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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

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey
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    12 Years a Slave

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender
    12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1853...  more

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    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal
    Prisoners is a 2013 American drama thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve. Two young girls...  more

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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks
    This film is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian...  more

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    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel
    Chris Buck
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    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
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    Dallas Buyers Club

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

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  • 8

    Iron Man 3

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.
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    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth...  more

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    American Hustle

    Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams
    American Hustle is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell. It was...  more

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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly
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  • 12

    Monsters University

    Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer
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    We're the Millers

    Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts
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  • 14

    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
    The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first...  more

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

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    Captain Phillips

    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener
    Captain Phillips is a 2013 American biographical thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and...  more

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    Now You See Me

    Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher
    Now You See Me is a 2013 American thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier. An F.B.I. Agent...  more

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    Despicable Me 2

    Russell Brand, Steve Carell
    Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 computer animated comedy film written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul....  more

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    This Is the End

    James Franco, Jonah Hill
    This Is the End is a 2013 American disaster comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan...  more

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  • 20

    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox
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    Lone Survivor

    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana
    Lone Survivor is a 2013 American film written and directed by Peter Berg, and starring Mark...  more

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  • 22

    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
    Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics...  more

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    Thor: The Dark World

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman
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    The Wolverine

    Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto
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    The Great Gatsby

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire
    The Great Gatsby is a 2013 romantic drama film directed by Baz Luhrmann, based on the 1925...  more

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