100 Best Films of 2013

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Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Cream of the Cinematic Crop

While 2013 may be remembered for black-themed films like 42, The Butler, Fruitvale Station and early Oscar favorite 12 Years a Slave, there were plenty of other excellent offerings released over the course of the year. The summer season alone featured a trio of outstanding horror flicks in The Conjuring, You’re Next and The Purge.

And fright fans were even treated to a fascinating documentary deconstructing the making of Night of the Living Dead entitled Birth of the Living Dead. The profusion of cinematic treats once again made it impossible to limit my favorites to just the 10 best.

So, as per usual, this critic’s annual list features 100 entries in order to honor as many deserving films as possible.

10 Best Big Budget Films

1. The Butler

The Butler is the true story of an African-American butler who served at the White House. Based on the story A Butler Well Served By This Election, written by Wil Haygood. Eugene Allen was a Presidential butler from 1952 to 1986, and is paralleled with the election of Barack Obama.

2. Prisoners

A couple’s daughter does missing, with her friend, and the man kidnaps the person he suspects is behind the disappearances. Starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.

3. 42

42 is the story of Jackie Robinson, who wore the number 42 shirt for the Brooklyn Dodgers thanks to team executive Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford. This was a history-making signing.

4. You’re Next

One of the most terrifying horror films ever, You’re Next is a home-invasion shocker. A gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers attack a family reunion. The victims seem to be trapped, with no way out alive. But then an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.

5. Gravity

Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, Gravity is a deep space thriller that shows how unforgiving space can be.

6. The Purge

7. 12 Years a Slave

8. This Is the End

9. Inside Llewyn Davis

10. American Hustle

Big Budgets Honorable Mention

11. The Heat

12. The Best Man Holiday

13. Philomena

14. Gangster Squad

15. Black Nativity

16. Fast & Furious 6

17. Jack the Giant Slayer

18. August: Osage County

19. Rush

20. The Great Gatsby

21. Olympus Has Fallen

22. Bullet to the Head

23. Saving Mr. Banks

24. Dead Man Down

25. The Conjuring

10 Best Foreign Films

1. The Hunt (Denmark)

2. Hannah Arendt (Germany)

3. Paradise: Love (Kenya)

4. Kon-Tiki (Norway)

5. Aliyah (Israel)

6. 2+2 (Argentina)

7. The Price of Sex (Bulgaria)

8. S#x Acts (Israel)

9. A Hijacking (Denmark)

10. The Broken Circle Breakdown (Germany)

Foreign Films Honorable Mention

11. Three Worlds (France)

12. Sweet Dreams (Rwanda)

13. Hava Nagila (Israel)

14. Paradise: Faith (Austria)

15. The Grandmaster (China)

16. The Iran Job (Iran)

17. Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey (Nepal)

18. War Witch (Congo)

19. Paradise: Hope (Austria)

20. Rising from Ashes (Rwanda)

21. The Act of Killing (Indonesia)

22. Reality (Italy)

23. The Pirogue (Senegal)

24. Garifuna in Peril (Honduras)

25. Israel: A Home Movie (Israel)

10 Best Independent Films

1. Fruitvale Station

2. The Kings of Summer

3. Nebraska

4. Mud

5. Drinking Buddies

6. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

7. The Sapphires

8. I Used to Be Darker

9. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

10. Enough Said

Independent Films Honorable Mention

11. In a World…

12. Short Term 12

13. All Is Lost

14. Go for Sisters

15. Touchy Feely

16. Shadow Dancer

17. Lucky Bastard

18. Big Words

19. King’s Faith

20. Four

21. A Teacher

22. The Happy Sad

23. Mother of George

24. I’m in Love with a Church Girl

25. Finding Happiness

10 Best Documentaries

1. Stories We Tell

2. Dear Mr. Watterson

3. Best Kept Secret

4. A Place at the Table

5. Muscle Shoals

6. Unmade in China

7. 20 Feet from Stardom

8. Schooled: The Price of College Sports

9. Evocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie

10. Linsanity

Documentaries Honorable Mention

11. The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

12. When Comedy Went to School

13. Venus & Serena

14. Liv & Ingmar

15. Call Me Kuchu

16. No Place on Earth

17. Red Obsession

18. Cutie & the Boxer

19. Inequality for All

20. Spark: A Burning Man Story

21. Bidder 70

22. Men at Lunch

23. Aroused

24. When I Walk

25. Herman’s House

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