The Best Movies of 2012

by Boz_246 | created - 13 Aug 2012 | updated - 04 Dec 2015 | Public
 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc
  • Instant Watch Options
  • Genres
  • Movies or TV
  • IMDb Rating
  • In Theaters
  • On TV
  • Release Year
  • Keywords



IMDb user rating (average) to
Number of votes to »




Reset



Reset
Release year or range to »




































































































1. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
95 Metascore

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 233,625 | Gross: $95.72M

10/10

2. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 74,343 | Gross: $12.80M

9/10

3. Skyfall (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
81 Metascore

Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

Votes: 560,590 | Gross: $304.36M

9/10

4. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
81 Metascore

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 581,462 | Gross: $132.09M

9/10

5. Looper (2012)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
84 Metascore

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

Votes: 466,878 | Gross: $66.49M

9/10

6. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
86 Metascore

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 117,618 | Gross: $16.38M

9/10

7. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 489,303 | Gross: $124.99M

8/10

8. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

8.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,086,747 | Gross: $162.81M

9/10

9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
67 Metascore

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

Votes: 391,683 | Gross: $17.74M

8/10

10. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 264,847 | Gross: $148.81M

8/10

11. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

8.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,268,652 | Gross: $448.14M

12. The Avengers (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
69 Metascore

Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Votes: 1,075,773 | Gross: $623.36M

13. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
72 Metascore

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 301,925 | Gross: $189.42M

14. The Grey (2011)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
64 Metascore

After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts

Votes: 216,265 | Gross: $51.58M

15. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
84 Metascore

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 264,870 | Gross: $45.51M

16. Flight (I) (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
76 Metascore

An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle, John Goodman

Votes: 283,423 | Gross: $93.77M

17. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
65 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 508,248 | Gross: $126.48M

18. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
86 Metascore

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 496,950 | Gross: $136.03M

19. The Sessions (2012)

R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
79 Metascore

A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.

Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood

Votes: 38,247 | Gross: $6.00M

20. 21 Jump Street (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
69 Metascore

A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson

Votes: 446,327 | Gross: $138.45M

21. Amour (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama

7.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
94 Metascore

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud

Votes: 78,219 | Gross: $6.74M

22. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
58 Metascore

A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Votes: 685,357 | Gross: $303.00M

23. The Impossible (2012)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
73 Metascore

The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Oaklee Pendergast

Votes: 162,698 | Gross: $19.02M

24. The Hunger Games (2012)

PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
68 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 754,797 | Gross: $408.01M

25. Jack Reacher (2012)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
50 Metascore

A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog

Votes: 260,440 | Gross: $80.07M

26. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
86 Metascore

As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 213,401 | Gross: $182.21M

27. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

R | 95 min | Horror

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
72 Metascore

5 friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

Director: Drew Goddard | Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz

Votes: 308,526 | Gross: $42.07M

28. Pitch Perfect (2012)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
66 Metascore

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

Director: Jason Moore | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp

Votes: 234,390 | Gross: $65.00M

29. Chronicle (2012)

PG-13 | 84 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
69 Metascore

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

Director: Josh Trank | Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly

Votes: 218,178 | Gross: $64.58M

30. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
66 Metascore

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 489,344 | Gross: $262.03M

31. Ted (2012)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
62 Metascore

John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori.

Director: Seth MacFarlane | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale

Votes: 507,797 | Gross: $218.82M

32. Dredd (2012)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
59 Metascore

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Rachel Wood

Votes: 220,273 | Gross: $13.41M

33. Sinister (I) (2012)

R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
53 Metascore

Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson

Votes: 180,358 | Gross: $48.09M

34. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)

PG-13 | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

5.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
52 Metascore

After the birth of Renesmee/Nessie, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli

Votes: 199,437 | Gross: $292.30M

35. Brave (2012)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
69 Metascore

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell | Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters

Votes: 306,190 | Gross: $237.28M

36. This Is 40 (2012)

R | 134 min | Comedy, Romance

6.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
59 Metascore

Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow

Votes: 110,626 | Gross: $67.54M

37. The Lorax (2012)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
46 Metascore

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Directors: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda | Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms

Votes: 83,958 | Gross: $214.03M

38. Lawless (2012)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
58 Metascore

Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke

Votes: 201,153 | Gross: $37.40M

39. Premium Rush (2012)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
66 Metascore

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Sean Kennedy

Votes: 100,959 | Gross: $20.28M

40. The Bourne Legacy (2012)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
61 Metascore

An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.

Director: Tony Gilroy | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Scott Glenn

Votes: 252,451 | Gross: $113.20M

41. The Campaign (2012)

R | 85 min | Comedy

6.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
50 Metascore

An incumbent Representative embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott

Votes: 112,883 | Gross: $86.91M

42. The Vow (2012)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
43 Metascore

A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again.

Director: Michael Sucsy | Stars: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange

Votes: 161,535 | Gross: $125.01M

43. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
57 Metascore

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Director: Rupert Sanders | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin

Votes: 245,062 | Gross: $155.33M

44. Total Recall (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

6.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
43 Metascore

A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 216,318 | Gross: $58.88M

45. House at the End of the Street (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
31 Metascore

After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident.

Director: Mark Tonderai | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot, Gil Bellows

Votes: 62,759 | Gross: $31.61M