Movies 2013 – Ranked

The Movie List from A Film Look for 2013.

For other years click: Movies 2011; Movies 2012

Keeping up with 2011 and 2012, and a little late but always useful, here is the ranking for the 2013 movies watched.  This ranking is, as in any such list, subjective. The criteria used are: emotional impact, movie moments and magic, acting that stirs, originality, and fulfillment of the premise and promise of the story. And, of course, it only includes movies watched, whether in the theater or at home.

Key movies bucket listed for now are Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Fruitvale Station, Blue is the Warmest Color, The Way Way Back, Upstream Color, Lone Survivor, Short Term 12, The Great Beauty, The Hunt, and The Past, among others and, why not as well, Machete Kills and Spring Breakers.

While the average score for all films was 7.00, Dramas was an exceptional 7.54, which reflects the high quality of movies in the genre this year.  By contrast, Comedy had a relatively low 6.06. Saving the average in this field were The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle. Special shout outs go to The Heat, and This is the End.

There are eighty one movies in the list and this year a box office and BO rank against each other (not for all movies released) is added to the analysis. In the top movies, you can link to their movie sites and to their Box Office Mojo. Film titles with asterisks signal screenplays available upon request for instructional purposes only (see NOTE). These also have links to their movie sites. Some movies have a specific commentary or note from A Film Look to which a link is provided.

For the award season scoring of the most critic-buzzed movies read HERE.

NOTE: Studios, producers and writers will often post screenplays for public viewing during a limited time. To obtain a copy of screenplays indicated as available you may contact A Film Look to request a copy, free of charge and only for legitimate educational purposes. All copyrights are of their respective owners.

Top Fifteen, All Genres (81 movies)

Rank

Genre

Title

Score

Grade

Box Office

BO Rank

1 (tie)

Action

Gravity (AFL commentary) *

10

A

 $   274,012,743

6

1 (tie)

Drama

12 Years a Slave *

10

A

 $     56,634,802

42

3

Comedy

The Wolf of Wall Street *

10

A

 $   116,900,694

21

4

Comedy

American Hustle *

10

A

 $   150,117,807

14

5

Drama

Nebraska (AFL note) *

10

A

 $     17,654,912

62

6

Drama

August: Osage County *

10

A

 $     37,729,033

46

7

Drama

Philomena *

10

A

 $     37,661,046

47

8

Animated

Frozen *

10

A

 $   400,024,000

3

9

Drama

The Bling Ring (AFL commentary) *

9

A-

 $       5,845,732

68

10

Drama

Before Midnight *

9

A-

 $       8,114,627

65

11

Drama

Dallas Buyers Club *

9

A-

 $     27,292,536

52

12

Action

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

9

A-

 $   424,668,047

1

13

Drama

The Spectacular Now *

9

A-

 $       6,854,611

66

14

Drama

Prisoners *

8

B+

 $     61,002,302

39

15

Drama

All Is Lost *

8

B+

 $       6,263,670

67

———–

Top Five, by Genre

Categories listed by amount of movies seen in that category.

DRAMA (35 movies – Avg. score: 7.54) – 14 out of the top 25 in the full list are in this category.

Rank Title

Score

Grade

Box Office

BO Rank

1

12 Years a Slave *

10

A

 $     50,260,000

42

5

Nebraska (AFL note) *

10

A

 $     17,133,000

62

6

August: Osage County *

10

A

 $     37,073,000

47

7

Philomena *

10

A

 $     37,654,949

46

9

The Bling Ring (AFL commentary) *

9

A-

 $       5,845,732

69

ACTION (21 movies – Avg. score: 6.67) – Top notch Action, and some real stinkers.

Rank

Title

Score

Grade

Box Office

BO Rank

1

Gravity (AFL commentary) *

10

A

 $   274,012,743

6

12

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

9

A-

$   424,668,047

1

17

Rush*

8

B+

 $     26,947,624

51

21

World War Z

8

B+

 $   202,359,711

11

25

Man of Steel

7

B

 $   291,045,518

5

———–

COMEDY (17 movies – Avg. score: 6.06) – Big comedies this year, but after that, they taper off.

Rank

Title

Score

Grade

Box Office

BO Rank

3

The Wolf of Wall Street *

10

A $   116,900,694

21

4

American Hustle *

10

A $   150,117,807

14

27

This is the End

8

B+  $   101,470,202

25

30

The Heat

7

B  $   159,582,188

12

48

In a World

7

B  $       2,963,902

72

———–

ANIMATED (4 Movies – Avg. score: 8.00) – To be fair, the sample size is not large.

Rank

Title

Score

Grade

Box Office

BO Rank

8

Frozen *

10

A $   400,024,000

3

22

Despicable Me 2 *

8

B+ $   368,061,265

4

24

Epic

7

B $   107,518,682

22

38

Monsters University *

7

B $   268,492,764

7

———–

HORROR (4 Movies – Avg. score: 7.25) – Veery selective on this category too.

Rank

Title

Score

Grade

Box Office

BO Rank

23

Mama

8

B+  $     71,628,180

34

49

The Conjuring

7

B  $   137,400,141

16

52

Warm Bodies

7

B  $     66,380,662

36

53

Stoker

7

B  $       1,714,221

75

———–

 THE FULL LIST

Rank

Genre

Title

Score

Grade

Box Office

BO Rank

1 (tie)

Action

Gravity (AFL commentary) *

10

A

 $   274,012,743

6

1 (tie)

Drama

12 Years a Slave *

10

A

 $     56,634,802

42

3

Comedy

The Wolf of Wall Street *

10

A

 $   116,900,694

21

4

Comedy

American Hustle *

10

A

 $   150,117,807

14

5

Drama

Nebraska (AFL note) *

10

A

 $     17,654,912

62

6

Drama

August: Osage County *

10

A

 $     37,729,033

46

7

Drama

Philomena *

10

A

 $     37,661,046

47

8

Animated

Frozen *

10

A

 $   400,024,000

3

9

Drama

The Bling Ring (AFL commentary) *

9

A-

 $       5,845,732

68

10

Drama

Before Midnight *

9

A-

 $       8,114,627

65

11

Drama

Dallas Buyers Club *

9

A-

 $     27,292,536

52

12

Action

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

9

A-

 $   424,668,047

1

13

Drama

The Spectacular Now *

9

A-

 $       6,854,611

66

14

Drama

Prisoners *

8

B+

 $     61,002,302

39

15

Drama

All Is Lost *

8

B+

 $       6,263,670

67

16

Drama The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

8

B+

 $     57,782,226

40

17

Action Rush *

8

B+

 $     26,947,624

51

18

Drama Blue Jasmine

8

B+

 $     33,303,963

49

19

Drama Don Jon

8

B+

 $     24,477,704

54

20

Drama Saving Mr. Banks *

8

B+

 $     82,688,765

31

21

Action World War Z

8

B+

 $   202,359,711

11

22

Animated Despicable Me 2 *

8

B+

 $   368,061,265

4

23

Horror Mama

8

B+

 $     71,628,180

34

24

Animated Epic

7

B

 $   107,518,682

22

25

Action Man of Steel

7

B

 $   291,045,518

5

26

Action Iron Man 3

7

B

 $   409,013,994

2

27

Comedy This is the End

7

B

 $   101,470,202

25

28

Action Star Trek Into Darkness

7

B

 $   228,778,661

10

29

Action Fast & Furious 6

7

B

 $   238,679,850

8

30

Comedy The Heat

7

B

 $   159,582,188

12

31

Drama Her *

7

B

 $     24,604,000

53

32

Drama 42 *

7

B

 $     95,020,213

27

33

Action Now You See Me

7

B

 $   117,723,989

20

34

Action Oblivion

7

B

 $     89,107,235

30

35

Action The Lone Ranger

7

B

 $     89,302,115

29

36

Drama No (2013)

7

B

 $       2,343,664

75

37

Action Gangster Squad

7

B

 $     46,000,903

44

38

Animated Monsters University *

7

B

 $   268,492,764

7

39

Drama Captain Phillips (AFL Commentary)

7

B

 $   106,957,071

23

40

Drama The Great Gatsby *

7

B

 $   144,840,419

15

41

Drama Out of the Furnace

7

B

 $     11,330,849

65

42

Drama Inside Llewyn Davis *

7

B

 $     13,119,163

64

43

Action White House Down

7

B

 $     73,103,784

33

44

Drama The Book Thief

7

B

 $     21,225,363

59

45

Drama Mud *

7

B

 $     21,590,086

57

46

Drama The Place Beyond the Pines *

7

B

 $     21,403,519

58

47

Drama Enough Said *

7

B

 $     17,550,872

61

48

Comedy In a World

7

B

 $       2,963,902

74

49

Horror The Conjuring

7

B

 $   137,400,141

16

50

Drama About Time

7

B

 $     15,322,921

63

51

Drama The Company You Keep

7

B

 $       5,133,027

70

52

Horror Warm Bodies

7

B

 $     66,380,662

36

53

Horror Stoker

7

B

 $       1,714,221

77

54

Drama Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

7

B

 $       4,328,849

71

55

Drama 2013 Oscar Nominated Shorts

7

B

 $       2,142,342

76

56

Action Pacific Rim

6

B-

 $   101,802,906

24

57

Action 2 Guns

6

B-

 $     75,612,460

32

58

Action Olympus Has Fallen

6

B-

 $     98,925,640

26

59

Action Kick-Ass 2

6

B-

 $     28,795,985

50

60

Action Elysium

6

B-

 $     93,050,117

28

61

Drama The Purge

6

B-

 $     64,473,115

37

62

Comedy We’re the Millers

6

B-

 $   150,394,119

13

63

Comedy Last Vegas

6

B-

 $     63,914,167

38

64

Comedy Admission

6

B-

 $     18,007,317

60

65

Drama Parkland

6

B-

 $         653,651

79

66

Comedy The To-Do List

6

B-

 $       3,491,669

73

67

Comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

6

B-

 $     22,537,881

55

68

Drama Girl Most Likely

6

B-

 $       1,378,591

78

69

Drama The Reluctant Fundamentalist

6

B-

 $         552,959

80

70

Comedy Frances Ha

6

B-

 $       4,069,826

72

71

Drama Room 237

6

B-

 $         296,359

81

72

Action Oz The Great and Powerful

5

C+

 $   234,911,825

9

73

Comedy Identity Thief

5

C+

 $   134,506,920

17

74

Comedy The Internship

5

C+

 $     44,672,764

45

75

Comedy The Big Wedding

5

C+

 $     21,819,348

56

76

Drama The Call

5

C+

 $     51,872,378

41

77

Comedy Anchorman 2: Legend Continues

5

C+

 $   125,168,368

19

78

Action Pain and Gain

4

C

 $     49,875,291

43

79

Comedy R.I.P.D.

4

C

 $     33,618,855

48

80

Action A Good Day to Die Hard

3

C-

 $     67,349,198

35

81

Comedy Grown Ups 2

1

D

 $   133,668,525

18

 


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