2011's TOP 20

by gabrieljacinto | created - 17 Dec 2011 | updated - 30 Jun 2012 | Public

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1. 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: 175,615 | Gross: $7.10M

Irão

2. Animal Kingdom (2010)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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83 Metascore

A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Bryce Lindemann

Votes: 49,291 | Gross: $1.04M

Austrália

3. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 50,278 | Gross: $0.01M

Coreia do Sul

4. 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: 148,945 | Gross: $13.30M

USA

5. 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: 486,586 | Gross: $35.06M

USA

6. Biutiful (2010)

R | 148 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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58 Metascore

This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella

Votes: 76,050 | Gross: $5.10M

México \ Espanha

7. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

8.0
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79 Metascore

A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Votes: 606,873 | Gross: $106.95M

USA

8. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Drama, Horror

7.8
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67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-hyeok Lee, In-seo Kim

Votes: 84,562 | Gross: $0.13M

Coreia do Sul

9. Hodejegerne (2011)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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72 Metascore

An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Julie R. Ølgaard

Votes: 87,258 | Gross: $1.20M

Noruega

10. Kokuhaku (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 29,763

Japão

11. In a Better World (2010)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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65 Metascore

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Markus Rygaard, Wil Johnson

Votes: 35,077 | Gross: $1.01M

Dinamarca

12. Incendies (2010)

R | 131 min | Drama, Mystery, War

8.2
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80 Metascore

Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Mustafa Kamel

Votes: 104,264 | Gross: $6.86M

Canadá \ França

13. Jûsan-nin no shikaku (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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84 Metascore

A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Ikki Sawamura

Votes: 55,372 | Gross: $0.80M

Japão

14. La prima cosa bella (2010)

Not Rated | 122 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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62 Metascore

A misanthropic professor returns to his hometown to assist his dying mother.

Director: Paolo Virzì | Stars: Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudia Pandolfi

Votes: 3,968

Itália

15. L'uomo che verrà (2009)

115 min | Drama, War

7.5
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Winter 1943. Martina is small child, who stopped talking since the death of her infant brother some years before. She lives in a rural area of central Italy. Her mother is pregnant again ... See full summary »

Director: Giorgio Diritti | Stars: Greta Zuccheri Montanari, Claudio Casadio, Alba Rohrwacher, Maya Sansa

Votes: 1,364

Itália

16. 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: 143,297 | Gross: $3.03M

Dinamarca

17. Pa negre (2010)

Unrated | 108 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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In the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside, Andreu, a child that belongs to the losing side, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the forest. The authorities want his father to ... See full summary »

Director: Agustí Villaronga | Stars: Francesc Colomer, Marina Comas, Nora Navas, Roger Casamajor

Votes: 3,615

Espanha

18. 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: 26,617 | Gross: $0.02M

UK

19. 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: 7,596 | Gross: $0.36M

Coreia do Sul

20. Sangue do Meu Sangue (2011)

131 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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A regular family living in the outskirts of Lisbon sees the serenity of their lives shaken beyond any remedy within a week.

Director: João Canijo | Stars: Rafael Morais, Rita Blanco, Anabela Moreira, Cleia Almeida

Votes: 1,530

Portugal

21. También la lluvia (2010)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, History

7.5
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69 Metascore

As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Karra Elejalde, Juan Carlos Aduviri

Votes: 10,966 | Gross: $0.56M

Espanha \ México