Best Movies of 2012

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Best Movies of 2012
Best Movies of 2012
TOP Movies: Lawless (2012), Django Unchained (2012), The Lucky One (2012), This Means War (2012), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Vow (2012), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Les Misérables (2012), The Body (2012), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012), Chronicle (2012), The Avengers (2012), Life of Pi (2012), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Sinister (2012), Argo (2012), Total Recall (2012), Skyfall (2012), Brave (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012).
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List of Best Movies

Lawless (2012)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Style: harsh, stylized, bad ending, entertaining, brutal ...
Plot: gangsters, mafia, gang, crimes, smuggling, organized crime, bootlegging, great depression, greed, prohibition, violence, gunfight ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1931, 1940s, year 1940
Place: virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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Django Unchained (2012)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Style: captivating, rough, epic, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, slavery, bounty hunter, vengeance, revenge, violent, dark humor, african american, gunfight, old west, courage, one against many ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa, mississippi, tennessee, texas, austin texas
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The Lucky One (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive-a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth and where she lives, he shows ...
Style: romantic, touching, emotional, sentimental, scenic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick, date night
Plot: love affair, true love, soldier, single mother, destiny, romance, loss of loved one, love story, obsessive quest, love and romance, marines, veteran ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, new jersey, middle east, new orleans, iraq ...
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This Means War (2012)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.
Style: romantic, buddy comedy, sexy, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, dating, spy, happy ending, secret agents, cia agent, romance, online dating, espionage, relationships, friendship, surveillance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, london, hong kong
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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
Style: touching, romantic, dramatic, depressing, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: mental illness, love, romance, life philosophy, depression, bipolar disorder, social misfits, mentally unstable, male female friendship, fall in love, supportive parent, young widow ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia, new jersey, baltimore
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The Vow (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Australia, France, Canada, Germany, Brazil, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Happy young married couple Paige and Leo are, well, happy. Then a car accident puts Paige into a life-threatening coma. Upon awakening she has lost the previous five years of memories, including those of her beloved Leo, her wedding, a confusing ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: romance, memory loss, love and romance, true love, relationships, marriage, couple relations, wooing, amnesia, power of love, love, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Wreck-It Ralph is the 9-foot-tall, 643-pound villain of an arcade video game named Fix-It Felix Jr., in which the game's titular hero fixes buildings that Ralph destroys. Wanting to prove he can be a good guy and not just a villain, Ralph ...
Style: sweet, humorous, not serious, touching, parody ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: obsessive quest, adventure, disney, villain, lifestyle change, heroes, escapades, friendship, hacker, disorder, misfit, courage ...
Time: 2010s, year 2012, 80s, 90s, 21st century ...
Place: california, usa
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Les Misérables (2012)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.
Style: emotional, epic, inspirational, touching, harsh ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: rebellion, redemption, prostitute, revolution, corpse, arrest, parole, army, orphan, father daughter relationship, sewer, suicide ...
Time: 19th century, future, victorian era, 1930s
Place: france, paris france, london, europe
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, which follows 15-year-old freshman Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider who is taken under the wings of two seniors. A moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, romantic, emotional ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, high school, teenager, friendship, first love, youth, adolescence, teenage love, high school life, shyness, suicide, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 1991, 20th century
Place: pittsburgh, pennsylvania, usa
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The Body (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A woman’s body disappears mysteriously from the morgue without a trace. Police inspector Jaime Peña investigates the strange occurrence with the help of Álex Ulloa, the widower of the missing woman.
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: murder, investigation, mystery, uncover truth, missing person, crimes, morgue, infidelity, vengeance, adulterous husband, adultery, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: barcelona, spain
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The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.
Style: harsh, captivating, psychological, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: motorcycle, bank robbery, money problems, loner, haunted by the past, father son relationship, corruption, destiny, death, heist, parenthood, justice ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: usa
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Chronicle (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and ...
Style: bad ending, psychological, stylized, entertaining, suspense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, telekinesis, supernatural ability, supernatural, super strength, friendship, found footage, teenage life, adolescence, superhero, levitation, outcast ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, washington d.c., usa, tibet
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The Avengers (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. ...
Style: exciting, heroic, humorous, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night, family outing, boys' night
Plot: superhero, heroes, alien invasion, good versus evil, superhuman powers, teamwork, monster, save the world, heroic mission, partners, tony stark character, alien ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new york, usa, berlin germany ...
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Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Style: philosophical, motivational, scenic, captivating, dramatic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: survival, ocean, adventure, human animal relationship, animals, beautiful scenery, life, stranded, hopes, journey, human nature, survivor ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, pacific ocean, toronto ontario canada, montreal, mexico ...
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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 164 min.
Story: Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman ...
Style: exciting, suspense, twists and turns, dark, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, batman, heroes, good versus evil, secret identity, double life, chaos and mayhem, terrorist, vengeance, police detective, villainess, female villain ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, pentagon, italy
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Sinister (2012)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
Style: scary, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, haunted house, murder, supernatural horror, fear, crimes, paranormal activity, family in danger, investigation, evil force, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1979, year 1986, year 2011 ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, sacramento california, st. louis missouri
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Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, clever, captivating ...
Plot: cia, rescue mission, revolution, hostage, politics, espionage, u.s. embassy, secret mission, spy, american abroad, courage, escape ...
Time: 70s, 80s, year 1979, year 1980, 20th century ...
Place: middle east, iran, tehran iran, istanbul turkey, washington d.c. ...
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Total Recall (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life ...
Style: futuristic, mind bending, entertaining, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, distopia, post apocalypse, future dystopia, memory loss, dystopic future, secret agents, double agent, false memory, spy, implanted memory, technology ...
Time: future
Place: big ben london, australia
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Skyfall (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Turkey
Duration: 143 min.
Story: When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of ...
Style: exciting, suspense, captivating, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: james bond, espionage, secret agents, spy, 007, british intelligence, secret service, heroic mission, killer, spy hero, mission, agent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, england, london, scotland, turkey ...
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Brave (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Mérida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus and Queen Elinor. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently ...
Style: fairy tale, light, feel good, humorous, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, preschoolers, teens ...
Plot: disney, princess, bear, witch, happy ending, mother daughter relationship, rebellious daughter, adventure, family, queen, coming of age, kingdom ...
Time: 10th century, middle ages
Place: scotland, scottish highlands, europe
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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.
Style: motivational, suspenseful, tense, suspense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, espionage, military, manhunt, terrorist, al qaeda, 9/11, terrorist group, spy, torture, swat team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 2005, year 2003 ...
Place: middle east, pakistan, iraq, baghdad iraq, paris france ...
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The Hunger Games (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, disturbing, futuristic, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, family outing
Plot: survival, death, contests and competitions, youth, rivalry, future dystopia, female protagonist, young heroes, against the odds, killings, heroes, society ...
Time: future
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Lincoln (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish ...
Style: political, epic, thought provoking, emotional, factual ...
Plot: american civil war, idealism, civil war, president, politics, american history, war, racism, head of state, leadership, courage, freedom ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era, year 1865
Place: washington d.c., usa, california
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Looper (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a ...
Style: futuristic, mind bending, thought provoking, tense, confusing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, hitman, time paradox, changing the past or future, cyberpunk, destiny, sent to the past, escape, chase, distopia, self sacrifice ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: shanghai, kansas, usa
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit enjoying his quiet life, is swept into an epic quest by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves who seek to reclaim their mountain home from Smaug, the dragon.
Style: epic, breathtaking, captivating, dark fantasy, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: dragon, adventure, fantasy world, wizards, imaginary kingdom, elf, creature, magical, adventurer, mythology, obsessive quest, warrior ...
Time: 2010s, prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: new zealand
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Ted (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori.
Style: funny, buddy comedy, humorous, ridiculous, absurd ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: marijuana, teddy bear, friendship, party, silly humor, odd couple, objects come to life, bear, wish come true, slacker, friends, sarcasm ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s, contemporary, 21st century, 80s ...
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, sentimental, touching, witty ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: coming of age, first love, boy scout, island, children, adolescence, youth, orphan, social misfits, search party, summer camp, teenage love ...
Time: 60s, year 1965, 20th century
Place: new england, usa, plymouth, england
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Upside Down (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure ...
Style: surreal, stylized, touching, breathtaking, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, family outing
Plot: forbidden love, parallel world, true love, alternate reality, gravity, fantasy world, love, romance, beautiful scenery, chase, technology, imagination ...
Time: future
Place: latin america
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21 Jump Street (2012)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In high school, Schmidt was a dork and Jenko was the popular jock. After graduation, both of them joined the police force and ended up as partners riding bicycles in the city park. Since they are young and look like high school students, they are ...
Style: humorous, funny, ridiculous, buddy comedy, parody ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: high school, undercover cop, working undercover, high school life, partners against crime, geek, party, buddy cop, drug dealer, police investigation, friendship, sarcasm ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, year 2012 ...
Place: usa
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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Peter Parker is an outcast high schooler abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter ...
Style: entertaining, exciting, sentimental, heroic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, family outing, girls' night, kids
Plot: superhero, super powers, superhuman powers, good versus evil, teenager, revenge, transformation, mad scientist, teenage superhero, mutant, vigilantism, spider man character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york
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