The Best Movies of 2013

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

A 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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    Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

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    Gravity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fir... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson

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    The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

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    12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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    Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth

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    Star Trek Into Darkness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve

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    Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk Chris Buck

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    Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

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    Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan

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    Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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    Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto

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    Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Molly Quinn

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    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse

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    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

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    Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd

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    Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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    The Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

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    American Hustle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro

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    Emma Watson, James Franco, Channing Tatum

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

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    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson

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    Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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    The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 2013

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    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

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    Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner

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    Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel

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    Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane

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    The World's End is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Pierce Brosnan, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman

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    Mariah Carey, Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey

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    Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga

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    Blue Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K.

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    Nebraska is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 2013


    Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk

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    Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans

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    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Armie Hammer

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    Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco

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    Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

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    Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

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    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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    Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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    Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman

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    Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham, John Goodman

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