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Cote de Pablo

Emily Deschanel

Linda Hunt

Pauley Perrette

Sara Ramirez

Sasha Alexander

Stana Katic

Tamala Jones

Daniela Ruah

Molly C. Quinn

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<![CDATA[The Best Movies of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-movies-of-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 Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Avengers

The Dark Knight Rises


Life of Pi

The Hunger Games

Django Unchained



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<![CDATA[The Best Rap Albums of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-hip-hop-and-rap-albums-2012/rockboy
The best hip-hop and rap albums of 2012 introduced new music from some of the hottest rappers and hip-hop artists in the game right now plus allowed us to get to know a new group of up-and-coming rappers looking to take the spotlight from old favorites.

When he's not being voted a top d-bag, Kanye West was busy again in 2012 releasing a collaborative album, "Cruel Summer." The record, which featured GOOD Music artists such as John Legend, Malik Yusef, Big Sean and Kid Cudi, received generally positive reviews though didn't quite match the buzz for his most-recent release, "Watch the Throne," put out by he and Jay-Z in 2011.

Also back for more in 2012 included well-known names like Nas with his "Life is Good" album, Rick Ross with "God Forgives, I Don't," Frank Ocean with "channel ORANGE" and Wiz Khalifa with "Taylor Allderdice." Additionally, the likes of Flo Rida's "Wild Ones," Trey Songz' "Chapter V," and Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" all dropped in 2012.

On the newer side, artists like Schoolboy Q with his "Habits & Contradictions," Joey Bada$$ with his "1999," Dom Kennedy with his "The Yellow Album" and Troy Ave with his "Bricks In My Backpack 3: The Harry Powder Trilogy" each turned heads and perked up ears with their releases in 2012.

So whether you're a fan of the familiar favorites or those new to the rap and hip-hop scene, make your voice heard by voting for the 2012 rap and hip-hop mixtapes and albums you liked best, adding any not already listed and re-ranking this list your way.

Life Is Good

God Forgives, I Don't

Channel Orange

R.A.P. Music

Taylor Allderdice


Habits & Contradictions

G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer

The Heist


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<![CDATA[The Best Albums of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-albums-of-2012
The best albums of 2012 are those top records from our favorite musical artists of the year that we could not get enough of. Featuring sounds ranging from that of the biggest names in rap and hip-top to the best rockers of 2012 to the best country music singers right now, these 2012 albums are both the favorite of music lovers and some of the best selling records of the year.

There were plenty of very familiar names on the 2012 list of best musical albums including a few who also were on the best albums of 2011 list. Returning with new music in 2012 included the likes of Jack White with "Blunderbuss," Mumford & Sons with "Babel," Neil Young and Crazy Horse with "Psychedelic Pill," Taylor Swift with "Red" and Bruce Springsteen with "Wrecking Ball," among many others.

On the newer side, Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange," Grizzly Bear's "Shields," Gary Clark Jr.'s "Blak and Blu," Lana Del Rey's "Born to Die" and Schoolboy Q's "Habits & Contradictions" made sure that if these artists were not household names before that they sure were now.

So whether you were a fan of the new Madonna record "MDNA" or impressed by "Reign of Terror" from Sleigh Bells, it's likely that one album or another in 2012 caught your eye (or ear). Vote for your favorite 2012 albums, re-rank this list in your own order and add any we missed, all below! For more music goodness from the year, check out the best rap and hip-hop albums of 2012 and the best country albums of 2012!

good kid, m.A.A.d city

Wrecking Ball


The Idler Wheel...

Channel Orange

The Truth About Love

Tame Impala

The 2nd Law


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<![CDATA[The Best Athletes of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-athletes-of-2012
The best athletes of 2012 won Olympic gold medals, helped clinch team championships, broke world records and became some of the most admired athletes in the world. These athletic stars come from all sports and each offer something different to their adoring fans but they all accomplished incredible things during the 2012 calendar year. These are the best athletes of 2012.

With the 2012 London Summer Olympics the big highlight in the year in sports, it should be no surprise that many of 2012's best athletes were Olympic medalists. American swimmer Michael Phelps was easily the top athlete at the 2012 Summer Olympics when he brought home another six medals, bringing his career total to 22. But Phelps wasn't the only athlete to become an instant favorite at the 2012 games with sprinter Usain Bolt, tennis stars Andy Murray and Serena Williams and fellow swimmer Missy Franklin each winning big in their respective events.

There was much more to see than just the Olympics however with stars in the worlds of football, baseball, basketball and hockey, among other sports, dominating the action. Repeating their honors as top athletes of 2011, names like Aaron Rodgers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, Justin Verlander, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, LeBron James, small forward for the Miami Heat, and Tiger Woods, pro golfer, all returned to see success again in 2012.

Selecting a top athlete for a calendar year is often a matter of opinion and fandom so if you see someone you think should be higher or lower, vote accordingly. Want to re-rank the list or add someone we missed, do all of that below and help us rank the best athletes of 2012.
Be sure to also check out the Biggest Sports Disappointments of 2012, Famous Sports Speeches and the Best Sports to Watch.

Adrian Peterson

Calvin Johnson

Kevin Durant

LeBron James

Lionel Messi

Michael Phelps

Peyton Manning

Usain Bolt

Missy Franklin

Gabby Douglas

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<![CDATA[The Best New TV Shows of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-of-new-tv-shows-2012
The best new TV shows of 2012 are, plain and simple, the new shows debuting in 2012 that don't completely suck. These 2012 new TV shows, be them sitcoms, period pieces or dramas, each brought something special to the table to lock in viewers and evade early cancelation. They may not all be instant classics but these new 2012 television shows definitely have some potential.

Filling the spaces formerly held by last season's crop of bad sitcoms comes a whole new bunch of comedy shows hoping to make viewers chuckle. "Go On" on NBC saw the return of Matthew Perry as a sports-talk radio show host, "The Mindy Project" brings the hilarity of Mindy Kaling to her own post "The Office" show and "Ben and Kate" on Fox provides laughs with the brother-sister pair.

On a more serious side, titles like "Last Resort" follow the crew of an American military submarine, "Nashville" takes viewers to Music City and "Elementary" provides a new take on Sherlock Holmes care of Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller. Similarly, "The Newsroom" features Jeff Daniels as a news anchorman in the HBO series, "Arrow" channels the DC Comics character The Green Arrow and "Revolution" visits a post-apocalyptic world without electricity in other dramatic new TV shows.

Whether these shows will go the distance and become some of the best TV shows of recent memory or go quietly into the night as TV shows that should be canceled, these new 2012 shows at least for a moment entertained.


The Newsroom

Chicago Fire


Go On

The Mindy Project



Last Resort


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<![CDATA[Top Video Games of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/top-video-games-of-2012
Top Video Games of 2012. Every year so many video games are released that it is hard to decide which is the best. 2012 was no exception. 2012 brought us the stirring conclusion to such blockbuster videogame series like Mass Effect 3, Assassin's Creed 3 and Max Payne 3, while also introducing us to new game series like Dishonored, The Walking Dead and a new Halo brand with Halo 4.

The best videogames of 2012 range from platformers, first person shooters and fighting games to games that defy description like Fez and Journey. DLC and XBLA/PSN games also came to the forefront with their additional content and indie game darlings.

So, which video game was the best in 2012? That is for you to decide. Vote up your favorite! If you can't find what you consider to be the top videogame of 2012 here, add it.

Mass Effect 3

Max Payne 3

Far Cry 3

Battlefield 3

Halo 4

Assassin's Creed III

Borderlands 2

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

The Walking Dead Video Game


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<![CDATA[2013 TV Awards: Best Actor in a Network Drama]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/2013-tv-awards-best-actor-in-a-network-drama
This list of 2013 TV awards is for best actor in a network drama series, so add your picks, please. A slew of great network TV dramas were on the air during the 2012/2013 season, driven by excellent actors and actresses who kept us coming back for more, week after week. Vote for the actors you believe were the best, vote down any you didn't like and of course, please rerank this list in any order you want. Some of the most notable best actor in a network drama candidates include several cast members from the CBS procedural crime drama 'NCIS,' arguably one of the best current dramatic TV shows on the air. Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly and Sean Murray are good examples. Other notable contenders include Nathan Fillion ('Castle'), Jensen Ackles ('Supernatural') and Alex O'Loughlin ('Hawaii Five-0'). Time to vote! And while you're at it, feel free to head on over and cast your ballots on this list of best actresses in a network drama, too!

Alex O'Loughlin

Chris O'Donnell

David Boreanaz

Eric Christian Olsen

Mark Harmon

Michael Weatherly

Nathan Fillion

Sean Murray

Jon Huertas

Seamus Dever

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<![CDATA[The Best Cable Drama of 2012-13]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-cable-drama-of-2012-and-13
List of the top drama shows that aired on cable during the 2012-2013 season. This list includes dramatic series that aired on HBO, Showtime, AMC, FX, TNT, USA, and other premium networks. What were the best dramatic TV shows of 2013? The year saw returns of a variety of fan favorites, like AMC's Mad Men, back for its 6th season, and the violent fantasy Game of Thrones on HBO now in Season 3. This list of top 2013 show also includes new shows, like the A&E horror series "Bates Motel" about a young Norman Bates and the new FX spy drama "The Americans." Vote up your favorites to move them to the top of the list, and vote down those show you tried, but didn't like in 2013.


Mad Men

Sons of Anarchy

Game of Thrones

Boardwalk Empire


Pretty Little Liars

The Walking Dead



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<![CDATA[The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hottest-breakthrough-celebrities-of-2012/celeb-stalker
The hottest breakthrough celebrities of 2012 include a wide variety of actors, actresses, musicians and TV stars who, for whatever reason, became all the rage during the year. Who do you think deserves the honor of biggest breakthrough celebrity of 2012? Time to vote! Be sure to vote down anyone listed here that you don't think really broke through in a major way this past year.

In some cases, an artist made this list because he or she hit it big with a breakout film performance. Examples of this include Quvenzhané Wallis ('Beasts of the Southern Wild'), Ezra Miller ('We Need to Talk About Kevin') or Suraj Sharma ('Life of Pi'). In other cases, the only reason a person is listed here is because he (or she) got super famous for oh, say, they starred in a certain TLC reality show and have the nickname Honey Boo Boo (just for the record, her real name is Alana Thompson).

Reality television stars aren't the only TV stars considered among the hottest breakthrough celebrities of 2012. It's hard to argue that Maisie Williams shouldn't be at or near the top of this list for her role as Arya Stark on HBO's 'Game of Thrones,' for example. Damian Lewis is phenomenal as Nicholas Brody on Showtime's 'Homeland' (he also won a 2012 Emmy for the role). And, with emphasis on the word "hottest," shouldn't 'Arrow' star Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) also get some votes?

If you know of a celebrity who had a huge breakout year in 2012, be sure to add them here.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Channing Tatum

Damian Lewis

Kerry Washington

Martin Freeman

Rebel Wilson

Richard Ayoade

Carly Rae Jepsen

McKayla Maroney

Quvenzhané Wallis

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