Screen Rant’s 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2011

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

5. Green Lantern

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Release Date: June 17, 2011
Director: Martin Campbell
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Martin Campbell is tasked with helming the big budget introduction of the lesser known DC Superhero, Green Lantern, played by Ryan Reynolds. Despite mixed reaction to its first trailer and a lot of questions surrounding the decision to go with a CGI costume, we’re still very excited at what DCE, Warner Bros., cast and crew can bring to the table in this superhero space opera.

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!


4. Battle: Los Angeles

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Release Date: March 11, 2011
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Studio: Columbia Pictures

With brilliant marketing, incredible trailers and an epic introduction at San Diego Comic-Con last summer, Battle: Los Angeles has easily positioned itself as the leader of the recently crowded alien invasion genre. Touted as a mix of Black Hawk Down and District 9, Liebesman exciting war epic stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Lucas Till and Cory Hardrict, and we’re thinking it might pack a serious punch.


3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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Release Date: July 15, 2011
Director: David Yates
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

It’s almost hard to believe that after all of these years, the adventures of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) are coming to an end. Easily one of the most anticipated films of the year, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 concludes the adaptation of the final novel in J.K. Rowling’s world famous series and the film franchise as a whole. It should make for a hell of an ending to the long-running movie franchise.


2. Thor

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Release Date: May 6, 2011
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Studio: Marvel Studios, distributed by Paramount Pictures

Kicking off the summer season of 2011 is Marvel’s epic introduction of Thor, the God of Thunder. A comic many thought too difficult to adapt into live-action looks to be on the right track with Shakespearean director Kenneth Branagh bringing together some of the industry’s top talent in Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård and more to support the title star, Chris Hemsworth. Taking place both in Asgard and on Earth, expect many special appearances and a lead-in to The Avengers.


1. Captain America: The First Avenger

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Release Date: July 22, 2011
Director: Joe Johnston
Studio: Marvel Studios, distributed by Paramount Pictures

While debuting after Thor, Captain America’s origin story takes place some 60 years prior during World War II. Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers opposite Hugo Weaving as the infamous Red Skull in the tale of a less-than-ordinary man becoming a supersoldier and symbol of America during a time of need. We eagerly await the birth of a hero and future leader of The Avengers.


There are many other notable movies that were left out, but we wanted to limit our list to our top 20 – so share your most anticipated movies of 2011 in the comments below and with us on Twitter @rob_keyes and @screenrant.

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  1. 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.

  2. Hope to win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. HELLOOOOOO, breaking dawn!!…

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

  7. 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

  8. 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” ???

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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?

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

  13. No Scream 4?

  14. 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!!

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

  16. 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.