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The Best Movies of 2013 

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List Rules Only films that were released (or wide released) in the United States in 2013

A 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 globe, 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.

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Released: 2013

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort. An ambitious stockbroker (Leonardo DiCaprio) tells ...more

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Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

Released: 2013

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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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Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2013

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more

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Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve

Released: 2013

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

Released: 2013

Directed by: Steve McQueen

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Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

Released: 2013

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Prisoners is a 2013 American drama thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve. Two young girls in Pennsylvania are kidnapped and the father of one of the girls, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), must ...more

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

Released: 2013

Directed by: Shane Black

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Released: 2013

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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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Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

Released: 2013

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

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Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

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We're the Millers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber

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Released: 2013

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal

Released: 2013

Directed by: Dan Scanlon

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Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Louis Leterrier

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Released: 2013

Directed by: Alan Taylor

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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse

Released: 2013

Directed by: Marc Forster

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon

Released: 2013

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro

Released: 2013

Directed by: David O. Russell

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Directed by: James Mangold

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This Is the End is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
James Franco, Jonah Hill, Rogen

Released: 2013

Directed by: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

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Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

Released: 2013

Directed by: Peter Berg

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan

Released: 2013

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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Directed by: James Wan

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Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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Directed by: John Lee Hancock

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