2013 The Best Thriller Films of 2013  

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A list of the best thriller films of 2013, as ranked by movie lovers everywhere instead of critics in Hollywood. The thriller is one of the most aptly named genres because each film is designed to give you a thrill, by leaving you in palm-sweating suspense and on the edge of your seat at every turn. Thrillers can be scary, action-packed, or psychological dramas. In 2013, there were plenty of thrillers introduced to the general viewing public that fit within many sub-genres from action adventure to horror.

The films on this list were the most exhilarating additions to the thriller genre in 2013. These 2013 thriller movies featured haunting villains, shocking plot twists, and terrifying imagery that will be remembered for decades to come. Movies like The Purge and The Conjuring were on the scarier side of the genre, while movies like Stoker and All Is Lost took subtler risks to keep viewers excited. Films like Gravity had hearts pounding for hours, making them worthy of the “thriller” title.

What are the best thriller films of 2013? This list includes well known thrillers like Mama and A Good Day to Die Hard, as well as indie films like The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Vote up your favorite thriller movies of 2013 below!

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Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Captain Phillips Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
World War Z Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fir... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson

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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Gravity Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
The Conjuring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

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Side Effects is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Side Effects Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Channing Tatum

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The Place Beyond the Pines is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
The Place Beyond the Pines Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling

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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
The Purge Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Adelaide Kane

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Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Escape Plan Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel

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A Good Day to Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
A Good Day to Die Hard Bruce Willis, Patrick Stewart, Anne Vyalitsyna

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner

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Parker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Parker Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Jason Statham

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The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
The Last Stand Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jaimie Alexander, Forest Whitaker

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Homefront is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Homefront James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth

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The Iceman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
The Iceman James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans

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Stoker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Stoker Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode

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Trance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Trance Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel

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Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013

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Mama is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Mama Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash

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All Is Lost is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
All Is Lost Robert Redford

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John Dies at the End is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
John Dies at the End Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Doug Jones

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The Fifth Estate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
The Fifth Estate Benedict Cumberbatch, Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci

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Gangster Squad is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Gangster Squad Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling

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Upstream Color Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Brina Palencia

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Knife Fight is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Knife Fight Jennifer Morrison, Julie Bowen, Jamie Chung

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland

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We Are What We Are is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
We Are What We Are

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The Canyons Lindsay Lohan, Gus Van Sant, James Deen

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Aftershock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Aftershock Selena Gomez, Eli Roth, Lorenza Izzo

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Texas Chainsaw 3D is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Texas Chainsaw 3D Alexandra Daddario, Trey Songz, Tania Raymonde

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Scenic Route is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Scenic Route Josh Duhamel, Dan Fogler, Miracle Laurie