Top 5 Film Screenplays in 2016

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

Find more of my Top 5 Lists HERE

Click on the titles to see my review of each film. Note: I did not review Swiss Army Man.

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 Film Screenplays in 2016

1. Jackie (Noah Oppenheim)

2. Manchester By The Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)

3. La La Land (Damien Chazelle)

4. The Nice Guys (Shane Black and Anthony Bagarozzi)

5. Hell or High Water (Taylor Sheridan)

Honourable Mentions: Swiss Army Man (Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), Hacksaw Ridge (Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan), High Rise (Amy Jump), Moonlight (Barry Jenkins) Eye In The Sky (Guy Hibbert)

Photos: “Jackie” (The AV Club), “Manchester By The Sea” (Hollywood News), “La La Land” (Variety), “The Nice Guys” (Variety), “Hell or High Water” (Evening Standard)