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Top 10 English Movies of 2016

Updated on February 20, 2017

10. Anthropoid

Anthropoid is a 2016 historical thriller film directed by Sean Ellis, written by Ellis and Anthony Frewin and starring Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Harry Lloyd, Toby Jones, Anna Geislerová, Charlotte Le Bon and Bill Milner. It tells the story of Operation Anthropoid, the World War II assassination of Reinhard Heydrich by Exile Czechoslovak soldiers on 27 May 1942.

In his review for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw wrote, "An intelligent, tough, and gripping movie."[The Washington Post's Christopher Kompanek gave the film four out of four stars, writing: "Anthropoid never feels formulaic—a surprise in a summer release. (With luck, Academy Award voters won't forget this one.)".

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9.Sing Street

Sing Street is a 2016 musical comedy-drama film written, co-produced and directed by John Carney. Starring Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor, Kelly Thornton and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, the story revolves around a boy starting a band to impress a girl.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 24 January 2016. It was released in Ireland on 17 March 2016, in the United States on 15 April and in the United Kingdom on 20 May.The film received positive reviews from critics and grossed $13 million worldwide, and was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes.

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8. Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 biographical war drama film about the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American pacificist combat medic who was a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, refusing to carry or use a firearm or weapons of any kind. Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for service above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Okinawa.

The film was directed by Mel Gibson and written by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan, based on an earlier documentary about Doss, and stars Andrew Garfield as Doss, with Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn in supporting roles. It received positive reviews and has grossed $164 million worldwide.

Hacksaw Ridge was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of its top ten Movies of the Year and has received numerous awards and nominations, including six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Garfield. It also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor and 12 AACTA Awards nominations, winning the majority, including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor for Garfield and Best Supporting Actor for Weaving.

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7.Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! is a 2016 comedy film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum. The film is a fictional story that follows the real-life "fixer" Eddie Mannix (Brolin) working in the Hollywood film industry in the 1950s, trying to discover what happened to a cast member who vanishes during filming.

Hail, Caesar! grossed $63 million worldwide and received positive reviews from critics, although audiences were less enthusiastic. The film was chosen by National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2016. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Production Design.

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6.Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals is a 2016 American neo-noir psychological thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Tom Ford, based on the 1993 novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright. The film stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Karl Glusman, and Michael Sheen. Principal photography began on October 5, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and has grossed $30 million worldwide.

Nocturnal Animals was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It received numerous accolades, including nine BAFTA Award nominations and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay, plus a Best Supporting Actor win for Taylor-Johnson.At the 89th Academy Awards, Shannon received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

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5. Manchester By the Sea

Manchester by the Sea is a 2016 American drama film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Lucas Hedges. The plot follows a man who looks after his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

The film received widespread acclaim from critics and has grossed $56 million worldwide on an $8.5 million budget.

Manchester by the Sea was listed by many critics as among the best films of 2016.[4] At the 89th Academy Awards, the film received six nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Affleck), Best Supporting Actor (Hedges), Best Supporting Actress (Williams) and Best Original Screenplay. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and was nominated in four more categories.

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4. Swiss Army Man

Swiss Army Man is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, starring Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, and began a theatrical limited release on June 24, 2016, before opening wide on July 1. The film has been positively received by critics.

Dano plays Hank, a man who is attempting suicide after being lost on an island, when he sees a corpse wash ashore portrayed by Radcliffe. He develops a type of friendship with the dead body and discovers that he can manipulate the cadaver like a Swiss Army knife and ends up slowly reanimating him from the dead.

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3.Silence

Silence is a 2016 historical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks and Scorsese, based upon the 1966 novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō. Although the story is set in Nagasaki, Japan, the film was shot entirely on location in Taiwan, specifically around Taipei. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano and Ciarán Hinds.The plot follows two 17th-century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their missing mentor and spread Catholic Christianity.

The American Film Institute selected it as one of its ten Movies of the Year.The film also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography at the 89th Academy Awards.

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2. I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake is a 2016 British-French-German drama film directed by Ken Loach and written by Loach's frequent collaborator Paul Laverty. The film stars Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan, and Briana Shann.

A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after suffering a heart attack is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

It won the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and the Prix du public at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival.

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1.La La Land

a La Land is a 2016 American musical romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. The film's title refers both to the city of Los Angeles and to the idiom for being out of touch with reality.. It has grossed $339 million worldwide on a production budget of $30 million.

La La Land received critical acclaim upon its release, and was regarded as one of the best films of 2016. Critics praised Chazelle's screenplay and direction, Gosling and Stone's performances, Justin Hurwitz's score, and the film's musical numbers. At the 89th Academy Awards, the film received a record-tying 14 nominations (equalling 1997's Titanic and 1950's All About Eve), including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Gosling), Best Actress (Stone), and two nominations for Best Original Song ("Audition" and "City of Stars"). The film also won in every category it was nominated at the 74th Golden Globe Awards, with a record-breaking seven wins, and received eleven nominations at the 70th British Academy Film Awards, winning five.

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