The Best Movies of 2012 Films
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The Best Movies of 2012

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

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.
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Avengers

    Joss Whedon More
    100
  2. 2
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christopher Nolan More
    98
  3. 3
    Up 272
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    Peter Jackson More
    89
  4. 4
    Up 197
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    Quentin Tarantino More
    87
  5. 5
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    Sam Mendes More
    85
  6. 6
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    Steven Spielberg More
    82
  7. 7
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    Ben Affleck More
    77
  8. 8
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    Gary Ross More
    76
  9. 9
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    Rian Johnson More
    74
  10. 10
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    Rich Moore More
    71
  11. 11
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    Ang Lee More
    70
  12. 12
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    David O. Russell More
    70
  13. 13
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    Phil Lord, Chris Miller More
    69
  14. 14
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    Seth MacFarlane More
    68
  15. 15
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    Marc Webb More
    65
  16. 16
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    Steve Purcell, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman More
    64
  17. 17
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    Drew Goddard More
    63
  18. 18
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    Ridley Scott More
    62
  19. 19
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    Wes Anderson More
    61
  20. 20
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    Stephen Chbosky More
    61
  21. 21
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    Robert Zemeckis More
    60
  22. 22
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    Tom Hooper More
    60
  23. 23
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    Josh Trank More
    59
  24. 24
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    Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer More
    59
  25. 25
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    Andrew Stanton More
    58
  26. 26
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    Kathryn Bigelow More
    57
  27. 27
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    Barry Sonnenfeld More
    56
  28. 28
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    Genndy Tartakovsky More
    56
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  29. 29
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    Lynne Ramsay More
    55
  30. 30
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    Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache More
    54
  31. 31
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    John Hillcoat More
    53
  32. 32
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    Tim Burton More
    53
  33. 33
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    Seven Psychopaths

    Martin McDonagh More
    53
  34. 34
    Up 47
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    Chris Butler, Sam Fell More
    51
  35. 35
    Up 52
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    Benh Zeitlin More
    51
  36. 36
    Up 58
    Down 70
    Larry Charles More
    51
  37. 37
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    Mike Thurmeier, Steve Martino More
    51
  38. 38
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    Rupert Sanders More
    50
  39. 39
    Up 24
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    Tim Burton More
    50
  40. 40
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    Simon West More
    48
  41. 41
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    Peter Ramsey More
    48
  42. 42
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    Lee Sternthal, Brian Klugman More
    48
  43. 43
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    Safe House

    Daniel Espinosa More
    48
  44. 44
    Up 11
    Down 14
    Pete Travis More
    48
  45. 45
    Up 14
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    James Watkins More
    48
  46. 46
    Up 27
    Down 39
    Paul Thomas Anderson More
    47
  47. 47
    Up 13
    Down 18
    Timur Bekmambetov More
    47
  48. 48
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    Pitch Perfect

    Jason Moore More
    47
  49. 49
    Up 8
    Down 15
    Juan Antonio Bayona More
    46
  50. 50
    Up 18
    Down 34
    Andrew Dominik More
    44
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