Screen Rant’s 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2011

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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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    movie looks sick as hell

  2. I gotta say I fully agree with this list but I’m really looking forward to Cap, Thor, Sucker Punch, Apollo 18, and Battle: Los Angeles. I was looking forward to xmfc until I realized how much they’re gonna screw it up, Marvel needs to hurry and get the rights back to the Xmen from fox abattoir before they completely destroy them

  3. Very nice list…with 1 exception.

    Transformers:Dark Side Of The Moon.

    Michael Bay hasn’t produced or directed a single decent movie in his life.
    Every thing he touches turns to crap. Never mind the Midas touch, this guy has the Andrex touch.

    This is what we can look forward to from this parasite:-

    A Nightmare On Elm St 2
    Halloween 3 (3D)
    Existenz 2 (seriously!)
    Bad Boys 3
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Ouija (Come On!!)

    I don’t believe there was any need to remake the splendid “Dragon Tatoo”, but from your list it is my most anticipated film simply because it is Fincher and I want to see more of the excellent Eooney Mara.

    • ..erm..Rooney Mara (blushes with shame).

      • I’ll wait until I actually see the movie. In my mind I had Salander less hot-looking but I digress.

  4. Vic,
    Any update on Tintin? Happening this year? Not highly anticipated for me but curious to see if Spielberg can turn this as- yet- difficult -to -movie adapt comic character around. Possibly because what we loved as kids would be considered old fashioned slapstick right now and any digression from this would distort the Tintin characters. Perhaps also the fact that the comics had cinematographic panels that they hardly need live animation. This makes a good adaptation more difficult.
    A major movie challenge this year. Without a doubt

    • Claude,

      Haven’t heard anything new about production, no. It is scheduled to be released this year, I’m pretty sure.


    • Loved Tintin as a kid, Captain Haddock is hilarious.

  5. scream 4 should be in the top 5? Ghostface is iconic

  6. Wow can’t say I much agree with this list. Most of these aren’t even movies I’d even consider watching let alone look forward to. Has Danny Mcbride actually managed to be funny yet? He’s pretty much just Will Ferrel. Conan looks awful I didn’t think anyone actually had any hope in that. Very dissappointed in a society that looks forward to any movie with Paul Walker in the lead does Fast and Furious still have fans? The first one sucked bad enough but the sequels from what I hear even pissed off the fans. Did I mention Paul Walker is an awful awful and awful actor? That’s not even opinion he just sucks. Muppet’s? That’s all I’ll say on that. Dragon Tattoo is a a copy of an over rated movie based on a bad book. Mission Impossible lost all credibility with number 2 and Tom Cruise lost his right around that same time little closer to the couch jump though. Sucker Punch and First Class seem like sure candidates for worst film of the year. Unless the Razzis are you fave event of the year no reason to look forward to either. Transformers was a terrible film and the Sequel was nearly universally hated yet people expect the third to turn out good? Expect poor humor great SFX, bad dialogue and a crap story as is with all Bay films.

    My list would be

    1. Thor
    2.Sherlock Holmes 2
    3. Hangover2
    4. Warrior
    5. Unknown
    6. Hoodwinked Too
    7. Contagion
    8. James Gunn’s : Supper
    9. Cowboys and Aliens
    10. Battle for LA
    11. Adjustment Bureau
    12. Kill The Irishman
    13. Mars Needs Moms
    14. Win Win
    15. The Beaver
    16. Crazy Stupid Love
    17. Money Ball
    18. Immortals
    19. Captain America
    20. Wander Lust

    Green Lantern doesn’t even make the cut for me.

    • Wow……..Tell us how you really feel.

  7. No mention of Source Code. I’m pretty excited for that one.

    • I’m not exactly excited about Source code mostly because the premiss sounds a little dull and weird and because the cast doesn’t do much for me some of them are ok but no one I get excited to watch.

      That said I do plan to see it when it comes out and for me personally it beats out about half of the films on the Screenrant list.

    • Source code was high enough to make the first cut, but things got juggled around a bit.

      BTW, people should remember this isn’t a list of the films we think will be GREAT – it’s a list of the films we’re most looking forward to… and are HOPING will be great.


  8. Terrible list.

    • Logic,

      So instead of leaving a deep, meaningful two word comment, why don’t you elaborate like Daniel did and give us YOUR list?


  9. well its all nice but what about the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4? not even it 20-10 ?!

  10. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure about what was coming out this year aside from a few of these. Not a bad list though not many of these are ones that interest me too much, though I haven’t seen trailers for quite a few either.

    Thor, Captain America, and Green Lantern are at the top of my list and I’m hoping all three turn out well. It’d be great if we had a truly winning year for comic book films.

    Super 8′s on my radar as well and I’m looking forward to the new Super Bowl trailer, which will hopefully yield more information.

    Haven’t actually seen any of the trailers for Battle: LA actually, but I think I may not after this. Sherlock Holmes 2 I am looking forward to as well.

    I’m curious for Transformers, but not very hopeful at the moment. I’ll wait to see more and even then I’m pretty skeptical.

    I’ve never actually seen a Muppets film, but I find myself looking forward to this despite that. Glad Jason got to do this since he seemed rather passionate about such things from what I got looking at Sarah Marshall and his Dracula show.

    I’m always up for more Frost and Pegg and Favreau done well so I’m looking forward to Paul and C&A.

    That’s about it for now I guess. Thanks for the list!!!

    • Silly me. I meant I will check out trailers for Battle: LA after seeing the mention here. Didn’t even know about the film.

  11. Great list. Although, I’m surprised to see Rubber didn’t make the cut. Looks like it’ll be one of the funnier movies to come out this year, also its fun to see an honest to god B-Movie being released again.

    As for me,
    1. Green Lantern – One of my all time favorite heroes, and I honestly don’t have a problem with how the suit looks.
    2. Sucker Punch – Hot woman with machine guns fighting dragons. Sold.
    3. Rubber – Reasons listed above.
    4. Muppets – I’d love to see these guys make a come back.
    5. Jane Eyre – Not that I’m a major fan of the book, the trailers have me interested to see just how creepy this movie is going to get.
    6. The Marvel movies – At this point, I just want to see the Avengers movie and Cap and Thor are two steps closer to this goal.
    7. Cowboy & Aliens – Hooked by the title and trailer.
    8. Pirates 4 – 3 was weird and I want the series to redeem itself.
    9. Fright Night – I’d like for this to be an alright remake. No giant hopes, but it would be nice.
    10 Johny English Reborn – Cause I’m a sucker for Rowan Atkinson. >__<

  12. -Captain america
    -Battle:los angeles
    -Sucker Punch
    -Green Lantern
    -Rise of the Apes
    -Tree of life
    -Super 8
    -the eagle
    -red riding hood
    i quit

  13. Gotta say, my own list would look completely different. It seems you always fill these lists, every year with special effects laden, action, blockbusters. You guys are seriously looking forward to another transformers flick, more than films like Hugo Cabret, The Tree of Life, On the Road and Source Code? I mean didn’t Screen Rant’s list of best films of 2010 consist of films like The Social Network, Black Swan and 127 Hours?

    I just find it confusing really. Captain aAmerica and Thor the top 2 most anticipated films of 2011? I mean I hope they’re good, but the chances are they’ll be mediocre action flicks at best.

    Mostly im predicting your best films of 2011 list, will look very different.

    • You nailed it, bro.

      • Second that! could’nt have put it better myself. This list looks like it was created by a room full of twelve year old boys.

        • I third that!

    • Well, sometimes you have to wait and see a non-graphics type of movie. Who knew that Social Network would be so good before they saw it. Most people tend to wait in anticipation of an action-packed blockbuster summer and year. There will probably be a ready list of pleasant surprises in a list at the end of the year. Until then we just have to wait and see.

    • While I agree they might not end up being the best films, I agree with the author that they are the most anticipated. The movies you listed all look good and will probably be better movies than a lot of what is on the list, but people don’t see ads for them and get so excited they have to go change their underwear, as is the case with some of the movies on this list.

      As for the list itself, I think HP7 should have been number one. I mean this is the culmination of ten long years of film production and hardwork and dedication. We have watched these young actors grow and mature into who they are today. People have been anticipating this movie since 2001, not just since they heard about it a few months to a year back like most on the list.

    • Are there really other movies you would go to the theater and pay 10 bucks to see? This isn’t a rent the movie because it is a foreign film and it may be oscar worthy list, this is most anticipated. Red Riding Hood? Come on.

  14. In no particular order:
    1. Captain America.
    2. Apollo 18–though it may stink, I am highly intrigued for some reason.
    3. Transformers 3 –Again, though it might stink.
    4. The Thing.
    5. Unknown.
    6. Area 51. (The creator of Paranormal Activity’s next project)
    7. Crazy, Stupid, Love
    8. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
    9. Tintin (What looks like a beautifully animated adaptation)
    10. Contagion.
    11. Warhorse.
    12. Sherlock Holmes 2
    13. Battle: L.A.
    14. Sucker Punch
    15. Hanna.
    16. 30 Minutes or Less.
    17. The Change up.
    18. Fright Night.
    19. Super 8.

    • Oh, and
      20. Cowboys and Aliens. (I’m hoping it will be good)

  15. AWESOME . . . can’t wait till summer . . . this is got to be good ! ! !

  16. Cowboys and Aliens sounds really quirky. I think at least one earlier Sci Fi and Western came out in the late 80s. It was the 3rd installment of “Back to the Future. ” S.Holmes 2 with Robert Downey Jr looks interesting. The 1st Sherlock Holmes in the US was I believe Maurice Costello 1910s. He was one of the earliest matinee idols. One of his daughters was Dolores Costello who married John Barrymore. IOW she became actress Drew Barrymore’s paternal grandmother. One movie not on he list I’d like to check out is the Tim Burton produced pic “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.

  17. In regard to Apollo 18….“There’s a Reason We’ve Never Gone Back to the Moon” ….yea because we have never been there to begin with. Math is possible, physics and tech tell us still impossible. So I will pass. As well as for “Paul”. ( sad that is my eldest Son’s name). Anything with Rogen I must avoid at all costs.

    Looks like a great year for film!

    • “physics and tech tell us still impossible”

      Who is “us” kemosabe? Because I and the rest of the sensible people know we did in fact go to the moon. There have been multiple people that have ALL debunked the claims of those who have weakly tried to disprove the Apollo project.

      Nevermind though. Just add another layer of tinfoil to your head and you will forget all of this ‘nonsense’.

    • Hey Tacoscat…did you hear the world is flat too? Don’t travel too far, you might fall off the edge.

  18. summer is gonna be awesomee

  19. nice list, i want to see most of those, but I’m done with X MEN, NEW MUTANTS already!!!

  20. While most of this list is really good, there are some serious issues with the top 5. The correct top 3 actually are:

    1. The Green Lantern
    2. Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides
    3: Harry Potter

    They’re in a virtual tie; this order could be reversed or inverted. Why these 3?

    GL will take film to a new place like nothing has since Star Wars. Seriously, the concept and effects will knock everyone’s socks off in a way we have not seen since 1976. Just wait and see. THE best set of characters and concepts in comics, period.

    POTC is back to the character-driven style of the 1st Pirates, but with better characters and actors. Add to it that it was the rare film shot with 3D cameras hauled up mountains, into volcanoes, taking them into scenary in a way no one has ever attempted. Plus scenes in real 300 year old London streets and buildings – not CGI, just authentic old buildings that were there when the story is set there. This will by far be the best Pirates movie ever. If you don’t like pirates you just don’t like to have fun.

    Harry Potter because it ends what is the fantasy saga of a generation, one that’s meant more to more fans than any novel since Gone With The Wind. It will be as immortal as that epic has been to this day.

    Add to it the Marvel films that ought to be pretty good (but not in the same league as GL) with all the rest, and this looks like the best year ever for fantasy/sci-fi. Until next year, perhaps, with Superman, Batman and some more Marvelites. Cannot wait for the fun to start.

  21. Source Code!!!

  22. I like the list, to be honest, I’m getting tired of the majestic, “let’s debate what the director meant by this” type movies. Before I get to my list, let it be known, there are two types of movies I really like, documentaries (which I usually wait for on DVD) and summer big-action popcorn flicks with at least a little cool plot. So, here goes:
    10. Real Steel: I don’t know why but at least for the preview, it looks like it could be fun, kind of like Transformers 1 but with Hugh Jackman who I like. It’s Rocky meets Transformers 1 meets … … Hugh Jackman. It won’t win over any critics, but I might like it.
    9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The story seems cool and I don’t have the preconception that it has to be as good as the first since I haven’t seen the first.
    8. Sucker Punch: Snyder does cool stuff visually, turn your brain off and enjoy.
    7. Cowboys & Aliens: It just sounds too cool to not be good, plus Craig and Ford… win.
    6. Your Highness: James Franco and Danny McBride should bring some good laughs
    5. Sherlock Holmes 2: I liked the first one, thought it left a lot of possibilities open
    4. Moneyball: Brad Pitt in a baseball movie… I liked all of Kevin Costner (an admitted baseball fan)’s baseball movies and Pitt could be a good replacement. I wish Cameron Crowe was directing but what do I know?
    3. Captain America: I think the suit looks fantastic and I think Chris Evans is a good actor. That plus Stanley Tucci, plus Tommy Lee Jones, plus Agent Smith… should be pretty cool. Oh, and I like that he doesn’t have super powers like the X-Men (i.e., lazer beams, adamantium (sp?) claws, etc.)
    2. Harry Potter: I’ve got 4 nieces and while I thought it was going to be stupid before I took all of them to see the first one, I’ve enjoyed taking them to each one ever since. It’s the end of an era type deal on a personal level I figure.
    1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon: I wouldn’t have even put this flick on my list a few months back. I loved the first one, but the second one wasn’t good and made a ton of money which, in my mind, sends the wrong message. That being said, a while back, Bay did an interview and acknowledged the crap fest (my words not his) that was TF: ROTF. That acknowledgement kind of told me that he realized it was more than just about making money. Will he still do big explosions, yeah, but I think he realizes this is his last chance to shut his critics up and to be honest, I feel like he just might.

    • Dimestore,

      After seeing the trailer for Transformers: Dark Of The Moon I wouldn’t run my mouth and talk down to Michael Bay’s final masterpiece. This film will blow away the original and Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. This is a totally different level of action between Autobots and Decepticons. What I don’t get is Soundwave is the main villain this the third installment and he is not the leader of the decepticons Megatron is. This new robot that was shown on the teaser trailer looks like Alpha tron he is more interesting that Soundwave we’ve seen him already in Transformers: Revenge Of the Fallen as a satellite.

  23. It looks like it is going to be a good year for movies. I wasn’t to excited about the movies last year. There was some hidden gems after they came out of the theater and onto Bluray/DVD. But it looks like I’ll be at the theater often this year. Hopefully I’m not too disappointed.

  24. Most of these don’t interest me. I am looking forward to The Rum Diaries,Rango and the 4th Pirates movie. Not just for JD, but because they all look very good. Hanna,Soul Surfer,Water For Elephants,The Tree Of Life,Cowboys and Aliens, and Griff The Invisible are what I am looking forward too :) I can live without another Transformers movie, that’s for sure.

  25. you missed the best movie of the upcoming year-Tree of life.

  26. I link to this post in Midwest Tape’s News & Views blog post on upcoming 2011 films:

  27. Two movies that I am eagerly waiting two watch this year are not on this list. The new adaptation of Jane Eyre, and above all: Tintin and the secret of the unicorn, brought to us by my two favorite directors of all time: Peter Jackson(producing) and Steven Spielberg(directing it),here’s a movie I fantasize about ever since I was eleven or less.

  28. I see, lot of guys missing out on Potter 8. Gonna be amazingly epic.

  29. How could they not include “Breaking Dawn” as one of 2011′s most anticipated theatrical releases?!

    • Because no one is anticipating another film full of bad acting.