The year 2012 was a great one for films. In this article, we’re going to take a detailed look at the best movies of 2012.

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The year 2012 had some of the most anticipated and highest-grossing movies in recent years, including The Avengers, Skyfall, and The Dark Knight Rises.

With so many great films to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one favorite film of the year.

Best Films Of 2012

Let’s start with one of the absolute strongest films of a fantastic year for cinema!

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal.

The film dramatizes the nearly decade-long international manhunt for Osama bin Laden, leader of terrorist network Al-Qaeda, after the September 11 attacks.

This search leads to the discovery of his compound in Pakistan and the military raid where bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011.

In the last few months, Zero Dark Thirty has become a controversial movie.

The US Department of Defense is not happy with the way they are portrayed and keeps threatening to cut ties with Hollywood if this trend continues.

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Zero Dark Thirty (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Jason Clarke, Reda Kateb, Jessica Chastain (Actors)
  • Kathryn Bigelow (Director)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Master

The Master is a movie about the relationship between two men. One of these men has found peace in religion, while the other man struggles with it.

The Master shows how different people can be and that there are many paths to take on your journey in life.

The movie also showcases the rituals of Scientology, known for its intense courses and auditing sessions which may have helped create some controversy around this film when it was released in 2012.

The Master (Blu-ray)
  • The Master - Blu-ray Brand New
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams (Actors)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Director) - Paul Thomas Anderson (Writer)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

Moonrise Kingdom

It’s been a while since Wes Anderson has made a movie that we’ve all fallen head over heels in love with, but Moonrise Kingdom is the perfect film to finally get us back on board.

It’s quirky and funny but also deals with some serious themes like family and love.

If you’re looking for something new to watch this weekend or want to be reminded of why you loved his movies so much before things started going downhill, it’ll be totally worth your time.

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Moonrise Kingdom [DVD] [2012]
  • Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English audio.
  • English (Subtitle)

Lincoln

Lincoln is a 2012 biography movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln. It tells the story of the last four months of Lincoln’s life, from his nomination to his assassination at Ford’s Theater in April 1865.

Lincoln (Four Disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn (Actors)
  • Steven Spielberg (Director) - Doris Kearns Goodwin (Writer) - Adam Somner (Producer)
  • French, Spanish, English (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

Holy Motors

Holy Motors is a movie that was created by French director Leos Carax in 2012.

The film stars Denis Lavant as Mr. Oscar, a man who has an unusual profession: he is a “driver” of sorts for hire and performs assignments all over the world at different times to keep his clients anonymous.

This film takes place in Paris and every day Mr. Oscar seems to be assigned new missions from people who are never seen on camera or even mentioned by name.

Holy Motors [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Denis Lavant, Kylie Minogue, Eva Mendes (Actors)
  • Leos Carax (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

Amour

A perfect love story between two people who meet and fall in love with one another have a dramatic breakup, then get back together again.

This is the storyline of Amour movie 2012 starring Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

There are many funny moments throughout this film as well as sad ones that will bring you to tears. The ending was unexpected and leaves you wondering what happens next for these characters.

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Amour [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert (Actors)
  • Michael Haneke (Director) - Veit Heiduschka (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

Argo

The movie Argo is based on a true story about the CIA’s extraction of six American diplomats from Iran during the 1979 revolution.

Ben Affleck has directed and starred in this film which was released in 2012. The movie is rated R with a runtime of 120 minutes.

The events of this movie take place from November 4th, 1979 to January 20th, 1981 following the overthrow of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini.

On November 4th, 1979 Iranian students invaded the U.S embassy taking 52 hostages creating an international crisis that lasted 444 days until their release after Ronald Reagan came into office as president.

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Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition (Blu-ray+Digital HD)
  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman
  • Directors: Ben Affleck
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1

Beasts of the Southern Wild

In the film Beasts of the Southern Wild, a six-year-old girl named Hushpuppy lives in an isolated bayou community called Bathtub with her father Wink.

Her mother is dead and her father has a drinking problem which causes him to neglect Hushpuppy.

The movie follows Hushpuppy as she explores her environment, befriends animals like Mr. Mike and, tries to survive without anything changing for the better in their town.

In the end, it doesn’t matter if you enjoy this film or not because it’s an important story that needs to be told about how people are affected by poverty and other social injustices.

Beasts of the Southern Wild [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Lowell Landes (Actors)
  • Benh Zeitlin (Director)
  • Spanish, English (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook movie was released in 2012 and is a romantic comedy-drama.

The film stars Bradley Cooper as Pat Solitano, Jr., Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany Maxwell, and Robert De Niro as Dr. James Krakauer.

The story follows the life of Pat Solitano who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a violent confrontation with his wife Nikki which led to him spending eight months at a mental institution before being released on parole into his parent’s care.

Silver Linings Playbook [Blu-ray]
  • Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper (Actors)
  • David O. Russell (Director) - Bruce Cohen (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Django Unchained

The 2012 movie Django Unchained is a Quentin Tarantino film that tells the story of a slave, named Django, who sets out to free his wife from slavery with the help of an abolitionist German bounty hunter.

The film stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The film was released in theaters on Christmas Day and has received much praise for its suspenseful plot-line and entertaining dialogue.

It won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Best Original Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino).

Django Unchained
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio (Actors)
  • Quentin Tarantino (Director) - Quentin Tarantino (Writer) - Harvey Weinstein (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

This Is Not a Film

This is not a film. It’s the title of the 2012 movie by Jia Zhangke, in which he explores how China has changed since his previous documentary trilogy from 2002 to 2006.

This Is Not A Film is also an essay that was written by Jean-Luc Godard in 1990.

This Is Not A Film
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jafar Panahi (Actor)
  • Mojtaba Mirtahasebi, Jafar Panahi (Director) - Mojtaba Mirtahasebi (Writer)
  • (Playback Language)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Life Of Pi

The 2012 movie “Life of Pi” tells the story of a boy from India who was stranded on a lifeboat for 227 days with only an injured Bengal tiger.

The story is told from three different perspectives: that of the protagonist, Pi Patel; the author, Yann Martel; and Pi’s mother.

What makes this film so intriguing is how it illustrates our need to believe in something beyond what we can see or touch.

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Life of Pi
  • DVD
  • Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color
  • English (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled), Spanish (Dubbed)
  • 1
  • 127

Looper

Looper2012 is a science fiction movie that was released in theaters on September 28, 2012.

The movie stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as two versions of the same person, one in the present and one 30 years later when time travel has been invented.

The story revolves around the older version of Joe who kills people from his own future to protect his younger self from being killed by those same people.

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Looper [Blu-ray]
  • Looper - Blu-ray Used Like New
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt (Actors)
  • Rian Johnson (Director)
  • Spanish, English (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

The 2012 movie, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, is an award-winning Turkish film that many have called one of the best films of all time.

The film follows six men who are picked up by police after they commit a robbery and are taken to a remote village where there is no judge for miles around.

They spend their days waiting for someone to come and interrogate them about what happened but instead get caught up in the daily life in this small town with its own rules.

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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia [Blu-ray]
  • Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel (Actors)
  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Tabu

Tabu is a 2012 movie that follows the story of two men who are in love with each other. The film was originally released on March 6, 2012, and the plot revolves around these two friends, one who has recently come out to his family about his sexuality.

It also deals with issues such as gender identity and homophobia.

This movie made it into theaters because there is a large LGBT following in India, which created a demand for this type of media representation.

Many Indian films have dealt with homosexuality but Tabu is different since it does not portray gay characters as caricatures or jokes like many Bollywood movies do.

Tabu
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral, Ana Moreira (Actors)
  • Miguel Gomes (Director) - Miguel Gomes (Writer) - Sandro Aguilar (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea is a movie that was released in 2012 and tells the story of Hester (played by Rachel Weisz), a woman who falls in love with a younger man. The film portrays her struggles as she tries to make peace with this love affair.

The Deep Blue Sea is not only an entertaining watch, but it also offers some valuable insights on the challenges of relationships and how they can be overcome.

It’s worth your time to see the film if you want to spend two hours learning about what true love means!

The Deep Blue Sea
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tom Hiddleston, Rachel Weisz, Ann Mitchell (Actors)
  • Terence Davies (Director) - Terence Davies (Writer) - Katherine Butler (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Rust and Bone

The film Rust and Bone is based on the novel of the same name by Craig Davidson. It follows a man, Ali Riazant (Matthias Schoenaerts), who loses both his legs in an accident at work and then meets a woman named Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) at a support group for people with disabilities.

The two form an unlikely bond that helps them each to feel like they are no longer alone in this world.

This movie is rated R for violence/gore, sexual content, language, nudity and, drug use throughout.

Rust and Bone [DVD]
  • English (Subtitle)

Skyfall

Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond movie.

The film was released in 2012 and stars Daniel Craig as Agent 007. Skyfall has a PG-13 rating for violence, action, and intense sequences of destruction.

This film is an international blockbuster with over $1 billion grossed worldwide.

Skyfall’s storyline can be summed up by saying that it follows agent 007 on his latest mission to track down terrorist Severine, who holds valuable information about MI6 past operations.

In addition to this primary plotline, there are many other subplots that follow Bond’s relationships with M (Judi Dench) and Q (Ben Whishaw).

Skyfall
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem (Actors)
  • Sam Mendes (Director) - Purvis, Neal (Writer) - Broccoli, Barbara (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises was a 2012 movie that starred Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, Batman’s alter-ego.

The film takes place eight years after the events of “The Dark Knight”, in which Batman took on the Joker and saved Gotham City from nuclear annihilation.

In this final installment, Batman is forced to take on Bane, who has set out to destroy not only him but also Gotham City.

The Dark Knight Rises
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman (Actors)
  • Christopher Nolan (Director) - DC Comics (Writer) - Christopher Nolan (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Magic Mike

Magic Mike is a 2012 movie that follows the story of an 18-year-old man named Adam.

As he has grown up, he realizes that there are some things about his life that needs to change.

He decides that stripping in a male strip club may be the answer and goes with his friends for moral support.

Magic Mike
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey (Actors)
  • Steven Soderbergh (Director) - Reid Carolin (Writer) - Nick Wechsler (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Avengers

The Avengers is a 2012 movie and the first Marvel film to be released by Walt Disney Pictures.

The story revolves around Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye who team up to defeat Loki and his Chitauri army in order to save Earth from destruction.

It’s not your typical superhero movie because it has action-packed fight scenes that are both intense and well-choreographed as well as witty dialogue between the superheroes themselves. You won’t want to miss this one!

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Marvel's The Avengers
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo (Actors)
  • Joss Whedon (Director)
  • English, Spanish, French (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Loneliest Planet

In the movie, The Loneliest Planet, a couple embark on what they believe is their honeymoon. They experience the joys of exploring new cultures and making memories together.

But as they travel from one country to another, the husband becomes increasingly distant and detached from his wife.

He spends more time alone in his hotel room than with her and their relationship begins to deteriorate.

Eventually, he tells her that he doesn’t love her anymore- which leaves her heartbroken and lost.

This film is a perfect example of how traveling can change your life forever for better or worse.

The Loneliest Planet
  • English (Publication Language)

How to Survive a Plague

The documentary “How to Survive a Plague” tells the story of how AIDS activists in the United States and around the world, including those with HIV/AIDS, fought for medical research as well as against stigma and discrimination. It is directed by David France.

This documentary takes you through one of America’s most profound social movements: the fight to save millions of lives lost to AIDS.

The movie follows two decades worth of activism from its early days until today when many are still fighting for an end to this pandemic.

This film will show you what was done wrong so that we may do better next time; it will also challenge your assumptions about AIDS.

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How to Survive a Plague [DVD]
  • Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English audio.

The Grey

The Grey 2012 movie is one of my favorite movies because it’s realistic.

The main man, played by Liam Neeson, struggles to survive against nature and the wolves that are attacking him and his fellow survivors.

This film offers a real-life depiction of what would happen if you were lost in the wilderness with no food or water.

The Grey
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney (Actors)
  • Joe Carnahan (Director) - Joe Carnahan (Writer) - Jules Daly (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is a 2012 movie starring Tom Hanks and Hugh Grant. It’s based on the novel of the same name by David Mitchell, which tells six different stories in six different time periods.

The film was directed by Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, who are siblings.

Cloud Atlas has an interesting premise that includes themes such as fate and how far people will go for love or redemption.

One thing I found intriguing about this story was its format: it switches back-and-forth between each storyline to keep you guessing what happens next in each one until they all come together at the end of the movie!

Cloud Atlas [DVD] [2013]
  • Actors Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw,...
  • Director Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski
  • Year 2012
  • Screen 2.40:1
  • Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1)

Les Miserables

Les Miserables is a 2012 movie that was based on a book of the same name.

It follows Jean Valjean, who has been released from prison and agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter Cosette.

He tries to protect her from his previous life as a criminal with police Inspector Javert hot on his tail.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and, Amanda Seyfried.

There are many other actors in this movie too but these 4 are some of the main ones.

Les Miserables (2012)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried (Actor)
  • Tom Hooper (Director) - Nicholas Allott (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina is a Russian novel by Leo Tolstoy that was first published in 1878.

It tells the tragic story of Anna, a beautiful woman who marries a wealthy man and lives an ideal life until she falls in love with another man.

The 2012 movie adaptation of this classic novel stars Keira Knightley as Anna and Jude Law as her husband, Alexei Karenin.

Anna Karenina
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Actors)
  • Joe Wright (Director) - Tom Stoppard (Writer) - Tim Bevan (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Bernie

Bernie is a 2012 documentary that tells the story of Bernie Tiede, a former mortician and assistant funeral director in Carthage, Texas.

The film follows his life from childhood to adulthood as he discovers his innate talent for caring for the dead at an early age.

As he matures into adolescence, his personality becomes more introverted and reserved.

He eventually marries Marjorie Nugent (played by Shirley MacLaine), a wealthy widow who takes him under her wing as she realizes how much potential there is in this young man with such great respect for life and death.

Bernie
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley MacLaine (Actors)
  • Richard Linklater (Director) - Richard Linklater (Writer) - Liz Glotzer (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Oslo, August 31st

Oslos is a film that takes place in Norway, where one of the biggest terrorist attacks in history took place.

The movie follows two characters who are both struggling with different forms of trauma.

One character has lost his father to suicide and another has had to live through the attack as a child.

Similar things happen to many people every day, but what makes this story so compelling is seeing how they cope with these events differently from each other.

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Oslo, August 31st
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava (Actors)
  • Joachim Trier (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Sessions

The Sessions movie 2012 is a documentary that follows the life of Mark O’Brien.

It is about how he lost his ability to speak and move after an accident, and how he regained it through sessions with different therapists.

Mark was born in 1952 and has spent most of his life confined to an iron lung due to polio.

He was able to get around by using a walker-like device called the “sip-and-puff” which controls breathing while pressing buttons for speech but this limited him greatly so he used voice-activated computer software for communication before passing away in 1999 at age 47 from respiratory failure.

The Sessions
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, Moon Bloodgood (Actors)
  • Ben Lewin (Director) - Ben Lewin (Writer) - Ben Lewin (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)