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The Supposed 50 Best Movies of 2013, Determined by IMDb Users

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December 31, 2013
Source: IMDb

IMDb Top 50 of 2013

We've been doing our own retrospective pieces on the year of 2013 as it happened on the big screen, but we're not the only ones. The Alamo Drafthouse just unveiled their own list of the 10 Best Films of 2013, as determined by a collective tally of everyone from their various outlets and organizations. Now the scope has been widened to a lot more people (though that shakes up the consistency and qualifying films a bit) as IMDb has revealed the Top 50 Films of 2013, as determined by their users ratings. Surprisingly, it's not a complete mess of terrible films, though the placement of certain titles is a little disconcerting. Look below!

Here's the current list (found via SlashFilm) of the Top 50 Movies of 2013 according to users on IMDb, along with each movie's current rating:

1. Waar - 9.1/10
2. The Wolf of Wall Street - 8.8/10
3. 12 Years a Slave - 8.7/10
4. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag - 8.4/10
5. Gravity - 8.4/10
6. Rush - 8.3/10
7. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 8.3/10
8. American Hustle - 8.2/10
9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - 8.1/10
10. Blue Is the Warmest Color - 8.1/10
11. Before Midnight - 8.1/10
12. Frozen - 8.1/10
13. Prisoners - 8.1/10
14. Captain Phillips - 8.1/10
15. The Past - 8.1/10
16. Star Trek Into Darkness - 7.9/10
17. The Best Offer - 7.8/10
18. About Time - 7.8/10
19. Special 26 - 7.8/10
20. Blue Jasmine - 7.7/10
21. Raanjhanaa - 7.7/10
22. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - 7.6/10
23. Fruitvale Station - 7.6/10
24. Thor: The Dark World - 7.6/10
25. The Conjuring - 7.6/10
26. Despicable Me 2 - 7.6/10
27. The Spectacular Now - 7.5/10
28. 42 - 7.5/10
29. Monsters University - 7.4/10
30. The Way Way Back - 7.4/10
31. Man of Steel - 7.4/10
32. Iron Man 3 - 7.4/10
33. The Great Gatsby - 7.3/10
34. The Croods - 7.3/10
35. Now You See Me - 7.3/10
36. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - 7.2/10
37. The Kings of Summer - 7.2/10
38. Fast & Furious 6 - 7.2/10
39. Ender's Game - 7.2/10
40. Pacific Rim - 7.1/10
41. Side Effects - 7.1/10
42. The World's End - 7.1/10
43. Escape Plan - 7.1/10
44. Aashiqui 2 - 7.1/10
45. We're the Millers - 7.1/10
46. World War Z - 7.1/10
47. Oblivion - 7.0/10
48. Trance - 7.0/10
49. Warm Bodies - 6.9/10
50. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa - 6.9/10

Despite including 50 films from a wide variety of viewers, most of the choices aren't too far off, though a large portion are mainstream blockbusters towards the bottom (because 10,000 votes had to be cast for a film to be included). And some of the later releases in the year don't seem to have as much traction just yet (Inside Llewyn Davis and Her are nowhere to be seen). However, The Wolf of Wall Street has already managed to snag the #2 spot. Of course, films like Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug are much to high in this competitive year of fine filmmaking, while indies like The Spectacular Now and Kings of Summer just haven't found a wide enough audience.

There aren't any flat out terrible films out on here, with the exception of Escape Plan. You'll also notice there are more than a few international titles that you've never heard of (like Waar in the #1 spot), so that shakes things up a bit. Anyway, these aggregate scores from average moviegoers don't really show the absolute best films of the year as much as the best films that a large audience had the chance to see. These kind of lists usually aren't accurate until a couple years go by and smaller films find a larger audience. At the very least, maybe there's a few titles on here you'll check out because a bunch of other people enjoyed them.

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  • Chris Groves
    Films like Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness received too much hate.
    • Xerxexx
      Agreed. Especially Iron Man 3...I was content with the plot twist with Kingsley...for all we know that was a defense he created in case he was caught...anyways it was a decent film.
      • thejon93rd
        The only reason I didn't like Iron Man 3 was because it felt like a cheesy James Bond film when Tony gets caught and tied up. Really? Is this Austin Powers or something? I thought this was Iron Man, I was so mad when he called all the armours at that point because they all look so CG when it would have been more interesting if he called them sooner. But, of course, this is probably a tease to Ultron in the new Avengers, with the technology often failing Tony throughout (as if it was slightly resistant and starting to take on a life of it's own), so I do like the foreshadowing. I just thought that Man of Steel and The Wolverine (especially the unrated cut) were much better in comparison, I enjoyed the acting and the stories much more in those two films than in Iron Man 3. Star Trek Into Darkness is a great film though, I'm happy Peter Weller had a decent role in it.
        • Chris Groves
          Well, the scene where he is chained up is very much meant to be a bit of a parody/commentary on similar situations in other movies. Check out Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Shane Black is all about making movies that are both entries in a genre, but also spins on said genre that say something about the genre. He didn't call the other armors because for a long time, he wasn't in contact with Jarvis to do so, and because all of the rubble from his house was covering where the armors were at... Agreed 100% on Peter Weller in Star Trek, was nice that he go to voice Batman in The Dark Knight Returns as well. He has the same birthday as me, so between that and being Robocop...I've always been a fan of his.
    • cobrazombie
      Well they weren't great movies, so a lot of it is justified.
    • http://www.jimmylove.com/ Jimmy Love
      I agree with you on this one!
  • Micheal Kinane
    Elysium was better than 90% of those
    • Micheal Kinane
      Downvoted by idiots
      • Ehsan Davodi
        Dude , You call yourself idiot when you downvote something too? I think Elysium was OK SciFi but 90% is too much for that high list. I think if i say A- to District 9 then i must say B to Elysium.
    • cobrazombie
      Nope.
  • Avi
    Duhhh it's a accurate list because thousands of people decide what's a good movie! Not wanna be critics and critics who analyze a movie to death!
    • Micheal Kinane
      I'll take an aggregate any day of the week
  • backwardsprogress
    "We're the Millers" got a higher rating than World War Z, Oblivion, and Warm Bodies?! Are you kidding me? This list sucks. :(
  • Nielsen700
    I don't know what "Waar" is, but I hope it didn't disappoint.
    • Jawad Ahmad
      Its a Pakistani movie based on some true events, of course. It wont disappoint you for sure... Its called revival of Pakistani cinema now...
  • ProjectionistHP
    I'm happy that rush got it that high on the list, a little underrated movie that was one of the best movies of last year.
  • Ehsan Davodi
    Waar 9.1 - 17,439 vote Gravity 8.4 - 207,602 vote Then that's not fair comparison. I have bad feeling about waar anyway. Maybe that was propaganda , Pakistan have very radical vigilantes and after terror of that great woman i lose my trust in all of its people. But i have respect for this debut Pakistani gem and i see it as soon as possible. "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." (V)
  • cobrazombie
    Possibily the worst movie list of the year, coming from IMDb.
  • resident
    Prisoners should have been in the top 3.That is all.
  • UN
    Waar is really cool pakistani movie but comparing it or placing it higher than movies like gravity or 12 years a slave is just unfair

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