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List of the best indie movies of 2013, as ranked by movie enthusiasts and film critics. Usually the films that get the most attention are those with major studio backing and large marketing budgets. Therefore the biggest grossing movies are often ones starring superheroes, action stars, and familiar faces. Indie movies are usually labors of love, made on small budgets,with virtually no marketing. It’s very rare that indie movies get to shine like studio films. However, 2013 was a spectacular year for indie movies. Many of the 2013 indie movies made lots of money, got award season buzz, and attracted massive talent.

The best indie movies released in 2013 had a wide range of talent, scoring directors like Woody Allen and Joss Whedon. Films like Blue Jasmine, Frances Ha, and Twelve Years a Slave have received tons of Oscar buzz,especially for their lead actors. Movies like Short Term 12 and Fruitvale Station feature fresh actors, directors, and other talent that are just now seeing their first successful film.

What are the best indie movies of 2013? While there are plenty of options to choose from this year, the films on this list are the indie movies that will be remembered for decades to come. To vote on more films, check out Ranker's list of the best movies of 2013.

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Nebraska is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
Nebraska Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk

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Inside Llewyn Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
Inside Llewyn Davis Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman

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Mud is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
Mud Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson

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12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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The Way, Way Back is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
The Way, Way Back Steve Carell, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb

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Fruitvale Station is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
Fruitvale Station Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Michael B. Jordan

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Before Midnight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
Before Midnight Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Athina Rachel Tsangari

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The Spectacular Now is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
The Spectacular Now Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Frances Ha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
Frances Ha Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen

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Short Term 12 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
Short Term 12 Brad William Henke, Keith Stanfield, Adam Shapiro

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Blackfish is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013

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Blue Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
Blue Jasmine Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K.

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
Blue Is the Warmest Color Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky

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All Is Lost is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
All Is Lost Robert Redford

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Twenty Feet from Stardom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013

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The East is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
The East Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgård, Julia Ormond

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Upstream Color is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
Upstream Color Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Brina Palencia

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Stories We Tell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013

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Much Ado About Nothing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
Much Ado About Nothing Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, Clark Gregg

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The Great Beauty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
The Great Beauty Sabrina Ferilli, Serena Grandi, Carlo Verdone

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The Iceman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
The Iceman James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans

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The Act of Killing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013

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The Bling Ring is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
The Bling Ring Lindsay Lohan, Emma Watson, Paris Hilton

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Unfinished Song is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
Unfinished Song

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Fill the Void is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indie Movies 2013
Fill the Void Yael Tal, Yiftach Klein, Razia Israeli