Best Movies of 2013: Staff Picks

Survey any group of 10 to 15 people from different cities around the world about their favorite movies of the year and you’re sure to get some varied responses. So much goes into the accumulation of our favorites in any given year of cinema. It depends upon what is available where we live, what our social circle is talking about and what we have time for on any given Friday night. It also depends heavily on one’s commitment to seeing as many movies as possible, so as to curate a well-rounded list. That last part is what makes the members of the Film School Rejects staff a group whose lists are worth reading: we all eat, sleep and live movies. So our lists, however varied, don’t just represent a few good movies, they are evidence of a year of ups-and-downs. Evidence of blood, sweat and tears shed in dedication to the cause of weeding out the best of cinema 2013.

It all leads us here, to our annual Staff Picks. This year, we not only asked our staffers to each provide their five best movies of the year, we have used those lists to create an aggregated list of the Ten Best Movies of 2013. The aggregated list includes not just the lists you’ll see herein, but also that of our lead critic Rob Hunter, whose individual list will be published next week in the Critic’s Picks article. All in all, the staff nominated 31 different films among the best of the year. All ten of the top ten received multiple votes, with our number one film receiving a unanimous 8 votes to be named best film of the year. What is that best film of the year? Click on through the break to find out.

To view any of the individual top five lists, click on the names below:

The Top Ten Movies of 2013, according to the FSR Staff:

  1. Inside Llewyn Davis
  2. 12 Years a Slave
  3. Short Term 12
  4. Her
  5. Gravity
  6. Upstream Color
  7. The Wolf of Wall Street
  8. Frances Ha
  9. Stories We Tell
  10. Pacific Rim

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