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“Tree of Life” Tops Film Comment’s End-of-Year Poll

"Tree of Life" Tops Film Comment's End-of-Year Poll

Film Comment has announced its critics’ list of the year’s best films.  From a list of critics including Roger Ebert, David Edelstein, Todd McCarthy, and Amy Taubin, Film Comment has compiled a list of the year’s best films.  Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life” topped the list of best films released in 2011, while “This is Not a Film” by Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb were named best unreleased film of 2011.  

The complete list of fifty films released in 2011 and fifty unreleased films from 2011 are below.

Indiewire will release our own list of the year’s best films with our Criticwire end-of-year poll next week.


1. TREE OF LIFE, Director: Terrence Malick
2. UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES, Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
3. MELANCHOLIA, Director: Lars von Trier
4. A SEPARATION, Director: Asghar Farhadi
5. A DANGEROUS METHOD, Director: David Cronenberg
6. MYSTERIES OF LISBON, Director: Raúl Ruiz
7. CERTIFIED COPY, Director: Abbas Kiarostami
8. MEEK’S CUTOFF, Director: Kelly Reichardt
9. HUGO, Director: Martin Scorsese
10. POETRY, Director: Lee Chang-dong
11. FILM SOCIALISME, Director: Jean-Luc Godard
12. LE HAVRE, Director: Aki Kaurismäki
14. LE QUATTRO VOLTE, Director: Michelangelo Frammartino
15. THE DESCENDANTS, Director: Alexander Payne
16. NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT, Director: Patricio Guzmán
Edward Yang
18. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, Director: Woody Allen
19. TAKE SHELTER, Director: Jeff Nichols
20. MARGARET, Director: Kenneth Lonergan
21. SHAME, Director: Steve McQueen
22. DRIVE, Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
23. CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, Director: Werner Herzog
24. TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, Director: Tomas Alfredson
25. TO DIE LIKE A MAN, Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
26. THE INTERRUPTERS, Director: Steve James
27. THE ARTIST, Director: Michel Hazanavicius
28. TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS, Director: Radu Muntean
29. AURORA, Director: Cristi Puiu
30. WEEKEND, Director: Andrew Haigh
31. THE SKIN I LIVE IN, Director: Pedro Almodóvar
32. CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH, Director: Lu Chuan
33. CONTAGION, Director: Steven Soderbergh
34. OF GODS AND MEN, Director: Xavier Beauvois
35. MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, Director: Sean Durkin
36. BRIDESMAIDS, Director: Paul Feig
37. THE TRIP, Director: Michael Winterbottom
38. MONEYBALL, Director: Bennett Miller
39. THE ARBOR, Director: Clio Barnard
40. THE FUTURE, Director: Miranda July
41. INCENDIES, Director: Denis Villeneuve
42. SUPER 8, Director: J.J. Abrams
43. UNITED RED ARMY, Director: Koji Wakamatsu
44. ROAD TO NOWHERE, Director: Monte Hellman
45. TABLOID, Director: Errol Morris
46. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Director: Rupert Wyatt
47. TERRI, Director: Azazel Jacobs
48. J. EDGAR, Director: Clint Eastwood
49. JANE EYRE, Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
50. PINA, Director: Wim Wenders


1. THIS IS NOT A FILM, Director: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
2. THE TURIN HORSE, Director: Béla Tarr
3. ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA, Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
4. THE KID WITH A BIKE, Director: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
5. THE LONELIEST PLANET, Director: Julia Loktev
6. MISS BALA, Director: Gerardo Naranjo
7. FOOTNOTE, Director: Joseph Cedar
8. KILL LIST, Director: Ben Wheatley
9. SLEEPING SICKNESS, Director: Ulrich Koehler
10. PLAY, Director: Rüben Ostlund
11.POLICEMAN, Director: Nadav Lapid
12. THE COLOR WHEEL, Director: Alex Ross Perry
13. TWO YEARS AT SEA, Director: Ben Rivers
14. ALPS, Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
15. GOODBYE FIRST LOVE, Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
16. 4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH, Director: Abel Ferrara
17. DREILEBAN, Director: Christoph Hochhäusler, Christian Petzold & Dominik Graf
18. THE RETURN, Director: Nathaniel Dorsky
19. THE DEEP BLUE SEA, Director: Terence Davies
20. WUTHERING HEIGHTS, Director: Andrea Arnold
21. CORPO CELESTE, Director: Alice Rohrwacher
22. OSLO, AUGUST 31ST, Director: Joachim Trier
23. THE STUDENT, Director: Santiago Mitre
24. ATTENBERG, Director: Athena Rachel Tsangari
25. ELENA, Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev
26. YOU ARE NOT I, Director: Sara Driver
27. WORDS OF MERCURY, Director: Jerome Hiler
28. CRAZY HORSE, Director: Frederick Wiseman
29. FAUST, Director: Alexander Sokurov
30. SEEKING THE MONKEY KING, Director: Ken Jacobs
31. DISORDER, Director: Huang Weikei
32. PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY, Director: Peter Bo Rappmund
33. PATIENCE (AFTER SEBALD), Director: Grant Gee
34. GREEN, Director: Sophia Takal
35. WE CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN, Director: Nicholas Ray
36. KILLER JOE, Director: William Friedkin
37. DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, Director: Whit Stillman
38. SLOW ACTION, Director: Ben Rivers
39. BONSAI, Director: Cristian Jimenez
40. MICHAEL, Director: Markus Schleinzer
41. A SIMPLE LIFE, Director: Ann Hui
42. TAKE THIS WALTZ, Director: Sarah Polley
43. HORS SATAN, Director: Bruno Dumont
44. DARK HORSE, Director: Todd Solondz
45. CURLING, Director: Denis Côté
46. ALMAYER’S FOLLY, Director: Chantal Akerman
47. 20 CIGARETTES, Director: James Benning
48. POLISSE, Director: Maïwenn
49. WITHOUT, Director: Mark Jackson
50. THE INNKEEPERS, Director: Ti West

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