Top 10 Films of 2011by Jxfiles | created - 31 Dec 2011 | updated - 12 Feb 2012 | Public
My favorites of all the 2011 releases that I've had a chance to see. Unfortunately, about half the list had a very limited theatrical release, but are now available on DVD and Blu Ray. I reserve the right to update it as I see more films released during the year that may have previously been unavailable.
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1. Warrior (2011)
PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Sport
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.
Votes: 378,002 | Gross: $13.66M
Familiar story and predictable on some levels, but executed phenomenally well with exceptional performances all around. Definitely the most entertaining film of 2011.
2. 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: 308,926 | Gross: $75.61M
Fascinating, unique, smart, a sports movie that defies cliches.
3. Margin Call (2011)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.
Votes: 101,636 | Gross: $5.35M
Reminiscent of Glen Garry Glen Ross, Wall Street, and the more recent Company Men, Margin Call is a smart and extremely well executed adult drama.
4. Blackthorn (2011)
R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Western
In Bolivia, Butch Cassidy (now calling himself James Blackthorn) pines for one last sight of home, an adventure that aligns him with a young robber and makes the duo a target for gangs and lawmen alike.
Votes: 8,138 | Gross: $0.20M
As a lover of westerns, I was thrilled with Blackthorn, a throwback to classical, character study westerns. Breathtaking cinematography and an excellent script make it a notable entry to the genre.
5. Anonymous (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 36,700 | Gross: $4.46M
An historical drama that works as a character study, a political thriller, a romance, and as a pure drama.
6. 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: 337,037 | Gross: $56.82M
The most surprising film of the year for me
7. 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: 165,453 | Gross: $24.15M
A masterfully intelligent, mature, cold, and calculated spy thriller.
8. J. Edgar (2011)
R | 137 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life.
Votes: 111,305 | Gross: $37.31M
Is it Eastwood's best? No, but definitely on par and probably better than some of his more overrated films (Invictus).
9. 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: 465,567 | Gross: $79.25M
Energetically directed, and elevated immensely by Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, Limitless is an exceedingly fun movie.
10. X: First Class (2011)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.
Votes: 574,185 | Gross: $146.41M
Of all the blockbuster movies released in 2011, and there was a lot, X-Men: First Class is the one that remains the most memorable (and bizarrely so).