The Best Movies of 2013 Films

The Best Movies of 2013

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List Criteria: Only films that were released (or wide released) in the United States in 2013

A list of the best movies of 2013, as ranked by movie fans and critics. Every year, around the holiday season, film critics and fans alike gather together to proclaim that a select few movies were the best the film world had to offer during the year. For some, the best movies are those that evoke an emotional response and memorable acting performances. For other movie fans, it’s the entertainment value of a film that earns its place on the “best of” lists. Whatever the personal preferences of the movie viewer, people have strong feelings about what they believe is the best movie of the year.

The films on this list are among the best movies made in 2013. These films gathered strong reviews from the most respected film critics in the country, entertained audiences across the globe, and stayed in their thoughts long after the credits rolled. This list includes movies of many different genres, as well as both indie and major studio releases.

What are the best movies of 2013? While much of the debate rests on personal taste, the movies on this list received great reviews, captured the attention of the audience, and earned a place in cinema history. For more 2013 movie lists, check out Ranker's lists of the funniest movies of 2013 and the most overrated 2013 films.

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    Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Captain Phillips Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fir... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson

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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

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    12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Gravity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Gravity Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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    The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

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    Star Trek Into Darkness is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve

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    Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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    Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Thor: The Dark World Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth

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    Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

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    Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Now You See Me Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson

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    Frozen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk Chris Buck

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    Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Monsters University Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal

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    Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Dallas Buyers Club Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto

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    Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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    The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    The Great Gatsby Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan

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    We're the Millers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    We're the Millers Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Molly Quinn

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    World War Z is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    World War Z Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse

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    Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

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    Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd

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    Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    American Hustle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    American Hustle Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro

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    The Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    The Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

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    Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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    This Is the End is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    This Is the End Emma Watson, James Franco, Channing Tatum

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    Rush is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Rush U;Nee, Lee Min-woo, Kim Seung-hyun

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    Mud is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Mud Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson

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    Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Oz the Great and Powerful Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco

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    Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Oblivion Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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    Fast & Furious 6 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Fast & Furious 6 Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

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    The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    The Conjuring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

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    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner

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    The World's End is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    The World's End Pierce Brosnan, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman

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    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel

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    The Butler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    The Butler Mariah Carey, Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey

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    Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane

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    Nebraska is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Nebraska Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk

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    Blue Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Blue Jasmine Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K.

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    Elysium is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Elysium Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga

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    Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans

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    The Way, Way Back is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    The Way, Way Back Steve Carell, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb

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    Warm Bodies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Warm Bodies Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco

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    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Armie Hammer

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    Beautiful Creatures is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Beautiful Creatures Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

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    Kick-Ass 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Kick-Ass 2 Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

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    42 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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    Before Midnight is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Before Midnight Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Athina Rachel Tsangari

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    Inside Llewyn Davis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Inside Llewyn Davis Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman

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    White House Down is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    White House Down Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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