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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.

The Best Movies of 2011 Films
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender

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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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    James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

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    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

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    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright

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    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

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    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

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    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig

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    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman

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    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer

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    Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

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    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell

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    John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling

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    Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Lee

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    Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina

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    Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte

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    George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood, Ryan Gosling

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    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez

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    Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Jon Stewart

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    Steven Spielberg, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Wiig

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    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan

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    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards

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    Diane Kruger, Liam Neeson, January Jones

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    Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand

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    Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

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    Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

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    Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel

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    Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen

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    Nick Frost, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway

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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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    Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon

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    Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon

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    Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Mia Wasikowska

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    Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor, Melanie Lynskey

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    Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen

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    Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Nicole Beharie Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Jamie Bell

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    Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt

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    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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