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The Best Movies of 2013

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.

The Best Movies of 2013 Films
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    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

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    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve

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    Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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    Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth

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    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

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    Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson

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    Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal

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    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk Chris Buck

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    Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto

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    Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan

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    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

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    Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Molly Quinn

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    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro

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    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd

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    Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

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    Emma Watson, James Franco, Channing Tatum

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    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson

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

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    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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    Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner

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    Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

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    Mariah Carey, Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey

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    Pierce Brosnan, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman

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    Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel

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    Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane

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    Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans

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    Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K.

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    Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

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    Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga

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    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Armie Hammer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Steve Carell, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb

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    Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

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    Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco

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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Athina Rachel Tsangari

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    Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig

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    Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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