Movies 2011 – Ranked

The Movie List from A Film Look for 2011.

For other years click: Movies 2012; Movies 2013

Back towards the end of 2011 I realized I had seen so many first run movies that year that I could compile an interesting list which would even pique curiosity among my friends and followers. It is an interesting list, and yet it does not include all films I saw that year, some classics (including memorable first timers: The Apartment, Gaslight and Repulsion — these and other must sees)  and some unmentioned forgettables.

There are some films I have NOT yet seen and released in 2011.  Since this list was created, back in December 2011, I added about thirty movies as of the original date of this post and will continue to do so, changing the list as I add them, making it a reference for that year.  Among the most notable of the unseen are Iron Lady, 50/50, Incendies, perhaps Cars II, maybe Young Adult, others.  In you comments you may add to the list, yet there are some movies that I will simply not see (except by accident on one of those sleepless nights), and which will go unnamed but may shine in the sunlight of their absence.

Again, the list is for movies released in 2011, sometimes watched in theaters, sometimes DVD, sometimes cable.  It is categorized into five simple genres: Drama, Comedy, Action, Horror and Animated.  For each category the IMDB link for the top five is added.  Additionally the top 25 in the full list also have their IMDB link.

So, as my guideline for those who do not necessarily make as much time for movies as we (my wife and I) do, here it is.

Top Ten (okay, 11), all genres for 103 movies.

Rank Genre Title Score Grade
1 Comedy The Artist 10
A      
1 Drama The Descendants 10 A
3 Drama My Week with Marilyn 10 A
4 Comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love 9 A-
5 Action Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol 9 A-
6 Drama Hugo 9 A-
7 Comedy Bridesmaids 8 B+
8 Action Rise of the Planet of the Apes 8 B+
9 Action Fast Five 8 B+
10 Drama Margin Call 8 B+

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By genre.  Categories listed by amount of movies seen in that category.

DRAMA (43 movies) – Many inspiring, 17 out of the top 25 in my list are in this category.

Rank Genre Title Score Grade
1 Drama The Descendants 10 A
3 Drama My Week with Marilyn 10 A
6 Drama Hugo 9 A-
10 Drama Margin Call 8 B+
11 Drama The Ides of March 8 B+
12 Drama The Help 8 B+
13 Drama We Bought A Zoo 8 B+
14 Drama Straw Dogs (2011) 8 B+
16 Drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 8 B+
17 Drama The Eagle 8 B+
18 Drama A Better Life 8 B+
19 Drama Deathly Hallows (Part II) 8 B+
20 Drama The Company Men 8 B+
21 Drama Martha Marcy May Marlene 8 B+
22 Drama Limitless 8 B+
22 Drama Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 8 B+
25 Drama The Lincoln Lawyer 7 B
26 Drama J. Edgar 7 B
29 Drama The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 7 B
35 Drama Water for Elephants 7 B
37 Drama Barney’s Version (U.S.only) 7 B
39 Drama Drive 7 B
40 Drama Contagion 7 B
41 Drama Dolphin Tale 7 B
43 Drama Trespass (2011) 7 B
44 Drama The Devil’s Double 6 B-
49 Drama Trust (2011) 6 B-
52 Drama Larry Crowne 6 B-
57 Drama Moneyball 6 B-
58 Drama The Resident 6 B-
62 Drama Biutiful 6 B-
63 Drama Beautiful Boy 6 B-
64 Drama Anonymous 6 B-
71 Drama Another Earth 5 B-
73 Drama Beginners 5 C+
82 Drama The Conspirator 5 C+
84 Drama Exporting Raymond 5 C+
86 Drama Sanctum 4 C
87 Drama In Time 4 C
92 Drama The Skin I Live In 4 C
95 Drama The Beaver 4 C
99 Drama Soul Surfer 3 C-
101 Drama Win Win 3 C-

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COMEDY (31 movies) – Always looking for that original story or twist that tickles the funny bone, is uplifting and feels good,.  Execution is what bogs many of these down.  It was hard to rank the #1 movie of the year, so there was a tie with the #1 in my Drama genre category.

Rank Genre Title Score Grade
1 Comedy The Artist 10 A
4 Comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love 9 A-
7 Comedy Bridesmaids 8 B+
15 Comedy The Big Year 8 B+
24 Comedy Friends with Benefits 7 B
42 Comedy Our Idiot Brother 7 B
45 Comedy Your Highness 6 B-
46 Comedy New Year’s Eve 6 B-
50 Comedy Midnight in Paris 6 B-
54 Comedy Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 6 B-
55 Comedy Arthur (2011) 6 B-
56 Comedy Paul 6 B-
60 Comedy Tower Heist 6 B-
61 Comedy Horrible Bosses 6 B-
65 Comedy Bad Teacher 6 B-
66 Comedy A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas 6 B-
67 Comedy Jumping the Broom 6 B-
68 Comedy Something Borrowed 6 B-
69 Comedy The Change-Up 6 B-
70 Comedy 30 Minutes or Less 6 B-
74 Comedy The Dilemma 5 C+
75 Comedy No Strings Attached 5 C+
76 Comedy Hall Pass 5 C+
80 Comedy Just Go With It 5 C+
81 Comedy Zookeeper 5 C+
90 Comedy The Hangover Part II 4 C
91 Comedy Cedar Rapids 4 C
96 Comedy Everything Must Go 4 C
97 Comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins 3 C-
98 Comedy Jack & Jill 3 C-
102 Comedy Lucky (2011) 3 C-

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ACTION (16 movies) – Hey, I’m a guy.

Rank Genre Title Score Grade
5 Action Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol 9 A-
8 Action Rise of the Planet of the Apes 8 B+
9 Action Fast Five 8 B+
23 Action Source Code 8 B+
32 Action The Adjustment Bureau 7 B
33 Action Super 8 7 B
36 Action Transformers: Dark of the Moon 7 B
38 Action X-Men-First Class 7 B
47 Action Limitless 6 B-
48 Action I Am Number Four 6 B-
51 Action Hanna 6 B-
72 Action Battle: Los Angeles 6 C+
78 Action Colombiana 5 C+
79 Action Cowboys & Aliens 5 C+
89 Action The Green Lantern 4 C
100 Action Unknown 3 C-

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HOROR (10 movies) – I don’t see many of these and do not go for torture porn, the big thing in horror nowadays.  But still, these were fun.

Rank Genre Title Score Grade
28 Horror Fright Night 7 B
31 Horror Scream 4 7 B
34 Horror Attack The Block 7 B
53 Horror The Rite 6 B-
59 Horror Insidious * 6 B-
83 Horror Red Riding Hood 5 C+
85 Horror The Roommate 5 C+
88 Horror Dream House 4 C
93 Horror Drive Angry 4 C
94 Horror Final Destination 5 4 C

* IMDB lists this one as 2010, but I go by Box Office Mojo, which lists it as 2011

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ANIMATED (3 movies) – I don’t see many of these either, but Rango by far was outstanding in this category.  All time favorites: Beauty and the Beast and How to Train Your Dragon.

Rank Genre Title Score Grade
27 Animated Rango 7 B
30 Animated Arthur Christmas 7 B
77 Animated Puss in Boots 5 C+

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THE FULL LIST

Rank Genre Title Score Grade
1 Comedy The Artist 10 A
1 Drama The Descendants 10 A
3 Drama My Week with Marilyn 10 A
4 Comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love 9 A-
5 Action Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol 9 A-
6 Drama Hugo 9 A-
7 Comedy Bridesmaids 8 B+
8 Action Rise of the Planet of the Apes 8 B+
9 Action Fast Five 8 B+
10 Drama Margin Call 8 B+
11 Drama The Ides of March 8 B+
12 Drama The Help 8 B+
13 Drama We Bought A Zoo 8 B+
14 Drama Straw Dogs (2011) 8 B+
15 Comedy The Big Year 8 B+
16 Drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 8 B+
17 Drama The Eagle 8 B+
18 Drama A Better Life 8 B+
19 Drama Deathly Hallows (Part II) 8 B+
20 Drama The Company Men 8 B+
21 Drama Martha Marcy May Marlene 8 B+
22 Drama Limitless 8 B+
22 Drama Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 8 B+
23 Action Source Code 8 B+
24 Comedy Friends with Benefits 7 B
25 Drama The Lincoln Lawyer 7 B
26 Drama J. Edgar 7 B
27 Animated Rango 7 B
28 Horror Fright Night 7 B
29 Drama The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 7 B
30 Animated Arthur Christmas 7 B
31 Horror Scream 4 7 B
32 Action The Adjustment Bureau 7 B
33 Action Super 8 7 B
34 Horror Attack The Block 7 B
35 Drama Water for Elephants 7 B
36 Action Transformers: Dark of the Moon 7 B
37 Drama Barney’s Version (U.S.only) 7 B
38 Action X-Men-First Class 7 B
39 Drama Drive 7 B
40 Drama Contagion 7 B
41 Drama Dolphin Tale 7 B
42 Comedy Our Idiot Brother 7 B
43 Drama Trespass (2011) 7 B
44 Drama The Devil’s Double 6 B-
45 Comedy Your Highness 6 B-
46 Comedy New Year’s Eve 6 B-
47 Action Limitless 6 B-
48 Action I Am Number Four 6 B-
49 Drama Trust (2011) 6 B-
50 Comedy Midnight in Paris 6 B-
51 Action Hanna 6 B-
52 Drama Larry Crowne 6 B-
53 Horror The Rite 6 B-
54 Comedy Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 6 B-
55 Comedy Arthur (2011) 6 B-
56 Comedy Paul 6 B-
57 Drama Moneyball 6 B-
58 Drama The Resident 6 B-
59 Horror Insidious 6 B-
60 Comedy Tower Heist 6 B-
61 Comedy Horrible Bosses 6 B-
62 Drama Biutiful 6 B-
63 Drama Beautiful Boy 6 B-
64 Drama Anonymous 6 B-
65 Comedy Bad Teacher 6 B-
66 Comedy A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas 6 B-
67 Comedy Jumping the Broom 6 B-
68 Comedy Something Borrowed 6 B-
69 Comedy The Change-Up 6 B-
70 Comedy 30 Minutes or Less 6 B-
71 Drama Another Earth 5 B-
72 Action Battle: Los Angeles 6 C+
73 Drama Beginners 5 C+
74 Comedy The Dilemma 5 C+
75 Comedy No Strings Attached 5 C+
76 Comedy Hall Pass 5 C+
77 Animated Puss in Boots 5 C+
78 Action Colombiana 5 C+
79 Action Cowboys & Aliens 5 C+
80 Comedy Just Go With It 5 C+
81 Comedy Zookeeper 5 C+
82 Drama The Conspirator 5 C+
83 Horror Red Riding Hood 5 C+
84 Drama Exporting Raymond 5 C+
85 Horror The Roommate 5 C+
86 Drama Sanctum 4 C
87 Drama In Time 4 C
88 Horror Dream House 4 C
89 Action The Green Lantern 4 C
90 Comedy The Hangover Part II 4 C
91 Comedy Cedar Rapids 4 C
92 Drama The Skin I Live In 4 C
93 Horror Drive Angry 4 C
94 Horror Final Destination 5 4 C
95 Drama The Beaver 4 C
96 Comedy Everything Must Go 4 C
97 Comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins 3 C-
98 Comedy Jack & Jill 3 C-
99 Drama Soul Surfer 3 C-
100 Action Unknown 3 C-
101 Drama Win Win 3 C-
102 Comedy Lucky (2011) 3 C-

 


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