Year-End Lists

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Category: 2013 Movies

Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2013

Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2013

  1. Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie
  2. Norte, the End of History – Lav Diaz
  3. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  4. What Now? Remind Me – Joaquim Pinto
  5. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  6. Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang
  7. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  8. The Story of My Death – Albert Serra
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese
  10. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski

Special Mentions

  • MANAKAMANA – Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  • The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh
  • Les trois désastres – Jean-Luc Godard
  • Jealousy – Philippe Garrel
  • Redemption – Miguel Gomes

Dennis Cooper: 13 Favorite Films of 2013

To the Wonder

Dennis Cooper: 13 Favorite Films of 2013 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

  1. To The Wonder – Terrence Malick
  2. Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
  3. Post Tenebras Lux – Carlos Reygadas
  4. Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine
  5. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  6. Silence – Michael Salerno
  7. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  8. Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  9. Center Jenny – Ryan Trecartin
  10. Un Conte de Michel Montaigne – Jean-Marie Straub
  11. Kneels Through the Dark – James Batley
  12. Camille Claudel 1915 – Bruno Dumont
  13. Over the Rainbow – Rachel Maclean

Les Inrocks: 20 Best Films of 2013

Stranger by the Lake

Les Inrockuptibles: 20 Best Films of 2013

  1. Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie
  2. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon – Hong Sang-soo
  3. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  4. Cloud Atlas – Lana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
  5. You and the Night – Yann Gonzalez
  6. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  7. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  8. Shokuzai – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  9. Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  10. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  11. [tie] Jealousy – Philippe Garrel
  12. Tip Top – Serge Bozon
  13. Age of Panic – Justine Triet
  14. Promised Land – Gus Van Sant
  15. Passion – Brian De Palma
  16. The Girl from Nowhere – Jean-Claude Brisseau
  17. Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
  18. Jimmy P. – Arnaud Desplechin
  19. Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine
  20. The Immigrant – James Gray

Indiewire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2013

12 Years a Slave

Indiewire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2013 (as voted by 240 critics) (see also: 2011, 2012)

  1. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  2. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  3. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  4. Her – Spike Jonze
  5. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  6. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  7. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  8. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  9. Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
  10. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  11. Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine
  12. Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley
  13. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  14. The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino
  15. American Hustle – David O. Russell
  16. Short Term 12 – Destin Cretton
  17. Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  18. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  19. All Is Lost – J.C. Chandor
  20. Museum Hours – Jem Cohen
  21. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese
  22. Like Someone In Love – Abbas Kiarostami
  23. To The Wonder – Terrence Malick
  24. The World’s End – Edgar Wright
  25. Beyond the Hills – Cristian Mungiu
  26. Drug War – Johnnie To
  27. Blue Jasmine – Woody Allen
  28. Bastards – Claire Denis
  29. The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki
  30. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  31. At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  32. Post Tenebras Lux – Carlos Reygadas
  33. The Grandmaster – Wong Kar-Wai
  34. Fruitvale Station – Ryan Coogler
  35. No – Pablo Larraín
  36. Mud – Jeff Nichols
  37. The Hunt – Thomas Vinterberg
  38. Viola – Matías Piñeiro
  39. The Unspeakable Act – Dan Sallitt
  40. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Alain Resnais
  41. Captain Phillips – Paul Greengrass
  42. The Spectacular Now – James Ponsoldt
  43. Something in the Air – Olivier Assayas
  44. Stoker – Park Chan-wook
  45. Dallas Buyers Club – Jean-Marc Vallée
  46. Wadjda – Haifaa al-Mansour
  47. Enough Said – Nicole Holofcener
  48. Laurence Anyways – Xavier Dolan
  49. Only God Forgives – Nicolas Winding Refn
  50. Side Effects – Steven Soderbergh

L Magazine: 20 Best Films of 2013

Leviathan

The L Magazine: 20 Best Films of 2013

  1. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  2. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  3. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  4. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  5. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  6. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  7. Bastards – Claire Denis
  8. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  9. Her – Spike Jonze
  10. Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine
  11. To The Wonder – Terrence Malick
  12. Museum Hours – Jem Cohen
  13. Drug War – Johnnie To
  14. Like Someone In Love – Abbas Kiarostami
  15. Night Across the Street – Raul Ruiz
  16. The Grandmaster – Wong Kar-Wai
  17. The Square – Jehane Noujaim
  18. Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  19. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  20. At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman

Wesley Morris: Top 27 Movies of 2013

12 Years a Slave

Wesley Morris: Top 27 Movies of 2013 (as published by Grantland)

  1. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  2. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese
  3. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  4. Terrafirma – Emanuele Crialese
  5. Post Tenebras Lux – Carlos Reygadas
  6. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  7. The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino
  8. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  9. This Is the End – Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
  10. Let the Fire Burn – Jason Osder

17 more

  • All Is Lost – J.C. Chandor
  • American Hustle – David O. Russell
  • At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  • Bastards – Claire Denis
  • Blancanieves – Pablo Berger
  • Captain Phillips – Paul Greengrass
  • Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  • The Counselor – Ridley Scott
  • Her – Spike Jonze
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Lee Daniels
  • Monsters University – Dan Scanlon
  • Museum Hours – Jem Cohen
  • Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  • Pacific Rim – Guillermo del Toro
  • Reality – Matteo Garrone
  • The Square – Jehane Noujaim
  • The World’s End – Edgar Wright

The Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2013

Her

The Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2013

  1. Her – Spike Jonze
  2. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  4. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  5. Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
  6. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  7. Short Term 12 – Destin Cretton
  8. All Is Lost – J.C. Chandor
  9. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  10. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  11. The World’s End – Edgar Wright
  12. Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley
  13. Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  14. The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki
  15. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese
  16. Captain Phillips – Paul Greengrass
  17. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  18. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  19. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  20. In the House – François Ozon

Brian Darr: Top 16 Films of 2013

Leviathan

Brian Darr: Top 16 Films of 2013 (limited to commercially-released new films)

  1. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  2. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  3. Like Someone In Love – Abbas Kiarostami
  4. The Place Beyond The Pines – Derek Cianfrance
  5. Drug War – Johnnie To
  6. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  7. The Lone Ranger – Gore Verbinski
  8. All Is Lost – J.C. Chandor
  9. Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
  10. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen

Runners-up, alphabetically

  • At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  • Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  • Metallica Through the Never – Nimród Antal
  • Our Nixon – Penny Lane
  • Passion – Brian De Palma
  • The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2013

The Act of Killing

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2013 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  2. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  3. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  4. The Invisible Woman – Ralph Fiennes
  5. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  6. The World’s End – Edgar Wright
  7. Post Tenebras Lux – Carlos Reygadas
  8. Room 237 – Rodney Ascher
  9. At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  10. The Lords Of Salem – Rob Zombie
  11. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  12. No – Pablo Larraín
  13. Mud – Jeff Nichols
  14. Beyond the Hills – Cristian Mungiu
  15. A Hijacking – Tobias Lindholm

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2013

Computer Chess

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2013 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  2. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  3. Her – Spike Jonze
  4. Pain & Gain – Michael Bay
  5. The Unspeakable Act – Dan Sallitt
  6. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  7. Faust – Aleksandr Sokurov
  8. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  9. The World’s End – Edgar Wright
  10. Drug War – Johnnie To
  11. Riddick – David Twohy
  12. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  13. Side Effects – Steven Soderbergh
  14. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  15. Bastards – Claire Denis