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

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) [see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

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

  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