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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    ranked low on reranks Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    ranked low on reranks Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

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    added by wiabux Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom

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    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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    added by gschwayze Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill

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    added by wiabux 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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    added by ChangesDownClub Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ChangesDownClub Frozen Chris Buck

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    added by wiabux Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Molly Quinn

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan

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    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse

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    added by ManningFranks Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

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    added by wiabux Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    added by laaaarrge Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Shannon

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Christian Bale

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    added by wiabux Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Svetlana Khodchenkova

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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    added by ChangesDownClub Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco

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    added by ejlinehan Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster

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    Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner

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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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    added by ChangesDownClub Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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    Nebraska

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ChangesDownClub Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor

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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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    Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, Alice Braga

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

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    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Armie Hammer

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Athina Rachel Tsangari

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    ranked low on reranks Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Nicholas Hoult

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    ranked low on reranks & added by polyspiker Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

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    Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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    Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Conan O'Brien

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