Best movies of 2016

Introduction It’s been a fun year at the movies, from summer blockbusters to fall award contenders. So as we say goodbye to another year of cinema, what are the Best Movies of 2016? Click through the gallery for my countdown with explanations on each slide, then find a checklist below. (WTOP collage via AP)
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July 22, 2024 | WTOP's Jason Fraley salutes the year in movies (Jason Fraley)

Best Movies of 2016

50. Hail, Caesar!
49. 20th Century Women
48. The Witch
47. Demolition
46. Patriots Day
45. Finding Dory
44. The Girl on the Train
43. Weiner / Zero Days
42. Race
41. Elvis & Nixon
40. Moana 
39. American Honey
38. Rogue One
37. Paterson
36. Snowden
35. Civil War
34. Allied
33. Denial
32. Silence
31. 13th
30. Zootopia
29. I, Daniel Blake
28. Southside With You
27. Love & Friendship
26. Doctor Strange
25. The Jungle Book
24. Miss Sloane
23. A Monster Calls
22. The Light Between the Oceans
21. Kubo and the Two Strings
20. Deadpool
19. Cafe Society 
18. Hacksaw Ridge  
17. Nocturnal Animals
16. The Birth of a Nation 
15. Manchester By the Sea
14. The Handmaiden
13. Elle
12. Hidden Figures
11. Lion
10. De Palma
9. Loving
8. Sully
7. Jackie
6. O.J.: Made in America
5. Hell or High Water
4. Arrival
3. Fences
2. Moonlight
1. La La Land
Jason Fraley

Hailed by The Washington Post for “his savantlike ability to name every Best Picture winner in history," Jason Fraley began at WTOP as Morning Drive Writer in 2008, film critic in 2011 and Entertainment Editor in 2014, providing daily arts coverage on-air and online.

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