Idris Elba makes a stand
Action, villains and more
Universal postpone production in wake of Paul Walker's tragic death
The Movie: If you put money on the year's finest action movie being made in Indonesia and directed by a Welshman, well done you.
As for the rest of us, we were too busy picking our jaws off the floor at the sheer number of 'OMG, how did he do that?' fight scenes.
Impact: A new star in martial artist Iko Uwais, and the start of an unlikely renaissance for setting action movies in tower blocks.
See also: Dredd.
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Dec 12th 2012, 9:24
WHAT???!!! No End of Watch?! best film this year for me, can't believe it didn't get in the top 50!
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Dec 12th 2012, 10:44
A good list.....I'd have had Ruby Sparks, End Of Watch, Wild Bill, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Coriolanus, The Hunt, Carnage, Rampart and Detention in mine and omitted Prometheus, The Hunger Games, Headhunters, Killer Joe, Young Adult, Martha Marcy May Marlene (plus a few I haven't seen due to Cineworld not showing more obscure stuff)....yet to see Seven Psychopaths, Life Of Pi, The Hobbit or Jack Reacher of the big Hollywood movies but only Seven Pychopaths looks any good out of those....
Dec 12th 2012, 12:43
Some on those list I've missed, some I've yet to see. Cannot agree with the following 1) Ted (about as funny as an hernia), 2) Spiderman (boring) 3) Cosmopolis (gave me a headache) 4) Hunger Games (boring) 5) Prometheus (didn't make any sense at all) 6) The Dark Knight Rises (disappointing). Agreed as follows 1) Killer Joe (brilliantly original) 2) 21 Jump Street (hilarious) 3) Headhunters (exceptional) 4) Avengers (great fun) 5) Shame (give Fassbender an Oscar). Done.
Dec 12th 2012, 13:14
Surprised no Lawless. Thats in my top 10
Dec 12th 2012, 13:19
I can't believe End Of Watch didn't even make the top 50. It's the best film of the year for me.
Also, The Master isn't even the best film of this month, let alone the year. Can we all stop masturbating over Paul Thomas Anderson soon please?
Dec 12th 2012, 13:23
Er Total Film........You put The Muppets above The Hunger Games, Spiderman, Dredd and Prometheus. Let me repeat that you put THE MUPPETS ABOVE THE HUNGER GAMES, SPIDERMAN, DREDD AND PROMETHEUS. In what universe does that make any sense?
Dec 12th 2012, 13:26
Great list! I especially agree with Prometheus, Shame, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Life Of Pi, Skyfall, The Hobbit, and Frankenweenie!
Dec 12th 2012, 13:27
Cabin in the woods top 3? wow.
Dec 12th 2012, 14:01
I'd have Dredd a lot higher. Haven't seen quite a few on the list but it's ten times better than some of the ones I have. Struggling to decide between Dredd and Inkeepers as my film of the year.
Dec 12th 2012, 14:06
Cosmopolis? Really?? That's high in my worst of the year list. Admirable that you're sticking to your guns about Promethteus. I guess.
Dec 12th 2012, 14:21
Oh my god, where is End of Watch??? WHERE???!!!
Dec 12th 2012, 14:31
Glad the Raid was in the top 5 - thought it was absolutely brilliant. Think i'm going to have to track down The Imposter on DVD - sounds quite interesting. If you had that as a plot of a film you wouldn't believe it. Have to say though, for me the Avengers was the film of the year. Just a pure joy to sit and watch it.
Dec 12th 2012, 15:04
Tiny Furniture came out in 2010...?
Dec 12th 2012, 15:06
I loved Cabin in the Woods as much as anyone! One of my favourite horrors but can't believe it's quite number 3. How on earth is End of Watch not in there, brilliant film. I agree with the rest except for a couple. Why the innkeepers and Prometheus are in there has confused me. Both critically successful but two of the most boring films I've ever seen! Awful! Thought Skyfall & Avengers would be a little higher but glad there In top 10. Empire gave number 1 to Avengers which put a big smile on my face... What a film!
Dec 12th 2012, 15:55
What a list... have to agree with others, though, END OF WATCH SHOULD BE ON THERE!
But all my favourites were there, Dark Knight Rises, Looper, 21 Jump Street, Skyfall, Ted, Chronicle... and I'm so glad to see The Cabin in the Woods high up there! Such an unappreciated movie, I'd say that's definitely my best of the year...
Dec 12th 2012, 15:58
Erm.. you should have waited until the new year, then you could have included The Hobbit.
Dec 12th 2012, 16:26
a good selection but in the wrong order
Dec 12th 2012, 18:59
So far for me it's.
1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. The Avengers
7. The Raid
8. The Amazing Spider-Man
10. Cabin In The Woods
Dec 12th 2012, 20:41
Yep everything is in the wrong order, freaking Prometheus is way to high and should be below 45 at least. And no Pirates!, what the hell! Why has everyone forgot that movie.
Dec 12th 2012, 21:48
Pirates 4 was atrocious. The series has run out of steam. Actually makes me wonder about the lone ranger as well, the trailer looks a little 'been there done that' to me. Also, I have reservations about the Dark Knight. I can understand why people were originally caught up in this, its a beautiful looking picture (Wally Pfister is up there with Roger Deakins), great score and some great emotional scenes. But, all in all, some terrible editing choices and a poor (and or lazy) script make this a fairly disappointed movie for me. Waiting on some big movies to come out but in the mean time my Top 5 for 2012 (in no order)
2. Killing Them softly
3. The master
4. Rust and Bone
Dec 13th 2012, 16:31
The Hobbit should be number one!!! How it is not seriously?? and Avengers should be number 2! This list have a great movies of the year but i dont agree with some of the positions! Like Skyfall and The Dark Knight Rises in front of The Hobbit and Avengers makes me laugh!
Dec 14th 2012, 13:09
Having just watched "Ted", there are a lot of words you can use to describe the rom-com part (forced, abbreviated, grating), but not "nice." Mila Kunis' character is a new archetype of "strong woman as shrill harpy" that I don't like seeing in movies. But then again, McFarlane doesn't know what to do with her when she's animated, either.
Dec 14th 2012, 17:00
Brave and Cosmopolis are unforgivably low in this list, they should be in the fist 10. in my book they are totally Oscar-worthy. Brave for being the first blockbuster with NO white-knight-in-shining-armor solving all the problems of poor babe. Cosmopolis for everything and then some.
"Mass walkouts from disgruntled R-Pattz fans" IS 100% LIE, you are obviously not good at doing home work.
avengers is the most primitive, overrated and stupid movie i have ever seen and i have seen...
otherwise it is a decent selection of the movies to entertain yourself on a rainy evening :)
No Men In Black 3?!? But that was the best movie of 2012.
Dec 14th 2012, 19:03
I thought the early films would be good and the top ones would be s**t it was the other way around, too much indie bollocks. Indie films are often good but the do not match half of the big releases. Ted was loved because it was offensive, Kunis is c**p. The Hunger Games was a sissy rip off of Battle Royale without the class, originiality or Japanese skill of brutal and uncomprimising story telling. Brave was good apart from the grating and irritating feminist wet dream of a main character, Dredd was excellent, Skyfall was overrated and Prometheus was very average.
And by the way Total Film did not make this list.
Dec 14th 2012, 19:09
I really enjoyed reading this, it might not be 100% the order I put it in or the films I would have included, but at least it's not the same old predictable list I've seen a half dozen other places. There are some good surprises on here too and some films I've missed I need to check out. Kudos to whoever wrote it.
Dec 14th 2012, 21:37
Weird priorities here! "The Hobbit" should be in top three at least. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" was wonderful and should be higher. "Ted" was cute but not a prizewinner. "The Master" and "Life of Pi" aren't on general release yet. We can't wait but should they be here at all? Who chooses this "best" stuff. Is it always a male?
Dec 15th 2012, 1:33
O wait I've just seen Hobbit at number 15. Don't know how I missed that. Sorry. Not top ten? Not surprised. The earthy hues of the LOTR trilogy were overwhelmed by the new frame-rate, giving The HObbit a look of being too digital and clean. It was good movie, but not 5 stars. TDKR better than Skyfall? Just no.
Dec 15th 2012, 12:24
great movies, but wrong order.
Dec 16th 2012, 12:42
Cabin In The Woods at no.3? Don't be silly.
Dec 17th 2012, 14:16
I can't believe that you've rated the appalling Damsels in Distress higher than The Hunger Games and Frankenweenie. And no mention of the fantastic Lawless?
Dec 17th 2012, 15:15
This list sucks in so many levels...like 50
Dec 17th 2012, 20:47
"it's been a while since Hollywood has produced a sci-fi movie so exuberant in its blend of entertainment and head-f****ry."
Did Inception mean nothing to you?
Dec 18th 2012, 19:44
After now seeing The Hobbit it's definitely my favorite movie of the year.
Dec 19th 2012, 2:24
What the hell? Half these films aren't even from 2012! In fact, at least one of these was from 2010. Horrible list. Simply horrible.
Dec 19th 2012, 9:44
Cabin in the woods? shame on you
Dec 21st 2012, 16:22
Cosmopolis... you're kidding right?
Dec 22nd 2012, 12:38
some good films on here avengers was fantastic aswell as looper, skyfall (best bond for a long time) the raid was very glad to see that higher up than dredd as it is a poor imitation of the raid. Then there are the utter letdowns of the year like prometheus and the amazing spiderman which ifhd been done to their full potential would ave een alot higher on the list. To have cosmopolis in the list a bit strange thought it was extremely boring as was young adult. Cabin in the woods as kinda muddled in my opinion just fling every horror idea ever into one movie and hope for the best not or me an the ending my go it was bad. Top5 for me 1. The Avengers 2. Skyfall 3. The Raid 4. Looper 5. The Dark Knight Rises
Dec 25th 2012, 15:51
my eyebrows are raised at some of the choices here...Prometheus, The Hunger Games and..THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. it just annoys da heck outta me how this movie (which is a HUGE letdown after the great The Dark Knight and the really good Batman Begins) would continue to appeal to most of the major critics and news/film magazines, despite its MANY shortcomings. the movie is NOT BAD at best. nothing more. STOP tryinna make it WAY MORE than it actually IS. which is an UN-finished and, thus, often VERY SLOPPY story told by Christopher Nolan & co. it coulda and woulda been GREAT, but it simply WAS NOT.
for me this type of list should consist of films that make you feel something, if not ENERGIZED bout the movies again.
my top 3:
1. Marvel's The Avengers (aka Avengers Assemble)
2. Life of Pi
3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Agreed, End of Watch should've been on the list.
haven't seen: Lincoln, The Master, Seven Psychopaths, Django Unchained and Wreck-It-Ralph
Dec 25th 2012, 17:25
Cosmopolis in this top 50? this is one of the most boring films from Cronenberg . It belongs to the list most overrated films of the year :-)
Dec 25th 2012, 17:30
Very nice to see "Le Gamin au velo" at place 19 and "Rust and Bone" at place 23 :)
Dec 25th 2012, 17:38
Cabin in the woods at nr.3? djeezes. It doesn't even belongs to the top 200 of the year. The film want to be original and it really thinks it's but after already 5 minutes it is nothing more dan nr. ... in a long series of average horrorfilms. It can be add to the same "overrated" list of the year
Dec 28th 2012, 16:15
Dredd is a seriously underrated film.
Dec 29th 2012, 4:36
How did I miss a movie starring both Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken or that there was another Spider-Man movie? I seriously need to take the advice of one of my friends I work with at DISH and get with the program. DISH’s Blockbuster @Home carries over 100,000 titles and that number is always growing since they have all the new releases as soon as they make it to disc. With that kind of selection, I know that I won’t have any trouble watching all 50 of these movies.
Dec 30th 2012, 3:36
The Raid the 4th, it's an amazing achievement, I'm proud to be an Indonesian, especially Javanese.
Dec 31st 2012, 11:57
I just watched Cabin in the Woods and found it to be a bit... naff. Nice idea just not well executed. Tucker and Dale VS Evil did a similar genre inversion to much greater effect. The Imposter was great, though. Really enjoyed that! The Raid, however, is much, MUCH better than Cabin in the Woods.
Jan 1st 2013, 16:33
hey guys did my list Top 10 Best Genre Films of 2012
10. Mandrill 2009 - Chile
9. Tony Manero 2008 - Chile
8. Taped 2012 - Netherlands
7. Black Games 2012 - Iceland
6. HeadHunters 2011 - Norway
5. A Desire To Kill 2010 ( Enemy At The Dead End ) - Korea
4. Bullhead 2011 - Belgium
3. Snabba Cash ( Easy Money 2010 ) - Sweden
2. No Rest For the Wicked ( No Habra paz Para los malvados ) 2011 - Spain
1. Sleepless Night 2011 ( Une Nuit ) - France
Jan 2nd 2013, 13:12
Iko "The Raid" Uwais is not just an actor, but he is an athlete of martial art. the martial art is called "Pencak Silat". Indonesia has many fighter of Pencak Silat. Pencak Silat is an traditional martial art from Indonesian that various, may be hundreds kinds.
Jan 4th 2013, 6:04
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Jan 4th 2013, 11:44
The Dark Knight Rises was the best of 2012 for me. Seen it 3 times and it just gets better and better.
I know i'll get shouted down but i thought The Raid was a little, well, overrated....nice fight scenes but its still just a kung fu movie!
Cabin In The Woods was great fun, but not to be that high in the list.
I'm still catching up with stuff i haven't seen yet. Looking forward to Looper, Rust And Bone, Ted and The Master.
Jan 4th 2013, 19:52
This list is invalidated by the fact that The Raid isn't in every single spot on the list., because it is better than almost every movie ever made.
Jan 5th 2013, 13:15
I joined Total Films just to add this comment:
What the...! Total Film writers votes The Amazing Spider-Man in their top 50!!!????!!!!
No wonder I don't buy this Magazine... Was it that there just weren't enough good films in 2012?
Well done guys, you know your stuff!
Jan 6th 2013, 19:52
Just seeing Cabin in the Woods as #3 on this list, makes it difficult for me to take any of the rankings seriously. This was the only movie of the year i literally walked away from, just terrible.
Jan 11th 2013, 15:40
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Jan 11th 2013, 23:15
good films poor order and no lawless!! The dark knights rises is top for me!!
Jan 13th 2013, 20:12
Total film.......should be called total bullsh*t! this list is a massive joke. How any film beats the Hobbit i will never know and as for putting cabin in the woods at number 3 let alone in the top 50 is just a insult! How can anybody seriously say that film is better then the hobbit??????? or any other film for that matter. Cabin in the woods has to be the worst film ever made and for that Love film...i shall never bother looking at ur rating again.Who ever put this list together needs the sack along with a beating!
Jan 17th 2013, 18:38
the person who wrote this list is an idiot! half the movies on this list are the worst films of the year!
Jan 18th 2013, 18:16
Margin Call, The Muppets, Young Adult, The Descendants, Shame and Martha Marcy May Marlene are 2011 films. You work at a magazine that's for film, you should know this. Also, I'm surprised you put some s****y movies up here but you didn't add The Grey, End of Watch, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained. I know its your opinion and all but I must say....WTF?!?!?!
Feb 2nd 2013, 8:39
not entirely sure how i keep on coming across lists such as this one that have obviously bias views on the cinematic world , movies should be based on an overall liking factor , i hate when critics waste our time mentioning the word spectacular because a movie had some sort of message . DONT CARE !!! silver lining ? what a waste of such amazing cast ,and so many other "meaningful" (boring) movies in this list ... now can we have someone that is not a complete retard please post a decent list .
Feb 3rd 2013, 17:19
Where is the year's most good, most artistic, or at least, the most important american movie of the year, Lincoln (and i am not even american)!? The movie at least doesn't deserve to be in the 50??!! This is a joke, or something? Really!
Feb 5th 2013, 10:45
The worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life. Robert Pattison should keep acting as a Edward Coullin , is the only thing he can do. 20.5 million USD wasted for this movie is revolting.
Feb 26th 2013, 12:32
Prometheus Boring / Disappointing? How old are u guys? Its probably you watched Alien.
Mar 6th 2013, 21:31
Thumbs up for Killer Joe and Headhunters! I'm amazed by those two...
Mar 27th 2013, 12:28
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Apr 3rd 2013, 2:16
Just watched 'The Master', because of the No 1 rating here and was seriously, bitterly disappointed, what an over long ponderous self-indulgent bore of a movie with virtually no storyline or plot. Phoenix and Hoffman were - as always - brilliant however, and were the only reason I didn't give up on it half way through.
Apr 13th 2013, 4:43
The list matches my list too.. but it has the wrong title mine says Total Film not top 10 Movies of 2012. dont worry top film everyone make mistooks....
Apr 13th 2013, 4:44
u see in soviet ur dimention road forks you..
Apr 18th 2013, 7:23
I thought the master was terrible, dark knight rises was a bit silly & killer joe was awful. In fact I don't like any of the top 5 listed here at all. I cannot see how anyone can like the master, is it one of these arty things where people rave about it for no reason when in actual fact it's a load of c**p? I got angry with the master because of all the hype I heard about it and when actually watching it, I realised it was an appalling film about people no one cares about.
Apr 26th 2013, 0:50
==NO END OF WATCH??? ==
I envy brad pit.
If he spends 6 hrs just sleeping in a film, they will consider it a wonderful movie.
KILLING ME SOFTLY WAS RUBBISH
May 5th 2013, 18:39
are you kidding life of pi an avengers
May 26th 2013, 23:51
I am stunned to read this list. The best movie in 2012 without a shadow of a doubt was 'The Impossible'. By what stretch of the imagination is The Muppets in the top 50 when The Impossible...the movie everybody is still talking about was nowhere to be seen? .....also....the Inkeepers?! I watched that movie recently, it was probably one of the worst of 2013, predictable same old storyline, poor acting, seen it all before. Won't use totalfilm again now, clearly got amateurs doing this type of stuff. This selection is like they put all the movies from 2012 into a hat and just randomly picked them out in an order of 1-50. Embarrassing.
May 27th 2013, 20:24
Looper is such a fab film and the very best I have seen in the last few years. It was one of the files we watched at work at 1 to 1 Web Design. Everybody loved it and was one of the few films that EVERYBODY in our small team loved.
Simon M Macbeth
May 28th 2013, 18:55
Looper is such a fab film and the very best I have seen in the last few years. It was one of the files we watched at work at 1 to 1 Web Design. Everybody loved it and was one of the few films that EVERYBODY in our small team loved. Thanks Simon Macbeth
Jun 15th 2013, 19:18
I cannot believe no one has mentioned Iron Sky yet..! That is without a doubt my top film of 2012. Granted, my viewing has been limited, and some of the ones I have seen based on the recommendations of this list have been pretty good, but still: Nazis, on the moon, "Mrs. President", the Gottedämmerung. Amazingly funny film, I was in stitches pretty much throughout.
Jul 24th 2013, 6:22
Great Collections, I have also enlisted best movies of 2012 including action, thriller, and comedy and animated on my blog "Savedelete"
Aug 2nd 2013, 9:10
You mean "prostate," morons.
Aug 19th 2013, 7:59
.....you are aware Muppets and Descendants came out in 2011 right?
Sep 7th 2013, 10:29
s****y list where the f**k is perks of being a wallflower
Sep 7th 2013, 22:14
After the first 10 I was thinking 'some of these aren't very good' and then I saw Prometheus and realised that whoever made this list is retarded and doesn't understand what the phrase 'best movies' actually means.
Sep 17th 2013, 1:06
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Nov 7th 2013, 13:36
What cabin in the woods is number 3? It's a good movie though, but I got bored watching it
Nov 10th 2013, 3:44
@davidrobbo "End of watch" was not watchable for me at all.
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