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 Joss Whedon

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    ranked low on reranks Christopher Nolan

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  3. 3
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    Peter Jackson

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    Quentin Tarantino

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    Sam Mendes

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    Steven Spielberg

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    Ben Affleck

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    Gary Ross

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    Rian Johnson

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    Rich Moore

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  11. 11
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    Ang Lee

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  12. 12
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    David O. Russell

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    Seth MacFarlane

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    Phil Lord, Chris Miller

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    Marc Webb

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    Steve Purcell, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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    Drew Goddard

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    Ridley Scott

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    Stephen Chbosky

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    Wes Anderson

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    Tom Hooper

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert Zemeckis

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    Josh Trank

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    Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer

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    Andrew Stanton

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    ranked low on reranks Barry Sonnenfeld

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  27. 27
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    Kathryn Bigelow

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  28. 28
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    added by asti_budiastuti Genndy Tartakovsky

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    Lynne Ramsay

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    Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache

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    John Hillcoat

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    Martin McDonagh

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    Tim Burton

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    Benh Zeitlin

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    Chris Butler, Sam Fell

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    Rupert Sanders

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    Larry Charles

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    Mike Thurmeier, Steve Martino

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    Tim Burton

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    Simon West

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    Daniel Espinosa

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    Peter Ramsey

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    Lee Sternthal, Brian Klugman

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    Pete Travis

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    Paul Thomas Anderson

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    James Watkins

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    Timur Bekmambetov

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    ranked low on reranks Jason Moore

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    Juan Antonio Bayona

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    Andrew Dominik

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