2016 films: miscellaneous data


Based on my own research. Additions welcome (@ me), will update accordingly.


Total wide releases:


Remakes, reboots, sequels, prequels, and franchises:


Based on novels:


Based on a true story (BOATS, as the kids say):


Wholly original, not based on anything:


Longest wide release:

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (151 minutes)

Shortest wide release:

“Lights Out” (81 minutes)

Longest wide release title:

“Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party”

Shortest wide release title:

(tie) “Race,” “Sing”

Movies named after specific women:

“Moana,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Jackie,” “Morgan,” “Christine,” “Miss Sloane,” “Miss Hokusai,” “Miss Sharon Jones,” “Julieta”

Movies named after specific men:

“Doctor Strange,” “Jason Bourne,” “Sully,” “Ben-Hur,” “Eddie the Eagle,” “Max Steel,” “Max Rose,” “Elvis & Nixon,” “Mr. Church,” “De Palma,” “Victor,” “Morris from America,” “Snowden,” “Weiner”

Movies named after unnamed women:

“Certain Women,” “Elle,” “Bad Moms,” “The Girl on the Train,” “The Witch,” “Blair Witch,” “The Love Witch,” “Queen of Katwe,” “The Mermaid,” “The Handmaiden,” “Our Little Sister,” “White Girl,” “The Eagle Huntress”

Movies named after unnamed men:

“The Nice Guys,” “Dirty Grandpa,” “The Brothers Grimsby,” “Swiss Army Man,” “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” “The Little Prince,” “Gentleman,” “Little Men,” “The Boy”

Movies named after men and women, come on, we can all share this:


Movies emphatically not named after a woman:

“I Am Not Madame Bovary”

Movies named after cats:

“Keanu,” “A Street Cat Named Bob”

Movies named after men and chickens:

“Men & Chicken”

Movies named for abstract things:

“Nerve,” “Denial,” “Collateral Beauty,” “The Choice,” “The Edge of Seventeen,” “Love & Friendship,” “Loving,” “Indignation,” “Equity,” “Genius”

Movies that never explain their titles (which isn’t to say we don’t understand them, just that the films themselves don’t explain):

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “Midnight Special,” “Everybody Wants Some!!”

Movies that sound like Donald Trump biopics:

“Why Him?,” “The Neon Demon,” “Money Monster,” “Dirty Grandpa,” “Criminal,” “Don’t Think Twice,” “Denial,” “Rules Don’t Apply,” “Weiner”

Movies that sound like they could be about Trump’s cabinet:

“Suicide Squad,” “Trolls,” “Little Men,” “Sausage Party,” “The Shallows,” “War Dogs,” “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

Movies in which someone vomits and we actually see the barf coming out of their mouth:

“13 Hours,” “Other People,”  “Goat,” “The Birth of a Nation,” “31,” “Antibirth,” “Deadpool,”  “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” “The Edge of Seventeen”

Movies with scenes set in strip clubs:

“Deadpool,” “Hardcore Henry,” “Knight of Cups,” “Triple 9,” “Keanu,” “The Infiltrator,” “Dog Eat Dog,” “Bleed for This”

Movies with music stars cameoing as themselves:

“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” “Why Him?,” “Zoolander 2”

BOATS movies that end with pictures or video of the real people they’re about:

“Race,” “Eddie the Eagle,” “Elvis & Nixon,” “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” “The Conjuring 2,” “The Infiltrator,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Hands of Stone,” “Sully,” “Deepwater Horizon,” “Queen of Katwe,” “Snowden,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “The Founder,” “Lion,” “Loving,” “Hidden Figures,” “Patriots Day”

Non-Christmas movies with scenes set at Christmastime:

“How to Be Single,” “Deadpool,” “Other People,” “I Am Not a Serial Killer,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “The Nice Guys,” “The Conjuring 2,” “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” “Collateral Beauty,” “The Accountant,” “Elle,” “La La Land”

Movies in which the CIA gives someone a bag of money to do something:

“13 Hours” (fly them from Tripoli to Benghazi), “Moonwalkers” (make a fake moon-landing film)

Movies in which a dog dies:

“The Lobster,” “Wiener-Dog,” “The Witch,” “In a Valley of Violence,” “Green Room,” “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”

Movies in which a god dies:

“Risen,” “Ben-Hur,” “Gods of Egypt,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

Movies with shots of someone sitting on the toilet and we can see that they’re actually bare-assed:

“Other People,” “The Fundamentals of Caring,” “Trash Fire,” “Demolition,” “Nocturnal Animals”

Movies in which someone feels responsible (rightly or wrongly) for a family member’s death:

“The Fundamentals of Caring,” “Trash Fire,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “Zoolander 2,” “The Invitation,” “Cash Only,” “The Nice Guys,” “Captain Fantastic,” “The Girl on the Train”

Movies in which someone’s eyeballs are popped out or otherwise removed:

“The Greasy Strangler,” “The Lobster,” “Sing,” “The Eyes of My Mother,” “Gods of Egypt,” “Hardcore Henry,” “The Neon Demon”

Movies featuring Natasha Lyonne in which a character walks through a convenience store sucking the aerosol from a whipped cream can, and in which alien creatures emerge from human bodies:

“Yoga Hosers,” “Antibirth”

Movies with giant fake penises:

“The Greasy Strangler,” “Fifty Shades of Black”

Movies in which a 15-year-old boy whose parents are splitting up embarks on a creative endeavor and possible romance with a worldly 16-year-old girl who has an older boyfriend, and in which the boy’s climactic moment of performing his art in public is threatened by an authority figure:

“Slash,” “Sing Street”

Movies featuring Michael Shannon and a Nancy Grace cameo, in which Superman and kryptonite are discussed and a character’s eyes emit light:

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Midnight Special”

Movies starring a woman who co-wrote the screenplay with her husband, who directed the movie:

“Hush,” “The Boss”

Movies in which a black father threatens to whip somebody with his belt:

“Meet the Blacks,” “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” “Fences”

Movies featuring Black Panther, the Black Panthers, or a black panther:

“Captain America: Civil War,” “Elvis & Nixon,” “The Jungle Book”

Movies in which someone has trouble with a vending machine in a hospital:

“Demolition,” “Mother’s Day”

Movies in which someone treats a traumatic injury by wrapping it in duct tape:

“Green Room,” “Keanu,” “Hell or High Water”

Movies in which a person’s wound is stitched unconventionally:

“The Legend of Tarzan” (with ants), “The Shallows” (with earrings)

Movies about talking animals that explicitly reference the animals’ nudity:

“Zootopia,” “The Angry Birds Movie”

Movies in which a character moves so fast that time around him appears to stop:

“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “The Angry Birds Movie”

Movies in which a wealthy couple hires a young woman to take care of their son, who cannot move under his own power:

“The Boy,” “Me Before You”

Movies in which a quartet of anti-heroes with inexplicable superhuman powers are called “the Horsemen”:

“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Now You See Me 2”

Animated films featuring Albert Brooks in which two animals commandeer a van transporting other animals, and in which a woman is surprised to look into a stroller and see an animal instead of a baby:

“Finding Dory,” “The Secret Life of Pets”

Movies in which a corpse is handled in an unorthodox manner:

“Swiss Army Man,” “The Neon Demon,” “Captain Fantastic”

Movies from Sundance 2016 in which the death of his wife forces an off-the-grid survivalist to deal with issues of child custody, and in which an animal is graphically slaughtered:

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” “Captain Fantastic”

Movies that explicitly reference “Jurassic Park”:

“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “Swiss Army Man”

Movies that explicitly reference “Casablanca”:

“La La Land,” “20th Century Women,” “Allied”

Movies with characters named Keanu:

“Keanu,” “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

Movies in which a dumb, romantically unfulfilled male character becomes a wedding planner at the end:

“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” “Ice Age: Collision Course”

Movies in which joyous news is overshadowed by news of Dad having been in a serious accident:

“Don’t Think Twice” (TV audition), “Nine Lives” (girl is finally getting the cat she always wanted)

Movies in which Mom has cancer:

“Other People,” “The Hollars,” “Mr. Church,” “A Monster Calls”

Movies in which someone seems to believe that women pee out of their vaginas:

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “Captain Fantastic”

Movies in which a character takes refuge in or on a whale carcass:

“The Shallows,” “Kubo and the Two Strings”

Movies in which teens spy on a reclusive neighbor and are unduly curious about what’s in his locked basement:

“Don’t Breathe,” “The Good Neighbor”

Movies with characters wearing eyepatches:

“Kubo and the Two Strings,” “Morgan,” “Gods of Egypt”

Movies released on Sept. 2 in which a miraculous girl arrives in someone’s life after two failed attempts and is subsequently threatened with being taken away from her loving surrogate parents:

“Morgan,” “The Light Between Oceans”

Movies in which someone is resurrected:

“Risen,” “Ben-Hur”

Movies called “Resurrection” in which no one is resurrected:

“Mechanic: Resurrection”

Movies that feature the Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Fortunate Son”:

“Suicide Squad,” “War Dogs,” “Operation Avalanche”

Movies that feature the House of Pain song “Jump Around”:

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “War Dogs,” “Bridget Jones’s Baby”

Movies about sinister entities that live in the forest:

“The Forest,” “The Witch,” “Blair Witch,” “Green Room”

Movies with scenes in a location where the gravity is shifting:

“Star Trek Beyond,” “Arrival,” “Doctor Strange,” “Passengers”

Movies that begin with the protagonist being interrupted while in the act of hanging himself:

“Swiss Army Man,” “Bad Santa 2”

Movies in which a teen boy who’s accused of being gay hears a friend describe in graphic detail a sexual encounter that is probably exaggerated or false:

“Moonlight,” “20th Century Women”

Movies in which a young man’s life is altered by a single furtive sexual experience:

“Indignation,” “Moonlight”

R-rated Christmas comedies whose plots center around trying to save the family business:

“Why Him?,” “Office Christmas Party”

Movies in which a tech company is owned by a brother and sister:

“The Accountant,” “Office Christmas Party,” “Why Him?”

Movies with anti-violence messages that are themselves spectacularly violent:

“Hacksaw Ridge,” “Assassin’s Creed”

Movies in which Brendan Gleeson plays the father of a murderer:

“Live by Night,” “Assassin’s Creed”

Movies about a group of rogues — including an Asian blade expert, a Mexican criminal, a drunk white loudmouth, and a Louisianan — being assembled for a mission, where the black guy is recruited first and the Indian guy last:

“Suicide Squad,” “The Magnificent Seven”