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2013’s films ranked

03.19.14: This list is now final. While I may in the future see additional films that were released in the awards year of 2013, no more films will be added to this list. (I may add links to reviews of films listed here.)


other yearly rankings:
2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003


This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2013 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the OFCS and AWFJ awards); some films released in the U.K. without U.S. releases may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2013 unless otherwise noted.

green light
worth paying multiplex prices for

Gravity (10.10/10.04/11.07)
12 Years a Slave (10.18/10.18/01.10.14)
Inside Llewyn Davis (10.13/12.06/01.24.14)
Nebraska (10.08/11.22/12.06)
American Hustle (12.11/12.13/12.20)
Byzantium (05.28/06.28/05.31)
No (10.13.12/02.15/02.08)
Rush (07.15/09.27/09.13)
The Act of Killing (06.25/07.19/06.28)
Frozen (11.17/11.22/12.06)
Philomena (10.16/11.22/11.01)
Captain Phillips (09.25/10.11/10.16)
Upstream Color (04.11/01.21/08.30)
The Past (12.11/12.20/03.28.14)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (12.09/12.25/12.26)
Metro Manila (09.05/TBA/09.20)
Tim’s Vermeer (11.21/12.06/01.17.14)
Prisoners (09.09/09.20/09.27)
Ernest & Celestine (02.23.14/late 2013/05.01)
August: Osage County (11.25/12.25/01.17.14)
The Wolf of Wall Street (01.07.14/12.25/01.17.14)
Foxfire (08.06/TBA/08.09)
Pacific Rim (07.09/07.12/07.12)
Kill Your Darlings (07.15/10.18/11.08)
All Is Lost (10.03/10.18/12.26)
Iron Man 3 (04.17/05.03/04.25)
Thanks for Sharing (07.16/09.20/09.13)
Before Midnight (06.18/05.24/06.21)
Saving Mr. Banks (10.20/12.13/11.29)
Frances Ha (07.22/05.17/07.26)
Europa Report (07.29/08.02/TBA)
Blue Jasmine (09.19/07.26/09.27)
Cutie and the Boxer (02.23.14/08.16/11.01)
Girl Most Likely (05.29/07.19/09.27)
Dallas Buyers Club (10.29/11.01/02.07.14)
The Square (01.10.14/10.25/01.10.14)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (11.08/11.22/11.21)
20 Feet from Stardom (02.23.14/06.14/03.28.14)
Lee Daniels’ The Butler (11.17/08.16/11.15)
Her (12.14/12.18/02.14.14)
Lone Survivor (11.21/12.27/01.31.14)
Enough Said (10.03/09.18/10.18)
Like Father, Like Son (10.10/01.17.14/10.18)
The Broken Circle Breakdown (03.01.14/11.01/10.18)
The Way, Way Back (08.12/07.05/08.28)
Thor: The Dark World (10.28/11.08/10.30)
Blackfish (05.24/07.19/07.26)
Short Term 12 (10.29/08.23/11.01)
Stories We Tell (12.14/05.10/06.28)
The Spectacular Now (09.24/08.02/TBA)
Great Expectations (08.22.12/11.08/11.30.12)
How I Live Now (10.04/11.08/10.04)
Elysium (08.21/08.09/08.21)
In a World… (09.09/08.09/09.13)
Man of Steel (06.13/06.14/06.14)
Star Trek Into Darkness (05.03/05.17/05.09)
The Place Beyond the Pines (04.08/03.29/04.12)
The Crash Reel (05.21/12.13/10.11)
Eden (05.31/03.20/07.19)
Wadjda (10.10.12/09.13/07.19)
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (12.16/12.18/12.18)
Fruitvale Station (10.25/07.12/06.06.14)
Camp 14: Total Control Zone (10.08/TBA/10.04)
The Bling Ring (07.09/06.14/07.05)
What Maisie Knew (09.02/05.03/08.23)
The Armstrong Lie (09.27/11.08/01.31.14)
Dark Touch (09.18/09.27/TBA)
Much Ado About Nothing (06.10/06.07/06.14)
The Invisible Woman (10.17/12.25/02.07.14)
Lore (03.14/02.08/02.22)
Populaire (03.08/05.17/05.31)
Out in the Dark (06.27/TBA/07.05)
Prince Avalanche (07.14/08.09/09.20)
The Network (05.25/09.27/TBA)
Mud (05.30/05.10/05.10)
Our Children (À perdre la raison) (02.20/08.02/05.10)
Behind the Candelabra (06.09/made for TV/06.07)
Gloria (10.20/01.24.14/11.01)
Inch’Allah (08.15/08.16/TBA)
The World’s End (07.09/08.23/07.19)
Don Jon (10.13/09.27/11.15)
Red 2 (08.08/07.19/08.02)
The Gatekeepers (01.23/02.01/04.12)
Trance (03.07/04.05/03.27)
The Angels’ Share (06.07/04.12.12/06.01)
Chained (01.27/direct to DVD/02.01)
Antiviral (10.04.12/04.12/02.08)
The Hunt (Jagten) (09.25.12/07.12/11.30.12)
Admission (06.10/03.22/06.14)
The Dyatlov Pass Incident (aka Devil’s Pass) (08.16/08.23/08.23)
The Purge (05.23/06.07/05.31)
The Rise (aka Wasteland) (08.13/07.26/09.20)
Hawking (07.16/09.13/09.20)
The Comedian (10.08.12/TBA/05.31)
The Sapphires (10.14.12/03.22/11.07.12)
A Hijacking (Kapringen) (05.13/06.21/05.10)
Everyday (10.16.12/TBA/01.18)
Sightseers (09.04.12/05.10/11.30.12)
Renoir (03.01/03.29/06.28)
Pain and Gain (07.16/04.26/08.30)
This Is the End (05.16/06.12/06.28)
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (03.08/03.15/03.15)
Play (05.30/TBA/07.12)
Dirty Wars (02.24.14/06.07/11.29)
The Wolverine (07.17/07.26/07.25)
Machete Kills (09.13/10.11/10.11)
Museum Hours (07.30/06.28/09.06)
The Patience Stone (11.13/08.14/12.06)
Computer Chess (10.01/0717/11.22)
The Colony (09.20/09.20/TBA)
Touchy Feely (09.29/09.06/05.16.14)
The Spirit of ’45 (08.09/TBA/03.15)
Terms and Conditions May Apply (07.11/07.12/TBA)
Broken (03.04/07.19/03.08)
Shell (09.25.12/TBA/03.15)
My Brother the Devil (09.24.12/03.22/11.09.12)
Mother of George (10.09/09.13/TBA)
Call Me Kuchu (06.02.12/06.14/11.02.12)
Welcome to the Punch (03.20/03.27/03.15)
Song for Marion (aka Unfinished Song) (10.19.12/06.21/02.22)
Parkland (10.15/10.04/11.22)
Drinking Buddies (10.04/08.23/11.01)
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (08.09/05.24/07.12)
Now You See Me (07.03/05.31/07.03)
Hunky Dory (10.26.11/03.22/03.02.12)
Mama (02.12/01.18.02.22)
Koch (01.29/02.01/TBA)
The Wall (10.15.12/05.31/07.05)
Blancanieves (05.22/03.15/07.12)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (05.07/04.26/05.10)
Ginger and Rosa (10.12.12/03.15/10.19.12)
The Brass Teapot (08.05/04.05/TBA)
Red Obsession (09.06/09.06/TBA)
Quartet (10.15.12/01.11/01.01)
Gimme the Loot (04.11/03.22/05.03)
Blood (10.04.12/TBA/05.31)
Love Is All You Need (Den skaldede frisør) (04.24/05.03/04.19)
The Call (06.04/03.15/09.20)
Carrie (11.26/10.18/11.29)
The Conjuring (07.23/07.19/08.02)
A Fierce Green Fire (03.01/03.01/TBA)
Gangster Squad (01.07/01.11/01.10)
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (85th Academy Awards) (02.02/02.01/02.24)
Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts (85th Academy Awards) (01.27/02.01/TBA)

yellow for maybe
worth seeing, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it

Upside Down (09.22/03.15/TBA)
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (07.11/08.16/TBA)
Dark Skies (04.03/02.22/04.03)
Parker (03.21/01.25/03.08)
The Great Gatsby (05.15/05.10/05.16)
Stoker (02.26/03.01/03.01)
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (08.07/04.04.14/08.07)
Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (05.26/07.31/10.16)
From Up on Poppy Hill (07.26/03.15/08.02)
Berberian Sound Studio (09.13.12/06.14/08.31.12)
Winter of Discontent (08.16//08.23)
Oblivion (04.10/04.19/04.10)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (12.09/12.13/12.13)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (10.29/09.27/10.25)
The Book Thief (12.18/11.08/02.14.14)
The Fifth Estate (10.11/10.18/10.11)
Reality (01.24/03.15/03.22)
Rebellion (L’ordre et la morale) (04.12/TBA/04.19)
Cold Comes the Night (09.17/01.14.14/09.20)
Closed Circuit (09.02/08.28/10.25)
Blue Caprice (10.06/09.13/TBA)
Dom Hemingway (11.26/04.04.14/11.5)
After Tiller (05.24/09.30/01.10.14)
In the House (Dans la maison) (05.12/04.19/03.29)
The East (06.17/05.31/06.28)
All Is Bright (aka Almost Christmas) (11.01/10.04/direct to DVD)
The Company You Keep (10.03/04.05/TBA)
Warm Bodies (02.09/02.01/02.08)
Side Effects (02.28/02.08/03.08)
The Kings of Summer (09.29/05.31/08.23)
Good Vibrations (09.04.12/TBA/03.29)
Jack the Giant Slayer (03.17/03.01/03.22)
The Look of Love (04.22/07.05/04.26)
The Iceman (03.05/05.03/06.07)
Homefront (10.07/11.27/12.06)
Oz the Great and Powerful (02.27/03.08/03.08)
Flying Blind (02.19/TBA/04.12)
About Time (08.20/11.01/09.04)
2 Guns (08.23/08.02/08.16)
Errors of the Human Body (04.21/04.19/TBA)
Greedy Lying Bastards (10.10/03.08/09.27)
Stand Up Guys (01.29/02.01/06.28)
Monsters University (06.06/06.21/07.12)
Shadow Dancer (07.25.12/05.31/08.24.12)
Fill the Void (10.13.12/05.24/TBA)
The Wind Rises (02.21.14/11.08/05.09.14)
A Field in England (06.27/02.07.14/07.05)
Blue Is the Warmest Color (10.12/10.25/11.22)
The Frozen Ground (07.16/08.23/07.19)
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (08.01/08.07/08.07)
White House Down (09.03/06.28/09.13)
Ender’s Game (10.25/11.01/10.25)
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (09.10/11.29/01.03.14)
47 Ronin (01.21.14/12.25/12.26)
Insidious: Chapter 2 (09.14/09.13/09.13)
Escape Plan (10.18/10.18/10.18)

red for no
give it a miss

Emperor (10.02/03.08/10.04)
A Single Shot (09.19/09.20/TBA)
Paradise (10.17/10.18/TBA)
Runner Runner (09.24/10.04/09.27)
Breathe In (07.22/03.28.14/07.19)
The Heat (07.18/06.28/07.31)
Stuck in Love (06.10/07.05/06.14)
Dead Man Down (05.03/03.08/05.03)
Everybody Has a Plan (10.15.12/03.22/05.31)
Epic (05.12/05.24/05.22)
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (08.24/08.23/08.23)
Despicable Me 2 (06.24/07.03/06.28)
Broken City (01.10/01.18/03.01)
The Croods (03.14/03.22/03.22)
The Last Stand (01.24/01.18/01.24)
The Host (04.03/03.29/03.29)
Summer in February (06.10/01.17.14/06.14)
The Counsellor (11.07/10.25/11.15)
Vehicle 19 (05.10/06.14/05.10)
Not Another Happy Ending (10.10/TBA/10.11)
You’re Next (05.29/08.23/08.28)
Black Rock (07.29/05.17/06.21)
Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie (12.15/12.20/12.19)
Trap for Cinderella (06.26/TBA/07.12)
The Hangover Part III (05.23/05.23/05.22)
The Sweeney (01.21/09.12.12/03.01)
Starbuck (11.20.12/03.29/11.23.12)
Delivery Man (01.06.14/11.22/01.10.14)
Evil Dead (03.12/04.05/04.19)
Storage 24 (06.25.12/01.11/06.29.12)
Sun Don’t Shine (07.26/04.26/TBA)
Safe Haven (02.25/02.14/03.01)
Olympus Has Fallen (04.17/03.22/04.17)
Fast & Furious 6 (05.13/05.17/05.24)
Borrowed Time (07.14/TBA/09.13)
Hammer of the Gods (08.29/07.05/08.30)
The Monk (03.20.12/03.08/04.27.12)
Spiders (02.07/02.08/TBA)
The Internship (06.20/06.07/07.04)
The Wee Man (01.11/TBA/01.18)
Bullet to the Head (02.01/02.01/02.01)
Beautiful Creatures (02.13/02.14/02.13)
World War Z (06.17/06.21/06.21)
The Lone Ranger (07.17/07.03/08.09)
Hummingbird (aka Redemption) (06.24/06.28/06.28)
Passion (08.29/08.30/TBA)
Diana (09.21/11.01/09.20)
Cockneys vs. Zombies (09.02/08.02/08.31.12)
The Smurfs 2 (07.22/07.31/07.31)
Bounty Killer (09.04/09.06/TBA)
The Seasoning House (06.05/TBA/06.21)
No One Lives (09.22/05.10/09.06)
A Good Day to Die Hard (02.13/02.14/02.14)
009 Re: Cyborg (03.14/TBA/06.07)
I Give It a Year (02.04/TBA/02.08)
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (02.07/01.25/02.27)
Paranoia (03.06.14/08.16/03.07.14)
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (03.25/03.28/03.27)
The Big Wedding (04.16/04.26/05.29)
Laurence Anyways (08.16.12/06.28/11.30.12)
The Lifeguard (08.29/08.30/TBA)
Identity Thief (03.11/02.08/03.22)
Movie 43 (01.25/01.25/01.25)
Jewtopia (09.19/09.20/TBA)
Planes (07.16/08.09/08.16)
Kick-Ass 2 (08.12/08.16/08.14)
Riddick (09.04/09.06/09.04)
Jeune & Jolie (10.31/04.25.14/11.29)
Jewtopia (09.19/09.20/TBA)
I’m So Excited! (04.15/06.28/05.03)
To the Wonder (02.19/04.12/02.22)
Spring Breakers (04.10/03.22/04.05)
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (02.27.14/10.25/10.23)
As I Lay Dying (09.23/10.11/TBA)
The Canyons (07.31/08.02/TBA)
Austenland (09.17/08.16/09.27)
Adore (10.01/09.06/TBA)
Only God Forgives (07.26/07.19/08.02)
Hell Baby (08.27/09.06/TBA)
We’re the Millers (08.21/08.07/08.23)
Labor Day (10.14/12.27/03.28.14)
Grown Ups 2 (08.15/07.12/08.09)
The Great Beauty (03.01.14/11.15/09.06)
The Grandmaster (10.17/08.23/12.05.14)
Filth (02.15/05.30.14/10.04)


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