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

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    Frances McDormand, Shea Whigham, Fritz Weaver 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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    Vince Vaughn, Laura Prepon, Adruitha Lee 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, Jay Paulson Cast: Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Katie AseltonWritten By: Mark DuplassDirected By: Katie AseltonCountry: U.S.A.

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    Elijah Wood, Rich Sommer, Janel Parrish 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, Mark Cuban 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, Petra Kjorsvik Cast: Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mike BirbigliaWritten and Directed By: Lynne SheltonCountry: U.S.A.

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    Tracy Morgan, Melissa Leo, Jesse Eisenberg 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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    Allison Janney, Richard Jenkins, Zac Efron 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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    Kate Burton, Arthur French, David Coburn Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex NahonWritten and Directed By: Julie Delpy

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    Megan Mullally, Mary Kay Place, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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    Ann Dowd, Isla Fisher, James Marsden

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    Geraldine Fitzgerald, Laurence Olivier, Miles Mander

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    Joely Richardson, Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver 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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    Carol Kane, Amy Schumer, Lauren Ambrose

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    Amy Schumer, Jayce Bartok, Matt Walker 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 Alia Shawkat, Anne Heche, Marylouise Burke

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    Jena Malone, Jon Heder, Paul Dano 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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    Angus Scrimm, Daniel Roebuck, Jimmy Wong

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    Andrea Riseborough, Bríd Brennan, Gillian Anderson 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, Daniel Eric Gold, John Rubinstein

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    Nia Vardalos, Ari Graynor, Kevin Smith

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    Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana

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    Ed Vassallo, Thure Lindhardt, Julianne Nicholson

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    Brad William Henke, Josh Van Bruggen, David Bru

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    Colman Domingo, De'Adre Aziza, Arthur French 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 Sou Ah Colt, Mailifo Faalau, Ga Sakaria 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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