The Best Movies of 2013 Films
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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

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 globes, 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.

List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    most listed Paul Greengrass

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    the people's #1 & added by wiabux Peter Jackson

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    ranked low on reranks Francis Lawrence

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    Steve McQueen

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    Alfonso Cuarón

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    often listed & added by wiabux Alan Taylor

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    added by gschwayze Martin Scorsese

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    J.J. Abrams

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    added by ChangesDownClub Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin

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    Denis Villeneuve

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    Shane Black

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    added by ChangesDownClub Louis Leterrier

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    Dan Scanlon

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    Zack Snyder

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ChangesDownClub Frozen Chris Buck

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    Baz Luhrmann

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    added by wiabux Rawson Marshall Thurber

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    added by wiabux Jean-Marc Vallée

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    added by wiabux Guillermo del Toro

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    Marc Forster

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    added by ManningFranks John Lee Hancock

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    added by ChangesDownClub Antoine Fuqua

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    Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

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    added by laaaarrge Jeff Nichols

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    often listed & added by ChangesDownClub Sam Raimi

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    ranked low on reranks Peter Berg

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux James Mangold

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    Derek Cianfrance

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    added by ejlinehan Justin Lin

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    Tommy Wirkola

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    added by ChangesDownClub Joseph Kosinski

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bryan Singer

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    Thor Freudenthal

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    David O. Russell

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    Edgar Wright

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ChangesDownClub James Wan

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    Nebraska Alexander Payne

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    Paul Feig

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    Woody Allen

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    Neill Blomkamp

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    Richard LaGravenese

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    added by TheFinalCut Jim Rash, Nat Faxon

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gore Verbinski

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Richard Linklater

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    added by polyspiker Jeff Wadlow

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    Roland Emmerich

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Jonathan Levine

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