The year 2016 saw the release of some of the most iconic and path breaking movies being released worldwide.
Following are the 50 best movies released:
Captain America: Civil War
The highest grossing flick of 2016, Captain America: Civil War was a successful conclusion to the trilogy of one of Marvel Universe’s favourite heroes, Captain America. The film’s central theme is the rift between the comics’ favourite characters, Captain America and Iron Man. The film was successful in every manner and included fantastic acting by the cast and a brilliant set of action scenes.
A Ryan Reynolds starrer, the movie is based on another Marvel Universe comic character, Deadpool, who first appeared in X-men: Wolverine movie franchise in 2009 as one of the characters. A great combination of both action and comedy, this film was the 9th highest grossing movie at the box office in 2016.
Another class animation by Walt Disney films, Zootopia, was the 4th highest grossing motion picture of 2016 and received many accolades in terms of Academy nominations and awards. The theme of the movie revolves around the teaming up of a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist to uncover the mysterious disappearance of predatorous inhabitants of the metropolis.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
It was a boost to the moods for Harry Potter followers who thought the chronicles of wizards had ended. The movie is a prequel to Harry Potter series and is the first motion picture based on wizards to win an Academy award. The movie is centred around the protagonist, Newt Scamander who sets out on a quest to catch magical beasts under the very nose of muggles (non-wizarding people).
Another feature from the X-Men series, where the superhero mutants are out to save the world. The team gears up together to protect the world from a powerful and ancient mutant who awakens after a long slumber, aiming to wipe out the modern civilization. Though the movie did not receive much critical acclaim, it was still was loved by the fans.
La La land
A highly acclaimed musical romantic drama, La La Land was an at an Academy Award tie with Titanic and was nominated for the most number of categories at the Oscars. It was nominated for 11 out of the total and deservingly won 5. It is a beautiful love story revolving around Ryan Gossling as a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as an aspiring actress.
Selected by the Academy as one of the ten best movies of 2016, it won an Academy Award for ‘Best Editing’. The film was hailed to be a statement film in all of the extra-terrestrial franchises. The film plot revolves around the U. S Army recruiting a linguist to communicate with the aliens who’ve landed on earth, to know why they came.
Hell, or High Water
A rather unusual name but a well-applauded film with numerous Oscar nominations. The motion project places itself around two brothers, who are on a trail of bank robberies to help save their family ranch, they are pursued by rangers from Texas.
Moonlight became the firsts in many aspects. The first to be hailed as an ‘all black film’, for its completely African-American cast, it is the first LGBT centric film to win accolades in the mainstream, it also, roots the first black women to win an Oscar for Editing and the first Muslim to win for acting. The movie isn’t just another film Afro-Americans but quite a distinguished one. The film talks about the different stages of the life of the protagonist and his struggles with his sexuality and identity.
Manchester by The Sea
A beautiful story of a man, who has been entrusted with the responsibility of caring for his nephew, after the death of his brother. It proved its credible worth by winning the Academy Award for best actor and best original screenplay at the Oscars.
Batman vs Superman
Though a Box Office disappointment and was severely critiqued for its screenplay and storyline, the film yet managed to couple up a few profits. The central battle shown between Batman and Superman awed the DC Universe fans.
Rogue One: Star Wars
The movie portrays an action filled, mission driven pursuit by a group of rebels who pursue to steal a super-weapon, but of course, to save the world from it eventually. It became the 2nd highest grossing motion picture of 2016.
Revolving around the life of Jackie Kennedy as the ‘First Lady”, the movie traces her life after her husband, J. F Kennedy’s assassination. The film received many nominations from the Academy and Natalie Portman’s portrayal as Jackie in the play was applauded highly.
The Jungle Book
Inspired by the famous book by Rudyard Kipling, titled the same of collective stories and Walt Disney’s original animation movie, The Jungle Book was a commercial success all over the world. It retells a fantastic adventure film of a boy out on a path of self-discovery when Sherkhan(the antagonist) threatens him to leave the Jungle.
An unusual romantic flick starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, the movie is set in a spaceship. The protagonists are awakened from an induced hibernation, which was meant to transport people on the ship to a distant planet to colonise. The movie was highly acclaimed and nominated for Academy Awards.
The story revolves around a surgeon who learns the mystic arts to help himself and the world after his career receives a setback. The superhero character, portrayed wonderfully by Benedict Cumberbatch, received many acclaims
A Walt Disney animated feature film, which was released alongside Zootopia, the movie received acclaim and nominations for Best Animation. The movie sets around Moana, who is a strong-willed daughter of their village chief. She is chosen by the powers of the ‘Ocean’ to return back a mystical relic of a Goddess. She sets out on the look for the recipient demigod to return the ‘Heart of Te Fiti’ in order to save her people from disaster.
This film is known for its elite star–cast including Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johnson, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes and many more. A comedy, the film is about a fixer who works in Hollywood, he sets out to find, what actually happened to a cast member since they’d vanished during the filming of a Biblical epic movie.
A sequel to the 2003 movie, ‘Finding Nemo’ the movie revolves around Dory, Nemo’s father’s amnesiac friend, who is out on the quest of finding her parents in the oceans of the world. The film had the biggest opening in North America and grossed over 1 billion becoming the 3rd largest grosser of 2016, marking commercial as well as critical success.
A musical comedy, the movie is about a boy who starts a band to impress a girl. It is a first in International co-production between the UK, USA, and Ireland. The film went was received positively by critics and got a nomination in the Academy as well.
Everybody wants some!
Dubbed as a ‘chill-pill’ comedy, it’s a movie about college baseball players in Texas. While it did not mark as a breakthrough in financial benefits, it was acclaimed greatly by the critics.
10, Cloverfield Lane
A spine-chilling psychological horror, the film received a pragmatic response from the critics and the audiences for its brilliant performances. The unique feature, of a third person narrative, is applaudable. The story revolves around a woman who, after a car accident, finds herself in an underground bunker with 2 other men, who insist that the earth’s surface has become inhabitable.
For period drama and history lovers, this film is a commendable creation focusing on Christian Catholicism. Two Jesuits from Portugal sets out to locate their mentor and spread Christianity in Japan during the time when suppression of Japanese Roman Catholics was on the high. It is considered as one of the best works of the writer, Scorcese and received a nomination for the Academy Awards.
Set in the 1950’s, the movie is about an Afro-American father, who raises his family while clinching with his life. The movie was nominated for many Academy Awards and Golden Globe. Denzel Washington’s work was praised highly.
Love and Friendship
‘Love and Friendship’, is another one of Jane Austen’s accomplished novel made into a Film. About a recently widowed Lady Susan who struggles to find a match for her daughter and herself. The film received high praises from the critics and was a box-office success.
Another brilliant movie starring legendary actor, Tom Hanks. The movie is a true story of Sullenberger’s emergency landing of U.S Airways flight on the Hudson River, with the miraculous survival of all 155 passengers with minor injuries and the landing follows investigation and publicity. It did create a buzz within National Transportation Safety Board but managed to make it to the Top 10 movies of the year.
‘Suicide Squad’, is an action-packed adventure film about a secret government agency recruiting imprisoned super–villains to save the world from a powerful threat in exchange for reduced sentences. The film was a commercial success even though a little criticized by the critics
Based on the backdrop of the Second World War, Hacksaw Ridge tells the true story of Desmond Doss, an American pacifist combat medic who was awarded Medal of Honour for his services beyond the call of duty, even when he refused to perform military tasks due to his religious beliefs. The film received numerous nominations for Oscars and won two of them. Also, the feature became an entrant to the Top 10 movies of 2016 by American Film Institute.
Legend of Tarzan
The evolution of the story of Tarzan, as he is called back home to the Jungle to uncover an illegal mining activity going on. The film showcases some beautiful locations and action sequences. While the movie did not do well in the box office but was admired by the audiences.
A thriller romantic film centers around a divorced art gallery owner who starts to figure out the similarities between her husband’s new novel and her former relationship. The film won critical acclaim and nominations by the Academy
Kubo And The Two Strings
Winning Best Animated film at BAFTA, this film received critical praise and a fair grossing at the box-office. The story is about Kubo, who flaunts his magical musical instrument called ‘the shamisen’, Kubo sets out to defeat his mother’s sisters and power-hungry Grandfather who had stolen his left eye in infancy is the main theme of this film.
A United Kingdom
Another true story of the romance between Botswana’s first President, Sir Seretse Khama and wife Ruth Williams. The film is an un–missable masterpiece and was loved by the audience.
A famous case of 1960’s, the movie retells a story of Mildred and Richard Loving who were sentenced to 1 year imprisonment for their interracial marriage (when it was illegal). The film received positive critical responses and many nominations.
A fun comedy-action movie starring, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, who was critically praised for their performances. The film is about an accountant’s life, which changes when his high school friend turns to be a CIA agent, and together they go on a mission to save the world from a terrorist who plans on selling satellite codes.
‘American Honey’ is about a teenage girl from a troubled home, who runs away from her home with a sales crew selling magazines door to door and experiencing life free from restrictions. The performances got critical accolades and also BAFTA nominations as the Best British film.
An American-Canadian adult animation about a sausage, who tries to discover the truth of his existence and escapes his fate along with his other friends. The movie was successful in all the ways, critics, profit-wise and audiences becoming one of the highest grossing animated films of all times.
A horror flick, which was critically acclaimed and received a positive reaction audience. The movie talks about three friends who get trapped inside a blind man’s house while trying to breaking into it.
The movie is about a high functioning autistic man who earns his living by accounting for dangerous criminal organizations, that are facing internal issues. The movie was admired by the critics and earned the mixed response from the audiences and the storyline was received to be amazingly catchy.
An admiring film about 3 black mathematicians who work for NASA and the struggles they face in their lives. The film was beautifully portrayed and inspired the audience as well. The movie received many nominations.
The film is about a little girl, Sophie, who befriends a friendly giant, who then takes her to the Giants Island and, they together they try to defeat the threat of man-eating giants. The film was received fairly by the audiences and critics alike.
‘Captain Fantastic’ is about a family, who after a long period of living in isolation return back to reintegrate within society. The movie earned nominations in the Academy and for BAFTA and it was praised by the critics.
Lion was highly praised by the critics and successful in the Box-office. It’s the story of a boy, who was separated from his family in Burhampur, and now he sets out to find them. The film earned many accolades including Academy and BAFTA nominations and became the highest grossing Australian movie.
Kung-Fu Panda 3
The third instalment of the Kung-Fu Panda franchise. Once again, Po is on a mission to save the art of Kung-Fu and to find and protect his ‘Chi’, from getting stolen by the villain, Kai. Po, reunites with his birth father and his Panda village.
A drama film revolving around the protagonist Paterson, who is a poet and bus driver, and his wife who dreams to become a country music writer and also run a successful cupcake business. A soulful movie that was received well at the box-office.
I, Daniel Blake
The film is about Daniel Blake, who despite being confirmed by his doctor, unfit for work, is denied employment and support allowance. The film won a BAFTA for the Outstanding British film category.
Secret Life Of Pets
It was the 6th highest grossing movie of the year and was among one of the most profitable releases. The animation film is about Max, a pet dog, who is hostile towards a stray dog who lives near his home, his master on one final day brings the stray dog home. Eventually, the two dogs become friends when they find out that their master is in danger.
The Eagle Huntress
Shortlisted for the Best documentary by the Academy, the movie features a 13 year old Kazhak girl who attempts to become the first Eagle hunter in an Eagle hunting competition.
Florence Foster Jenkins
The move is a biographical life story of the New York Heiress, Florence Foster Jenkins, who was mocked for her singing and was considered to be the worst opera singer in her field. Beautifully played by Meryl Streep, she won hearts and awards for her role.
Eddie, The Eagle
The story revolves around the life of Eddie Edwards, The great skier who became the first to represent Great Britain in the Olympics. The film received a fair response and is fun to watch.
Independence Day: Resurgence
A sequel to the 1996 film, Independence Day, the movie continues to narrate the story after 20 years of its franchisees’ release, here the man learns to harness the power of alien technology and gets ready for what’s to come his way.