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The Best Films of 2016 | #140 – #76

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Welcome to the 140 Best Films of 2016.

Over the past year, movies have increasingly found their way to us by means other than the cinema, such as VOD platforms like Netflix and Amazon, and in some cases, releases straight to DVD. Every outlet has given us some of 2016’s best films, so since this is simply the new – and probably in many cases, only – way those films would reach us, I’m now including them in these end-of-year countdowns to reflect the more realistic methods we consume them. Films are always better in the theatre, but a significant number of them simply aren’t going to get a fighting chance. (Plus, if a film has a VOD-only release, and is therefore much more easier and convenient to watch than trekking out to a cinema showing it, then it’d be absurd to exclude it here, surely?)

So how does a movie qualify to end up on this particular list? All it needs is a UK release in 2016, whether that be the date it was first shown in UK cinemas, released on VOD platforms in the UK, or released on home entertainment, like DVD or Blu-ray, in the UK.

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Honourable mentions: Love and Friendship, The Magnificent Seven, Evolution, The Daughter, Chicken.


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140.

Eye in the Sky

Dir. Gavin Hood

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139.

Little Men

Dir. Ira Sachs

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138.

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Dir. Werner Herzog

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137.

The Wave

Bølgen

Dir. Roar Uthaug

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136.

The BFG

Dir. Steven Spielberg

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135.

Rams

Hrútar

Dir. Grímur Hákonarson

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134.

The Eagle Huntress

Dir. Otto Bell

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133.

Southside With You

Dir. Richard Tanne

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132.

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

Dir. Clint Eastwood

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131.

Imperium

Dir. Daniel Ragussis

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130.

Ratter

Dir. Branden Kramer

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129.

White Girl

Dir. Elizabeth Wood

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128.

Amanda Knox

Dir. Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn

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127.

Nasty Baby

Dir. Sebastián Silva

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126.

Barry

Dir. Vikram Gandhi

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Francois Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock

125.

Hitchcock/Truffaut

Dir. Kent Jones

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124.

Born to Be Blue

Dir. Robert Budreau

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123.

The Big Short

Dir. Adam McKay

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122.

For the Love of Spock

Dir. Adam Nimoy

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121.

The Last Man on the Moon

Dir. Mark Craig

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120.

The Childhood of a Leader

Dir. Brady Corbet

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119.

Departure

Dir. Andrew Steggall

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118.

The Clan

El Clan

Dir. Pablo Trapero

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117.

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Dir. Kyle Patrick Alvarez

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116.

Everybody Wants Some!!

Dir. Richard Linklater

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115.

Sand Storm

Sufat Chol

Dir. Elite Zexer

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114.

Deepwater Horizon

Dir. Peter Berg

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113.

Central Intelligence

Dir. Rawson Marshall Thurber

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112.

13th

Dir. Ava DuVernay

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111.

De Palma

Dir. Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow

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110.

Fan

Dir. Maneesh Sharma

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109.

Paterson

Dir. Jim Jarmusch

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108.

The Witch

Dir. Robert Eggers

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107.

Dheepan

Dir. Jacques Audiard

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LIGHTS OUT

106.

Lights Out

Dir. David F. Sandberg

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105.

I Am Not a Serial Killer

Dir. Billy O’Brien

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104.

David Brent: Life on the Road

Dir. Ricky Gervais

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103.

Cemetery of Splendour

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Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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102.

The Visit: An Alien Encounter

Dir. Michael Madsen

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101.

Baskin

Dir. Can Evrenol

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100.

The Hard Stop

Dir. George Amponsah

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99.

King Jack

Dir. Felix Thompson

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98.

Life, Animated

Dir. Roger Ross Williams

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97.

The Neon Demon

Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn

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96.

The Shallows

Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra

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95.

One More Time with Feeling

Dir. Andrew Dominik

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94.

I, Daniel Blake

Dir. Ken Loach

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93.

Moana

Dir. Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker, Chris Williams

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92.

Doctor Strange

Dir. Scott Derrickson

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91.

The Ones Below

Dir. David Farr

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90.

Into the Inferno

Dir. Werner Herzog

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89.

Keanu

Dir. Peter Atencio

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88.

Finding Dory

Dir. Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

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87.

Nerve

Dir. Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

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86.

Turbo Kid

Dir. François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell

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85.

Ethel & Ernest

Dir. Roger Mainwood

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84.

The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case

Dir. James Wan

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83.

Sing Street

Dir. John Carney

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82.

Burn Burn Burn

Dir. Chanya Button

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81.

High-Rise

Dir. Ben Wheatley

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80.

Bad Neighbours 2

Dir. Nicholas Stoller

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79.

The Innocents

Les innocentes

Dir. Anne Fontaine

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78.

Tallulah

Dir. Sian Heder

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77.

The Wailing

Goksung

Dir. Hong-jin Na

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76.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years

Dir. Ron Howard

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