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Empire's Top 20 Films Of 2011
We tally up Empire's writers and contributors favourite movies of the year

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
It brought the spectacles back to the spy genre.

Released: September 16
Talent: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Tomas Alfredson (director)
Box office: $22 million (NB — it’s not yet been released in the US).
Money moment: George Smiley (Oldman) spins the tale of his one and only encounter with his nemesis, Karla. Not content with scheming, conniving and generally trying to bring down Western democracy, the KGB spybastard half-inches his lighter too. Outrageous.
Empire line: “It is a superior whodunnit thriller and a very grown-up one, devoted not to guns, girls, gadgets and glamour, but to the little grey cells.”
What to say: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Poorman, Oldman.”

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1 Bad list
I am losing faith in Empire this list just plain sucks! More

Posted by Gram Woods on Monday January 9, 2012, 16:30

2 One of the worst lists!
This top 20 list is a bit of a joke really. Empire must have got a group of teenagers to vote lol! Why are such average films like Bridesmades and Fast 5 on here and excellent films such as Kill List, The Skin I Live In and Source Code not even mentioned? Films that have actually required effort and imagination! What A Joke, a list that will soon be sweept under the carpet and forgotton about I think! More

Posted by dannyfletch on Friday January 6, 2012, 18:32

3 X-Men??
why isn't X-men or the Guard on this list? they were fantastic movies. X-men: First Class was completely under-rated especially as it revamped the series by actually making us think a bit and having a proper good cast . The Guard was also a brilliant low budget, original movie with a fantastic cast and something i'm surprised Empire didn't select in the list, especially after giving it such a good review some months ago. More

Posted by hammerofthor23 on Friday January 6, 2012, 12:43

4 Drive?
OK. Drive was good but ridiculously over rated. It would be on my list but would barely scrape in the top 10. Where are films like Warrior and Thor? Plus the Artist has only just gone on general release so how the fudge has that got in... pretty sure it's 2012 now... More

Posted by J_BUltimatum on Thursday January 5, 2012, 18:53

5 Warrior?
i gotta ask, has someone from the Warrior movie pissed off you guys as well as Total Film? BEST OF lists you both have going are both minus this movie on multiple occasions, its fucking insane how you could both overlook it like this. More

Posted by Heisenberg on Thursday January 5, 2012, 18:31

6 No credibility
As soon as I saw Fast Five at no 20 I stopped looking. You guys have no credibility. More

Posted by jazzyjules63 on Thursday January 5, 2012, 02:57

7 RE: Empire's Top 20 Films Of 2011
I wouldn't have included Black Swan or Bridesmaids. In my opinion they were ridiculously overhyped. Bridesmaids was droll, but very forgettable and I have a massive crush on Kristen Wiig. Black Swan was just plain and only go the attention it did because of the lesbian make-out, which was quite good to be fair. No Source Code is a shame, I really liked it. I also loved Attack The Block because I like arsehole protagonists. Best film of the year, for me personally was Hanna, closely followed by The Tree Of Life (lower than The Inbetweeners? Really?), but these kind of lists are extremely subjective. Totally agree with Senna BTW, absolutely brilliant. More

Posted by presidentcletus on Wednesday January 4, 2012, 09:40

8 Interesting comments
Agree about Warrior should be in. Tree of life, hmmm I think your crack dealer has given you a bad batch.... More

Posted by juangaz on Tuesday January 3, 2012, 12:14

9 Umm...exsqueeze me?
One question: Where the hell in WARRIOR? Better than The Fighter by a country mile. More

Posted by BethN21286 on Tuesday January 3, 2012, 11:43

10 RE: The Tree of life
I love movies, like the love of my life. We don't like your advert though  More

Posted by anfiew on Tuesday January 3, 2012, 10:06

11 The Tree of life
The Tree of life at 18.....I thought empire was a magazine that knew about is easily the best movie of this year....anyone who loves cinema knows that the tree of life is the film of the year. More

Posted by luke.R on Saturday December 31, 2011, 10:14

Granted, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I feel Warrior was robbed of a spot in your Top 3. Albeit a slightly predictable story, the film gripped it's audience with powerhouse performances from all three actors. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgarton were faultless and Nick Nolte should simply be handed the oscar for his supporting role. My personal top 3 would be 1). Drive 2). Warrior 3). Senna More

Posted by stevencarroll on Friday December 30, 2011, 13:21

13 Warrior
One of the best sports films of recent years. Stunning performances, exciting... you gave it 5 stars... come on... easily top 10. More

Posted by JoKeRJaMeZ on Friday December 30, 2011, 01:36

14 Looking at the box office
Looking at the box office results it seems very unfair that movies like "Bridesmaids" (In my eyes cheapos, in this context being a movie without an asthetic structure and/or a simple ploy) can make more than masterpieces such as "The Tree of Life". Definately going to get "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", "Drive", "The King's Speech", "The Tree of Life", and even "Bridesmaids on BD though. Looking forward to seeing "Tintin" as well, yes it has been released here in Norway but it was dubbed to Norwegian (As they do not yet understand the difference between animation and performance capture) so I did not watch it. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! More

Posted by GohandoMax on Thursday December 29, 2011, 20:44

15 A Tough One
Posting and writing articles like this, e.g "Best Movies..." is always going to attract attention. It's an opinion piece, people! Obviously it's going to be subjective, just because someone liked one film, doesn't mean everyone will. For example, all my friends think Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows is a good film, but personally I though Downey jr makes an awful Sherlock... More

Posted by TheMovieAddict101 on Thursday December 29, 2011, 17:51

16 alternate universe
Have I some how been whisked away in 'Slider' style to a distorted universe? how can Tree of Life be at 18 and Melancholia, Thor, Source Code and Hugo not even be on the list??? More

Posted by Antz83 on Tuesday December 27, 2011, 05:29

17 Kill List??
Wait have you guys not even seen Kill List or something?? Where is that? Easily the best British movie of the year... Also Warrior should be on that list. Awesome performances in that More

Posted by Dirtyfunkymonkey on Monday December 26, 2011, 19:46

18 Incendies
Good to see it made the Top 20, but should've been way higher, at least on par with TTSS, better in my opinion. The whole film draws you in and won't let go before delivering a devastating punch in the stomach, I left the cinema completely drained, few films have had such an effect on me. This and Senna over Drive at the top for me. More

Posted by mattchorlton on Monday December 26, 2011, 15:23

19 W A R R I O R
The film that pitched two protagonists heading off against each other in a penultimate moment. Re-inventing the round for round bouts once more like in many ways 8 Mile with Eminem did. The story of brotherhood in all its forms that reduced grown men to tears. Empire staff I considered you all my brothers until now, so let's take this to the ring and have some fisty cuffs. More

Posted by rtleeson on Sunday December 25, 2011, 13:22

20 RE: Missed out on movies such as .....
L: umer_ejaz L: elab49 L: umer_ejaz Four movies which EMPIRE for your facts were released in 2011 unlike Black Swan, Fighter, True Grit which were 2010 movies and have been given Oscars and nominated for every award gain - British magazine, British release dates? agree with that totally and of course it is a valid point, but the point which I was trying to make was Black Swan, Fighter and True Grit were movies which were released in 2010 and been awarded and nominated with Oscars, surely they could have been avoided in being picked.....considering they were other very well done movies such as Warrior he Oscars were in February, and the releases UKn 2011 - for a British based list for 2011, why wouldn't 'better' films from later in the year (which personally I wouldn't include Warrior in sessed against those released at the start? Isn't that making a judgement call on which releases from Jan/Feb you include and which you don't purely based on what theMore

Posted by elab49 on Friday December 23, 2011, 17:19

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