The Top 100 Movies of 2012

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1

Django Unchained

2012    Quentin Tarantino    Rated R

Drama    Revenge Film    Revisionist Western

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The Avengers

2012    Joss Whedon    Rated PG13

Action    Adventure    Alien Invasion Films

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3

The Dark Knight Rises

2012    Christopher Nolan    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Comics

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4

Moonrise Kingdom

2012    Wes Anderson    Rated PG13

Childhood Drama    Comedy Drama    Drama

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Silver Linings Playbook

2012    David O. Russell    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Drama    Romantic Comedy

Up by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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Skyfall

2012    Sam Mendes    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

Up by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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Looper

2012    Rian Johnson    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Argo

2012    Ben Affleck    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Docudrama    Drama

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

2012    Stephen Chbosky    Rated PG13

Coming-of-Age    Drama    Teen Movie

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10

The Cabin in the Woods

2012    Drew Goddard    Rated R

Black Comedy    Fantasy    Horror

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Zero Dark Thirty

2012    Kathryn Bigelow    Rated R

Thriller    War

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12

Life of Pi

2012    Ang Lee    Rated PG13

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Coming-of-Age

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13

The Master

2012    Paul Thomas Anderson    Rated R

Drama    Period Film    Psychological Drama

Down by 3 in the past 45 days 3

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14

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2012    Peter Jackson    Rated PG13

Adventure    Epic    Fantasy

Up by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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15

Wreck-It Ralph

2012    Rich Moore    Rated PG

Adventure    Adventure Comedy    Animation

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16

Mud

2012    Jeff Nichols    Rated PG13

Childhood Drama    Coming-of-Age    Drama

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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17

Lincoln

2012    Steven Spielberg    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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The Place Beyond the Pines

2012    Derek Cianfrance    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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20

The Hunt

2012    Thomas Vinterberg    Rated R

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Psychological Drama

Down by 5 in the past 45 days 5

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21

Seven Psychopaths

2012    Martin McDonagh    Rated R

Black Comedy    Crime    Crime Comedy

Down by 2 in the past 45 days 2

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22

Prometheus

2012    Ridley Scott    Rated R

Action    Body Horror    Cyborg / Android / Robot

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End of Watch

2012    David Ayer    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

Up by 15 in the past 45 days 15

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25

Dredd

2012    Pete Travis    Rated R

Action    Based-on-Comics    Crime

Down by 3 in the past 45 days 3

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26

The Hunger Games

2012    Gary Ross    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Dystopian Film

Up by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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27

Amour

2012    Michael Haneke    Rated PG13

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Romance

Down by 5 in the past 45 days 5

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28

Beasts of the Southern Wild

2012    Benh Zeitlin    Rated PG13

Drama    Fantasy

Down by 3 in the past 45 days 3

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29

Safety Not Guaranteed

2012    Colin Trevorrow    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Drama

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30

Chronicle

2012    Josh Trank    Rated PG13

Drama    Fantasy    Found Footage Film

Down by 4 in the past 45 days 4

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31

Les Misérables

2012    Tom Hooper    Rated PG13

Based-on-19th-Century-Literature    Based-on-Theatre    Drama

Up by 2 in the past 45 days 2

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The Amazing Spider-Man

2012    Marc Webb    Rated PG13

Action    Based-on-Comics    Drama

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33

Flight

2012    Robert Zemeckis    Rated R

Addiction Drama    Disaster Film    Drama

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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34

Frances Ha

2012    Noah Baumbach    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Drama    Slice of Life

Up by 7 in the past 45 days 7

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35

ParaNorman

2012    Chris Butler, Sam Fell    Rated PG

Animation    Comedy    Family

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36

The Grey

2012    Joe Carnahan    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

Up by 11 in the past 45 days 11

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37

Brave

2012    Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman    Rated PG

Adventure    Adventure Comedy    Animation

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38

Ted

2012    Seth MacFarlane    Rated R

Comedy    Fantasy    Fantasy Comedy

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39

Ruby Sparks

2012    Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Drama    Fantasy

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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40

Searching for Sugar Man

2012    Malik Bendjelloul    Rated PG13

Biography    Documentary    Music

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42

The Impossible

2012    Juan Antonio Bayona    Rated PG13

Disaster Film    Drama    Family Drama

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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43

Holy Motors

2012    Leos Carax    Not Rated

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Psychological Drama

Down by 7 in the past 45 days 7

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44

Lawless

2012    John Hillcoat    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Crime    Crime Drama

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45

Much Ado About Nothing

2012    Joss Whedon    Not Rated

Based-on-Shakespeare    Based-on-Theatre    Comedy

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47

Pitch Perfect

2012    Jason Moore    Rated PG13

Comedy    Musical    Musical Comedy

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48

Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall

2012    Toby Haynes    Not Rated

Detective Film    Made-for-Television    Mystery

Up by 3 in the past 45 days 3

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49

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

2012    Jay Oliva    Rated PG13

Action    Animation    Based-on-Comics

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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50

The Imposter

2012    Bart Layton    Not Rated

Culture and Society    Documentary

Up by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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52

Jack Reacher

2012    Christopher McQuarrie    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

Down by 3 in the past 45 days 3

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53

Frankenweenie

2012    Tim Burton    Rated PG

Animation    Comedy    Family-Oriented Comedy

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54

Killing Them Softly

2012    Andrew Dominik    Rated R

Black Comedy    Crime    Crime Comedy

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55

Men in Black III

2012    Barry Sonnenfeld    Rated PG13

Action    Action Comedy    Alien Invasion Films

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56

Robot and Frank

2012    Jake Schreier    Rated PG13

Buddy Film    Comedy Drama    Crime

Up by 16 in the past 45 days 16

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57

Rust and Bone

2012    Jacques Audiard    Rated R

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Romance

Up by 3 in the past 45 days 3

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58

The Sessions

2012    Ben Lewin    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Comedy Drama

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60

Spring Breakers

2012    Harmony Korine    Rated R

Black Comedy    Crime    Crime Comedy

Down by 25 in the past 45 days 25

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61

Sinister

2012    Scott Derrickson    Rated R

Haunted House Film    Horror    Supernatural Horror

Down by 4 in the past 45 days 4

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62

The Expendables 2

2012    Simon West    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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63

Magic Mike

2012    Steven Soderbergh    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Drama    Romance

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65

Paperman

2012    John Kahrs    Not Rated

Animation    Cartoon    Comedy

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66

Stories We Tell

2012    Sarah Polley    Rated PG13

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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67

Rise of the Guardians

2012    Peter Ramsey    Rated PG

Adventure    Animation    Fairy Tales and Legends

Up by 2 in the past 45 days 2

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68

John Carter

2012    Andrew Stanton    Rated PG13

Action    Adventure    Science Fiction

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69

The Bourne Legacy

2012    Tony Gilroy    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Paranoid Thriller

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71

The Five-Year Engagement

2012    Nicholas Stoller    Rated R

Comedy    Romance    Romantic Comedy

Down by 3 in the past 45 days 3

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73

This Is 40

2012    Judd Apatow    Rated R

Comedy    Domestic Comedy    Romance

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74

Premium Rush

2012    David Koepp    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Thriller

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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75

Hitchcock

2012    Sacha Gervasi    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

Down by 3 in the past 45 days 3

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76

John Dies at the End

2012    Don Coscarelli    Rated R

Black Comedy    Fantasy    Horror

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77

Game Change

2012    Jay Roach    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Docudrama    Drama

Up by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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78

Compliance

2012    Craig Zobel    Rated R

Psychological Thriller    Thriller

Up by 20 in the past 45 days 20

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79

Safe House

2012    Daniel Espinosa    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Thriller

Up by 2 in the past 45 days 2

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80

The Woman in Black

2012    James Watkins    Rated PG13

Costume Horror    Ghost Film    Gothic Film

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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82

Justice League: Doom

2012    Lauren Montgomery    Rated PG13

Action    Animation    Based-on-Comics

Down by 3 in the past 45 days 3

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83

Anna Karenina

2012    Joe Wright    Not Rated

Based-on-19th-Century-Literature    Costume Romance    Drama

Down by 9 in the past 45 days 9

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Held position in the past 45 days 0

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85

A Royal Affair

2012    Nikolaj Arcel    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Costume Romance    Drama

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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86

Savages

2012    Oliver Stone    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Thriller

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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87

Side by Side

2012    Christopher Kenneally    Not Rated

Documentary    Media Documentary

Held position in the past 45 days 0

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88

Total Recall

2012    Len Wiseman    Rated PG13

Action    Cyberpunk / Tech Noir    Dystopian Film

Down by 2 in the past 45 days 2

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89

Celeste and Jesse Forever

2012    Lee Toland Krieger    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Drama    Romance

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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90

To the Wonder

2012    Terrence Malick    Rated R

Avant-garde / Experimental    Drama    Marriage Drama

Down by 2 in the past 45 days 2

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91

The Campaign

2012    Jay Roach    Rated R

Comedy    Farce    Political Satire

Down by 5 in the past 45 days 5

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92

Sightseers

2012    Ben Wheatley    Not Rated

Black Comedy    Crime    Crime Comedy

Down by 2 in the past 45 days 2

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93

Snow White and the Huntsman

2012    Rupert Sanders    Rated PG13

Action    Adventure    Costume Adventure

Down by 4 in the past 45 days 4

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94

Project X

2012    Nima Nourizadeh    Rated R

Comedy    Found Footage Film    Teen Movie

Down by 2 in the past 45 days 2

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95

Wanderlust

2012    David Wain    Rated R

Comedy    Romance    Romantic Comedy

Down by 8 in the past 45 days 8

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97

Room 237

2012    Rodney Ascher    Not Rated

Documentary    Media Documentary

Up by 2 in the past 45 days 2

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98

Get the Gringo

2012    Adrian Grunberg    Rated R

Action    Crime    Crime Drama

Held position in the past 45 days 0

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99

Liberal Arts

2012    Josh Radnor    Rated PG13

Comedy Drama    Drama

Up by 18 in the past 45 days 18

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Man on a Ledge

2012    Asger Leth    Rated PG13

Caper    Crime    Crime Thriller

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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