My favourite movies of 2012. Sort by: list order. (Dutch release date)

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1. Rust and Bone (2012)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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73 Metascore

Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette

Votes: 54,524 | Gross: $2.06M

2. Jagten (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama

8.3
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76 Metascore

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Votes: 205,795 | Gross: $0.69M

3. Amour (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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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: 78,199 | Gross: $6.74M

4. Oslo, 31. august (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

7.6
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84 Metascore

One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo.

Director: Joachim Trier | Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, Malin Crépin

Votes: 15,452 | Gross: $0.10M

5. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

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

7.3
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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: 74,338 | Gross: $12.80M

6. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.8
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71 Metascore

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg

Votes: 33,464 | Gross: $0.18M

7. Ruby Sparks (2012)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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67 Metascore

A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas

Votes: 85,985 | Gross: $2.54M

8. 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: 160,243 | Gross: $4.00M

9. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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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: 496,827 | Gross: $136.03M

10. Kauwboy (2012)

81 min | Drama

7.2
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A young boy and his father have a difficult relationship, but are trying to reach each other. They need a catalyst to make that happen.

Director: Boudewijn Koole | Stars: Rick Lens, Loek Peters, Cahit Ölmez, Susan Radder

Votes: 1,872

11. 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: 86,395 | Gross: $1.20M

12. This Must Be the Place (2011)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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61 Metascore

Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during W.W.II.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson

Votes: 28,414 | Gross: $0.14M

13. Frankenweenie (2012)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.0
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74 Metascore

When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau

Votes: 82,132 | Gross: $35.29M

14. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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

7.8
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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: 264,788 | Gross: $45.51M

15. End of Watch (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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68 Metascore

Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera

Votes: 198,569 | Gross: $41.00M

16. Dans la maison (2012)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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72 Metascore

A high school French teacher is drawn into a precocious student's increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend's family.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Vincent Schmitt, Ernst Umhauer, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 25,160 | Gross: $0.35M

17. 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: 76,962 | Gross: $1.73M

18. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

8.4
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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: 1,268,322 | Gross: $448.14M

19. Skyfall (2012)

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

7.8
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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: 560,497 | Gross: $304.36M

20. On the Road (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.1
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56 Metascore

Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams

Votes: 35,849 | Gross: $0.72M

21. A Royal Affair (2012)

R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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73 Metascore

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dyrholm

Votes: 37,882 | Gross: $1.55M

22. Les géants (2011)

84 min | Adventure, Drama

6.7
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Brothers Seth and Zak, fifteen and thirteen & 3/4 years old, are spending the summer in their deceased grandfather's house, waiting in vain for their mother, who is otherwise busy, and ... See full summary »

Director: Bouli Lanners | Stars: Zacharie Chasseriaud, Martin Nissen, Paul Bartel, Karim Leklou

Votes: 1,574

23. Die Unsichtbare (2011)

113 min | Drama

7.2
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Fine suffers from not being seen but she also does her best at not being noticed, even though she is an acting student. At night, when her mentally handicapped sister Jule cannot get to ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Schwochow | Stars: Stine Fischer Christensen, Ulrich Noethen, Dagmar Manzel, Christina Drechsler

Votes: 811

24. Miss Bala (2011)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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80 Metascore

After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding.

Director: Gerardo Naranjo | Stars: Stephanie Sigman, Noé Hernández, Irene Azuela, Jose Yenque

Votes: 7,342

25. L'enfant d'en haut (2012)

Unrated | 97 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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81 Metascore

A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests.

Director: Ursula Meier | Stars: Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, Martin Compston, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 5,472

26. 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: 26,368 | Gross: $0.02M

27. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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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: 489,184 | Gross: $124.99M

28. Prometheus (I) (2012)

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

7.0
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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: 508,133 | Gross: $126.48M

29. The Descendants (2011)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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84 Metascore

A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause

Votes: 214,942 | Gross: $82.58M

30. Mientras duermes (2011)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.2
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70 Metascore

You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really?

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, Alberto San Juan, Petra Martínez

Votes: 28,996

31. The Iron Lady (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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54 Metascore

An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Susan Brown

Votes: 89,762 | Gross: $30.02M

32. 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: 30,146 | Gross: $0.14M

33. Your Sister's Sister (2011)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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72 Metascore

Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mike Birbiglia

Votes: 23,433 | Gross: $1.57M

34. Wuthering Heights (2011)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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70 Metascore

A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Solomon Glave, Shannon Beer

Votes: 7,855 | Gross: $0.10M

35. The Angels' Share (2012)

101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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66 Metascore

Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Roger Allam, Gary Maitland

Votes: 20,135 | Gross: $0.30M

36. Café de Flore (2011)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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53 Metascore

A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent, Evelyne Brochu

Votes: 12,557

37. Anna Karenina (I) (2012)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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63 Metascore

In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen

Votes: 78,067 | Gross: $12.82M

38. Den skaldede frisør (2012)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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60 Metascore

A hairdresser, who has lost her hair to cancer, finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding, and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Molly Blixt Egelind, Sebastian Jessen

Votes: 11,143 | Gross: $1.63M

39. Achtste-groepers huilen niet (2012)

96 min | Drama, Family

7.5
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Akkie is a pretty schoolgirl who is good at soccer and doesn't let boys mess with her, until she is diagnosed with leukemia and has to start her battle to stay alive.

Director: Dennis Bots | Stars: Hanna Obbeek, Nils Verkooijen, Fiona Livingston, Bram Flick

Votes: 2,201

40. The Hunter (IV) (2011)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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63 Metascore

Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.

Director: Daniel Nettheim | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Morgana Davies, Jacek Koman

Votes: 33,000 | Gross: $0.18M

41. V.I.S.S.E.N (2012)

90 min | Documentary

8.1
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One million Dutchmen (out of 16 million) play soccer. Almost two million fish at least once a year. Fishing might be the most remarkable sports in the world. The documentary V.I.S.S.E.N (... See full summary »

Director: Pieter-Rim de Kroon

Votes: 27