best movies by year The Best Movies of 2011

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List Rules 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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X-Men: First Class is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
X-Men: First Class Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman Michael Fassbender

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe Gary Oldman

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Drive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
Drive Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling Carey Mulligan

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Thor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
Thor Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings Samuel L. Jackson

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
Rise of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Freida Pinto John Lithgow

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The Help Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain Bryce Dallas Howard

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Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
Moneyball Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill Robin Wright

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Sha... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr. Jude Law

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara Robin Wright

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Hugo Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz Christopher Lee

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Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans Tommy Lee Jones

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Source Code Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan Vera Farmiga

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise, Paula Patton Jeremy Renner

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Bridesmaids Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm Kristen Wiig

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Super 8 Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka Kyle Chandler

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch Gary Oldman

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Horrible Bosses Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey Colin Farrell

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50/50 Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Bryce Dallas Howard

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The Descendants George Clooney, Shailene Woodley Judy Greer

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The Artist John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell James Cromwell

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Crazy, Stupid, Love. Emma Stone, Julianne Moore Ryan Gosling

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The Adjustment Bureau is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
The Adjustment Bureau Emily Blunt, Matt Damon Jon Stewart

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Rango Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher Alfred Molina

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Limitless Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper Bruce Lee

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The Muppets Katy Perry, Lady Gaga Selena Gomez

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Warrior Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy Nick Nolte

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Midnight in Paris Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard Tom Hiddleston

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The Ides of March George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood Ryan Gosling

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Hanna Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana Saoirse Ronan

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Paul Steven Spielberg, Sigourney Weaver Kristen Wiig

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Real Steel Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly Kevin Durand

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz Keith Richards

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Fast Five is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
Fast Five Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson Vin Diesel

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Unknown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
Unknown Diane Kruger, Liam Neeson January Jones

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The Tree of Life Brad Pitt, Sean Penn Jessica Chastain

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Puss in Boots Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas Billy Bob Thornton

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Rio Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx Jane Lynch

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The Iron Lady Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent Iain Glen

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Contagion Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet Matt Damon

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Attack the Block Nick Frost, John Boyega Luke Treadaway

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Insidious Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey Patrick Wilson

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Jane Eyre Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench Mia Wasikowska

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We Need to Talk About Kevin Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly Ezra Miller

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Machine Gun Preacher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
Machine Gun Preacher Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan Michael Shannon

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A Dangerous Method Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender Viggo Mortensen

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The Adventures of Tintin: The ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg Jamie Bell

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Kung Fu Panda 2 Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu Dustin Hoffman

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Win Win Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor Melanie Lynskey

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Shame Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan Nicole Beharie

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Melancholia Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland John Hurt