2013 movies The Best Actor Performances of 2013  

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List of the best actors performances of 2013, as ranked by movie lovers and film critics. Every year hundreds of movies are released to be enjoyed by the general public. Most of these films are likely to be forgotten as soon as they’re pulled from theaters. However, there are a select few films that will be acknowledged come award season and remembered for decades to come due to amazing performances by lead actors. These male performances offer a unique perspective on a character, while enthralling audiences with emotional honesty.

The actors on this list have done some of the best performances the year, and in some cases of their entire careers, in 2013. Tom Hanks earned international praise for his performance as the title character in Captain Phillips. Chiwetel Ejiofor has received major press for his heartbreaking and tear-jerking performance in Twelve Years a Slave. Other actors like Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, and Robert Redford have been seen as front runners for the 2014 Best Actor Oscar.

What were the best actor performances of 2013? This list features well known actors in showy performances, as well as lesser known actors who wowed audiences with their fresh talent, such as Michael B. Jordan and Tye Sheridan.

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Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

102 96
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Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

84 93
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Hugh Jackman - Prisoners X-Men, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: The Last Stand

86 87
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fairy_meadow91 added James McAvoy -Filth X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

45 77
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Christian Bale - American Hustle The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

37 64
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Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave Children of Men, Love Actually, American Gangster

19 25
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Daniel Radcliffe - Kill Your Darlings Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

25 46
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Forest Whitaker - The Butler Platoon, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Good Morning

29 48
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Joaquin Phoenix - Her Gladiator, Signs, Hotel Rwanda

47 74
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Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club Dazed and Confused, The Wolf of Wall Street, Tropic Thunder

29 49
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Christian Bale - Out of the Furnace

17 20
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Robert Redford - All Is Lost Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

6 3
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17 19
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Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewyn Davis Drive, Sucker Punch, The Bourne Legacy

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23 45
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Ralph Fiennes - The Invisible Woman Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

15 22
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Idris Elba - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

17 24
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James Franco - Spring Breakers Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3

17 25
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Ben Stiller - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Happy Gilmore, There's Something About Mary

11 13
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Ethan Hawke - Before Midnight Dead Poets Society, Training Day, Gattaca

13 20
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Benedict Cumberbatch - The Fifth Estate Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a Slave

16 22
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Bruce Dern - Nebraska Django Unchained, The 'Burbs, Monster

17 23
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Chris Hemsworth - Rush The Avengers, Star Trek, Thor

14 18
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Michael B. Jordan - Fruitvale Station That Awkward Moment, Fruitvale Station, Hardball

12 15
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Tye Sheridan - Mud The Tree of Life, Mud, Dark Places

14 19
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Miles Teller - The Spectacular Now Footloose, Project X, 21 and Over

8 11
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Casey Affleck - Ain’t Them Bodies Saints American Pie, Good Will Hunting, Ocean's Eleven

47 139
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Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street Titanic, Inception, The Departed