Take a look at some of the movies critics have listed as among the best movies of 2012.
Michael Haneke directs the French film “Amour,” which tells of the love story between an elderly couple when their relationship is tested. Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva.
Joe Wright directs “Anna Karenina,” which tells of the affair between aristocrat Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky. Starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Directed by Ben Affleck, “Argo” tells the story of a 1980 CIA-Canadian operation to rescue American diplomatic personnel out of Iran. Starring: Ben Affleck, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston.
Benh Zeitlin directs the story of a young girl who learns about courage and love while coping with an ill father and threats to her bayou community. Starring: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly.
In the latest installment of the Batman franchise, the Dark Knight tries to protect Gotham from Bane. Directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway.
Quentin Tarantino’s latest film features a slave-turned-bounty hunter trying to rescue his wife from a cruel plantation owner. Starring: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Don Johnson.
After an airline pilot prevents a plane from crashing, an investigation turns up troubling evidence against the pilot. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Denzel Washington.
Sacha Gervasi’s film “Hitchcock” tells of the love story between the famous filmmaker and his wife during the filming of “Psycho.” Starring: Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.
Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” chronicles the journey of Bilbo Baggins and a group of dwarves who set out to capture a stolen treasure. Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen
Gary Ross directs “The Hunger Games,” which tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, who takes her sister’s place and volunteers to participate in the annual Hunger Games – a fight to the death between teens. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth.
The popular musical “Les Miserables” hit the big screen under the direction of Tom Hooper. Taking place in 19th-century France, Jean Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the daughter of factory worker Fantine. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried.
Ang Lee directs “Life of Pi,” which tells of a young man’s journey and unlikely friendship with a tiger after he is cast away following a storm at sea. Starring: Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan.
Steven Spielberg’s biographical film focuses on President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field
“Magic Mike” tells the story of a stripper who takes on a protégé. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey.
Paul Thomas Anderson directs this film about a Naval veteran who is drawn to The Cause and its leader. Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.
Wes Anderson directs “Moonrise Kingdom,” which tells the story of two young lovers who leave town and the community that searches for them. Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward and Bruce Willis.
Stephen Chbosky directs this film about an introverted freshman who is shown the ropes by two seniors. Starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson.
David O. Russell directs “The Silver Linings Playbook,” which tells the story of Pat Solitano, a former teacher who recently spent time in a mental institution. He meets a girl who has problems of her own. Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert de Niro.
The latest installed of the James Bond franchise has Bond determined to destroy a threat to MI6. “Skyfall” is directed by Sam Mendes. Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Naomie Harris.
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, this movie chronicles the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden. Starring: Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt and Joel Edgerton.
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