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The Best Films of 2016 | #50 – #21

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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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50.

Hush

Dir. Mike Flanagan

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49.

Next to Her

Dir. Asaf Korman

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48.

Midnight Special

Dir. Jeff Nichols

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47.

Barbershop 3: A Fresh Cut

Dir. Malcolm D. Lee

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STAR TREK BEYOND

46.

Star Trek Beyond

Dir. Justin Lin

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45.

Chi-Raq

Dir. Spike Lee

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44.

Author: The JT LeRoy Story

Dir. Jeff Feuerzeig

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43.

The Smuggler

Dir. Tony Mahony, Angus Sampson

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42.

Other People

Dir. Chris Kelly

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41.

Mustang

Dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven

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40.

Green Room

Dir. Jeremy Saulnier

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39.

Men & Chicken

Mænd & høns

Dir. Anders Thomas Jensen

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38.

The Mermaid

Mei ren yu

Dir. Stephen Chow

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37.

Creed

Dir. Ryan Coogler

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36.

Captain America: Civil War

Dir. Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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35.

Disorder

Dir. Alice Winocour

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34.

Sausage Party

Dir. Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

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33.

The Invitation

Dir. Karyn Kusama

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32.

Queen of Earth

Dir. Alex Ross Perry

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31.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Dir. Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone

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30.

Don’t Breathe

Dir. Fede Alvarez

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29.

Goodnight Mommy

Ich seh ich seh

Dir. Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

28.

Nocturnal Animals

Dir. Tom Ford

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27.

Girls Lost

Pojkarna

Dir. Alexandra-Therese Keining

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26.

Train to Busan

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Dir. Sang-ho Yeon

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25.

Captain Fantastic

Dir. Matt Ross

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24.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Dir. Taika Waititi

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23.

The Pass

Dir. Ben A. Williams

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22.

Bone Tomahawk

Dir. S. Craig Zahler

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21.

Julieta

Dir. Pedro Almodóvar

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