The Top 10 Films of 2013


From a balding huckster and an aging alcoholic to a man seeking his freedom, 2013 has been a great year for films. Here are the top 10.

American Hustle

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Director: David O Russell

Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams

Plot: A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey power-brokers and mafia.

Dallas Buyers Club

Genre: Drama

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner

Plot: In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

12 Years a Slave

Genre: Historical drama

Director: Steve McQueen

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

Plot: Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, the New York State citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s. Steve McQueen directs from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley, based in part by Northup’s memoir. Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti co-star.


Genre: Drama

Director: Stephen Frears

Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan

Plot: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Blue Jasmine

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Director: Woody Allen

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin

Plot: A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love…


Genre: Sci-fi thriller

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

Plot: Gravity is a 2013 3D science-fiction thriller and space drama film directed, co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Alfonso Cuarón. The film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts involved in the mid-orbit destruction of a space shuttle and their attempt to return to Earth.

Sound City

Genre: Documentary

Director: Dave Grohl

Plot: Sound City is a 2013 documentary film produced and directed by Dave Grohl, in his directorial debut, about the history of recording studio Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, Los Angeles.


Genre: Drama

Director: Alexander Payne

Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte

Plot: Director Alexander Payne takes the helm for this black and white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Missouri father who’s convinced he’s won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, and Will Forte as the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings.


Genre: Documentary

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Plot: Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity.


Genre: Comedy/Drama

Director: Spike Jonze

Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

Plot: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

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