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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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About a month ago, Empire's writers and contributors were given their most difficult task of the year: to choose their top films of 2011. How to measure up the likes of Fast Five against, say, The King's Speech? How to remember whether True Grit qualified as this year or last year? But we finally pulled it together, forced ourselves to focus and came up with this, a testament to the very best films of 2011. Read on, see what you think, and give us your thoughts on this year's best films in the comments below...

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Fast Five
Dominic Toretto and crew return to ram-raid the box office.

Released: April 21
Talent: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Paul Lim (director)
Box office (worldwide): $626m
Money moment: In the least plausible police station break-in since The Terminator, Dom Toretto and his team bust into a Rio cop shop and make off with businessman Reyes’s (Joaquim de Almeida) ill-gotten loot. In a safe. Which they then use to kill Reyes’s tame cop cars. As you do.
Empire line: “A WWE reboot of Heat – with Vin Diesel in the De Niro role.”
What to say: Don’t say anything. Just high-five one another and whoop.

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21 RE: Senna was the best.
L: simjamlmx drive, yeah right. Senna was the best film of this year by a mile. i had no interest in formula one and was proud of it before i saw this movie. i knew nothing about ayrton senna but that he was a racing car driver who crashed and was killed at a track called imola sometime in the early nineties, i had no idea he was this maverick genius, humanitarian who would risk his life for something he believed in, as garbage by the wayre's a film i wanna see to called "the first movie" by mark cousins looks brilliant. it's on dvd now i'm surprised empire left it out. ow would a movie such as Drive be classified as garbage? More

Posted by umer_ejaz on Friday December 23, 2011, 16:44

22 RE: Missed out on movies such as .....
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 More

Posted by umer_ejaz on Friday December 23, 2011, 16:42

23 Senna was the best.
drive, yeah right. Senna was the best film of this year by a mile. i had no interest in formula one and was proud of it before i saw this movie. i knew nothing about ayrton senna but that he was a racing car driver who crashed and was killed at a track called imola sometime in the early nineties, i had no idea he was this maverick genius, humanitarian who would risk his life for something he believed in, drive was garbage by the way. there's a film i wanna see to called "the first movie" by mark cousins looks brilliant. it's on dvd now i'm surprised empire left it out. More

Posted by simjamlmx on Friday December 23, 2011, 09:06

24 RE: Re: One glaring omission
You make me laugh with The Inbetweeners not that it's not good I bloody loved it BUT! the fact you slated it when you first reviewed it online! More

Posted by Wild about Wilder on Thursday December 22, 2011, 13:07

25 RE: Missed out on movies such as .....
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? More

Posted by elab49 on Wednesday December 21, 2011, 17:24

26 RE: JESUS F-ING CHRIST...
L: LeonardShelby These Best Of lists sometimes feel a little out of date due to silly UK release dates. True Grit and Black Swan are great but c'mon, those movies are so last year. I wish Empire could have waiting a little longer in putting this out and made room for films like Hugo and perhaps The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Where will those films go now? They won't be eligible for next year's list. ut this is a British magazine and those are British release dates. It might be quite difficult unless you set a sensible parameter - it seems a bit odd though, arguing for Dec/Nov while simultaneously claiming Jan/Feb don't count. aven't they said something before about the gap with the year-end releases though? It must be quite difficult for a collaborative list, where they all submit selections, for the year-end films anyway. Won't it just really be the actual reviewer that sees them before the release date? So most might not have seen, eg, the new Fincher yet. More

Posted by elab49 on Wednesday December 21, 2011, 17:22

27 RE: JESUS F-ING CHRIST...
These Best Of lists sometimes feel a little out of date due to silly UK release dates. True Grit and Black Swan are great but c'mon, those movies are so last year. I wish Empire could have waiting a little longer in putting this out and made room for films like Hugo and perhaps The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Where will those films go now? They won't be eligible for next year's list. More

Posted by LeonardShelby on Wednesday December 21, 2011, 16:55

28 RE: Warrior?!
L: Rgirvan44 L: elab49 L: kojaksmoneybox Curious list here Empire.... Even though I agree with the top 2, how could there be no mention of Warrior in the top 20 movies of the year? It received a 5 star glowing review. Odd that Harry Potter is so high after a 4 star review. I have the feeling you will use the excuse that more people in your office saw it?! Maybe you should change the title to "The Top 20 Movies Watched by Most of the Staff At Empire"? Odd also that The Tree of Life is so low after your reviewer said that there was literally no other movie like it. Whilst not to everyone's taste, surely it should be higher for being so daringly brilliant? This reads like it was compiled by The Sun hacks. 'd guess because reviews are individual opinions and, as this says on the first page, this is a combined effort based on bringing everyone's lists together. So some people might have liked Tree of Life - other's didn't. There was no concerted opinion -More

Posted by elab49 on Wednesday December 21, 2011, 16:17

29 RE: Warrior?!
L: elab49 L: kojaksmoneybox Curious list here Empire.... Even though I agree with the top 2, how could there be no mention of Warrior in the top 20 movies of the year? It received a 5 star glowing review. Odd that Harry Potter is so high after a 4 star review. I have the feeling you will use the excuse that more people in your office saw it?! Maybe you should change the title to "The Top 20 Movies Watched by Most of the Staff At Empire"? Odd also that The Tree of Life is so low after your reviewer said that there was literally no other movie like it. Whilst not to everyone's taste, surely it should be higher for being so daringly brilliant? This reads like it was compiled by The Sun hacks. 'd guess because reviews are individual opinions and, as this says on the first page, this is a combined effort based on bringing everyone's lists together. So some people might have liked Tree of Life - other's didn't. There was no concerted opinion - which is what thisMore

Posted by Rgirvan44 on Wednesday December 21, 2011, 13:42

30 RE: Warrior?!
L: kojaksmoneybox Curious list here Empire.... Even though I agree with the top 2, how could there be no mention of Warrior in the top 20 movies of the year? It received a 5 star glowing review. Odd that Harry Potter is so high after a 4 star review. I have the feeling you will use the excuse that more people in your office saw it?! Maybe you should change the title to "The Top 20 Movies Watched by Most of the Staff At Empire"? Odd also that The Tree of Life is so low after your reviewer said that there was literally no other movie like it. Whilst not to everyone's taste, surely it should be higher for being so daringly brilliant? This reads like it was compiled by The Sun hacks. 'd guess because reviews are individual opinions and, as this says on the first page, this is a combined effort based on bringing everyone's lists together. So some people might have liked Tree of Life - other's didn't. There was no concerted opinion - which is what this is. So I More

Posted by elab49 on Wednesday December 21, 2011, 13:33

31 RE: Warrior?!
L: kojaksmoneybox Odd also that The Tree of Life is so low after your reviewer said that there was literally no other movie like it. Whilst not to everyone's taste, surely it should be higher for being so daringly brilliant? 'm surprised it's so low too (lower than The Inbetweeners Movie? Come on) but it is very polarising - for every reviewer that marvels at its ambition, scope and themes, there's another who finds it pretentious, over-long drivel (I'm in the former category). Horses for courses innit. More

Posted by tommypocket on Wednesday December 21, 2011, 10:50

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