Words: Rob DeStefano

The praise of 2013 as the year for film is becoming repetitive. ON REPEAT. Constant, y’all! We tried coding a Spring Breakers‘ James Franco to recite our list, but had some technical difficulties separating those sound clips from his nine other releases this year.

He wasn’t the only force; this was a powerhouse turnout for some of the best directors working today, fleshing out every niche of the medium. To agree with all the hype, it was an unprecedentedly deep roster – choices down to our #30 are easily recommended. And since we don’t have enough domain space to hit our list’s stratosphere, here are some honorable mentions that just missed the top 13: Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, Jeff Nichols’ Mud, Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said, and Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, to name just a few.

Without further ado, let’s get down to business (to defeat, the Huns).

pain and gain

But first, our 5 worst films of 2013

5. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
4. The Purge
3. The Way Way Back
2. Man of Steel
1. Oz the Great and Powerful

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