Top 100 Must See Movies of 2016

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1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

44 Metascore

Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg

Votes: 694,806 | Gross: $330.36M

2. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

Political involvement in the Avengers' affairs causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 777,002 | Gross: $408.08M

3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen

Votes: 624,462 | Gross: $532.18M

4. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

In the 1980s the X-Men must defeat an ancient all-powerful mutant, En Sabah Nur, who intends to thrive through bringing destruction to the world.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 432,419 | Gross: $155.44M

5. Finding Dory (2016)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

77 Metascore

Friendly but forgetful blue tang Dory begins a search for her long-lost parents and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane | Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 274,444 | Gross: $486.30M

6. Suicide Squad (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

40 Metascore

A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis

Votes: 681,221 | Gross: $325.10M

7. Deadpool (2016)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein

Votes: 1,022,281 | Gross: $363.07M

8. Ghostbusters (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

60 Metascore

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones

Votes: 231,011 | Gross: $128.34M

9. Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

66 Metascore

Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home.

Directors: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson | Stars: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 158,299 | Gross: $143.53M

10. Warcraft (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

32 Metascore

As an Orc horde invades the planet Azeroth using a magic portal, a few human heroes and dissenting Orcs must attempt to stop the true evil behind this war.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper

Votes: 263,492 | Gross: $47.37M

11. Passengers (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

41 Metascore

A malfunction in a sleeping pod on a spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet wakes one passenger 90 years early.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 401,822 | Gross: $100.01M

12. Star Trek Beyond (2016)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

The crew of the USS Enterprise explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy, who puts them, and everything the Federation stands for, to the test.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 246,123 | Gross: $158.85M

13. Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

32 Metascore

Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defenses be enough?

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe

Votes: 179,649 | Gross: $103.14M

14. Jason Bourne (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Thriller

58 Metascore

The CIA's most dangerous former operative is drawn out of hiding to uncover more explosive truths about his past.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 227,188 | Gross: $162.43M

15. Hail, Caesar! (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

72 Metascore

A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio's stars in line.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 134,984 | Gross: $30.50M

16. Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

34 Metascore

Alice is appointed to save her beloved Mad Hatter from deadly grief by travelling back to the past, but this means fatally harming Time himself, the noble clockwork man with the device needed to save the Hatter's family from the Red Queen.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway

Votes: 108,772 | Gross: $77.04M

17. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

R | 92 min | Comedy

58 Metascore

When their new next-door neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there, Mac and Kelly team with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down.

Director: Nicholas Stoller | Stars: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Chloë Grace Moretz

Votes: 123,207 | Gross: $55.46M

18. Assassin's Creed (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

36 Metascore

Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, before taking on the secret Templar society.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 199,166 | Gross: $54.65M

19. The Jungle Book (2016)

PG | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

77 Metascore

After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther Bagheera and free-spirited bear Baloo.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba

Votes: 276,798 | Gross: $364.00M

20. Doctor Strange (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

72 Metascore

While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong

Votes: 733,013 | Gross: $232.64M

21. Allegiant (2016)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

33 Metascore

After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago, to finally discover the shocking truth of the world around them.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Naomi Watts

Votes: 122,321 | Gross: $66.18M

22. Amityville: The Awakening (2017)

PG-13 | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

42 Metascore

A desperate single mother moves with her three children into the notorious, supposedly haunted, real-life Amityville house to try and use its dark powers to cure her comatose son. Things go horribly wrong.

Director: Franck Khalfoun | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Mckenna Grace, Cameron Monaghan

Votes: 14,313 | Gross: $0.00M

23. Now You See Me 2 (2016)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

46 Metascore

The Four Horsemen resurface, and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco

Votes: 287,679 | Gross: $65.08M

24. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

37 Metascore

A Portokalos family secret brings the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.

Director: Kirk Jones | Stars: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan

Votes: 31,296 | Gross: $59.69M

25. Triple 9 (2016)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

52 Metascore

A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul

Votes: 72,503 | Gross: $12.63M

26. London Has Fallen (2016)

R | 99 min | Action, Thriller

28 Metascore

In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning is caught up in a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.

Director: Babak Najafi | Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett

Votes: 158,611 | Gross: $62.68M

27. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

40 Metascore

The Turtles get into another battle with their enemy the Shredder, who has acquired new allies: the mutant thugs Bebop and Rocksteady and the alien being Krang.

Director: Dave Green | Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry, Laura Linney

Votes: 93,361 | Gross: $82.05M

28. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

Director: Chris Renaud | Stars: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell

Votes: 201,867 | Gross: $368.38M

29. Zoolander 2 (2016)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

34 Metascore

Derek and Hansel are lured into modelling again, in Rome, where they find themselves the target of a sinister conspiracy.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penélope Cruz, Will Ferrell

Votes: 69,569 | Gross: $28.85M

30. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

R | 134 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to North London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a supernatural spirit.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Frances O'Connor

Votes: 268,158 | Gross: $102.47M

31. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

PG-13 | 132 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler

Votes: 472,423 | Gross: $234.04M

32. The BFG (2016)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement

Votes: 86,190 | Gross: $55.48M

33. Zootopia (2016)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 Metascore

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush | Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate

Votes: 493,471 | Gross: $341.27M

34. The Nice Guys (2016)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer

Votes: 325,095 | Gross: $36.26M

35. Silence (I) (2016)

R | 161 min | Drama, History

79 Metascore

In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 112,943 | Gross: $7.10M

36. The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

35 Metascore

Eric and fellow warrior Sara, raised as members of ice Queen Freya's army, try to conceal their forbidden love as they fight to survive the wicked intentions of both Freya and her sister Ravenna.

Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt

Votes: 110,286 | Gross: $48.39M

37. The Magnificent Seven (2016)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Western

54 Metascore

Seven gunmen from a variety of backgrounds are brought together by a vengeful young widow to protect her town from the private army of a destructive industrialist.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 211,779 | Gross: $93.43M

38. Dirty Grandpa (2016)

R | 102 min | Comedy

21 Metascore

Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a lecherous former Army Lieutenant Colonel, to Florida for Spring Break.

Director: Dan Mazer | Stars: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza

Votes: 124,080 | Gross: $35.59M

39. Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

R | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

23 Metascore

Vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.

Director: Anna Foerster | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver

Votes: 76,234 | Gross: $30.35M

40. Ride Along 2 (2016)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

32 Metascore

As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt

Votes: 59,099 | Gross: $91.22M

41. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

45 Metascore

Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies.

Director: Burr Steers | Stars: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote

Votes: 56,675 | Gross: $10.91M

42. Snowden (2016)

R | 134 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto

Votes: 152,102 | Gross: $21.59M

43. The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

44 Metascore

Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J. Saper, Christian Stevens, Christoph Waltz

Votes: 177,076 | Gross: $126.64M



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