Film Comment: 20 Best Films of 2016

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Two artists entering full bloom—Maren Ade (with our first non-American #1 since 2012’s Holy Motors) and Barry Jenkins—topped our annual survey, next to a redoubtable team-up of Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert. Dramas of psychological realism thrived alongside varieties of nonfiction experience, Grand Guignol, surrealism, and visionary history, all with Hollywood conspicuously absent. The poll, conducted among the magazine’s contributors and editorial staff, is divided into 1) films that received U.S. theatrical runs and 2) those viewed in 2016 but having no announced plans for U.S. theatrical distribution. For each ballot, a first-place choice was allotted 20 points, 19 for second, and so on.
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    Toni Erdmann

    2016, in 12 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    Moonlight

    2016, in 11 top lists Check
  3. 3 new

    Elle

    2016, in 4 top lists Check
  4. 4 new

    Rak ti Khon Kaen

    2015 — a.k.a. Cemetery of Splendor, in 3 top lists Check
  5. 5 new

    Certain Women

    2016, in 3 top lists Check
  6. 6 new

    Paterson

    2016, in 2 top lists Check
  7. 7 new

    Manchester by the Sea

    2016, in 7 top lists Check
  8. 8 new

    Aquarius

    2016, in 3 top lists Check
  9. 9 new

    L'avenir

    2016 — a.k.a. Things to Come, in 1 top list Check
  10. 10 new

    No Home Movie

    2015, in 2 top lists Check
  11. 11 new

    The Lobster

    2015, in 5 top lists Check
  12. 12 new

    Ji-geum-eun-mat-go-geu-ddae-neun-teul-li-da

    2015 — a.k.a. Right Now, Wrong Then, in 4 top lists Check
  13. 13 new

    Love & Friendship

    2016, in 1 top list Check
  14. 14 new

    Cameraperson

    2016, in 4 top lists Check
  15. 15 new

    Lu Bian Ye Can

    2015 — a.k.a. Kaili Blues, in 2 top lists Check
  16. 16 new

    Ah-ga-ssi

    2016 — a.k.a. The Handmaiden, in 12 top lists Check
  17. 17 new

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    2016, in 1 top list Check
  18. 18 new

    The Fits

    2015, in 0 top lists Check
  19. 19 new

    Neruda

    2016, in 1 top list Check
  20. 20 new

    The Other Side

    2015, in 0 top lists Check
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