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‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ ‘Frances Ha,’ ‘Upstream Color’ & More Make Film Comment’s Top 10 Films Of 2013

'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Frances Ha,' 'Upstream Color' & More Make Film Comment's Top 10 Films Of 2013

More lists are arriving as 2013 draws to a close and if you’re wondering what movies you need to catch in cinemas, or keep an eye out for at the arthouse, they are always a handy guide. Now, Film Comments is stepping into both arenas with their definitive take on the year that was.

The results of the organization’s annual end-of-the-year survey of over 120 film critics, journalists, film section editors, and past and present contributors were dropped this afternoon, with the Coen Brothers‘ charming and bruised “Inside Llewyn Davis” topping the list. It’s a mix of the familiar (“12 Years A Slave,” “Before Midnight“) with the undersung (“Frances Ha,” “Upstream Color“) on a list that is dips into films both at home and abroad.

Enough preamble, here’s the final list of 10 with the rank of the top 50 as well. Thoughts? Hit up the comments section.

Film Comment’s Top 10 Films Released in 2013 

1. Joel & Ethan Coen’s INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
2. Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE
3. Richard Linklater’s BEFORE MIDNIGHT
4. Joshua Oppenheimer’s THE ACT OF KILLING
5. Jia Zhang-ke’s A TOUCH OF SIN
6. Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel’s LEVIATHAN
7. Alfonso Cuarón’s GRAVITY
8. Andrew Bujalski’s COMPUTER CHESS
9. Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA
10. Shane Carruth’s UPSTREAM COLOR. 

Rankings #11 – #20 
11. Museum Hours, Director: Jem Cohen

12. Blue Is the Warmest Color, Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

13. Bastards, Director: Claire Denis

14. Spring Breakers, Director: Harmony Korine

15. Like Someone in Love, Director: Abbas Kiarostami

16. Stories We Tell, Director: Sarah Polley

17. Her, Director: Spike Jonze

18. Nebraska, Director: Alexander Payne

19. American Hustle, Director: David O. Russell

20. The Grandmaster, Director: Wong Kar Wai

Rankings #21 – #30

21. At Berkeley, Director: Frederick Wiseman

22. Beyond the Hills, Director: Cristian Mungiu

23. No, Director: Pablo Larraín

24. The Great Beauty, Director: Paolo Sorrentino

25. Blue Jasmine, Director: Woody Allen

26. All Is Lost, Director: J.C. Chandor

27. Post Tenebras Lux, Director: Carlos Reygadas

28. Something in the Air, Director: Olivier Assayas

29. Viola, Director: Matías Piñeiro

30. Fruitvale Station, Director: Ryan Coogler

Rankings #31 – #40

31. To the Wonder, Director: Terrence Malick

32. Night Across the Street, Director: Raúl Ruiz

33. Room 237, Director: Rodney Ascher

34. Faust, Director: Aleksandr Sokurov

35. Let the Fire Burn, Director: Jason Osder

36. Le Pont du Nord, Director: Jacques Rivette

37. The Wolf of Wall Street, Director: Martin Scorsese

38. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, Director: Alain Resnais

39. The Last Time I Saw Macao, Director: João Pedro Rodrigues

40. The Past, Director: Asghar Farhadi

Rankings #41 – #50

41. The Square, Director: Jehane Noujaim

42. The Wind Rises, Director: Hayao Miyazaki

43. Drug War, Director: Johnnie To

44. Cousin Jules, Director: Dominique Benicheti

45. Much Ado About Nothing, Director: Joss Whedon

46. Passion, Director: Brian De Palma

47. Short Term 12, Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

48. Dallas Buyers Club, Director: Jean-Marc Vallee

49. Berberian Sound Studio, Director: Peter Strickland

50. Captain Phillips, Director: Paul Greengrass


1. Jealousy, Director: Philippe Garrel

2. Stray Dogs, Director: Tsai Ming-liang

3. What Now? Remind Me, Director: Joaquim Pinto

4. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, Director: Hong Sang-soo

5. Abuse of Weakness, Director: Catherine Breillat

6. Our Sunhi, Director: Hong Sang-soo

7. The Strange Little Cat, Director: Ramon Zürcher

8. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, Directors: Ben Rivers & Ben Russell

9. Story of My Death, Director: Albert Serra

10. Club Sandwich, Director: Fernando Eimbcke

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