Top 10 Best Movies of 2011

Looking for a movie recommendation? Check out my list of the best movies of 2011 that you should watch.

These are my top favorites – featuring some famous names, as well as some new-comers and indie film-makers.

10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The movie is directed by Tomas Alfredson and tells the story of a veteran spy trying to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6. It is a dramatic thriller that gives you the best of the genre. It is a very well-made movie, with a strong screenplay and featuring some terrific performances by Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch.

9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The movie is an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel and brings us in moody to Sweden where the  Journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker, are searching for a woman who has been missing for forty years. As usual David Fincher doesn’t disappoint – it is a story well-told, with both suspense and emotion. 

8. Sleeping Beauty

The movie, written and directed by Julia Leigh, was Palme d’Or nominee in 2011. It has a quite original screenplay and is something you wouldn’t come across every day. It is honest, provocative and beautiful.

7. Perfect Sense

The movie tells the story of two scientists who fall in love during an epidemic. Sounds like a cliché, however the screenplay offers much more. It is an engaging, romantic story showing the true beauty of life. The movie stars Ewan McGregor and Eva Green who have great chemistry.

6. Separation

This is the movie that put the Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi on the international cinematic map by winning him Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. It is a very human story, told within a political and social context. It is full of drama and tension but at the same time very genuine and original.

5. Arirang

It is a documentary by the director Kim Ki-Duk who is looking back at his film career. To be honest, it is not as strong as his other movies, but it is a must if you are a fan. It is a mix of artistic scenes, self-reflection, banality and philosophy. It is both full of meaning and meaningless.

4. Cirkus Columbia

Danis Tanovic is one of the most interesting Balkan directors and this movie makes no exception. The story touches some political and social issues but at the end it is just a human story of dreams and hopes. It is warm, funny, beautiful, yet deep on so many levels.

3. Drive

Drive, directed by the Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, is a dark and thrilling story where every line, and every scene is in place. Ryan Gosling in the main role, gives an amazing and credible performance. In the end, the movie is a fantastic cinematic experience.

2. The Skin I Live In

This is not only one of the best movies in 2011 but a true cinematic masterpiece. This time Pedro Almodóvar outdid himself as the movie touches various philosophical and ethical subjects. The story unfolds slowly and makes you feel and live every scene.  It is gorgeous, compelling and disturbing.

1. The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is one of these movies that you either love or hate. For me, it is the former. It is an ordinary story told in the most artistic way possible by cinematic means. Every-day life scenes and abstract sequences take turns to reveal a story full of emotion and meaning. There is some great acting from Brad Pitt, Sean Pen and Jessica Chastain, in addition to a very memorable soundtrack. The Tree of Life is a very subjective experience, but at the end of the day, each piece of art is.

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