My personal top 21 of 2012

This is a list of the 21 movies that i enjoyed the most in 2012. This is not what i considered the greatest, just my favorites. If theres a movie you think i missed or wonder why i excluded it, please comment. I usually do top 20, but this year had too many good films, i wanted to include as many of them as i could. (I have not been able to see "The Master" or "Life of Pi" which are two films i am very interested in) (The Dark Knight Rises, Lincoln, and Cloud Atlas, as well as other i have seen, did not make the cut)
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1.
The Avengers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ Biggest movie ever. Delivered on every level and was the most fun i've had at the theater, possibly ever. ” - nowhereman136
 
2.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Smart and funny, the directing was unique and well done. I expect nothing less from one of the greatest working directors in Hollywood ” - nowhereman136
 
3.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Tarantino does it again. Superb performances all around and wickedly funny. ” - nowhereman136
 
4.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (157 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ Marvelous film that only gets more intense as it goes on ” - nowhereman136
 
5.
Killer Joe (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance. (102 mins.)
“ Truely underrated gem. McConaughey can no longer be made fun of. And if a single movie can do that, it must be good. ” - nowhereman136
 
6.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
“ The Best high school movie i've seen since "Mean Girls". In high school they made us read "Speak", i wish they had made us read this instead. a far better movie for the troubled teen ” - nowhereman136
 
7.
Skyfall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Best Bond movie ever. Exactly what the franchise needs right now. ” - nowhereman136
 
8.
Chronicle (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. (84 mins.)
Director: Josh Trank
“ This film came out of nowhere and has quickly become one of the best original superhero movies of all time. And done in a way that spits over found footage doubters. ” - nowhereman136
 
9.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (122 mins.)
“ Crazy people need love too. Surprisingly good performances all around. Funny, tragic, and romantic all in one. ” - nowhereman136
 
10.
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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. (124 mins.)
“ Once ever 2 or 3 years comes a good romantic comedy. This is that film for this time. ” - nowhereman136
 
11.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five 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. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
“ Smartest, and funniest, horror movie of the year. One for the books. ” - nowhereman136
 
12.
Argo (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ Intense political thriller. Ben Affleck is at the top of his game. ” - nowhereman136
 
13.
21 Jump Street (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. (110 mins.)
“ A film that shouldve crashed like the Hindenburg ends up being the comedy film of the year. Finally "Mission Impossible" and "Addams Family" get some company in the good TV-turn-movie field. ” - nowhereman136
 
14.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (101 mins.)
Director: Rich Moore
“ hard to pick this over Brave ” - nowhereman136
 
15.
Brave (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (93 mins.)
“ Actually more mature and darker than most of Pixar's work, it is still on Par with the rest of the animation studios films. Wonderfully animated and filled with charming characters. ” - nowhereman136
 
16.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (169 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Obviously sillier than the previous films of Middle-Earth. It still capture the magic of yesteryear but not much of the drama. An enjoyable film in it's own right and really unfair to compare to "The Lord of the Rings" ” - nowhereman136
 
17.
The Impossible (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. (114 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
“ The tsunami scene was one of the most gut-wrenching scenes i'm seen all year. Powerful and dramatic film that just leaves you in awe ” - nowhereman136
 
18.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (93 mins.)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
“ A film that lives half in the mind of a child and half in a world of fantasy. This film is inspiring and beautiful and brings us the fresh faces of Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry ” - nowhereman136
 
19.
The Expendables 2 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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. (103 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ Bigger, Better, and smarter than the last film. This team is one not to be messed with. ” - nowhereman136
 
20.
End of Watch (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (109 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
“ Found footage movies seem to have played out over the last few years but this one give hope for not only the format but the police genre as a whole. ” - nowhereman136