1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis
2. Prometheus (2012)
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron
3. The Avengers (2012)
Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.
Director: Joss Whedon
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
4. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy
5. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.
Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan
6. Skyfall (2012)
Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Director: Sam Mendes
Stars: Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes
7. Taken 2 (2012)
In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.
Director: Olivier Megaton
Stars: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Rade Serbedzija
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd
9. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)
After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Maggie Grace
10. The Bourne Legacy (2012)
An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.
Director: Tony Gilroy
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Donna Murphy
11. Men in Black 3 (2012)
Agent J travels in time to MIB's early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement
12. Underworld: Awakening (2012)
When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.
Director: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley, Stephen Rea
13. Brave (2012)
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters
14. Total Recall (2012)
A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.
Director: Len Wiseman
Stars: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale
15. Dredd 3D (2012)
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
Director: Pete Travis
Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris
16. Gangster Squad (2013)
A chronicle of the LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Stars: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi
17. Cosmopolis (2012)
Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.
Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric
18. Les Misérables (2012)
An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.
Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter
19. The Great Gatsby (2012)
Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire
20. Being Flynn (2012)
Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad.
Director: Paul Weitz
Stars: Paul Dano, Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby
21. Lincoln (2012)
The sixteenth President of the United States guides the North to victory during the Civil War.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field
22. Only God Forgives (2012)
A Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match.
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke, Yayaying
23. Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.
Director: Steve Martino, Michael Thurmeier
Stars: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Aziz Ansari
24. Django Unchained (2012)
With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington
25. The Hunger Games (2012)
Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.
Director: Gary Ross
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci
26. The Woman in Black (2012)
A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
Director: James Watkins
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds, Emma Shorey
27. John Carter (2012)
Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.
Director: Andrew Stanton
Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton
28. Battleship (2012)
A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.
Director: Peter Berg
Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna
29. Chronicle (2012)
Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
Director: Josh Trank
Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly
30. Red Lights (2012)
Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.
Director: Rodrigo Cortés
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen
31. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
Director: Rupert Sanders
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin
32. Lola Versus (2012)
Dumped by her boyfriend just three weeks before their wedding, Lola enlists her close friends for a series of adventures she hopes will help her come to terms with approaching 30 as a single woman.
Director: Daryl Wein
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Zoe Lister Jones, Hamish Linklater, Joel Kinnaman
33. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Stars: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie
34. This Is 40 (2012)
A look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of Knocked Up.
Director: Judd Apatow
Stars: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy
35. Frankenweenie (2012)
Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau
36. To the Wonder (2012)
A romantic drama centered on a man who reconnects with a woman from his hometown after his marriage to a European woman falls apart.
Director: Terrence Malick
Stars: Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Ben Affleck, Michael Sheen
37. Holy Motors (2012)
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man...
Director: Leos Carax
Stars: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue
38. Rust & Bone (2012)
Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Director: Jacques Audiard
Stars: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette
39. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.
Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray
40. Anna Karenina (2012)
Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.
Director: Joe Wright
Stars: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen
41. Love (2012)
Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Director: Michael Haneke
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud
42. Antiviral (2012)
After becoming infected with the virus that killed superstar Hannah Geist, Syd March must unravel the mystery surrounding her death to save his own life.
Director: Brandon Cronenberg
Stars: Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Malcolm McDowell, Douglas Smith
43. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
A son seeks vengeance when his father is killed by a coal mine owner.
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Stars: Manoj Bajpai, Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia
44. Middle of Nowhere (2012)
When her husband is sentenced to 8 years in prison, Rudy drops out of med school in order to focus on her husband's well being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.
Director: Ava DuVernay
Stars: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Lorraine Toussaint, Edwina Findley
45. Dangerous Liaisons (2012)
Director: Jin-ho Hur
Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Dong-gun Jang, Cecilia Cheung, Shawn Dou
46. The Grandmasters (2012)
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Stars: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang, Cung Le
47. The Sessions (2012)
A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.
Director: Ben Lewin
Stars: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood
48. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Faced with her father's fading health and environmental changes that release an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy leaves her Delta-community home in search of her mother.
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes
49. Chasing Ice (2012 Documentary)
'National Geographic' photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey...
Director: Jeff Orlowski
Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jonatansson, Adam LeWinter, Louie Psihoyos
50. Detropia (2012 Documentary)
A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.
Director: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady