Screen Rant’s 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2011

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

10. Sherlock Holmes 2

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Release Date: December 16, 2011
Director: Guy Ritchie
Studio: Legendary Pictures, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures

Noomi Rapace and Stephen Fry join Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law on another mystery-solving adventure against the duo’s fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). The first one was a lot of fun and had some great energy and we’re hoping the sequel can match it.


9. Sucker Punch

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Release Date: March 25, 2011
Director: Zack Snyder
Studio: Cruel & Unusual Films, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures

Zack Snyder brings his visual style, unique action sequences and creative imagination to this intense fantasy action film. In Sucker Punch, a young girl (Emily Browning) is institutionalized against her will by her stepfather, and tries to plan an escape with four other girls by using an alternative reality. It’s 300, but with young ladies using swords and guns against robots and dragons. We’re hoping (against hope?) that this will be more than pretty visuals and will actually have some heart.


8. X-Men: First Class

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Release Date: June 3, 2011
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Studio: Bad Hat Harry Productions, distributed by Twentieth Century Fox

The make or break film of the popular X-Men franchise brings Bryan Singer back into the fold and Matthew Vaughn at the helm (both who dropped out of the director’s chair X-Men: The Last Stand previously). X-Men: First Class is a prequel based in the 1960s and tells the story of young Erik Lehnsherr and Charles Xavier as they meet and recruit other mutants to form the first X-Men and explore their different views on humanity. Can this rushed production bring a quality movie after two poorly received franchise installments? Call us insanely optimistic, but we hope so.


7. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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Release Date: July 1, 2011
Director: Michael Bay
Studio: Hasbro, distributed by Paramount Pictures

The third and final Transformers film by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf without co-star Megan Fox. After a terrible second installment, can Ehren Kruger’s script deliver the franchise’s best movie and end on a high note? The Dark of the Moon teaser trailer was great, but can the film, which is shot in 3D, fix the growing mistakes and problems of Revenge of the Fallen? (And if it’s great, we won’t hesitate to say so.)


6. Cowboys & Aliens

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Release Date: July 29, 2011
Director: Jon Favreau
Studio: Touchstone Pictures, distributed by Universal Pictures

Arguably one of the most unique summer blockbusters of 2011, the genre-mixing Cowboys & Aliens takes its Western feel very seriously, mixing in the horror of an alien invasion. Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde, it’s hard to go wrong with Jon Favreau working off a script worked on by Bob Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.

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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.