2012 Movies, Ranked in orderby matusmoska | created - 06 Dec 2012 | updated - 07 Jan 2014 | Public
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1. Lincoln (2012)
PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 213,245 | Gross: $182.21M
A questionable place perhaps... But after watching everything this year has to offer, I still can't shake off the greatness I feel in this film. I've never seen an actor fall in love with his character as Daniel Day-Lewis presents it in Lincoln. If there is a word to describe this film than it would really be Love. And if there's love in a film, it is always deemed to succeed, such is the case with Lincoln. Crafted with great care, Spielberg was preparing the project for around 10 years, and what has emerged really is brilliant in every aspect. The best adapted screenplay I've seen in years, with one of the strongest performances in years, with a beautiful score from John Williams alongside probably the best acting ensamble I've ever seen. Mr. Spielberg - you've done it! :)
2. Jagten (2012)
R | 115 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 205,600 | Gross: $0.69M
A heart-tearing drama... During which I wanted to scream, and shout, and let it all out! No seriously. Amazing. The feeling I had during this movie was absolutely unique- last experienced while watching The Reader, but this time amplified by 100%. The Danes are really starting to own!
3. Django Unchained (2012)
R | 165 min | Drama, Western
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Votes: 1,085,508 | Gross: $162.81M
Guilty pleasure of the year :P I have'nt enjoyed Tarantino's latest films... but something about the setting- (I'm a huge fan of spaghetti westerns and this film gave me everything I could want), and something about the mood I had when watching this... It just clicked and the result was my film experience of the year :) If its Samuel L. Jackson, Jonah Hills cameo (ROFL) or Leo DiCaprio-- HELL EVERYONE IN THIS FILM IS AMAZING! All I can say is : ITS TIME TO PUTS YOUR HANDS UP! TIME FOR SURRENDER! IM A VIGILANTEE, MY LOVE's DEFENDER! (Dont worry you'll get it when you watch it) :))
4. The Master (2012)
R | 138 min | Drama
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
Votes: 117,493 | Gross: $16.38M
Although I can't absolutely define what makes The Master so great... I can feel it... There's something in this film... something I've never seen... it has this weird aura that just evokes respect for the film. Being shot on 70mm deserves respect on its own :)
5. The Impossible (2012)
PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Thriller
The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Votes: 162,539 | Gross: $19.02M
A questionable place for The Impossible, but I can never help myself with survival themed films, and when it is about something so real and recent as the Asian Tsunami of 2004, it just connects with me so well... A wonderful emotional ride - the best of 2012, carefully directed by Juan Bayona (its his 1st Hollywood production) and wonderfully acted by Naomi Watts.
6. Cloud Atlas (2012)
R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Votes: 307,632 | Gross: $27.11M
After watching it twice now, I must say that : Incredibly visionary, Cloud Atlas is surely the most ambitious film of 2012, sadly also the most overlooked one. Filmed in a fascinating, original way, as well as superbly edited, with beautiful perfomances from Hanks and Berry, Cloud Atlas has definetly won me over this year. What keeps it from really being a top flick is the ending that is for my taste overlong and overly explained.
7. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller
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.
Votes: 1,267,586 | Gross: $448.14M
I know I know... But I simply love Nolan too much, but despite all its flaws, nothing has entertained me as much as TDKR this year (besides Django), it was a worthy conclusion to one of the best trilogies ever made.
8. Kon-Tiki (2012)
PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, History
Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Votes: 38,427 | Gross: $1.52M
Another amazing story of survival, in terms of film quality it is better than the Impossible, but perhaps I just wasn't in the right mood, or at the right time when I decided to watch this movie. It has all the elements that I should absolutely love. And yet, although I enjoyed the movie I can't shake off the feeling that there was something missing in it for me... No idea what!
9. The Hunger Games (2012)
PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 754,446 | Gross: $408.01M
Saw it 4 times, read the books in 3 days... Anything more?
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
Votes: 391,374 | Gross: $17.74M
Perks isn't going to suit everyone, but for me this is the best high school drama I've ever seen.
11. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
R | 157 min | Drama, History, Thriller
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.
Votes: 233,466 | Gross: $95.72M
A dose of the same gripping and suspensful style that Bigelow gave us in The Hurt Locker, just this time its stretched over 2:40, which really is overlong. Still, it is fantastically directed and superbly acted by Jessica Chastain, she is in for the golden statue this year I think.
12. Arbitrage (2012)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Votes: 44,591 | Gross: $7.92M
A gripping corporate thriller... I just love these :)
- 1st movie I enjoyed Richard Geere in!
13. Life of Pi (2012)
PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 488,859 | Gross: $124.99M
This was probably my most anticipated film of the year in terms of quality, I was really hoping for something extraordinary, given that I love animals and I love survival stories. But also given that Pi uses 3D in a completely new way, I was really hooked. Unfortunately the film, like every other film this year besides the top 3, didnt meet my expectations and left me a bit cold :( Nevertheless, Pi is still an achievment, it was said to be unfilmable, and here we are!
14. Argo (2012)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 496,550 | Gross: $136.03M
Ben Afflect has finally discovered where his talent lies and has a bright future ahead of him :)
15. Jack Reacher (2012)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.
Votes: 260,266 | Gross: $80.07M
The best pure-action movie of the year.
16. Skyfall (2012)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 560,291 | Gross: $304.36M
Although it left me a bit dissapointed at first, I can't deny its filmmaking qualities, it is special.
17. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.
Votes: 264,599 | Gross: $45.51M
I went into this movie with really low expectations, having no knowledge of what its about, and about who directed it. I think that's the reason I was so surprised when halfway through the movie I realised "THIS IS AWESOME!" and so it went on, and I was amazed. My biggest surprise of the year.
18. Les Misérables (2012)
PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical
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.
Votes: 264,671 | Gross: $148.81M
19. The Bourne Legacy (2012)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
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.
Votes: 252,304 | Gross: $113.20M
I just love Bourne!
20. Looper (2012)
R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 466,412 | Gross: $66.49M
Incredibly smart and original... All eyes on Rian Johnson! :)
21. Flight (I) (2012)
R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller
An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.
Votes: 283,274 | Gross: $93.77M
Worth watching! If not for Danzel's performance, than for Goodman's two appearences which are LEGEND---DARY! :)
23. The Avengers (2012)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 1,075,044 | Gross: $623.36M
Popcorn event of the year.
24. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 685,012 | Gross: $303.00M
Good to be back in Middle Earth :)
25. Killing Them Softly (2012)
R | 97 min | Crime, Thriller
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Votes: 118,604 | Gross: $15.03M
26. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 581,084 | Gross: $132.09M
27. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
Votes: 203,105 | Gross: $15.02M
28. Lawless (2012)
R | 116 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 201,024 | Gross: $37.40M
29. The Sessions (2012)
R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 38,227 | Gross: $6.00M
30. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 74,310 | Gross: $12.80M
31. Hitchcock (2012)
PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama
Votes: 64,610 | Gross: $6.01M
32. The Expendables 2 (2012)
R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.
Votes: 263,412 | Gross: $85.02M
33. Amour (2012)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 78,149 | Gross: $6.74M
My biggest dissapointment of the year. Amour left me absolutely cold and unimpressed. As one critic said; an empty Pseudoart.
34. Prometheus (I) (2012)
R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.
Votes: 507,908 | Gross: $126.48M
35. The Campaign (2012)
R | 85 min | Comedy
An incumbent Representative embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers.
Votes: 112,845 | Gross: $86.91M
36. Ted (2012)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 507,560 | Gross: $218.82M
37. 21 Jump Street (2012)
R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.
Votes: 446,068 | Gross: $138.45M
39. The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Romance
One year after meeting, Tom proposes to his girlfriend, Violet, but unexpected events keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together.
Votes: 83,472 | Gross: $28.84M
40. Project X (2012)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama
3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads.
Votes: 168,150 | Gross: $54.73M
41. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 489,028 | Gross: $262.03M
42. Total Recall (I) (2012)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
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.
Votes: 216,212 | Gross: $58.88M
43. John Carter (2012)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior.
Votes: 225,927 | Gross: $73.08M
44. Men in Black 3 (2012)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.
Votes: 285,364 | Gross: $179.02M
45. The Dictator (2012)
R | 83 min | Comedy
The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
Votes: 232,158 | Gross: $59.65M
46. Casa de mi Padre (2012)
R | 84 min | Comedy, Western
Scheming on a way to save their father's ranch, the Alvarez brothers find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord.
Votes: 18,253 | Gross: $5.90M
47. American Reunion (2012)
R | 113 min | Comedy
Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion.
Votes: 182,222 | Gross: $57.01M