The Best Movies of 2012 Films

The Best Movies of 2012

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This is a list of the best movies of 2012, as ranked by experts and fans alike. The best movies of 2012 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 2012.

Think "Looper" is the best movie of 2012, hands down? Vote it up, and rank it high on your own list! Did 'Ted' leave you in stitches, laughing days after? Certainly it's one of the best comedy movies 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 foreign film like 'Holy Motors' or a stunning action-adventure flick like 'Skyfall,' or a solid, lighthearted animated family movie like 'Wreck-It-Ralph,' 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 'Cloud Atlas,' 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 2012 certainly brought with it some stinkers (hello, 'That's My Boy'!), there were some real gems, too. And yes, as new 2012 movies come out, add them to your 'best of' list. Several films believed to be Oscar contenders will hit theaters before year's end ('Lincoln' 'The Hobbit,' and 'Anna Karenina' among them).

What are the best movies of 2012? Take a look here and see for yourself.

Please rank your favorite films of 2012. And if you don't see the movie or movies you've been raving about, feel free to add them to this list so everyone can vote for them! For an updated list, check out Ranker's list of the best movies of 2013.

List Criteria: Only films released in theaters between January and December 2012

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    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Avengers

    Joss Whedon More
    100
  2. 2
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christopher Nolan More
    100
  3. 3
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    Peter Jackson More
    87
  4. 4
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    Down 101

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Skyfall

    Sam Mendes More
    87
  5. 5
    Up 173
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Django Unchained

    Quentin Tarantino More
    84
  6. 6
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lincoln

    Steven Spielberg More
    82
  7. 7
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Argo

    Ben Affleck More
    78
  8. 8
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    often listed
    Looper

    Rian Johnson More
    77
  9. 9
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    often listed
    The Hunger Games

    Gary Ross More
    74
  10. 10
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    often listed
    Wreck-It Ralph

    Rich Moore More
    71
  11. 11
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    ranked high on reranks
    Life of Pi

    Ang Lee More
    70
  12. 12
    Up 98
    Down 49

    ranked high on reranks
    Silver Linings Playbook

    David O. Russell More
    70
  13. 13
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    often listed
    Ted

    Seth MacFarlane More
    69
  14. 14
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    Phil Lord, Chris Miller More
    68
  15. 15
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    often listed &controversial
    The Amazing Spider-Man

    Marc Webb More
    66
  16. 16
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    Steve Purcell, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman More
    65
  17. 17
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    Drew Goddard More
    65
  18. 18
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    often listed
    Prometheus

    Ridley Scott More
    64
  19. 19
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    Wes Anderson More
    62
  20. 20
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    Tom Hooper More
    61
  21. 21
    Up 69
    Down 55
    Stephen Chbosky More
    60
  22. 22
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    Josh Trank More
    59
  23. 23
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    controversial
    John Carter

    Andrew Stanton More
    59
  24. 24
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    Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer More
    58
  25. 25
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    controversial
    Men in Black 3

    Barry Sonnenfeld More
    58
  26. 26
    Up 21
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    Kathryn Bigelow More
    57
  27. 27
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    Robert Zemeckis More
    57
  28. 28
    Up 36
    Down 24
    Genndy Tartakovsky More
    56
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  29. 29
    Up 50
    Down 45
    Lynne Ramsay More
    55
  30. 30
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    Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache More
    54
  31. 31
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    controversial
    Frankenweenie

    Tim Burton More
    54
  32. 32
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    John Hillcoat More
    53
  33. 33
    Up 14
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    Mike Thurmeier, Steve Martino More
    53
  34. 34
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    Benh Zeitlin More
    53
  35. 35
    Up 42
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    controversial
    ParaNorman

    Chris Butler, Sam Fell More
    52
  36. 36
    Up 21
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    Tim Burton More
    52
  37. 37
    Up 61
    Down 49
    Martin McDonagh More
    51
  38. 38
    Up 9
    Down 7
    Pete Travis More
    50
  39. 39
    Up 31
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    niche appeal
    The Bourne Legacy

    Tony Gilroy More
    50
  40. 40
    Up 7
    Down 12
    Juan Antonio Bayona More
    50
  41. 41
    Up 45
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    controversial
    Rise of the Guardians

    Peter Ramsey More
    49
  42. 42
    Up 52
    Down 43
    Daniel Espinosa More
    49
  43. 43
    Up 5
    Down 6
    Roger Michell More
    49
  44. 44
    Up 29
    Down 39

    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Red Tails

    Anthony Hemingway More
    49
  45. 45
    Up 53
    Down 52
    Simon West More
    49
  46. 46
    Up 55
    Down 61

    controversial
    The Dictator

    Larry Charles More
    49
  47. 47
    Up 3
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    about to drop off
    Amour

    Michael Haneke More
    49
  48. 48
    Up 25
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    Paul Thomas Anderson More
    49
  49. 49
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    Rupert Sanders More
    48
  50. 50
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    Headhunters

    48
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