Top 40 Films of 2012

A mix of independent films, Oscar nominees, and blockbusters.
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1.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
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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
 
2.
Drug War (2012)
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A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation. (107 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
 
3.
Nairobi Half Life (2012)
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A young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming a success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi:the city of opportunity. (96 mins.)
 
4.
Skyfall (2012)
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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
 
5.
Lincoln (2012)
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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. (150 mins.)
 
6.
Bad 25 (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on Michael Jackson and the legacy of his record Bad. (131 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
7.
Dredd (2012)
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In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. (95 mins.)
Director: Pete Travis
 
8.
A Band Called Death (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded. (96 mins.)
 
9.
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2012)
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14 years have passed since the near third impact. Most of the world has changed except Shinji Ikari who awakens... (96 mins.)
 
10.
30 for 30 (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Broke (2012)
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According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, 60 percent of former NBA players are broke within five years of retirement... (60 mins.)
 
11.
Prometheus (2012)
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Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
12.
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (2012 Documentary)
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Examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented... (89 mins.)
Director: Jorge Hinojosa
 
13.
Uprising: Hip Hop and the LA Riots (2012 Documentary)
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Revisits the riots in gripping detail and draws from a diverse collection of voices - the rappers, rioters, victims, police officers, journalists and everyday citizens of South Central Los Angeles. (65 mins.)
Director: Mark Ford
 
14.
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
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On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers. (95 mins.)
Director: RZA
 
15.
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence. (106 mins.)
Director: Ice-T, Andy Baybutt
 
16.
The Master (2012)
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A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. (144 mins.)
 
17.
Lesson of the Evil (2012)
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A popular high school teacher concocts an extreme plan to deal with the rise of bullying and bad behavior among the student body. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
18.
End of Watch (2012)
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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
 
19.
Pieta (2012)
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A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother. (104 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
20.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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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. (164 mins.)
 
21.
Django Unchained (2012)
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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.)
 
22.
Candid (2014)
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A video voyeur stalks women in the city with a digital camera until he crosses paths with beautiful model who harbors a dark secret; she is a serial killer. (93 mins.)
Director: Vishnu Seesahai
 
23.
Spring Breakers (2012)
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Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer. (94 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
 
24.
Amour (2012)
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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. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
25.
Flight (2012)
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An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. (138 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
26.
Game Change (2012 TV Movie)
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Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska becomes Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election. (118 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
 
27.
War Witch (2012)
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Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12. (90 mins.)
Director: Kim Nguyen
 
28.
Home Again (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Three Jamaicans, who are deported from the U.S., Canada, and England, must make their way in a land that they are not familiar with. (104 mins.)
 
29.
The Imposter (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bart Layton
 
30.
Gimme the Loot (2012)
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When their latest work is buffed by a rival crew, two determined graffiti writers embark on an elaborate plan to bomb the ultimate location: the New York Mets' Home Run Apple. (79 mins.)
Director: Adam Leon
 
31.
Venus and Serena (2012 Documentary)
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Ever since Venus and Serena Williams started playing in tennis tournaments, they've provoked strong reactions... (99 mins.)
 
32.
The Lost Number (2012)
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An international action drama, The lost Number is the story of a redemption-seeking English woman going against all odds to save a remote slum in Africa. (90 mins.)
Director: Kester Nsirim
 
33.
Indie Game: The Movie (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. (94 mins.)
 
34.
To the Wonder (2012)
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After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood. (112 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
35.
Compliance (2012)
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A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on. (90 mins.)
Director: Craig Zobel
 
36.
Life of Pi (2012)
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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. (127 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
37.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012 Video)
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Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era? (76 mins.)
Director: Jay Oliva
 
38.
Lawless (2012)
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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. (116 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
 
39.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
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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. (136 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
 
40.
The Avengers (2012)
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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