The 12 Best Movies of 2012

By Tyler Maher on March 4, 2013

With awards season behind us, here are my 12 best movies of 2012 in alphabetical order.


Gripping from start to finish, Argo is the perfect blend of action, comedy, drama, and suspense. Ben Affleck got robbed of a Best Director nomination, but at least the Academy made it up to him by naming Argo Best Picture.

The Avengers

Of the countless superhero movies that have been made in the past decade, this one trumps them all. One need not read the comics to know that watching Iron Man, Captain American, Hulk and Thor team up to save the planet is pretty cool.

The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan’s spectacular conclusion to one of the best trilogies of all time. No actor could possibly top Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight, but Tom Hardy’s Bane is electrifying in his own right.

Django Unchained

Django is the quintessential Quentin Tarantino flick. Its controversial dialogue crackles, the violence is gruesome, and all the actors are at the top of their games.


Denzel Washington has given some iconic performances throughout his career–in Training Day, American Gangster, and Malcolm X, to name a few–and his portrayal of an alcoholic airline pilot ranks up there with the best of them. His character’s drug dealer, played by John Goodman, provides some much-needed comic relief and nearly steals the movie with his over-the-top personality.


Daniel Day Lewis netted his third Oscar after giving the performance of a lifetime as our nation’s embattled 16th President in Steven Spielberg’s sweeping historical drama.


The best time-travel movie since Back to the Future.

The Master

Leading man Joaquin Phoenix gives his best performance since Walk the Line while holding his own alongside Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson’s quirky, charming, and nostalgic look at young love plays like a dream.

Silver Linings Playbook

Tremendous acting and a top-shelf script carry David O. Russell’s little movie that could. Bradley Cooper shines in a rare (for him) serious role, but it’s his chemistry with Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence that drives this heartwarming film.


The 23rd installment of the beloved James Bond series is arguably the best of the bunch. Javier Bardem is the perfect Bond villain and Daniel Craig is dynamite in his third time out as the suave secret agent.

Zero Dark Thirty

An intense procedural that leaves the audience just as drained as its protagonist. Jessica Chastain is terrific as the committed CIA analyst who tracked down Osama Bin Laden, while Kathryn Bigelow’s direction of the clandestine raid that killed him is flawless.

By Tyler Maher

Uloop Writer
Tyler is a sophomore at Tufts University, where he's majoring in Economics and minoring in English

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