Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Category: 2016 Movies

Tasha Robinson: 15 Best Movies of 2016

La La Land - Damien Chazelle

Tasha Robinson: 15 Best Movies of 2016 (as published by The Verge)

  • La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  • The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  • American Honey – Andrea Arnold
  • The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  • Moana – Ron Clements and John Musker
  • The Witch – Robert Eggers
  • Queen of Katwe – Mira Nair
  • Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Taika Waititi
  • King Jack – Felix Thompson
  • Weiner – Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  • Morris from America – Chad Hartigan
  • Sing Street – John Carney
  • Life, Animated – Roger Ross Williams

Matt Prigge: 25 Best Films of 2016

Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade

Matt Prigge: 25 Best Films of 2016 (as published by Metro)

  1. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  2. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  3. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  4. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  5. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  6. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  7. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  8. The Nice Guys – Shane Black
  9. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  10. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  11. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  12. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  13. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  14. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  15. Sunset Song – Terence Davies
  16. The Treasure – Corneliu Porumboiu
  17. Kate Plays Christine – Robert Greene
  18. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  19. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  20. Little Men – Ira Sachs
  21. My Golden Days – Arnaud Desplechin
  22. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  23. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  24. Weiner – Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  25. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer

Glenn Kenny: 50 Noteworthy Films of 2016

Glenn Kenny: 50 Noteworthy Films of 2016 (released in the United States)

  1. Cosmos – Andrzej Zulawski
  2. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  3. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  4. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  5. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  6. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  7. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  8. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  9. Hail, Caesar! – Joel & Ethan Coen
  10. Evolution – Lucile Hadzihalilovic
  11. [tie] Baden Baden – Rachel Lang

Another ten, in no particular order

  1. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  2. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  3. High-Rise – Ben Wheatley
  4. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  5. Creepy – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  6. Sully – Clint Eastwood
  7. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  8. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  9. The Childhood of a Leader – Brady Corbet
  10. April and the Extraordinary World – Franck Ekinci, Christian Desmares

Fifteen more, in little particular order

  1. The Other Side – Roberto Minervini
  2. Kate Plays Christine – Robert Greene
  3. 11 Minutes – Jerzy Skolimowski
  4. Bleak Street – Arturo Ripstein
  5. Paths of the Soul – Zhang Yang
  6. Kaili Blues – Bi Gan
  7. Wiener-Dog – Todd Solondz
  8. Indignation – James Schamus
  9. Miss Hokusai – Keiichi Hara
  10. Always Shine – Sophia Takal
  11. The Wailing – Na Hong-jin
  12. Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight
  13. 13th – Ava DuVernay

Should be seen by every citizen of the United States at the very least

  1. My Golden Days – Arnaud Desplechin
  2. The Mermaid – Stephen Chow
  3. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  4. Bleed for This – Ben Younger
  5. American Honey – Andrea Arnold
  6. Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford
  7. Florence Foster Jenkins – Stephen Frears
  8. Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) – Abbas Fahdel
  9. The Nice Guys – Shane Black
  10. De Palma – Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow
  11. Joshy – Jeff Baena
  12. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  13. Mountains May Depart – Jia Zhang-ke

Stuff that was amazing but wasn’t made in 2015/16

  1. Belladonna of Sadness – Eiichi Yamamoto
  2. Private Property – Leslie Stevens
  3. Only Yesterday – Isao Takahata

David Hudson: Top 13 Films of 2016

Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade

David Hudson: Top 13 Films of 2016 (as published by Fandor’s Keyframe Daily)

  1. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  2. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  3. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  4. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  5. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  6. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  7. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  8. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  9. Havarie – Philip Scheffner
  10. Son of Joseph – Eugène Green

Honorable Mentions

  • I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach
  • Short Stay – Ted Fendt
  • Under the Sun – Vitaliy Manskiy

Michael Sicinski: Top 10 Films of 2016

Cemetery of Splendour - Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Michael Sicinski: Top 10 Films of 2016 (limited to “poll-eligible” films)

  1. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  2. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  3. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  4. Homo sapiens – Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  5. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  6. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  7. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  8. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  9. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  10. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman

Shelly Kraicer: 12 Best Films of 2016

Shelly Kraicer: 12 Best Films of 2016

  • The Dreamed Path – Angela Schanelec
  • The Summer is Gone – Zhang Dalei
  • Small Talk – Huang Hui-chen [pictured]
  • Kaili Blues – Bi Gan
  • People That Are Not Me – Hadas Ben Aroya
  • The Wasted Times – Cheng Er
  • By the Time It Gets Dark – Anocha Suwichakornpong
  • Crosscurrent – Yang Chao
  • Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  • Singularity – Albert Serra
  • Lemonade – Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  • Sieranevada – Cristi Puiu

Dana Stevens: Top 15 Movies of 2016

The Edge of Seventeen - Kelly Fremon Craig

Dana Stevens: Top 15 Movies of 2016 (as published by Slate)

1-10, in chronological order

  • Krisha – Trey Edward Shults
  • Notfilm – Ross Lipman
  • Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  • Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  • Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  • Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  • The Edge of Seventeen – Kelly Fremon Craig [pictured]
  • La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  • Neruda – Pablo Larraín
  • Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade

11-15 Runners-Up, in alphabetical order

  • Finding Dory – Andrew Stanton
  • The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  • Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  • I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  • Silence – Martin Scorsese

Michael Phillips: 20 Best Movies of 2016

Moonlight - Barry Jenkins

Michael Phillips: 20 Best Movies of 2016 (as published by The Chicago Tribune)

  1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  2. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  3. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  4. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  5. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  6. Krisha – Trey Edward Shults
  7. The Witch – Robert Eggers
  8. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  9. Don’t Think Twice – Mike Birbiglia
  10. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer

11-20 Alphabetically

  • Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  • Fences – Denzel Washington
  • The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  • The Illinois Parables – Deborah Stratman
  • The Invitation – Karyn Kusama
  • Little Men – Ira Sachs
  • Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  • The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Pete’s Dragon – David Lowery
  • Queen of Katwe – Mira Nair

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2016

Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2016 (as published by Gay City News)

  1. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  2. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  3. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  4. ‘Til Madness Do Us Part – Wang Bing
  5. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  6. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  7. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  8. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  9. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  10. The Mermaid – Stephen Chow

Runners-up (alphabetically)

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane – Dan Trachtenberg
  • 13th – Ava DuVernay
  • Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  • The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  • Little Men – Ira Sachs
  • The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Neither Heaven Nor Earth – Clément Cogitore
  • Notfilm – Ross Lipman
  • Pervert Park – Frida and Lasse Barkfors
  • The Witness – James D. Solomon

La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: 11 Best Movies of 2016

Elle - Paul Verhoeven

Roger Koza’s La Internacional Cinéfila poll: 11 Best Movies of 2016 (as voted by critics, programmers, festival directors and filmmakers from 28 countries)

  1. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  2. The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  3. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  4. Sieranevada – Cristi Puiu
  5. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade

Honorable Mentions

  • El viento sabe que que vuelvo a casa – José Luis Torres Leiva
  • Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) – Abbas Fahdel
  • The Ornithologist – João Pedro Rodrigues
  • Hermia & Helena – Matías Piñeiro
  • Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  • Staying Vertical – Alain Guiraudie