hottest movies 2011

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1. We Bought a Zoo (2011)

PG | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

58 Metascore

Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning

Votes: 122,257 | Gross: $75.62M

2. Beastly (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

40 Metascore

A modern-day take on the "Beauty and the Beast" tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love.

Director: Daniel Barnz | Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Justin Bradley

Votes: 70,067 | Gross: $27.87M

3. Soul Surfer (2011)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Family

53 Metascore

Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood

Votes: 39,719 | Gross: $43.85M

4. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

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: 371,806 | Gross: $169.71M

5. Water for Elephants (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a traveling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider

Votes: 102,782 | Gross: $58.71M

6. War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, History, War

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: 130,288 | Gross: $79.88M

7. Fast Five (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

66 Metascore

Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster

Votes: 316,405 | Gross: $209.84M

8. Red Riding Hood (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

29 Metascore

Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke

Votes: 99,032 | Gross: $37.66M

9. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

Director: George Nolfi | Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Lisa Thoreson, Florence Kastriner

Votes: 219,047 | Gross: $62.50M

10. Abduction (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

25 Metascore

A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jake Andolina

Votes: 70,060 | Gross: $28.09M

11. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)

PG-13 | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

45 Metascore

The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Gil Birmingham

Votes: 198,922 | Gross: $281.29M

12. I Am Number Four (2011)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

36 Metascore

Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 211,184 | Gross: $55.10M

13. Jack and Jill (I) (2011)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

23 Metascore

Family guy Jack Sadelstein prepares for the annual event he dreads: the Thanksgiving visit of his twin sister, the needy and passive-aggressive Jill, who then refuses to leave.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Elodie Tougne

Votes: 67,505 | Gross: $74.16M

14. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

48 Metascore

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Rachel McAdams

Votes: 377,494 | Gross: $186.85M

15. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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: 273,408 | Gross: $73.86M

16. No Strings Attached (I) (2011)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

50 Metascore

A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it's not long before they learn that they want something more.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes

Votes: 188,599 | Gross: $70.66M

17. The Roommate (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Thriller

23 Metascore

When college freshman Sara arrives on campus for the first time, she befriends her roommate, Rebecca, unaware that the girl is becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Director: Christian E. Christiansen | Stars: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet, Aly Michalka

Votes: 31,792 | Gross: $37.30M

18. Limitless (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

59 Metascore

With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access one hundred percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro

Votes: 469,879 | Gross: $79.25M

19. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

A lawyer defending a wealthy man begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime.

Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy

Votes: 189,457 | Gross: $58.01M

20. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 604,240 | Gross: $176.65M

21. Source Code (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 431,328 | Gross: $54.71M

22. Hanna (2011)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Vicky Krieps

Votes: 171,871 | Gross: $40.26M

23. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

31 Metascore

The adventures of supernatural private investigator, Dylan Dog, who seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans.

Director: Kevin Munroe | Stars: Brandon Routh, Anita Briem, Sam Huntington, Taye Diggs

Votes: 13,807 | Gross: $1.18M

24. Bridesmaids (I) (2011)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 240,101 | Gross: $169.11M

25. X: First Class (2011)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 580,629 | Gross: $146.41M

26. Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, Ophelia Lovibond

Votes: 76,195 | Gross: $68.22M

27. Super 8 (2011)

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

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: 310,810 | Gross: $127.00M

28. Green Lantern (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

39 Metascore

Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong

Votes: 243,416 | Gross: $116.60M

29. Bad Teacher (2011)

R | 92 min | Comedy

47 Metascore

A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job, her students, and her co-workers is forced to return to teaching to make enough money for breast implants after her wealthy fiancé dumps her.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch

Votes: 174,726 | Gross: $100.29M

30. Monte Carlo (2011)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

43 Metascore

Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress.

Director: Thomas Bezucha | Stars: Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy, Cory Monteith

Votes: 36,942 | Gross: $23.19M

31. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel

Votes: 354,119 | Gross: $352.39M

32. Horrible Bosses (2011)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime

57 Metascore

Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Steve Wiebe

Votes: 385,324 | Gross: $117.54M

33. The Change-Up (2011)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Fantasy

39 Metascore

Dave is a married man with three kids and a loving wife, and Mitch is a single man who is at the prime of his sexual life. One fateful night while Mitch and Dave are peeing in a fountain, lightning strikes and they switch bodies.

Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde, Leslie Mann

Votes: 148,474 | Gross: $37.08M

34. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives advanced intelligence to a chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Karin Konoval

Votes: 456,480 | Gross: $176.76M

35. One Day (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson, Tom Mison

Votes: 121,204 | Gross: $13.84M

36. Our Idiot Brother (2011)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

A comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters.

Director: Jesse Peretz | Stars: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Nick Sullivan

Votes: 78,980 | Gross: $24.81M

37. Dolphin Tale (2011)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Family

64 Metascore

A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Nathan Gamble

Votes: 19,827 | Gross: $72.29M

38. Footloose (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

58 Metascore

City teenager Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell

Votes: 41,388 | Gross: $51.80M