Moonlight, a coming-of-age drama directed by Barry Jenkins, is a 2016 film critics favorite. (Courtesy A24)

The best movies of 2016

The San Francisco Examiner’s highly unscientific roundup of 2016’s best movies (as chosen by select film critics) puts two tender dramas at the top: “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s story about a young black, gay man coming of age on the streets of Miami; and “Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan’s look at a man dealing with the death of his brother and coming to terms with his tragic past. Reviewers also were affected by Ezra Edelman’s powerful and comprehensive, eight hour documentary “O.J.: Made in America.” which got its biggest release on TV.

Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
1. Cemetery of Splendor
2. Paterson
3. Arrival
4. Sully
5. Moonlight
6. Everybody Wants Some!!
7. Certain Women
8. Silence
9. O.J.: Made in America
10. Loving

Anita Katz, San Francisco Examiner

1. I Am Not Your Negro
2 The Salesman
3. Toni Erdmann
4. Jackie
5. Moonlight
6. 13th
7. The Club
8. O.J.: Made in America
9. Manchester by the Sea
10. Don’t Think Twice

Cary Darling, For Worth Star-Telegram

1. Hell or High Water
2. Moonlight
3. Weiner
4. Train to Busan
5. Jackie
6. Tower
7. Fences
8. La La Land
9. Manchester by the Sea
10. Krisha

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
1. Silence
2. Moonlight
3. Toni Erdmann
4. O.J.: Made in America
5. Everybody Wants Some!!
6. My Golden Days
7. Paterson
8. I Am Not Your Negro
9. Manchester by the Sea
10. Certain Women

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

1. Moonlight
2. The Lobster
3. Silence
4. Certain Women
5. Things to Come
6. Manchester by the Sea
7. Elle
8. Christine
9. O.J.: Made in America
10. 20th Century Women

Rafer Guzman, Newsday
1. Moonlight
2. Toni Erdmann
3. Florence Foster Jenkins
4. Weiner
5. Christine
6. Manchester by the Sea
7. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
8. Indignation
9. Edge of Seventeen
10. Allied

Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times

1. Arrival
2. Fences
3. The Handmaiden
4. Hell or High Water
5. The Innocents
6. La La Land
7. Loving
8. Maggie’s Plan
9. Manchester by the Sea
10. Moonlight

Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

1. 20th Century Women
2. Moonlight
3. American Honey
4. Hell or High Water
5. Jackie
6. Cameraperson
7. The Love Witch
8. A Bigger Splash
9. The Handmaiden
10. Paterson
Barry JenkinsEzra EdelmanKenneth LonerganManchester by the SeaMoonlightMovies and TVOJ: Made in Americatop films 2016

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