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The Best Movies of 2012

Updated April 26, 2021 12.1k votes 1.5k voters 43.6k views136 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 2012.

This is a list of the best movies of 2012, as ranked by experts and fans alike. The best movies of 2012 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 2012.

Think "Looper" is the best movie of 2012, hands down? Vote it up, and rank it high on your own list! Did 'Ted' leave you in stitches, laughing days after? Certainly it's one of the best comedy movies 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 foreign film like 'Holy Motors' or a stunning action-adventure flick like 'Skyfall,' or a solid, lighthearted animated family movie like 'Wreck-It-Ralph,' 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 'Cloud Atlas,' 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 2012 certainly brought with it some stinkers (hello, 'That's My Boy'!), there were some real gems, too. And yes, as new 2012 movies come out, add them to your 'best of' list. Several films believed to be Oscar contenders will hit theaters before year's end ('Lincoln' 'The Hobbit,' and 'Anna Karenina' among them).

What are the best movies of 2012? Take a look here and see for yourself.

Please rank your favorite films of 2012. And if you don't see the movie or movies you've been raving about, feel free to add them to this list so everyone can vote for them! For an updated list, check out Ranker's list of the best movies of 2013.
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine
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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans
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    Django Unchained

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington
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    Skyfall

    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes
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    Silver Linings Playbook

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
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    Lincoln

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis
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    Wreck-It Ralph

    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch
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    Looper

    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
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    Life of Pi

    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan
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    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum
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    Argo

    Ben Affleck, John Goodman
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    Ted

    Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg
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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt
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    Moonrise Kingdom

    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray
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    Prometheus

    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender
    Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and...  more

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev
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    Les Miserables

    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried
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    Brave

    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson
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    The Cabin in the Woods

    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver
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    The Amazing Spider-Man

    Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone
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    Flight

    Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle
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    The Bourne Legacy

    Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton
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    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks
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    Seven Psychopaths

    Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko
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    Chronicle

    Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell
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