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Top 10 Movies of 2012 (All Genres)

Updated on November 2, 2015

A simple list of the top 10 movies 2012 so from all popular genres like comedy, romance, sci-fi etc. The list is based on my personal choice, imdb rating and general popularity.

Being from India, where the largest number of movies are produced per year it's a given that I am a big fan of movies. Although, I like to watch International movies just as much as I like Indian movies.

There was a time in my college days when I dreamed of becoming a director and even wrote a movie script! Well, even though it's a little embarrassing to think about now I did enjoy imagining myself wearing the director's cap and shouting Action!

Here is my list of the best movies of the year 2012.

Top 10 Comedy movies of 2012

There were some really good new comedy hollywood movies in 2012. These may not be all the best ones but you should not miss these 10 for sure.

1. Silver Linings Playbook (Release date-25 December 2012)

A guy coming out of mental asylum wants to reunite with his ex-wife while living with his parents.

2. Ted (Release date-29 June 2012)

Childhood wish for a live teddy comes true for remainder of his life.

3. Seven Psychopaths (Release date 12 October 2012)

About a writer who looks for inspiration, getting drawn into a dog kidnapping scheme of his friend.

4. 21 Jump Street (Release date-16 March 2012)

A hilarious story of 2 undercover guys sent to high school from the police force.

5. Pitch Perfect (Release date-5 October 2012)

Jason Moore directorial tickled the funny bone of the audience.

6. American Re-union (Release date-6 April 2012)

The young guys are now old and back for a re-union in the latest installment.

7. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Release date-25 May 2012)

Retired group travel to a newly restored hotel in India turns less luxurious than expected.

8. Goon (Release date-30 March 2012)

Minor hockey league selects an outcast from a brainy family.

9. The Dictator (Release date 11 May 2012)

A staunch dictator visiting US who is trying to avoid democracy in his country meets a life changing girl.

10. The Campaign (10 August 2012)

It’s a comedy movie about two small town politicians at war in Carolina.

Top 10 Animated Movies 2012 List

1. Wreck it Ralph (Release date-1 November 2012)

It’s about fun journey of Ralph by Disney, who can wreck it when the need arises.

2. Dr. Seuss The Lorax (Release date-27 August 2012)

A very successful adaptation of classic Dr. Seuss includes Danny DeVito.

3. Madagascar 3 Europe’s Most Wanted (Release date-)

This is the third installment of the journey by four zoo inmates to other parts of world.

4. Rise of the Guardians (Release date-21 November 2012)

Immortal guardians try to save the world against an evil spirit known as Pitch.

5. Ice Age 4 Continental Drift (Release date-26 June 212)

The fourth installment of the prehistoric story, about few animals survives in adverse conditions.

6. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Release date-27 April 2012)

Hugh Grant, try to present his dodo to a scientist and wish to be the greatest pirate.

7. Brave (Release date-19 June 2012)

Pixar presented the Brave as a movie with coming of age story and witchcraft.

8. Hotel Transylvania (Release date-20 September 2012)

In 1895, Dracula is cast as a nice hotelier in this animated movie by Genndy Tartakovsky.

9. ParaNorman (Release date-3 August 2012)

A movie about boy who can communicate with the non living creatures in stop-motion got praise from all.

10. Frankenweenie (Release date-20 September 2012)

Animated movie by Tim Burton much like stop motion homage to monster movies of old.

2012 Best Action Movies List

1. The Avengers (Release date-4 May 2012)

Super heroes from Marvel comics saving the world against super natural powers.

2. The Dark Knight Rises (Release date-16 July 2012)

The last part of the Batman trilogy by Christopher Nolan. Bane replaces Joker to create havoc in Gotham.

3. Django Unchained (Release date- 25 December 2012)

Tarantino produces a stellar with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx. A tale of bounty hunter wants to save his wife from a brutal plantation owner.

4. The Raid: Redemption (Release date: 23 March 2012)

A mission went awry and SWAT team is trapped in an apartment by a mobster. Action packed martial arts movie.

5. Men In Black 3 (Release date-25 May 2012)

Third part of the movie MIB, Will Smith needs to time travel to save his partner and the world from aliens.

6. The Amazing Spider Man (Release date-3 July 2012)

A reboot where Peter Parker is sent back to high school with new super villains awaiting to unleash.

7. Looper (Release date-28 September 2012)

Bruce Willis is transported back in time to kill his younger self.

8. The Expendables 2 (Release date 17 August 2012)

All star studded tribute to the 1980’s movie style with hardcore action from start to end.

9. Skyfall (Release date- 9 November 2012)

The next Bond movie with Daniel Craig, MI6 is attacked and he must seek out to eliminate the danger.

10. John Carter (Release date-9 March 2012)

John Carter is taken to Mars where he is needed to be a savior among aliens.

Top 10 Horror Movies 2012

1. The Cabin in the Woods (Release date-12 April 2012)

The best horror themed movie of the year 2012 contains the typical in the forest element.

2. The Loved Ones (Release date-1 June 2012)

One for the hardcore fans, this movie can appease anyone for its sheer class.

3. V/H/S (Release date-06 September 2012)

A horror movie that can certainly give you thrills and chills.

4. The Possession (Release date-31 August 2012)

The age old exorcism comes in a new and interesting package.

5. Lovely Molly (Release date-18 May 2012)

The creepy tale of a couple who moved in a house of recently died owner.

6. The Woman in Black (Release date-3 February 2012)

A super natural horror has Daniel Radcliffe in lead.

7. Sinister (Release date-5 October 2012)

Critically acclaimed horror movie of the year and has some really creepy moments.

8. Excision (Release date-2 November 2012)

Richard Bates directed horror flick contains plenty to look forward to be scared.

9. Citadel (Release date-19 October 2012)

A son protected by an agoraphobic father from being taken away by evil forces.

10. Rec 3 : Genesis (Release date-9 March 2012)

The continuation of the series but this time we have real cinematography which makes it more intriguingly creepy.

10 Top Movies 2012

Here is my list of the 10 best movies of 2012 list from all genres. If you are trying to decide which DVD to buy for watching on this weekend this list will definitely help. Pick up any of them and you won't be dissapointed.

1. Argo (Release date-10 October 2012)

Ben Affleck directed and acted in one of the best movies of 2012. The story of how secret services from US and Canada retrieve group of American nationals taken hostage in Iran, shot brilliantly.

2. Life of Pi (Release date-21 November 2012)

Director Ang Lee’s epic shot in digital 3D was the story of Pi who has to survive on boat with a tiger after being hit by a storm while travelling to Canada with his family.

3. Lincoln (Release date-16 November 2012)

Director Steven Spielberg recreated a political drama on US president Abraham Lincoln’s life.

4. Amour (Release date-20 May 2012)

Story of a retired couple and their daughter and how ageing and dementia changes their life and everything in it.

5. The Master (Release date 21 September 2012)

A returning war veteran has a need to find some support which is provided in certain cult.

6. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Release date-27 June 2012)

Life of a girl her ailing father and some fierce beasts, while searching for her mother.

7. Silver Linings Playbook (Release date-25 December 2012)

A guy coming out of mental asylum wants to reunite with his ex-wife while living with his parents.

8. Moonrise Kingdom (Release date 29 June 2012)

A couple runs away from New England triggering a search party to fan out for them.

9. The Avengers (Release date-4 May 2012)

Super heroes from Marvel comics saving the world against super natural powers.

10. The Dark Knight Rises (Release date-16 July 2012)

The last part of the Batman trilogy by Christopher Nolan.

I know my list of the 10 best movies of 2012 from various genres has some repetitions but that is because even though there were hundreds of movies that released in 2012 only a handful of them were truly good.

There may be others that were good too or some that were better than the ones on the list however made the list out of only the ones that I watched personally. I think the list can be improved with your help.

Don't forget to comment below with your favourite Movie of 2012. Lets make this the best list of top movies of 2012 out there!


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    • adecourv profile image

      Alex deCourville 

      5 years ago

      Good list - Django Unchained was my favorite movie from 2012.

    • jklahlou profile image


      5 years ago

      Its good to see Argo on a list :)

      I loved Wreck it Ralph! was brillant.

      I didn't find Lincoln enjoyable at all, but it was edifying.

      Les Misérables and The Amazing Spider Man I felt could have been far far far better. Really wouldn't like to watch those again!

    • Pankaj_dc profile imageAUTHOR

      Pankaj Chobharkar 

      5 years ago from India

      Thanks for the comment and your inputs Gil... appreciate it... and i liked wreck it ralph because i like colorful animated movies :p ..sounds stupid but i just like them..

    • Gil Silva profile image

      Gil Silva 

      5 years ago from Porto, Portugal

      Great list!

      "Argo" , "Life of Pi" and "Lincoln" are my favorites too. But I put "Les Misérables" also on that list !

      My favorite comedy movie without a doubt was also the "Silver Linings Playbook".

      You're the first person I know who thinks the "Wreck it Ralph" one of the best animated films of the year . I agree with you . This and the "Rise of the Guardians" were my favorites .

      My favorite action movies were "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Amazing Spider Man".

      Nice Hub.


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