The Best Movies of 2013

These excellent movies prove that 2013 was one of the new millennium's strongest years for cinema. So, what are The Best Movies of 2013?

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The Best Picture debacle at the 2017 Oscars ceremony notwithstanding (whatever your position on the face-off between Moonlight and La La Land may be), the 2013 award season race sticks out in recent memory as a particularly tough year to predict the film that would come out on top at the Academy Awards. The laundry list of movies that were all conceivable contenders to clinch a win from the Academy was an embarrassment of riches for cinephiles. The year had its fair share of critical darlings that rounded out reviewers’ Top 10 lists, from Her’s not-so-unrealistic future landscape to Gravity’s star-studded CGI universe. These movies weren’t so dominant that it was a safe bet to rule out equally well-reviewed movies like Inside Llewyn Davis and Captain Phillips in Oscar party pools, either—as we know now, the dark horse sometimes ends up on top. In the end, the Steve McQueen-directed 12 Years A Slave edged out the other nominees for the Best Picture win, in a slightly surprising pick from a pre-#OscarsSoWhite Academy.

But, disregard the general picks of the old white men’s Oscars: The Complex team’s picks don’t exactly adhere to the same stuffy, antiquated opinions. Don’t get us wrong— some of the aforementioned films made the cut, but they share space on this list with less conventional films that didn’t get as much love on the awards circuit. We don’t discriminate in regards to star power, budget, or pretentious standards of artistry. On our list, Disney alums stand among seasoned Hollywood elite, movies produced with miniscule budgets hold spots next to those filmed with over one hundred times the cash, and side-splitting comedies get the recognition that the Oscars rarely give. Because “Oscar-worthy” or not, the best movies are the ones that give the audience an entertaining escape from everyday life, whether that is achieved through laughter, horror, or James Franco method-acting as a bizarro version of Riff Raff.

Without further ado, these are the films that kept us captivated back then; here are the best movies of 2013.

35. Fast & Furious 6

Fast & Furious 6

34. August: Osage County

August: Osage County

33. Sun Don't Shine

Sun Don't Shine

32. Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine

31. Sightseers


30. The Conjuring

the conjuring

29. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

28. We Are What We Are

We Are What We Are

27. Mud


26. Room 237

Room 237

25. Her


24. Resolution


23. In a World...

In A World

22. Drinking Buddies

Drinking Buddies

21. A Touch of Sin

A Touch of Sin

20. The Lords of Salem

The Lords of Salem

19. American Hustle

American Hustle

18. Gravity


17. Nebraska


16. The World's End

The World's End

15. The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now

14. You're Next

You're Next

13. Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station

12. Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

11. Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell

10. This Is the End

This Is The End

9. Frances Ha

Frances Ha

8. The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

7. Before Midnight

Before Midnight

6. Short Term 12

Short Term 12

5. The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

4. Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Is the Warmest Color

3. Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

2. 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

1. Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers

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