Pulling Rank is a column in which Kelly Stitzel ranks a variety of pop culture-related things with little to no commentary, but sometimes with audio or visual accompaniment. There’s no scientific method to the rankings; these are just Kelly’s opinions. You’ll probably disagree with her — just don’t be a dick about it.

At this point, I’m sure you’ve probably read plenty of Best Films of 2012 lists. And most of them were probably published in 2012. Well, I wasn’t ready to share my list until now. Deal with it.

I’m not going to bother you with explanations of why I love these films because I would rather you just watch them and come to your own conclusions. Just know that these were the 20 films I saw that were released theatrically in the U.S. last year that affected me the most, that made me the happiest for one reason or another, and that I recommend most highly to anyone who will listen (or read).

(Two films that I haven’t yet seen that I have a feeling would be on this list if they had opened in my city by now are Amour and Holy Motors.)

1. Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present

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2. Beasts of the Southern Wild

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3. Natural Selection

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4. Safety Not Guaranteed

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5. Beauty Is Embarrassing

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6. The Master

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7. The Invisible War

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8. Argo

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9. The Deep Blue Sea

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10. Killer Joe

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