun ride, it never ran out of ways to be entertaining, there were some really exciting scenes that had me wowing, screaming and pleading for the characters to survive. In Train To Busan I actually cared about the characters which made it more intense as the stakes were always high. Due to how fun it was Train To Busan makes my top 50 films of 2016.
30. War Dogs
I know not many people were fans of War Dogs but I loved it. Miles Teller and Jonah Hill have strong on screen chemistry and Hill’s performance was great. I had so much fun watching this film, I found it highly entertaining which is why it ranks at number 30.
Hush is a gripping, chilling, interesting and different horror film. It was well-written and the film was the perfect length, and didn’t drag at all. The film had a small cast but the acting was excellent, John Gallagher Jr portrayed the killer brilliantly and Kate Siegel did a fantastic job of playing the deaf writer in distress. Making the main protagonist deaf was a good idea, it made the movie more intense and it was interesting to see how Maddie was still able to use her other senses to try and tackle the deadly situation.
28. Eddie The Eagle
Eddie The Eagle is an inspiring and uplifting sports film. Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton suited their roles. The film was sweet, heart-warming and had a nice message which will motivate you. It’s an enjoyable sports film for all ages.
Sully is a well edited film & had me engaged throughout. I just found the movie very interesting, even though Sully saved many lives and is considered a hero people still doubted the decision he made.I liked how the story was told in a non-linear way and the incident was shown as flashbacks. I found myself enjoying the film more than I thought I would.
26. Captain Fantastic
Captain Fantastic is not only funny, but also interesting, Viggo Mortensen gives a terrific performance as a dad of six kids, who eventually starts questioning if he has raised them correctly. It’s a film that balances comedy and drama well, it’s also different which made it more enjoyable, because of this Captain Fantastic ranks at 26.
25. Hunt For The WilderPeople
From director Taika Waititi, who also directed the extremely hilarious What We Do In The Shadows. Hunt For The Wilderpeople is a refreshing film. Taika Waititi shows off his talent as a filmmaker once again as he crafts a funny, sweet and heartfelt comedy.
24. The Nice Guys
The Nice Guys is a slick, entertaining 70s buddy cop film, unlike most buddy cops film it’s actually good. It manages to have humour, action and a good crime story which is what buddy cop films need. The film is elevated by Gosling & Crowe’s fantastic chemistry and is packed with hilarious moments making it a fun ride from beginning to end.
23. 10 Cloverfield Lane
10 Cloverfield Lane was thrilling, gripping and intense, the cast was great, but John Goodman shined the most giving a frightening and spine-chilling performance. The slow pace was effective and it had me trying to figure out the mystery behind the characters. 10 Cloverfield Lane wrapped up with an unexpected final scene.
22. The Lobster
The Lobster is a very weird, but hilarious movie with an unusual concept. I’ve seen previous films by Yorgos Lanthimos so I knew what to expect from The Lobster. It has many hilarious and strange moments, and weird lines of dialogue which will really make you laugh.The Lobster is definitely not your typical romance movie, it’s unique, different and I liked it which is why it ranks at number 22 on this list.
21. Nocturnal Animals
A film like Nocturnal Animals has to be in the hands of a strong and talented director, it’s a film with a story within a story which are sometimes difficult to get right. Tom Ford did an excellent job of handling Nocturnal Animals and ended up creating a thought-provoking and gripping thriller. The performances are definitely one of the first things you notice about Nocturnal Animals, Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Micheal Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson all delivered mesmerizing performances which really elevated the film, and made it an engrossing watch.
20. Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange is another good addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s a highly enjoyable, action-packed, entertaining and funny superhero movie. It had incredible visual effects which made for a fantastic and at times trippy viewing experience. It wasn’t as strong as the other marvel films released this year but it was a good film which ranks at 20 on this list.
19. Green Room
Green Room is a smart movie which delivers violent and dark thrills, the concept was good and the execution was even better. The movie is filled with tense, unpredictable and at times even shocking moments.
18. Popstar Never Stop Never Stopping
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping had me laughing till tears were in my eyes. The songs were hilarious and the jokes just kept on coming and always made me crack up. It’s a music mockumentary for the 21st century mainstream audience which delivered. I had so much fun watching it and it ended up being one my favourite comedies of 2016.
17. The Jungle Book
There have been many remakes make this year, but the one that stands out the most is The Jungle Book. The CGI was superb, all the animals and scenery looked great. The voice acting was very good from Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray. The Jungle Book is one of those remakes that is as good as the original.
16. Finding Dory
I wasn’t expecting much from Finding Dory, but when I watched it, I was surprised with how good it was. It actually had a decent story and was funny, cute and adorable. Disney always knows how to make good animated movies and they did just that with the unexpected sequel Finding Dory.
15. Deepwater Horizon
Deepwater Horizon was a sad and tragic film, which shows how this disastrous event could have been easily avoided if some tests were done. It’s a well made film, which gave a decent explanation on what happens on an oil rig and the potential dangers. Deepwater Horizon really stuck with me for a few days after seeing the tragic disaster on the big screen.
14. The Witch
The Witch is a dark, mysterious and gripping horror. Its slow pace is made very effective in this film, there’s just something about this film I really enjoyed. The chilling atmosphere alone makes your hair stand on end, it helped build suspense as you anticipate something sinister to happen. It has a well-written script and is a captivating horror which really amazed me.
13. The Edge Of Seventeen
The Edge Of Seventeen is a good coming of age film that mixes drama and comedy easily, it balances both of the genres well, there were some dramatic scenes which still managed to have some humour in it. Hailee Steinfeld gives a great performance in this film, she manages to portray her emotions excellently so we know how her character feels. It’s a true coming of age film as we see how her character slowly develops during the film. I really enjoyed The Edge Of Seventeen and it lands at number 13.
12. Hell Or High water
Hell Or High Water a solidly crafted indie film, with great direction. This was just a good film due to the story and the well-developed characters. Hell Or High Water is a western film that focuses on it’s characters rather than needing fast paced action scenes to make an entertaining film. With great performances, a nice western feel and a dark tone, Hell Or High Water ranks at 12 on this list.
11. Kubo And The Two Strings
Disney have just been delivering with great animation films, so it was refreshing to see a different studio release a great animation film. Kubo And The Two Strings was a stunning animation, visually, it’s the best looking animation which has been released this year. It has a creative story and talented cast which brings life to this underrated animation film. It has a spectacular and different story which you don’t really find in most animated films.
10. Sausage Party
An R-rated animated film is something you don’t usually see, so I was really excited for sausage party. I know many people were unimpressed by the film, but I loved it! This raunchy and rude animated film was hilarious, I laughed so hard while watching sausage party. Just when I thought things couldn’t get crazier, the final act was one of the most bonkers things I have seen in 2016. It’s not for everyone but it’s uniqueness and humour lands it at number 10 on this list.
9. Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War was my second most anticipated film of 2016 and it delivered. Captain America: Civil War was great, it was nice seeing Spider-Man and black panther in action and i’m looking forward to their stand alone films. The action scenes were just awesome, they were choreographed perfectly and just so enjoyable to watch.
Deadpool took a risk with it’s R rating and it worked! The storytelling was very different compared to previous marvel films and I liked it. Ryan Reynolds was the perfect guy as Deadpool as he dropped hilarious lines effortlessly. The raunchy Humour and the bloody violence worked well together.
By now you can probably tell that I love animated films, as Zootopia is the fifth one on this list. But Zootopia was fantastic and is my favourite animated film of the year. It’s a sweet, adorable and fun animated buddy cop film, not only that but it also has a strong message about stereotyping and racism, which are big problems in society today. The message mixes nicely into the story and it’s still an enjoyable family film.
6. Swiss Army Man
Swiss Army Man is definitely an unusual film, but even with it’s odd premise, it turns out to be a lovely, adventurous and highly enjoyable film. I’ve never seen anything like it before, which made it even more refreshing to watch. It’s catchy score, weird characters and amusing dialogue makes Swiss Army Man a fun movie to watch. Due to it’s uniqueness, creativity and humor it ranks at number 6 on this list.
5. Don’t Breathe
Don’t breathe is another good addition to the home invasion genre, it’s a well made horror which had no trouble keeping me on the edge of my seat. It did a good job of building up the suspense and the fast pace helped to keep things exciting. Don’t Breathe never ran out of thrills or scares and the shocking twist made this horror even better. It was a dark, smart and chilling movie that manage to keep me feeling tense throughout.
Divines is a great, underrated foreign film, it’s a sad coming of age which focuses on Dounia a young girl hungry for power living in the ghetto in Paris where drugs and religion reign supreme.We see that Dounia is willing to live a life of crime just to achieve her dreams of being rich. It’s a touching and powerful story with charismatic characters, funny moments and outstanding performances.
3. The Handmaiden
The Handmaiden, well what can I say, it’s just a superb film from director Park Chan-wook, honestly I think this film is a work of art. Visually it was beautiful, everything in that film looked luxurious. I was captivated by the dialogue and the complex characters, the storytelling was great and the twists just caught me by surprise, I didn’t see them coming. Even with a long runtime I never got bored of watching The Handmaiden I just wanted more. I was amazed by how much I enjoyed the film because of it’s engaging storytelling and unique script it is my favourite foreign language film of the year.
2. Sing Street
Sing Street was a great surprise, I went into it not expecting much but what I got was a lovely, heart-warming and feel good film which left me feeling happy. We have seen the usual plot where a boy tries to impress a girl by joining a band, but Sing Street takes this familiar plot and improves on it with it’s charm, likable characters and awesome tunes. The film had a whole lot of heart, a nice message and I loved it which is why it’s at number 2 on this list.
Arrival was just a brilliant film, I cannot flaw it at all, from Amy Adams spectacular performance to the stunning cinematography, everything about arrival was just top notch. It’s a clever, well-written, unpredictable Sci-Fi film which had my undivided attention throughout. It asks many questions like How would the world reacted if aliens landed on our planet and how would we communicate with them? It also answers these questions in a excellent and creative way. Arrival had a wonderful story which was elevated by Denis Villenueve strong direction, because of how great Arrival was it is my favourite film of 2016.