The 25 best films of 2011

by aleix_wiggum_93 | created - 05 Dec 2012 | updated - 05 Dec 2012 | Public

A list of the best of 2011. Not including short subjects.

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1. 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: 215,622 | Gross: $82.58M

Noms/wins

Best Picture* Best Director - Alexander Payne Best Actor - George Clooney Best Supporting Actress - Shailene Woodley Best Adapted Screenplay*

5 noms / 2 wins

2. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.5
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83 Metascore

In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 268,494 | Gross: $73.86M

Best Picture Best Director - Martin Scorsese Best Adapted Screenplay Best Cinematography Best Film Editing Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing* Best Art Direction* Best Costume Design Best Visual Effects* Best Original Score

11 noms / 3 wins

TOP 10

Best Supporting Actor - Ben Kingsley

3. 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: 148,331 | Gross: $13.30M

Best Picture Best Director - Terrence Malick* Best Supporting Actor - Brad Pitt Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain Best Cinematography* Best Film Editing Best Original Screenplay Best Visual Effects

8 noms / 2 wins

TOP 10

Best Original Score

4. War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, War

7.2
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72 Metascore

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 127,462 | Gross: $79.88M

Best Picture Best Director - Steven Spielberg Best Original Score* Best Sound Editing* Best Sound Mixing Best Art Direction Best Cinematography

7 noms / 2 wins

TOP 10

Best Adapted Screenplay Best Costume Design

5. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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89 Metascore

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 205,750 | Gross: $44.67M

Best Picture Best Director - Michael Hazanavicius Best Actor - Jean Dujardin Best Supporting Actress - Berénice Bejo Best Original Screenplay Best Original Score Best Costume Design* Best Art Direction Best Cinematography Best Film Editing Special recognition - Uggie

11 noms / 2 wins

6. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.4
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68 Metascore

Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg

Votes: 190,862 | Gross: $77.59M

Best Animated Film* Best Original Score

2 noms / 1 win

7. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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87 Metascore

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.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 306,505 | Gross: $75.61M

Best Picture Best Actor - Brad Pitt* Best Adapted Screenplay Best Film Editing* Best Sound Editing

5 noms / 2 wins

TOP 10

Best Supporting Actor - Jonah Hill

8. Carnage (2011)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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61 Metascore

Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly

Votes: 105,103 | Gross: $2.55M

Best Picture Best Adapted Screenplay Best Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz

3 noms / 0 wins

TOP 10

Best Supporting Actress - Kate Winslet Best Director - Roman Polanski

9. 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: 174,271 | Gross: $7.10M

Best Original Screenplay Best Foreign Language Film*

2 noms / 0 wins

TOP 10

Best Actor - Peyman Moohadi.

10. La piel que habito (2011)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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70 Metascore

A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet, Marisa Paredes

Votes: 114,468 | Gross: $3.19M

Best Foreign Language Film

TOP 10

Best Original Score Best Adapted Screenplay Best Actress in a Leading Role - Elena Anaya Best Director - Pedro Almodóvar

11. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.7
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81 Metascore

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.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 333,812 | Gross: $56.82M

Best Picture Best Original Screenplay*

2 noms / 1 win

TOP 10

Best Art Direction

12. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

8.1
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62 Metascore

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 358,323 | Gross: $169.71M

Best Picture Best Actress - Viola Davis Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer* Best Costume Design Best Art Direction Best Original Song - "The Living Proof" *

6 noms / 2 wins

TOP 10

Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain Best Adapted Screenplay

13. 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: 483,304 | Gross: $35.06M

Best Picture Best Sound Editing

2 noms / 0 wins

TOP 10

Best Director - Nicholas Winding Refn Best Actor - Ryan Gosling Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks

14. 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: 142,581 | Gross: $3.03M

Best Actress - Kirsten Dunst Best Supporting Actress - Charlotte Gainsbourg

2 noms / 0 wins

TOP 10

Best Director - Lars Von Trier Best Original Screenplay Best Cinematography

15. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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71 Metascore

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 362,478 | Gross: $102.52M

Best Film Editing Best Cinematography Best Sound Editing Best Original Score

4 noms / 0 wins

TOP 10

Best Director - David Fincher Best Adapted Screenplay Best Actress - Rooney Mara

16. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

PG-13 | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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46 Metascore

A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow

Votes: 88,632 | Gross: $31.85M

Best Supporting Actor - Max Von Sydow*

TOP 10

Best Supporting Actress - Sandra Bullock

17. Arrugas (2011)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Drama

7.6
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81 Metascore

An astonishing cocktail of friendship, resistance and life set among the unexpected landscape of an elderly care facility.

Director: Ignacio Ferreras | Stars: Tacho González, Álvaro Guevara, Mabel Rivera, Raúl Dans

Votes: 3,086

Best Animated Film Best Foreign Language Film

2 noms / 0 wins

18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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87 Metascore

Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 624,019 | Gross: $381.01M

Best Makeup Best Art Direction Best Visual Effects* (tied with Hugo)

3 noms / 1 win

19. A Dangerous Method (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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76 Metascore

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 88,178 | Gross: $5.70M

TOP 10

Best Supporting Actress - Keira Knightley Best Supporting Actor - Michael Fassbender Best Art Direction

20. 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: 161,259 | Gross: $4.00M

Best Actor - Michael Fassbender

1 nom / 0 wins

TOP 10

Best Film Editing

21. The Ides of March (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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67 Metascore

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 200,543 | Gross: $40.96M

Best Adapted Screenplay

1 nom / 0 wins

22. Super 8 (2011)

PG-13 | 112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.0
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72 Metascore

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney

Votes: 306,932 | Gross: $127.00M

Best Visual Effects

1 nom / 0 wins

TOP 10

Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing

23. Bridesmaids (I) (2011)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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75 Metascore

Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Terry Crews

Votes: 235,675 | Gross: $169.11M

Best Original Screenplay

1 nom / 0 wins

24. 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: 29,329

TOP 10

Best Actor - Luís Tosar Best Foreign Language Film

25. J. Edgar (2011)

R | 137 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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59 Metascore

J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Hamilton

Votes: 110,362 | Gross: $37.31M

Best Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio

1 nom / 0 wins

TOP 10

Best Makeup