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The Best Movies of 2011

Updated September 4, 2020 23.0k votes 3.2k voters 113.6k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    X-Men: First Class

    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman

    Released2011

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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    Thor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Thor

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2011

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Bird

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    Captain America: The First Ave is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Sha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

    Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2011

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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    The Help is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    The Help

    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain

    Released2011

    Directed byTate Taylor

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tatto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly H is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Directed byDavid Yates

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    Horrible Bosses is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Horrible Bosses

    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey

    Released2011

    Directed bySeth Gordon

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    James Franco, Freida Pinto

    Released2011

    Directed byRupert Wyatt

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    Drive is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Drive

    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling

    Released2011

    Directed byNicolas Winding

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    Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Moneyball

    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill

    Released2011

    Directed byBennett Miller

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    Win Win is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Win Win

    Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor

    Released2011

    Directed byThomas McCarthy

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    Source Code is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Source Code

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2011

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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    Hugo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Hugo

    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Warrior is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Warrior

    Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy

    Released2011

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

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    Cars 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Cars 2

    Owen Wilson, Michael Caine

    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Lewis, John Lasseter

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    Rango is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Rango

    Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher

    Released2011

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    Fast Five is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Fast Five

    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

    Released2011

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    Real Steel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Real Steel

    Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly

    Released2011

    Directed byShawn Levy

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    Limitless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Limitless

    Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

    Released2011

    Directed byNeil Burger

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    Crazy, Stupid, Love. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Crazy, Stupid, Love.

    Emma Stone, Julianne Moore

    Released2011

    Directed byJohn Requa, Glenn Ficarra

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    Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Bridesmaids

    Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm

    Released2011

    Directed byPaul Feig

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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2011

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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    The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2011
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    The Muppets

    Katy Perry, Lady Gaga

    Released2011

    Directed byJames Bobin

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