Top Ten Films of 2013 | Staff Picks

Season’s Greetings!

No less than 80 films were nominated across fifteen separate ballots in Front Row Reviews’ annual best-of poll—the site’s largest yet. If that wasn’t sign enough that 2013 has been a particularly fine year for cinema, its versatility is marked here by the fact that only two films received an individual top ranking more than once.

As ever, our scoring system remained: each ballot is ranked, with the top five films receiving 10-2 points and the remaining five receiving a point each; like last year, a further 2 points were given for every mention a film received after its first, in order to favour overall popularity.

There were six films in total that received top marks in an individual ballot without breaking into the final list. They are, in order of popularity, The Place Beyond the Pines, Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki, Philomena, Wadjda, It’s Such a Beautiful Day and Like Father, Like Son. Park Chan-wook’s Stoker, The Place Beyond the Pines and Wolf Children were the three films closest to breaking into the Top Ten.

For the first time since we began the annual ballot at Front Row Reviews, the top place is tied—this in spite (or perhaps because) of our longest list of contributors to date. Without further ado, then, and with warm wishes for the coming year…


=9. No
Pablo Larraín · Chile/France/USA · 2012


=9. Frances Ha
Noah Baumbach · USA · 2012


=7. Spring Breakers
Harmony Korine · USA · 2013


=7. Only God Forgives
Nicolas Winding Refn · France/Thailand/USA/Sweden · 2013


=5. Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón · USA · 2013


=5. Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Abdellatif Kechiche · France/Belgium/Spain · 2013


4. The Selfish Giant
Clio Barnard · UK · 2013


3. The Act of Killing
Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, Anonymous · Denmark/Norway/UK · 2013


=1. The Great Beauty
Paolo Sorrentino · Italy/France · 2013


=1. Before Midnight
Richard Linklater · USA · 2013


Individual Ballots

Alice Bishop Ollie Charles Stuart Downey
1 Blue Is the Warmest Colour The Place Beyond the Pines Before Midnight
2 Upstream Colour Much Ado About Nothing Spring Breakers
3 Zero Dark Thirty Only God Forgives Gravity
4 The Act of Killing Big Bad Wolves American Hustle
5 Before Midnight Simon Killer Frances Ha
6 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Our Children Blue Is the Warmest Colour
7 Only God Forgives In Fear Blue Jasmine
8 Spring Breakers Blue Jasmine In the House
9 The Place Beyond the Pines Maniac To the Wonder
10 Side Effects What Richard Did Stoker (d. Park)
Alex Fenton-Thomas Alistair Gardiner Jonathan Glen
1 The Act of Killing The Great Beauty The Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki
2 A Field in England Before Midnight The Great Beauty
3 The Selfish Giant Only God Forgives Filth
4 Mr. Nobody Blue Jasmine Only God Forgives
5 Django Unchained Frances Ha Mud
6 The Stone Roses: Made of Stone The World’s End Nebraska
7 I Am Nasrine Gravity Nobody’s Daughter Haewon
8 John Dies At the End A Field in England Blue Is the Warmest Colour
9 Wreck-It Ralph To the Wonder To the Wonder
10 V/H/S/2 Stoker (d. Park) Safety Not Guaranteed
Sarah Holland Rob Munday Michael Pattison
1 Like Father, Like Son Spring Breakers The Great Beauty
2 The Great Beauty The Selfish Giant Beyond the Hills
3 The Selfish Giant No Leviathan
4 Blue Is the Warmest Colour The Stone Roses: Made of Stone Gravity
5 Captain Phillips The Epic of Everest A Stoker (d. Balabanov)
6 Our Children Silver Linings Playbook Before Midnight
7 Blue Jasmine The Act of Killing Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
8 Drinking Buddies A Field in England Silence
9 What Maisie Knew Nebraska Short Term 12
10 Project Wild Thing Shell Our Children
Nathanael Smith Pete Thornton Matt Turner
1 Wadjda Gravity It’s Such a Beautiful Day
2 Cloud Atlas Nebraska The Act of Killing
3 The Selfish Giant Blue Is the Warmest Colour Post Tenebras Lux
4 Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki The Act of Killing Drug War
5 Les Miserables Frances Ha Upstream Colour
6 Philomena Before Midnight Nobody’s Daughter Haewon
7 The Way, Way Back Star Trek Into Darkness Leviathan
8 Caesar Must Die The Epic of Everest Computer Chess
9 Blancanieves Stoker (d. Park) Museum Hours
10 Ain’t Them Bodies Saints The Place Beyond the Pines Like Someone in Love
David Upton Greg Wetherall Ben Winstanley
1 No Before Midnight Philomena
2 Like Someone in Love Blackfish Stoker (d. Park)
3 Frances Ha The Hunger Games: Catching Fire In the House
4 Before Midnight Rush The Great Beauty
5 Shell Ilo Ilo A Hijacking
6 Short Term 12 Blood Brother Flight
7 To the Wonder Captain Phillips Bernie
8 Our Children Museum Hours To the Wonder
9 Wadjda Drinking Buddies We Steal Secrets
10 Byzantium Gravity Lincoln

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Michael Pattison is a film critic from Gateshead.

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