Top 5 Best Directed Films in 2016

As the 2016 film season comes to a halt, I will be choosing my top 5 picks for the best directed films in 2016.

Find more of my Top 5 Lists HERE

Click on the titles to see my review of each film.

Note: As I have not seen every film this year, this is compiled from the films I have seen (I’ve seen over 50 2016 releases). Many of the potential Oscar films may be absent as they are only in limited release or have not yet been released in NZ, where I live. As I see these films before the Oscar ceremony I will update the list if necessary and let you know about it!

To be eligible for these lists, ‘2016’ means to be theatrically released in 2016 or released on a legal streaming service in 2016, or be up to my discretion.

Top 5 Best Directed Films in 2016

1.  La La Land (Damien Chazelle)

2. Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson)

3. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)

4. High Rise (Ben Wheatley)

5. The Nice Guys (Shane Black)

Honourable Mentions: Manchester By The Sea (Kenneth Lonergan), Deepwater Horizon (Peter Berg), Jackie (Pablo Larrain), Swiss Army Man (Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)

Photos: “La La Land” (THR), “Hacksaw Ridge” (Wall Street Journal), “Moonlight” (THR), “High Rise” (Tribeca Film Festival), “The Nice Guys” (ComingSoon)