Best Movies Of 2016 — The Dramatic, The Hilarious, The Romantic, And The Horrifying [Trailers]

Thus far, 2016 has provided audiences with some of the best movies. Some of the best movies in 2016 have been hilarious, emotionally moving, action-packed, and downright scary. Whether you are looking for a movie to make you think, or you just want to cuddle up on the couch for mindless entertainment, this list should help with deciding the best movie for your viewing pleasure.

Captain Fantastic

Viggo Mortensen stars in this movie that won over audiences' hearts. This family drama is warm and humorous, and also offers some unexpected twists.


No kids are needed to enjoy this Disney animated film, but it is perfect for the whole family. The critics' consensus on Rotten Tomatoes describes why this is one of the best movies of 2016.

"The brilliantly well-rounded Zootopia offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that's as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation—all while remaining fast and funny enough to keep younger viewers entertained."
Captain America: Civil War

The latest edition to the Captain America franchise is one of the best action movies of 2016.

The Nice Guys

A throwback to the buddy movies of yesteryear, The Nice Guys delivers plenty of action, drama, and comedy.

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Eye in the Sky

As far as political thrillers go, this is the most compelling one of 2016. Helen Mirren stars in this timely film about modern warfare.

The Witch

Many consider The Witch to not only be one of the best horror movies of 2016, but one of the most chilling movies of all time. This slow-build story is very unsettling, and it delivers true terror. Many movies don't live up to their trailer—The Witch exceeds it.

10 Cloverfield Lane

With the new Star Wars, Star Trek, and Cloverfield movies, J.J. Abrams has been on a roll! John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead star in one of the most suspenseful movies of 2016.

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Green Room

Patrick Stewart and the late Anton Yelchin star in one of the best horror movies of 2016. Just seeing Stewart as a Nazi skinhead is scary enough, much less the genuine suspense this film offers.

Don't Breathe

This has been a huge year for high-quality horror films, and Don't Breathe is on the top of that list! The New Yorker explains why this is one of the best horror movies of 2016.

"The film is violent and disturbing, as if Rambo had been let loose in a confined space, and the scares build to a frightening conclusion. The wonderfully expressionistic cinematography is by Pedro Luque."
Maggie's Plan

Often romantic-comedy movies can be cliched — this movie is anything but. This witty film stars Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, and Greta Gerwig (who steals the show).

Sausage Party

Ever wonder what a DreamWorks film would be like if it was geared only towards adults? Then Seth Rogan's Sausage Party has the answer. Though this movie is not from DreamWorks, the animation is on par with theirs. Alongside Rogan, an all-star cast lend their voices: Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Paul Rudd, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.

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The Conjuring 2

With The Witch, Hush, Don't Breathe, and The Conjuring 2, 2016 could easily be the best year for terrifying movies. Based (very loosely) on a true story, this sequel is even scarier than the original.


The laughs come as often as the action in Marvel's Deadpool. The Atlantic explains why this is one of the best superhero movies of 2016.

"As is perhaps evident from that summary, Deadpool doesn't have a great deal to offer plot-wise: The arc is predictable, the villains forgettable, and the Big Finale relatively small. It's true that the movie is more extreme in its violence than is customary—Deadpool favors swords and pistols over his fists—but where it truly breaks new ground is in its tone. Flamboyantly vulgar and determinedly self-referential, Deadpool has the shape of a superhero movie but the soul of a Danny McBride flick."
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Cafe Society

Just like American Ultra and Adventureland, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg make a great team in this romantic comedy set in the 1930s.


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From Captain Fantastic to Cafe Society, 2016 has given audiences some of the best movies of the decade.

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