Roger Ebert’s Top 20 Films of 2011

In addition to the flood of awards nominations that have been announced over the last couple of weeks, the year end top 10 lists are finally starting to circulate as well. Critics have been busy cramming to make sure they see all of the most important movies while also finalizing their lists before the end of the year. Although we can’t post every single Best of 2011 list that comes up, there are a few that always seem particularly noteworthy and one of those is Roger Ebert’s.

This year Ebert praises some of the biggest awards contenders (Hugo, The Artist and The Descendants), while also including some of the movies that various awards bodies have overlooked thus far such as The Tree of Life, Shame and Drive. There are a few unexpected choices, including Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret and David Schwimmer’s Trust, and also a few movies I had barely even heard of: Kinyarwanda, Le Havre and his #1 movie of the year, A Separation. He also manages to throw in a token blockbuster in the form of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. What do you think of his choices? Check out the full list after the jump or head over to Roger Ebert’s Journal to read the article.

1. A Separation
2. Shame
3. The Tree of Life
4. Hugo
5. Take Shelter
6. Kinyarwanda
7. Drive
8. Midnight in Paris
9. Le Havre
10. The Artist
11. Melancholia
12. Terri
13. The Descendants
14. Margaret
15. Martha Marcy May Marlene
16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
17. Trust
18. Life, Above All
19. The Mill and the Cross
20. Another Earth

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  • drexlw

    Why posted? I could have lived happily without him and his list.

  • Spongebob Scaredpants

    I haven’t seen most of the films on the list. Shame on me. Maybe I’m in for a surprise once I see more 2011 films, but my hunch is that 2011 has not been a strong year. I’m guessing 2011 is going to make 2010 look even better to those who thought 2010 wasn’t a very good year for movies.

  • Man I know it’s probably not PC to even comment on this, but man that picture of Ebert makes me uncomfortable and sad.

    No one deserves to have that happen to them…. Granted he is at least still alive, which is good, but…

    Anyway, as for the question above from drexlw..

    Why was this posted? It’s a good starting point for conversation/debate, for one.

    Also, it’s the opinion of a respected film critic who is a talented journalist and has probably watched more movies than any 5 of us on these forums have in his lifetime.

    Could you live without his list? Sure. But some of us do want to see what his opinion is too.

  • Anthony

    I’ve seen 2 of these films.

  • I’ve seen only Drive on this list and haven’t even heard of most of these films.

  • Logan

    Dear Mr. Ebert, why don’t you do something with your life and make a movie instead of sitting around being paid to have opinions?

  • Eh.

  • Michelle

    I saw ‘Another Earth’ and I recommend it. Amazing scene with a guy playing a saw – how many movies have that?! You can listen to the ethereal music from this scene on the composer’s website