The Dissolve's The Best Films of 2013

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Finding consensus among nine writers can be a struggle, but when a year is as strong as 2013, the abundance of riches makes it especially hard to figure out which great films to line up behind—and which great films are relegated to “any other year” status. For The Dissolve’s inaugural year-end best-of list, only one film appeared on all Top 15 ballots: Spike Jonze’s Her, a forward-thinking science-fiction/romance that takes place in the near future, but captured the tenor of the times like no other film this year. From there, the list opens up to a full spectrum of cinematic visions, from the IMAX spectacle of Gravity to the piercing intimacy of films like Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12, or The Past, Asghar Farhadi’s worthy follow-up to A Separation. And the 20 films below are just the beginning: Many others connected with one—or a few—of us, but couldn’t quite wrangle up the votes.

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    Her

    2013, in 8 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    12 Years a Slave

    2013, in 14 top lists Check
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    Inside Llewyn Davis

    2013, in 5 top lists Check
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    Frances Ha

    2012, in 2 top lists Check
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    Upstream Color

    2013, in 2 top lists Check
  6. 6 new

    The Act of Killing

    2012, in 4 top lists Check
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    Short Term 12

    2013, in 2 top lists Check
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    All Is Lost

    2013, in 1 top list Check
  9. 9 new

    Gravity

    2013, in 9 top lists Check
  10. 10 new

    Computer Chess

    2013, in 2 top lists Check
  11. 11 new

    The World's End

    2013, in 1 top list Check
  12. 12 new

    Stories We Tell

    2012, in 6 top lists Check
  13. 13 new

    Nebraska

    2013, in 2 top lists Check
  14. 14 new

    Kaze tachinu

    2013 — a.k.a. The Wind Rises, in 3 top lists Check
  15. 15 new

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    2013, in 10 top lists Check
  16. 16 new

    Captain Phillips

    2013, in 2 top lists Check
  17. 17 new

    Before Midnight

    2013, in 3 top lists Check
  18. 18 new

    La vie d'Adèle

    2013 — a.k.a. Blue Is the Warmest Color, in 9 top lists Check
  19. 19 new

    Le passé

    2013 — a.k.a. The Past, in 0 top lists Check
  20. 20 new

    Dans la maison

    2012 — a.k.a. In the House, in 0 top lists Check
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Last updated on Dec 20, 2013; source