Best Drama Movies of 2016

1.

Lion

6.7
8.1/10

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Starring: Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman
Directed by: Garth Davis
Release date: 2016-11-24
2.

La La Land

6.6
8.0/10

Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Release date: 2016-11-29
3.

Hacksaw Ridge

6.6
8.1/10

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer
Directed by: Mel Gibson
Release date: 2016-10-07
4.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

6.6
8.2/10

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson find themselves in 1890s London in this holiday special.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss
Directed by: Douglas Mackinnon
Release date: 2016-01-01
5.

Sing Street

6.5
8.0/10

A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor
Directed by: John Carney
Release date: 2016-03-11
6.

Hidden Figures

6.5
7.8/10

The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst
Directed by: Theodore Melfi
Release date: 2016-12-10
7.

Captain Fantastic

6.5
7.9/10

A father living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest with his six young kids tries to assimilate back into society.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton
Directed by: Matt Ross
Release date: 2016-07-02
8.

Arrival

6.4
7.9/10

Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Release date: 2016-11-10
9.

The Jungle Book

6.3
7.4/10

A man-cub named Mowgli fostered by wolves. After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan, Mowgli is forced to flee the jungle, by which he embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of the panther, Bagheera and the free-spirited bear, Baloo.

Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Release date: 2016-04-07
10.

Manchester by the Sea

6.3
7.8/10

After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, C.J. Wilson
Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan
Release date: 2016-11-18
11.

Me Before You

6.2
7.4/10

A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds apart and trapped together by circumstance, the two get off to a rocky start. But the girl becomes determined to prove to the man that life is worth living and as they embark on a series of adventures together, each finds their world changing in ways neither of them could begin to imagine.

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Brendan Coyle
Directed by: Thea Sharrock
Release date: 2016-06-01
12.

Sully

6.1
7.5/10

On 15 January 2009, the world witnessed the 'Miracle on the Hudson' when Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and career.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2016-09-07
13.

Hell or High Water

6.1
7.6/10

A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's farm in West Texas.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Marin Ireland
Directed by: David Mackenzie
Release date: 2016-08-12
14.

Moonlight

6.1
7.4/10

The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

Starring: Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome
Directed by: Barry Jenkins
Release date: 2016-10-21
15.

Sing

6.0
7.1/10

A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theater by hosting a singing competition.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly
Directed by: Garth Jennings
Release date: 2016-11-23
16.

Eddie the Eagle

6.0
7.4/10

The feel-good story of Michael 'Eddie' Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself—even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach, Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Ania Sowinski, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen
Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
Release date: 2016-02-26
17.

A Monster Calls

6.0
7.5/10

A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.

Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson
Directed by: J.A. Bayona
Release date: 2016-10-07
18.

The Fundamentals of Caring

6.0
7.3/10

Having suffered a tragedy, Ben becomes a caregiver to earn money. His first client, Trevor, is a hilarious 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor hit the road on a trip into the western states. The folks they collect along the way will help them test their skills for surviving outside their calculated existence. Together, they come to understand the importance of hope and the necessity of true friendship.

Starring: Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson
Directed by: Rob Burnett
Release date: 2016-06-16
19.

The Edge of Seventeen

5.9
7.3/10

Two high school girls are best friends until one dates the other's older brother, who is totally his sister's nemesis.

Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick
Directed by: Kelly Fremon Craig
Release date: 2016-11-18
20.

Colonia

5.9
7.1/10

A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.

Starring: Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps
Directed by: Florian Gallenberger
Release date: 2016-02-18

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