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List of the best special effects of 2013, as ranked by film fans and critics. Having special effects in a movie is a double edged sword. If the effects are amazing, it elevates the film overall. However, if the special effects are mediocre or unconvincing, it can pull the viewer out of the movie and degrade their experience with the film. Great special effects can make an action sequence feel real and more intense. Perfect CGI can make giant robots,aliens, and other important monsters look like they came straight from somebody’s imagination. The right special effects can be the difference between a hit and a flop film.

The films on this list have the best special effect features in 2013. Movies like Pacific Rim and Jack the Giant Slayer made convincing villains that looked like they could leap off the screen. Films like After Earth and Star Trek 2 created whole new convincing universes. Other movies like Beautiful Creatures and Now You See Me made magic look real. All these special effects made the settings and characters feel real.

What are the best film special effects of 2013? This list includes movies that used special effects to benefit the movie as a whole.

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Iron Man 3 Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's ...more

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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Gravity 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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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen 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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Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Thor: The Dark World Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the ...more

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Star Trek Into Darkness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve 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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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
The Lone Ranger Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Armie Hammer The Lone Ranger is a 2013 action adventure film written by Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe and Terry Rossio and directed by Gore Verbinski.

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The Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
The Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima The Wolverine is a 2013 action science fiction film written by Chris Claremont, Mark Bomback, Christopher McQuarrie and Frank Miller and directed by James Mangold.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian novel, Catching Fire, the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The ...more

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Elysium is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Elysium Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed, and co-produced by Neill Blomkamp, and starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga and Sharlto ...more

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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Oblivion Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko Oblivion is a 2012 action and science fiction film written by Joseph Kosinski and William Monahan and directed by Joseph Kosinski.

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a 2013 American-German action-horror comedy film written and directed by Tommy Wirkola. It is a continuation to the German folklore fairy tale "Hansel ...more

The Best Animated Films Ever

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film based on the DC Comics character Superman, co-produced by Legendary Pictures and Syncopy Films, and distributed by Warner Bros. It is the first installment ...more

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Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Oz the Great and Powerful 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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Beautiful Creatures is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Beautiful Creatures Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons A supernatural love story set in the South, "Beautiful Creatures" tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and ...more

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Red 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Red 2 Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren Red 2 is an American action comedy film and sequel to Red. It was inspired by the limited comic book series of the same name, created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, and published by the DC ...more

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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
World War Z Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse World War Z is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by ...more

The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

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Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Now You See Me Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, 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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Jack the Giant Killer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Jack the Giant Killer Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane Jack the Giant Slayer is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film based on the English fairy tales "Jack the Giant Killer" and "Jack and the Beanstalk". The film is directed by ...more

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel The son of Poseidon and his friends head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece.

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The Chronicles of Riddick 3: R... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013

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Kick-Ass 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
Kick-Ass 2 Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca Kick-Ass 2 is a 2013 action comedy film written and directed by Jeff Wadlow.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes is a 2012 action adventure sci-fi film written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and directed by Jon M. Chu.

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The World's End Pierce Brosnan, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman 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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This Is the End Emma Watson, James Franco, Channing Tatum The comedy "This is the End" follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling ...more

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White House Down is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
White House Down Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal White House Down is a 2013 American political action-thriller film directed by Roland Emmerich about an assault on the White House by a paramilitary group and the Capitol Police Officer who ...more

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R.I.P.D. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
R.I.P.D. Ryan Reynolds, Marisa Miller, Jeff Bridges R.I.P.D. is a 2013 American science fiction action-comedy film starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. Robert Schwentke directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the comic book Rest ...more

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After Earth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
After Earth Will Smith, Zoë Kravitz, Jaden Smith One Thousand A.E. is 2013 Science Fiction written by Stephen Gaghan and Gary Whitta and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

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The Host is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Film Special Effects of 2013
The Host Diane Kruger, Saoirse Ronan, Emily Browning The Host is a 2013 science fiction thriller film written by Stephenie Meyer and Andrew Niccol and directed by Andrew Niccol.