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Top 30 Best Movies 2013 (New)Let’s take a look at the top 30 best new movies of 2013. While it didn’t quite match up to the previous year for exciting titles, it was the biggest ever for science-fiction and finished strong. What did you think were 2013’s best movies? Let us know in the comments.

30th – The Place Beyond The Pines
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Dane DeHaan, Eva Mendes
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Released: April 2013 (U.S. Release Dates)

Best Movies 2013
A motorcycle stunt rider (Gosling) turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his ex-lover (Mendes) and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop (Cooper) navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective (Ray Liotta). Ambitious crime saga with a clever and daring three act structure that constantly surprises with its changes of direction. It may start off a little like ‘Drive’ on a motorbike, but soon establishes its own identity. It’s an acting showcase for current and upcoming talent. Certainly not feel-good, but a great drama.

29th – Riddick
Starring: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà
Director: David Twohy
Released: September 2013

New Movies 2013
Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick fights for survival against alien beasts and becomes more powerful than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on him, only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. From the writer-director of the two previous movies, it’s a smaller experience than ‘Chronicles’, rated R like ‘Pitch Black’. Karl Urban briefly reprises his role as Vaako, and the bounty hunters include ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ Katee Sackhoff. Hard to believe it’s been 9 years since the last installment.

28th – Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
Director: Francis Lawrence
Released: November 2013

Top Movies 2013
Returning home, Katniss (Lawrence) and Peeta (Hutcherson) try to forget their time in the arena. But all is not well; rebellion is simmering. As they embark on the Victors Tour of the districts, Katniss has to prove that her act to save both herself and Peeta in the arena was not that of defiance against the Capitol, but one of love for him. Meanwhile, the President (Sutherland) prepares a special Hunger Games made up of previous victors, to show his people who is ultimately in control. The production added some serious class since the first movie (which I thought compared poorly with ‘Battle Royale’) – this one was adapted by Simon Beaufoy (‘Slumdog Millionaire’) and Michael Arndt (‘Little Miss Sunshine’), had the director of ‘I Am Legend’, and Philip Seymour Hoffman joined the cast. Everything in the arena was filmed in IMAX. A more polished, grander-scale rerun of the first film.

27th – The Wolverine
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova
Director: James Mangold
Released: July 2013

Best Movies Of 2013
An adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic 1982 comic book arc, this sees Wolverine heading to Japan where he falls for the daughter of a Japanese crime lord and goes up against Silver Samurai (Lee) and Viper (Khodchenkova). We’re told to expect different forms of martial arts – mano-a-mano, extreme fighting. Jackman says “It’s a world full of honour, tradition and customs and Wolverine’s obviously someone who’s really anti-all of that, trying to negotiate his way. He gets his ass kicked by a couple of samurai – not even mutants. He’s shocked by that at first.” Coming from a solid director (James Mangold, ‘3:10 To Yuma’) and writer (Christopher McQuarrie, ‘The Usual Suspects’) this is different enough to erase the underwhelming memory of ‘Origins’.


26th – Oblivion
Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Released: April 2013

New Movies 2013
In a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition, the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. Jak (Cruise) is a repairman, not a policeman. It’s just that one of his tools is a firearm, and his job is to look after the surface world on behalf of the 1-percent above. But when he finds a woman in a crashed ship, his whole world view comes into question. From the director of ‘Tron: Legacy’, this $130m sci-fi thriller is adapted from his own graphic novel. The visuals are fantastic and the story twists effectively all the way to a satisfying conclusion (even if it does lift heavily from ‘Portal’ and another recent sci-fi hit).

25th – Rush
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer
Director: Ron Howard
Released: September 2013

Best Movies 2013
Action-drama about the 1976 Formula One season (the sexy, glamorous golden age of the sport) and the rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth) and methodical, brilliant Austrian Niki Lauda (relative unknown Daniel Brühl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die. Written by Oscar-nominee Peter Morgan (‘The Queen’, ‘Last King of Scotland’, ‘Frost/Nixon’) and directed by Ron Howard (‘Apollo 13′, ‘Cinderella Man’, ‘Frost/Nixon’). Both have excellent track records with biopics. It’s a classy affair that will feature at awards season.

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  • gd smith said

    I actually want to be Ron Burgundy.

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  • Steven Crowley said

    That YOU, would like to be “Ron Burgundy??? Well Don’t Take Me Saying, This, The Wrong WAY, BUT, I think that YOU are A guy…That doesn’t have what it takes…To be “Ron Burgundy”.

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  • Eric H. said

    No Ender’s Game? That’s surprising.

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    • Don said

      I understand your view on Enders Game. It’s either going to be a total flop or the best movie of 2013. I’m not sure which. It is by far the greatest sci fi book series I have ever read (I’m 49) and have been looking forward to someone making this movie for 20 years. I’m hoping I’m not disappointed.

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  • Joey said

    marvel :)

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  • Kramer said

    Thats so strange. It was only last night that I discovered Shane Black from Predator (was watching AVPR last night) went on to be a director, and now I read he’s directing Iron Man 3. Weird. Anyway, always love the Avengers/Avengers’ spinoff films.

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  • olddedy said

    i think the best new movies in 2013 will be Thor: The Dark World, Youre Next and Pacific Rim. cant wait

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  • Optimus Prime said

    I am Optimus Prime.

    And I can happily say that there are going to be some great films in the next couple of years, especially Transformers 4, which shall be released 27 June 2014.

    Really, though, I am very excited to see some of these movies. I’m definitely going to ‘Bookmark’ this page for future references.

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  • niconemo said

    catching fire is the number one of america so…?

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  • anghel said

    yo ! vin diesel and bruce willis will be back .. .
    can’t wait to watch their new movies .. .

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  • Dezz said

    Man of Steel cant wait to watch

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  • Jak said

    What about Catching Fire?

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    • Derp said

      No one cares about Catching Fire. Is it on the list? No? Then no one cares. COMMENT ON THE MOVIES LISTED, PEOPLE. NOT THAT FREAKING HARD. You dont like the list?!? FINE. BUT DONT WASTE THE AUTHOR’S TIME BY WHINING CAUSE HE DIDNT INCLUDE YOUR FANGIRL PIECE OF CRAP.
      Geez.
      Find some decency and wear it straight.

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  • Tristan said

    Why the hell would they make another star trek it’s so sh*t

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  • Lewis said

    Ah another top list Sheridan, thanks for keeping the dregs of movie going society informed and up to date. Surprised to see Sam Raimi directing an Wizard of Oz film, considering his Evil Dead roots. Also why The Evil Dead remake? Seems a tad pointless to me, but oh well that’s Hollywood for you. Overall though looks like a good year for Sci-Fi buffs such as myself so I can’t complain to much.

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      Thanks Lewis. You’re not dregs! You may be interested to check out the science fiction list that’s just gone live, there are some more titles in that one.

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  • Christine said

    why isn’t catching fire on the list??? it’s just so devastating… the 1st part, hunger games, received so much award and a considered global phenomena, how can this be?

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  • jim said

    I bet 90 percent of these movies will suck…. They are all the same. For some reason 2013 became the year of the apocalypse or else its another comic book superhero movie. Wheres the creativity. And why is “the great gatsby” not on this list. For my sanity and for the well being of society i hope this list is complete garbage.

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