Best Movies Released in 2011

The highest-grossing movies were as usual mainly directed to the younger audience: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. One of the highly praised movies in 2011 was The Artist who got plenty of awards including five Oscars. The list below is the chosen films of the year according to, a list which order by the way was quite hard to decide.

screenshot Submarine

The list

7. The Kid With A Bike (Le Gamin au vélo)
Engaging French drama about a 12-year kid whose father abandon him. The circumstance feeds anger and disobedient, but Samantha who working as a hair dresser takes care of him with lots of patience.
Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne.

6. The Lincoln Lawyer
The lawyer Mick Haller takes on case with a rich and spoiled young man who is accused for attempt to murder. His client seems, however, to be innocent, but after more details is added to the case Haller starting to think in opposite directions. Based on a novel by Michael Connelly.
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne.
Director: Brad Furman

5. Submarine
Oliver tries to save his parents’ marriage, but on his mission he accomplishes to spoil his own relationship to Jordana. Submarine is about what is hiding below the sea line of people thoughts. This is a movie being creative in the visual appearance and narration, it also have a great soundtrack by Alex Turner known as the singer in Artic Monkeys.
Director: Richard Ayoade

4. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Based on a spy novel by John le Carré this is a well adapted movie with marvelous scenography. Gary Oldman does the main role as a British agent who is getting an unofficial mission to investigate the presumptive existence of a “mole” in the Secret Intelligence Service.
Director: Tomas Alfredson

3. A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
Nader and Simin are separated then she wants to move abroad and he prefers to stay home and take care of his sick father. Nader has to hire a maid to look after his father, but then she misbehave he fires her under harsh conditions and later he is accused of her miscarriage. Morale, religion and truth are concentrated in this intense drama.
Director: Asghar Farhadi

2. Margin Call
Margin Call is a dark view of the drama that taking place at Wall Street and especially at one big company. This is before the financial crash in 2008 and the catastrophe are just about to happen. The boss of the company has even more on his conscious then a certain Gordon Gekko.
Director: J.C. Chandor

1. Elena
About a woman who is married to a wealthy man. She wants him help his brother’s family, but he refuse. The story is not extravagant, but the social theme and the concentrated narrative works from beginning to end.
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Other sources for your interest

Highest ranked movie of 2011 on
(directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano)

The pick of the year by the film magazine Empire:
(directed by Nicolas Winding Refn)

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