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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 Street is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2013

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin... more on Wikipedia
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    Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Prisoners

    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2013

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    Prisoners is a 2013 American drama thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve. Two young girls... more on Wikipedia
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    12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    12 Years a Slave

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

    Released2013

    Directed bySteve McQueen

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

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fir is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2013

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    This film is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian... more on Wikipedia
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    Gravity is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Gravity

    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

    Released2013

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Iron Man 3

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2013

    Directed byShane Black

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    Star Trek Into Darkness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2013

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Dallas Buyers Club

    Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2013

    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

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    American Hustle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    American Hustle

    Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

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    Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Monsters University

    Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer

    Released2013

    Directed byDan Scanlon

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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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    We're the Millers

    Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts

    Released2013

    Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber

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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of  is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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    Her is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Her

    Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde

    Released2013

    Directed bySpike Jonze

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    Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Now You See Me

    Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher

    Released2013

    Directed byLouis Leterrier

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    Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Captain Phillips

    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Despicable Me 2

    Russell Brand, Steve Carell

    Released2013

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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    Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Lone Survivor

    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Berg

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    This Is the End is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    This Is the End

    James Franco, Jonah Hill

    Released2013

    Directed byEvan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

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    Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Thor: The Dark World

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2013

    Directed byAlan Taylor

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    World War Z is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox

    Released2013

    Directed byMarc Forster

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    The Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    The Wolverine

    Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2013
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    Saving Mr. Banks

    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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