Year-End Lists

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David Ehrlich: 25 Best Films of 2011

11 December 2011

David Ehrlich of’s Criterion Corner: 25 Best Films of 2011

NOTE: In Boxoffice Magazine, Ehrlich lists Certified Copy (Kiarostami) as tied for first, noted that the Panahi film does not come out in the US until February 2012 (he says it’s available for streaming at Netflix, but as of December 12, 2011, that is not the case), and omits the Loktov and Naranjo films.

[see also 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  2. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  3. Kill ListBen Wheatley
  4. The ArborClio Barnard
  5. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  6. HugoMartin Scorsese
  7. The Loneliest PlanetJulia Loktev
  8. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo
  9. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  10. The Girl with the Dragon TattooDavid Fincher
  11. The Adventures of TintinSteven Spielberg
  12. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky
  13. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  14. The InterruptersSteve James
  15. FootnoteJoseph Cedar
  16. How to Die in OregonPeter Richardson
  17. ShameSteve McQueen
  18. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  19. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  20. PinaWim Wenders
  21. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  22. The Time That RemainsElia Suleiman
  23. [missing]
  24. The TripMichael Winterbottom
  25. Buddha MountainLi Yu
  26. The DescendantsAlexander Payne