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Best Films of 2011: More Lists

02/24/2012 Comments (11)

With the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday more or less officially ending the awards season, this is pretty much my last chance to blog on some best-films lists of 2011 worth highlighting.

Every year, in addition to putting together my own best-of list, I cast my votes for the two top 10 lists produced by’s film critics, Most Redeeming and Critics’ Choice.

The Critics’ Choice winners for 2011 are:

  1. The Tree of Life
  2. The Artist
  3. Win Win
  4. Hugo
  5. Of Gods and Men
  6. Moneyball
  7. Drive
  8. Midnight in Paris
  9. Super 8
  10. The Mill & the Cross

Since seven of those films are in my top 20, I’m pretty happy with this list. Of those seven overlapping titles, five also appear on the Most Redeeming list:

  1. Of Gods and Men
  2. The Tree of Life
  3. Win Win
  4. The Way
  5. Hugo
  6. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  7. Soul Surfer
  8. The Mill & the Cross
  9. War Horse
  10. Courageous

Over at Image Journal, Jeff Overstreet lists his top 10 (or 11) as well as a heap of runners-up well worth perusing.

  1. Certified Copy
  2. The Tree of Life
  3. The Mill & the Cross
  4. Of Gods and Men
  5. Buck
  6. Martha Marcy May Marlene
  7. Nostalgia for the Light
  8. Meek’s Cutoff
  9. War Horse
  10. (tie) Winnie the Pooh and The Muppets

Jeff’s favorite film of 2011, Certified Copy, made my runner-up list, and I think it’s a very deserving film. Someone else who agrees is M. Leary, whose top 9 (with one slot reserved) appears at the film blog Filmwell:

  1. Certified Copy
  2. Le Quattro Volte
  3. Of Gods and Men
  4. Film Socialisme
  5. The Arbor
  6. The Tree of Life
  7. Tyrannosaur
  8. Attack the Blog
  9. Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Finally, one more list from 1More Film Blog, where Kenneth R. Morefield holds forth:

  1. Tyrannosaur
  2. Win Win
  3. A Kid with a Bike
  4. A Separation
  5. Hot Coffee
  6. Mysteries of Lisbon
  7. Le Havre
  8. Buck
  9. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
  10. A Dangerous Method

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Deacon Steven D. Greydanus is film critic for the National Catholic Register, creator of Decent Films, and a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Newark. With David DiCerto, he co-hosts the Gabriel Award–winning cable TV show “Reel Faith” for New Evangelization Television. Steven has degrees in media arts and religious studies, and has contributed several entries to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, including “The Church and Film” and a number of filmmaker biographies. He has also written about film for the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy. He has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA. Steven and his wife Suzanne have seven children.