2011 Top Ten List

  • A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
  • Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan) [extended cut]
  • The Loneliest Planet (Julia Loktev)
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin)
  • The Minister (Pierre Schoeller)
  • Miss Bala (Gerardo Naranjo)
  • House of Pleasures (Bertrand Bonello)
  • Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
  • The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Davies)
  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Johnnie To)
  • Additional 2011 Films By Rating

  • Mildred Pierce (Todd Haynes)
  • This Must Be the Place (Paolo Sorrentino)
  • Attack the Block (Joe Cornish)
  • Haywire (Steven Soderbergh)
  • The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
  • Rampart (Oren Moverman)
  • Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (Brad Bird)
  • The Other Side of Sleep (Rebecca Daly)
  • Bellflower (Evan Glodell)
  • Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman)
  • Terri (Azazel Jacobs)
  • Weekend (Andrew Haigh)
  • Moneyball (Bennett Miller)
  • A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (Todd Strauss-Schulson)
  • Bernie (Richard Linklater)
  • Pina (Wim Wenders)
  • The Silver Cliff (Karim Aïnouz)
  • Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes)
  • The Kid With a Bike (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
  • Your Sister's Sister (Lynn Shelton)
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay)
  • The Guard (John Michael McDonagh)
  • Dreileben: Beats Being Dead (Christian Petzold)
  • Paranormal Activity 3 (Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman)
  • Rango (Gore Verbinski)
  • Win Win (Tom McCarthy)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rupert Wyatt)
  • Almayer's Folly (Chantal Akerman)
  • Return (Liza Johnson)
  • Porfirio (Alejandro Landes)
  • Abendland (Nikolaus Geyrhalter)
  • Goon (Michael Dowse)
  • Thor (Kenneth Branagh)
  • We Have a Pope (Nanni Moretti)
  • Play (Ruben Östlund)
  • Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)
  • About the Pink Sky (Keiichi Kobayashi)
  • Margin Call (J.C. Chandor)
  • A Simple Life (Ann Hui)
  • The Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard)
  • People Mountain People Sea (Cai Shangjun)
  • Super 8 (J.J. Abrams)
  • The Woman (Lucky McKee)
  • Contagion (Steven Soderbergh)
  • The Interrupters (Steve James)
  • Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau)
  • 4:44 Last Day on Earth (Abel Ferrara)
  • The Muppets (James Bobin)
  • Keyhole (Guy Maddin)
  • Footnote (Joseph Cedar)
  • I Wish (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
  • The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr)
  • Bridesmaids (Paul Feig)
  • Polisse (Maïwenn)
  • The Day He Arrives (Hong Sang-soo)
  • Crazy Horse (Frederick Wiseman)
  • God Bless America (Bobcat Goldthwait)
  • Melancholia (Lars von Trier)
  • Living in the Material World (Martin Scorsese)
  • Goodbye First Love (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  • Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Takashi Miike)
  • War Horse (Steven Spielberg)
  • Shame (Steve McQueen)
  • The Dish and the Spoon (Alison Bagnall)
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky)
  • The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)
  • Project Nim (James Marsh)
  • Intruders (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo)
  • Jane Eyre (Cary Juji Fukunaga)
  • This Is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb)
  • A Better Life (Cédric Kahn)
  • Neil Young Journeys (Jonathan Demme)
  • Hugo (Martin Scorsese)
  • Hop-o'-My-Thumb (Marina de Van)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (David Yates)
  • Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki)
  • Source Code (Duncan Jones)
  • Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold)
  • Photographic Memory (Ross McElwee)
  • Amen (no director credited) [Kim Ki-duk]
  • The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar)
  • Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life (Werner Herzog)
  • Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh)
  • Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier)
  • The Adventures of Tintin (Steven Spielberg)
  • Good Bye (Mohammad Rasoulof)
  • The Descendants (Alexander Payne)
  • Sleeping Sickness (Ulrich Köhler)
  • Dreileben: Don't Follow Me Around (Dominik Graf)
  • Cedar Rapids (Miguel Arteta)
  • The Grey (Joe Carnahan)
  • The Future (Miranda July)
  • Salvation Boulevard (George Ratliff)
  • Young Adult (Jason Reitman)
  • Twixt (Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Sleep Tight (Jaume Balagueró)
  • Warrior (Gavin O'Connor)
  • Circumstance (Maryam Keshavarz)
  • Life Without Principle (Johnnie To)
  • The Student (Santiago Mitre)
  • The Intouchables (Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache)
  • Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
  • The Forgiveness of Blood (Joshua Marston)
  • The Green Hornet (Michel Gondry)
  • Outside Satan (Bruno Dumont)
  • Elena (Andrei Zvyagintsev)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (Joe Johnston)
  • Dreileben: One Minute of Darkness (Christoph Hochhäusler)
  • Like Crazy (Drake Doremus)
  • Policeman (Nadav Lapid)
  • X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughn)
  • I'm Carolyn Parker (Jonathan Demme)
  • A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg)
  • Jackpot (Magnus Martens)
  • Hanezu (Naomi Kawase)
  • The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry)
  • Corpo celeste (Alice Rohrwacher)
  • J. Edgar (Clint Eastwood)
  • Low Life (Nicolas Klotz)
  • You Will Be My Son (Gilles Legrand)
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher)
  • Alps (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • Carnage (Roman Polanski)
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
  • Unforgivable (André Téchiné)
  • 33 Postcards (Pauline Chan)
  • Bully (Lee Hirsch)
  • Restless (Gus Van Sant)
  • Faust (Alexander Sokurov)
  • Michael (Markus Schleinzer)
  • My Week With Marilyn (Simon Curtis)
  • The Source (Radu Mihaileanu)
  • Killer Joe (William Friedkin)
  • Pater (Alain Cavalier)
  • Silent House (Chris Kentis & Laura Lau)
  • Arirang (Kim Ki-duk)