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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    Robert Downey Jr., Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgård

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    Tom Conti, Gary Oldman, Linus Roache

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    Franco Nero, Don Johnson, Bruce Dern

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    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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    Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Rory Kinnear

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley

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    Lenny Kravitz, Julianne Moore, Jena Malone

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    Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman

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    Jeff Daniels, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Chris Tucker, Bradley Cooper, Dash Mihok

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    John C. Reilly, Maurice LaMarche, Skylar Astin

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    James Saito, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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    Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Channing Tatum

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    Ted Danson, Ray Romano, Tara Strong

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    Irrfan Khan, Rhys Ifans, Campbell Scott

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    Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly

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    John Goodman, James Badge Dale, Brian Geraghty

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    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Dylan McDermott

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    Jesse Williams, Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins

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    Charlize Theron, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green

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    Frances Ruffelle, Adrian Scarborough, Anne Hathaway

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    Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman

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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Harold Perrineau, Jennifer Ehle, Jessica Chastain

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    Charles L. Campbell, Dane DeHaan, Rudi Malcolm

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    Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent

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    David Schwimmer, Jon Favreau filmography, Samantha Morton

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

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    Christian Ameri, Salimata Kamate, Dominique Daguier

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    Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Peter Dinklage

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    Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain

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    Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Michael Pitt

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    Michael Keaton, Martin Landau, Martin Short

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    Charlize Theron, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane

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    Alice Cooper, Jonny Lee Miller, Jackie Earle Haley

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    Quvenzhané Wallis, Jimmy Lee Moore, Windle Bourg

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    Tempestt Bledsoe, Bernard Hill, John Goodman

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    Roger Allam, Ciarán Hinds, Tim McMullan

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    Ben Kingsley, Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly

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    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jesse Plemons, Laura Dern

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    Chuck Norris, Novak Djokovic, Bruce Willis

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    Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman

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    Marton Csokas, Robin McLeavy, Rufus Sewell

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    Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana

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    Sam Shepard, Rubén Blades, Brendan Gleeson

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    Karl Urban, Daniel Hadebe, Warrick Grier

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    Naomi Watts, Geraldine Chaplin, Marta Etura

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