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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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Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk
Nebraska is a 2013 American comedy-drama black-and-white road film directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson. It stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk. The film ...more
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Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
ManningFranks added Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson
Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 period drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Centered on the development of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios ...more
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Her is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams
Her is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. The film's musical score was composed by Arcade Fire, with the cinematography ...more
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The Way, Way Back is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
TheFinalCut added Steve Carell, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb
The Way, Way Back is a 2013 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash in their directorial debut. The film stars Liam James, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison ...more
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Elysium is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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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ChangesDownClub added Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd
Olympus Has Fallen is a 2013 American action thriller film. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, with Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole ...more
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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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Inside Llewyn Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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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Fast & Furious 6 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
ejlinehan added Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Fast & Furious 6 is a 2013 American action film directed by Justin Lin, and the sixth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has Dominic (Vin Diesel) and ...more
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42 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie
42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the racial integration of American professional baseball by player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey ...more
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ChangesDownClub added Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King
The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first installment in the Conjuring series. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are ...more
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Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer
Fruitvale Station is a 2013 American biographical drama film directed by Ryan Coogler, based on true events. The story of Oscar Grant III (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, ...more
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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
ChangesDownClub added 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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Warm Bodies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco
Warm Bodies is a 2013 drama horror romance film written by Jonathan Levine and Isaac Marion and directed by Jonathan Levine.
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The Heat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans
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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The Secret Life of Walter Mitt... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a 2013 romantic adventure comedy-drama cult film directed by, produced by, and starring Ben Stiller. Gore Verbinski served as executive producer. This is the ...more
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Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
ChangesDownClub added 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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Philomena is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Judi Dench, Michelle Fairley, Steve Coogan
Philomena is a 2013 drama film directed by Stephen Frears, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by journalist Martin Sixsmith. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, it tells the ...more
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Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K.
Blue Jasmine is a 2013 American dark comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. It tells the story of a rich Manhattan socialite who falls into hard times and has to move in to her ...more
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White House Down is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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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Blackfish is a 2013 Documentary film written by Eli B. Despres and directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.
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Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis
Ender's Game is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Written and directed by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew ...more
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Before Midnight is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Before Midnight is a 2013 American romantic drama film, the third in a trilogy featuring two characters, following Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. It was directed by Richard Linklater and ...more
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The Internship is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
Will Ferrell, Rose Byrne, Vince Vaughn
The Internship is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Shawn Levy, written by Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern, and produced by Vaughn and Levy. The film stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in ...more
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Kick-Ass 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
polyspiker added Jim Carrey, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca
This film is a 2013 action comedy film written and directed by Jeff Wadlow.