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The Best Movies of 2011

Updated March 31, 2021 24.0k votes 3.3k voters 114.7k views165 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

    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman
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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans
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    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman
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    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

    Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr.
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara
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    The Help

    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain
    The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted...  more

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    Horrible Bosses

    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey
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    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling
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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    James Franco, Freida Pinto
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    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill
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    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz
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    Source Code

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan
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    Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher
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    The Muppets

    Katy Perry, Lady Gaga
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    Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy
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    Real Steel

    Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly
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    Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm
    Bridesmaids is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig, written by Annie...  more

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    Crazy, Stupid, Love.

    Emma Stone, Julianne Moore
    Crazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra...  more

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    Puss in Boots

    Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas
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    Super 8

    Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka
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    Fast Five

    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker
    Fast Five is a 2011 American action film directed by Justin Lin, and the fifth installment in...  more

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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay...  more

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    Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper
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