My Top 20 Films of 2011

2011 marked yet another optimal year at the movies. It was the first year in several years that the Coen brothers didn’t give us something new, which felt like a tragedy given how spoiled we’ve become. But it was also the fifth time in 38 years that the great auteur Terrence Malick released a new work, surely filling the void with his masterpiece, the indisputable best film of the year.

The Tree of Life, in fact, stood so highly above every film in 2011 that many great pieces of cinema almost seemed second rate within its shadow. That said, there was a whole slew of gems to come out this year, and beyond the number one spot, the ranking process was quite a difficult task. Here are the results of it – my top 20 films of 2011 (click each title for my review or a review that captures some of my thoughts):

  1. The Tree of Life
  2. Attack the Block
  3. Take Shelter
  4. War Horse
  5. Hugo
  6. Drive
  7. Meek’s Cutoff
  8. Win Win
  9. Incendies
  10. Midnight in Paris
  11. Certified Copy
  12. Super 8
  13. Source Code
  14. Poetry
  15. The Adventures of Tintin
  16. Higher Ground
  17. Hanna
  18. Of Gods and Men
  19. The Artist
  20. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Honorable mentions: Cave of Forgotten Dreams, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Warrior, The Mill and the Cross and The Green Hornet.

Most overrated films of the year: The Descendants, Moneyball and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives.

Important films I still haven’t seen: A Separation, Nostalgia for the Light and Mysteries of Lisbon.

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