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Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

List Criteria: Only movies that were at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Each January, in between the action flicks and swanky award ceremonies, indie film aficionados convene in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival for 10 days of movies from the freshest cinematic voices working both within the U.S. and internationally. Founded in 1981 by actor/director Robert Redford, Sundance has become the premiere film festival for featuring the finest outside-the-box films and talent, and this year's showcase is no different. With a slate that includes 117 feature-length films and names such as Spike Lee, Sean Penn, Melissa Leo, Jesse Eisenberg and even funny guys Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival might just be the long-running fest's strongest year yet.

The festival, which kicked off Thursday, Jan. 19 with a screening of the dramady "Hello I Must Be Going," runs through Jan. 29.

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    Kristen Bell, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Garlin Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan SoniWritten By: Derek ConnollyDirected By: Colin TrevorrowCountry: U.S.A.

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    Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, David Byrne Cast: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean StantonWritten By: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto ContarelloDirected By: Paolo SorrentinoCountry: Italy/France/Ireland

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn Cast: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Laura PreponWritten By: D.V. DeVincentisDirected By: Stephen FrearsCountry: U.S.A.

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    Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Katie Aselton Cast: Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Katie AseltonWritten By: Mark DuplassDirected By: Katie AseltonCountry: U.S.A.

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    Emma Roberts, Rashida Jones, Chris Pine Cast: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Chris Messina, Ari Graynor, Emma Roberts, Elijah WoodWritten By: Rashida Jones, Will McCormackDirected By: Lee Toland KriegerCountry: U.S.A.

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    Will Ferrell, Jeff Goldblum, Erica Durance Cast: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Zach Galifianakis, Will ForteWritten and Directed By: Tim Heidecker, Eric WareheimCountry: U.S.A.

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    Emily Blunt, Mike Birbiglia, Rosemarie DeWitt Cast: Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mike BirbigliaWritten and Directed By: Lynne SheltonCountry: U.S.A.

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    Tracy Morgan, Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, Tracy Morgan, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sarah Ramos, Emma Rayne LyleWritten and Directed By: Phil Dorling, Ron NyswanerCountry: U.S.A.

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    Zac Efron, Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney Cast: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro, Elizabeth ReaserWritten and Directed By: Josh RadnorCountry: U.S.A.

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    Chris Rock, Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex NahonWritten and Directed By: Julie Delpy

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    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Megan Mullally, Aaron Paul

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    Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan

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    Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Merle Oberon

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    Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Olsen Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen, Toby Jones, Leonardo SbaragliaWritten and Directed By: Rodrigo CortésCountry: U.S.A./Spain

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    Amy Schumer, Lauren Ambrose, Cristin Milioti

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    Amy Schumer, Parker Posey, Edward Herrmann Cast: Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Annie Parisse, Josh Pais, Cheyenne Jackson, Edward HerrmannWritten and Directed by: Michael WalkerCountry: U.S.A.

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    That's What She Said Anne Heche, Alia Shawkat, Miriam Shor

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    Jena Malone, Dakota Johnson, Jon Heder Cast: Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva, Shaylena Mandigo, Julian GambleWritten and Directed By: So Yong KimCountry: U.S.A.

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    Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones, Clancy Brown

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    Gillian Anderson, Clive Owen, Aidan Gillen Cast: Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson, Gillian AndersonWritten By: Tom BradbyDirected By: James MarshCountry: United Kingdom

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    Blythe Danner, Melanie Lynskey, Dan Futterman

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    Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, Justin Long

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    Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper

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    Julianne Nicholson, Paprika Steen, Thure Lindhardt

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    Brad William Henke, Michael Harding, Alvaro Orlando

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    Spike Lee, Nate Parker, James Ransone Cast: Clarke Peters, Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith, Nate Parker, James Ransone, Thomas Jefferson ByrdWritten By: James McBride, Spike LeeDirected By: Spike LeeCountry: U.S.A.

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    The Orator Pouoa Malae Lialia'i, Fa'afiaula Sagote, Mailifo Faalau Cast: Fa’afiaula Sagote, Tausili Pushparaj, Salamasina Mataia, Ioata TanieluWritten and Directed By: Tusi TamaseseCountry: New Zealand

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    28 Hotel Rooms Chris Messina, Marin Ireland, Robert Deamer

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