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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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Thor Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

128 98
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Drive Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

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

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

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

106 83
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Warrior Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte

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

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

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

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

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

74 81
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Immortals Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, John Hurt

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

69 82
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Hanna Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan

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Cowboys & Aliens Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

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

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

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

39 57
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Super Liv Tyler, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon

55 89
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Sucker Punch Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Hamm, Carla Gugino

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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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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