Best Films Of 2011by TheAnimalMother | created - 11 Sep 2011 | updated - 05 Nov 2016 | Public
Every list of this nature is obviously a work in progress, as nobody has seen every film from 2011, with the exception of perhaps a few professional film critics. If you have seen every single film from 2011 and you are not employed as a film critic, please, get off the couch and get a life!
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1. Midnight in Paris (2011)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.
Votes: 333,789 | Gross: $56.82M
A highly creative marvel from Woody Allen. In my view, his best film in years. 8.5/10
2. Detachment (2011)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama
A substitute teacher who drifts from classroom to classroom finds a connection to the students and teachers during his latest assignment.
Votes: 64,260 | Gross: $0.07M
A unique and interesting film. 8.5/10
3. Limitless (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 105 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access one hundred percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.
Votes: 461,595 | Gross: $79.25M
Highly entertaining and imaginative stuff. 8/10
4. Moneyball (2011)
PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 306,489 | Gross: $75.61M
A very well put together film. 8/10
5. Thor (2011)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The powerful, but arrogant god Thor, is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
Votes: 601,255 | Gross: $181.03M
Wow, I was surprised. One of the very best 'superhero' films I've ever seen; Though it seemed like it was much more of a classic mythological tale, rather than a modern day comic book film. I love the way it weaved in the classic Norse mythology, awesome! Rarely ever do superhero films have this interesting of an origin story, and then they connect it to today's world so seamlessly, bravo! I never read the comics, but now I can fully appreciate why Thor has tons of fans. 8/10
6. Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)
Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, History, Music
A documentary on the band Pearl Jam that marks their 20th anniversary in the year 2011.
Votes: 7,033 | Gross: $0.45M
7. In Time (2011)
PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage - a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system.
Votes: 328,759 | Gross: $37.52M
A fun sci-fi film that keeps you on the edge. 8/10
8. My Brother the Islamist (2011 TV Special)
57 min | Documentary
Tree surgeon turned film-maker Robb Leech is desperate to know why his white middle-class step-brother Rich became radical Islamist Salahuddin, who now associates with jihadist ... See full synopsis »
Interesting to say the least.
9. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)
TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History
'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »
10. The Woman (I) (2011)
R | 101 min | Horror
When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.
I loved the mix of upbeat music with the downbeat story. It's sort of like great jazz on film, but here it's rock and horror. This film captures some pretty unique craziness. If you love horror films, don't miss this! 7.5/10
11. La piel que habito (2011)
R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
Votes: 114,460 | Gross: $3.19M
A very bizarre and engrossing film, at least the first time you see it. The re-watchability of this well made film however is likely not so good, as once you know the mysteries in the film, it becomes far less interesting. 7.5/10
12. A Dangerous Method (2011)
R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.
Votes: 88,174 | Gross: $5.70M
Freud and Jung duel in Cronenberg's psychosexy re-imagining. 7.5/10
13. Super 8 (2011)
PG-13 | 112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.
Votes: 306,918 | Gross: $127.00M
A good family film. 7.5/10
14. Unknown (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.
Votes: 224,285 | Gross: $63.69M
In my view this is the best action film of the new millennium starring Liam Neeson. Far better than Taken or any of his others. 7.5/10
15. God Bless America (2011)
R | 105 min | Comedy
On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy.
Votes: 63,772 | Gross: $0.12M
A film that could have been so much better, but still is a very good watch nonetheless. 7.5/10
16. Hick (2011)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama
A Nebraska teen gets more than she bargained for when she sets out for the bright lights of Las Vegas.
I know a lot of people were lost regarding this film, but I actually found it to be easily relatable. 7/10
17. Carnage (2011)
R | 80 min | Comedy, Drama
Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos.
Votes: 105,096 | Gross: $2.55M
18. Goon (2011)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Sport
Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.
Votes: 76,662 | Gross: $4.17M
A solid comedy. 7/10
19. Drive Angry (2011)
R | 104 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller
A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.
Votes: 86,288 | Gross: $10.71M
This is one of those films where a sense of reality is not really present. However the film still worked for me because it didn't take itself so seriously, unlike other farce action movies such as Salt that do take themselves far too seriously. This has the feel of a comic book film with a slightly exploitive edge to it. It certainly doesn't challenge your brain at all, it's just a simple little action film designed to entertain, and in that respect I feel it worked pretty well. Drive Angry is the kind of film that lets you just forget about the real world for a while an escape into some crazy fun. 7/10
20. X (2011)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A veteran call girl and a runaway prostitute witness a murder and must evade the killer as he chases them through Sydney.
An indie that worked for me. 7/10
21. Ouwehoeren (2011)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary on Louise and Martine Fokkens, 69-year-old twin sisters who have worked as prostitutes in the red-light district in Amsterdam for over 40 years.
Votes: 618 | Gross: $0.03M
Interesting and funny. 7/10
22. From the Sky Down (2011)
90 min | Documentary, Music
In the terrain of rock bands, implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable. U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction; this band has endured and thrived. This documentary asks the question why.
23. Contagion (2011)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Thriller
Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.
Votes: 191,838 | Gross: $75.66M
24. Your Highness (2011)
R | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
When Prince Fabious's bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her... accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous.
Votes: 89,888 | Gross: $21.60M
If you don't mind some crude humor, this is worth watching. 7/10
25. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
R | 122 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.
Votes: 163,355 | Gross: $24.15M
26. Source Code (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.
Votes: 422,324 | Gross: $54.71M
27. The Rum Diary (2011)
R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama
American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1960s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the expatriates who live there.
Votes: 91,442 | Gross: $13.10M
Hunter S. Thompson lives again. 7/10
28. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.
Votes: 362,458 | Gross: $102.52M
Solid execution from Fincher yet again. 7/10
30. Bernie (2011)
PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.
Votes: 50,815 | Gross: $9.20M
31. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.
Votes: 43,439 | Gross: $2.98M
32. Hanna (2011)
PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.
Votes: 168,724 | Gross: $40.26M
A pretty solid action flick. 7/10
33. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.
Votes: 370,828 | Gross: $186.85M
Definitely not as amazing as the first outing by these guys, but it still worked pretty good. 7/10
34. Kill the Irishman (2011)
R | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's.
Votes: 38,150 | Gross: $1.19M
Definitely worth a watch. 7/10
35. Killer Joe (2011)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.
Votes: 64,111 | Gross: $1.99M
36. Rampart (2011)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 21,102 | Gross: $0.97M
Another solid indie. Woody must be one of the most underrated actors in the entire world. 7/10
37. Another Earth (2011)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.
Votes: 80,498 | Gross: $1.32M
38. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
PG-13 | 106 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
Votes: 215,177 | Gross: $62.50M
39. Haywire (2011)
R | 93 min | Action, Thriller
A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.
Votes: 76,076 | Gross: $18.94M
41. The Hangover Part II (2011)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Mystery
Two years after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu's wedding. Stu's plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry.
Votes: 407,523 | Gross: $254.46M
42. Horrible Bosses (2011)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime
Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.
Votes: 379,503 | Gross: $117.54M
Some pretty funny moments. 6.5/10
43. Tower Heist (2011)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
When a group of hard-working guys find out they've fallen victim to their wealthy employer's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.
Votes: 117,796 | Gross: $78.05M
44. Kill List (2011)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.
Votes: 29,812 | Gross: $0.03M
45. Drive (I) (2011)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.
Votes: 483,265 | Gross: $35.06M
Personally I feel this film is highly overrated by many. It's worth a watch, but it's really nothing special. 6.5/10