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 Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    ranked low on reranks Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

  3. 3
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    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench

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

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    Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

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    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Gérard Depardieu, Tabu, Irrfan Khan

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    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro

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    Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Laura Vandervoort

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    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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    Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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    Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle

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    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

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    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton

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    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman

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    Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Ashley Hinshaw

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    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon

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    Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, James Gandolfini

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    Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, David Schwimmer

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    added by asti_budiastuti Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

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    Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller

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    Omar Sy, François Cluzet, Anne Le Ny

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    Jessica Chastain, Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman

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    Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Olga Kurylenko

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    Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones, Christopher Lee

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    Quvenzhané Wallis, Jay Oliver, Henry D. Coleman

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    Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah

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    Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter

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    Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green

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    Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth

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    Megan Fox, Anna Faris, Edward Norton

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    Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer

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    Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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    Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Alec Baldwin

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    Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby

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    Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper

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    ranked low on reranks Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Rufus Sewell

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    ranked low on reranks Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

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    ranked high on reranks Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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    ranked low on reranks Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow

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    Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta

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