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The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013  

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List of the best ensemble film performance of 2013, as ranked by movie critics and film lovers all over the world. Many films rest on the talent and charm of a single star in order to be successful. Casting a single star to hold up an entire film can be tough, but it’s much more difficult to find the right ensemble film. For an ensemble movie to work the entire cast needs to have chemistry with each other and work well in their respective roles. If just one piece of the puzzle doesn’t fit, the entire movie is thrown off. That’s why it’s so impressive when an ensemble works well.

2013 was filled with amazing ensemble casts that made their films great. Some of the ensemble casts resumed their roles in sequels, with additional cast members, such as in Fast and the Furious 6 and The Hangover Part 3. A few of this year’s great ensemble casts jumped into famous character roles for the first time and played them perfectly, like in The Great Gatsby,Much Ado About Nothing, and Man of Steel.

What are the best ensemble film performances of 2013?Whether they were playing familiar roles or a fresh roster of characters, the ensemble casts on this list were perfection.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender
12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free ...more
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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
gschwayze added Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
The Hobbit: There and Back Again retitled to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 fantasy adventure film written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and one more and ...more
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American Hustle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
srjthnk added Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro
American Hustle is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell. It was written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, inspired by the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and ...more
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Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan
The Great Gatsby is a 2013 Australian-American 3D drama film based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. The film was co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo ...more
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Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor
August: Osage County is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by John Wells, based on the play by Tracy Letts. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose ...more
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Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson
Now You See Me is a 2013 thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt .
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Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch
Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009's Star Trek. J. J. Abrams directed a ...more
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Nebraska is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
StacyWolfe added Nebraska Luisa Huertas, David Aarón, Jorge Contreras
Nebraska is a 2009 short film written and directed by Adrián Ortiz.
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Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
StacyWolfe added Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto
Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, co-written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Ron Woodroof was an AIDS patient diagnosed in ...more
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Inside Llewyn Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
StacyWolfe added Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman
Inside Llewyn Davis is a 2013 American comedy-drama film edited, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It was produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan and Joel Coen. Set in 1961, the film stars ...more
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Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir
The Heat is a 2013 American buddy cop comedy film written by Katie Dippold and directed by Paul Feig. The plot centers on Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn ...more
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Last Vegas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas
Last Vegas is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline. The film was released to theaters on November 1, ...more
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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon
Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable ...more
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Side Effects is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Channing Tatum
Side Effects is a 2013 American psychological thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns. The film stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, ...more
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James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen
This Is the End is a 2013 American disaster comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and an adaptation of their 2007 short film Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse. After a series of ...more
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Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Constantine
The World's End is a 2013 science fiction comedy directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike and ...more
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James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez
Spring Breakers is a 2012 American film directed by Harmony Korine. While enjoying their spring break in Florida, four college-aged girls meet an eccentric local person who introduces them to a ...more
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Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco
Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American 3D live action and computer animated fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi, produced by Joe Roth, and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and ...more
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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
StacyWolfe added Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts, and sees them stranded in ...more
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Rush is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
StacyWolfe added U;Nee, Lee Min-woo, Kim Seung-hyun
Rush is a 1999 drama film written and directed by Lee Sang-in.
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Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman
Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.
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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Heike Makatsch
This film is a 2013 American-German drama film directed by Brian Percival and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. The film is about a young girl living with her ...more
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fir... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson
This film is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian novel and the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film is the sequel to The Hunger ...more
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Nymphomaniac: Volume I is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ensemble Film Performances of 2013
Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf
Nymphomaniac is a 2013 two-part drama art film written and directed by Lars von Trier. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, ...more