Our top 10 movies of 2013 starts with Mud starring Matthew McConaughey. While exploring a Mississippi River island, boys Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) encounter a Mud (McConaughey)–a fugitive. He’s wanted for killing a man, but his top priority is reuniting with the love of his life Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Ellis, who is suffering the pangs of his first crush, agrees to help Mud. He and Neckbone do all they can to protect Mud and reunite him with Juniper.
Wadjda is a groundbreaking top 10 movie of 2013 on two fronts: it’s the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and it’s filmmaker is female. Haifaa Al Mansour’s story follows a young girl named Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) on her quest to buy a bike. A simple goal, right? But when you consider the fact that she still lives in a country where women cannot drive or vote–not so much.
If you haven’t gotten the memo, technology has taken over our lives. Spike Jonze directs Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) a sensitive man who earns a living by writing personal letters for others. Heartbroken after his marriage ends, Theodore becomes engrossed with a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. He starts the program and meets “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson), whose bright voice reveals a sensitive, playful personality. Can one fall in love with a computer program? Yup, apparently so.
720 Feet From Stardom (2013)
More than just another picture about the music biz, 20 Feet is the untold story of the other voice we hear with every song on the radio–the background singer. Millions know the song and the sound, but the name of that second singer is a little more challenging. Award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. No top 10 movies of 2013 list would be complete without this film.
If you can get past the always smirking George Clooney, you will enjoy the work of director Alfonso Cuarón. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), helming his last flight before retirement. During a routine space walk disaster strikes and the shuttle is destroyed. Left in deep space with no link to Earth is Ryan and Matt. As fear turns to panic, they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space.
5The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Right in the middle of our top 10 movies of 2013 countdown is The Wolf of Wall Street. The winning collaboration that is Scorsese and DiCaprio, continue to produce good movies. In this top pick of 2013 we follow Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) on his journey from a entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm to founding his very own firm, Stratton Oakmont. What follows is a thrill ride of drugs, money, and absolute obscenity. Belfort’s band of misfits include Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill), Brad Bodnick (Jon Bernthal), and Max “Mad Max” Belfort (Rob Reiner).
4American Hustle (2013)
Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) dabbles in forgery and loan-sharking, but when he falls for fellow grifter Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), things change in a big way. Caught red-handed by FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), Irv and Sydney are forced to work under cover as part of DiMaso’s sting operation to nail a New Jersey mayor (Jeremy Renner). Meanwhile, Irv’s jealous wife (Jennifer Lawrence) may be the one to bring everyone’s world crashing down. Based on the 1970s Abscam case.
3Fruitvale Station (2013)
Police brutality experienced by the African-American community reaches an all-time high in Ryan Coogler’s critically acclaimed movie Fruitvale Station. Though he once spent time in San Quentin, 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) is now trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz) and young daughter (Ariana Neal). Flashbacks reveal the last day in Oscar’s life, in which he accompanied his family and friends to San Francisco to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve, and, on the way back home, became swept up in an altercation with police that ended in tragedy.
2Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club comes in at #2 on our top 10 movies of 2013 list. In mid-1980s Texan Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is shocked to learn that he has AIDS. Though told that he has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof refuses to give in to despair. He seeks out alternative therapies and smuggles unapproved drugs into the U.S. from wherever he can find them. Woodroof joins forces with another AIDS patient (Jared Leto) and begins selling the treatments countless people that can’t wait for the medical community to rescue them.
112 Years A Slave (2013)
#1 on our top 10 movies of 2013 list deals with an ugly American truth: slavery. In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is captured and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the traumatic ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from the North changes Solomon’s life forever.