2013 movies The Best Movies of 2013

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List Rules 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 Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener Max Martini

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

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Gravity Sandra Bullock, George Clooney Ed Harris

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

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

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12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender Benedict Cumberbatch

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Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell Kristen Wiig

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

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Star Trek Into Darkness Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch Alice Eve

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Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal Maria Bello

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel Alan Tudyk - Chris Buck

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Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Now You See Me Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher Woody Harrelson

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Iron Man 3 Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr. Ben Kingsley

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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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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
The Great Gatsby Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher Carey Mulligan

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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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Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Dallas Buyers Club Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey Jared Leto

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We're the Millers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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
Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell Emma Thompson

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Olympus Has Fallen Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler Ashley Judd

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Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam Ron Perlman

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Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana Taylor Kitsch

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American Hustle Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams Robert De Niro

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The Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto Rila Fukushima

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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
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
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
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
Oblivion Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman Olga Kurylenko

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The Conjuring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson Joey King

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Fast & Furious 6 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Fast & Furious 6 Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel Michelle Rodriguez

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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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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman Jake Abel

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

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Jack the Giant Killer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Jack and the Giant Slayer Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci Ian McShane

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The Butler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
The Butler Mariah Carey, Robin Williams Oprah Winfrey

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Elysium is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Elysium Matt Damon, Jodie Foster Alice Braga

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

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Nebraska Bruce Dern, Will Forte Bob Odenkirk

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The Heat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
The Heat Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy Marlon Wayans

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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
The Lone Ranger Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter Armie Hammer

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Warm Bodies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Warm Bodies Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich Dave Franco

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The Way, Way Back is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
The Way, Way Back Steve Carell, Amanda Peet AnnaSophia Robb

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Kick-Ass 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Kick-Ass 2 Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz Lyndsy Fonseca

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Beautiful Creatures is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Beautiful Creatures Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson Jeremy Irons

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42 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni Nicole Beharie

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White House Down is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
White House Down Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx Maggie Gyllenhaal

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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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The Hangover Part III is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
The Hangover Part III Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham John Goodman