From gangbuster superhero flicks to indie darlings to (at least one) career comeback, there was never a dull moment at the cinema during the last 12 months. Of course, it's always tough to find common ground: How on earth can you compare "Amour," a poignant portrait of an ailing French family to, say, "The Avengers"?
Needless to say, we had our work cut out for us when sifting through all the diverse, colorful and downright good films of 2012. It wasn't easy, but there is maybe one thing we can all agree on: It has been a terrific year for movies.
In descending order, here are our picks for top 50 movies of 2012.