Best Movies of 2011

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Movies of 2011" contains films with the following parameters. Style: visually appealing, intense, clever, interesting, suspense and entertaining. Plot: storytelling, mentor, dialogue, catastrophe, runaway, destiny, chase, betrayal, redemption and death. Genre: Drama, Action and Thriller. Country: USA, UK and France.
Best Movies of 2011
Best Movies of 2011
TOP Movies: Contagion (2011), The Artist (2011), The Help (2011), Drive (2011), Hugo (2011), Rango (2011), The Descendants (2011), Killer Elite (2011), Warrior (2011), Thor (2011), Moneyball (2011), Blitz (2011), The Cabin in the Woods (2011), 50/50 (2011), Limitless (2011), Super 8 (2011), Midnight in Paris (2011), Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), The Tree of Life (2011).
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List of Best Movies

Contagion (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: United Arab Emirates, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: As an epidemic of a lethal airborne virus - that kills within days - rapidly grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself.
Style: apocalyptic, suspenseful, thought provoking, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: epidemic, virus, pandemic, quarantine, infected, survival, plague, infection, deadly virus, vaccine, scientist, natural disaster ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 70s
Place: hong kong, california, san francisco, minnesota, asia ...
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The Artist (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.
Style: romantic, sentimental, thought provoking, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: hollywood, actor, ambition, love and romance, dog, movie star, actor's life, actress, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, showbiz ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 50s, 20th century, year 1929 ...
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, inspirational, thought provoking, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, kids
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, hopes, racial issues, writers, social relations, racial segregation, blacks and whites ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, 50s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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Drive (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Style: neo noir, tense, atmospheric, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, heist, lone wolves, mechanic, tough heroes, revenge, organized crime, loner, crimes, brutality, criminal's revenge, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their quest to vanquish the evil Voldemort once and for all. Just as things begin to look hopeless for the young wizards, Harry discovers a trio of magical objects that endow him with powers to rival Voldemort's ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, entertaining, stylized, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: magic, magical, wizards and magicians, chosen one, friendship, supernatural, witch, supernatural ability, good versus evil, sorcerer, best friends, young heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, near future, 90s, year 2017 ...
Place: europe, england
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Hugo (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo's job is to oil and maintain the station's clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and ...
Style: touching, visually appealing, light, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: steampunk, orphan, adventure, magical, robot, friendship, kids in trouble, magic, hopes, destiny, filmmaking, child's point of view ...
Time: 1930s, post world war one, 1920s, 20th century, year 1931
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Rango (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Rango, a lost family pet, accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt, the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play ...
Style: witty, road movie, funny, humorous, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: desert, adventure, lizard, friendship, chase, sheriff, cowboy, gunfight, identity crisis, duel, heroic mission, chameleon ...
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas
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The Descendants (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron, Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real estate broker, who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.
Style: touching, thought provoking, depressing, emotional, poignant ...
Plot: infidelity, father daughter relationship, teenage daughter, dysfunctional family, cheating wife, dying mother, marriage, family relations, family, estate, bittersweet, greed ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: hawaii, usa, california
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Killer Elite (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite pits two of the world’s most elite operatives—Danny, an ex-special ops agent and Hunter, his longtime mentor—against the cunning leader of a secret military society. Covering the globe from ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, spy, mentor, secret agents, secret service, ex military, rescue, swat team, conspiracy, hostage, espionage, tough guy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: middle east, london, england, australia, europe ...
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Warrior (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother, an ex-marine ...
Style: emotional, serious, inspirational, tense, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, sport, mixed martial arts, courage, boxing, warrior, athlete and trainer, fight scenes, muscleman, fight, tournament, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, usa, philadelphia, el paso texas, iraq ...
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Thor (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Against his father Odin's will, The Mighty Thor - a powerful but arrogant warrior god - recklessly reignites an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a ...
Style: entertaining, heroic, humorous, exciting, epic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: superhero, mythology, legends and myths, immortality, imaginary kingdom, superhuman powers, norse mythology, warrior, adventure, god, heroes, exile ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 10th century, 2010s
Place: scandinavia, new mexico, usa, norway
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Moneyball (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
Style: inspirational, captivating, realistic, feel good, clever ...
Plot: sport, baseball, rise to the top, success, strategy, mathematics, underdog, statistics, obsession, ambition, business, teamwork ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 2000s, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: california, usa, san francisco, new jersey, boston ...
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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Ethan Hunt and his team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks, who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt to stop him ends in an explosion ...
Style: exciting, breathtaking, captivating, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spy, espionage, secret agents, mission, terrorist, frame up, gunfight, top secret, courage, race against time, teamwork, undercover ...
Time: 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington state, dubai, hungary, russia, budapest ...
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Blitz (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A tough, renegade cop is dispatched to take down a serial killer who has been targeting police officers.
Style: twists and turns, intense, exciting, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, serial killer, police detective, police investigation, murder, crimes, tough law enforcer, vigilante, fight scenes, life philosophy, law enforcer killer, cop as target ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, new orleans, europe, new jersey
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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Predominantly set during World War II, Steve Rogers is a sickly man from Brooklyn who's transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull – Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry, ...
Style: heroic, exciting, stylized, entertaining, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, girls' night, teens
Plot: superhero, world war two, courage, heroism, superhuman powers, adventure, heroes, military, army, soldier, heroic mission, scientist ...
Time: 1940s, 21st century, year 1942, 2010s, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, new jersey, germany ...
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 158 min.
Story: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, neo noir, serious, clever ...
Plot: rape, investigation, serial killer, hacker, sexual abuse, strong female character, missing person, mystery, crimes, uncover truth, journalist, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1966, 60s, 2010s ...
Place: stockholm sweden, scandinavia, sweden, europe, eastern europe ...
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The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Five college friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Style: scary, surreal, mind bending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: monster, supernatural, survival, creature, zombie, dark humor, deathtrap, cabin in the woods, death, trapped, fear, killings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 2000s, year 2009 ...
Place: usa
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50/50 (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 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.
Style: tragicomedy, touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: cancer, terminal illness, friendship, best friend, patient, chemotherapy, therapist, fighting illness, doctor, buddies, coping, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, washington state, washington d.c., canada ...
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Limitless (2011)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract ...
Style: philosophical, clever, captivating, intellectual, cerebral ...
Plot: intelligence, success, ambition, rise to the top, life turned upside down, prodigy, superhuman powers, drug abuse, rags to riches, overnight success, experimental drug, life changing experience ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Super 8 (2011)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 1979 Ohio, several youngsters are making a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. In the midst of filming, the friends witness a horrifying train derailment and are lucky to escape with their lives. They soon discover that the catastrophe was no ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, thought provoking, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: childhood, alien, monster, small town, ufo, young heroes, friendship, adventure, youth, creature, coming of age, investigation ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, future, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: ohio, usa
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Midnight in Paris (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Spain, USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.
Style: feel good, surreal, stylized, witty, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: time travel, literature, bohemian life, writers, painter, writer's life, nostalgia, magic realism, fall in love, life philosophy, french, art history ...
Time: 1920s, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: paris france, france, versailles, europe, montmartre paris
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Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Cal Weaver is living the American dream. He has a good job, a beautiful house, great children and a beautiful wife, named Emily. Cal's seemingly perfect life unravels, however, when he learns that Emily has been unfaithful and wants a divorce. ...
Style: romantic, feel good, funny, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: womanizer, romance, divorce, dating, love and romance, infidelity, adultery, midlife crisis, lovers, love, marital problem, flirting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, humorous, funny, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: talking animals, adventure, martial arts, mentor, master warrior, animals, chosen one, family, goofy hero, kung fu, good versus evil, threat ...
Time: 2010s, year 2011
Place: china, ancient china, asia
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The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his ...
Style: surreal, philosophical, thought provoking, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, grief, philosophy, coming of age, parenthood, spirituality, family relations, domineering father, dinosaur, death, afterlife, redhead ...
Time: 50s, prehistory, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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The Muppets (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When Kermit the Frog and the Muppets learn that their beloved theater is slated for demolition, a sympathetic human, Gary, and his puppet roommate, Walter, swoop in to help the gang put on a show and raise the $10 million they need to save the day.
Style: feel good, light, humorous, sweet, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: muppets, puppet, disney, puppetry, childhood, save the day, performance, ambition, friendship, disorder, escapades, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, europe, paris france, france
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The Hangover Part II (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The Hangover crew heads to Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the disaster of a bachelor party in Las Vegas last year, Stu is playing it safe with a mellow pre-wedding brunch. However, nothing goes as planned and Bangkok is the perfect setting ...
Style: funny, humorous, absurd, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: party, wedding, hung over, bachelor party, memory loss, road trip, farce, strip club, weed, friendship, disappearance, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: thailand, las vegas, asia, usa, bangkok thailand ...
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Scientist Will Rodman is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer's, the disease which has slowly consumed his father. Will feels certain he is close to a breakthrough and tests his latest serum on apes, noticing dramatic increases in ...
Style: thought provoking, suspense, exciting, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rebellion, intelligence, rebelliousness, experiment gone awry, monkey, leader, alzheimer's disease, gorilla, chimpanzee, talking animals, distopia, genetic engineering ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, near future, 2010s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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Bridesmaids (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to ...
Style: funny, romantic, feel good, humorous, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, boys' night
Plot: wedding, best friend, rivalry, friends, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, female friendship, wedding preparations and rituals, bridesmaid, friendship, single woman, jealousy, slumber party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, wisconsin, milwaukee wisconsin, chicago illinois, paris france
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Fast Five (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Former cop Brian O'Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de ...
Style: entertaining, twists and turns, exciting, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: car chase, heist, chase, car race, car, street racing, organized crime, tough heroes, freedom, on the run, favela, runaway ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, tokyo, latin america, south america ...
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Take Shelter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, ambiguous ending, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: mental illness, paranoia, schizophrenia, obsession, nightmare, nervous breakdown, insanity, dreams, apocalypse, delusion, fear, storm ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011, year 1986
Place: ohio, usa
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