film The Best Movies of 2012

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List Rules 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 Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
Skyfall Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

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Lincoln Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

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Argo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
Argo Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

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Silver Linings Playbook Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

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Looper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
Looper Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Life of Pi Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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Ted Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Reynolds

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21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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The Amazing Spider-Man Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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Flight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
Flight Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

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Prometheus Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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The Cabin in the Woods Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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Les Misérables Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman

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Moonrise Kingdom Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton

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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
Zero Dark Thirty Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

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Chronicle Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Ashley Hinshaw

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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
Men in Black 3 Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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Hotel Transylvania is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
Hotel Transylvania Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

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Cloud Atlas Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon

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John Carter Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong

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The Intouchables is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
The Intouchables Omar Sy, François Cluzet, Anne Le Ny

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Ice Age: Continental Drift is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
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We Need to Talk About Kevin Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller

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Lawless is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
Lawless Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf

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Seven Psychopaths Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken

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Frankenweenie Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning, Christopher Lee

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Snow White and the Huntsman Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth

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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
Dark Shadows Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz

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Beasts of the Southern Wild Quvenzhané Wallis, Jay Oliver, Henry D. Coleman

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The Dictator Megan Fox, Anna Faris, Edward Norton

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The Master is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
The Master Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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ParaNorman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
ParaNorman Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter

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Rise of the Guardians Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunte... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Erin Wasson

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The Woman in Black is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
The Woman in Black Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer

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Dredd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
Dredd Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby

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Safe House Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

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The Expendables 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
The Expendables 2 Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

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The Impossible is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
The Impossible Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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The Words is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 2012
The Words Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper

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Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

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