Top 10 Best Movies of 2013

Which films truly stole the show in 2013. Was it the heart-wrenching drama that left you sobbing into your popcorn, or the action-packed thrill ride that had you on the edge of your seat? Maybe it was the quirky indie flick that made you see the world in a whole new light.
The Top Ten
1 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

This movie was amazing! Though I was a little disappointed about Bonnie getting cut out... I actually like the Catching Fire movie more than the book and more than The Hunger Games movie! The book droned on, but the movie was suspenseful and thrilling. The director did a great job!

Catching Fire followed the storyline of the book better than The Hunger Games. A few parts were left out, such as the training scores and when Bonnie and Twill tell Katniss about District 13 and uprisings in District 8. The movie should be number one, and I give it five stars!

2 Iron Man 3

Bigger, better, funnier, and yet the darkest of all three Iron Man movies. The acting is top-notch, especially from Robert Downey Jr., who brings his A-game for this explosive finale. The action scenes are brilliantly well-crafted, and the soundtrack is great. Even when the action isn't present, there's a lot to enjoy in Iron Man 3.

Striking a unique balance between a strong character piece and a stylish action thriller, Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr. push the boundaries of how superhero stories are told. Even though there's a somewhat jarring contrast between light and dark tones, and a twist that works but is nonetheless very jarring, the film succeeds.

3 Despicable Me 2

This movie is superb, underrated, astonishing, and just amazing as a whole. I cannot fathom why it was rated #1 in the new 'most overrated animated movies of the 2010s' list, and I sincerely hope the list's creator reevaluates this film because it is not the least overrated. Indeed, I'm astounded to see this as the highest-ranked animated film here, especially when I know there were plenty of other more liked animated films made in its year.

There were no unlikable characters. The humor and plot were great and complemented each other well. Overall, I'd say this movie can be enjoyed by all ages, not just kids. I was 14 when I watched it and I loved it then. Four years later, and I still love it today. Sadly, I only watched it once back then, but ever since I have always wanted to rewatch it. It's just that good, and I wish more people appreciated it.

4 Gravity

The last time a notable wide-released, live-action film was rated 97% or higher on Rotten Tomatoes was in 1997 when L.A. Confidential came out. It is also the first film since Inception to get a spot in IMDb's top 50. This is definitely 2013's best film.

Iron Man 3, although a great movie, wasn't even the best movie when it came out. Captain Phillips should be in the top five. It would have been my favorite film of the year if Gravity didn't exist.

I'm here to point out that everything above this is tainted with the wretched stink of commercialism. Superheroes and milked plots, knock-offs of literature, and generally bad movies are the things our society has been bred to appreciate. While there have been many better movies than this, it at least deserved to be above the washed-up, plotless action flicks created only to rake in money from the masses.

5 Man of Steel

Absolutely, amazingly epic and immensely entertaining! When it comes to such an iconic and loved character, it's hard to please everyone. But oh boy, this is the one I've been waiting for!

Where do I even start? The film is visually stunning and full of carnage. Krypton is depicted beautifully. I loved the tone and pacing of the film. The soundtrack is definitely one of Hans Zimmer's best. It's incredible. There are superbly crafted action sequences and spectacle. It is a joy to watch from start to finish.

It has become a favorite and will be viewed many times to come. Also, Faora in Man of Steel is undoubtedly one of the best female villains. All in all, it's a super exciting and intense movie with excellent performances and is surely amongst the top of the best superhero and action movies.

6 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I'll be honest here: This is my favorite Lord of the Rings movie yet. The plot was the most captivating of the five, and it had the most memorable soundtrack to me. I have a hard time paying attention to movie soundtracks, but this one caught my attention with some of the most developed characters. All in all, if you enjoyed the other films in the series, you'll love this one.

It came out at the very end of the year but was the best movie of 2013. I liked it even more than the previous one, even though I couldn't imagine that'd be possible. I can't believe it hasn't fit not in the top five, but the top ten either! Shame on you people! This one can't even be mentioned on one page with The Hunger Games…

7 Fast & Furious 6

One of the best of the year! Insanely fun and entertaining with amazing action and humor. Extremely well-filmed and directed. Luke Evans was a great and menacing villain. Loved every single minute of it and will surely watch it over and over again. "They got a tank!"

Amazing movie! I recommend that everyone should go see this movie. Just get a little background on the series first, and then you will understand how awesome this one was.

Amazing movie! Just totally loved this movie. On my 17th watch of the movie. Totally think this should be number two, way better than Iron Man 3.

8 Star Trek: Into Darkness

Star Trek: Into Darkness has it all! Everything works perfectly. The acting is just as great as in the reboot, and maybe even better. The addition of Benedict Cumberbatch elevates the film to a whole new level.

There are incredible action scenes and an awesome soundtrack. The entire film is a visual marvel, filled with heart and soul. It's a movie worth watching from start to finish on multiple viewings.

Star Trek really got boosted to a new level, not comparable to the 20th century. It skips all that non-Trekkies found uninteresting in the series, and nevertheless, it exceeds even the fans' expectations. Especially this movie makes the border between good and bad vanish. I never thought about the story and character's motives as long after seeing this movie in the theaters.

9 12 Years a Slave

A most profound depiction of American history. Bold performances and script, gorgeous photography, and elegant art direction aside, the film provides perhaps the most realistic depiction of slavery you can hope for.

How in the hell is this not top 10? I love Iron Man and Man of Steel as much as all of you, but those movies are fun. Sometimes we need more than just fun. We need movies that make us emotional, with performances that move us. When we come out crying, we know we have just seen a piece of art, and that is what this movie is! ART!

10 Pacific Rim

A blockbuster masterpiece! Visually stunning and filled with astonishing action set-pieces. Extremely well-made and terrifically paced. I was thoroughly entertained and can watch it again and again.

The soundtrack must be mentioned. It was amazing and just perfect. The chemistry between the characters works, and the story is coherent. An epic thrill-ride of a movie that never ceased to amaze me. Love Pacific Rim!

Incredible art direction and spin on the giant monster movie genre. Best seen on a large screen. The visual effects are incredible, and the acting was much better than most. However, they timed its release poorly.

It would have done better if released in early August, a few weeks after Despicable Me 2, as audiences have had a steady diet of actioners and superheroes all summer. Waiting until just before school starts would have been a fiscally sound decision.

The Contenders
11 Monsters University

Pixar has yet to disappoint me!

This prequel was superb! It really builds up the background for Monsters Inc. Many questions that I had from the first movie were answered in this one.

Great visuals, voice acting, and plot. It wasn't at all cheesy or predictable. A perfect movie for the family and kids, or even the occasional reminiscing teen.

This is one of my favorite movies of ALL TIME, let alone 2013! This movie deserves a higher standing point. It's one of those movies you can really relate to and enjoy, no matter your age. My 60-year-old grandma loved this movie, my 7-year-old sister loved this movie, and I'm 20, and I loved this movie. I can watch it over and over without ever being bored. It makes me laugh every time!

12 The Wolf of Wall Street

This was a fantastic movie. People tend to overlook it because of its grotesquely realistic look into the life of high-rolling Americans, but it was superbly written, directed, and cast. The fact that Leo was pushed aside for the Best Actor Oscar is still a tragedy.

The depth, fun, and emotion displayed in this movie are enhanced by the unrivaled soundtrack. Scorsese brought us a wonderful and truly spectacular piece of film history, and it is a shame that it is not recognized more widely as such.

13 World War Z

Incredible movie! The most intense and exciting experience in a while. An absolute masterpiece of suspenseful entertainment. Loved everything about World War Z.

Excellent direction and great acting. Extremely well filmed, edited, and paced. The soundtrack is terrific as well. An enthralling movie with substance. A definite favorite, and I will surely watch it again and again. It's so damn great!

This is my favorite movie, not only of the year but also for Brad. He has really evolved from being big screen eye candy to a serious actor, and this is one of his latest works to confirm it. It not only provides a new spin on the normal zombie fare but also has a great message in how having courage and working together can help solve some of humanity's biggest problems.

14 The Wolverine

Simply amazing! Visually stunning, exciting, stylish, and dark. The Wolverine at his best! Breathtaking action sequences (and there are plenty of them).

Great story and pacing. Never a dull moment. Perfect direction and terrific acting. The dialogue is surprisingly very well done, and they don't hold back on the action and violence. The soundtrack is awesome as well. Definitely one of the best films this year. Can't wait to watch it again. The Wolverine fires on all cylinders!

Some good action sequences and, as always, a great performance by Jackman, but a generic, rushed love story and an overly long middle sequence with a cartoonish finale leave this film in tatters. There was potential here, but overall it's basically a failure. Six out of ten.

15 The World's End

Brilliant all around. Great characters, story, action, and even some well-written social commentary thrown in there for good measure. This, for me, is the best out of the Cornetto trilogy, simply because it is the most maturely written. As such, the drama and emotional stuff is the most authentic and works the best here.

Overindulgent trash like Wolf of Wall Street ahead of a British masterpiece like The World's End? Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are comedy movie legends.

Not really the sort of movie I'd typically watch, but I did watch it, and it was great. It was funny and a bit different, so this gets my vote.

16 This Is the End

By far the most genuine and originally funny movie I've seen in a long time.

This movie is funny and scary. One of the best movies I've seen in my life.

Funniest movie I have ever seen in my whole entire life! I was laughing out loud the whole time.

17 Captain Phillips

Absolutely brilliant! Without a doubt, one of the best of the year. Incredibly intense and exceptionally well-crafted. Excellent performances, especially from Tom Hanks, giving one of his best portrayals in a while.

The cinematography is terrific, and the soundtrack is superb and captivating. Riveting from start to finish, and I will surely watch it many times to come. Exciting, suspenseful, entertaining, and emotional. Captain Phillips will be a strong Oscar contender. Simply an amazing film.

18 Her

I don't know if I care enough to be bothered that an outright masterpiece is ranked 44 spots below Iron Man 3 (considering I also love guilty pleasures like Iron Man 3 and Fast 6)... But I do know that you're all missing out on something staggeringly good. Don't do that to yourselves, folks. Watch Her. It's the best film of the year, hands down. It might be the best in as many years.

This movie is below Grown Ups 3? Oh, God...

Please do yourselves a favor and watch Her. I came out overwhelmed and couldn't stop crying. This movie is beautiful, and I feel like anyone who's been in love can relate to it and find beauty in it somewhere. It's art.

19 Prisoners

This film left me exhausted! Rarely does a thriller of this magnitude come along. I sat through the end credits in awe, and I bought the Blu-ray as soon as it came out. The performances are exceptional, just astonishing. The editing, soundtrack, and the cinematography by Roger Deakins are absolutely stunning. The story is told masterfully. It's a dark, gritty, suspenseful, disturbing, and incredibly immersive viewing experience.

Gyllenhaal's detective character is one of the most fascinating of its kind and portrayed beautifully along with the rest of the cast. I couldn't find a single flaw in any of the performances. Superbly made and acted. Favorite film of the year for sure.

20 Now You See Me

This film is AMAZING! Everything in the film happened for a reason, and it truly leaves you guessing at every turn. Nothing ever happens as expected. It has great effects and a very clever plot too. I am so surprised it isn't higher. It should be in the top ten! Watch this before you vote for another!

This movie is absolutely awesome. I could not help but smile at the end, then got angry because it ended. They're making a second one that I'm unsure of. Let's face it, you should never make a sequel to absolutely awesome movies like that. Can't wait to watch it though!

21 The Conjuring

Seriously, this movie should definitely be included in the top ten. I mean, I love a couple of movies that are listed here, but this movie was what really struck me. It changed my outlook on life and made me wet my pants and kept me up all night.

It's a great horror movie, not only because of the effects that would definitely make you frightened, but because it is based on a true story, which made it even creepier.

I am a horror movie buff and almost never scared, but this movie scared me. It is so well done, well cast, well scripted, and SO creepy! I just got an icky feeling, that feeling that makes you sleep with the lights on but still whispers to you that the light won't save you. The use of the hide and clap game is genius. If anyone ever really wanted to scare the daylights out of me, that is all they would have to do. I think this movie is an icon in the making. This will go down as one of the best horror films ever made.

22 Oz the Great and Powerful

It's a great film but is let down by Mila Kunis's (pre-witch) performance and Michelle Williams's cheesiness. However, Michelle Williams was good despite a few script errors.

Its production design is awesome. We can watch it for James Franco, and the visual effects are too good.

23 American Hustle

Impeccably acted, gripping, and immensely entertaining, American Hustle showcases great humor, terrific dialogue, and a cameo that is absolutely perfect. Such a cool and stylish film. It is consistently captivating, with plenty of well-made and fascinating characters.

And the soundtrack is just superb. It's perfect. American Hustle is of the highest quality on every level. It's a film I can't wait to watch again.

I watched this on the plane to New York, so I didn't have the best experience watching this. But from what I watched and heard, this is brilliantly acted, amazingly written with a surprisingly funny script. Top marks to Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence, who give such a brilliant, funny, and moving performance, easily stealing the show, as ever.

24 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

This film is just plain hilarious and got me laughing every minute. One of my favorite sequels.

One of the funniest movies I have ever seen. I had tears in my eyes watching it in the theater.

Haven't seen it. And it's still the best.

25 The Lone Ranger

This is the most unfairly judged movie in a long time. I love The Lone Ranger. It's perfectly crafted entertainment. The acting by Depp and Hammer is great, and they have really good chemistry.

The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is terrific, and the cinematography is absolutely beautiful and cool. This movie contains some of the most impressive and exciting sequences seen this year. It's such a treat to see and hear the theme music for The Lone Ranger used so brilliantly.

This was an entertaining, intense movie. The music was amazing, it was funny at times, and the acting was very good. My favorite scene was the train scene at the end of the movie. My favorite character in the movie was Tonto, played by Johnny Depp. This is a very underrated movie.

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