The Best Movies of 2011 Films

The Best Movies of 2011

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List Criteria: Movies must have been released in 2011.

The best movies of 2011 include gut-wrenching dramas, mind-bending sci-fi movies and wonderful, romantic comedies that remind movie-goers why they fell in love with movies in the first place. This is a list of some of the best films of the year. Obviously any 'best of' list is going to be subjective, so not everyone will agree. That's the great thing about lists on Ranker: You can change the order with your votes and, in this case, by creating your very own list of the top movies of 2011.

Think 'Midnight in Paris' is the best movie of 2011, hands down? Vote it up, and rank it high on your own list! Did leave you in stitches, laughing days after? Certainly it's one of the to come along in quite a while, but does it deserve to rank #1 on this list? It's up to you to make these sorts of decisions. Whether it's a first-rate documentary like 'Project Nim' or a stunning action-adventure flick like or a solid, lighthearted animated family movie like rank away! I can't wait to see which movies come out on top (and which movies get slammed, in the form of down votes, because really, not everyone liked 'The Tree of Life,' and I'm still hearing people argue about it).

Each and every one of us who've spent a ton of cash to be entertained for a few hours in a darkened theater deserve to be heard. While 2011 certainly brought with it some stinkers (hello, ), there were some real gems, too. And yes, as new 2011 movies come out, add them to your 'best of' list. Several films believed to be Oscar contenders will hit theaters before year's end ('The Descendants,' 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,' 'My Week With Marilyn,' and 'War Horse,' among them). So as you see these movies and love (or hate) them, add them! For the most recent films, check out Ranker's list of the best 2013 movies.


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    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender

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  2. 2
    + 644
    - 514
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

    the people's #1
    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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  3. 3
    + 665
    - 610

    most listed
    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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  4. 4
    + 577
    - 508

    often listed
    James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

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  5. 5
    + 476
    - 257

    ranked low on reranks
    Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson

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  6. 6
    + 454
    - 426

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

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  7. 7
    + 342
    - 217
    The Help

    ranked low on reranks
    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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  8. 8
    + 363
    - 215
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright

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  9. 9
    + 237
    - 203
    Hugo

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

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  10. 10
    + 224
    - 97

    ranked low on reranks
    Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

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  11. 11
    + 361
    - 283
    Source Code


    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

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  12. 12
    + 519
    - 520
    Bridesmaids


    Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig

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  13. 13
    + 430
    - 284


    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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  14. 14
    + 254
    - 142


    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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  15. 15
    + 220
    - 161
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman

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  16. 16
    + 210
    - 180
    The Descendants


    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer

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  17. 17
    + 340
    - 311
    50/50


    Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bryce Dallas Howard

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  18. 18
    + 389
    - 437
    Super 8

    often listed
    Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

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  19. 19
    + 309
    - 182
    Horrible Bosses

    ranked low on reranks
    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell

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  20. 20
    + 182
    - 184
    The Artist

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell

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  21. 21
    + 346
    - 273
    Crazy, Stupid, Love.


    Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling

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  22. 22
    + 274
    - 208
    Rango


    Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina

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  23. 23
    + 182
    - 100
    Limitless


    Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Lee

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  24. 24
    + 213
    - 135
    Warrior


    Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte

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  25. 25
    + 219
    - 189


    Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Jon Stewart

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    + 290
    - 438
    Midnight in Paris

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston

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  27. 27
    + 160
    - 167
    The Ides of March


    George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood, Ryan Gosling

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  28. 28
    + 212
    - 226
    The Muppets


    Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez

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  29. 29
    + 153
    - 108
    Paul

    ranked low on reranks
    Steven Spielberg, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Wiig

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  30. 30
    + 162
    - 127
    Hanna


    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan

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  31. 31
    + 110
    - 96
    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides


    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards

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  32. 32
    + 137
    - 99
    Real Steel


    Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand

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    + 73
    - 67

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Diane Kruger, Liam Neeson, January Jones

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    + 155
    - 98

    ranked low on reranks
    Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel

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  35. 35
    + 121
    - 222
    The Tree of Life

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

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  36. 36
    + 214
    - 174
    Puss in Boots

    ranked low on reranks
    Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

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  37. 37
    + 28
    - 26
    The Iron Lady


    Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen

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  38. 38
    + 170
    - 274
    Contagion


    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon

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  39. 39
    + 199
    - 191
    Rio

    ranked low on reranks
    Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

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  40. 40
    + 133
    - 192
    Attack the Block


    Nick Frost, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway

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  41. 41
    + 89
    - 81
    Insidious

    ranked low on reranks
    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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  42. 42
    + 50
    - 86
    We Need to Talk About Kevin


    Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller

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    + 19
    - 28


    Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon

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    + 67
    - 105
    Jane Eyre


    Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Mia Wasikowska

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  45. 45
    + 34
    - 56
    A Dangerous Method


    Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen

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  46. 46
    + 80
    - 120
    Shame


    Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Nicole Beharie

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  47. 47
    + 82
    - 139
    Win Win


    Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor, Melanie Lynskey

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  48. 48
    + 60
    - 106


    Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Jamie Bell

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  49. 49
    + 94
    - 154
    Melancholia


    Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt

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  50. 50
    + 76
    - 68
    Kung Fu Panda 2

    ranked low on reranks & added by hakan
    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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