Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source. We note, of course, that it's not even December, yet. People. People! Lists are crashing down upon us unusually early. But here we go…

Category: 2013 Movies

Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2013

Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2013 [see also 2017, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  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) [see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014]

  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