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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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Captain Phillips Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

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Gravity Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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wiabux added The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

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359 151
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gschwayze added The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson

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349 218
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12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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344 181
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ChangesDownClub added Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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319 264
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wiabux added Thor: The Dark World Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth

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301 136
Frozen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
ChangesDownClub added Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk - Chris Buck

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Star Trek Into Darkness Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve

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256 176
Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
ChangesDownClub added Now You See Me Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson

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384 258
Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Iron Man 3 Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

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297 167
Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Monsters University Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal

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239 244
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
The Great Gatsby Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan

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184 122
Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
wiabux added Dallas Buyers Club Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto

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307 269
Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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260 154
We're the Millers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
wiabux added We're the Millers Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Molly Quinn

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305 250
World War Z is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
World War Z Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse

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144 108
Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
ManningFranks added Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

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ChangesDownClub added Olympus Has Fallen Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd

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wiabux added Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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144 79
Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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American Hustle Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro

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wiabux added The Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

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124 108
Rush is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
sid_cassal added Rush U;Nee, Lee Min-woo, Kim Seung-hyun

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208 181
This Is the End is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
This Is the End Emma Watson, James Franco, Channing Tatum

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104 100
Mud is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
laaaarrge added Mud Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson

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161 215
Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
ChangesDownClub added Oz the Great and Powerful Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco

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158 170
Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
ChangesDownClub added Oblivion Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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146 141
Fast & Furious 6 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
ejlinehan added Fast & Furious 6 Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

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ChangesDownClub added The Conjuring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

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111 144
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner

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72 67
Elysium is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Elysium Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga

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112 131
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel

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The World's End Pierce Brosnan, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman

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89 132
Jack the Giant Killer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Jack and the Giant Slayer Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane

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51 70
The Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
The Butler Mariah Carey, Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey

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121 123
The Heat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
The Heat Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans

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Blue Jasmine Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K.

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Nebraska Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk

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100 134
Kick-Ass 2 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
polyspiker added Kick-Ass 2 Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

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42 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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78 171
The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
The Lone Ranger Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Armie Hammer

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52 34
Warm Bodies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Warm Bodies Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco

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82 119
The Way, Way Back is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
TheFinalCut added The Way, Way Back Steve Carell, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb

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60 74
White House Down is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
White House Down Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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59 126
Beautiful Creatures is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Beautiful Creatures Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

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50 88
The Hangover Part III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
The Hangover Part III Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham, John Goodman

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31 23
The Secret Life of Walter Mitt... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig