WATCH: The Top 25 Movies of 2013 According to Indiewire’s Year-End Critics’ Poll

WATCH: The Top 25 Movies of 2013 According to Indiewire's Year-End Critics' Poll

The results are in, and there’s no doubting the prominence of “12 Years a Slave” in Indiewire’s year-end critics poll: Steve McQueen’s slavery drama won four out of the seven categories where it was in contention, including Best Film, Best Director, and multiple performance categories.

But many more films gained plenty of recognition. Among the ballots submitted by 240 critics listed in our Criticwire Network, many appeared on dozens of critics’ top 10 lists, while others received support from significant minorities. Here’s a rundown of the top 25 films that made the cut with trailers for your browsing pleasure. Check out a list of the top 50 finalists here.

1. 12 Years a Slave (Film Page), directed by Steve McQueen (2013 Telluride Film Festival; October 2013 theatrical release) 
836 points, 120 votes

2. Inside Llewyn Davis (Film Page), directed by Joel & Ethan Coen (2013 Cannes Film Festival; December 2013 theatrical release) 
715 points, 103 votes

3. Before Midnight (Film Page), directed by Richard Linklater (2013 Sundance Film Festival; June 2013 theatrical release)
629 points, 95 votes

4. Her (Film Page), directed by Spike Jonze (2013 New York Film Festival; December 2013 theatrical release)
561 points, 82 votes

5. Gravity (Film Page), directed by Alfonso Cuaron (2013 Venice Film Festival; October 2013 theatrical release)
544 points, 80 votes

6. The Act of Killing (Film Page), directed by Joshua Oppenheimer (2012 Telluride Film Festival; July 2013 theatrical release)
396 points, 61 votes

7. Leviathan (Film Page), directed by Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (2012 Locarno International Film Festival; March theatrical release)
371 points, 52 votes

8. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Film Page), directed by Abdellatif Kechiche (2013 Cannes Film Festival; October 2013 theatrical release)
337 points, 55 votes

9. Upstream Color (Film Page), directed by Shane Carruth (2013 Sundance Film Festival; April 2013 theatrical release)
331 points, 59 votes

10. Frances Ha (Film Page), directed by Noah Baumbach (2012 Toronto International Film Festival; May 2013 theatrical release)
309 points, 58 votes

11. Spring Breakers (Film Page), directed by Harmony Korine (2012 Venice Film Festival; March 2013 theatrical release)
275 points, 52 votes

12. Stories We Tell (Film Page), directed by Sarah Polley (2012 Venice Film Festival; May 2013 theatrical release)
265 points, 46 votes

13. A Touch of Sin (Film Page), directed by Jia Zhang-ke (2013 Cannes Film Festival; October 2013 theatrical release)
233 points, 43 votes

14. The Great Beauty (Film Page), directed by Paolo Sorrentino (2013 Cannes Film Festival; November 2013 release date)
223 points, 35 votes
15. American Hustle (Film Page), directed by David O. Russell (December 2013 theatrical release)
219 points, 40 votes

16. Short Term 12 (Film Page), directed by Destin Cretton (2013 SXSW Film Festival; August 2013 theatrical release) 
216 points, 

17. Nebraska (Film Page), directed by Alexander Payne (2013 Cannes Film Festival; November 2013 theatrical release)
211 points, 36 votes

18. Computer Chess (Film Page), directed by Andrew Bujalski (2013 Sundance Film Festival; June 2013 theatrical release)
209 points, 37 votes

19. All is Lost (Film Page), directed by JC Chandor (2013 Cannes Film Festival; October 2013 theatrical release)
188 points, 36 votes

20. Museum Hours (Film Page), directed by Jem Cohen (2012 Locarno International Film Festival, June 2013 theatrical release)
178 points, 33 votes

21. The Wolf of Wall Street (Film Page), directed by Martin Scorsese (December 2013 theatrical release)
166 points, 28 votes

22. Like Someone in Love (Film Page), directed by Abbas Kiarostami (2012 Cannes Film Festival; February 2013 theatrical release)
157 points, 27 votes

23. To the Wonder (Film Page), directed by Terrence Malick (2012 Venice Film Festival; April 2013 theatrical release)
156 points, 24 votes

24. The World’s End (Film Page), directed by Edgar Wright (August 2013 theatrical release)

139 points, 25 votes

25. Beyond the Hills (Film Page), directed by Cristian Mungiu (2012 Cannes Film Festival; February 2013 theatrical release)
130 points, 24 votes

For 25 more top-ranked 2013 films from our critics poll, head to the results page.

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Comments

Mel

I knew to stop scrolling when I saw "Spring Breakers" …

maria

this honestly sucks to be honest, i dont think its cool at all na di would never want it to be as cool as it is. there are many movies available and they put the 25 worst movies of 2013, i dont think they are good at all. all of the movies suck and some aren't even english. i think they should put good movies next time, or at least maybe good movies next time.
thank you for listening, but honestly im not trying to be mean or anything but these movies suck. i dont care if you have hate for me but it sucks and you cant do anything about it.

Harkanwar

I would have included,

The Place Beyond The Pines
Great Gatsby
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Nebraska
The Best Offer

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Jeff

Love this list!

I put the scores into my year end critics scorecard. Look for it here:

http://letterboxd.com/jheimbrock/list/updated-12-18-13-critics-top-films-of-2013/

Charles

"To the Wonder?" "Spring Breakers" Seriously? Are you s–ing me?

jeff

Methinks captain Phillips was left off for political reasons

onB

What a joke! No Fruitvale Station? But Spring Breakers? But that Horrible Ethan Hawke movie!

James

Good list. Would have included these three:
Mud
The Place Beyond the Pines
Fruitvale Station

James

Good list. Would have included these three:
Mud
The Place Beyond the Pines
Fruitvale Station

James

Good list. Would have included these three:
Mud
The Place Beyond the Pines
Fruitvale Station

James

Good list. Would have included these three:
Mud
The Place Beyond the Pines
Fruitvale Station

James

Good list. Would have included these three:
Mud
The Place Beyond the Pines
Fruitvale Station

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