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Top 10 Great Movies You Missed This Fall

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Written by Noah Levy So many great movies have come out in the Fall of 2016 that you may not have seen all of them, but these are the greatest films of Autumn that you definitely missed. WatchMojo presents the top 10 Movies of the Fall that you for sure missed. But what will take the top spot on our list? Will it be American Honey, Moonlight, or Loving? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: Big thanks to Levyticus for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Movies+You+May+Have+Missed+This+Fall

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As temperatures drop and awards season heats up, you should take some time to check out the flicks you may have overlooked in the fall. Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Movies You Missed This Fall: 2016 edition.

For this list, we’re looking at movies that were released during Autumn 2016 that achieved critical success, but were hampered in theaters by either a limited release, or straight-up bombing.

#10: “The Handmaiden” (2016)

With his 10th feature film, South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook has proven he’s not going to slow down any time soon. Loosely adapted from the Welsh novel Fingersmith, “The Handmaiden” takes place in Japan-occupied Korea, and focuses on a woman who’s hired to be a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress. However, she turns out to be secretly involved in a plot to defraud her. The film features many of Park’s hallmarks, including dark humor, sex, and violence. The graphic nature of the movie might be off-putting for some viewers, but it’s still one of the best foreign films of the year.

#9: “Denial” (2016)

Fall is usually full of quality historical dramas, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that some slip through the cracks. But this one, starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall, is well worth seeking out. Weisz stars as historian Deborah Lipstadt, who gets accused of libel and ends up entangled in a legal battle when she calls Holocaust denier David Irving, played by Spall. If this fascinating true story isn’t enough for you, Academy Award winner Weisz gives another great performance in a career full of them.

#8: “Shin Godzilla” (2016)

The last time Toho’s signature monster graced the big screen in Japan was in 2004. 10 years later, we got a quality American reboot, but this year, Toho brought the King of The Monsters out of retirement in a way we’ve never seen before. Co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, the film is a terrifying and unsettling look at how the Japanese Government would respond if a giant monster actually attacked Tokyo, and takes visual cues from recent events like the 2011 Tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. For a while it was uncertain if this kaiju film would ever make its way overseas, but thankfully Funimation gave it a much-appreciated one-week theatrical engagement in October.

#7: “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years” (2016)

Directed by Ron Howard, this documentary shows the most beloved band of all time at the height of their international stardom. And while it may have gotten a limited theatrical release, it was made available on Hulu just one day later. So really, you have no excuse if you haven’t seen this one. Made in cooperation with Paul and Ringo – as well as Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono – the doc features previously unseen footage of the Fab Four’s manic touring years, starting from their days playing at Liverpool’s Cavern Club and ending in San Francisco and their retirement from touring in 1966. Speaking of great music documentaries released this fall, you should also watch Jim Jarmusch’s doc on the Stooges, “Gimme Danger”.

#6: “Elle” (2016)

It’s been a decade since Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven last released a full-length film, but this thriller shows he hasn’t lost his touch. Adopted from the novel Oh… by Philippe Djian, “Elle” stars Isabelle Huppert as a French woman who is the head of a video game company and has to deal with the aftermath of being raped in her home. A dark and powerful psychological thriller, Elle shows both its lead actress and director working at the top of their game. Despite rave reviews, the language barrier and the touchy subject matter probably kept this one from reaching a wider audience.

#5: “Queen of Katwe” (2016)
Disney has made inspiring movies based on many sports, but they haven’t taken on competitive chess – until now. Based on true events and directed by Mira Nair, the film is about a girl named Phiona living in the slum of Katwe in Uganda. She comes across a missionary who teaches her how to play chess, and she uses her new skill to escape her impoverished environment. In addition to its positive message, the film showcases fantastic performances from Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, and David Oyelowo as the missionary who takes Phiona in. This one sort of got lost due to an initially limited release and a crowded market, but it’s one worth watching nonetheless.

#4: “Ouija: Origin of Evil” (2016)
Yeah, we don’t blame you guys for dismissing a prequel to a terribly received horror film based on a wooden board. But shockingly, Origin of Evil is actually a pretty solid movie. Taking place in 1960s Los Angeles, the film focuses on the family of Lina – the old lady from the first film – and their first encounter with the board game that would doom them forever. It’s a surprisingly effective horror movie, but it fell somewhat short expectations at the box office – perhaps due to the reputation of its predecessor.

#3: “American Honey” (2016)

For her first set outside of the UK, British director Andrea Arnold decided to go all out in filming a feature across the pond. Featuring a star-making performance by Sasha Lane and a resurgent Shia LaBeouf, this flick is an almost three hour-long road trip movie about a girl who drops everything and joins a traveling magazine sales crew. Her journey takes her into the heart of America on a quest of self-discovery, with a good amount of sex and drugs along the way. Widely considered to be Arnold’s magnum opus, you shouldn’t let a severely limited release keep you from seeing this future American classic.

#2: “Loving” (2016)

Director Jeff Nichols immediately followed up Midnight Special – released in Spring 2016 – with an equally powerful story, which received a standing ovation when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Starring his frequent collaborators Joel Edgerton and Michael Shannon, as well as actress Ruth Negga, Nichols takes on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose interracial relationship resulted in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court Decision Loving v. Virginia, which made the practice legal across the United States. Not only is the race-based topic still a relevant issue; the film also features award-worthy performances from its lead actors.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a couple of honorable mentions:
-“Snowden” (2016)
-“Voyage of Time” (2016)
-“A Man Called Ove” (2016)

#1: “Moonlight” (2016)

One of the clear front-runners for Best Picture, this coming-of-age drama has been receiving piles of acclaim for its themes, direction, and acting. The film follows a black boy named Chiron through three stages of his life – childhood, adolescence, and adulthood – as he deals with being black and gay in a War on Drugs-era Miami. It’s an arrestingly beautiful and powerful film, bolstered by incredible performances from the three actors that play Chiron through his life; as well as Mahershala Ali as Juan, one of the adults he encounters. If you need more proof, Moonlight is currently the fourth-best reviewed film of all time on Metacritic, and critics have praised it for being a film everyone should see, no matter what race you are.

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