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 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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    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

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    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill

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    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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    Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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    Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth

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    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine

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    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle

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    Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine

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    Billy Crystal, Helen Mirren, Steve Buscemi

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    Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan

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    Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Molly Quinn

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    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

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    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse

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    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Angela Bassett

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Christian Bale

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    Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Svetlana Khodchenkova

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

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    Rihanna, Emma Watson, James Franco

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    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Shannon

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    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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    Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco

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    Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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    Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster

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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, Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci

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    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor

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    Nebraska

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    Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K.

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    Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans

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    Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

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    Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, Alice Braga

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    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Armie Hammer

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    Steve Carell, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb

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    Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Nicholas Hoult

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    Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey

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    Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

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    Judi Dench, Michelle Fairley, Steve Coogan

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    Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Conan O'Brien

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