The Best Films of 2013: Revisiting The Rankings

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Much like the past two years (2011 and 2012), Solzy at the Movies is revisiting the rankings for the Best Films of 2013.

Among the films that were initially unranked were August: Osage County, Inside Llewyn Davis, Her, and Nebraska. That’s because all four films expanded in mid-January 2013, which was after my rankings went live. As a result, they were completely ineligible. Although to be fair, Nebraska did play for a week at the Baxter Avenue Theatre in Louisville before the year came to an end. However, I was also under the weather on the one day that worked with my schedule so I had to wait until the post-Oscar nomination expansion. Unlike other films, I didn’t rewatch Nebraska for review heading into the end of the year. I only have so much time on my hands, it’s not on a streaming service, and the library can only move so quickly with transfers.

One film that went from being completely unranked to going into my top films is Short Term 12. The film’s reputation has grown in time especially with what we’ve seen the cast do with their career. Another film that made its way onto the list is Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station. In any event, both films are on the list now.

I keep my docs and narratives separate but Blackfish remains my best documentary of 2013.

The Best Films of 2013

  1. 12 Years a Slave
  2. Gravity
  3. Frozen
  4. The Way, Way Back
  5. Short Term 12
  6. Captain Phillips
  7. Inside Llewyn Davis
  8. The Wolf of Wall Street
  9. The Spectacular Now
  10. Her
  11. Enough Said
  12. Saving Mr. Banks
  13. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  14. 42
  15. Nebraska
  16. Fruitvale Station
  17. The Kings of Summer
  18. Philomena
  19. American Hustle
  20. Rush
  21. The Heat
  22. Frances Ha
  23. This Is The End
  24. All is Lost
  25. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  26. August: Osage County
  27. The To-Do List
  28. We’re The Millers
  29. Dallas Buyers Club

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Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.