The 10 Best Movies of 2013

2013
Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, CBS Films

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street: Martin Scorsese directed Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and Goodfellas. I think The Wolf of Wall Street may still be his crowning achievement. It’s that good.
  2. Inside Llewyn Davis: This would be the best movie released in nearly any other year. This Coen brothers’ masterpiece follows Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a folk singer coming up in Greenwich Village in the ‘60s. In classic Coen fashion, the movie walks the razor-thin line between comedy and tragedy, just as its titular star walks the razor-thin line between success and failure in the music industry.
  3. 12 Years a Slave: I’ve never been a big crier, but Steve McQueen’s Best Picture winner left me sobbing as the credits rolled. Few movies have ever reached this level of raw emotional power. 
  4. Gravity: Many will try, but no one will ever make a more thrilling movie set in space. 
  5. The Conjuring: A clear-cut hallmark of the 21st-century horror movie renaissance.
  6. Prisoners: Director Denis Villeneuve plays a cruel trick on audiences with Prisoners. The movie revolves around a central question: How far would you go to save a loved one in peril? Halfway through, audiences realize that the real question is whether or not there’s any coming back from “too far.” Prisoners also served as the coming-out party for a director who has since made Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049.
  7. Her: There’s a good chance that this movie doesn’t hold up anymore, but in 2013 it was a thoughtful commentary on relationships.
  8. The World’s End: Although The World’s End is the weakest movie in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, it maintains Wright’s style and wit.
  9. Frances Ha: Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s sympathetic comedy about struggling to find yourself is just sentimental enough to work.
  10. This is the End: “Just answer me one question: Is Michael Cera’s butthole as adorable as I pictured?” – a real quote from This Is the End.