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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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    the people's #1 &often listed
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Peter Jackson More
    92
    added by: wiabux
  3. 3
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    ranked low on reranks
    Gravity

    Alfonso Cuarón More
    92
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    often listed
    Thor: The Dark World

    Alan Taylor More
    87
    added by: wiabux
  5. 5
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    ranked low on reranks
    Twelve Years a Slave

    Steve McQueen More
    87
  6. 6
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    Francis Lawrence More
    85
  7. 7
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    J.J. Abrams More
    83
  8. 8
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    Shane Black More
    82
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    ranked low on reranks
    Despicable Me 2

    Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin More
    82
    added by: ChangesDownClub
  10. 10
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    Denis Villeneuve More
    81
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    Pacific Rim

    Guillermo del Toro More
    76
    added by: wiabux
  12. 12
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    controversial
    World War Z

    Marc Forster More
    75
  13. 13
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    Dan Scanlon More
    75
  14. 14
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    Martin Scorsese More
    73
    added by: gschwayze
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    often listed
    The Great Gatsby

    Baz Luhrmann More
    72
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    Now You See Me

    Louis Leterrier More
    71
    added by: ChangesDownClub
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    controversial
    Man of Steel

    Zack Snyder More
    71
  18. 18
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Saving Mr. Banks

    John Lee Hancock More
    70
    added by: ManningFranks
  19. 19
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    Frozen

    70
    added by: ChangesDownClub
    Chris Buck
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    We're the Millers

    Rawson Marshall Thurber More
    69
    added by: wiabux
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    often listed &controversial
    This Is the End

    Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen More
    68
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    No image

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    Olympus Has Fallen

    Antoine Fuqua More
    68
    added by: ChangesDownClub
  23. 23
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    James Mangold More
    67
    added by: wiabux
  24. 24
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    Derek Cianfrance More
    65
  25. 25
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    Jean-Marc Vallée More
    63
    added by: wiabux
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Oz: The Great and Powerful

    Sam Raimi More
    63
    added by: ChangesDownClub
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    James Wan More
    62
    added by: ChangesDownClub
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    Lone Survivor

    Peter Berg More
    60
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    often listed
    Mud

    Jeff Nichols More
    58
    added by: laaaarrge
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jack the Giant Slayer

    Bryan Singer More
    57
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Oblivion

    Joseph Kosinski More
    56
    added by: ChangesDownClub
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    controversial
    The World's End

    Edgar Wright More
    56
  33. 33
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    Tommy Wirkola More
    56
  34. 34
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    Justin Lin More
    56
    added by: ejlinehan
  35. 35
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    55
    added by: sid_cassal
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Act of Killing

    Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn More
    53
  37. 37
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    often listed &controversial
    Kick-Ass 2

    Jeff Wadlow More
    53
    added by: polyspiker
  38. 38
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    Thor Freudenthal More
    53
  39. 39
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    Gabriela Cowperthwaite More
    52
    added by: foam
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    often listed
    Nebraska

    Alexander Payne More
    52
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    ranked low on reranks
    Don Jon

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt More
    52
  42. 42
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    David Twohy More
    52
    added by: BushWanker
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Before Midnight

    Richard Linklater More
    50
  44. 44
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Blue Jasmine

    Woody Allen More
    49
  45. 45
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    ranked high on reranks
    Her

    Spike Jonze More
    49
    added by: PeteBoyle
  46. 46
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    ranked high on reranks
    Fruitvale Station

    48
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    ranked low on reranks
    Inside Llewyn Davis

    Joel Coen, Ethan Coen More
    48
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Heat

    Paul Feig More
    48
  49. 49
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Lone Ranger

    Gore Verbinski More
    48
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Beautiful Creatures

    Richard LaGravenese More
    46
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