Top 10 films of 2011

Well I managed to get the blog finished and rolled out before the end of the year, so it gives me great pleasure to introduce my top 10 films of 2011.

Now these are ony films released in 2011 and films that I have obviously seen, there may be some films that could of made this list like Hanna,Cowboys & Aliens and Super 8 etc, but I simply don’t have the time to watch every single film….but it’s on my to-do list for 2012.

Lets get started.

10. Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows Part 2

I was never a huge fan of the early films, but as they went along I started to enjoy them as they became more adult in content and tone. I think this film was a very fitting end to the saga and some of the special effects were great.

9. Battle: Los Angeles

This was a film that seemed to get panned when it came out and one I missed in the cinema, but when it came to blu-ray I gave it a watch and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I really liked the intensity that they filmed it, a bit like Cloverfield in that sense.

I think the best way to actually dscribe the film was a mix between Cloverfield and District 9.

8. Sucker Punch

First off I think this film could of been even better, the story was a little lacking in parts for me.

That being said, the way this film looked, felt and sounded was absolutely fantastic, I can’t recommend the soundtrack to the film enough either.

7. X-Men : First Class

A really good attempt at kick-starting the franchise that kind of died with the 3rd X-Men film. They got the cast absolutely spot on for this if I’m being honest and I think if they get the 2nd film right, it could be even better as the film got better as it went on.

6. Thor

I was really worried about how they would make this work on the big screen, but Kenneth Branagh seemed to get the mood, look and tone of the film just perfect.

I still think the overall bad guy in the film could of been done better, but I’m looking forward to the 2nd film.

5. Fast Five

This was possibly one of the sleeper hits of the year, it kickstarted the blockbuster season and everyone, myself included, didn’t think it would be any better than the last film.

How wrong was I, this is probably the best film of the lot to be brutally honest, it also had possibly the best fight scene of the year with The Rock and Vin Diesel.

4. Transformers : Dark of the Moon

Before anyone slates me for this, I love these films and I love Michael Bay films, sue me.

Yes,  the acting wasn’t great and yes the story leaves a little to be desired, but all that being said, I seen the best use of 3D EVER, when I seen this in IMAX.
A great film to switch your brain off to and just enjoy for what it is instead of looking for character depth and all that jazz.

3. The Hangover 2

I think I have a slight man crush on Zach Galifianakis, I think everything he does is hilarious.

The only let down for me on this film was that the story was basically the exact same, but the gags were great and the Zach man delivered.

2. Warrior

Literally no one went to see this, I mean no one. It made very little at the box office even with all the great reviews it had.

I loved every minute of this and was better than The Fighter and runs Rocky extremely close, plus with Tom Hardy in it, I was always going to like it, he is a great actor.

1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

My favorite film of the year is a bloody mouthful, but having watched it for a 2nd time just the other night I know why I made my choice.

There is one scene in the film, were everyone gasped, something I had never experienced in the cinema and I could only think the Darth Vader being Lukes dad thing would have got a similar reaction.



Thanks for reading guys. I know this won’t be to everyone’s tastes and there was a couple of films that almost made the list, like Drive, Captain America and The Lincoln Lawyer, but I can only choose 10.

Let me know about your favorite films of the year, so I can add them to my to-watch list.


Alan Horne

Itsfilmtastic is a hobby of mine, I manage this great blog in my spare time, while in my day job I'm a web & user interaction designer. You can find my design work on my portfolio and you can follow my design and movie tweets at @alanjhorne.

  • Garry Aylott

    Good list mate. ROTPOTA would have made my top 3 for sure. There wasn’t a great deal to go on for 2011 so well done for getting a top 10 together at all!

    One change I would have made (for my taste) would have been to swap out Transformers DOTM for Captain America.

    • admin

      Yeah, Captain America came close, but I just wasn’t completely sold on it. I got it on blu-ray for Xmas, so I will be watching it again over the next few days.

  • emtwo

    Top list mate, agree with the #1 choice too, a fantastic film. Top drawer call on Fast 5 too, I was so surprised at how good this actually was, sets The Rock up quite nicely to be a decent action star. Last up, Battle:LA is a cracking call too, I thought that was great after going into it not really knowing what to expect.

    Capt. America for me was average so agree with it not being there, the only one I wondered about was Sucker Punch but that’s based on what I’ve read about it, I’ve not seen it myself so can’t pass judgement.

    Keen to know what you think of Super 8 when you do get around to it.

    Top list dude.

    • admin

      It’s on my list to watch mate, got a big pile of them to try and work my way through haha.

  • Film Fanatic

    While I agree with your No. 1 and 2, the rest is just a run down of recycled trash. Transformers 3? Hangover 2? Fast 5? Seriously!? It gives the impression that you are a very casual movie-goer.

    What about independent movies, or even world cinema… no love for The Guard, Super (not Super 8… pretty good for a sunday afternoon and typical for JJ Abrams / Spielberg) or silly stuff like Troll Hunter or a far eastern adventure of 13 Assassins? Or even English Movies… Tinker Tailor Solider Spy?

    Capt. America wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t amazing either… although no-one can think of Hugo Weaving other than Agent Smith.

    2011 wasn’t a great year for films, but this list really highlights how slack hollywood has become.

    • Alan Horne

      I have never hid the fact that I like my blockbuster movies, that’s just who I am. If it gives the impression I’m a casual movie-goer, so be it, everyone has their own preferences in films, that’s why so many different types of films get made, there is room for them all.

      I haven’t seen all the films you have mentioned…yet, but of the ones I have seen, I thought Super was ok.