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The Best Movies of 2011

Updated September 4, 2020 0 votes 3.2k voters 113.7k views169 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 2011.

The best movies of 2011 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 2011.

Think 'Midnight in Paris' is the best movie of 2011, hands down? Vote it up, and rank it high on your own list! Did leave you in stitches, laughing days after? Certainly it's one of the 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 documentary like 'Project Nim' or a stunning action-adventure flick like or a solid, lighthearted animated family movie like 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 'The Tree of Life,' 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 2011 certainly brought with it some stinkers (hello, ), there were some real gems, too. And yes, as new 2011 movies come out, add them to your 'best of' list. Several films believed to be Oscar contenders will hit theaters before year's end ('The Descendants,' 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,' 'My Week With Marilyn,' and 'War Horse,' among them). So as you see these movies and love (or hate) them, add them! For the most recent films, check out Ranker's list of the best 2013 movies.
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    X-Men: First Class
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    X-Men: First Class

    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman

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    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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    Thor
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    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2011

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
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    Released2011

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    Captain America: The First Avenger
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans

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    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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    Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2011

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
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    Directed byDavid Yates

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    The Help
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    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain

    Released2011

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara

    Released2011

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    Horrible Bosses
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    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey

    Released2011

    Directed bySeth Gordon

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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    James Franco, Freida Pinto

    Released2011

    Directed byRupert Wyatt

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    Drive
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    Released2011

    Directed byNicolas Winding

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    Moneyball
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    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill

    Released2011

    Directed byBennett Miller

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    Win Win
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    Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor

    Released2011

    Directed byThomas McCarthy

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    Source Code
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    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2011

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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    Hugo
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    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Warrior
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    Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy

    Released2011

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    Cars 2
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    Owen Wilson, Michael Caine

    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Lewis, John Lasseter

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    Rango
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    Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher

    Released2011

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    Fast Five
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    Real Steel
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    Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly

    Released2011

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    Limitless
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    Bridesmaids
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    Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm

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    Crazy, Stupid, Love.
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    Emma Stone, Julianne Moore

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    Puss in Boots
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    Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas

    Released2011

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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2011

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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