This is it, folks. The year 2016 is closing up shop, and in just a few days we'll all find ourselves living in 2017. To celebrate this, all this week Cinema Blend will be running a wide variety of Top 10 lists -- including those limited to genre and superlatives, and others just based on subjective preference. And what better way to really get the ball rolling than with our site-wide Top 10 movies of the year list?
Throughout the year (as we did in 2015), we have our writers keep close track of every movie that they see and give it a score between one and five. We then take the average of the scores from everyone, put them in descending order, and eliminate any title that wasn't seen by three or more people. The result of this is the list you'll find below. Read on to see our choices, and leave your thoughts in the comments section below!
#10: The Nice Guys
Average Score: 4.3125/5
In a perfect world, Shane Black's The Nice Guys would have wound up being one of the biggest hits of 2016. It's truly rare that we get a movie this good -- one that features a dynamite and hilarious pair of lead performances; a compelling and well-drawn plot; and a perfectly utilized period setting. The bad news is that in reality the film wound up not doing as well as one would hope... but the good news is that it now exists to be shared and enjoyed and shared and enjoyed for all eternity.
The first of two brilliant Ryan Gosling/Los Angeles movies this year (we'll get to the second one in a bit), The Nice Guys is a remarkable throwback to classic buddy movies and noir detective stories -- but comes together as a fresh and original package. In the same way that Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer are perfect together in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Shane Black discovered something brilliant in the pairing of Gosling and Russell Crowe, and fans will forever be thankful. If you slept on this one when it came out in May, do yourself a favor and catch up with it as soon as possible.