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The 25 Best Movies of 2016

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2016 Movies 560x2802016 has been such a terrible year for this country that it is hard to find anything worth talking about with a smile. We dealt with a deadly terrorist attack at a night club in Orlando, Florida and a water crisis in Flint, Michigan. We watched the country nearly start another civil war due to the presidential election battle which resulted in a shocking revelation about America. We played with Pokemon and cried as Michael Phelps’ incredible swimming career came to an end.

Through it all, the most popular thing people did in 2016 to recover from all the pain and suffering was going to the movies. They go because it is a perfect way to escape the world for two and a half hours. And for most of this year, people were escaping the world regularly as this year has already been the fourth highest grossing year, all time.

Let’s go back in time and take a look back at our rankings for the best movies of the past twelve months, enjoy.

25. Suicide Squad

  • Release Date: August 5th
  • Global Box Office: $745.6 Million
  • Production Company: DC Entertainment, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment
  • Directed By:David Ayer
  • Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis

24. The Witch

  • Release Date: February 19th
  • Global Box Office: $40.4 Million
  • Production Company: A24, Universal Pictures
  • Directed By: Robert Eggers
  • Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw

23. Doctor Strange

  • Release Date: November 4th
  • Global Box Office: $655 Million
  • Production Company: Marvel Studios
  • Directed By: Scott Derrickson
  • Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tilda Swinton

22. Moana

  • Release Date: November 23rd
  • Global Box Office: Still in Theaters
  • Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Directed By: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Starring (Voices): Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement

21. Eye In The Sky

  • Release Date: April 1st
  • Global Box Office: $33 Million
  • Production Company: Entertainment One, Raindog Films
  • Directed By: Gavin Hood
  • Starring: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam

20. Kung Fu Panda 3

  • Release Date: January 29th
  • Global Box Office: $521.2 Million
  • Production Company: DreamWorks Animation, Oriental DreamWorks
  • Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni
  • Starring: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Kate Hudson, Jackie Chan

19. Jackie

  • Release Date: August 12th
  • Global Box Office: $4.2 Million
  • Distributed By: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Directed By: Pablo Larrain
  • Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt

18. Everybody Wants Some!!

  • Release Date: March 30th
  • Global Box Office: $4.6 Million
  • Production Company: Annapurna Pictures, Detour Filmproduction
  • Directed By: Richard Linklater
  • Starring: Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Blake Jenner, Glen Powell

17. Love & Friendship

  • Release Date: May 13th
  • Global Box Office: $19.6 Million
  • Distributed By: Amazon Studios, Roadside Attractions
  • Directed By: Whit Stillman
  • Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell, Jemma Redgrave, Tom Bennett, James Fleet

16. The Nice Guys

  • Release Date: May 20th
  • Global Box Office: $57.3 Million
  • Production Company: Silver Pictures, Waypoint Entertainment, RatPac-Dune Entertainment
  • Directed By: Shane Black
  • Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Kim Basinger

15. Sausage Party

  • Release Date: August 12th
  • Global Box Office: $140.5 Million
  • Production Company: Annapurna Pictures, Point Grey Pictures
  • Directed By: Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan
  • Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson

14. War Dogs

  • Release Date: August 19th
  • Global Box Office: $86.2 Million
  • Production Company: Joint Effort, The Mark Gordon Company
  • Directed By: Todd Phillips
  • Starring: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Bradley Cooper

13. Finding Dory

  • Release Date: June 17th
  • Global Box Office: $1.03 Bilion
  • Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
  • Directed By: Andrew Stanton
  • Starring (Voices): Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy

12. Sing Street

  • Release Date: April 15th
  • Global Box Office: $13.5 Million
  • Directed By: John Carney
  • Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor

11. The Lobster

  • Release Date: May 13th
  • Global Box Office: $15.7 Million
  • Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, John C. Reilly

10. Manchester By The Sea

  • Release Date: November 18th
  • Global Box Office: $21.6 Million
  • Production Company: K Period Media, B Story, CMP, Pearl Street Films
  • Directed By: Kenneth Lonergan
  • Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Gretchen Mol, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

9. Captain America: Civil War

  • Release Date: May 6th
  • Global Box Office: $1.153 Billion
  • Production Company: Marvel Studios
  • Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp

8. The Jungle Book

  • Release Date: April 15th
  • Global Box Office: $966.6 Million
  • Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures, Motion Pictures
  • Directed By: Jon Favreau
  • Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlette Johansson, Christopher Walken

7. Zootopia

  • Release Date: March 4th
  • Global Box Office: $1.024 Billion
  • Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Directed By: Byron Howard, Rich Moore
  • Starring (Voices of): Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Shakira, Bonnie Hunt, Nate Torrence

6. Hell or High Water

  • Release Date: August 12th
  • Global Box Office: $31.1 Million
  • Production Company: Signey Kimmel Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment, Film 44, LBI Entertainment
  • Directed By: David Mackenzie
  • Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham

5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • Release Date: December 16th
  • Global Box Office: Still in Theaters
  • Production Company: Lucasfilm, Ltd.
  • Directed By: Gareth Edwards
  • Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker

4. Moonlight

  • Release Date: October 21st
  • Global Box Office: $11.7 million
  • Production Company: A24, Plan B Entertainement, Pastel Productions
  • Directed By: Barry Jenkins
  • Starring: Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Janelle Monae, Ashton Sanders, Naomie Harris

3. Deadpool

  • Release Date: February 12th
  • Global Box Office: $783.1 Million
  • Production Company: Marvel Entertainment, Kinberg Genre, The Donners’ Company, TSG Entertainment
  • Directed By: Tim Miller
  • Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano

2. La La Land

  • Release Date: December 9th
  • Global Box Office: $35.3 Million
  • Production Company: Gilbert Films, Impostor Pictures, Marc Platt Productions
  • Directed By: Damien Chazelle
  • Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt

1. Arrival

  • Release Date: November 11th
  • Global Box Office: Still in Theaters
  • Production Company: Lava Bear Films, 21 Laps Entertainment, FilmNation Entertainment
  • Directed By: Denis Villeneuve
  • Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

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