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The Best Thriller Films of 2013  

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A list of the best thriller films of 2013, as ranked by movie lovers everywhere instead of critics in Hollywood. The thriller is one of the most aptly named genres because each film is designed to give you a thrill, by leaving you in palm-sweating suspense and on the edge of your seat at every turn. Thrillers can be scary, action-packed, or psychological dramas. In 2013, there were plenty of thrillers introduced to the general viewing public that fit within many sub-genres from action adventure to horror.

The films on this list were the most exhilarating additions to the thriller genre in 2013. These 2013 thriller movies featured haunting villains, shocking plot twists, and terrifying imagery that will be remembered for decades to come. Movies like The Purge and The Conjuring were on the scarier side of the genre, while movies like Stoker and All Is Lost took subtler risks to keep viewers excited. Films like Gravity had hearts pounding for hours, making them worthy of the “thriller” title.

What are the best thriller films of 2013? This list includes well known thrillers like Mama and A Good Day to Die Hard, as well as indie films like The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Vote up your favorite thriller movies of 2013 below!

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Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini
Captain Phillips is a 2013 American biographical thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is inspired by the true story of the 2009 Maersk ...more
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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
wiabux added Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello
Prisoners is a 2013 drama thriller film written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve.
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fir... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson
This film is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian novel and the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film is the sequel to The Hunger ...more
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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse
This film 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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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
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 Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
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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Side Effects is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Channing Tatum
Side Effects is a 2013 American psychological thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns. The film stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, ...more
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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Adelaide Kane
The Purge is a 2013 American social science fiction action horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco. It stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane and Max Burkholder. It is the ...more
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The Place Beyond the Pines is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
peef321 added Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling
The Place Beyond the Pines is a 2012 drama film directed by Derek Cianfrance. In 1997, Luke Glanton (Gosling) is a motorcycle stuntman. In Schenectady, New York, Luke reunites with his ex-lover ...more
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Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
JohnTuck added Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel
The Tomb is a 2013 crime drama thriller film written by Miles Chapman and directed by Mikael Håfström.
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A Good Day to Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Bruce Willis, Patrick Stewart, Anne Vyalitsyna
This film is a 2013 action thriller film written by Roderick Thorp and Skip Woods and directed by John Moore.
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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Jeremy Renner
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a 2013 American-German action-horror comedy film written and directed by Tommy Wirkola. It is a continuation to the German folklore fairy tale "Hansel ...more
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Parker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Jason Statham
Parker is a 2013 crime thriller film written by John J. McLaughlin and directed by Taylor Hackford.
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The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jaimie Alexander, Forest Whitaker
The Last Stand is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by South Korean film director Kim Jee-woon in his American directorial debut. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, ...more
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Homefront is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth
Homefront is a 2013 American action thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and released nationwide in theaters on November 27. Based on Chuck Logan's novel of the same name and adapted into a ...more
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The Iceman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans
The Iceman is an American crime thriller film based on the true story of longtime notorious hitman Richard Kuklinski. Released in 2013 at the Venice Film Festival, the film was directed by Ariel ...more
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Stoker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode
Stoker is a 2012 Drama, horror, mystery and thriller film written by Wentworth Miller and Erin Cressida Wilson and directed by Chan-wook Park.
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Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
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Horror Story is a 1993 horror adventure film directed by Jaroslav Brabec.
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Trance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel
Trance is a 2013 British psychological thriller film directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay by Joe Ahearne and John Hodge from a story by Ahearne. The film stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, ...more
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Mama is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash
Mama is a 2013 horror film written by Neil Cross, Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti and directed by Andres Muschietti.
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All Is Lost is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Robert Redford
All Is Lost is a 2013 survival drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Robert Redford as a man lost at sea. Redford is the only cast member, and the film has very few ...more
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John Dies at the End is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Doug Jones
This film is a 2012 American dark comedy horror film written and directed by Don Coscarelli, based on David Wong's novel of the same name. Principal photography began in October 2010, and by ...more
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Gangster Squad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling
This film is a 2013 American film directed by Ruben Fleischer, from a screenplay written by Will Beall and starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn. The story is ...more
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The Fifth Estate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thriller Films of 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch, Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci
The Fifth Estate is a 2013 thriller film directed by Bill Condon, about the news-leaking website WikiLeaks. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as its editor-in-chief and founder Julian Assange, ...more
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Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Brina Palencia
Upstream Color is a 2013 film written and directed by Shane Carruth.