2016 may have been a total letdown for humanity but as far as films are concerned, there was definitely some quality cinema out there. Let’s take a look at the 50 best films of 2016. How many of these have you watched?
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Discovering and accepting his own sexuality, a young man struggles with love, pain and happiness against the backdrop of ‘War On Drugs’ in Miami.
2. Manchester By The Sea
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After the death of his brother, Lee Chandler becomes the legal guardian of his nephew. Quitting his job as a janitor, he moves to his hometown and finds his roots.
© See-Saw Films
25 years after getting separated from his family in an unfortunate turn of events, Saroo sets out to find his home using Google Earth and the faint memories he still holds on to, of his childhood and parents.
4. Hell Or High Water
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The crime drama revolves around two men who plan a series of heists against a bank to save their family’s property in West Texas.
5. Hacksaw Ridge
© Cross Creek Pictures
This biographical war film follows the story of Desmond Doss, an American combat medic who refused to carry any weapon during World War II.
6. La La Land
© Black Label Media
One of the most talked about films of the year, ‘La La Land’ is about an aspiring actress and a jazz musician who are trying to make ends meet while looking out for themselves in the fast paced Los Angeles.
7. Sing Street
© Cosmo Films
A product of a dysfunctional family, 14-year-old Conor starts fancying the charming Raphina and promises to feature her in his band’s music videos. Only, he doesn’t have a band. But he must do something to keep his promise!
© Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
A Special Forces Operative is turned into Deadpool, a superhero with a morbid sense of humour and great healing powers. This one’s a total laugh riot!
© Rashmi Sharma Films
Three women file an FIR when they are molested by a politician’s nephew and his friends. But the tables turn when the men prove that the girls promised them sex in exchange of money. Their lawyer seeks justice in a series of court room trials.
10. 20th Century Women
© Annapurna Pictures
Three women beat all odds to celebrate themselves and life as they like it in the late 1970s in Southern California.
11. Florence Foster Jenkins
© Qwerty Films
The film portrays the beautiful and inspirational story of Florence, a New York heiress who believes she could become the best singer in the world.
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A biopic on the young and brave hero Neerja Bhanot, the film follows the unfateful day the Pan Am 73 flight was hijacked and how Neerja, s flight attendant sacrificed her life so hundreds of innocent people could live.
13. Kapoor And Sons
With the grandfather on the dead bed, two brothers unite and the cracks in their dysfunctional family begin to widen, only to reveal some unpleasant secrets about their past.
14. Nocturnal Animals
© Artina Films
An art gallery owner receives a manuscript written by her ex-husband that begins to haunt her life as she confronts some dark truths about her own life.
© Aamir Khan Productions
The year’s best biopic, the film revolves around how Mahavir Singh Phogat, an Indian wrestler trained his own daughters to represent their country in the sport.
© Walt Disney Pictures
Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit ever to be appointed as a police officer in the city of Zootopia and now has to solve a criminal case while saving her own life while working with the sly fox Nick Wilde.
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Four women living in a rural part of Rajasthan break out of their shell and kick patriarchy in the nuts in this coming of age film.
18. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
© Heyday Films
The prequel to Harry Potter was a much awaited visual feast that had kept the fans waiting for a long time. Did it deliver the hype that it created though? Absolutely!
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A koala sets out to organize the biggest singing competition ever to prove his mettle.
20. Love And Friendship
© Westerly Films
Set in the 18th century, a manipulative woman tried all she can to win the heart of an eligible bachelor.
21. Hail, Ceaser
A cast member vanishes during the shooting of a film in the 1950s and a ‘fixer’ tries to figure out what really happened.
© Amazon Studios
This film is about a cabwho loves to have conversations with his passengers and write in his experiences and his wife back home who loves his art.
© Ishka Films
Two strangers meet in a hospital while visiting their partners, both in coma, and strike a beautiful friendship.
24. The Hateful Eight
© Double Feature Films
Quentin Tarantino’s latest venture, ‘The Hateful Eight’ is best unexplained for that’s where its mystery lies. Go watch it if you already haven’t!
© 21 Laps Entertainment
12 spacecrafts appear around the world mysteriously, a linguistics professor has to now interpret the language of the aliens controlling those spacecrafts.
© Wild Bunch
Completely shaken by her husband’s assassination, Jackie realizes the next 7 days are the most crucial in deciding how the world shall remember her husband as she struggles to cope with his absence and consoles her kids.
27. The Nice Guys
© Misty Mountains
Holland March and Jackson Healy try to decode the mysterious death of a pornstar and a missing girl only to unravel some murky truths about the political hierarchy.
© Intrepid Pictures
One of the best horror thrillers of 2016, this one had everyone clasping on to the edge of their seats. If you’re a fan of horror films, this one’s a must watch!
29. The Bigger Splash
© Frenesy Film Company
A rock star decides to spend some romantic time with her boyfriend on Sicilian island. Everything’s great until she bumps into her ex and his super seductive daughter.
30. My Life As A Zucchini
© Rita Productions
A bunch of orphans realize what happiness really means when they become friends.
© Yash Raj Films
Years after giving up his dream of becoming the country’s best wrestler, Sultan trains hard to get back in shape and rule the game again.
32. Ouija: Origin Of Evil
© Allspark Pictures
A widowed mother has to save her youngest daughter who is possessed by an evil spirit.
33. The Handmaiden
© Moho Film
A Korean con man comes up with a plan to con a wealthy woman off her ancestral legacy.
34. The Neon Demon
© Space Rocket Nation
A teenager gets into the big bad world of glamour and sets out to make a career as a top model.
35. Hunt For The Wilderpeople
© Piki Films
A boy and his foster father fall into a manhunt trap after getting lost in the New Zealand wilderness.
36. I, Daniel Blake
A carpenter and a single mother struggle their way to the top of the red tape ladder to demand state welfare.
© Edgeline Films
Anthony Weiner runs for the mayor of New York but a sex scandal ruins all his effort.
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After he is diagnosed with ALS, BFL football player Steve Gleason starts recording videos that his unborn son will watch when he’s not there anymore.
39. Under The Shadow
© Wigwam Films
During the Iran-Iraq war, a building is hit by a missile. A woman living in the building starts believing that a spirit has possessed her daughter and seeks answers to save her life.
© Eros International
Based on true events, Aligarh is the story of a homosexual professor and his fight against the system that boycotted him because of his sexual orientation.
© Drishyam Films
Pari sets out on an unforgettable journey with her blind brother to get his eyesight back in this emotional roller coaster of a film.
42. Nil Battey Sannata
© Colour Yellow Productions
A little girl loses hope of a bright future and gives up on her studies because she believes she will eventually become a maid just like her mother. The film is about her mother trying to make ends meet to secure a better future for her bratty daughter.
43. The Invitation
© Gamechanger Films
A man attends a dinner party at his ex-wife’s house and suspects she and her new husband have some evil tricks up their sleeves.
44. The Lobster
© Irish Film Board
Devastated after getting dumped by his wife, David has to find someone to date in just 45 days or he would get converted into an animal.
45. Everybody Wants Some!!
© Annapurna Pictures
A bunch of young baseball players taste freedom and adulthood for the first time!
46. Kill Zone 2
© 1618 Action Limited
An undercover cop from Hong Kong gets thrown into a Thai prison where a mastermind harvests organs.
47. Embrace Of The Serpent
© Buffalo Films
Set in the 1900s, a sick German explorer and a shaman set out to look for a rare healing plant in the Colombian Amazon.
48. Green Room
© Broad Green Pictures
A punk-rock band and a young woman fight white supremacists at an Oregon roadhouse.
49. Fire At Sea
© Stemal Entertainment
This Italian documentary film on the mysterious Lampedusa, south of Sicily is truly breathtaking!
50. Little Men
© Charlie Guidance Productions
Two teenagers discover friendship in Brooklyn while their respective parents are involved in a feud.