Screen Rant’s 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2011

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 1st, 2011 at 4:31 am,

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With January ending today and nothing special to show for it from the film industry or box office, we take a look forward to the rest of 2011 and pick out the 20 movies we’re most excited about seeing on the big screen.

It was not an easy task, narrowing down our choices to 20 and ordering them - Just look at our complete 2011 movie guide to see the options – but we’ve done it and are left with a healthy mix of comedies, sci-fi films, comic book movies and a lot of action that will bring the hoards to the movie theaters.

So, before we look back and celebrate the best of 2010 at the Oscars, let’s look forward to Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2011.


20. Apollo 18

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Release Date: April 22, 2011
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego
Studio: Bekmambetov Projects Ltd, distributed by Dimension Films

The very intriguing sci-fi thriller about the mission to the moon that no one ever heard about, Apollo 18 tells the story of NASA’s mission to space in the 1970s that everyone thought was canceled. The tagline, “There’s a Reason We’ve Never Gone Back to the Moon” says it all – and at this point we LIKE the fact we don’t know much about the film beyond that.


19. Paul

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Release Date: March 18, 2011
Director: Greg Mottola
Studio: Relativity Media, distributed by Universal Pictures

Written by the lovable geek comedy pair of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the story of Paul follows two geeks who meet a unique and foul-mouthed alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) and go on an adventurous road trip together, coming across a powerful cast of comedy actors including Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver. It may have limited appeal, but we here at Screen Rant are squarely in the target demographic.


18. Conan the Barbarian

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Release Date: August 19, 2011
Director: Marcus Nispel
Studio: Lionsgate

Marcus Nispel’s remake of Conan the Barbarian is based on the screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood, and follows the titular hero on a quest across Hyboria to serve vengeance against the villains who slaughtered his father and village. The question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Stargate: Atlantis star Jason Momoa can live up to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stature and become a Hollywood action star from this film. We think he’ll be a different version of the character, but might make it work.


17. The Muppets

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Release Date: November 23, 2011
Director: James Bobin
Studio: O Entertainment, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Pulling together an all-star cast lead by Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) to bring The Muppets back to the silver screen in a new major feature live-action film, Kermit the Frog and friends must put on a show of a lifetime to rescue their classic theater. Segel proved he was the right man for this gig from his performance in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and he and family friendly Muppet characters of old share the screen with Hollywood talent including Amy Adams, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Cooper and rumored appearances by Ricky Gervais, Emily Blunt, Danny Trejo, Jack Black, Katy Perry, Billy Crystal and more!


16. Fast Five

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Release Date: April 29, 2011
Director: Justin Lin
Studio: Dark Side Productions, distributed by Universal Pictures

Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and their franchise familiar crew (from all four previous installments) are back again in Fast Five for another high-octane adventure and potential start to a whole new trilogy. With a heavy duty Federal agent (Dwayne Johnson) tracking them down, the crew must work together to pull another big job against a corrupt businessman who wants them dead in order to gain their “freedom.”

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  1. 1. harry potter and the deathly Hallows part 2
    2.captain America
    3.Pirates of the carrebian:on stranger tides
    5.super 8 lantern
    8.cowboys and aliens
    9.transformers 3
    10.x men the first class

  2. I think for comic movies, Captain America, Green Lantern will top the list with Thor getting a back sting. Based on Thor’s trailers, Kenneth Branagh just got it all wrong.

  3. Hope to win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. was going to say Red Dawn, but now with MGM changing the invaders
    from China to North korea, not really interested anymore.

    Battle LA is a great flick
    Transformers 3 will blast its way to the top of box office
    Thor ditto
    Super 8 looks interesting
    Pirates of Carribean On Stranger Tides…beware of Blackbeard
    X-Men First Class may surprise.

  5. With Harry Potter, Transformers, Green Lantern, Pirates 4, and Captain America all coming out this year (not to mention THOR, Tintin, Sherlock Holmes, and X-Men), it’s almost easy to forget that NEXT year’s list will be even more suspenseful. Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, the Avengers, and Star Trek 2 all easily beat out any name on this list.

  6. Well, these are all big budget films that are sure to make money…but I have to say, I’m not too excited for most of them…mainly because I’m not expecting too much from either the story, writing, or acting from any of them.

  7. what u dont have tintin on your list have u lost it ………………..and u have lousy stuff like transformers and battle la with apollo18 …a serious insult to spielberg

  8. HELLOOOOOO, breaking dawn!!…

    • totally agree!!! WHAT? how did that not make at least #2 behind HP7?

  9. No particular order:
    - Scream 4
    - Horrible Bosses
    - Cowboys & Aliens
    - Harry Potter
    - The Smurfs
    - Tintin
    - Green Lantern
    - Cars 2
    - Bad teacher
    - Pirates of the Caribbean
    - The Hangover 2
    - Wanderlust
    - M:I 4
    - Sherlock Holmes 2
    - Warhorse

  10. Sorry, But That List Represents One Big Fat Huge Massive Mistake unless these 2 aren’t released until 2012 but I was told they both come out this Christmas… and there is no comparing any of these films or the hype they created already or will create to the biggest 2 anticpated film releases perhaps in the History of film when all is said and done both being shot as I type this in 3D…

    Where are Ridley Scott’s “ALIEN HARVEST” and Ron Howard’s//Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Part 1; The Gunslinger” ???

  11. Wonder why The Tree of Life isn’t a part of it when movies like Sucker Punch and Battle LA are there. Makes this list a complete mockery!

  12. The list if missing Adventures of TinTin: The secret of the Unicorn

  13. how in gods name does anyone here allow that last comment to stand?
    Do you people who run this site even care about the art of film making or did I miss something?

  14. and RANGO was the best film I have seen… animated or otherwise to come out in the past 20 years at least!!!

  15. No Scream 4?

  16. Great article!

    You guys should check out this trailer… it looks REALLY promising!

  17. Really no BREAKING DAWN???!!!! It will probably be only 2nd in sales to HP7!!! Definitley mine and millions of other womens most anticipated film all year!!

  18. Just read your list of 20 most anticipated films and you had three bombs on there: Apollo 18, Your Highness, and Paul! BHAHA!

  19. Which proves to me that you guys have no knowledge of filmmaking or have incredibly bad taste. Probably both! Nobody will take you guys seriously with lists like this. Next time, do some research and see what actually looks good instead of just guessing. Tools.