The year has slowly but surely begun to draw to a close, and as such it's time to look back on all of the amazing cinema that hit theaters over the course of 2016. I have to say: I am pretty impressed. From dramas to comedies, and even a few superhero movies, 2016 turned out to be a truly stellar year for film. With the recent release of the Golden Globe nominations (and the imminent announcement of the Oscar nominations) we will soon know the true winners from the last year.

That being said, everyone has his or her favorites for the year; it's the subjectivity of film that makes it so fascinating. With that in mind, I have taken it upon myself to compile my list of the ten best movies from 2016. Some of these movies made me laugh, others made me cry, but pretty much all of them universally took my breath away and reminded me why I go to the movies in the first place. Now, if you will indulge me, allow me to kick off this list with one of the year's most gripping and intimate stories.

Manchester By the sea

10. Manchester By The Sea

Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea is an emotional sledgehammer of a movie. It's the story of man coping with the loss of his brother, the newfound responsibilities of taking care of his brother's teenage son, and the demons that arise when he returns to his hometown in order to try and keep things together. It's an incredibly simple and straightforward narrative, but the performances from actors like Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams elevate it to another level entirely. There's a palpable layer of humanity at its core, and that's what makes it so heartbreaking.

That being said, what ultimately makes Manchester by the Sea such an enjoyable film is the way in which it presents a family coping with loss in such a realistic way. Yes, it's a film about tragedy, but it also takes the time to showcase the bizarre humor that rears its head whenever a tragedy strikes. The film can have you laughing in one moment, and crying in the next, and it works because the impeccable acting completely sells its emotional complexity.

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