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The Best Movies of 2011

Updated September 4, 2020 0 votes 3.2k voters 113.8k 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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    The Muppets
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    Katy Perry, Lady Gaga

    Released2011

    Directed byJames Bobin

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    Super 8
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    Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka

    Released2011

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    The Adjustment Bureau
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    Emily Blunt, Matt Damon

    Released2011

    Directed byGeorge Nolfi

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    50/50
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    50/50

    Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released2011

    Directed byJonathan Levine

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    Hanna
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    Hanna

    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Wright

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    The Descendants
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    The Descendants

    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley

    Released2011

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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    13 Assassins
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    13 Assassins

    Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho

    Released2010

    Directed byTakashi Miike

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    Red State
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    John Goodman, Melissa Leo

    Released2011

    Directed byKevin Smith

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    Insidious
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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

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    The Artist
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    The Artist

    John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell

    Released2011

    Directed byMichel Hazanavicius

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
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    Released2011

    Directed byRob Marshall

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    The Lincoln Lawyer
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    The Lincoln Lawyer

    Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei

    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Furman

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    The Ides of March
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    The Ides of March

    George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2011

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

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    Kung Fu Panda 2
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    Kung Fu Panda 2

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu

    Released2011

    Directed byJennifer Yuh Nelson

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    Rio
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    Rio

    Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx

    Released2011

    Directed byCarlos Saldanha

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    Paul
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    Paul

    Steven Spielberg, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2011

    Directed byGreg Mottola

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    Unknown
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    Unknown

    Diane Kruger, Liam Neeson

    Released2011

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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    Our Idiot Brother
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    Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2011

    Directed byJesse Peretz

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    Midnight in Paris
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    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard

    Released2011

    Directed byWoody Allen

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    Shame
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    Shame

    Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan

    Released2011

    Directed bySteve McQueen

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    The Three Musketeers
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    Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom

    Released2011

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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    Cowboys & Aliens
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    Cowboys & Aliens

    Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford

    Released2011

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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    Black Swan
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    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    We Bought a Zoo
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    We Bought a Zoo

    Scarlett Johansson, Matt Damon

    Released2011

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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    War Horse
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    War Horse

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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