Top 10 Movies Of 2013

by Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 28 Feb 2016 | updated - 18 Oct 2017 | Public

These are my top ten films released in 2013, from best (#1) to worst. NOTE: I am basing this list on the UK theatrical release date of each film.

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1. The World's End (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity's only hope for survival.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike

Votes: 234,303 | Gross: $26.00M

The third part to Edgar Wright's 'Cornetto Trilogy' is perhaps the most underrated, this is a very well written and insanely funny film that works as both a drama between friends and an alien-invasion thriller; it has some fantastic action sequences, too. It is now one of my favourite films of all time.

2. Gravity (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

96 Metascore

Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident leaves them stranded in space.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen

Votes: 707,964 | Gross: $274.09M

It may not stand up to multiple viewings, the first time around this was an insanely gripping thrill ride with fantastic special effects and nail-biting tension throughout.

3. Iron Man 3 (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Votes: 690,006 | Gross: $409.01M

This is more like 'Tony Stark 3', but the action is great when it's there and the characters are as strong as ever. They may have 'ruined' one of the greatest villains in the hero's comic book series for a single joke, but the joke was pretty funny.

4. Prisoners (2013)

R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

Votes: 524,497 | Gross: $61.00M

A dark and at times disturbing slow-burn of a thriller that somehow manages to keep you on the edge-of-your-seat throughout; one of the most affecting films of recent years.

5. The Wolverine (2013)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

Wolverine comes to Japan to meet an old friend whose life he saved years ago, and gets embroiled in a conspiracy involving yakuza and mutants.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

Votes: 399,825 | Gross: $132.56M

This film is somewhat underrated in my opinion, as it is a more gritty and unique take on the eponymous hero. The final act does devolve into a CGI mess, but up until that point this feature is compelling and has some great action - especially in the 'Unleashed Extended Edition', which has added brutality and gore.

6. The Conjuring (2013)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor

Votes: 395,786 | Gross: $137.40M

A brilliantly tangible slow-burn of a piece that isn't afraid to earn its eventual scares, with almost an hour dedicated to character set-up and subtle 'bumps in the night' which - unlike in the old-school movies it draws inspiration from - then transform into overt horror in the feature's fantastically frenzied final act.

7. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

PG-13 | 161 min | Adventure, Fantasy

66 Metascore

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott

Votes: 564,463 | Gross: $258.37M

Much better than the lack-luster first installment in this prequel trilogy, this long but engaging flick has a darker tone and some stand-out fight sequences.

8. Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

61 Metascore

Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets convoluted also facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 346,073 | Gross: $238.68M

The franchise found it's footing as ridiculous action that knows exactly what it is, the car-based action sequences are fantastic if a little unrealistic and the 'family' feel of the flick is refreshing.

9. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

R | 180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 1,031,201 | Gross: $116.90M

Debauchery and excess are not only themes of this movie but also qualities of it, as it spans around three hours and is full of both sex and drugs, but the feature remains compelling even though I didn't find the protagonist all that likable.

10. Monsters University (2013)

G | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

Director: Dan Scanlon | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren

Votes: 290,992 | Gross: $268.49M

Surprisingly good for a belated prequel, this wonderfully animated comedy focuses on different yet familiar themes and swaps the protagonist so that it doesn't retread material found in the original.



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