With the apocalypse supposedly looming in December, the world will end on a pretty awesome note–at least in terms of movies. 2012 brought us so many quality flicks that narrowing down this list was actually tough. When you’re giving thanks tomorrow for everything you’ve got, maybe also express some gratitude for the great cinema that Hollywood gifted us this year. From drama to action to eye candy, we had a bit of everything.
One theme we saw in a whole lot of 2012 movies? Girls kicking butt. We love that quite a bit.
We should note that we lurved all these movies so much that we’re putting them in no particular order, because they’re all so different but so rad that it would be a little impossible to rank them! (Okay, okay, so maybe The Avengers is at the top for a reason, but the rest are totally tied.)
Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Loki (we heart Tom Hiddleston–such a nice dude in real life). And Samuel L. Jackson, who, like sprinkles, makes everything he’s in just that much better. All at once. How did our brains not explode?
While Quantum of Solace wasn’t the best Bond flick we’ve seen, Skyfall won over fans who didn’t even really dig the spy franchise before. Daniel Craig and Co. brought Bond back to his Casino Royale glory–scrappy, a little angry, and a lot of fun to watch. And we loved Adele’s theme song, too!
This may be the most polarizing movie on the list–half of audiences loved it, half hated it. That’s the beauty of the high-tension Prometheus: It made us all think, didn’t answer a lot of questions, and provided a whole lot of post-movie conversation.
The Hunger Games
Girl power at its best, with Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. She kicked butt, she took names, and the movie was pretty loyal to the books (which were awesome). And it sparked a new debate: Team Gale vs. Teem Peeta!
The Amazing Spider-Man
We heart Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, but we heart Andrew Garfield as the web-wielding hero even more.
The Expendables 2
Having a bad day? Cozy up to this action packed sequel to the gloriously absurd original and let off some steam–and stare at Liam Hemsworth at the same time. (Miley knows how to pick ’em!) There’s even girl power in this one courtesy of Yu Nan! Love.
The Cabin In The Woods
Creepy? Yes. Hilarious? Yes. A biting critique on horror movies and tropes about teens? Oh hell yes. Another Hemsworth again? Oh yes. Ohhhh yes.
The Dark Knight Rises
Aside from the awesomeness of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise starred Bane. While no one can compare to the late Heath Ledger’s Joker, in terms of the comics, Bane is the most insane, awesome villain Batman’s ever faced, and the film did him justice–even if his voice (like Christian Bale’s Batman) was a little odd.
Whether or not you’re into history, you’ll dig Lincoln. Why? Because you’ll forget that Daniel Day-Lewis is playing Lincoln. You’ll think he is Lincoln.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Whether or not you were a Twihard, you can all agree that this movie is one we can all be grateful for. For some of us, it was bittersweet: The movie was good, but now it’s all over! For some of us, it was just sweet: Thank God, it’s over!
What was your favorite 2012 movie? Do you disagree with any of the 2012 movies on our list? Which 2012 movie are you still dying to see? Tell us in the comments!