Sight & Sound’s Top 20 Films of 2016

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It’s that time of year again and the first wave of 2016 Best Of lists are starting to surface online. The British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound Magazine is usually one of the first ones to publish their list and this year is no different. As always, their Top 20 mostly consists of smaller art house selections with a few mainstream titles sprinkled in and this year their top choice is the German film Toni Erdmann, directed by Maren Ade. Several other acclaimed indie dramas are high on the list including Moonlight, Manchester By the Sea, American Honey and Paterson, while La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone sneaked in near the bottom. For more info, check out the full write-up over on the BFI website. What do you think of these picks? Check out Sight & Sound’s Top 20 Films of 2016 after the jump.


1. “Toni Erdmann” directed Maren Ade
2. “Moonlight” directed by Barry Jenkins
3. “Elle” directed by Paul Verhoeven
4. “Certain Women” directed by Kelly Reichardt
5. “American Honey” directed by Andrea Arnold
6. “I, Daniel Blake” directed by Ken Loach
7. “Manchester by the Sea” directed by Kenneth Lonergan
8. “Things to Come” directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
9. “Paterson” directed by Jim Jarmusch
10. “The Death of Louis XIV” directed by Albert Serra
11. “Personal Shopper” directed by Olivier Assayas
11. “Sieranevada” directed by Cristi Puiu
13. “Fire At Sea” directed by Gianfranco Rosi
13. “Nocturama” directed by Bertrand Bonello
13. “Julieta” directed by Pedro Almodóvar
16. “La La Land” directed by Damien Chazelle
16. “Cameraperson” directed by Kirsten Johnson
18. “Love & Friendship” directed by Whit Stillman
19. “Aquarius” directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho
19. “Victoria” directed by Sebastian Schipper

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  • Mark Stevens

    Thank God they didn’t include THE LOBSTER.

  • Lori Cerny

    This is frustrating. So many good films, but no local art house theater in my area.

  • Deven Science

    Haven’t seen a single one of these.