Top Ten Films of 2013

Continuing our coverage of the best films of the decade so far, we take a look at the best films 2013 had to offer. Be sure to list your own favorite films from 2013 in the comments, and stay tuned for The Marquee’s Top Ten Films of 2014.

Short Term12

10. Short Term 12    (dir. Destin Daniel Cretton, U.S.) 

Wind Rises

9. The Wind Rises    (dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan)


8. Mud    (dir. Jeff Nichols, U.S.)


7. Spring Breakers    (dir. Harmony Korine, U.S.)

American Hustle

6. American Hustle    (dir. David O. Russell, U.S.)


5. Gravity    (dir. Alfonso Cuarón, U.S.)


4. The Act of Killing    (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark/Norway/U.K.)


3. 12 Years a Slave    (dir. Steve McQueen, U.S.)


2. Inside Llewyn Davis    (dir. Joel and Ethan Coen, U.S.)


1. Her    (dir. Spike Jonze, U.S.)


Honorable Mentions

Martin Scorsese’s unflinching, debaucherous indictment of the Wall Street lifestyle in The Wolf of Wall Street; A torturous, but not torturing tale of the heartland that has plenty of heart in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska; The last day in the life of Oscar Grant, who was shot to death by a BART police officer on New Year’s Day 2009 in Fruitvale Station; The final film in Richard Linklater’s Before series and a case-in-point on the labor of love, Before Midnight; A portrait of opportunistic entitlement in a post-MTV America, Sofia Coppola’s brings the true story of the Hollywood Hills Burglars to life in The Bling Ring; A sensory enigma rife with universal themes, Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color; Robert Redford’s tour de force at sea in J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost; An existential crisis of character and city in Foreign Language Oscar winner The Great Beauty.


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