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List Rules The top films worth the price to see on the big screen, including IMAX and 3D

List of the best movies to see in theaters in 2013, as ranked by movie fans and critics. These days there are so many movie watching options that it hardly seems necessary to make it to the theater anymore. There are Netflix, Amazon Prime, DVDs, Blurays, and cable showings of every movie to come out in theaters. All of these films are usually released months after they leave theaters. However, some films are just not meant to be experienced first on the small screen. Movies with action packed adventures, vivid special effects, and larger than life personalities are best experienced on the big screen.

This list features the best films to see in theaters in 2013. There are a myriad of reasons why seeing these films on the big screen is the greatest decision. The giant robots in Pacific Rim wouldn’t be quite as impressive if they were only the size of your TV screen. The car chases in Fast and the Furious 6 would be a bit boring without the impressive quality of the theater screen. All the films on this list may lose a little something if they aren’t first seen in theaters.

What are the best movies to see in theaters in 2013? These films are filled with action, adventure, and amazing effects that are meant to be seen as big as possible.

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Gravity Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts, and sees them stranded in ...more

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian novel, Catching Fire, the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The ...more

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Thor: The Dark World Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. When Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) gets cursed with a powerful entity ...more

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
Iron Man 3 Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's ...more

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
Man of Steel Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable ...more

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Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
WarrenMitchell added Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 computer animated comedy film written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.

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Star Trek Into Darkness Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009's Star Trek. J. J. Abrams directed a ...more

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Monsters University Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal Monsters University is a 2013 animation adventure comedy film directed by Dan Scanlon.

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Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more

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Fast & Furious 6 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
Fast & Furious 6 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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The World's End 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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Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
wiabux added Dallas Buyers Club Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, co-written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Ron Woodroof was an AIDS patient diagnosed in ...more

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World War Z Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse World War Z is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by ...more

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The Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima The Wolverine is a 2013 American superhero film directed by James Mangold, based on the Marvel Comics superhero. When Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is ...more

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Now You See Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
Now You See Me Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson Now You See Me is a 2013 thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt .

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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
GioconnoConno added The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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The Great Gatsby Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan The Great Gatsby is a 2013 Australian-American 3D drama film based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. The film was co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo ...more

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Pet Project added Ender's Game 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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White House Down is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
White House Down 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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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
Oblivion 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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Elysium is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
Elysium 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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Pain & Gain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
Pain & Gain Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Ed Harris Pain & Gain is a 2013 American crime comedy film directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. The film is loosely based on a story published in a ...more

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Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
Oz the Great and Powerful 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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Beautiful Creatures is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
Beautiful Creatures Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons A supernatural love story set in the South, "Beautiful Creatures" tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and ...more

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Warm Bodies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
Warm Bodies 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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G.I. Joe: Retaliation is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes is a 2012 action adventure sci-fi film written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and directed by Jon M. Chu.

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel The son of Poseidon and his friends head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece.

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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 2013 Movies Most Worth Seeing in Theaters
The Lone Ranger Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Armie Hammer The Lone Ranger is a 2013 action adventure film written by Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe and Terry Rossio and directed by Gore Verbinski.

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Jack the Giant Killer Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane Jack the Giant Slayer is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film based on the English fairy tales "Jack the Giant Killer" and "Jack and the Beanstalk". The film is directed by ...more