Top 10 Films Watched in 2016 10

This is my first effort at putting together a Top Films list, having only started keeping track of the films that I have watched this year, and only writing about them since early summer. There have been some really great films that I have managed to watch at the cinema and catch up with on DVD.

There are also some great films that I’ve not seen this year and so not in my list (but will be righting those wrongs as soon as I can) such as Nocturnal Animals, Captain Fantastic, The Handmaiden, Under the Shadow and The Revenant. One that would definitely be in this top ten had it been eligible would be Manchester by the Sea (Full Review Here), fortunately watched at the Cambridge Film Festival but not out on general release until next year. Catch this one when it comes round.

Close runners that don’t quite make it on the 10 list but deserve a mention are; Son Of Saul, Moana, Kubo and the Two Strings, American Honey, Rogue One and Spotlight. All really good films that just missed out.

And now to the actual list, with a little bit about why they are where they are:


Numbers 10 - 6
Number 5
Number 4
Number 3
Number 2
Number 1
Let me know what you think about my list, and agreement? Any contestable entrants? Or anything missing that should be on here?

Or if you just loved any of these films let me know!

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10 thoughts on “Top 10 Films Watched in 2016


    Great to see some smaller films on here, like Train to Busan and Sing Street. I really enjoyed Hell or High Water. Now I need to see Neon Demon 🙂 Thanks for this awesome Top 10!

    • Gavin McHugh Post author

      Hey, thanks very much. It has been a hard slog to get it down to just 10, so many good films that are there or thereabouts! The Neon Demon is great, so glad I chased it down on blu-ray as it looks awesome. Get a big screen and turn the volume up, you won’t regret it.

          • SLIP/THROUGH - Dan

            So… I watched Neon Demon. I like interpretive films, but this was strange. It gave me Suspiria meets Black Swan vibes, like a new Mario Bava or Dario Argento flick. Very stylish but the story didn’t work for me as well as another curious style film from this year like Nocturnal Animals.

    • Gavin McHugh Post author

      Yeah, unfortunately that’s what happens when you get different release dates. Wanted to include Manchester by the Sea but it isn’t released until next year over here.