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List Rules Movies must have been released in 2011

The best action movies of 2011 managed to combine thrills, feats of strength, a few pretty amazing car chases and explosions, a few impressive gun fights and, most importantly, heroes who managed to fight against overwhelming odds (including some really bad, bad guys) for the greater good. I've tried to list all of the best action films of 2011, but I am sure I've left off more than a few. If your favorite is missing, add it! And if your personal fave did make the cut, vote it up. See an action movie on this list that you thought was terrible? Vote it down!

2011 brought us some pretty good superhero action movies, like 'Thor' and 'Captain America: The First Avenger' (I thought both of these were fantastic, but I still can't wait for the 'Avengers' movie in 2012!). Moviegoers also got their fill of sci-fi action movies like 'Super 8,' 'Cowboys & Aliens' and 'Attack the Block.' The absolute best action drama movie of the year, in my humble opinion, was 'Drive' starring Ryan Gosling, but there were many others (hint: Add them if they aren't already on this list). Other standouts, to me, were '30 Minutes or Less' (great action comedy), 'Immortals,' 'Warrior' and 'Real Steel' (really, how can you screw up with fighting robots, right?). And of course, no list of great 2011 action movies would be complete without the final Harry Potter movie: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II.'

For movie fans, 2011 offered a little bit of everything. Can't remember some of the great movies you saw? Check out this list of the best movies of 2011, along with lists of the best comedies and horror movies of the year. Sometimes, it's easier to recall the worst movies of the year, so check that list as well (and make sure to add your personal worst if it's not already on the list). So what was the best action movie of 2011?  That's up to you to decide.
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X-Men: First Class Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender X-Men: First Class is a 2011 American superhero film, based on the X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics. It is the fifth installment in the X-Men film series. It serves as a prequel to ...more

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Thor Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson Thor is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the fourth installment in ...more

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a 2011 fantasy film directed by David Yates, based on the novel by J. K. Rowling and the final film in the series. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron ...more

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 American action spy film. It is the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible series, and director Brad Bird's first live-action film. It stars ...more

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a 2011 British-American action mystery film directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin. It is a sequel to ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides a 2011 action adventure film based on Tim Powers' novel. The film is directed by Rob Marshall

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Fast Five Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster Fast Five is a 2011 American action film directed by Justin Lin, and the fifth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew of street racers plan ...more

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Drive Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan Drive is a 2011 American neo noir arthouse action directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks. It is adapted from the ...more

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Real Steel Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand Real Steel is a 2011 film directed by Shawn Levy.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich Transformers 3 is a 2011 action sci-fi film directed by Michael Bay and written by Ehren Kruger.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow Rise of the Apes is in pre-production as of May 2010. This origin story for a new franchise takes place in modern day San Francisco and will star James Franco. It is currently scheduled for a ...more

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Captain America: The First Avenger Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is ...more

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Warrior Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte Warrior is a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor and starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as two estranged brothers whose entrance into a mixed martial arts tournament ...more

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Source Code Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga Source Code is a 2011 science fiction film directed by Duncan Jones, written by Ben Ripley, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright. The film had its ...more

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The Mechanic Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, Mini Andén The Mechanic is a 2011 American action thriller film starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster. Directed by Simon West, it is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name, directed by Michael Winner, ...more

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Super 8 Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler Super 8 is a 2011 American science fiction horror film written, co-produced, and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, and Kyle ...more

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Green Lantern Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angela Bassett Green Lantern is a 2011 action fantasy film written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim and directed by Martin Campbell.

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I Am Number Four Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer I Am Number Four is a 2011 American teen action science fiction film, directed by D. J. Caruso, starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron and Callan McAuliffe. The ...more

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Immortals Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, John Hurt Immortals is a 2011 3D mythology fantasy film directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, and Mickey Rourke. The film also stars Luke Evans, Steve Byers, Kellan Lutz, ...more

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The Three Musketeers Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz The Three Musketeers is a 2011 3D adventure film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, based on the novel of the same title by Alexandre Dumas with clock-punk elements. The film stars Matthew ...more

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Hanna Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan Hanna is a 2011 action thriller film that contains prominent fairy tale elements, directed by Joe Wright. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the title character, a girl raised in the wilderness of ...more

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Cowboys & Aliens Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig Cowboys & Aliens is a 2011 American science fiction Western film directed by Jon Favreau and starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. The film is based on the 2006 graphic ...more

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Attack the Block Nick Frost, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway Attack the Block is a 2011 British science fiction comedy film. The film was written and directed by Joe Cornish and stars Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Nick Frost and Luke Treadaway. Attack the ...more

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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Jamie Bell The Adventures of Tintin, also known as The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, is a 2011 3D motion capture computer-animated epic adventure film based on The Adventures of Tintin, ...more

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30 Minutes or Less Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson 30 Minutes or Less is a 2011 American action comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson. It is produced by Columbia Pictures ...more

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Super Liv Tyler, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon Super is a 2010 American superhero dark comedy-drama film written and directed by James Gunn, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon and Nathan Fillion. The film premiered at ...more

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Sucker Punch Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Hamm, Carla Gugino Sucker Punch is a 2011 American fantasy action film directed by Zack Snyder and co-written by him and Steve Shibuya. It is Snyder's first film based on an original concept. The film stars Emily ...more

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Don 2 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2011
Don 2 Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan Don 2 is a 2011 Indian action crime thriller film and the third installment of the Don franchise, directed and co-written by Farhan Akhtar. The film was produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Shah Rukh ...more

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Tees Maar Khan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2011
Tees Maar Khan Katrina Kaif, Sachin Khedekar, Akshay Kumar Tees Maar Khan is an 2010 Indian Hindi heist comedy film directed by Farah Khan, starring Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Akshaye Khanna in the lead roles. Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor make ...more

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Mankatha is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2011
Mankatha Trisha, Ajith Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah Mankatha is a 2011 Indian Tamil action thriller film written and directed by Venkat Prabhu. It features Ajith Kumar in the lead role, starring in his 50th film, along with an ensemble cast ...more

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Ra.One is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2011
Ra.One Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, Rajinikanth Ra.One is a 2011 Indian science fiction superhero film directed by Anubhav Sinha, and starring Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Armaan Verma, Shahana Goswami and Tom Wu in pivotal ...more

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The Eagle Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong The Eagle is a 2011 historical adventure film set in Roman Britain directed by Kevin Macdonald, and starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland. Adapted by Jeremy Brock from ...more

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Drive Angry Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, David Morse Drive Angry is a 2011 American supernatural action film starring Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard, and directed by Patrick Lussier. It was released on February 25, 2011. Shot in 3-D, the film was ...more

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Conan the Barbarian Morgan Freeman, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols Conan the Barbarian is a 2011 American sword and sorcery film based on the character Conan the Barbarian created by Robert E. Howard. The film is a new interpretation of the Conan mythology, and ...more

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Red State John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Anna Gunn Red State is a 2011 American independent action-adventure-thriller-horror film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, starring John Goodman, Melissa Leo and Michael Parks. For months, Smith ...more

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Hobo with a Shotgun Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Nick Bateman Hobo with a Shotgun is a 2011 Canadian exploitation action film directed by Jason Eisener and written by John Davies, starring Rutger Hauer. It is based on the winning trailer of the same name ...more

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Killer Elite is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2011
wiabux added Killer Elite Robert De Niro, Yvonne Strahovski, Jason Statham Killer Elite is a 2011 British-Australian action thriller film starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro. The film is based on the 1991 novel The Feather Men by Sir Ranulph Fiennes ...more

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Battle: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2011
wiabux added Battle: Los Angeles Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith Battle: Los Angeles is a 2011 American military science fiction war film directed by Jonathan Liebesman. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Chris Bertolini, based in part ...more