The Best Movies of 2011 Films
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The Best Movies of 2011

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, Oliver Platt, Rade Šerbedžija

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  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Emma Thompson

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  3. 3
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    most listed
    Albert Brooks, Russ Tamblyn, Ron Perlman

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  4. 4
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    Rene Russo, Adriana Barraza, Stellan Skarsgård

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  5. 5
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    often listed
    Tom Felton, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis

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  6. 6
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Bob Costas, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tim McCarver

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  7. 7
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    Goran Višnjić, Stellan Skarsgård, Joely Richardson

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  8. 8
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    Mary Steenburgen, Dana Ivey, Allison Janney

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  9. 9
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    Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams, Eddie Marsan

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  10. 10
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    Ben Kingsley, Brian Selznick, Ray Winstone

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  11. 11
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    Ving Rhames, Anil Kapoor, Tom Cruise

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  12. 12
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    John Hurt, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy

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  13. 13
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    Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeffrey Wright, Vera Farmiga

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    Jill Clayburgh, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy

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  15. 15
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    Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci

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    George Clooney, Beau Bridges, Shailene Woodley

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    Matt Frewer, Anjelica Huston, Philip Baker Hall

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    Bob Newhart, Julie Bowen, Jason Bateman

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    David Gallagher, Michael Giacchino, Elle Fanning

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    John Goodman, Bérénice Bejo, Devon Marie King

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    Marisa Tomei, Julianne Moore, Dan Butler

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    Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Robert De Niro

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    Alfred Molina, Ray Winstone, Isla Fisher

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    Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Hans Marrero

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    George Clooney, Marisa Tomei, Charlie Rose

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Adrien Brody, Michael Sheen, Karine Vanasse

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  27. 27
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    Alan Arkin, Billy Crystal, Jerry Nelson

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    Matt Damon, Terence Stamp, Jon Stewart

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    Eric Bana, Michelle Dockery, Saoirse Ronan

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    Blythe Danner, Jesse Plemons, Jeffrey Tambor

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    Ian McShane, Roger Allam, Penélope Cruz

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Diane Kruger, Frank Langella, January Jones

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  33. 33
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    Evangeline Lilly, Hugh Jackman, Miguel Sandoval

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    Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson

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  35. 35
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    Billy Bob Thornton, Zach Galifianakis, Antonio Banderas

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    Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Roger Allam

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt, Tye Sheridan

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  38. 38
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    Luke Treadaway, Jermaine Smith, Chris Wilson

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  39. 39
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    Anne Hathaway, Wanda Sykes, David Kross

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    Gerard Butler, Kathy Baker, Fana Mokoena

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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye

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  42. 42
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    Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, J.J. Perez

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  43. 43
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    Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon, Josie Ho

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    Imogen Poots, Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell

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  45. 45
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    Jeffrey Tambor, Bobby Cannavale, Margo Martindale

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  46. 46
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    John Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling

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    James Badge Dale, Carey Mulligan, Hannah Ware

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    Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig

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  49. 49
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    Vincent Cassel, Viggo Mortensen, Franziska Arndt

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    ranked low on reranks & added by hakan
    Lucy Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Gary Oldman

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