The Best Movies of 2012 Films

The Best Movies of 2012

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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.

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

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    The Avengers

    Joss Whedon More
    100
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    Christopher Nolan More
    98
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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    Peter Jackson More
    88
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    Sam Mendes More
    86
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    Quentin Tarantino More
    84
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    Lincoln

    Steven Spielberg More
    82
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    Argo

    Ben Affleck More
    77
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    Looper

    Rian Johnson More
    75
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    The Hunger Games

    Gary Ross More
    75
  10. 10
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    Rich Moore More
    71
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    Ang Lee More
    70
  12. 12
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    David O. Russell More
    69
  13. 13
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    Seth MacFarlane More
    68
  14. 14
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    Phil Lord, Chris Miller More
    67
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    The Amazing Spider-Man

    Marc Webb More
    65
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    Steve Purcell, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman More
    65
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    The Cabin in the Woods

    Drew Goddard More
    64
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    Prometheus

    Ridley Scott More
    63
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    Moonrise Kingdom

    Wes Anderson More
    61
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    Tom Hooper More
    60
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    Chronicle

    Josh Trank More
    60
  22. 22
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    Stephen Chbosky More
    59
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    John Carter

    Andrew Stanton More
    58
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    Cloud Atlas

    Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer More
    57
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    Flight

    Robert Zemeckis More
    57
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    Men in Black 3

    Barry Sonnenfeld More
    57
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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Kathryn Bigelow More
    56
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    Hotel Transylvania

    Genndy Tartakovsky More
    55
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    Lynne Ramsay More
    55
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    The Intouchables

    Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache More
    53
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    Tim Burton More
    53
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    Mike Thurmeier, Steve Martino More
    52
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    Lawless

    John Hillcoat More
    52
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    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Benh Zeitlin More
    52
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    often listed
    ParaNorman

    Chris Butler, Sam Fell More
    51
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    Dark Shadows

    Tim Burton More
    51
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    The Dictator

    Larry Charles More
    51
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    Seven Psychopaths

    Martin McDonagh More
    50
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    Dredd

    Pete Travis More
    49
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    Tony Gilroy More
    49
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    Rise of the Guardians

    Peter Ramsey More
    49
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    often listed
    The Master

    Paul Thomas Anderson More
    48
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    The Expendables 2

    Simon West More
    48
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    Safe House

    Daniel Espinosa More
    48
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    The Impossible

    Juan Antonio Bayona More
    48
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    Red Tails

    Anthony Hemingway More
    48
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    Hyde Park on Hudson

    Roger Michell More
    48
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    Snow White and the Huntsman

    Rupert Sanders More
    47
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    Amour

    Michael Haneke More
    47
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    Pitch Perfect

    Jason Moore More
    47
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