Over 50 Million Rankings Decide Flickchart’s Top 20 of 2011

29 Dec
2011

Over 115,000 film fans worldwide have been adding all the movies they’ve seen from the year onto their Flickcharts and pitting them head-to-head against the best movies of all time. The following list is the product of those rankings – generating a combined list of the best movies of 2011 that are ranked the highest by each and every Flickchart user.

Don’t forget too that once you’re there, you can further filter the list to get the best of 2011 combined with any of your favorite actors, directors, genres, and franchises. If they seem in need of rearrangement, you can also rank any of these combinations and make sure the 2011 films you’ve seen are in just the right order on your list. Remember, if you watched and ranked these movies on your Flickchart, you helped to create this list! The higher your favorites of 2011 are on your list, the more you’ll be influencing their positions. If you haven’t yet, be sure to rank your favorites of 2011 to make changes to this list for the future! 

You can expect some major new features to arrive early in 2012, so keep your eyes peeled for some amazing things yet to come for Flickchart!

Without further adieu – out of 807 total movies released this year – here is your Top 20 of 2011:

#20 - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Coming a mere two years after a highly-regarded Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s runaway hit novel, the English-language version could easily have fallen prey to redundancy and irrelevance. But with David Fincher at the helm, we unsurprisingly get a much slicker, tighter, and yet more inclusive version of the book. It includes plot elements that the Swedish version excised, and puts the story’s wide-ranging mystery and thematic elements into a perhaps even more visceral and emotionally resonant version than the original, thanks in no small part to a career-making central performance from Rooney Mara. It may be easy stuff for Fincher (this material seems practically written with him in mind), but moviegoers are definitely reaping the benefits with one of the more satisfying hard-R thrillers of recent years. (Jandy Stone) 

  • currently ranked #567 of all-time
  • ranked 2365 times
  • wins 61% of matchups
  • 16 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 3 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#19 - Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. is so much more than just a romantic comedy, thank goodness. Rare is the movie that is both so funny and so moving at the same time. Steve Carell is pitch-perfect in this sweet fable whose message is clear: Love is never a waste of time, and if you want something bad enough… fight for it. (Nigel Druitt)

  • currently ranked #428 of all-time
  • ranked 7717 times
  • wins 57% of matchups
  • 35 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 1 user ranks it as their favorite movie of all-time

#18 - Hugo

Martin Scorsese’s Hugo may seem like the most uncharacteristic film for the prolific filmmaker, but it inadvertently becomes the most deeply personal he’s ever done. Hugo tells the story of a young orphan who tries to piece together an automaton left behind by his father that may hold a final message from him. On the way he meets a vibrant cast of characters like George, an old toy maker beaten down by the world and his granddaughter Isabelle. Hugo is a Scorsese’s love letter to the early days of filmmaking, shows the importance of film’s origins and gives a much deserved look at one of cinema’s most important, yet overlooked filmmakers, Georges Méliès. (Ross Bonaime)

  • currently ranked #420 of all-time
  • ranked 3939 times
  • wins 61% of matchups
  • 19 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 1 user ranks it as their favorite movie of all-time

#17 - Rango

A loving and quirky tribute to the spaghetti western, with wonderfully grotesque character design and a solid directing turn from Gore Verbinski. There’s a wit and heart here that puts it a head above the rest and easily makes it the best animated film of the year. Doesn’t hurt that Johnny Depp does some mean voice-work. (Jonathan Hardesty)

  • currently ranked #402 of all-time
  • ranked 15250 times
  • wins 56% of matchups
  • 53 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 12 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#16 - Hanna

This film takes the action genre and gives it an art house sensibility. Every scene is exciting to watch and the cast is exceptional. Cate Blanchett has never been quite so menacing as she is here and she gives everyone else a run for their money. The Chemical Brothers showcase their talents here with a pulse-pounding sountrack that never fails to thrill and excite. (Jonathan Hardesty)

  • currently ranked #327 of all-time
  • ranked 11394 times
  • wins 64% of matchups
  • 33 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 3 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#15 - Bridesmaids

Judd Apatow has often been criticized for the portrayal of women in the films he produces, but with the help of one of the funniest women in the world, Kristen Wiig, Apatow once again produced one of the funniest films of the year. In one of the best comedy ensembles that included Ellie Kemper, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Melissa McCarthy, Wiig along with co-writer Annie Mumolo created a hilarious comedy with great plot and character based comedy that didn’t rely on gags and stunts to make their audience laugh. (Ross Bonaime)

  • currently ranked #304 of all-time
  • ranked 16755 times
  • wins 59% of matchups
  • 55 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 7 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#14 - Moneyball

It’s hard to figure out why Bennett Miller’s Moneyball is so good. It’s a sports movie that’s mostly behind the scenes, and it doesn’t have a traditional narrative arc for a sports movie, considering that it’s about a team that barely even accomplished enough to be memorialized. So it could just be that a cast of actors, engaging in their own ways – from Brad Pitt as a charismatic former jock to Jonah Hill as a brilliant dweeb to Philip Seymour Hoffman as a taciturn manager to a room full of real-life scouts – make a story about the fabric of the business of professional sports an endless source of fascination. (And Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue doesn’t hurt.) (Derek Armstrong)

  • currently ranked #293 of all-time
  • ranked 5782 times
  • wins 62% of matchups
  • 28 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 4 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#13 - Attack the Block

What if E.T. landed in inner-city London instead of the United States? And also, what if instead of a friendly visitor with a glowing finger, he was a pissed-off monster made of shadows and teeth? And there were a bunch of them? Ask yourself those questions and you might start to have an idea of what’s going on in Joe Cornish’s thrilling, funny directorial debut. An unlikely tale of hoods-turned-heroes, Attack The Block is quite unlike anything else on Earth. (Keith Watt)

  • currently ranked #263 of all-time
  • ranked 8057 times
  • wins 59% of matchups
  • 30 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#12 - The Muppets

It had been over a decade since The Muppets’ last big screen adventure, but when Jason Segel decided to take on The Muppets as a dream project, he brought back all the great elements that made The Muppets such a draw for decades. With the help of director James Bobin and Bret McKenzie, both from Flight of the Conchordswhich shows in The Muppets, Segel made The Muppets feel new again. The Muppets brings Jim Henson’s characters to a whole new generation by creating a family-friendly and heartwarming adventure filled with fun songs, inspired cameos and self-referencing that wasn’t just one of the best family films of the year, but one of the best comedies of 2011. (Ross Bonaime)

  • currently ranked #255 of all-time
  • ranked 4662 times
  • wins 60% of matchups
  • 23 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 0 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#11 - 50/50

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen take a comedic look at cancer with the dramedy 50/50. Inspired by a true story, a 27 year old guy (Levitt) must face the emotional roller coaster of being diagnosed with a rare spinal cancer. He seeks help from his stoner friend (Rogen), his estranged mother (Anjelica Huston), and his callow therapist (Anna Kendrick) to help prepare him for the fact that he may soon be dead. 50/50 achieves a perfect blend of comedy and drama to make the once taboo subject of cancer enjoyable to watch. (Al Topich)

  • currently ranked #249 of all-time
  • ranked 5487 times
  • wins 65% of matchups
  • 30 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 2 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#10 - Thor

Though it occasionally falls into the trap of CGI overload, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor is not without its pleasures. The scenes with an exiled Thor trapped on Earth, oblivious to the ways and customs of mortal men, are fun, and Chris Hemsworth is deserving of his rising star, as his charisma helps to make us care for a character who might otherwise be unlikeable. However, the true star of the picture is Tom Hiddleston as the villainous Loki; his will be a welcome return in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers next year. (Nigel Druitt)

  • currently ranked #217 of all-time
  • ranked 28513 times
  • wins 63% of matchups
  • 136 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 11 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#9 - Captain America: The First Avenger

This just may be Marvel’s best origin movie for a comic book superhero after Iron Man. Director Joe Johnston is at his best when working with a period action-adventure film, and the cast is wonderful – particularly a scene-stealing Tommy Lee Jones. (Nigel Druitt)

  • currently ranked #200 of all-time
  • ranked 20512 times
  • wins 60% of matchups
  • 103 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 26 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#8 - Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen’s biggest financial success of his long career came with Midnight in Paris. A funny, smart, and original screenplay mixed with solid acting delivers many fun and dynamic characters (only Rachel McAdams felt too one-dimensional). His usual pessimism is present, but toned down and paired with an eventual optimistic closure for the main character that reminded me of the feelings I had watching the final monologue from Manhattan. (Ryan Stuckey)

  • currently ranked #152 of all-time
  • ranked 9812 times
  • wins 64% of matchups
  • 47 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 4 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#7 - Rise of the Planet of the Apes

One of the best prequels ever made, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the rare summer blockbusters that masterfully combined both action and emotion. Andy Serkis will run you through the emotional spectrum with his performance-captured portrayal of Caesar. It does stumble a bit with a few moments where the CG looks less than believable, and the script wastes a character or two, but overall it’s a gratifying movie that embraces the source material and runs with it. (Ryan Stuckey)

  • currently ranked #139 of all-time
  • ranked 13018 times
  • wins 62% of matchups
  • 65 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 7 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#6 - Source Code

Duncan Jones’ follow-up picture to his critically acclaimed directorial debut Moon, is yet another original take on the sci-fi genre that is exciting and action-packed from beginning to end. Jones makes the most of his inflated budget here with wonderful special effects and action sequences that are state-of-the-art. More impressive than its visual spectacle though, is the surprising emotional toll it leaves on you by the time the credits roll. ‘Source Code’ is an incredibly refreshing entry in the sci-fi genre, and shows that its still possible to make a popcorn flick with real depth. (John Amburgy)

  • currently ranked #138 of all-time
  • ranked 53624 times
  • wins 59% of matchups
  • 72 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 3 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time


#5 - The Tree of Life

Maddening for some viewers but infinitely rewarding for others, The Tree of Life is that elusive thing – an intimate epic, as comfortable showing the sparks of divinity that embue the mundanity of a Texas family’s personal tribulations and the moments of humanity that accompany the very creation and destruction of the universe. Was it worth the lengthy wait that Terrence Malick films usually require? Yes, yes it was. (Jandy Stone)

  • currently ranked #122 of all-time
  • ranked 12251 times
  • wins 63% of matchups
  • 105 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 16 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#4 - X-Men: First Class

By going back to the origins of Marvel’s mutants, while mostly disregarding minor details of continuity in the name of good storytelling, Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men film pulls the franchise out of the tailspin created by the team’s mediocre third outing and Wolverine’s disastrous solo origin story. X-Men: First Class creates compelling drama by setting its action in the midst of the hottest years of the Cold War while focusing on Professor X and Magneto, the opposing forces at the heart of the X-Men saga. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender breathe new life and intensity into these roles, as does Jennifer Lawrence in the part of Mystique. X-Men: First Class may not be the flashiest, most polished, or most ambitious superhero movie, but it does an excellent job of reviving the X-Men’s cinematic life while bringing a new spin to the genre. (Keith Watt)

  • currently ranked #91 of all-time
  • ranked 29898 times
  • wins 64% of matchups
  • 185 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 16 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#3 - Super 8

Many have said that JJ Abrams’s homage to Steven SpielbergSuper 8, basically has Abrams copying his role model. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Abrams goes beyond a fan’s love to create a film that would feel right at home in the Spielberg-ruled 80s. The film is as much about families and friendships splintering and new relationships beginning as it is about aliens being held by secret government agencies. Abrams knows how to blend sci-fi with great, emotional stories and does so here in one of the most welcome surprises of 2011. (Ross Bonaime)

  • currently ranked #80 of all-time
  • ranked 23688 times
  • wins 63% of matchups
  • 129 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 10 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#2 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Even (or perhaps especially) for those who didn’t read the books and tend to forget what happened most recently in the chronologythe final Harry Potter was a masterpiece for how it delivered the goods in grandiose, epic fashion. It should be redundant to call a Harry Potter film epic, but many of the previous movies really weren’t, seeming to tread water in getting to the final showdown between good and evil. That final showdown didn’t disappoint, on any level. Every set piece is exciting and consequential, every character arc has a satisfying payoff. The journey to get here sometimes felt rote, but the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is anything but. (Derek Armstrong)

  • currently ranked #39 of all-time
  • ranked 24363 times
  • wins 67% of matchups
  • 306 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 56 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

#1 - Drive

An action thriller so tightly wound that the brief moments of release can’t be anything but explosive. Danish-born director Nicolas Winding Refn paints a vivid cityscape in which a stone-faced driver (Ryan Gosling) finds himself pulled into a world of crime and debts he might be able to navigate physically if not emotionally. Here there is room for both scenes of hopeful love and ones of stomach-turning violence. (Emil Ekelund)

  • currently ranked #18 of all-time
  • ranked 13330 times
  • wins 65% of matchups
  • 129 users have it ranked in their top 20 of all-time
  • 9 users rank it as their favorite movie of all-time

Of course, this list is only accurate up to the minute this post was published – so if you’re coming in late and want to see how things have shaken up, you can always check the daily statistics at http://www.flickchart.com/charts/2011.

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  • http://aswedetalksmovies.wordpress.com/ Emil

    Aww, my piece on The Adjustment Bureau slipped off the chart at the end. Damn you, Fincher!

    I still haven’t seen most of these films, but it looks like a solid list overall. Good job, fellow Flickcharters!

    • http://www.jonathan-hardesty.com movieguyjon

      Solid list indeed! Looks like it’s time for a movie marathon, eh? :)

    • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

      Sorry about that! (I’m taking the blame because I ranked Dragon Tattoo pretty high after watching it yesterday, so the jump is probably my fault. Not really, heh.) I quite liked The Adjustment Bureau, though…I thought it was underrated by most critics when it was released.

  • http://aswedetalksmovies.wordpress.com/ Emil

    Aww, my piece on The Adjustment Bureau slipped off the chart at the end. Damn you, Fincher!

    I still haven’t seen most of these films, but it looks like a solid list overall. Good job, fellow Flickcharters!

    • http://www.jonathan-hardesty.com movieguyjon

      Solid list indeed! Looks like it’s time for a movie marathon, eh? :)

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  • http://twitter.com/easilydissolved Nick Jones

    Nice to see some of my personal favorites on the list (“Drive”, Captain America: The First Avenger”, “Source Code”, “Thor”, and “Hanna”). I could not for the life of me understand the infatuation with “Bridesmaids”, though.

  • http://nevermindpopfilm.blogspot.com Colin “Fitz” Biggs

    I’m surprised Source Code is so high up.

  • http://nevermindpopfilm.blogspot.com/ Colin “Fitz” Biggs

    I’m surprised Source Code is so high up.