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.

Category: 2013 Movies

Ben Kenigsberg: 15 Best Films of 2013

At Berkeley

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

  1. At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  2. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese
  3. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  4. Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine
  5. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  6. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  7. Beyond the Hills – Cristian Mungiu
  8. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  9. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  10. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  11. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  12. American Hustle – David O. Russell
  13. The Counselor – Ridley Scott
  14. I Used To Be Darker – Matthew Porterfield
  15. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke

Mike D’Angelo: 15 Best Films of 2013

Frances Ha

Mike D’Angelo: 15 Best Films of 2013 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  2. First Cousin Once Removed – Alan Berliner
  3. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  4. The Counselor – Ridley Scott
  5. Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
  6. All Is Lost – J.C. Chandor
  7. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  8. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Alain Resnais
  9. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  10. Drug War – Johnnie To
  11. I Killed My Mother – Xavier Dolan
  12. Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  13. It’s a Disaster – Todd Berger
  14. Her – Spike Jonze
  15. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche

Michael Sicinski: Top 10 Films of 2013

Leviathan

Michael Sicinski: Top 10 Films of 2013 (limited to “poll-eligible” films)

  1. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  2. Student – Darezhan Omirbayev
  3. Museum Hours – Jem Cohen
  4. The Grandmaster – Wong Kar-Wai
  5. No – Pablo Larraín
  6. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  7. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  8. The Last Time I Saw Macao – João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
  9. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Alain Resnais
  10. Fragments of Kubelka – Martina Kudlacek

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 10 Films of 2013

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 10 Films of 2013 (a poll of over 100 critics)

  1. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  2. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  3. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  4. The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino
  5. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  6. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  7. [tie] Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
  8. The Selfish Giant – Clio Barnard
  9. Norte, the End of History – Lav Diaz
  10. [tie] Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie

A.V. Club: 20 Best Films of 2013

The Master

A.V. Club: 20 Best Films of 2013

  1. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  2. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  3. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  4. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  5. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  6. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  7. Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
  8. Her – Spike Jonze
  9. Room 237 – Rodney Ascher
  10. No – Pablo Larraín
  11. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  12. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese
  13. At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  14. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  15. The World’s End – Edgar Wright
  16. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  17. Beyond the Hills – Cristian Mungiu
  18. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  19. The Counselor – Ridley Scott
  20. First Cousin Once Removed – Alan Berliner

Dana Stevens: 21 Best Movies of 2013

No - Pablo Larraín

Dana Stevens: 20 Best Movies of 2013 (as published by Slate)

Top Ten, in alphabetical order

  • The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  • Beyond the Hills – Cristian Mungiu
  • Enough Said – Nicole Holofcener
  • Her – Spike Jonze
  • Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  • No – Pablo Larraín
  • Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley
  • Wadjda – Haifaa al-Mansour

10 more titles that were booted from the list with the utmost difficulty

  • All Is Lost – J.C. Chandor
  • Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  • Concussion – Stacie Passon
  • Much Ado About Nothing – Joss Whedon
  • The World’s End – Edgar Wright
  • Fill the Void – Rama Burshtein
  • Fruitvale Station – Ryan Coogler
  • The Spectacular Now – James Ponsoldt
  • A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  • The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki

Stephanie Zacharek: 21 Favorite Movies of 2013

Gravity

Stephanie Zacharek: 20 Favorite Movies of 2013 (as published by The Village Voice)

  1. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  2. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  4. Much Ado About Nothing – Joss Whedon
  5. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  6. The To Do List – Maggie Carey
  7. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  8. Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley
  9. 20 Feet From Stardom – Morgan Neville
  10. Despicable Me 2 – Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
  11. Dark Skies – Scott Stewart

And don’t forget

  1. American Hustle – David O. Russell
  2. The Great Gatsby – Baz Luhrmann
  3. Something in the Air – Olivier Assayas
  4. After Tiller – Martha Shane and Lana Wilson
  5. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Lee Daniels
  6. Don Jon – Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  7. Best Man Holiday – Malcolm D. Lee
  8. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  9. The Canyons – Paul Schrader
  10. The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino

Scott Foundas: 20 Best Films of 2013

Her - Spike Jonze

Scott Foundas: 20 Best Films of 2013 (as published by Variety)

Top Ten, in order

  1. Her – Spike Jonze
  2. The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki
  3. American Hustle – David O. Russell
  4. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  5. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  6. At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  7. Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  8. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  9. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  10. The Counselor – Ridley Scott

Next Ten, in alphabetical order

  • Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  • Blue Jasmine – Woody Allen
  • The Bling Ring – Sofia Coppola
  • Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  • Labor Day – Jason Reitman
  • Out of the Furnace – Scott Cooper
  • Prisoners – Denis Villeneuve
  • Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine
  • A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  • The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese

Stephen Holden: 13 Best Films of 2013

Before Midnight - Richard Linklater

Stephen Holden: 13 Best Films of 2013 (as published by The New York Times)

  1. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  2. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  3. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  4. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  5. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese
  6. American Hustle – David O. Russell
  7. The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino
  8. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  9. Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  10. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  11. Paradise: Love – Ulrich Seidl
  12. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  13. Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2013

Fruitvale Station

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2013 (as submitted to the Indiewire poll), presented alphabetically

  • Fruitvale Station – Ryan Coogler
  • Gloria – Sebastián Lelio
  • Hannah Arendt – Margarethe von Trotta
  • Kill Your Darlings – John Krokidas
  • The Last of the Unjust – Claude Lanzmann
  • Museum Hours – Jem Cohen
  • Night Across the Street – Raul Ruiz
  • Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley
  • The Unspeakable Act – Dan Sallitt
  • You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Alain Resnais