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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.

The Best Movies of 2012 Films
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    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

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

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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    Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

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    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

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    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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    Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Reynolds

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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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    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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    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton

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    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

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    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Ashley Hinshaw

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    Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

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    Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon

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    Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong

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    Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Drake

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    Omar Sy, François Cluzet, Anne Le Ny

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    Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning, Christopher Lee

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    Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf

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    Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth

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    Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz

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    Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter

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    Quvenzhané Wallis, Jay Oliver, Henry D. Coleman

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    Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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    Megan Fox, Anna Faris, Edward Norton

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

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    Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Erin Wasson

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    Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher

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    Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

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    Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

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    Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby

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    Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson

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    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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