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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

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212 184
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Thor Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson

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241 170
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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168 153
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

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178 109
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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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114 101
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards

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174 110
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Fast Five Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel

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128 98
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Drive Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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100 79
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Real Steel Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand

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175 129
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich

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164 119
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

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106 83
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Warrior Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte

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180 135
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Captain America: The First Avenger Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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126 90
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Source Code Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

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102 86
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The Mechanic Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, Mini Andén

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122 101
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Super 8 Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

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74 85
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I Am Number Four Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer

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80 110
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Green Lantern Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angela Bassett

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74 81
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Immortals Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, John Hurt

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29 51
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The Three Musketeers Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz

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69 82
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Hanna Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan

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85 94
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Cowboys & Aliens Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

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50 68
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Attack the Block Nick Frost, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway

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35 51
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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Jamie Bell

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43 64
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30 Minutes or Less Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson

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39 57
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Super Liv Tyler, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon

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Sucker Punch Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Hamm, Carla Gugino

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13 30
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

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6 14
Tees Maar Khan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2011
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6 21
Mankatha is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2011
Mankatha Trisha, Ajith Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah

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10 28
Ra.One is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2011
Ra.One Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, Rajinikanth

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Drive Angry Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, David Morse

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13 46
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The Eagle Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong

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19 60
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Conan the Barbarian Morgan Freeman, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols

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26 65
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Hobo with a Shotgun Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Nick Bateman

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16 46
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Red State John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Anna Gunn

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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

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2 7
Battle: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2011
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