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, Hugh Jackman, January Jones

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    the people's #1 & most listed Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    James Franco, Freida Pinto, Tracy Spiridakos

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill

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

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    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer

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    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne, Kristen Wiig

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    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

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    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Scorsese

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    Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen

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    Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch

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

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    ranked low on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Dormer, Tommy Lee Jones

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    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer

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    Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx

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    often listed Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Dan Castellaneta

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

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    Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling

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    Jennifer Morrison, Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy

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    Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Bruce Lee

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    Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy

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    George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei

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    Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga

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    Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Jon Stewart

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson

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    ranked low on reranks Steven Spielberg, Sigourney Weaver, Seth Rogen

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    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan

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    January Jones, Diane Kruger, Liam Neeson

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    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards

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

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

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    Meryl Streep, Iain Glen, Jim Broadbent

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, Chris Wilson

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    ranked low on reranks Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand

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

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon

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

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    Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon

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    Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård

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    Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor, Margo Martindale

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    Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller

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    Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis

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    Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Nicole Beharie

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    Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen

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    Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Imogen Poots

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    ranked low on reranks & added by hakan Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Gary Oldman

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    Demi Moore, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons

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