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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    Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2011

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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    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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    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

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    The Help is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Sha... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2011

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    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

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    Hugo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2011

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    Hugo Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright

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    Source Code is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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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 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig

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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman

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    Super 8 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

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    Horrible Bosses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2011

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    Horrible Bosses Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell

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    50/50 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


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

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    The Descendants is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer

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    The Artist is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2011

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    The Artist John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell

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    Crazy, Stupid, Love. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling

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    Rango is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Rango Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina

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    Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Jon Stewart

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    Limitless is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2011

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    Limitless Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Lee

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    Midnight in Paris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2011

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    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston

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    The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez

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    Warrior is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 2011

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    Warrior Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte

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    The Ides of March is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 2011

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    George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood, Ryan Gosling

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    Paul is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 2011

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    Paul Steven Spielberg, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Wiig

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    Hanna is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: On S... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


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

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    Fast Five is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Fast Five Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel

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    Real Steel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Real Steel Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand

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    Diane Kruger, Liam Neeson, January Jones

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    The Tree of Life is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 2011

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    The Tree of Life Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

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    Puss in Boots is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Puss in Boots Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

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    Rio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Rio Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

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    The Iron Lady is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen

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    Contagion is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon

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    Attack the Block is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Attack the Block Nick Frost, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway

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    Insidious is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 2011

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    Insidious Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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    We Need to Talk About Kevin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


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

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    Machine Gun Preacher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Machine Gun Preacher Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon

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    Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Jane Eyre Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Mia Wasikowska

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    A Dangerous Method is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen

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    Kung Fu Panda 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 2011

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    Kung Fu Panda 2 Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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    The Adventures of Tintin: The ... is listed (or ranked) 47 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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    Win Win is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Win Win Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor, Melanie Lynskey

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    Shame is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Shame Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Nicole Beharie

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    Melancholia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 2011


    Melancholia Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt

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