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Revisiting the Top Movies of 2016

La La Land (2016): While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

2016 has been an incredible year for movies, with some leaving long-lasting impressions on viewers. From invigorating comedies and blockbusters to profound biopics and intense dramas, many genres were represented in the top movies in 2016.

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One of the most impressive films of the year was “La La Land,” written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The musical romance starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone is appreciated for the dreams we hold on to. The film earned the most money this year and has a fantastic Rotten Tomatoes score of 93 percent. Ironically, it was nominated for a record-breaking 14 Oscars.

Securing a tight runner-up spot was “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” initiating a sequence of envisioned films within the expansive “Star Wars” domain. Helmed by the directorial prowess of Gareth Edwards, this creation garnered an impressive 85 percent approval rating on the Rotten Tomatoes platform, eventually ascending to the esteemed rank of the fourth highest-grossing cinematic achievement ever recorded. Beyond its commendable reception for an audacious and captivating narrative, the film carved its niche in hearts through its mesmerizing visuals, a sentiment ardently shared by fervent admirers and discerning analysts alike.

Among animated movies, “Zootopia” was the clear leader. It had a 98 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating and broke the $1 billion box office barrier to become the first Walt Disney Animation Studios production. It had a strong female lead in police woman Judy Hopps, a courageous and humorous bunny, and it has grown to be a worldwide favorite among families.

In 2016, the cinematic sensation “Suicide Squad,” crafted by David Ayer, emerged as a luminous star. While certain quarters scrutinized its intricate narrative, the film garnered a remarkable 26 percent approval on Rotten Tomatoes. It achieved a global box office triumph of $745 million, securing its dominance as the year’s highest-grossing masterpiece. Furthermore, this opus bestowed an unparalleled platform upon aficionados of iconic personas like The Joker and Harley Quinn, granting them an unprecedented immersion into their captivating realms.

Other highly rated movies that defined 2016 include the sci-fi drama “Arrival,” the superhero sequel “Captain America: Civil War,” and the tear-jerking drama “Manchester by the Sea.”

So, as the year comes to an end, these are the movies that remain fresh in viewers’ minds. They brought together diverse elements of storytelling to create unforgettable cinematic experiences. From blockbuster action to intense drama, these movies defined 2016.

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