Best of 2013: Best films of 2013

From established Hollywood auteurs to the foreign and indie fringes, cinema brought its A-game

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Month after month, 2013 proved so stunning, you almost had to hold your breath. The early-to-mid-year festivals produced an ample batch of keepers, from Richard Linklater’s Sundance sensation Before Midnight to Cannes gems like Bastards and Inside Llewyn Davis. Bracing for summer dumb, we gasped in surprise at The World’s End and Blue Jasmine. And as the year closed, some of America’s most dependable directors—big names like Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell—were operating in peak form. Here, we count down the movies that jockeyed for position in our top-ten lists, which easily could have gone to 20 or 30.




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Hiroshima Mon Amour

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Among the many masterpieces of the French New Wave, Alain Resnais’s 1959 memory drama is easily the most passionate: a cross-cultural romance tinged by shame and regret.

2

Birdman

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

A washed-up Hollywood celebrity (Michael Keaton, bravely playing off his own iconography) seeks redemption in a backstage Broadway drama that takes glorious flight.

3

Listen Up Philip

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

The effortlessly self-absorbed Jason Schwartzman portrays a young literary lion, full of himself and close to insufferable in Alex Ross Perry’s smart spin on man-of-letters ambition.

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