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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 Criteria: Only films that were released (or wide released) in the United States in 2013

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    Captain Phillips

    Paul Greengrass More
    93
  2. 2
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    Alfonso Cuarón More
    90
  3. 3
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    Peter Jackson More
    90
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  4. 4
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    Alan Taylor More
    85
    added by: wiabux
  5. 5
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    Steve McQueen More
    85
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    Francis Lawrence More
    84
  7. 7
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    J.J. Abrams More
    81
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    Shane Black More
    80
  9. 9
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    Denis Villeneuve More
    80
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    Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin More
    79
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    Pacific Rim

    Guillermo del Toro More
    74
    added by: wiabux
  12. 12
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    Marc Forster More
    73
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    Dan Scanlon More
    73
  14. 14
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    Martin Scorsese More
    72
    added by: gschwayze
  15. 15
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    Louis Leterrier More
    70
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    Baz Luhrmann More
    70
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    Zack Snyder More
    69
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    John Lee Hancock More
    69
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    Frozen

    69
    added by: ChangesDownClub
    Chris Buck
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    Rawson Marshall Thurber More
    68
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    Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen More
    67
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    No image
    Antoine Fuqua More
    67
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    James Mangold More
    66
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  24. 24
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    Derek Cianfrance More
    64
  25. 25
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    Jean-Marc Vallée More
    63
    added by: wiabux
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    Oz: The Great and Powerful

    Sam Raimi More
    61
    added by: ChangesDownClub
  27. 27
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    James Wan More
    61
    added by: ChangesDownClub
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    Lone Survivor

    Peter Berg More
    59
  29. 29
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    Jeff Nichols More
    58
    added by: laaaarrge
  30. 30
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    Bryan Singer More
    55
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    Joseph Kosinski More
    55
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    55
    added by: sid_cassal
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    Edgar Wright More
    55
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    Justin Lin More
    55
    added by: ejlinehan
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    Tommy Wirkola More
    54
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    Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn More
    53
  37. 37
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    Jeff Wadlow More
    52
    added by: polyspiker
  38. 38
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    Thor Freudenthal More
    52
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    Nebraska

    Alexander Payne More
    52
  40. 40
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt More
    51
  41. 41
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    Gabriela Cowperthwaite More
    51
    added by: foam
  42. 42
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    David Twohy More
    51
    added by: BushWanker
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    Her

    Spike Jonze More
    49
    added by: PeteBoyle
  44. 44
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Before Midnight

    Richard Linklater More
    49
  45. 45
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    Woody Allen More
    49
  46. 46
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    Joel Coen, Ethan Coen More
    48
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    48
  48. 48
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    Gore Verbinski More
    47
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    Paul Feig More
    47
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    Richard LaGravenese More
    47
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