The Best Movies of 2012 Films

The Best Movies of 2012

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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 Dark Knight Rises


    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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  2. 2
    + 426
    - 189
    The Avengers

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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  3. 3
    + 300
    - 138
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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  4. 4
    + 238
    - 94
    Django Unchained


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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  5. 5
    + 296
    - 136


    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

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  6. 6
    + 177
    - 102
    Lincoln


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

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  7. 7
    + 207
    - 127


    Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

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  8. 8
    + 295
    - 164
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1


    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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  9. 9
    + 141
    - 69
    Silver Linings Playbook


    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

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  10. 10
    + 169
    - 90
    Wreck-It Ralph


    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

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  11. 11
    + 206
    - 121


    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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  12. 12
    + 184
    - 104
    Life of Pi


    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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  13. 13
    + 202
    - 131
    Ted


    Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Reynolds

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  14. 14
    + 220
    - 134
    21 Jump Street


    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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  15. 15
    + 182
    - 152
    The Amazing Spider-Man


    Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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  16. 16
    + 155
    - 114
    Brave


    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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  17. 17
    + 76
    - 66


    Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle

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  18. 18
    + 101
    - 78
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower


    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

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  19. 19
    + 151
    - 131
    Prometheus


    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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  20. 20
    + 132
    - 115
    Moonrise Kingdom


    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton

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  21. 21
    + 140
    - 102
    Les Misérables


    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman

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  22. 22
    + 151
    - 146
    The Cabin in the Woods


    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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  23. 23
    + 48
    - 30


    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

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  24. 24
    + 129
    - 112
    Chronicle


    Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Ashley Hinshaw

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  25. 25
    + 61
    - 40

    added by asti_budiastuti
    Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

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  26. 26
    + 113
    - 95


    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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  27. 27
    + 79
    - 97
    Cloud Atlas


    Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon

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  28. 28
    + 111
    - 132
    John Carter


    Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong

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  29. 29
    + 61
    - 62
    We Need to Talk About Kevin


    Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller

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  30. 30
    + 37
    - 40


    Omar Sy, François Cluzet, Anne Le Ny

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  31. 31
    + 35
    - 24


    Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Drake

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  32. 32
    + 75
    - 67
    Seven Psychopaths


    Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken

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  33. 33
    + 50
    - 51


    Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf

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  34. 34
    + 77
    - 92
    Frankenweenie


    Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning, Christopher Lee

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  35. 35
    + 80
    - 85
    Snow White and the Huntsman


    Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth

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  36. 36
    + 59
    - 72
    Beasts of the Southern Wild


    Quvenzhané Wallis, Jay Oliver, Henry D. Coleman

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  37. 37
    + 32
    - 46


    Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz

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  38. 38
    + 65
    - 87
    The Dictator


    Megan Fox, Anna Faris, Edward Norton

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  39. 39
    + 37
    - 48


    Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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  40. 40
    + 55
    - 79


    Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter

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  41. 41
    + 59
    - 65
    Rise of the Guardians


    Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher

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  42. 42
    + 20
    - 30


    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Erin Wasson

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  43. 43
    + 22
    - 24


    Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer

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  44. 44
    + 66
    - 65


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

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  45. 45
    + 66
    - 58
    Safe House

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

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  46. 46
    + 13
    - 20


    Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper

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  47. 47
    + 73
    - 62
    Pitch Perfect

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

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  48. 48
    + 18
    - 23


    Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby

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  49. 49
    + 18
    - 24


    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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  50. 50
    + 37
    - 51
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


    Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson

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