Favorite Movies: 2011by ModishMovies | created - 24 Feb 2015 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
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1. Hugo (2011)
PG | 126 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 287,412 | Gross: $73.86M
A truly beautiful film with equally beautiful cinematography and a riveting story all carried along by interesting characters. 10/10
2. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name.
Votes: 433,047 | Gross: $209.40M
The best action film in years. The story is exceptionally thought out with intense, amazing, epic action scenes. 10/10
Not Rated | 208 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
While you may not be able to tell it's Scorsese during individual scenes, by the end, you get the sense that George might as well have been a Scorsese character in the way that his life is portrayed and his personality is deconstructed. 10/10
PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.
Votes: 702,305 | Gross: $381.01M
The best conclusion to the best movie (and book) franchise I've ever followed. Emotional, exciting, fun, and dark. 9.5/10
5. Cars 2 (2011)
G | 106 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.
Votes: 142,849 | Gross: $191.45M
Some may criticize it just for making Mater the protagonist if they don't have any actual gripes with the film. This film is actually quite fun and exciting with a great story if you are willing to use your mind to process the interesting and surprising plot points that make this film the best of the disappointing Cars franchise. 9/10
6. Drive (I) (2011)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.
Votes: 528,707 | Gross: $35.06M
Subtle, interesting, and refreshing for the heist-thriller genre. Art house cinema meets mainstream crime thrillers in this human story of love and crime. 9/10
7. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives advanced intelligence to a chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.
Votes: 476,912 | Gross: $176.76M
A great recreation of the classic Apes franchise. New characters add more depth and a more interesting story than any Apes film before this one. 8.5/10
8. Rango (2011)
PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.
Votes: 218,900 | Gross: $123.48M
The engaging story stands out more than the characters do. 8.5/10
9. 50/50 (2011)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
Votes: 303,341 | Gross: $35.01M
10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.
Votes: 392,335 | Gross: $102.52M
Dark and gritty, but also stylish and masterfully-directed. You’ll want to look away, but won’t be able to. 8.5/10
11. A Separation (2011)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Thriller
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Votes: 201,003 | Gross: $7.10M
12. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
PG | 81 min | Documentary
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.
Votes: 31,162 | Gross: $2.55M
13. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
PG | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past.
Votes: 232,918 | Gross: $165.25M
Fun and engaging, especially for a kids movie. 8/10
14. The Intouchables (2011)
R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
Votes: 690,153 | Gross: $13.18M
Emotional and touching, but cliche at times. 8/10
15. Shame (2011)
NC-17 | 101 min | Drama
A sex addict's carefully cultivated private life falls apart after his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.
Votes: 173,031 | Gross: $4.00M
An interesting, deep, and thought-provoking drama told through raw visuals and raw emotions, even if the characters aren't enough to carry the film at some points. 8/10
16. A Better Life (2011)
PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Romance
A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had.
Votes: 14,689 | Gross: $1.76M
A great emotional journey that doesn’t quite pay off at times. 8/10
17. The Tree of Life (2011)
PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.
Votes: 157,871 | Gross: $13.30M
Not quite 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not quite Boyhood. It's story combines the two, but lowers the quality. 7/10
18. The Help (2011)
PG-13 | 146 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 397,730 | Gross: $169.71M
While it feels very safe and cheesy at times, it tells a great, uplifting story with interesting characters. 7/10
19. The Artist (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.
Votes: 218,823 | Gross: $44.67M
Flawless production value and film making, but the characters are uninteresting and the story feels overused. 7/10
20. Super 8 (2011)
PG-13 | 112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.
Votes: 322,813 | Gross: $127.00M
Intriguing sci-fi thriller with a disappointing ending. 7/10
21. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.
Votes: 204,552 | Gross: $77.59M
Fun and interesting, even if forgettable. 7/10
22. Beginners (2010)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer and that he has a young male lover.
Votes: 84,356 | Gross: $5.79M
An intimate portrait of family and relationships, but it doesn’t do much more than that. 7/10
23. Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
G | 84 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Separated by a garden fence and a feud, are blue gnomes on one side and red gnomes on the other. This doesn't stop blue Gnomeo and red Juliet from falling in love with each other. Do they have a future together?
Votes: 50,030 | Gross: $99.97M
While it is a great, unique, funny kids movie, the lack of Mankini is very horrifying. 5.5/10
24. X-Men: First Class (2011)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the 1960s, superpowered humans Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr work together to find others like them, but Erik's vengeful pursuit of an ambitious mutant who ruined his life causes a schism to divide them.
Votes: 617,150 | Gross: $146.41M
One of the better X-Men films, but one of the weaker superhero films. 7/10
25. Thor (2011)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
Votes: 696,344 | Gross: $181.03M
As far as origin stories go, this one is fairly interesting. As far as superhero characterization goes, this one could use some work. 7/10
26. Real Steel (2011)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Drama, Family
In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot.
Votes: 285,475 | Gross: $85.47M
The steel is more real than the emotions. 7/10
27. War Horse (2011)
PG-13 | 146 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 137,960 | Gross: $79.88M
Spielberg at his Oscar-baiting worst. 6/10
28. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 682,443 | Gross: $176.65M
The exciting setting and atmosphere could have been used so much better and more effectively. 6/10
29. The Iron Lady (2011)
PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama
An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.
Votes: 97,265 | Gross: $30.02M
30. Rio (2011)
G | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams.
Votes: 193,946 | Gross: $143.62M
Fun, harmless animated adventure, but not very good. 6/10
31. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)
PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family
Back in middle school after summer vacation, Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond.
Votes: 23,591 | Gross: $52.70M
The worst of the original Wimpy Kid franchise, but still very funny. 6/10
32. Soul Surfer (2011)
PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Family
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.
Votes: 42,264 | Gross: $43.85M
33. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.
Votes: 197,637 | Gross: $100.24M
35. Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 81,648 | Gross: $68.22M
36. The Hangover Part II (2011)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Mystery
Two years after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu's wedding. Stu's plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry.
Votes: 437,865 | Gross: $254.46M
37. We Bought a Zoo (2011)
PG | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.
Votes: 128,035 | Gross: $75.62M
38. Bad Teacher (2011)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 183,093 | Gross: $100.29M
39. Puss in Boots (2011)
PG | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
An outlaw cat, his childhood egg-friend and a seductive thief kitty set out in search for the eggs of the fabled Golden Goose to clear his name, restore his lost honor and regain the trust of his mother and town.
Votes: 135,083 | Gross: $149.26M
40. Happy Feet Two (2011)
PG | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Mumble's son, Erik, is struggling to realize his talents in the Emperor Penguin world. Meanwhile, Mumble and his family and friends discover a new threat their home -- one that will take everyone working together to save them.
Votes: 38,946 | Gross: $64.01M
41. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.
Votes: 453,048 | Gross: $241.07M
42. The Smurfs (2011)
PG | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world into New York City.
Votes: 78,540 | Gross: $142.61M
43. Zookeeper (2011)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zookeeper find love, without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious.
Votes: 53,343 | Gross: $80.36M
44. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)
G | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.
Votes: 28,724 | Gross: $133.11M
45. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.
Votes: 369,489 | Gross: $352.39M
46. Spy Kids 4-D: All the Time in the World (2011)
PG | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world.
Votes: 20,541 | Gross: $38.54M
47. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011)
PG | 86 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime
Red Riding Hood is training in the group of Sister Hoods, when she and the Wolf are called to examine the sudden mysterious disappearance of Hansel and Gretel.
Votes: 11,443 | Gross: $10.14M
48. Jack and Jill (I) (2011)
PG | 91 min | Comedy
Family guy Jack Sadelstein prepares for the annual event he dreads: the Thanksgiving visit of his fraternal twin sister, the needy and passive-aggressive Jill, who then refuses to leave.
Votes: 72,574 | Gross: $74.16M