Top movies of 2012by bobpeesullivan | created - 11 Dec 2012 | updated - 08 Aug 2013 | Public
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1. 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: 1,096,530 | Gross: $162.81M
Classic Tarentino with amazing acting performances.
2. 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: 492,787 | Gross: $124.99M
Ang Lee does it again, a masterpiece for the ages. Ang Lee takes a awe inspiring book and somehow translates it to the screen with the same magic it has in the book. God bless Richard parker.
3. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, 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: 1,277,508 | Gross: $448.14M
A delightful conclusion to the dark knight trilogy. I watched it once, then again, then again, before i knew it, it was 3AM.
4. 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: 469,720 | Gross: $66.49M
Bruce Willis is fantastac and this movie is just amazing Rian Johnson penned a fantastic script and from begining to end Looper is pure magic
5. 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: 563,126 | Gross: $304.36M
Im sure this is the most controversial pick on my list, not the traditional Bond, yet its one of the finest in the series. I stand by Connery as the best bond but Daniel Craig puts up a great argument with Skyfall, arguably the best Bond movie of alltime.
6. 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: 510,836 | Gross: $126.48M
Wow, i was suprised by how much i enjoyed this one.
7. 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: 284,823 | Gross: $93.77M
Denzel is the boss. Denzel has a fanstastic performance and the rest of the cast is fantastic as well.
8. 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: 448,774 | Gross: $138.45M
The best comedy since the hangover by far.
9. The Grey (2011)
R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 217,434 | Gross: $51.58M
Liam Neeson is excellent. The scene where he walks a man through his own death is absolutley amazing.
10. Argo (2012)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
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 1979.
Votes: 500,517 | Gross: $136.03M
11. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
R | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror
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.
Votes: 310,346 | Gross: $42.07M
This Joss Whedon written flick, lives up to the hype around it and does the slasher genre a huge favor.
12. 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: 584,865 | Gross: $132.09M
One of the best films of the year, Jennifer Lawrence gives one of the best peformances of the year.
13. 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: 74,602 | Gross: $12.80M
A refreshing fairy tale take on an apocolyptic world.
14. Chronicle (2012)
PG-13 | 84 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 219,040 | Gross: $64.58M
Not a box office hit, but this movie is where its at.
16. Hit and Run (2012)
R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
Former getaway driver Charles Bronson jeopardizes his Witness Protection Plan identity in order to help his girlfriend get to Los Angeles. The feds and Charles' former gang chase them on the road.
Votes: 31,180 | Gross: $13.75M
Hilarious just saw this recently and is one of the funniest movies this year.
17. 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: 1,081,231 | Gross: $623.36M
Excellent, one of the best superhero/ comic book movies of alltime.
18. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.
Votes: 107,579 | Gross: $4.01M
Heart warming indie hit.
19. 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: 757,861 | Gross: $408.01M
A well polished film with good acting.
20. V/H/S (2012)
R | 116 min | Horror, Thriller
When a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard | Stars: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard, Hannah Fierman
Votes: 49,539 | Gross: $0.10M
Funny inventive and overall delightfully terrifying
21. 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: 510,194 | Gross: $218.82M
Everything you want from Seth Mcfarlene and some stripper *beep* too.
22. 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: 214,636 | Gross: $182.21M
A tad long, but hands down the best acted film of the year. Tommy Lee Jones puts up a top 10 performance on the year.
23. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Votes: 81,089 | Gross: $46.41M
24. For a Good Time, Call... (2012)
R | 85 min | Comedy
Former college frenemies Lauren and Katie move into a fabulous Gramercy Park apartment, and in order to make ends meet, the unlikely pair start a phone sex line together.
Votes: 14,417 | Gross: $1.24M
A new idea, and very well done. 2 very funny young women who do an excellent job.
25. 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: 266,993 | Gross: $45.51M
Wes Anderson does it again crafting a small masterpiece.
26. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.
Votes: 133,028 | Gross: $216.39M
Though Wreck it Ralph will have the best awards season for animated film this is the king of animated films in 2012.
27. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 304,241 | Gross: $189.42M
A treat from a non pixar animated film. Its a victory for all when the best disney film of the year isnt a pixar project. The plot of a bad guy becoming good is not an original idea but is exicuted quite well in this film. John C Riley is fantastic as the loveable Ralph.
28. Taken 2 (2012)
PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.
Votes: 258,454 | Gross: $139.85M
29. Detention (2011)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
As a copycat killer named after movie villain Cinderhella stalks the student body at Grizzly Lake High School, a group of co-eds band together to survive while serving detention.
Not as big or as well executed as cabin in the woods but still a solid film.
30. 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: 491,921 | Gross: $262.03M
A major step up from the Tobey Mguire films but it still falls short of Avengers and dark knight greatness.
31. 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: 688,276 | Gross: $303.00M
Very true to the book, not necessarly for the best.
32. Bernie (2011)
PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.
Votes: 50,853 | Gross: $9.20M
Jack Black shines as the murderious Bernie. Maybe the best Jack Black role of alltime, as a whole the cast is solid. The light hearted dark comedey is a solid film overall.
33. 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: 227,094 | Gross: $73.08M
A major box office bomb, John Carter is a suprisingly raw unfinished film that could gather a major cult following.
34. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
Votes: 39,320 | Gross: $31.05M
Good cast and cleverly funny.
35. Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
R | 83 min | Comedy, Drama
Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
Votes: 58,238 | Gross: $4.24M
Jason Segal is fantastic as usual.
36. Man on a Ledge (2012)
PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion.
Votes: 132,201 | Gross: $18.62M
A hidden gem this year MOAL has a nice plot and little twist at the end. A good popcorn movie.
37. Safe House (2012)
R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.
Votes: 180,004 | Gross: $126.37M
Denzel as a villian, a refreshing role for him and he pulls it off very well.
38. 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: 113,345 | Gross: $86.91M
Not the best but it definitely has its moments.
39. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 246,289 | Gross: $155.33M
Beautiful visuals, yet a poor plot and flat acting weigh this one down.
40. Dark Shadows (2012)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.
Votes: 216,749 | Gross: $79.73M
I didnt have high hopes going into this film, so i was actually quite presently suprised by this dark adult targeted Johnny Depp and Tim Burton film, no new ideas here just solid Johnny Depp funniness.
41. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.
Votes: 55,634 | Gross: $9.03M
An indie hit, and terrific performances by some terrific actors/actresses.
42. Act of Valor (2012)
R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.
Votes: 61,240 | Gross: $70.01M
Well done, just not enough to please the non military viewers.
43. Take This Waltz (2011)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama
A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street.
Votes: 24,468 | Gross: $1.24M
Sad. But Seth Rogan stands out in this one for sure.
44. Contraband (2012)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.
Votes: 107,118 | Gross: $66.53M
Mark Whalberg doing what he does best.
45. Meeting Evil (2012)
R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
John is taken on a murder-fueled ride by a mysterious stranger that transforms the weak-willed, disillusioned husband and father into a desperate hero willing to go to any length to protect his family.
Votes: 10,606 | Gross: $0.00M
Poor story telling, but usual profane Samuel L performance
46. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
PG | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Sean Anderson partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.
Votes: 75,331 | Gross: $103.86M
The rock is the only thing this movie has going for it.
47. Wrath of the Titans (2012)
PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.
Votes: 163,789 | Gross: $83.67M
Better then the first but thats not really saying anything now is it?
48. Seeking Justice (2011)
R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a 'favor' from him in return.
Votes: 41,247 | Gross: $0.04M
The hungry rabbit jumps twice, other then that nothing memorable about this one.
49. Red Tails (2012)
PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.
Votes: 30,438 | Gross: $49.88M
Terrible. A poorly executed film across the board.
50. Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
R | 88 min | Horror
It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.
Votes: 55,124 | Gross: $53.92M
The worst movie of the year hands down.