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Best Movies of 2016

March 30, 2017

Here is my rather belated list as it took so long to see all the movies released at the end of 2016. As always, this is the time when the awards-worthy films are all bunched together.

My merit system is different. Instead of guaranteeing a winner in each category, I only give praise to those who truly deserve it. Some categories have ties.

As opposed to a limited list (like five or ten), the best films of 2016 are rated using the Olympic medal systems, depending on how much I liked them.

For the list below, the movies in each category are listed in the chronological order in which I saw them:


Best Movies


Gold Medals:  none

Silver Medals:

  1. Eye in the Sky  (U.K.)
  2. The Red Turtle  (Japan/France/Belgium – animated)
  3. La La Land  (U.S.A. – Hollywood)
  4. The Salesman  (Iran)


Bronze Medals:

  1. Where to Invade Next  (U.S.A. – Documentary)
  2. The Innocents  (Poland/France/Belgium)
  3. Tower  (U.S.A. – Documentary)
  4. Lion  (Australia/India)


Best Directing:  Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Best Screenplay:

  1. Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky)
  2. Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman)


Best Acting:  Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best Film Music:

  1. Laurent Perez del Mar (The Red Turtle)
  2. Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)


Best Animation:  the team behind “The Red Turtle”


Best Old Movies Seen for the First Time in 2016:

  1. The Last Detail (1973 – U.S.A.)
  2. Only Yesterday (1991 – Japan – animated)
  3. Panique (1947 – France)
  4. Jeanne Dielman, 23 rue du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975 – Belgium)
  5. Le Beau Mariage (1982 – France)
  6. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980 – West Germany – mini-series)
  7. Veronika Voss (1981 – West Germany)


Best Old Movies Seen Again in 2016:

  1. Stagecoach (1939 – U.S.A.)
  2. Chinatown (1974 – U.S.A.)
  3. The Manchurian Candidate (1962 – U.S.A.)
  4. Romeo and Juliet (1968 – U.K.)
  5. Ran (1985- Japan)
  6. North by Northwest (1959 – U.S.A.)
  7. The Piano (1993 – New Zealand)
  8. A Woman Under the Influence (1974 – U.S.A)
  9. Taxi Driver (1976 – U.S.A.)
  10. The Blue Angel (1930 – Germany)


Thanks for checking in and I hope you continue enjoy the movies in 2017.

Dennis Bowman


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One Comment
  1. I thought Eye in the Sky should have received a helluva lot more recognition than it did. It’s a bloody brilliant film.

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