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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.

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    most listed & ranked high on reranks 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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    added by gschwayze Martin Scorsese

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    added by ChangesDownClub Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin

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    added by wiabux Alan Taylor

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    J.J. Abrams

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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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    added by wiabux Jean-Marc Vallée

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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 ManningFranks John Lee Hancock

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    Marc Forster

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    added by wiabux Guillermo del Toro

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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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    ranked low on reranks Peter Berg

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    added by ChangesDownClub Sam Raimi

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    Derek Cianfrance

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    David O. Russell

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    Edgar Wright

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    Tommy Wirkola

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    added by ChangesDownClub Joseph Kosinski

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    Bryan Singer

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ChangesDownClub James Wan

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    Thor Freudenthal

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    Paul Feig

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    Nebraska Alexander Payne

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    Woody Allen

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    added by TheFinalCut Jim Rash, Nat Faxon

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    Richard LaGravenese

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    ranked low on reranks Neill Blomkamp

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gore Verbinski

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    added by polyspiker Jeff Wadlow

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Roland Emmerich

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    Jonathan Levine

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Richard Linklater

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