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The Best Movies of 2013

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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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  • The Wolf of Wall Street1
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    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2013

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Prisoners2
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    Prisoners

    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2013

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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  • 12 Years a Slave3
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    12 Years a Slave

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

    Released2013

    Directed bySteve McQueen

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  • Frozen4
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    Frozen

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

    Chris Buck
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  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire5
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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2013

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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  • Gravity6
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    Gravity

    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

    Released2013

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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  • Star Trek Into Darkness7
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    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2013

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • Iron Man 38
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    Iron Man 3

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2013

    Directed byShane Black

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  • Dallas Buyers Club9
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    Dallas Buyers Club

    Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2013

    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

    Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, co-written by Craig Borten and...  more

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  • American Hustle10
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    American Hustle

    Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

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  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug11
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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • We're the Millers12
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    We're the Millers

    Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts

    Released2013

    Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber

    We're the Millers is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. It stars...  more

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  • Monsters University13
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    Monsters University

    Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer

    Released2013

    Directed byDan Scanlon

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  • The Conjuring14
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    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • Her15
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    Her

    Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde

    Released2013

    Directed bySpike Jonze

    Her is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and...  more

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  • Now You See Me16
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    Now You See Me

    Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher

    Released2013

    Directed byLouis Leterrier

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  • Captain Phillips17
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    Captain Phillips

    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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  • Lone Survivor18
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    Lone Survivor

    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Berg

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    Russell Brand, Steve Carell

    Released2013

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  • World War Z20
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    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox

    Released2013

    Directed byMarc Forster

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  • Man of Steel21
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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • This Is the End22
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    This Is the End

    James Franco, Jonah Hill

    Released2013

    Directed byEvan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

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  • The Wolverine23
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    The Wolverine

    Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Mangold

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  • Thor: The Dark World24
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    Thor: The Dark World

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2013

    Directed byAlan Taylor

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  • Beautiful Creatures25
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    Beautiful Creatures

    Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson

    Released2013

    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

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