Top 10 Films of 2013

Brace yourselves, folks, because the top 10 lists are going to be running wild here this week! First up is my list of favorite films from 2013. There are still quite a few I want to see from last year (i.e. Blue is the Warmest Color, American Hustle, Inside Llewyn Davis), but I couldn’t wait any longer to share this top 10.

Honorable Mentions: Fruitvale Station, Frances Ha, Dallas Buyers Club, Mud, The Conjuring

#10 – Gimme the Loot
Gimme the Loot [2012]
#9 – Stoker
Stoker [2013]
#8 – The Place Beyond the Pines
The Place Beyond the Pines [2013]
#7 – Gravity
Gravity [2013]
#6 – Her
Her [2013]
#5 – Nebraska
Nebraska [2013]
#4 – The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street [2013]
#3 – The Hunt
The Hunt [2013]
#2 – Before Midnight
Before Midnight [2013]
#1 – 12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave [2013]

How about you? What’s your favorite film from 2013?

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55 thoughts on “Top 10 Films of 2013

  1. jjames36 says:

    Great list. I don’t like Before Midnight, but I accept I am in the severe minority on that point. Nor am I a huge fan of Stoker.

    Otherwise, I think these high quality pictures. My Current Top Ten has a number of similarities and my final version likely will as well. Good list!

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      Oh wow, I think you’re the first person I’ve come across who didn’t like Before Midnight. 😉 Did you write a review on it? Curious to read it if so.

      I still need to see Wadjda — I remember your high praise of that.

      • jjames36 says:

        Yeah. Wadjda is still my number one. And is unlikely to get bumped from that perch, seeing as how it earned an A+.

        I did review Before Midnight. Part of the problem is I haven’t seem the first two, I’m sure. But the bigger issue, I think, is that I believe many of the conversations feel off. Anyway, here’s a link (bear in mind I wrote that review before I started the blog, when I thought I was the only person who would ever read it):

        http://jjamesreviews.wordpress.com/the-reviews/2013-2/by-letter-grade/before-midnight/

        • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

          Ahh, yeah I can’t imagine Before Midnight having the same impact without seeing the first two films. Witnessing the evolution of their relationship beforehand is crucial. I hope you do manage to see them at some point. Both are phenomenal films.

          Thanks for the link! I’ll check it out tonight.

  2. Logan Burd says:

    Interesting list. I’ve only seen a few of those, but I like that “The Hunt” made it on. A very compelling foreign film indeed. “Saving Mr. Banks” was my absolute favorite, but in terms of overall quality I think Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street” gets it. “12 Year a Slave” is fantastic though. I haven’t seen an acting ensemble perform as well as in “12 Years a Slave” in years. Fantastic. Here’s my list! http://allihavetosayaboutthat.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/the-five-best-films-of-2013/

  3. J.R. Littlejohn says:

    Nice list. I haven’t gotten a chance to see most of these. My favorite from 2013 is Her. My actual top five for my ‘best’ are (5-1) The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, Her, Dalas Buyers Club, and 12 Years a Slave. I love that movie, and I appreciate that you also loved that movie. I did not like Gravity, however. Not even a little bit. I am interested to know why you liked it.

      • J.R. Littlejohn says:

        For me, I feel liked I would have liked it better had I been able to see it in theaters. On a TV screen, it was still stunning enough, but so many glaring logic and science errors (especially in a film that seemed t be trying to be scientific) that the visuals weren’t enough to overcome it, That being said, I totally understand why Alfonso Cuaron is winning all the directing awards.

        Thanks. =] I was prepared to like August, but I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I did. It was a very pleasant surprise. Extremely dark, awkwardly funny at times, very well written, amazing performances, and extremely honest. And I’m all about those honest films. So yeah, definitely worth a watch if you get the chance.

        • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

          I remember reading Neil deGrasse Tyson’s rant about the scientific mistakes in Gravity. It was very informative. 🙂 I was willing to cut the film a bit of slack, but I can see how those could be bothersome.

          I’ll see if I can catch August before it leaves theaters. Thanks for the recommendation!

          • J.R. Littlejohn says:

            I hadn’t seen his rant yet when I saw it. I had already seen Hank Green’s rant, however. I can usually look past those things, but it was so obvious for me i just couldn’t do it. xD

            Yep!

  4. ruth says:

    Very nice Eric!! LOVE that you have some of my faves here, Gravity, Her, Nebraska and 12 Years a Slave. I saw Gimme the Loot as part of a ‘Secret Santa’ thing so it was gifted to me. I’m glad I got to see it though I’m not as enamored by it as you do.

  5. Harmony Cocktails by Kelly Haslam says:

    I agree with you about 12 Years a Slave. The movie is still with me and the performances were outstanding all around. The movie earned the Golden Globe for best drama — let’s see what happens at the Oscars! Anyway, thanks for your top 10 list and all your reviews!

  6. SDG says:

    We have 4 in common(Hunt, Wolf, Midnight and 12 Years) with her just missing the cut at 11. Nebraska is the one I still haven’t seen but I have one more month to catch up since I’ll have my lists up at the start of March.

    My current top 3 are The Past, Broken Circle Breakdown and Stories We Tell. I don’t remember if you’ve already talked about any of these but have you seen any?

  7. Dan says:

    Yeah, great choice for number one. Can 12 Years A Slave top Scorsese’s Wolf for the Best Picture Oscar. I’m thinking it’s a possibility with the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor awards being shared between Wolf and Slave.

    Love the fact you’ve picked Nebraska for the top 10 too. I love the work of Alexander Payne, he’s never let me down.

    • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

      I would love to see The Wolf of Wall Street win a few Oscars, but I have a feeling it’s going to come up short. Would love to be surprised though.

      I’m with you on Nebraska. I think that may be my new favorite from Payne. Great film.

  8. Chris says:

    Not all of these are out here yet, but cool to see we have a few in common in our top 10s: Before Midnight, Stoker, Pines, Gravity, The Hunt, and Wolf of.
    I hope Her, Nebraska, 12y, and Llewyn Davis live up to my expectations, I’ll be seeing them soon.

  9. Nostra says:

    Still three movies I have not seen (your number one, Nebraska and Gimme the Loot). I have never heard of Gimme the Loot, so I am intrigued by its inclusion. Will try to check that one out.

  10. Jaina says:

    Very solid list. It’s nice to see Gravity NOT at the top for a change!

    So many films I’ve yet to see. Feel like I’ll forever be playing catch up.

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