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December 17, 2013
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Clockwise from top left: Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, Stories We Tell (Photos: AP)

Many of this year's lists of the Best Movies of 2013 share a common theme: an exuberance about the quality of this year's films. Dana Stevens of Slate called it "an outrageous year of cinematic bounty." And in Vanity Fair, Bruce Handy speculated that 2013 might be the "Greatest Year for Movies Since the Gone with the Wind Era." All of which means that you might have some catching up to do. Below, we present the best of this year's best movies lists. (And don't forget to check out our Best Of The Best-Ofs: Books 2013 list too.)

George interviewed several of the people behind the movies on these lists. Here are his red chair conversations with Gravity's Alfonso CuarónNebraska's Alexander Payne and Enemy's Denis Villeneuve.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone 10 Best Movies of 2013

  1. 12 Years a Slave
  2. Gravity
  3. The Wolf of Wall Street
  4. Before Midnight
  5. Her
  6. American Hustle
  7. Captain Phillips
  8. Nebraska
  9. Blue Jasmine
  10. Inside Llewyn Davis

TIFF Top Ten Canadian Feature Films

  • Asphalt Watches
  • Enemy
  • The F Word
  • Gabrielle
  • Rhymes for Young Ghouls
  • Sarah préfère la course (Sarah Prefers to Run)
  • Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm)
  • Vic et Flo ont vu un ours (Vic + Flo Saw a Bear)
  • Watermark
  • When Jews Were Funny

TIFF Top Ten Canadian Short Films

  • A Grand Canal
  • Quelqu’un d’extraordinaire (An Extraordinary Person)
  • The Chaperone 3D
  • The End of Pinky
  • In guns we trust
  • Noah
  • Nous avions
  • Paradise Falls
  • Subconscious Password
  • Yellowhead

Richard Brody of The New Yorker The Best Movies of 2013

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street
  2. To the Wonder
  3. Like Someone in Love
  4. Computer Chess
  5. Upstream Color
  6. Night Across the Street
  7. A Touch of Sin
  8. Blue Is the Warmest Color
  9. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
  10. (3-way tie) Inside Llewyn Davis, Sun Don’t Shine, and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Film Comment Best Films of 2013

  1. Inside Llewyn Davis
  2. 12 Years a Slave
  3. Before Midnight
  4. The Act of Killing
  5. A Touch of Sin
  6. Leviathan
  7. Gravity
  8. Computer Chess
  9. Frances Ha
  10. Upstream Color

Jake Coyle of the Associate Press Top 10 Movies Of The Year

  1. 12 Years a Slave
  2. Mud
  3. Frances Ha
  4. Inside Llewyn Davis
  5. The Hunt
  6. The Great Beauty
  7. Gravity
  8. Blue Is the Warmest Color
  9. This Is the End
  10. The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12

Rotten Tomatoes Highest Scoring 2013 Movies

  1. Sound City
  2. Le Week-End
  3. The Square
  4. In Fear
  5. God Loves Uganda
  6. Metro Manila
  7. These Birds Walk
  8. Wadjda
  9. 20 Feet From Stardom
  10. Before Midnight

A.O. Scott of The New York Times Top Movies of 2013


  1. Inside Llewyn Davis
  2. 12 Years a Slave
  3. Blue Is the Warmest Color
  4. Enough Said
  5. A Touch of Sin
  6. All Is Lost
  7. Frances Ha
  8. Hannah Arendt
  9. Lee Daniels’ The Butler
  10. The Great Gatsby/The Wolf of Wall Street/The Bling Ring/Spring Breakers/Pain and Gain/American Hustle ("six variations on the big theme of our times")


  1. The Act of Killing
  2. Stories We Tell
  3. The Square
  4. Let the Fire Burn
  5. Cutie and the Boxer

Manohla Dargis of The New York Times Top Films of 2013

  • American Hustle
  • Before Midnight
  • Behind the Candelabra
  • Captain Phillips
  • The Counselor
  • The Grandmaster
  • The Great Beauty
  • Her
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Manakamana
  • Redemption
  • Rush
  • Spring Breakers
  • The Square
  • A Touch of Sin
  • 12 Years a Slave

Dana Stevens of Slate The Best Movies of 2013

  • The Act of Killing
  • Before Midnight
  • Beyond the Hills
  • Enough Said
  • Her
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • No
  • Stories We Tell
  • Wadjda

Empire Magazine Top 10 Films of 2013

  1. Gravity
  2. Captain Phillips
  3. Rush
  4. Mud
  5. Lincoln
  6. Stoker
  7. Iron Man 3
  8. Before Midnight
  9. The Great Beauty
  10. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Total Film Best Movies of 2013

  1. Gravity
  2. Before Midnight
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Iron Man 3
  5. Blue Is the Warmest Colour
  6. Django Unchained
  7. The Place Beyond the Pines
  8. The World’s End
  9. Filth
  10. Rush

AV Club The Best Films of 2013

  1. Before Midnight
  2. 12 Years a Slave
  3. Frances Ha
  4. Leviathan
  5. Computer Chess
  6. The Act Of Killing
  7. Upstream Color
  8. Her
  9. Room 237
  10. No

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