My favorite movies of 2011

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1. Melancholia (2011)

R | 135 min | Drama

7.1
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80 Metascore

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 141,758 | Gross: $3.03M

2. Kak ya provel etim letom (2010)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama

7.0
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74 Metascore

A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist, and Pavel, a recent college graduate, are spending months in complete isolation on the once ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksey Popogrebskiy | Stars: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Sergey Puskepalis, Igor Chernevich, Artyom Tsukanov

Votes: 5,716 | Gross: $0.01M

3. Jane Eyre (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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76 Metascore

A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.

Director: Cary Fukunaga | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Su Elliot

Votes: 69,741 | Gross: $11.24M

4. Drive (I) (2011)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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78 Metascore

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks

Votes: 479,737 | Gross: $35.06M

5. A Separation (2011)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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95 Metascore

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

Votes: 172,876 | Gross: $7.10M

6. Margaret (I) (2011)

R | 150 min | Drama

6.5
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61 Metascore

A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron

Votes: 13,887 | Gross: $0.05M

7. Beginners (2010)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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81 Metascore

A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.

Director: Mike Mills | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic

Votes: 79,540 | Gross: $5.79M

8. Shi (2010)

Unrated | 139 min | Drama

7.8
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87 Metascore

A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Jeong-hie Yun, Da-wit Lee, Hee-ra Kim, Nae-sang Ahn

Votes: 7,503 | Gross: $0.36M

9. Shame (2011)

NC-17 | 101 min | Drama

7.2
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72 Metascore

A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Lucy Walters

Votes: 160,207 | Gross: $4.00M

10. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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68 Metascore

Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell

Votes: 110,345 | Gross: $1.74M

11. Weekend (II) (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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81 Metascore

After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

Director: Andrew Haigh | Stars: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race, Laura Freeman

Votes: 22,763 | Gross: $0.46M

12. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

R | 122 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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85 Metascore

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong

Votes: 162,209 | Gross: $24.15M

13. Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da (2011)

Not Rated | 157 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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82 Metascore

A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan

Votes: 30,133 | Gross: $0.14M

14. Take Shelter (2011)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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85 Metascore

Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Tova Stewart

Votes: 76,939 | Gross: $1.73M

15. Anonymous (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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50 Metascore

The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Sebastian Armesto

Votes: 36,336 | Gross: $4.46M

16. Tyrannosaur (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

7.6
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65 Metascore

Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker.

Director: Paddy Considine | Stars: Peter Mullan, Archie Lal, Jag Sanghera, Mike Fearnley

Votes: 26,369 | Gross: $0.02M

17. Submarine (2010)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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76 Metascore

15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

Director: Richard Ayoade | Stars: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor

Votes: 74,020 | Gross: $0.47M

18. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.5
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83 Metascore

In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 266,712 | Gross: $73.86M

19. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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89 Metascore

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 204,533 | Gross: $44.67M

20. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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75 Metascore

Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

Director: Sean Durkin | Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Christopher Abbott

Votes: 43,243 | Gross: $2.98M

21. Pina (2011)

PG | 103 min | Documentary

7.7
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83 Metascore

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante

Votes: 12,622 | Gross: $3.52M

22. The Ides of March (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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67 Metascore

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 199,871 | Gross: $40.96M

23. Last Night (I) (2010)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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50 Metascore

The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.

Director: Massy Tadjedin | Stars: Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes, Guillaume Canet

Votes: 42,399 | Gross: $0.10M

24. The Tree of Life (2011)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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85 Metascore

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken

Votes: 147,554 | Gross: $13.30M

25. Coriolanus (2011)

R | 123 min | Drama, Thriller, War

6.2
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79 Metascore

A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Lubna Azabal

Votes: 28,397 | Gross: $0.76M

26. Sleeping Beauty (2011)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

5.3
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57 Metascore

A haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires.

Director: Julia Leigh | Stars: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Bridgette Barrett

Votes: 27,647 | Gross: $0.04M

27. The Kid with a Bike (2011)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama

7.4
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87 Metascore

Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Thomas Doret, Cécile De France, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione

Votes: 23,068 | Gross: $1.38M

28. Skoonheid (2011)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama

6.2
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Portrait of a closeted gay husband/father living a life of quiet middle-aged desperation who becomes fixated on a friend's handsome collegiate son, leading to an incident.

Director: Oliver Hermanus | Stars: Deon Lotz, Charlie Keegan, Michelle Scott, Albert Maritz

Votes: 1,456

29. Young Adult (2011)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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71 Metascore

Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser

Votes: 68,540 | Gross: $16.31M

30. Win Win (2011)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.2
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75 Metascore

A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, Bobby Cannavale

Votes: 50,288 | Gross: $10.18M

31. In Darkness (2011)

R | 145 min | Drama, War

7.3
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74 Metascore

A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader

Votes: 8,729 | Gross: $1.04M

32. Like Crazy (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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68 Metascore

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.

Director: Drake Doremus | Stars: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley

Votes: 52,077 | Gross: $3.41M

33. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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68 Metascore

A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone

Votes: 408,761 | Gross: $84.35M

34. Certified Copy (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

7.3
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82 Metascore

In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. While there, a chance question reveals something deeper.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière, Agathe Natanson

Votes: 16,503 | Gross: $1.34M

35. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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87 Metascore

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 304,877 | Gross: $75.61M

36. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

8.1
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62 Metascore

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 355,450 | Gross: $169.71M

37. Rampart (2011)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

5.8
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70 Metascore

Set in 1999 Los Angeles, veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, works to take care of his family, and struggles for his own survival.

Director: Oren Moverman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 21,013 | Gross: $0.97M

38. 50/50 (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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72 Metascore

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 287,449 | Gross: $35.01M

39. Margin Call (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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76 Metascore

Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.

Director: J.C. Chandor | Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany

Votes: 100,447 | Gross: $5.35M

40. Meek's Cutoff (2010)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Western

6.6
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85 Metascore

Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano, Will Patton

Votes: 9,385 | Gross: $0.98M