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Best Films of 2011: More Lists

Friday, February 24, 2012 9:26 AM 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 ChristianityToday.com’s film critics, Most Redeeming and Critics’ Choice.

The ChristianityToday.com 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 ChristianityToday.com 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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About Steven D. Greydanus

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Steven D. Greydanus is film critic for the National Catholic Register and Decent Films, the online home for his film writing. He writes regularly for Christianity Today, Catholic World Report and other venues, and is a regular guest on several radio shows. Steven 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. He is pursuing diaconal studies in the Archdiocese of Newark. Steven and Suzanne have seven children.