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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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  • Prisoners1
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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

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  • A Good Day to Die Hard2
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    A Good Day to Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Patrick Stewart

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Moore

    This film is a 2013 action thriller film written by Roderick Thorp and Skip Woods and directed...  more
  • Captain Phillips3
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    Captain Phillips

    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    Captain Phillips is a 2013 American biographical thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and...  more

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  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire4
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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

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  • World War Z5
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    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox

    Released2013

    Directed byMarc Forster

    This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The...  more

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  • Gravity6
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    Gravity

    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

    Released2013

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso...  more

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  • Escape Plan7
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    Escape Plan

    Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Released2013

    Directed byMikael Håfström

    Escape Plan is a 2013 American prison action thriller film directed by Mikael Håfström. After...  more
  • Gangster Squad8
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    Gangster Squad

    Emma Stone, Sean Penn

    Released2013

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

    This film is a 2013 American film directed by Ruben Fleischer, from a screenplay written by...  more

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  • The Conjuring9
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    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

    The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first...  more

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  • Homefront10
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    Homefront

    James Franco, Winona Ryder

    Released2013

    Directed byGary Fleder

    Homefront is a 2013 American action thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and released...  more
  • Stoker11
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    Stoker

    Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska

    Released2013

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

    Stoker is a 2012 Drama, horror, mystery and thriller film written by Wentworth Miller and Erin...  more
  • Parker12
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    Parker

    Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte

    Released2013

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Parker is a 2013 crime thriller film written by John J. McLaughlin and directed by Taylor...  more

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  • Side Effects13
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    Side Effects

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law

    Released2013

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Side Effects is a 2013 American psychological thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh from...  more
  • John Dies at the End14
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    John Dies at the End

    Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown

    Released2012

    Directed byDon Coscarelli

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  • The Iceman15
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    The Iceman

    Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder

    Released2012

    Directed byAriel Vromen

    The Iceman is an American crime thriller film based on the true story of longtime notorious...  more

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  • Trance16
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    Trance

    Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy

    Released2013

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    Trance is a 2013 British psychological thriller film directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay...  more
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    The Fifth Estate

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Laura Linney

    Released2013

    Directed byBill Condon

    The Fifth Estate is a 2013 thriller film directed by Bill Condon, about the news-leaking...  more
  • Texas Chainsaw 3D19
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    Texas Chainsaw 3D

    Alexandra Daddario, Trey Songz

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Luessenhop

    Texas Chainsaw 3D is a 2013 American slasher film directed by John Luessenhop and written by...  more

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  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters20
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    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

    Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen

    Released2013

    Directed byTommy Wirkola

    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a 2013 American-German action-horror comedy film written and...  more
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  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist21
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    The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber

    Released2012

    Directed byMira Nair

    The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a 2012 thriller film written by Mohsin Hamid, Ami Boghani and...  more
  • Knife Fight22
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    Knife Fight

    Jennifer Morrison, Julie Bowen

    Released2012

    Directed byBill Guttentag

    Knife Fight is an American political thriller film. It stars Rob Lowe, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jamie...  more
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    We Are What We Are

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    Mama

    Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

    Released2013

    Directed byAndres Muschietti

    Mama is a 2013 horror film written by Neil Cross, Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti and...  more

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    The Canyons

    Lindsay Lohan, Gus Van Sant

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul Schrader

    The Canyons is a 2013 American erotic thriller-drama film directed by Paul Schrader and...  more