I Saw 100+ Movies in 2016: The Best and the Rest

Over the course of the year, I saw many movies in many forms – in the theater, on planes, while exercising, during my commute, and at home with my family. I rate each movie on a scale of 1 to 5:

  • 1 = Bad
  • 2 = Okay
  • 3 = Good
  • 4 = Great
  • 5 = Absolutely fabulous!

I generally enjoy movies, so of the 108 movies I’ve seen (so far!) this year, 81 received a good rating or above. Note that I rate movies within genre, so a silly comedy that’s great at being a silly comedy may get the same rating as a serious mediation on war violence that great at being that.

My top six movies for the year (with direct links so you can watch them right now) were Cinema Paradiso (1988 – Amazon/YouTube), Embrace of the Serpent (2016 – Amazon/YouTube), About Elly (2015 – YouTube), Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016 – Amazon/YouTube), Sing Street (2016 – Amazon/YouTube), and The Wizard of Oz (1939 – Amazon/YouTube). The children’s movie that you probably didn’t see but should is Kubo and the Two Strings (2016 – Amazon/YouTube

Below is the full list, ordered by rating – and then alphabetically within ratings. Links are to Rotten Tomatoes, which gives a synthesis of critical reviews. Bolded titles are the 35 movies I saw in the theater. I occasionally include the movie’s release year to add clarity. Lastly, I didn’t re-calibrated the list at the end of the year, so some ordering may be affected by my mood or the quality of popcorn at the theater.

What did I miss? What did you love?

MOVIE RATING
Cinema Paradiso 5
Embrace of the Serpent 5
About Elly 4.5
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4.5
Sing Street 4.5
The Wizard of Oz 4.5
10 Cloverfield Lane 4
Batman: The Movie (1966) 4
Brooklyn 4
Captain America: Civil War 4
Dirty Pretty Things 4
Divines 4
Doctor Strange (2016) 4
Eye in the Sky  4
Finding Dory 4
Ghostbusters (2016) 4
States of Grace 4
Guardians of the Galaxy 4
Inside Out 4
Kubo and the Two Strings 4
Kung Fu Panda 3 4
Kung Fu Panda 3 (Yes, I saw this in the theater twice. Boom!) 4
La La Land 4
Les Visiteurs 4
The Measure of a Man 4
Moana 4
Moonlight 4
Mustang 4
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 4
Roman Holiday  4
Sullivan’s Travels (1941) 4
Tell No One 4
The Bourne Ultimatum  4
The Eagle Huntress 4
The Usual Suspects 4
Zootopia 4
13 Going on 30 3.5
A Cat in Paris 3.5
A Monster in Paris 3.5
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 3.5
Creed 3.5
Denial 3.5
Inside Man 3.5
Le Chef 3.5
Love Actually 3.5
Meet the Robinsons 3.5
Once I was a Beehive 3.5
Oscar nominated animated shorts (2016) 3.5
Romantics Anonymous 3.5
Sleepwalk with Me 3.5
Trolls 3.5
The Finest Hours 3.5
The Little Prince (2015) 3.5
The Lobster 3.5
Man from Reno 3.5
The Rock 3.5
X-Men (2000) 3.5
Candleshoe (1977) 3
Casa Grande 3
Deepwater Horizon 3
Gone in 60 Seconds 3
Hot Girls Wanted 3
How to Steal a Million (1966) 3
I Married a Dumbass (Me casé con un boludo) 3
In Search of the Castaways (1962) 3
Marie’s Story 3
Miss Granny 3
Pete’s Dragon (2016) 3
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 3
Sliding Doors 3
Spectre 3
Spy 3
Swiss Family Robinson 3
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 3
The Italian Job 3
The Jungle Book (1967) 3
The Jungle Book (2016) 3
The Night My Mother Killed My Father 3
The Parent Trap (1961) 3
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep 3
Zoolander 2 3
Fan 2.5
Hail, Caesar! 2.5
Jason Bourne 2.5
Midnight Special 2.5
Pee Wee’s Big Holiday 2.5
Pete’s Dragon (1977) 2.5
The Good Dinosaur 2.5
The Intern 2.5
Lion 2.5
The Secret Life of Pets 2.5
X-Men: Apocalypse (dubbed into Italian) 2.5
Zathura 2.5
Casa de Mi Padre (2012) 2
Deadpool 2
High School Musical 2
High School Musical 2 2
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) 2
L’age d’or 2
Mother’s Day (2016) 2
Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace 2
Storks 2
Wonderful Nightmare 2
Barbecue (2014) 1.5
Daddy’s Home 1.5
Mascots  1.5
The Do-Over 1.5
All Creatures Big and Small 1
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